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Welcome to 2014 and the first issue of the year. In this edition Suncoast Model Flyers have provided an insight into the history of their club along with “of the era photos�. The history of the spitfire on page 8 is also a great reminder not to throw out any good model even though its over 20 years old - the enterprising Newcombe brothers have proved that in their article. The recent world pylon champs is over for another year and a good write up by Mick Dallmann is also in this issue. In this issue as well you will find two extra event calendars one for control line and the other for pylon racing for the year. As control line has so many events within the calendar and with limited space available in this newsletter, most of their events are listed on the web site with major events listed in the newsletter calendar as well in particular state titles. All of these pylon & control-line events are included in the MAAQ website list of events . The Queensland Nationals that have been set for April 2015 are taking shape with organizers meetings being planned. The never ending list of things to get done is being formulated. The front cover has been designed by Jim Henry and this time is focussed on our Queensland flyers who attended the recent Nationals in NSW . On the left Graham Maynard, Albert Fathers and Des Slattery showing the art of how to get that maximum climb rate and a good launch is required. Doug

Next MAAQ General Meeting date : Saturday 3rd MAY 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 APRIL-JUNE EDITION WILL BE THE 31st MAY 2014. email:



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General Meeting dates for 2014 at Chermside Library. 375 Hamilton Road Chermside Brisbane. Commencing at 2 pm. Saturday 1st February Saturday 3rd May Saturday 23rd August (AGM) Saturday 29th November These dates are also listed on the calendar on the MAAQ web


M.A.A.Q. Executive and Office Bearers President: Keith Quigg

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Secretary: Kathy Moody

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Treasurer: Barry McDonald

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R/C Admin : Mick Dallmann

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Airflow Editor: Doug Moody.

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F/F Admin: Graham Maynard

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C/L Admin: Kerry Ewart

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PRO : Andrew Ireland

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Vice Pres: Tyson Dodd

The dangers of charging Li Po Batteries Dear Members, Thought you may like to know about a serious fire that happened in Arana Hills back in November. As it wasn’t at an airfield and no claim was made through MAAA insurance you wouldn’t have known about it. One of our members was going home after a days flying and was stopped by Police at a road block as there was a situation that deemed vehicles and people be kept away. Apparently a modeller from the same club who lived close by, was charging one of his many 1kg Lipo batteries which caught fire in his house, ignited a gas bottle which exploded and in turn started a huge fire. The house had to be boarded up and temporary fencing has been erected. There was extensive fire damage to the garage and guttering above the boarding. Fortunately the fire was contained and the rest of the house was saved. The house is presently unoccupied due to the severity of the damage until it can be repaired. Again, we cannot express enough the dangers of charging Lipo batteries in confined spaces, and particularly when there are other flammable materials close by. Many thanks. Dick Hall




