BUMPER XMAS EDITION 2012
OFFICIAL NEWSLETTER OF THE MODEL AERONAUTICAL ASSOCIATION OF QUEENSLAND INC.
IN THIS ISSUE: 2013 EVENTS CALENDAR, CONSTRUCTION OF HUEY, FREE FLIGHT OVERSEAS TIN CAN BAY IMAC 2012, FATHER & SON REPRESENT AUSTRALIA, MAAA NEWSLETTER NO 5.
From the Editor
elcome to the final Airflow for the year. Christmas has certainly come around quickly. The 2013 Calendar of events is filling with some new events, one in particular will be the Spektrum Gratton Air Invitational event in February. There will be some international flyers attending along with some of the top flyers here in Queensland attending. By the time you have read this newsletter a new era of electric pylon has been run at Tingalpa early in December. Joe Luxford has organized a fun pylon event involving miniature Warbirds of the foam variety including “AT6, Rare Bear, Mustangs and the Spitfire to name a few, all around 600 mm in span. It sounds like a ton of fun and that is what this hobby is all about. For those interested check out the events calendar on the 9th of December 2012 and you will find some photos and a brief description of the models and requirements. I should have a report on this event for the next newsletter. On another note CLASI has made application to change the date of the Queensland round of the F2DTeam Selection Trials in 2013. Reason, when original date in May was set, it was assumed to be a long weekend, 4th,5th,6th, as had been the case for many years. See Below for copy of Government announcement. Amendments to the Holidays Act 1983( http://www.legislation.qld. gov.au/LEGISLTN/CURRENT/H/HolidaysA83.pdf ) were passed by Parliament on Tuesday 30 October 2012. Those amendments reversed one of the recent changes to public holiday arrangements by prescribing that from 2013: • the Queen’s Birthday public holiday is to be observed on its original date on the second Monday in June each year • the Labour Day public holiday is to be observed on the first Monday in October each year. Last reviewed 1 November 2012 Last updated 1 November 2012 In view of this change in the Public Holidays and after consultation with F2D fliers from Southern States, most of whom will in fact make up the bulk of competitors, it has been requested that the dates be changed to the 5th,6th,7th of October for F2D Team trials. CLASI will advise a schedule of events for the remainder of CLASI portion of the MAAQ C/L State Championships in the near future. In closing I would like to thank all of the contributors who have supplied articles for the newsletter over the past 12 months and would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year from the committee. Kind regards Doug Airflow Editor. Front Cover : Peter Love with his Turbine 140 powered Comp ARF “Flash” at KAMS recently.
ELECTRIC FLY-IN Sunday
3rd March 2013 Come and fly any type of electric model Power, Glider, Old timer, Scale etc
Pilot Briefing 0900hrs Sunday
BBQ & drinks at the field Camping available at flying field
Contact: David Morgan 0407 203 201 Email:
Field located at Hodgsonvale, 10km South of Toowoomba on the New England Highway
Father & Son Selected to Represent Australia Tyler & Warren Mees have just won one of three places on the Australian Team to compete at the World Championships for F3D model aircraft racing, in the Netherlands next year. Tyler & Warren, members of the Toowoomba Aeromodellers Association, had to travel to Hamilton in Victoria, to compete in the Victorian State Championships, which was last of four selection events for the Australian team. Tyler cemented his place on the Australian team by coming second in the Victorian state championships. In 2011 Tyler & Warren competed at the F3D World Pylon Racing Championships in Bundaberg, as a Junior and won the Junior category, but he also finished fourth overall defeating 46 of the world’s best Pylon racing pilots from 18 countries. Since their win in 2011, Tyler & Warren have been working hard to improve their performance to ensure they would have the best chance to be selected for the Senior Australian Team. This has meant many hours of development work on Engine performance & propellers design. “It can take up to 4 hours of work to make a good propeller to give you maximum performance” said Warren. “We have also been developing the engine muffler to better match the engine performance” said Tyler. In coming second in Victoria, Tyler and Warren set a new personal best time for the 10 laps of the pylon circuit (4 Km) of 56.9 seconds. The F3D Pylon plane travels in excess of 350km/h when racing. In 2011 Australia’s Chris Callow won the Individual World Championship, and the Australian Team won the World Team Championship, with Tyler winning best junior in the world. “So we have big shoes to fill “said Tyler “however we have been working hard and by July 2013 we will be ready to defend our Australian team position in the world” said Warren.
