From the Editor.
s I pen a rough scribe from by hospital bed, things about gaining inspiration from a few mags that I took up with me along with varying thoughts about the newsletter. From its humble beginnings back in the late 70’s, the “Airflow” it will possibly change to a new format of how you will be receiving newsletters in the future, as there have been some thoughts on the distribution of Airflow recently amongst the committee.
There are quite a few questions that need to be put forward to the readers of this newsletter- the most important one is if members would like to have the opportunity to have an electronic version or a paper copy sent to them. The newsletter currently is also available to be read on the MAAQ web site and is usually on the web site before the paper version is sent by post. The biggest issue that I can see from previous attempts to e-mail newsletters to members is that the maintenance of e-mail addresses was a nightmare. In the fact that many members have changed their e-mail addresses,without advising anyone and not notifying the club secretary of these changes . The costs to produce the newsletter at the moment is about $2.00 per member per quarter for the hard copy . I would like to ask the readers to consider the alternatives of electronic copy to those who would like to retain the paper copy and I would like to hear from the readers by e-mail of your thoughts so this can be put forward at the next general meeting in August. Speaking of newsletters check out the new digital copy of the MAAA “Wingspan” on the MAAA web site - www.maaamag.com.au This new style of newsletter has gone world wide with some great feedback from the states in particular. Contributions can be made to this newsletter by making contact with the editor at email@example.com. I had recently had the opportunity to attend two Anzac weekend events, one at TARMAC and the other at Coolum. It is great to see that clubs are being patriotic with Anzac commemorations. Both events went off well with over 4000 people attending the Coolum event . This event had a good range of Turbine Jets, and Warbirds to keep the crowd entertained all day. The Coolum Spectacular had invited the Light Horse Group which were decked out in all their uniform complete with their horses, along with vintage bikes and cars on display. The TARMAC event was on a smaller scale, weather was good and was a very successful day. Doug
Front cover: Centre photo - Steve Meacham from LARCS at TARMAC recently with his P47 - 5 cylinder 250 cc Radial, weight 25 kg. outside photos: From Coolum Anzac Spectacular Cover designed by Jim Henry AIRFLOW 3
Have you not been getting your Airflow by mail lately? Have you changed your address ?. If you have changed your postal address then please contact your club secretary and advise them of your address change so you can receive the next edition of Airflow. Tips for using cyano: 1. Having applied glue, dont leave joints open for too long. 2. avoid repositioning a joint 3. with thick cyano, apply to one surface and squash the glue into a thin layer. 4. when opening the botttle direct it away from your face. 5. to avoid clogging, tap the bottle on a hard surface of the bench to remove any remaining liquid from the nozzle. 6. Heat, light and moisture will degrade the product . Keep it in the fridge but let it return to room temperature before use.
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Next MAAQ Annual General Meeting (AGM) date : 23RD AUGUST 2014 . Saturday 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 JULY-SEPTEMBER EDITION WILL BE THE 29TH AUGUST 2014. email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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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 sitewww.maaq.org
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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
Stanton Road West Tingalpa QLD 4173
Size categories judged on Static and Flying Trophies awarded for 1st , 2nd, 3rd all classes Pilot Briefing : 8 :00 am All entries must be a reasonable replica of a real aircraft. No scale documentation required (photo and 3D view required for TMAC entrants for Peter Cutler)
· Up to 70 " · 70 " - 90 " · Over 90 " · Pilots Choice · Judges Choice
Convenor : Graham Matthews M: 0438 367 905 E: Secretary@tmac.asn.au
Incorporating : The Peter Cutler Memorial Scale Day Proudly sponsored by
Budget Hobbies www.budgethobbies.com.au
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.
Nationals Update #1
The MAAA 68th Nationals are well underway, and the steering Committee will provide regular updates to members in each edition of Airflow.
Introduction The objectives of the Steering Committee for the 2015 Nationals is: 1. To provide suitable venues for the highest standard of competition possible. 2. To provide venues for fellowship and camaraderie for modellers throughout Australia. 3. To provide an opportunity to see a wide range of aero modelling in close vicinity to a host site. 4. To establish a National Champion in each event for the year 2015. 5. To provide a means of Team selection for International Events when requested by specific Special Interest 6roup 6. To provide a means to showcase aero modelling to the local community. The Steering Committee met on Saturday 31st May, and will continue to meet at least monthly until the commencement of the event.