The Story of a Model Aircraft

his story begins back in the late 1980’s. Two intrepid aeromodellers, members of the GCMAC, at the time namely Greg Hardcastle and Peter Rieksts, decided to enter the ill fated inaugural large scale display and competition in South Australia. As the writer of this story does not know the full details of this competition I will say no more about it suffice to say those aeromodellers at the time know what happened. The model Greg & Peter decided to build for the event was of a most famous MK 8 Spitfire flown by Group Captain Clive (Killer) Caldwell, an Australian Ace with over 28 kills to his credit. The Call letters on this aircraft was A58-464. Greg was charged with the building of the fuselage and Peter with skinning the foam core wings which he found to have wash out on one and wash in on the other which he remedied before skinning the foam cores. This model was of fiberglass construction, foam, balsa and plywood. It was powered with a Super Tigre 3500 with a 20 x 10 prop. It was 2.4 metres in span and weighed in at 24 pounds. Regretfully it was never flown by the builders and for some years gathered dust in Greg’s model room. It eventually found its way to the owner of Brian’s Hobby Store at Burleigh Heads where it stayed in Brian Ganders hobby room with some attempts to make it ready to fly, but still it had never taken to the air. During that time Brian retired and moved back to his hometown of Lismore NSW, and the model went with him where it stayed gathering dust up until 2011, when the Newcombe brothers, on their way home from a major model event in Coffs Harbour NSW called in to visit Brian at his home. During the course of their visit Brian offered the model to them in the hope that they would finish it and fly it. The brothers knowing of this model since its inception readily accepted the offer and then with great difficulty loaded the model into an already full station wagon and model trailer brought it back to their home on Bribie Island in Queensland. Brian only wanted the Super Tigre motor and to witness the model flying after the brothers finished it. The model sat for another 12 months because the brothers were busy changing most of their model aircraft and helicopters to Electric power, having a lot of success with this type of power it was decided by Bob & Bruce to attempt to power the Spitfire. This turned out to be one of the most rewarding exercises of their modelling career which spans over 50 years. The equipment they ordered was on a trial basis but turned out to be a super successful power plant. The electric motor is a Turnigy 50 cc with an 180 amp high voltage speed control running on 10 lipo batteries. The prop recommended for this motor was a Turnigy 24 x 12 wood. After a few test runs on the ground it was time to make the model ready to be heavy model tested and passed for flight. The model being of 25 year old technology, it was found to be lacking in the radio system namely servo’s (Old JR 511) were replaced with 9 kg digital servo’s and the aileron linkages were changed to heavy model capacity. The under carriage was a Rhom air system of which all the lines were perished. This system was removed and a full electric system was fitted and the homemade Oleo struts were exchanged for the modern Oleo legs available today. A large battery box was made to fit in the old fuel tank compartment, which was large enough for twice the amount of batteries required. The model was now ready for flight after almost 26 years. Peter Rieksts , the large model inspector was contacted and was asked if he would check out the model. He answered in the affirmative and a date was made for the LARCS field at Logan . The big day came and the model was inspected and assembled. Only one thing was picked up and that was an unsupported lead from the speed control to the receiver and the model did need a pilot to complete the project. AIRFLOW 8

The model was then ready for flight. A very nervous Bob Newcombe readied himself and model for takeoff. He said after that the nervousness was unfounded because the model flew like a gentle trainer. The inspector asked for a few maneuvers to be flown ,namely a very large loop, an immleman and then a slow roll, a rectangular approach and landing. The model to the surprise of all in attendance performed all these maneuvers with ease . The landing was the usual bumps a daisy of a Spitfire and came to rest under much applause from the spectators. This model has now passed for flying and will probably be seen by everyone in the years to come. Bob Newcombe


Above: Bob Newcombe left hooking up all the servo leads, while Bruce Newcombe (right) holds the wing. Below: Bob Newcombe, on ground, arming the electric motor/ESC, Bruce getting ready to hold the tail. Gives you some impression as to the size of this model!


Above: Flypast of Clive “Killer” Caldwell’s large scale Spitfire. Magnificent! Below: Just looks like the real thing, Bob’s Spitfire on approach. Was a real pussy cat to fly, just needing a minor adjustment to elevator trim




Itʼs on!!!

22,493 Points, or if you like, 6hrs 14min 53 sec. This is the aggregate score, or flight time, of four 1/2A electric flyers, on behalf of the joint SAM 600 and VARMS supported Victorian team. Their best three flight times averaged 31 min 14 sec per flight. After much waiting through the spring winds of October and November, we were finally able to see a possible window of reasonable conditions for the 18th of December, and it came to fruition that on the day, eight team members were able to assemble at the VARMS Field in Wantirna South, a south eastern metropolitan Melbourne field. Once the field was clear for glider flying at 12.00pm, we were able to use quite good thermal conditions for an hour or so, until the sea breeze kicked in for the main part of the afternoon, however by 5.00pm the thermals were back, and some good flight times were again achieved. Flying saw various eligible Old Timer Designs (pre December 1948, built and flown to the MAAA National Electric 1/2A Texaco rules) take to the air. Stardusts, Lanzo Airbornes, Bomber, Red Ripper of some 340 to 380 sq. inch WA with a nominal flight weight of around 12 to 14 oz, all flew utilising the mandated 2S 460 mAh battery. Great flight times were achieved, with Alan Mayhew having the single best flight time of 49 min, 59 sec, and Colin Collyer, the best overall score time of 1 hr. 49 min 38 sec (combined time for his longest three flights). Magic to see what talented thermal flyers can do with such simple planes built to vintage designs. All had a great time, with much banter, frivolity, camaraderie, and a quiet social time, to complete the day.