Warren & Tyler Mees with their F3D Pylon Race plane
A great result for Tyler & Warren & for TAA as we have another selection of a Club Member to an Australian Team for a World Championship. The 2013 Australian Team will be: (subject to MAAA confirmation) Chris Callow Defending Champion (Qld) Ranjit Phelan & Ricky Townsend (caller) NSW Beau Murphy & Barry Murphy Vic Tyler & Warren Mees Qld Chris Watt (Secretary TAA ) & Warren Mees
65th MAAA Nationals Report 2012 The Nationals saw our members utilizing fields around Perth and we saw outstanding competitions in all areas of our sport. It was great to see the helicopter competition for the first time at a WA Nationals. The weather was superb fine with a gentle breeze for much of the time. The only minor glitch was some venue changes. The field we had booked for the free flight scramble had to be changed due to some pregnant cows. Apparently some of the free flight scramble antics are enough to bring on labour. We also had the RAAF wanting to practise for their flying display to be held a few weeks after the nationals. We moved the old timer events to WARMS field in Coburn. Those tree top hugging RAAF pilots did not want any competition. Due to flying myself, I did not get to spend as much time with the control line guys but did get the opportunity to speak to the visitors from Singapore and they really enjoyed themselves. They were suitably impressed and went home after enjoying a great time thanks to Norm Kirton. There were some fantastic times flown in the team racing and the control line events were hotly contested as always. In terms of entrants, there were 135 entrants who competed in 59 events. There were 407 event entries that saw $8,267 paid in entry fees. The total monies received, including the MAAA payment, were $24,887 and expenses amounted to $22,419.83. Yours truly, Peter Brien President AWA
The MAAQ Committee would like to wish all the members a Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year. Page 6
NSWPF 2013 Australian National Championships for Radio Control Precision Aerobatics- Bulletin 1 Organisers-NSW Pattern Flyers Inc. On behalf of MASNSW and MAAA. Dates–A Three day event 26 – 28 April 2013. Location–HawkesburyRegion,NSW http://www.hawkesburyaustralia.com.au/maps/? Flying SiteCharles Kingsford Smith Model Aircraft Club field Pitt Town Bottoms Road Pitt Town. 33 35’14.22 S 150 50’59.52 Ehttp://cksmac.com/our_field The field is located 50KM west of the Sydney CBD and is easily accessible from the M7 Westlink or M2 Motorways. It is 55 minutes by motorway from Sydney Airport. The field has two smooth, closely cut grass runways orientated 90 degrees to each other. The main runway is aligned east/west and is 300m long and 30m wide it will be possible to operate two parallel flight lines for the full flying day without the sun in the manoeuvring area.The pit area is a covered concrete surface, additional shelter will be provided for competitors. ParticipationThe event is open to all members of MAAA affiliated clubs and International FAI affiliated air sports bodies. Classes of CompetitionF3A P-13, ExpertA-12, and Advanced and Sportsman. Australian competitors must compete in their current class in accordance with the APA ranking system. Overseas competitors may fly in any class at the discretion of the organisers. AccommodationCompetition Headquarters will be at the Hawkesbury Racecourse Motel, 11 km from the contest site http://hawkesburyraceclubmotel.com.au/ Other accommodation Options: http://www.hawkesburyaustralia.com.au/directory_categories.asp?id=1 For more information contact Richard Knox on 02 4446 1021 or firstname.lastname@example.org
FLYING FREE FLIGHT OVERSEAS
report by Malcolm Campbell
Quite a few Australian free flight flyers have crossed the equator to fly on the glorious Lost Hills field in California in February each year. And we have also made the pilgrimage to Omarama in the south island of New Zealand in April every second year. It’s quite exciting to leave a hot humid climate and experience the cool evenings and lovely warm dry days. And our models also like the holiday, and seem to fly better. As our 2.4 m models break down into smaller components, model boxes up to 1.2 m in length allow us to carry 3 or 4 competition aircraft. My story concerns the events flown by the Queensland flyers that have made these trips in 2012. I was the only Queenslander to go to Lost Hills in California in February this year. The field is in the desert and is half a mile wide by 4 miles long, with prevailing winds favouring the long side. The field is owned by the modellers and is surrounded by minimal crops and no stubble. Most flyers bring trail bikes for retrieval. So it is free flight nirvana, and there are so many world class flyers in the premier F1 classes it seems a privilege to fly with them. Americans have such a strong group of nostalgic flyers so vintage power classes are prolific. The flying field is so large there are multiple events in progress throughout the day. Catering vans on the field serve great food and the Ukrainians have “shops” selling
Top Australian F1A flyer, Phil Mitchell prepares
Bikes have replaced horses at Lost Hills!
highly desirable model hardware that you simply don’t find in Australia. Non flying visitors also love this annual event. Many flyers camp on the field, in 30 foot long motor homes and the camaraderie of an evening is wonderful. As many as 20 large motor homes occupy the impromptu camping ground on the field adjoining the flight lines, and at least 40 motor bikes corral near them for the night. Temps of an evening drop below zero but clear sunny skies warm things up to 12 – 14 deg C during the day. It was great to fly against the best flyers in the world who travelled from countries such as Sweden, the UK, Denmark, the Ukraine, Russia and Israel to fly in three World Cup events. I flew the glider class (F1A) with a circle tow, bunting electronic glider and surprised myself by being first Australian home in the first event, placing 17�� out of a field of 56. I also managed to place in the top half of the other two World Cup events. Now 65 years of age, I was happy with my results, as many flyers are much younger and fly regularly in large European or American competitions. I managed to get many photos of all classes flown, including the vintage and nostalgia classes, and have included a selection with this report. It’s a two week adventure to the US, as we arrive a few days early to clear the jet lag cobwebs before competition starts. And each year when it’s over I think of returning again next year. It is really quite addictive, and the Americans make you feel
A pair of old timers - these are big in the USA
A 150% Dixelander gets away in a nostalgia class
They start ‘em young in the US - little 9 year old Gina Barron with Dad Andrew. That’s her F1A.
F1E - a magnetic steering glider class
Australia’s best F1C flyer, Roy Summersby launches his F1C folder (full span, nearly 3 metres)
Class talent - the best F1A flyers in the world, Per Findahl, Roland Koglot and Sergey Makarov
at home. Even some of the fast food outlets now have “healthy” meals!
all accommodation and the pub (local watering hole) are also that close too. We used the latter often!
