elcome to the last quarter October-Decemberâ€™s issue of Airflow for the year. This year has certainly gone particularly quickly over the last couple of months. The 2014 events calendar is growing in size with an event on each month thru to December next year. The Southern Cross Airforce are running Warbird events each month right throughout the year at various venues in the south east from Bundaberg in the north thru to Logan in the south and as far west as Toowoomba. So for those who are into the warbird scene it would be worth checking out an event near you. Their colorful calendar of events can be found on page 15. Further information can be found on their web site-www.southerncrossairforce.com.
The latest in depron foam control line models flown indoors. This design is the Indoor GeeBee . Powered by an inexpensive small brushless motor, 15 amp speed controller, timer and 800 mah lipo battery. With elevator control only this model is fully aerobatic. This model was bought to the meeting recently. Check out www.indoorgeebee.com & indoor.gee.bee.design@gmail .com to see the flight video of this model.
I would really like to thank the members and various clubs for the past year for their contributions.There are too many to list here but without your contributions this newsletter would not exist. I would also like to particularly thank Jim Henry for his time and effort in putting the cover together and bringing the newsletter to the next level in quality and also Mal Campbell for his informative articles on Free Flight. To the advertisers I would also like to thank them for their loyal support over the past twelve months and look forward to continue the association with them for the next twelve months. This newsletter is distributed to over 2200 members state wide, to interstate associations and via the MAAQ web site to readers all over the world. By the time you have read this newsletter the 67th Nationals is about to be held at Albury and Wangaratta, and will only be a week or so away from commencing. The Nationals will start on the 28th December and finish on the 6th January 2014. Finially, I would like to on behalf of the committee take this opportunity to wish all the best to our members and their families for Christmas and the New Year. Happy and safe flying. Doug Airflow Editor Front cover: A collection of war birds. Photos supplied by Mark Williamson and put together by Jim Henry. AIRFLOW 3
Australia’s Roy Summersby has won the F1D World Championships. Roy beat the current World Champ, Eugene Verbitsky by 126 seconds after 4 fly-offs. Congratulations Roy. World champs report by Mal Campbell on pages 17-19.
By the way if you are interested in Free Flight Scale there will be a team trial for the Trans Tasman at the 67th Nationals. Please see flyer above.
Next MAAQ General Meeting date : 1st February 2014 at Chermside Library 375 Hamilton Road Chermside at 2.00 PM. Afternoon tea provided after meeting. Hope to see you at the next meeting. PLEASE NOTE THE CUT OFF DATE FOR MATERIAL FOR THE JANUARY -MARCH EDITION WILL BE THE 21st FEBRUARY 2014.
Please consult the calendar of events or the MAAQ web site event calendar for the meeting dates for 2014. AIRFLOW 4
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I had received some feedback from Sean Udal of Bundaberg recently, on keeping the younger generation interested in the art of aeromodelling . Re: Increasing interest amount the youth with new trainers. Dear Doug, It was great seeing our Bundaberg ladies on the cover of Airflow. Our school recently started an Aeromodllers society to help encourage students to join our local Bundaberg club. Next term we will start building our foamboard RC power pod, thanks to the excellent FliteTest.com website. The swappable series of planes are great for school students, and can be integrated into the manual arts and graphic design syllabus. The MESA RC FoamFighters website is an excellent example of how this can encourage young children. http://www.mesarcfoamfighters. com/ Yesterday at the Tingalpa Expo they mentioned how great the Boomerang is as a Trainer. I have a Boomerang II 40 and love the Trainer. I created a blog to help encourage my students. The blog includes how to assemble the plane. http://boomerangii40.blogspot.com.au/ I recently bought the new E-Flite Apprentice 15e S which has the new SAFE technology. This trainer is brilliant for young children in Basic mode. The level out switch avoids any nasty crashes and it is easy to setup and fly. The RTF of this plane is excellent. A real winner for young children. I would love to see Aeromodelling grow in Bundaberg. Our school Aeromodelling website is http://bit.ly/15YXGsa I have included youtube clips to encourage my students. The recent Joe Nall 2013 and NEAT FAIR 2013 festivals are great youtube footage. Kind regards Sean Udal AIRFLOW 6
Maryborough Aeromodellers Club Jet Turbine Weekend 20th - 22nd June 2014 Camping onsite $10 per site per night. Hot Shower Facilities, No power supplied onsite. Canteen Open 9am till 2pm ALL three days Pilot Registration Fees $30.00 If you plan on operating a turbine-powered model, you must show proof that you possess a current turbine permit to fly & MAAA Licence. Please come prepared with this information during pilot registration.