The issue now, is to not only see who can break the magic one hour flight time, but more importantly, what other state or international team can beat this score???????


Formation of Suncoast Model Flyers Inaugural Meeting rd

The inaugural Meeting of the Suncoast Model Flyers was held on the 23 March, 1980 in the home of Fred and Lyn Neilsen at 67 Oxleigh Crescent (now renamed Coronation Ave) Nambour. Present at this meeting were the following people:Fred Neilsen Peter Johnson Billy Sharpe Ray Perrin Norm Cardinal

(appointed President) (appointed Secretary/Treasurer) (member) (member) (member)

Visitors who attended the meeting were:Lyn Neilsen Merv Whittaker Albert Mullins Jack Harrison

(visitor - Fred’s wife) (visitor- from the Mooloolaba group) (visitor- from the Mooloolaba group) (visitor- from the Mooloolaba group

At the inaugural meeting the following matters were discussed and formalized:(a) The name of the club shall be called ‘Suncoast Model Flyers’. (b) The appointment of office bearers. (c) The purpose of the Club shall be ‘To foster all forms of radio controlled aeromodelling and to promote goodwill between members’. (d) To adopt the ‘constitution’ presented to the meeting by Peter Johnson (e) To register the Club with the Model Aeronautical Association of Queensland. (f) To promote and develop the newly acquired field at Sippy Downs. (g) To invite modellers of the other two groups flying from the Mooloolaba Airfield and Alf Barnett’s property at Woombye to become members of the Suncoast Model Flyers. Confirmation of the above matters can be obtained from the inaugural members Fred Neilsen (Member of Suncoast), Peter Johnson (Member of Phoenix), Norm Cardinal (who resides at Chevallum), Billy Sharpe (who resides at Wamuram and is a member of MACB) and Ray Perrin (who resides at Brisbane and is a member of TMAC). It is worth noting that permission to use the Sippy Downs field was acquired from the sugar mill on or about October 1979.

Club Meetings Club meetings continued to be held at Fred and Lyn Neilsen’s home for a period of some eighteen months before relocating to the home of Cyril and Mary Jenkinson in Carter Rd, Nambour. Eventually, because of


increasing membership, it became necessary to hold future meetings at the Red Cross rooms in Price St. Nambour. For many years, meetings became an integral part of the Club’s activities where members or guests were invited to address the members on subjects of ‘the construction / covering / painting of model aircraft, how to tune engines etc. During one evening, a guest from Buderim demonstrated a large radial mounted engine which he constructed and actually started the engine inside the Red Cross rooms.

Sippy Downs Airfield Our Sippy Downs airfield was half-way between the Buderim and Caloundra turn-offs on the eastern side of the Bruce Highway. The airfield was on some 800 acres of flat grazing land owned by the Moreton Sugar Mill in Nambour who generously gave us access until 1990 when the airfield was turned into sugarcane fields. After the runways were developed, Ray Perrin and Norm Cardinal relocated a small shed from Alf Barnett’s Woombye property. Within twelve months, a much larger extension was built from materials provided by Bill Rogers who was a building contractor. A besser block bunker shed was also constructed to house the newly acquired ride-on mover and a safety fence was erected around the buildings. Access to our airfield was gained down a private road that started at the Bruce Highway running for approximately one-kilometer east past our airfield. A connecting driveway was constructed on the eastern side of the main North/South strip to give access to our buildings and airfield.