My Great Adventure for 2012 continued in New Zealand at Omarama. Like Lost Hills, it is desert country. The striking difference is that it is surrounded by magnificent 6,000 foot snow dusted mountains. It is a flat flying field 7 x 14 klms in size, with no fences or crops. There are even 4 flight lines to choose from - but it’s not a total nirvana – there are rabbit holes to watch out for and there are number of small gibbers in the soil that have the potential to damage models.
New Zealand every second year puts together the Kotuku Cup and Omarama Cup. These are two World Cup events that attract world wide interest for those who fly F1A, B and C. The week long competition also offers flying in the mini classes and in HLG/CLG/TLG.
But the sunrises and sunsets are glorious – with unreal “Lord of the Rings” scenery. And if that’s not enough to make you want to fly there, the little country village of Omarama is just 10 minutes from the field. This means
Just part of the Omarama flying field. The mountains are 4 - 6,000 feet.
Weather this year was perfect, even though the event started in late March, two weeks earlier than normal. Unfortunately, the number of Kiwi flyers was down, for various reasons and some Aussies were going to the Australian Nationals in West Australia in the following month, so budgetary decisions had to be made. Still there was a solid core of enthusiasts who thoroughly enjoyed
Queensland flyers William Jones launching his F1B and Albert Fathers launching Malcolm Campbell’s F1A
the competition, and the scenery, and the good food and company. Queenslanders William, Darren and Dale Jones, Albert Fathers, Kathy Burford and Malcolm Campbell represented Australia. The early morning starts were near freezing although picking lift was much the same as in Australia. The early rounds in all classes presented buoyant air and later rounds in the F1A glider events were tricky as the breeze was light and thermals were small and hard to pick at times. The F1B rubber class saw many mass launches when flyers quickly assessed the fortunes of others and launched into the same air, often with success although though some “fell off” the edge of the thermal into sink. Afternoon fly offs were for those with keen eyes as often the breeze got up and the models drifted quickly towards the distant mountains making flight observation extremely difficult. The speckled nature of the hills provided perfect camouflage for the thin profiles of the F1A and F1B models. Retrievals were long. I managed 4�� in F1A, 8 seconds behind Kiwi Paul Lagan who was beaten by two American flyers. William Jones obtained the best Australian scores in F1B, maxing out the two events he flew in and getting a 3�� in one of the fly offs. Darren Jones placed 3�� in the F1G rubber event.
Champion CLG flyer Kathy Burford with Kiwi mentor Paul Lagan
Top American flyer Lee Hines was just beaten by Kiwi Paul Lagan in the Kotuku CLG (catapult glider) event (Paul set a new NZ record), and then they were all upstaged by Queensland newcomer Kathy Burford in the Omarama Cup CLG event. With some early coaching by Lee, she simply blew the others to the weeds! With strengthening winds the “wise ones“ decided to fly early. Retrieves were long. Kathy waited until the last 90 minutes and put up 6 incredible flights, picking her own lift and retrieving under very difficult conditions. By the end of R5, she had won the event and, by the end of R6, she had set an unofficial NZ record, smashing Paul’s earlier effort by 9 seconds, and was 8 seconds under a perfect score! And, she’d won the Victorian State Champs CLG in the previous week – her first ever CLG comps. Flying in America and New Zealand with the strength of the Aussie dollar proved quite in-expensive, although the fares to LA were expensive. Food, accommodation and hire cars in both countries proved very cheap, particularly in New Zealand. And the bonus scenery goes without saying. Overseas comps are a buzz! You must do one.
And if you don’t want to fly, there’s always the scenery!
The position of MAAA Secretary is up for re-election for the next 3 years . For those interested in the position please contact the MAAA Secretary by the end of January 2013.