This is a SOCIAL event for Jet Enthusiasts Please RSVP the CLUB VIA EMAIL Weâ€™d love to see you here for great time.
Sunday November 24 2013 I attended the all electric fun fly in at GCMFC. Wind conditions in the morning were a bit swirly and the wind sock couldn’t make up its mind which way to point but by midday it settled down and a few good flights were to be had. Plenty of those small fun fighters were tearing up the sky. Heaps of great raffle and pilot draw prizes were on offer - 2 plane kits, a coaxial heli, quadcopter, charger, servos and motors (even 5 litres of nitro at an all electric event?) - but true to form none went home with me. Excellent job Tom and the other club members on organising all this. Enough about the event. What I want to share with you is an awe inspiring story about a club member, Leo and his dedicated wife Debbie. Leo was involved in a back yard accident whilst cutting down a tree which accidently fell on him, resulting in both physical and brain damage. Debbie told me that she was told by the medical team that Leo would spend the rest of his life in a nursing home and was at one stage confined to a wheelchair. Leo has some communication problems so he has written some of the details down on a page together with some photographs so he can tell you his story. Not one to let an accident stop him from flying Leo has put in lots of practice on the simulator. Debbie said the sim helps him rehabilitate both mentally and physically. The photo below shows club instructor Geoff hand launching Leo’s Bixler. Leo does all the flying - launch, flying and landing. Geoff is on the buddy box just in case but I was really impressed with Leo’s ability in the trying conditions. The Bixler flew better under quite a bit of throttle. Unfortunately there was a small bingle. Out with the Araldite and some of the other club members had his plane repaired and back in the air in 20 minutes, this club is really behind him. I think the whole modelling community would like to wish Leo all the best on the road to what has already been an amazing recovery. Safe landings, Nic Case, TCBMFC photos 1. Geoff (left) chucks the Bixler as Leo (right) takes off. Debbie is just out of the picture standing behind. 2. An electric collection
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I have recieved some favourable comments regarding the last airflow one of which follows recieved by email from Sean in Bundaberg It was great seeing our Bundaberg ladies on the cover of Airflow. Our school recently started an Aeromodllers society to help encourage students to join our local Bundaberg club. Next term we will start building our foamboard RC power pod, thanks to the excellent FliteTest.com website. The swappable series of planes are great for school students, and can be integrated into the manual arts and graphic design syllabus. The MESA RC FoamFighters website is an excellent example of how this can encourage young children. http://www. mesarcfoamfighters.com/ Yesterday at the Tingalpa Expo they mentioned how great the Boomerang is as a Trainer. I have a Boomerang II 40 and love the Trainer. I created a blog to help encourage my students. The blog includes how to assemble the plane. http://boomerangii40. blogspot.com.au/ I recently bought the new E-Flite Apprentice 15e S which has the new SAFE technology. This trainer is brilliant for young children in Basic mode. The level out switch avoids any nasty crashes and it is easy to setup and fly. The RTF of this plane is excellent. A real winner for young children. I would love to see Aeromodelling grow in Bundaberg. Our school Aeromodelling website is http://bit.ly/15YXGsa I have included youtube clips to encourage my students. The recent Joe Nall 2013 and NEAT FAIR 2013 festivals are great youtube footage. Kind regards Sean Udal
Just a quick report and photo for MAAQ from the pylon event held over the October long weekend. I am happy to tell you that at the recent team trials for F5D electric pylon racing that the 3 man team is made up of 2 Queenslanders and 1 Victorian. Tyler Mees from Toowoomba and Brice deChastel of Maryborough MAC. Both qualified to represent Australia next year in Austria at the World Champs. Tony Singleton also of Maryborough MAC made to first reserve, with Beau Murphy for Vic completing the team. Again it is a nice showing of the strength of pylon racing in QLD. It will be a strong team to go to Austria and all members are very keen to work together to get Australia back on the map in electric pylon racing. All the best, Bruce The Choice of Champions...
11 May 2013 Kams Electric Glider Saturday, May 11th had been designated for the SIG Electric Glider contest starting at 1.00pm. The weather during the week had given us the first taste of winter with huge winds and lots of rain but it had begun to clear by Saturday. No lift was found in the morning but it was a clear day with a soggy field and no big patches of water on the field. However, the gods did shine on us and we had had a good afternoon with lift galore. Very little wind, warm and some cloud. CD Margaret Pettigrew had her trusty very old Toshiba computer and printer setup, hoping it would work properly which fortunately it did.