Early Members Listed below are some names of Full Members who joined the Club within the first two (2) years:Bill Rogers Peter Monteith Doug Wilson Phil Whitteker

Pat Hammer Darryl Oliver Cyril Jenkinson Albert Mullans

Doug Horne Jack Harrison Hayden Reed Howard Mullins

Bill Creed Peter Harrison Neville Crouch

Great Support Our thanks go to the wives, partners, family and the many friends who supported the Club at fun fly days, events, and show demonstration days.

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The Club celebrated its 10 Anniversary on the 20 July, 1990 at the Annual General Meeting. A cake made by Irene deChastel was cut by the past president Terry Kajewski. The president at that time was Bill Rogers.

Signed and dated:

17th December, 2003



Champs, Pageant, Tournament, & Air Shows Seaplane Championship In April 1984, the Suncoast Model Flyers hosted the state seaplane championship which was held on the Ewen Maddock Dam. A good number of our members built and flew aircraft at this event.

Air Pageant Four years after the formation of the Suncoast Model Flyers, during May 1984, an Air Pageant was held at the Sippy Downs airfield (which was opposite the Etamogga Pub on the Bruce Highway, just before Buderim) on the Sunshine Coast. Several hundred people turned out to see a display of model aircraft flown by remote control. The Air Pageant organised by Suncoast Model Flyers (members of the Model Aeronautical Association of Australia), included high-speed racing, aerobatic and replicas of historic aircraft. Most of the 30 model aircraft were built by their owners over several months. Roy Dray of Wavell Height in Brisbane, who took five of his aircraft to the pageant, said he had been building them for seven years. He and his son have built more than 80 models, most of them from photographs of the real thing.

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Between 20 to 24 June, 1984, the Suncoast Model Flyers were host to competitors from Papua New Guinea, New Zealand, Hong Kong and within Australia. Ron de Chastel was the contest director, and the highlight of the four-day event was the exhibition by the southern hemisphere’s best model flyers. Thousands of spectators came to see the high-speed pylon race between Australian and New Zealand teams.

Air Shows Our first air show was in 1985 with funds raised going for the Coast Rescue Helicopter Service. Again, thousands of spectators came to see the flying and the aircraft. Because our airfield was off the Bruce Highway, signs were placed at the gate and cars just kept arriving though-out the day. Other Air Shows were in April 1986 (for Qld Air Museum), April 1987 (for Severely Profoundly Intellectually Retarded Adults League), June-July 1988 (Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service & Qld Air Museum). Ron Cavanagh of Indooroopilly, Brisbane came in the uniform of a Confederate Air Force colonel and he took part at the Bicentennial Air Show with his Corsair fighter. th The last air show to be held at Sippy Downs was on Sunday 9 September, 1990 with the proceeds raised going to Operation Rainbow. We had good times during these years and have collected many wonderful memories.



Two photos of the latest models flown at Suncoast Model Flyers.



January 9am start

2014 QLD Control line Calender ‘all MAAA flyers welcome’ Dalby MAC, LARCS- Logan, Thunderbirds and Maryborough MAC Dalby Ripper Race Day Saturday 18th 27 Goodyear , Z class 25th 26th Bundy RC Pylon race Aust day long w/end

February 9am Start



Saturday 8th Classic B , 2.5 Rat

March 9am start


Saturday 15th Mouse Race/ fun fly

March $5.00 entry 2pm start

Dalby Thrills N Spills $50 cash for team with fastest simple rat heat time, Min 6 entry’s FREE FLIGHT SHARE FIELD

Saturday 29th 2.5c Simple Rat, 2.5c Slow combat or classic B

May 9am start

Maryborough Fun Fly

Saturday 3rd Sunday 4th FUN FLY

May/June 8:30am start

MAAQ QLD STATE CHAMPS Dalby, Grass Team Racing

Saturday 31st Classic B, 2.5c Simple Rat, 27 Goodyear. Sunday 1st Z class, Vintage A, Bendix. 3rd 4th Bundy RC Pylon