â€˜BACK BY POPULAR DEMANDâ€™ C/L, F/F, R/C, INDOOR, ROCKETRY AT DALBY R/C FIELD
6th and 7th April 2013 This will be exactly what it says, a
There are some suggested models for each discipline but fly what you bring! e.g. C/L a Phantom, All American, F/F a Cardinal, R/C an O/T or Sport model, Indoor any Frog model, any Slow R/C There is to be a Z class team race as well as 2.5 rat races Indoor Saturday night, bring what ever A chance to watch and/or try a discipline you may not have ever seen! Camping on site available (Small daily fee pp) Accommodation in town just 7.5 km drive from field Hot and cold Lunch and Dinner available from the onsite Canteen. GREEN FEE (Payable to DMAC) $10 Saturday and $5 Sunday (special reduced rate) -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Organizer (for further details) Eddie Otto C/D email@example.com
An insight of being on the Heavy Model Sub-committee The Heavy Model Sub Committee is chaired by Iain McLeay and is an email based group made up of delegates from each state and territory. When an issue regarding the Heavy Model inspection system arises the Chairman requests consideration and input from all the delegates. State delegates then consult with other HM inspectors and flyers and discuss their ideas via email within the group to develop a response on the proposed question. The submissions from the state delegates are also CC’d to the MAAA and each state body, MAAQ in our case. The Chairman then looks at the input from all the delegates, considers all the different opinions and makes a decision on whether it is necessary to take the matter further and seek a modification to the MOP. If that was the case, he would then take a proposal to amend the MOP to an MAAA meeting. The HM inspection system has been in place in Australia for about 20 years and is working very well so there aren’t a lot of issues arising. The only issue that has arisen since I have been part of the subcommittee has been a question from SA. A HM permit is valid for 3 years but is suspended if any of a number of issues occurs including structural change, structural damage, equipment change (receiver, servo, battery etc) or change of ownership. The question raised was whether a change of transmitter should trigger a suspension for a permit to fly and require a revalidation as it’s not currently listed as a reason for a suspension. There were a number of arguments presented for and against. Those in support of an amendment felt that since a current permit to fly states which transmitter is in use, a change in transmitter should require a suspension and revalidation. The argument against changing MOP 15 is that if you change the transmitter then the receiver would generally be changed at the same time which would trigger a suspension anyway. There is a policy of trying not to over regulate the MOP and therefore it was decided not to seek a change in this case. If any new issues arise that may change the way the Heavy Model Inspection system is applied I’ll pass on the details and similarly if someone has an issue that they would like raised please email. Richard Brown www.bundabergaeromodellers.weebly.com
A big thanks goes to Richard for putting together a bit about the Heavy Model Subcommittee Doug (Editor) . Photo is Barry McDonald’s latest Electric Katana flying on 8 cells . Page 12
MAAA Sub-Committee Delegates listing The following members have been appointed by the MAAQ for the current year 2013-2014. Aerobatics: John Payne (RMAC) , Control line: Kerry Ewart (TAC) Education: Chris Paterson (TMAC) Flight Instruction: Jeff Linton (TMAC) Electric: Barry McDonald (TCBMFC) Free Flight: Graham Maynard (Chairman) (BFFS), Gas Turbine: Chris Paterson(TMAC) ,R/C Glider: L Eddie Otto(DMAC) , Heavy Model: Richard Brown(BAC) ,Helicopter: Jeff Linton(TMAC), Historic: Kevin Dodd (Chairman) TMAC), Indoor: David Poole (TAC), Land: Robin Klau (MAC), Old Timer: Michael Walsh (Vintagents), Pylon: Kevin Callow (MAC), Rocketry: Peter Briggs (Chairman) (TARMAC), Technical Radio: Barry McDonald, Large Scale racing: Karl Harrod(MAC)
Kevin Dodds Turbine powered Foam Jet at Kams recently.
Trevor from Hervey Bay gives his glider a light toss.
Turbine powered Tuacano 3 seen at Maryborough
Foamy pylon guys at Tingalpa in July this year Page 13
Winter in Bundy I don’t know what happened to our normal balmy, subtropical winter weather that’s the envy of southerners, but this year it just didn’t happen! June was cold and wet and July was just plain cold. In August we started to thaw out and enjoy some winter sunshine at last. Winter kicked off with our annual Warbirds over Bundy in June, the last Queen’s Birthday long weekend to be held in June. The weather wasn’t as bad as predicted leading up to it but the forecast did deter a lot of visitors from travelling up for the weekend. This event is on the SCAF (Southern Cross Air Force) calendar and a small band of die hard supporters from the Sunshine Coast camped onsite for the weekend and enjoyed the Bundy clubs facilities and hospitality. As it turned out almost the entire fleet were electrics including a 40lb, ¼ scale Spitfire and 2 x 84” fully composite P-47 Thunderbolts. The Thunderbolts are the handiwork of Richard Brown, scratch designed, built and moulded. The rain held off long enough on both days allowing some great flying and even an RC promotional opportunity when the local news team turned up to shoot some flying footage. Warbirds sure strike a chord with members of the public with most people having a personal favourite or a link to family history. Bundy has a keen group of large electric warbird fanatics. Yes, fanatics, not enthusiasts, and I use the word proudly. Most Saturday afternoons you would find a band of boys and girls at the field indulging in the pleasures of electric warbird and jet flight right up until dusk. These days the idea of large electrics (20+ lbs) are very affordable and powerful with a fast recharge time. If you are interested in learning more then feel free to get in contact via our website www.bundabergaeromodellers.weebly.com July saw Bundy host the QPFA Pattern state champs. The weather once again was cold and windy but for those that attended it was an enjoyable and rewarding event. The sunshine always brings the Victorians and we had an influx of southern holidaying visitors who enjoyed flying at our field. Visitors are always welcome and it adds interest and a different perspective to the local flying scene. We had a couple of juniors receive their bronze wings recently. It’s always great to see the kids coming along and learn to fly so easily. The two boys were Matt Rehbein 9, and Joseph Black 12. These boys fit well into the club and are well supported by the members who enjoy seeing the kids getting involved in the hobby. Patsy Brown Bundaberg
A nice pair of Jugs
All sizes welcome.
A couple of likely lads from the Sunny Coast Tony & Russell. Being a Tosser.
EDF Falcon shooting for the moon.
Chris & co pilot Tina
Chris’s electric Pica Spitfire
Electric line up
Les is still a hoon at the age of 84 and loving it. Mustang Bill from Bundy
Richard’s 30 lb Electric “Jug” in flight Page 16
Patsy with her electric Fleet
Bronze Wings Men- Above Matt Rehbein, Above right: Joseph Black. Congratulations guys
Ray from Shepparton
Slick Chick from 368th FG Page 17
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Next General MAAQ Meeting date: 23RD FEBRUARY 2013. AT Chermside Library at 2.00 PM. Afternoon tea provided after meeting. Don’t forget to bring something for show and tell during the afternoon tea . The last one show & tell was about Gordon Burford’s Taipan motors. Hope to see you at the next meeting. PLEASE NOTE THE CUT OFF DATE FOR MATERIAL FOR THE JANUARYMARCH EDITION WILL BE THE 1ST MARCH 2013. Please consult the calendar of events or the web site event calendar for the meeting dates for 2013.