David Launching the Bingo E
Co-CD Bill Pettigrew held a pilots meeting for the six contestants who had travelled from the four corners of the globe, the deep South, North, East and West, telling the assembled masses that there would be three rounds, three contestants per heat and two heats per round. To even the playing field it was decided that the Radian would be given a 20 sec. motor run and all other planes just 15 seconds. To score pilots were also required to land on the grassy field; anywhere else would be considered a zero score. No major dramas and no br4eakages throughout the event. For scoring, only the contestant’s time would be recorded making it easy to score. The contest moved very quickly and easily, those pilots not flying would time and vice versa. Danny Hales flew well but couldn’t find air although other pilots were achieving their times. The scores would have been very different had Stephen not misjudged the wind on his first flight and had an out landing and thus no score. As he had flown the 7 minutes he would have given everyone a run for their money. Simon worked very hard to achieve his scores, especially in the last round when he flew very patiently for approximately 4 minutes at 150m height before getting lift and full score.
Nigel and Stephen share a joke
Planes flown were: FVK Graphite 2 E, Bingo E, Cyril E, Radian, FVK Organic E and a Pike Perfect ET Electric. In the end the scores were very close. At the top was Simon Watts with 2997 points flying his trusty Radian which he states is quite a boring plane to fly except in a contest (and winning!). His Radian cost $185 while the rest of the ships at $1000 plus, who says Mother Nature doesn’t have a sense of humour. 1st – Simon Watts – Radian – 2997.6 points 2nd – Matt Pickens – Ceres E – 2995.2 points 3rd – Nigel Molyneux – Pike Perfect ET E – 2992.9 points 4th – David Shue – Bingo E – 2335.8 points 5th – Danny Hales – Graphite 2 E – 2211.4 points 6th – Stephen Gleeson – FVK Organic E – 1997.6 points
Simon happy with his Radian
Thanks David Shue for giving some sage advice in the use of the RC Scoring program and thanks to David Peterson for his very easy software program. I can still remember when it was pencil, paper and a calculator which I trucked out with me and which seems to give everyone a good laugh but it comes in handy as well as my ten fingers for counting!!
Saturday & Sunday 22nd & 23rd February HERVEY BAY Contact: Laurie Mudle (07) 4124 1476
Sunday 16th March TINGALPA (TMAC) Contact: Phil Gartshore 0407 070 263
Saturday & Sunday 3rd & 4th May TIN CAN BAY Contact: Neil Low (07) 5486 4412
Saturday,Sunday,Monday 7th ,8th & 9th June BUNDABERG Contact: Patsy Brown (07) 4159 0360
Sunday 13th July LOGAN (LARCS) Contact: Darryl Gunst (07) 5546 7337
Saturday & Sunday 2nd & 3rd August COOLUM (Suncoast) Contact: Tony Thornton 0408 791 484
Saturday & Sunday 30th & 31st August GLADSTONE Contact: Troy Josefski 0411 397 139
Saturday & Sunday 20th & 21st September TOOWOOMBA (TAA) Contact: Peter Love 0412 633 549
Saturday & Sunday 18th & 19th October MARYBOROUGH Contact: Harry Swinson (07) 4123 2226
Saturday & Sunday 15th & 16th November PINE RIVERS (SAAMBR) Contact: Dave Mount 0427 650 737
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Just thought I'd send you these photo's of my youngest son, Hudson, reading (or pretending to). This was not staged, he just picked up the nearest magazine and started looking at the pictures, just like his dad does when on the throne (much to his dad's wife's constant frustration...) I was permitted to name Hudson (although we call him Grommet at home and when with family and friends - rhymes with "vomit" which he used to do constantly when he was little and I wasn't allowed to nick-name him vomit), so I named him after my second-favourite WW2 twin-engined bomber, the Lockheed Hudson. My favourite is the Marauder, but she wouldn't let me name him that, or Spitfire or Lightning or F111... I think you get the picture. Number 3 will be arriving in December (hopefully a girl this time - one for my wife to play with) and I want to name her (if it is a girl) Piper (Piper Cub), Dakota (DC-3), Antoinette (WW1 manufacturer) or Enya (model engine manufacturer). Any suggestions that are not obviously aeronautical (because I'm not allowed to name her after a plane or anything remotely like it, nor am I allowed to name her anyway...) would be greatly and sneakily appreciated. All the best everyone, Kind regards Marcel Cazaly WAM Secretary 0419 309 868 Thought this would be of intrest to the balsa bashers out there . Found this about Paper Masks for painting models: Bill Dye came to our club meeting one time, and did a “demo” on the wet paper masking/ painting. Bill used ordinary white 8.5” x 11” white paper. He cut the paper to size, with a new #11 blade, then wet it “good.” Removing the paper from the water, he let it kinda drip dry, then placed it on the model., DA!DA!DA! He blotted off the excess water, then used his air brush and gently blew off any water. He just airbrushed on his color, removed the damp paper and presto, nice fine lines, and no darn tape residue.Try it,it works well. AIRFLOW 16 13