June 9am start


Saturday 21st Stand Off Scale,

June 9am start

Dalby Team Race Challenge

Saturday 28th Z class, 27 Goodyear 7th 8th 9th Ampra Maryborough RC Pylon race

July 9am start


Saturday 12 500 lap 27 Goodyear , Vintage A

August 9am start

LARCS Larycon Race Day

Saturday 16th 2.5 Simple Rat, Z Class, Classic b

8th 9th Maryborough RC Pylon AGM 26th 30th Gratton Air show

2nd 3rd State Champs RC Pylon race Rockhampton

September 9am start

Dalby Racers Paradise

October 9am start


November 8:30am Start


Saturday 1st Sunday 2nd F2B, F2F, Classic FAI, Fast Goodyear, F2A, combined speed, Pulse Jet 8th 9th November Dalby RC Pylon and QMARA Xmas party


Dalby MAC, Maryborough MAC, LARCS, T/birds and friends.

Saturday 6th XMAS PARTY ALL C/L Clubs Get Together fly in Evening meal at local leagues club

Saturday 6th 2.5c Simple rat, Z class 27th 28th September RC Pylon Coolum memorial race Saturday 4th Vintage Combat, F2D. Sunday 5th 2.5cc Simple Combat, Open Combat


SUNSHINE STATE CHAMPS FOR OLD TIMER The Sunshine State Champs will be held at Calvert Field (Bourkes Rd West, Calvert, Qld) on 7,8,9 June 2014. This field has excellent facilities and is located within 1 hour of Brisbane, near the city of Ipswich. Camping on field ($10/tent or van/night) with power and shower, toilet and kitchen facilities included. There is a limited number of cabins available which have beds for 2-4 for about $30/ cabin/night. Book these early! (Sorry all gone) Hotel accommodation is tight at this time because of a major car event in the area. If you prefer this style accommodation within half hour drive of the field, please get in touch with Jim Hardy for assistance (07 5467 9856) and book early! A bit like Canowindra in this respect. The events to be flown: Burford Open Duration 1/2A Texaco Open Texaco Nostalgia Standard Duration and of course, Tomboy Scramble! Please note, there is a noise limit of 98 dBA on the field which will need to be enforced. Unfortunately, this means no McCoys or antique sparkies without mufflers. Electric Flyers will be welcome and we will run electric alongside the equivalent power event. Rules will be MAAA 2013. We will have a BBQ on the field at least one night. There are several local choices for pub meals, pizza, etc. Hope to see you all there! Mick Walsh

Left:Electric Tomboy. Right One of the well known faces around the old timer faternity Des Slattery at the Nationals recently. And is still hurdling fences chasing free flight models !!.


Australian F3D Team Managers Report to MAAA For the 2013 World Championships Deelen Netherlands


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The Team

Defending Champion - Chris Callow o Defending Champion Caller - Kevin Callow

Pilot 1 – Ranjit Phelan o Caller 1 – Ricky Townsend Pilot 2 – Beau Murphy o Caller 2 – Barry Murphy

Pilot 3 – Tyler Mees o Caller 3 – Warren Mees

Junior Pilot – Matt Young o Caller for Junior – Bruce deChastel

Team Manager – Mick Dallmann

Registered Supporters – 21

The team members were the selected from positions 2 to 4 per the current selection procedure as Chris Callow (position 1) elected to go as Defending World Champion and declined a position on the team. The Junior was selected as the only eligible candidate to have competed in any of the team selection trials. There was a wealth of experience on this team with all of the senior pilots having competed at World Champs level before and more than half of the team members with over a decade of experience at this level. This experience is invaluable when competing internationally which contributed to the positive feel of the teams’ preparations to defend the World Champion team title won at Bundaberg in 2011.


This was to be the biggest group that we have ever taken to a F3D World Champs with 11 official team members and 21 registered supporters. This resulted in a sea of green and gold in our pit area and contributed greatly to the motivation and resolve of our team.