RAMS CLUB HANGAR COMPLETED RAMS members have been very busy; we managed to get a grant for $15,000 from the Qld Gov. Gaming Benefits Fund. We have now put this to good use at our flying field at Ziegenfusz Park, Fitzroy Street, Cleveland. Our project has come in just under budget (but we still have an unresolved issue of 240V reticulation). However, being the eternal optimist, I believe to resolve this issue within a few weeks... We have had a 7.6 x 3.0 M storage facility built (now known as the ‘RAMS Hangar’!) and equipped it with all sorts of goodies; a workshop bench with some tools will help to enable basic repairs of faulty (more likely crashed!!) planes. We also have a fridge/freezer, microwave, urn and coffee percolator to make our flying days more enjoyable and have also acquired a barbeque so social gatherings will become more frequent events than in the past. It is a great improvement after 16 years of relying on peoples’ car boots for storage. For those interested, we not only fly on Sundays, but on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings as well.
On behalf of the RAMS Executive Cheers and Best Regards Bo Ericson President Redlands Aero Model Soarers Inc Mob: 0418 196 046
A collection of photos from Maryborough Warbirds weekend kindly sent in by Bill Robinson. Thanks Bill
Xmas message from the President. With the year quickly drawing to a close it is time to take a break which I will be doing for most of December and I wish all modellers a happy and safe Xmas. Some Recent news Recently I handed over a cheque for $25,000 to the Maryborough Club on behalf of the MAAQ member Clubs on completion of the international competition standard concrete circle which is for all Control Line competitors to use. This facility was the brain child of well known pylon competitor and manufacturer of pylon aircraft Bruce DeChastel and with the help of Control line enthusiasts through out the State was able to present a case for the MAAQ member clubs to provide funds for its construction. Clubs were very supportive of this motion put at the August meeting by the Maryborough Club and voted in favour to go ahead with the funding for the project. The Maryborough club was chosen as being easily accessible by many clubs in Queensland and indeed interstate competitors. Some members are under the impression that the MAAQ Executive has the power to make such grants but I can assure you we do not, other than items of expenditure approved in the budget by the member clubs each year. Individual member clubs must canvass other member clubs should they wish to have funds granted for improvements at fields and if the majority of members at meetings vote in favour of motions they are carried. We have 59 members in the MAAQ and each member is entitled to one vote either in person or by proxy. In the latest Bulletin, number 24 to all clubs I mentioned spending a day at Amberley with President of Hellcats Paul Kranen and members of the Air Pilots and Air Navigators Guild but what I didnâ€™t mention was one of the members travelling with us was Clifford Spink a retired Air Marshal in the RAF and the Liveryman and Master of the City of London Guild. Cliff has had an interesting life and currently flies a Spitfire on the British National display circuit, Cliff is the same age as me so I am a little envious of his career, and you can read more by checking out Wikipedia. If you missed the following documentary earlier in the year check it out and you will meet Cliff flying the Spitfire. Bomber Boys - BBC Documentary. - YouTube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JnzNJ-RXIi8 All Bulletins can be found on our website www.maaq.org/Maaq Bulletin Robin Klau President
AEROMODELLING, COMPETITIONS, TECHNOLOGY, POLITICS, PERSONALITIES, CONTROL LINE
The art of building models has come a long way since I built my first chuck glider in 1947 with balsa which cost a few pence and stuck together with glue made from celluloid camera film mixed with acetone. The first models were all Free flight models and then came Jim Walker and Control line was born and has continued on to the present day, though most of the fliers in Australia these days have grey hair as the ranks dwindle. However since control line started, technology has been advanced constantly through competition, at club, State, Australian and World Championships. It would be fair to state that without race competition and the technological changes needed to produce a win, our present day automobiles would still look the same as a 1900 model did. Which of course brings me to the reason for writing this article. Not all control line fliers have any interest in competitions and some of those that do only compete in one or two classes or aspects of this division of modeling. It is unrealistic to believe that all persons who do compete will attend all competitions and there are some who for whatever reason will not ever leave their own field and travel to another’s. Control line competitions in Queensland in particular have waxed and waned over the last twenty years or so due to various reasons, including a more recent attempt which was promoted guided and run through the mammoth efforts of Lindsay Price from T/Birds club. Unfortunately it seems all his efforts have been wasted. The history of modeling in Australia since it began is littered with personality clashes, and politics at club, State and Federal level and if you need to learn more I suggest that you read ”Politics and Personalities in Australian Aeromodelling” by Kenneth J Burke Above all else, control line and aeromodelling in general is about FUN and ENJOYMENT Bickering, past animosity and grudges between individual clubs and individuals MUST be put aside if Control line is to survive. A wonderful opportunity now exists for control line to expand in Queensland with the recent acquisition of a permanent hard stand facility promoted and constructed by the Maryborough R/C Club, with financial assistance provided by the MAAQ. It is my fervent wish that ALL control Line modelers will support the new facility and will continue to support club activities at fields other than their own. Perhaps other R/C clubs might consider providing a grass circle for control line fliers as has Dalby R/C club who now have 3 circles available for use as well as their excellent infrastructure. In March of next year they will be conducting the Second Combined Disciplines FUN Weekend with C/L, F/F, R/C and Indoor activities planned. I have tried over a period of many years to promote and expand the discipline of control Line but like everything in life it is time for someone else to take up the cudgel . I have written many articles and supplied many photos for the Airflow over the years but this very likely will be the last. I will close with two quotes. “The only things in life that you regret are the things you did not do” “The heaviest burden you can carry ……..is a grudge.” John D. Taylor
Maryborough Takes shape- in a circular motion. Recently Maryborough club was granted $25000.00 to establish a control line circle built for speed events . The following photos show the development stages and by the time you read this article some of the control line flyers would have tested out the concrete. Awful hard surface concrete, not very forgiving.