FREE FLIGHT WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS Moncontour France – August 2013 The 2013 Free Flight World Championships held in August were an exceptional achievement for the organising committee. It was the biggest gathering of free flight competitors for many, many years. Certainly the appeal of the French countryside was a factor, as was the proximity of many European countries. There were in fact 40 countries represented promising big and highly competitive fields. Countries like Australia, New Zealand and Argentina travelled long distances to compete, and we were rewarded with excellent weather and of course fine food and wine. French bread, croissants and cheese are to die for. Three elite classes were flown in the championships – F1A glider, F1B rubber and F1C power. Technical developments and skills of the flyers were exceptional. While I’d say the median age was in the mid 50s, there was a pleasing number of younger flyers, and some made the podium. Hard luck story was one American, whose model box did not arrive with him in France. He flew back to the USA and returned with back up models, only to find the other box had arrived! And I leant recently of an Argentinean whose model box surfaced after 40 days. Something to worry about if you take your precious models overseas. For Australia, we had the distinct pleasure of seeing one of our own place first in F1C, the first time an Australian has won at the World Championships in 55 years. The opening ceremony for the event was not unlike a mini Olympic Games, with all teams assembling in uniform and then marching through the town to
report by Malcolm Campbell
the stage where the official speeches took p l a c e . Entertainment and free drinks followed. As for the flying, the standout aspect of each The Australians class was the looked great in the number who green and gold shirts maxed out all seven rounds and the numbers who then hung in through multiple fly-offs until the winner was established. Good weather contributed to these numbers and it certainly All teams paraded would have been through the village of a record Moncontour occurrence. So on to a brief overview of each class abundance. F1A had 116 entrants so flown: poles for the flight line extended for F1A gliders release off a 50 metre 450 metres, and we had to shift down line and, with refinement of wing 7 poles each round. Moving from the sections and the programmable last pole back to the first took some electric timers, models climb vertically time. when released to bunt off at 100 Australia was represented by Phil metres, doubling the initial launch Mitchell (NSW), Malcolm Campbell height. This is obviously a huge (Q’LD) and Vin Morgan (VIC). Vin and advantage to the older style gliders Phil have attended many world that may come off at 60 – 70 metres. champs, where it was Malcolm’s first The Russians were talking 115 metres time. In elite company, including past and more! Flappers (wings hinged and present world champions, who span-wise that flatten the wing section compete far more regularly than we at launch) and LDA sections (low drag are able to, we placed 43��, 89�� and aerofoil to increase launch speed and 101�� respectively. This may seem way height gain) models were in down the order but 62 maxed out to
Phil Mitchell ready with his F1A
F1B flyer Terry Bond waits for lift
utilised by many flyers. And good rubber is like fine wine to them – certain years are sought out and carefully stored for major events, as huge gains can be made with the additional torque offered by quality rubber.
F1As are towed up by the flyer on a 50 m towline
make the first 5 minute fly-off, and it only takes one or two dropped flights to tumble down the order. 55 flyers then made the 7 minute fly-off, dropping to 24 for the 9 minute fly-off, completed at 9pm when a winner was announced. Amazing numbers! Of course it’s marvellous to be able to still fly at 10pm at night - perhaps not with an F1C! F1A gliders have the lowest sink rate of any model aircraft and once the
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Launches are great to watch, because one person launching in good air can trigger a mass launch. Collisions are rare. Australia had Terry Bond (NSW), Richard Blackam (VIC) and Bryan Oliver (VIC). Richard has placed 3�� in a world champs some years back and has flown in many big competitions. Terry has flown in probably 4 world champs and it was Terry Bond launches his F1B rubber model Bryan’s first time. Terry managed a very creditable 21��, Bryan 41�� and hectic frenzy of launching in very close Richard 91��. company is over, they represent one Once again, fly-offs had record of the most graceful forms of flight. numbers – 30 made the 5 minute F1B rubber models drive a 26” fly-off but only 9 returned for the 7 variable pitch prop by 30 gms of minute fly-off, as the weather was not rubber, wound to over 120 inch/ozs. as good as F1A day, and lift was patchy These models climb nearly vertically in the late afternoon. It was very for 35 metres and then climb a further pleasing to see a junior win and 65 metres before settling into a glide. another place 3��. Naturally this class also had the very best competing with latest technology. F1C are by far the most spectacular. Flappers and LDA sections were Noise, speed, aroma and occasional
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extraordinary numbers, suggesting the models are flying too well and maybe the rules should be changed, e.g. shorter engine runs.