Overview Tingalpa Model Aero Club will be the host club for the proposed 2015 National Qld. Tingalpa is a modelling club located just 5 min from Brisbane Airport with a membership currently over 220 members from all facets of the aeromodelling community. The club has close ties with a number of other clubs within SEQ including Logan Aeromodellers R/C Society, Calvert Aeromodellers R/C Society, Samford Valley Flyers, Maryborough Aeromodellers Club and Toowoomba Aeromodellers Association to name a few. The recent floods in SEQ saw a banding together of Aeromodellers for those whose field was not actively accessible, Tingalpa opened their gates to these Aeromodellers to provide a facility to still enjoy the hobby. It was for this reason that it seemed fitting to utilise the camaraderie that has occurred in SEQ to push to gain support from MAAA to hold this event in 2015. Generally the weather during this period of the year is somewhat conducive to most of the interest groups associated with the nationals. Given the early nature however it is expected that negotiations on the timing of the event will occur with the special interest groups.
Nationals Brief. In May, a brief was presented to the MAAA National Conference in Darwin by MAAQ. This was accepted by the Conference. Venues. Venues have been allocated at the CAIM Category level on a preliminary basis with Class levels to follow shortly:
TMAC. Tingalpa. a. F4 RC – Scale SMF. Coolum. a. F3. RC Aerobatic Outdoor b. F3. RC Pylon Outdoor c. F5. Electric Aerobatic Outdoor d. IMAC. Aerobatic Outdoor CRAMS. Calvert. a. F3 RC Old Timer Outdoor LARCS - Loganholme a. F3 Helicopter Outdoor b. F2 Control line Outdoor AIRFLOW 10
Sleeman Sports complex. Chandler. a. b. c. d.
F1 Free Flight Indoor F3 RC Indoor F4 Scale Indoor F5 Electric Indoor
To be advised.
a. F1 Free Flight Outdoor b. F3 Gliding/Soaring Outdoor Budget. The budget has been set for the event, and will be administrated by the MAAA Treasurer.
Next Steps Tasks and approvals required for the next period: 1. Contest Schedule. Finalise the schedule including classes, dates, and Contest Directors, and propose them to individual host clubs for approval. 2. Site inspections. Visit Nat’s sites to determine the event facilities that will be required for the site. No major capital works have been budgeted, but rather temporary hired infrastructure including toilets, lighting, PA systems, etc may be funded. 3. Free Flight, Soaring, and Gliding Venue. The Steering Committee is discussing venues with SEQ clubs with a view to finalising the venues as soon as possible. 4. Web Site. The Nat’s Web Site will be available shortly. The URL will be www. 5. Entry Form. A draft entry form was included in the Brief submitted to the MAAA Conference in Darwin. This will be issued once the Classes to be offered have been finalised, and pricing for the social events included. 6. Social Events. There will be a welcome BBQ at the start of the event, and a formal dinner at the end which will include presentation of trophies to the winners. Individual Club members will be able to attend the formal dinner by submitting an entry form with the social event items tucked. Costs to be advised.
Enquiries regarding the 58th Nationals should be directed to the Nationals Secretary at President@tmac.asn.au.
Recipe for a good aircraft cleaner. This makes up approximately 4 litres of cleaner. I have been using this mix now for some time with good results . It will take off old old deisel oil residue off flying surfaces quite well. Does not harm paint work. Mix the following : 9 cups of metholated spirits 3 cups of water 1 cup of normal ammonia 40 mls of dishwashing detergent 60 mls of finish rinse aid Once mixed well, pour into a squirt bottle note: 1 cup equals 250mls AIRFLOW 11
Anzac Day at TARMAC. The weather for the Warbird event at TARMAC on Anzac Day could not have been more perfect and a large turnout of TARMAC members as well as visitors from the Warwick, Pittsworth and LARCS clubs, ensured an exciting day. When the Pilots were not flying their remarkable variety of Warbird models, they were either socializing, checking the bargains at the on - site aero boot sale or eating a great steak sandwich from the clubhouse kitchen. All profits from the day were in aid of Legacy. During the morning, Pilots were given the opportunity to vote for their choice of Warbird model and the winner, Stephen Beecham from LARCS, is shown being presented with a TARMAC Trophy by Dr Jeffrey Phillips for his 2.6m w/s 250cc 5 cyl radial P47. His Warbird not only looked amazing on the ground, the sound of it in flight was as true to life as can be imagined. All agreed that the day was very successful.