EVENT REPORT: Hellcats Electric Fun Fly October 7 Somehow we managed to schedule an event on the same day as Bathurst, and the TMAC Model Expo! Well, the numbers might have been slightly down for the Hellcats Electric Fun fly at Rochedale, but those present certainly enjoyed a top morning of relaxation, a bit of training and coaching, and some awesome close-to-the-limits flying was thrown in as well. Impressive on the day was Tom from the Samford Valley who flew everything from a tiny ladybird quad copter to serious choppers and fast combat models, and even helped out a few newbies with some impromptu training sessions! Hellcats junior members Matt and Kieran (recently turned bronze wings, congratulations Kieran) flew a variety of electrics, and had a yarn with Hellcats' newest Commercial Pilot, Nathan, who in return, took some RC lessons off Hellcat Noel Corney. Nathan said he greatly enjoyed the experience, and has a Fun jet coming his way very soon. The RC pilots of Hellcats are quite strongly electric-oriented (as that's what we fly at our regular Saturday morning field at Wacol), and look forward to plenty of similar events in the future. Thanks to Noel for organizing on the day, our event sponsor Wired RC, and to everyone who came on the day. We hope to see you all again at the next Hellcats event, or possibly at the Electric Pylon Day at TMAC in December - do those Fun fighters look like the go for next year, or what!!! or future events and past photos, please visit www.flyhellcats.com
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Queensland IMAC Scene Cooloola Classic IMAC - 2012 Tin Can Bay
After a spell of 5 years, IMAC, has once again competed at the enviable Tin Can Bay Model Flyers Club. On September 29th / 30th, the Cooloola Classic IMAC - 2012 event draw an entry of 17 competitors with 3 in Basic, 7 in Sportsman, 6 in Intermediate and 1 in Unlimited. By Friday evening, competitors, friends and family had soon made themselves at home with tents, caravans and a mobile home set up at the field. Saturdays competition was held in a brisk northerly wind which made for some interesting landings and added to the challenge for a few of the flyers, who for their first time,were competing in a higher class. Saturday night was a gathering around the barbecue with jokes and a few interesting stories being told. The light wind on Sunday had swung to the south and the sun was hidden by cloud cover. Flying standards were very good and the competition had a relaxed feeling to it with lots of chatting and laughter. All flyers were presented with a Competitors Certificate, with winners and place getters receiving decorative trophies. The results were : Basic
1st Charles Tonges
2nd John King
2nd David Rooke
3rd Karl Ansell
Intermediate 1st Grant Lindsay
Unlimited 1st Aaron Garle
2nd Mason Francis 3rd Chris Davis So what is IMAC ? ( International Miniature Aerobatic Club ) IMAC is a Scale Aerobatic Competition which can be flown in the Basic class with any model. Basic is an introductory class and the schedule of 10 manoeuvres is easier to fly than the Gold Wings test. Once a flyer is comfortable with Basic then he / she can move up to Sportsman where a scale aerobatic model is required. With the exception of Basic class, each year a set of 10 Known manoeuvres is flown and an Unknown set of 10 manoeuvres is handed out and flown during the competition. If you would like further information on IMAC flying, visit www.scaleaeros.com.au and / or www.mini-iac.com or simply contact an IMAC flyer. The Tin Can Bay Model Flyers Club was established around 30 years ago and offers a very smooth runway, a very tidy and workable kitchen, hot water shower, toilets and powered camping sites. The IMAC flyers and families were well catered for by the Tin Can Bay members throughout the comp and I think we will see some of the Club members join in and enjoy flying IMAC with us.
On behalf of the IMAC flyers, I would like to thank the Club for offering their field and facilities to the IMAC flyers and we hope to be back next year to stage another scale aerobatic competition - the Cooloola Classic IMAC - 2013. David Rooke.
Photos courtesy of Paul Benfield.
Assembling IMAC models- Michael Paul (TAA) in foreground
Ray Murray with his 40% Composite ARF Extra 260.
Derek Gamblin receives his trophy for 3rd place in Sportsman.
Aaron Garle with his Extreme Flight Extra 300. Aaron ( Bones ) has moved up quickly from Sportsman to Unlimited and has recently competed in the Tuscon Aerobatic Shootout where he placed a very respectable 4th.