Soon to be World Champion, Roy Summersby gets away another perfect launch
Terry Bond flew F1A and F1B, getting into the fly-offs in each. He was the only one that did!
So the first fly-off presented a spectacle not many will forget. The air was good and it was both spectacular and frightening to see one or two models launch and then almost the whole field follow. The noise was incredible, it was impossible to record engine runs, and I’m sure many were watching for wayward models. Keeping the model in sight with so many similar models slowly drifting across the flight line was a timer’s worst nightmare. So by late that evening, two were left standing – Ukrainian Eugeny Verbitsky (a legend in F1C flying) and our very own Australian, Roy Summersby.
The 7am fly-of the next morning was witnessed by 70 people, that in itself was amazing as it was the very last flight of the championship with nothing else on that day. The morning was cold and overcast with the start delayed to 7.15am because of poor visibility. Soon after the start Roy decided to go. His engine was tuned to perfection and the launch and bunt could not have been better. About a minute later Verbitsky started and launched but his engine wasn’t crisp, Victory at last! Roy’s it didn’t lean out in the climb and he waited a long time for this. did not get the height of Roy. Verbitsky often launches rich to have destruction make these 2.5cc what was going on when I had my the motor lean out, but not this day. methanol monsters very appealing to head in the viewfinder. A few minutes later, and after 55 the spectators. Specialised motors years, an Australian had become a F1Cs are the heaviest of our free drive 3 or 4 blade geared props to over flight classes, weighing in at 750 gms, Free Flight World Champion. Roy was 30,000 rpm and various wing but they climb to at least 130 metres ecstatic and perhaps a little teary. And configurations are used to get these in 5 seconds, bunt off at the top and, Eugeny, being the sportsman he is, 3m span models to great height in the when the wings unfold (in the case of smiled and gave Roy a big hug. Roy 5 second power phase. Flappers, a folder) glide magnificently. As the and Eugeny are both over 70, very folders and LDA sectioned models are F1Cs had the best weather of the good at what they do and have both everywhere and it is a class to watch championships, record numbers made been at it a very long time. As Eugeny carefully as, when launches go wrong, the fly-offs. 49 out of 76 entries made said to Roy many years ago at an AFFS the consequences follow very quickly. the 5 minute fly-off, then 43 returned Champs, “It is not necessary to beat I did quite a lot of photography at the for the 7 minute fly-off and finally 26 the Teacher.” event and I remained acutely aware of for the 9 minute fly-off. These are This time he did!
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NEWSLETTER No. 05/2013
Message from the MAAA President Neil Tank PRESERVING OUR PRIVILEGE TO FLY Like full size aviation, aero modelling has undergone continuous and significant change in the short time since Orville and Wilbur Wright first took to the air. These changes have made it easier for the novice to embrace aero modelling and for the experienced to challenge new boundaries. In the beginning, those who had an interest in aeromodelling had to have the basic skills of a carpenter, mechanic and engineer. They then had to teach themselves to fly the model. Today life is much easier; a vast majority of models on the market take little time and effort to “build” and most fly straight out of the box. Electronic advances such as return to home, GPS navigation and self-correcting features allow many more people to experience the joy of aeromodelling. Advances in radio technology have also developed in leaps and bounds; the introduction of the 2.4 GHz radio being one example. The only components manufacturers have not been able to factor into the flying of these model aircraft are the human elements of:
…..All examples could have quite easily caused serious personal injury to some innocent bystander at great expense to the flyer of the model aircraft …
Common sense. Safe flying practices. Awareness of the surrounding environment. Consideration of others.
Pilots of model aircraft should always be very mindful of these four factors when flying, whether at a recognised model aircraft field, a local park, school oval or indoors. Introduction of new technology also has its downside; we at times forget the lessons learnt in the past. For example with the introduction and ease of 2.4 radios and receivers and the advancement of electric aircraft, many have forgotten correct installations practices. During the 36 MHz era, when mounting radio receivers, we took particular care where they were placed, wrapped them in shock absorbing material and ensured the aerial was placed in a position where it was unlikely to be damaged. It seems some who install 2.4 radio receivers have dropped their guard and ignore manufacturers’ recommendations. They no longer wrap receivers in vibration absorbing material; instead Velcro or “double sided” adhesive tape and other similar non-shock absorbing mounting material is used. Some have even gone to the extent of securing receivers to the side of the aircraft with cable ties. Little regard is also given to the position of the aerial. These much shorter aerials are placed where they can easily be knocked, bent or shielded. Although the frequencies of the radios have changed, the manufacturing construction of the receivers has not, so why do we treat 2.4 GHz receivers differently to those operating on 36 MHz?