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I always enjoy at quiet cuppa at the field- how bout yourself ? AIRFLOW 13
ANZAC DAY SPECTACULAR AT COOLUM 2014
COOLUM ANZAC SPECTACULAR 25TH APRIL 2014. Clear skies greeted more than 4000 spectators who visited the Coolum club field at Coolum recently. Amongst the flying displays there was also static displays of militaria. The light horse from WW1 complete with real horses and riders in the uniform that made them a stand out at the display. There were also vintage cars and motorcycles which had a bit of a display ride around the strip during a break in the flying. Tony Chamberlain flew over in the YAK 4 seater and was happily making the passengers sick (if there were any) with some aerobatics that you donâ€™t often see a four seater full size aircraft do. Luke Cullens P47 pictured below left sounded great with the big 250 cc radial.
SUNSHINE STATE OLD TIMER CHAMPS AT CALVERT 7-9TH JUNE 2014. The Sunshine State Champs saw quite a few southerners come up for this event.Peter Canberra Smith, Basil Healy, Dave Brown to name a few. This event was run on a time event and not in rounds so five scoring flights were run within a 2 hour bracket which worked out well. Saturday : Duration and Burford event were run. Dave Brown emerged in first place. In the Burford event Warren Hathaway (Qld) took out first place . Sunday: In the 1/2a event light winds and clear skies early saw 11 flyers in this event with 10 flyers making it into the fly off . Place getters were - Dave Paton (Qld ) 3rd, Mick Walsh 2nd (qld), Peter Canberra Smith (NSW ) first . Texaco attracted 17 entries with 8 in the fly off- three Queenslanders making it into the fly off - Paul Nightingale, Mick Walsh and Brad Turner. Mick emerged the victor in the fly off with his nicely prepared Lanzo Racer, with Peter Doolan in second and Basil Healy (NSW) snapping at his heels in third place. Our local flyer Robbo Mercer(Wings over the Downs) had a good run, but missed out by 1 second to get into the fly off. Monday: Standard Duration and Nostalgia were run. In Standard Duration there were 8 entries with Mick Walsh coming 1st, Dave Paton 2nd and Grant Manwarring 3rd. The Tomboy scramble was won by Mick Walsh .
Brad Turnerâ€™s (Qld) 1/2A Bomber gets away.
Mick Walshâ€™s 1/2A climbs away
1/2A winners L-R Dave Paton (Qld) Third place, Peter Canberra Smith(NSW) first place, Mick Walsh (Qld) Second place.
1/2A Flight line
Warren Hathaway gets Dave Patons 1/2A away in style .
Business end of Mick Walsh’s 1/2 A
Fly off action in Texaco
Mick’s Lanzo commencing the climb of the winning fly off flight.
Mick Walsh and his Texaco winning model “Lanzo Racer”
Texaco Winners - L to R Basil Healy 3rd, Mick Walsh 1st, Peter Doolan 2nd. Lanzo designs first and second place Monday continued: Nostalgia attracted nine competitors with 2 remaining in the fly off with Mick Walsh flying a Hyphen taking first place, Peter Canberra Smith flying an Ollie second place. The flyoff times were 1st 5 min 22, 2nd place 4 min 49.Times were well down due to gusty cold wind destroying low level lift.
Above- Robbo does get to fly occasionally with his big Lanzo Bomber, Left - a picture of concentration on Warren Hathawayâ€™s face as he climbs out for a flight in the Texaco event.
Queensland Turbine Flyers (QTF) Association
The QTF was formally organized in July 2013 to encourage and support the flying of turbine RC models in Queensland, be they jets, turbo props or turbine helicopters. This has been long overdue in Queensland, with all of the other states having similar organisations in place for some time. Since formation the QTF has held a number of fly-‐in events at different clubs around Queensland. In 2014, the QTF has supported events in March at SMF (Suncoast), in April at TAA (Toowoomba), May at TMAC (Tingalpa), and June at LARCS (Loganholme) and MAC (Maryborough) with the big event for the year coming up from 1st to 3rd August at Maryborough full size airport. Much of the committee’s efforts this year have gone into securing a full size airport for the event, and the planning and organisation that goes into making it a great success. Already many confirmed starters are coming in from as far away as Victoria and Western Australia, QTF President Jan Roestorf’s Skymaster T-33 not to mention all the local crew. Even if you are not into jets (yet!!) this will be a fantatstic event to just come along and watch. The QTF is about much more than just events though, and offers support for those in the hobby wanting to try their hand at or move into the world of turbine aircraft, as well as actively promoting the safe handling and flying of turbine aircraft. A rating called “TOP GUN” sets a high bar which QTF members can work towards and sit both a MOP rules based test, as well as a flying test where a high standard of flying attuned to turbine aircraft must be demonstrated. QTF Secretary Colin Allen’s turbo prop CARF Tucano
For more information, contact the QTF secretary on firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit the QTF on Facebook at www.facebook.com/QueenslandTurbineFlyers. New members are always welcome, and even if you have never flown a turbine aircraft in your life, the QTF will be happy to help you on the way. A warning though… the smell of jet fuel and the awesome sound of a jet aircraft in flight is highly addictive!!