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The construction and building of UH-1B A2-1022 The Huey/Iroquois helicopter was representative of the Vietnam war as well as to Aussies as the platform for the Air Force/Army for many years. What I have modelled is a B or Bravo model as the forces referred to them as. My first flight experience in a helicopter was in 1978, it was a Huey at Amberley Airbase. The experience motivated me to build and fly one so I made the decision to build one late in 2011. I purchased the mechanics and kit from the USA with the idea of doing the Battle of Long Tan chopper. The 2 RAAF Iroquois helicopters from 9th Squadron, A2 1022 and 1020 saved many lives when they dropped urgent ammunition to troops in torrential rain on August 18th 1966. 108 Australian, New Zealand and US troops battled 2500 enemy troops. There were 18 killed and 24 injured but the enemy lost 245 with 350 wounded. We are fortunate to have a memorial in Toowoomba for the brave veterans of Long Tan My uncle is a decorated Vietnam veteran and spoke of the Hueyâ€™s many times and he was involved with the rebuild of UH-1B A2 1022 at Caloundra. I was able to get many detailed photos of the Huey during the rebuild. This helped greatly with the detailing inside and out. I went electric for the reliability and power and even though the model weighs over 15 kilograms it flies light. The build was very complicated as I had never built a large scale helicopter before. I detailed all the inside too and have 3 crew on board. All the doors either slide or open and the front hatch works too. It has a releasable tow hook underneath that I have used to carry the Australian flag. I put all the switches and charge ports in the front hatch. I referenced only photos from books and the internet to complete the build. I had great help and advice from Lyle from RC Heliworld in regards the build and set up. Power is via a 6 horsepower electric motor and all Vario mechanics. It runs 4 x 5000mah 6 cell batteries giving about 30 minute flying time. I used a V bar flybarless gyro unit that was configured by Adam Grofski. This was a long and complicated process as not much information is available for large helicopters. I sourced external lighting and a retracting front light all operated from the transmitter. As the photos show the kit is a very basic starting point for the project. It uses a cable drive for the tail rotor and a Vario tail gearbox. The engine mount was machined locally to adapt the 6 horsepower Scorpion electric motor to the turbine mechanics. My aim was to finish the model before the T.A.A charity air show in 2012. It was a fitting opening of the air show as my uncle is a retired wing commander. He opened the air show and shared some memories of the Vietnam War with some of the pilots present. The Huey was flown by T.A.A heli guru Adam Grofski with an Australian flag hanging underneath. It was a great sight and appreciated by those in attendance especially my uncle. Building and flying these types of models with historical significance is a learning curve each time I choose a new project. To research about the pilots and crews and the huge dangers they faced on a daily basis makes me proud to be an Aussie. Getting so much positive feedback from people makes it worthwhile building these projects, next on the building board is a 2.8 meter P 47D Thunderbolt. The significance of this model is the pilot was a POW for part of WW2. I will do a build story on this model soon. LUKE CULLEN Page 30
I read with interest the latest Bulletin #23 and came across your article regarding the oldest active member in the state. We are very fortunate to have amongst our members of the “Maryborough Aeromodellers Club” a grand old gentleman named Byron Christmas who turned 86 on the 24/10/12 and is still an active flyer of both indoor and outdoor r/c model aircraft. Byron has been a “Life Member” of our club for many years now, a title he truly deserves for his love and devotion to his club and its members, his wisdom and knowledge of all aspects of aero modelling including, rubber powered, C/L, free flight, r/c sailplanes, r/c nitro powered and electric powered, aircraft has been a great asset to our club. Byron was the man who introduced me to the hobby of aero modelling when he put on a C/L demonstration at the Maryborough Boys School back in 1962. At this point in time Byron is just happy to fly his electric powered sailplane (which he still manages to loop) and is happy to be on the flight line every Wednesday and Sunday morning weather permitting. I spoke with Byron and asked him to do a little autobiography of his life in aero modelling, so please find below Byron’s story as written by him. Kind Regards Neil Brockley MAC Inc Byron Christmas Born 24/10/1926 (86years young) My interest in modelling first started at the tender age of 12, it was before World War 2 in Emerald where I was born. I came across a small pile of rubbish and in amongst it I found a balsa wing rib for a model aircraft. I cherished this small find and it made me think that building model aircraft would be the hobby for me. I attended the Boys Grammar School in Rockhampton during the war, and witnessed thousands of USA war planes passing overhead after being refuelled, at that time I used to make solid model aircraft, Spitfires, Aircobras, Kittyhawks, Etc.After the war a chap by the name of Don Millroy and me made free flight models and flew them at Rockhampton. In the 1940’s I ended up working in Dalby where my parents lived, working for Napier Brothers, whilst in Dalby a chap by the name of Joe Sims, myself and other interested modellers formed the first aeromodellers club in Dalby, we flew mostly control line and free flight, it was during this time I designed and flew my first attempt at free flight, the model had a five foot wing span and was powered by a 2cc ED diesel and it flew beautifully, and after I left the Dalby area Joe was still the man running the club. From Dalby I moved to Maryborough in 1951where I married my wife Zillah, it wasn’t long after our wedding that I met a few fellows flying control line on Kings Oval at the