Message from the MAAA President Neil Tank (continued) First Person View (FPV) flying is another great advancement for those aeromodellers who want to be challenged and try something different. Again the four human factors of common sense, safe flying practices, awareness of the environment, and consideration of others, have to be exercised by the pilot in command. The following are few examples of what not to do when flying FPV. Safety 1 Recently an FPV model was flown in the vicinity of the Sydney Harbour Bridge at a low level through the metal framework and over the roadway. The model subsequently collided with the metal framework hit a fence and crashed onto the railway line. The pilot of the model was located and issued with an aviation infringement notice for flying in a restricted area without approval (CASR 101.065) and hazardous operation of a model aircraft (CASR 101.055). Safety 2 An FPV model was flown over the heads of and within 30 metres of a group of students. The pilot of the model was issued with a â€˜letter of counsellingâ€™ for the hazardous operation of a model aircraft (CASR 101.055) and not keeping a model away from people (CASR 101.395). Safety 3 The pilot of an FPV model flew his model during a bushfire in New South Wales and as a result caused the stoppage of aerial fire-bombing activities. This also was a breach of CASR 101.055 (Hazardous Operation of a Model Aircraft). Safety 4 An FPV model was detected flying through cloud and above fog over the Sydney suburbs. This activity is not only illegal; it is highly dangerous. The flying of an FPV or any model aircraft in this fashion is a breach of CASR 101.070 (Operation in Controlled Airspace), CASR 101.385 (Visibility for operation of model aircraft) and CASR 101.095 (Weather and day limitations). The MAAA President Neil Tank
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Remember when flying a model aircraft it must be kept in sight at all times, this rule also applies to flying FPV aircraft. Note: When flying FPV, MAAA members are required to have another person present who must maintain continual sight of the model at all times. This person is deemed to be the pilot in command and must not be utilising the FPV or vision enhancing equipment. All the above instances are examples of the pilots not using common sense, not exercising safe flying practices and not being aware of or discounting the environment around them. All examples could have quite easily caused serious personal injury to some innocent bystander at great expense to the flyer of the model aircraft.
Message from the MAAA President Neil Tank (continued)
Advances in modern technology are good for aeromodelling and provide new challenges and horizons for us all; however we must always be mindful of the fact that flying model aircraft is a privilege and not a right. This privilege can easily be severely restricted or at worst taken away from us. Remember we all fly for fun and enjoyment and should always fly with the objective of PRESERVING OUR PRIVILEGE TO FLY. Taking into consideration the four human factors highlighted earlier will go a long way to achieving this. VISIT TO STATE ASSOCIATIONS This month both the MAAA Secretary and I attended a meeting, at the request of MAAQ, to listen to and provide answers and feedback to questions and concerns Queensland club members had. The meeting commenced with a presentation by the MAAQ Registrar of the MAAA online membership system followed by myself with an overview of the MAAA Strategic Plan, which generated numerous questions, covering all the areas of concern for those in attendance. MAAA ONLINE MEMBERSHIP SYSTEM It is also a pleasure to announce that the MAAA online membership system is running successfully. The system was rolled out for trial by State Registrars and clubs in September and went fully active on 11 November. Like all new programs, there were a few glitches to sort out which became apparent once full use of the system commenced. The introduction of the new system began several years ago starting with requests to States and Clubs for input into the structure of an online system. Following this, a scoping document was produced, and eventually a Request to Tender was issued and the contract to produce the system placed. During this period there were also changes in State Registrars and additional local requirements were developed within some States. These new requirements along with any other additions are being addressed and will be in place and operating before the end of the current membership period.
Tahn Stowe â€“ MAAA Vice President
Brian Dowie â€“ MAAA Treasurer P O Box 88 Endeavour Hills VIC 3802 Telephone 03 9555 9445
Apart from the requested requirements, additions to the system will be made allowing event organisers to check on entrants details. This will then move to the next step of providing access to individual members, allowing them to amend their own personal details. All clubs are urged to make use of the system. Access is available through your State Body and Registrar. 67th NATIONALS The 67th Nationals hosted by VMAA will be held at Albury from the 28 December 2013 to the 5 January 2014. All MAAA members are invited to attend either as participants or spectators. Most of the MAAA Executive will also be attending and look forward to meeting members and friends during the period.