QTF Treasurer Tyson Dodd’s Macchi MB339
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
MAAQ QLD STATE CHAMPS LARCS
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
MAAQ QLD STATE CHAMPS Thunderbirds
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
LARCS TROPHY AWARDED
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
MAAQ QLD STATE CHAMPS LARCS -Combat
November 8:30am Start
MAAQ QLD STATE CHAMPS Maryborough
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
Phil Stevenson’s Model Set Up As you will all be aware Phil is one of the most accomplished pilots in EOT having been involved for many years and regularly featuring in the winners lists at EOT events and in the Postal Comp. Phil has kindly provided details of the models that he uses in EOT. The information Phil has provided is as follows:“To help people see what is a competitive EOT model I have listed below the details of the models I have used in my NEFR and EOT postal flights. Dimensions are imperial in the tradition of the OT movement and its US origin. 1. Playboy. Mine is standard size, built originally by my father and flown by him in many SAM events with some considerable success. I broke it a year ago and it now has a new fuselage which is still to plan except the fuselage forward of the firewall has top and bottom sheeting to enclose the motor. It is 80inch / 2m span, 50oz without battery, and used a MVVS 5.6/960 Redliner motor with a 13x8 prop. I use Airstrike 4s1800 cells for duration. But I normally only fly this model at events because our club field is a bit small and I value the model too much. I use 5 second climbs and made the 14 minute fly off at NEFR off one climb. It flies more like a glider than another OT model I have flown. I also use it for HL when it’s windy; I use a Hyperion 3s2200 pack. But in calm, no thermal conditions the Lanzo Bomber out performs it. CoG is just behind 50% near the second spar; I have packed the tailplane LE, and wing TE up a few mm, so it has only about 1 deg of incidence. It also used a touch of down elevator mixed in the TX with power on, and goes up on rails without any roll tendency. 2. Lanzo Bomber. This is the 72in version, built using the John Pond plan which is slightly different to the Leisure version of the same size. Mine weighs 28 oz without battery which is I think as light as I can make it from balsa. There is a little modernity to allow the wing to come apart into three pieces. I use an MVVS 20/1120 motor. I use a 2s800 zippy pack for Texaco and a 3s850 Airstrike pack for HL and for postal Duration flights from our club field. One month last year I managed to fly it with a 2s450 1/2A pack and achieved all 4 Postal EOT event maxes with the same model. It is a delight to fly up until the wind gets to maybe 7m/s, 15kts, when it just will not penetrate. I use this model for Tex and prefer it for HL if there is little wind. It made 15mins in the HL fly off at NEFR and was competitive in Tex until I went the off on my own into sinking air. I use it for most of my postals entries for Tex, HL and Dur. When using our club park field. CoG is about 3in from the TE. Some TE packing is needed. 3. 1/2A mini Playboy. Mine was built by Dad and used in SAM 1/2A with a Cox 049 for many years. It has a small motor mount extension like the original plan cowl which holds the battery and a Scorpion 1804/1650 Indoor motor which seems to be very economical. Various 2s460 HK packs. At NEFR I had a mid air at 15mins of the fly off and had used only half the battery. I think it could have won without the crash. It easily maxes postals in any weather. It weighs 10oz, spans about 48inch. 4. I have built a new 40% 50 inch 1/2A Nimbus, basically a model of the 120inch Nimbus I inherited from Dad which I rarely fly because it needs too much landing space. I flew it in the early rounds of the NEFR and some postals. While it goes better into a wind than the mini Playboy it does not thermal as well and I missed one max with it at NEFR, before switching to the mini Playboy. It weighs more at 14oz and needs a bigger HC motor which is probably not as economical as the Scorpion in the mini Playboy.