We communicated regularly in the lead up to the event and as everyone’s individual preparations were progressing well the team preparations continued with our entry endorsed, paid and processed, accommodation booked together at a holiday park in close proximity to the field and the uniforms sourced as per the Bundy Champs.

Most of the team including myself arrived in the Netherlands about a week before the official program of events started which gave us plenty of time to get the lay of the land, get settled in to our accommodation and get all of the gear sorted ready for some setup and tuning flights. Unofficial (free) practice commenced on Wednesday 17th and the pit facilities were available for use although at this point they were not sectioned for each team so everyone just set up where they parked. By Friday morning there were two courses operating for practice so there was plenty of opportunity for everyone to get setup and ready. Each of our competitors brought a minimum of 3 racers with some as many as 5 so they began testing, tuning and trimming to sort their best 3 for processing as their official entries. Some needed only a few hours on a couple of the days for this so all seemed pretty relaxed to this point and there appeared to be no major dramas although Ranjit was experiencing some issues that he determined to be fuel blockages. On Saturday 20th the organisers erected the country flags in front of each pit area and designated each team their space and number of tables and extra consideration was given for our large team. At this point Ranjit advised that he had made arrangements with the organisers to pit with the New Zealand competitor and not with his team. The official program commenced on Monday 22nd with registration throughout the day in the catering pavilion while free practice continued on the field and was followed by the first team managers meeting at 4pm in the afternoon were the schedule would be given for official practice and the judging/timing and scoring system was fully explained. This was followed by a welcome reception at the field that was a really well run social event with plenty of 25 drinks and nibbles and was well patronised by all of the AIRFLOW teams. This generated a really great atmosphere that set a good tone for the rest of the event.

Day 2 Tuesday 23rd was official processing and throughout the day each team was allocated a slot for official (timed) practice on the course. With all of our team planes successfully processed the team was gathered together for a meeting where I went through what was discussed at the first team managers meeting including the judging/timing system and we organised a plan for our official practice time slot which gave each competitor two timed runs on the course with Matt and Tyler electing to fly together. This all ran very smoothly for us with the start-line officials commenting on our great team work, organisation and efficiency in getting through so much in limited time with our large team. Our average times on these runs looked very good with a couple of real scorching times set albeit unofficially as they were not in full race conditions. The live WiFi scoring display was up and running for the first time so everyone was tuning in to keep a check on how the times were looking particularly those of their competition. This access to live information combined with some extra lap/score counter displays positioned along the pit line made for a great spectator experience and facilitated easy access for progress information to the teams. The afternoon’s team managers meeting included the program for official flights for the next two days and the organisers scheduling plans aiming for 3 rounds Wednesday followed by 4 rounds Thurs & Fri and remaining 3 Sat with contingencies for some forecast inclement weather to allow for a total 14 official rounds. Other discussion of note included a request from Lee Ullenger Manager/caller for the Mexico entry to land for his pilot following each race as he was having some difficulty with the long grass just off from the cut strips. To my surprise this was allowed so I enquired as to whether this could extend also to our Junior entrant for Bruce to land and the CD stipulated that these callers could only take the controls after all competitors in that race had finished their 10 laps. I called the team together at our accommodation to inform and discus these points and at this meeting Ranjit also informed the team that he would return to the Australian team pit area for the rest of the official proceedings. Day 3 Wednesday 24th and the opening ceremony was a very low key affair with the usual speeches and team photographs but the organisers chose to only observe a flag raising and anthem of the FAI and not for each individual participating country. Some traditionalists were a little perturbed by this but in general the competitors and teams were not overly worried and just keen to get into the competition. There were three rounds of official flights and by the end of the day Australia had mixed fortunes but by no means were down and out. Chris was topping of the score sheet with a new world record of 56.28 and 1 cut time, Beau had 3 good clear times, Tyler 1 cut and a 200, Matt two cuts and Ranjit with two 200’s (DNF & DNS). Chris’ plane was processed immediately following the record flight and the organisers kept the documentation to process the record. The starters were not aware of the landing arrangements that had been made the previous day for two pilots including our junior and following discussions with the Jury thisAIRFLOW directive was 26 overturned and these pilots would have to land themselves for the remainder of the competition.