Ross Cant Comp. Rules Secretary PO Box 670 Mount Lawley WA 6929 Telephone 0404 634 366
from the MAAA Secretary Kevin Dodd … Items from the MAAA 2013 Midyear Board Meeting
The Midyear Board Meeting of the State Association Presidents was held on Saturday 30 November at Melbourne Airport.
At this meeting it was agreed to implement a Club Development Assistance Scheme. Full details and the criteria for applications will be made available as a MOP document in the new year. NSWFFS were given the approval to commence negotiations for the best possible price on a suitable block of land at West Wyalong, NSW.
A review of MOP058 2.4GHz Equipment was recently carried out by the MAAA Executive and the Technical Radio Subcommittee. The results of the review were considered by the MAAA Board and a decision was made that MAAA will cease any further testing of 2.4Ghz equipment. 2.4Ghz equipment used by MAAA members must conform to the requirements of the Australian Communication and Media Authority (ACMA) www.acma.gov.au/Industry. MOP058 will be reissued reflecting these changes.
2016 F2 Control Line World Championships
Kevin Dodd – MAAA Secretary 16 Illidge Road Victoria Point QLD 4165 Telephone 07 3207 9067
Perth will be host to the 2016 World Control line Championships being run by AWA. This event will attract many nations for the competition and experience of visiting Australia. The venue, Whiteman Park, is currently undergoing large transformations as it is readied for the event. Six control line circles will be available at the completion of construction to cater for all F2 disciplines and will be a legacy for all modellers after the event. At the MAAA Midyear Board Meeting it was agreed that $50,000 would be provided towards the quoted cost of the project and AWA would be provided with a loan of $64,000 over a ten year period for the balance.
– Notice to ‘All High Flyers’ There have been several recently reported occurrences of model aircraft, or unauthorised FPVs, coming into close contact with full size manned aircraft. THIS IS DANGEROUS AND ILLEGAL Civil Aviation Safety Regulations 1998 (CASR) 101.055 specifically forbids the operation of ‘an unmanned aircraft in a way that creates a hazard to another aircraft, another person, or property’. It is an offence of strict liability to do so. (For definition of strict liability see section 6.1 of the Criminal Code) We in Australia are in a privileged position in that we face far fewer rules and restrictions than are applied in many other nations. One accident involving a full sized aircraft could change that in the stroke of a pen. PLEASE MAKE A POINT OF ENSURING THAT YOUR RECREATIONAL USE OF MODEL AIRCRAFT DOES NOT ENDANGER FULL SIZE MANNED AIRCRAFT.
The MAAA Board of Directors and Executive wish all our members and friends a
and safe New Year Special greetings go to our many new members. We sincerely trust your time with us has been rewarding and fun and that you have been able to take advantage of all the MAAA offers its members.
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MAAA World Champions MAAA Members Congratulate the New World Champion Roy Summersby F1C Free Flight and Defending World Champion Chris Callow and Kevin Callow F3D Pylon Racing.
Members from Logan, Tingalpa and Rockhampton Clubs spent the week recently flying from this idyllic setting. A variety of models were flown during the week, from scale to electric powered models used for slope soaring. Prior arrangements were made to have some of the models sent to members on the island from retail outlets and some were transported as luggage. The week long â€˜fly-inâ€™ was appreciated by the residents and MAAA are proud to have played a part in the promotion of aeromodelling on the island. Norfolk modellers are members of the Tingalpa Model Aero Club under a country club arrangement.