Boys Grammar School, my mother who still lived in Dalby sent over my “squaw” control liner and I soon joined in with them. After many years we felt the need to fly free flight and in 1962 we had a meeting and invited all interested parties to join us and give us their views before looking for a suitable field. I found 4000 acres of old racecourse reserve hence the Maryborough Aeromodellers Club was formed, after a few years and the introduction of single channel radio, and the rapid growth to multi channel radio sets, plus the models were getting larger it wasn’t long before we realised that our original field was rapidly becoming too small for us and we needed to look for a larger block of land, the original field was directly across the road from where the club is presently operating now. One of my special interests over the years has been sailplanes, and with the help of Bob Murtagh another Maryborough club member we started a yearly competition held at Eidsvold on their polo field, this was a good area to hold this event as it was central to Maryborough, Bundaberg and Rockhampton, the competition was a thermal only Page 32
event with an electric winch launch, the competition is still on the yearly calendar, but is now hosted by the Bundaberg club, and they have done so for the past fifteen years thanks to Allan Ferguson. Slope soaring also became one of my obsessions and I especially enjoyed slope soaring at the sand blow at Rainbow Beach or at Wreck Point in Yeppoon, also Point Vernon and Ghost Hill in Hervey Bay were popular spots to fly at depending on wind direction, both of the Hervey Bay spots have now been taken over by residential development. Another Interest of mine is indoor free flight especially “scale models” and all models must be built by the modeller, my best achievement was a second place in the Australian indoor scale championships held in Toowoomba, I entered my rubber powered “Puss Moth” I have also won a Queensland State Title which was held in Brisbane in 1992, my model for this event was an “Auster” At the present time I am flying my electric powered sailplane and I have six or seven interested club members to keep me company on the flight line. Well that’s all folks Happy landings Kindest Regards Byron Christmas Maryborough Aeromodellers Club Inc Thanks Byron for the great story of your aeromodelling career. ED
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Outcomes from Reported Incidents
Incident Reports continue to indicate arise in propeller strikes to fingers, arms and legs from models with electric motors and propellers (EP). Reported in the last newsletter was the problem involving setting up electric models using a â€˜buddyboxâ€™.
The most probable reason for any of these incidents is that electric motors can start without almost any warning at all, unlike IC engines. Even with the EP stopped, it should always be considered â€˜aliveâ€™.
MAAA members are not alone in this situation. Information is regularly received from other countries which are facing similar problems. It has been reported that severe injuries, including permanent damage to eyes, have resulted.
Maybe just food for thought, but not standing in line with or forward of propellers and possibly wearing safety eye protection could go a long way to preventing injuries to eyes.
66TH MAAA NATIONALS â€“ NSW ASSOCIATIONS The 66th Nationals to be held in NSW during the 2012/13 period will be a split event. Control Line events are being held in Albury from 28 December 2012 to 3 January 2013. Free Flight events are being held at Narrandera from 3-8 January 2013. For more information contact the Nationals Free Flight and Control Line Coordinator, Brian Ether, at firstname.lastname@example.org Radio Control events are to be run by the R/C Special Interest groups who will coordinate their own individual events at various locations throughout the year. Details and advice will be available from MAS NSW when finalised. The 66th National Championships for Glider and Electric & rd the33 Annual Armidale Sailplane Expo have been scheduled to be held 25-28 January 2013. ENQUIRIES: Hutton Oddy Email
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National and International Events
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France â€“Dates: 3 â€“ 10 August
South Africa â€“Dates: 15 â€“ 25 August
Germany â€“ Dates: 1 â€“ 11 August
Poland â€“Dates: TBA
Netherlands â€“Dates: TBA
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The new MASA flags in action at the Pt Lincoln Air Show.
There were participants from Pt Lincoln, Pt Augusta, Ceduna, Whyalla, Mt Barker and Paralowie.
2013 EVENTS CALENDAR FEB 14-17
SPEKTRUM GRATTON AIR INVITATIONAL AT CALVERT see MAAQ web site for additional information.
MAAQ GENERAL MEETING AT CHERMSIDE LIBRARY
2013 CONTROL LINE STATE CHAMPS AEROBATICS INCLUDING 2014 WORLD CHAMPS SELECTION AT MARYBOROUGH
ELECTRIC FLY IN AT TARMAC
HELICOPTER MARCH MADNESS AT DALBY
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COMBINED DISCIPLINES NOSTALGIC FUN FLY AT DALBY 2013 AUSTRLIAN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS AEROBATICS AT CHARLES kINGSFORDSMITH AIRCRAFT CLUB AT PITT TOWN SYDNEY FUN FLY & NIGHT fLY AT GLADSTONE MAC
2013 CONTROL LINE STATE CHAMPS COMBAT/RACING INCLUSING 2014 WORLD CHAMPS SELECTION AT CLASI IPSWICH.
18-19 fly in at dmac- dalby 25 MAAQ GENERAL MEETING AT CHERMSIDE LIBRARY JULY 20-21
2013 C/L STATE CHAMPS TEAM RACING ,SPEED & STAND OFF SCALE AT LARCS- LOGAN.
WARBIRDS AT GLADSTONE
MAAQ AGM & GENERAL MEETING AT CHERMSIDE LIBRARY
MAAQ GENERAL MEETING AT CHERMSIDE LIBRARY
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Luke Cullenâ€™s big Huey in flight
GLADSTONE MODEL AERO CLUB - 27th 28th APRIL
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Open from 7am, family event Saturday night bon fire and night flying Drinking water & Ice cold Soft drinks on sale Bring your caravan, plenty of camping area.
$2 sausage sizzle Sat lunch. BYO BBQ sat night. No noise restrictions, relaxed atmosphere Fully fluro lit pits and seating area. Toilet facilities. No showers available.
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