The afternoon’s team managers meeting discussed any issues of the day of which none directly related to our team and reiterated the organiser’s plans for the event and more specifically the updated weather forecast that was continuing to warn of inclement weather during the next few days. It was a short meeting and any relevant information was relayed to the team members by text to save disrupting any family or social plans for the evening. Day 4 Thursday 25th and the contest was now well under way and despite some minor delays for technical issues with the signal transmission of the timing/judging system and an hour delay for a thunderstorm we appeared to be well on track for the nominated rounds. Another day of mixed fortunes for our team with Chris putting in 4 very good clear times, Tyler consolidating with four good times, Beau racking up some solid times but getting 1 cut, Matt starting the day with 3 great personal best times but finishing with 1 cut and Ranjit finishing the day with one good clear time and a further three 200’s (DNF, DNS & DNS) that now well and truly put him out of the hunt. The organisers had provided for excellent shelter structures for the pit and catering pavilion areas which was very much appreciated as all people and equipment remained dry and safe from the elements during the day’s stormy interlude. The afternoon’s team managers meeting was again a short discussion and any relevant information was relayed to the team members by text. Day 5 Friday 26th and despite another weather delay for a storm the schedule remained on track with four rounds completed. Chris started the day with a cut but then put in 3 good times, Tyler put in 4 good times, Ranjit was able to recover slightly with 4 solid times, Beau put in 3 solid times but finished with a 200 (2 cuts) and Matt finished with three 200’s (DNF, DNF & DNS) and was markedly slower after being forced to change planes due to an engine issue. The afternoon’s team managers meeting was again a short discussion and any relevant information was relayed to the team members by text. Day 6 Saturday 27th with three rounds remaining in the competition it was Chris Callows championship for the taking requiring only one good clear time to secure his 5th World title. His final time of the competition looked set to be a scorcher but pushing a little too hard he cut twice for a 200. Tyler and Beau finished well with 3 great times each to put them into 4 th and 5th place, Matt consolidated with two clear times but finished with a cut and Ranjit started with a further two 200’s (DNS’s) but was able to finish off with a solid clear time. Following the completion of the final official competition flights there was a podium presentation held on the field for the individual and team placings followed by the final team managers meeting to wrap up the event and discus the draw and procedures for the Super-Finals (unofficial) scheduled for Sunday. AIRFLOW 27

Team Callow Chris and Kevin

Team Mees Warren and Tyler

Team Murphy Barry and Beau


Junior: Matthew Young with (Not Junior caller) Bruce deChastel

Ricky Townsend and Ranjit Phelan

Mick Dallmann with Ranjit AIRFLOW 29

The event was held in a great atmosphere of the fellowship that is always evident of pylon racers/aeromodellers along with the fierce competitive spirit that racing evokes. The organisers of the event should be commended for their efforts as too all of the officials and helpers involved. The facilities were first class and from the start of proceedings through to the closing ceremony the event ran very well to the appreciation of all involved. The Gelderland community were very welcoming and supportive of the event with all of the participants involved commenting positively on the facilities, locality and hospitality. It is my pleasure to report that there were some exceptional performances from members of the Australian team and overall the team members acquitted themselves well. Chris Callow is once again our World Champion for the fifth time and set new World Record for the third time with Tyler Mees and Beau Murphy performing very well placing in the top five. The official results for our team and each member: The full Official event results attached to this report.