BRISBANE FREE FLIGHT SOCIETY MONTH February
12pm – 4pm 8am-1pm
Club meeting plus “show and tell” Dale’s Fun and Friend’s day
John’s Place Coominya
8am-1pm 7am-12pm 7am-12pm
2 Minute Class models – “All in” Club Contest (3 flights) F1A State Champs (5 rounds + 2 for team selection) F1H State Champs (5 flights)
Coominya Dalby Dalby
3pm-6pm 7am-12pm 1pm-4pm 7am-12pm
Indoor (IHLG/ICLG State Champs) F1C State Champs (5 rounds + 2 for team selection) Open Power (3 flights) F1J State Champs (5 flights) Southern Cross and AFFS
BSHS Dalby Dalby Dalby Narrandera
3pm-6pm 7am-12pm 7am-12pm 8am-1pm
Southern Cross and AFFS Indoor (F1L/MiniStick/Delta Dart Club Events) F1B State Champs (5 rounds + 2 for team selection) F1G State Champs (5 flights) Scale, HLG & CLG
Narrandera BSHS Dalby Dalby Coominya
3pm-6pm 8am–12pm 8am–12pm 12pm – 4pm
Indoor (Frog Event) P-30 (3 flights 120sec max) A1 Sailplane (3 flights) AGM
BSHS Coominya Coominya John’s Place
Saturday 15 Sunday 23rd th
Sunday 9 th Saturday 29 th Sunday 30
Saturday 5 th Saturday 12
Sunday 13 th Friday 25 – nd
(P-20,CLG and special ladies event, sport and limited RC)
Friday 2 rd Saturday 3 th Saturday 17 Sunday 18th Sunday 25th
Saturday 7 th Sunday 8 nd Sunday 22 Saturday28th
Saturday 5 Sunday13th Sunday 27th
3pm-6pm 8am–12pm 8am - 1pm
Indoor (P-18 State Champs) 100gm coupe (3 flights) Dale’s Fun and Friend’s day
BSHS Coominya Coominya
(P-20,CLG and special ladies event, sport and limited RC)
Saturday 2 th Sunday 10 Sunday 24th
3pm-6pm 8am–12pm 8am–12pm
Indoor (Peanut Scale State Champs) 1/2A Power (3 flights) QDP (3 flights)
BSHS Coominya Coominya
Saturday 6th th Sunday 7 Sunday 21st
3pm-6pm 8am–1pm 8am–1pm
Indoor (General Indoor Flying) Col’s Vintage Rally Combined % (3 flights)
BSHS Coominya Coominya
Sunday 5 Thursday23rd th Friday 24 Saturday25th
8am-1pm 7am-2pm 7am-2pm 7am-9am 9am-12pm 8am – 12pm
Vic Smeed and KKK F1A & F1CTeam Selection Trial (7 rounds) F1B Team Selection Trial (7 rounds) LSq/100 (3 rounds) Open Rubber State Champs (3 flights – flyoff 7am Sun) No Frills Wakefield (3 flights)
Coominya Dalby Dalby Dalby Dalby Dalby
8am – 12pm 8am-12pm 12 noon
Frog rally and P-20 (3 flights 60sec) Club reserve day (general flying) Xmas party and presentation
Coominya Coominya TBA
Sunday 26th November
Sunday 2 Sunday 9th Saturday22nd
John Lewis 3848 4280
Malcolm Campbell 3263 9339
Albert Fathers 0755 343490
2014 CALENDAR AIRFLOW 28
2014 EVENTS CALENDAR
DEC 28-6 JANUARY 67TH NATIONALS AT ALBURY/WANGARATTA 25-27
34th ANNUAL ARMIDALE SAILPLANE EXPO
Contact : Hutton Oddy 0425 285758 email email@example.com
SOUTHERN CROSS AIRFORCE WAR BIRDS AT HERVEY BAY.
COFFS HARBOUR EDF JET MEET See flyer this edition
SOUTHERN CROSS AIRFORCE WARBIRDS AT TINGALPA
MARCH MADNESS DALBY MODEL AERO CLUB Contact Eddie 0417 639085
or Lyle 0458 724354
SOUTHERN CROSS AIRFORCE WARBIRDS AT TIN CAN BAY
SOUTHERN CROSS AIRFORCE WARBIRDS AT BUNDABERG
JET WEEKEND AT MARYBOROUGH
F4A TEAM TRIAL AT SPRINGHURST
SOUTHERN CROSS AIRFORCE WARBIRDS AT LOGAN (LARCS)
SOUTHERN CROSS AIRFORCE WARBIRDS AT COOLUM(SUNCOAST)
SOUTHERN CROSS AIRFORCE WARBIRDS AT GLADSTONE
SOUTHERN CROSS AIRFORCE WARBIRDS AT TOOWOOMBA (TAA)
TOWNSVILLE AEROMODELLERS ANNUAL MEMORIAL OLD TIMER
WEEKEND TEXACO & DURATION
SOUTHERN CROSS AIRFORCE WARBIRDS AT MARYBOROUGH
SOUTHERN CROSS AIRFORCE WARBIRDS AT PINE RIVERS (SAAMBR)
Please consult the calendar of events on the web site : www.maaq.org or up to date information on events INCLUDING FLYERS,CONTACT DETAILS & OTHER NECESSARY ENTRY FORMS.PLEASE FIND CONTACTS FOR SOUTHERN CROSS AIRFORCE IN THIS ISSUE ON PAGE 15 AND ON THEIR WEB SITE WWW.SOUTHERNCROSSAIRFORCE.COM
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