Australia 7th place Team Chris and Kevin Callow World Champion Tyler and Warren Mees 4th Place Beau and Barry Murphy 5th Place Matthew Young and Bruce deChastel 5th Place Junior and 41st Place overall. Ranjit Phelan and Ricky Townsend 48th Place


The contestants for the Super Finals were selected as the top Senior and Junior pilots and then the next 10 top placed pilots for a total of 12 competitors. Random heats were generated for two rounds and then the top three from the aggregate scores would fly off in the final. Chris, Tyler and Beau would compete with Chris progressing into the final and placing second courtesy of a cut. The prizes were a Dago Innovation racer painted in the orange and black colours of the 2013 WC logo, a prototype MB long stroke F3D engine and a DKT F3D engine with the winner’s choosing in order of placing. Eddie Melville (Guatemala) finished in first place and chose the MB engine, Chris chose the Dago racer and this left third placed Travis Flynn (USA) with the DKT engine. The Super Finals provided for some exiting racing with some interesting twists and was a great way to finish off what was a very competitive event.

The official Closing ceremony was held Sunday afternoon on the courtyard at a local hunting lodge set into the magnificent Gelderland country side. It was a fairly low key affair with the organisers presenting Chris and Kevin with the Sopwith Trophy, all individual and team placegetters with commemorative plates and the presentation of the Super-Finals prizes.

My girls Maddison and Courtney were on the job for each day of the event providing everyone back home with photos and regular updates via a Facebook group that we set up prior to the event. This was very well received with lots of positive feedback and messages of support and some of the team members were also interacting.


Some interesting points of note:

Hank Kaufman who is designer and builder of the Judgeman lighting/scoring system used for this competition (and used extensively in the USA) provided an update for the team managers and interested parties on his progress with the Pylon-Tracker system which when finished could eliminate the need for any course helpers/pylon judges/light people. The development was initiated and initially funded by the late Fred Burgdorf (APC Propellors) and following from a lot of R&D and yet more financial support from the pylon community in the USA he now has it at the prototype stage. He showed a sample of the airborne component which was the size of a small receiver and explained how four beacons positioned on the course would interact with these units. The system will utilise multiple positioning technologies to provide for the required frame rate and accuracy so it has proved to be a fairly tricky prospect especially in light of the development required for such a project with limited commercial prospects. Hank is very dedicated to see this to fruition and the pylon community is lucky to have someone of his skills and commitment working on this innovation for our future. The project is seeking some more funding from the international pylon community to complete the testing and development required to get it to the production stage. With a minimum of 10 officials required to run a race one of our greatest challenges worldwide is to get enough helpers to run our competitions and then there is the ever present spectre of human error especially as we resort to inexperienced helpers. This system will go a long way to ensuring our ongoing viability and will only enhance our competitions with less work required. The 2011 Australian World Champs fund has since sent around $2000 to contribute to the project and we are keen to get the this system on line here so are now looking at how to fund the purchase/s. There is yet to be an official decision on which country will host the next 2015 F3D World Champs. There were a few suggestions bandied around throughout the week and it appears that the only consensus is that it will be somewhere in Europe. In an unfortunate incident one of the competitors very nearly lost all of his gear and his car when a LiPo battery exploded while being charged off an auxiliary battery in the back of the van. Aside from being a reminder about safe practices when handling any battery it was very heart warming to see the way the international pylon community rallied around to help protect and then clean up from the incident and then took up a collection and arranged for the repairs to his vehicle. In conclusion this was indeed a great World Champs and despite some mixed results for our team members at this event Australia is still very much a power in international F3D pylon competition. As always there will be fierce competition for places on the Australian team for the next World Champs in 2015 and I look forward to being involved in the future and will definitely nominate again for the team members consideration. Regards, Mick Dallmann. AIRFLOW 32

QMARA 2014 Event Calendar

January 25th 26thBundaberg March 8th 9th Maryborough AGM March 29th 30th Gratton scale pylon (Christopher doing demo flights on behalf of QMARA) April 12th& 13th Japan F3T event May 3rd 4th Bundaberg June 7th 8th& 9th AMPRA Maryborough August 2nd 3rd State Champs Rockhampton August F5D World Champs go Australia September 27th 28th Ron deChastel Memorial Coolum October 4th 5th 6thSpecial Team trial event F3D Victoria November 8th 9th to be confirmed Xmas Party





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