5. Zoot Suit. Mine is close to exactly to plan. It has no nose extension but the back of the pylon has a lot of extra packing. The CoG is an inch forward of the TE. It weighs 20 oz with the class specified Park480 from Hobby King and 3s850 40C pack squashed in between the pylon and the motor. It took a lot of trimming to get it to climb straight but I think reducing the incidence and moving the COG aft makes the most difference. In the hanger I also have a 120in Nimbus, a 70in Delaire and a 70in Debbie all built by Dad and two smaller OT models of my own, a 46in Coronet and a 50in Gas Bird. I cannot get any of these to perform as well in EOT events as the models listed above Nothing exotic here, all models are SAM legal built from balsa, ply and film covering except for some carbon wing joiners in the Lanzo and some hidden carbon spar caps in the mini Nimbus. I used a carbon tube elevator pushrod in the Zoot, but all other controls are pull/pull threads with servos mounted forward. I am careful about weight gains and do not use excess metal fittings like threaded control adjusters and clevises. Lots of thread, knots and superglue, and where hooks and Z links are needed I like aluminium welding rod. I use a 2.4 MPX MLink system and can fly to the limits of my vision without issue, and that’s a long way since I moved on to bifocal Polaroids a few years back.” A Cautionary note by Phil. All except the big Playboy are quite simple set ups and moderate power. The Playboy with the hot red MVVS motor and 4 cells is brutal. It’s using about 800 watts or over 1HP and goes very very hard. I think it would out climb anything in SAM Duration. Before I got it trimmed for the power I broke the wing in half on a climb and destroyed the fuselage. That was the same wing which Dad used in SAM Duration for numerous Canowindra meetings. Fortunately the wing was repairable and strengthened and I had a plan for new fuselage. It’s not the sort of thing you could recommend to someone new to electric power, because without ingrained electric safety etiquette someone could get seriously hurt from starting the motor accidently. A Salutary Tale of Lipo’s When I returned home after the Wyong EOT event I had a large number of packs that needed to be put into storage mode. I immediately set up my charger and put some 3S batteries on to commence the process (I can put two batteries at a time into storage mode on the charger). Once these were complete I replaced them with a 3S and a 2S pack. I was distracted at the time as I was making repairs to a model. The charger asked me to confirm that the 2S pack was a 3S pack (I had forgotten to change the setting) which it does not normally do when in storage mode. However, as I was distracted, I simply confirmed that it was 3S without checking and then left my workshop to do something else. When I came back 20 minutes later the room was full of foul smelling smoke and the pack was a pile of ash (see the attached photo)! I have never had a battery fire before, however, having read about them I recently started placing all batteries on a steel plate whilst connected to the charger and storing them in a steel box. I was amazed at the intensity of the fire in a 450mAh 2S pack. If it hadn’t been on the steel plate it would have set fire to the bench and, in all probability, caused a major fire. I guess the moral of the story is twofold, always take care when charging Lipo’s and make sure if the worst happens that it will be contained.
Phils large “Playboy” with the hot motor in it.
West Wyong Winners AIRFLOW 24
West Wyong 1/2 A Winners
Remains of lipo battery AIRFLOW 25
2014 EVENTS CALENDAR
SOUTHERN CROSS AIRFORCE WARBIRDS AT BUNDABERG
SARINA AEROMODELLERS OLD TIMER WEEKEND
SUNSHINE STATE CHAMPS OLD TIMER AT CALVERT
SCALE FEST AT TINGALPA - TMAC
JET WEEKEND AT MARYBOROUGH
CONTROL LINE QLD STATE CHAMPS STAND OFF SCALE AT DEAGON
F4A TEAM TRIAL AT SPRINGHURST
SOUTHERN CROSS AIRFORCE WARBIRDS AT LOGAN (LARCS)
SOUTHERN CROSS AIRFORCE WARBIRDS AT COOLUM
SOUTHERN CROSS AIRFORCE WARBIRDS AT COOLUM(SUNCOAST)
QUEENSLAND TURBINE FLYERS FLY IN AT MARYBOROUGH AIRPORT
SARINA AEROMODELLERS SCALE & CONTROL LINE RALLY
SOUTHERN CROSS AIRFORCE WARBIRDS AT GLADSTONE
SOUTHERN CROSS AIRFORCE WARBIRDS AT TOOWOOMBA (TAA)
RON De CHASTEL MEMORIAL PYLON EVENT AT COOLUM
MAAQ STATE CHAMPS CONTROLLINE -COMBAT AT LARCS
TOWNSVILLE AEROMODELLERS ANNUAL MEMORIAL OLD TIMER WEEKEND DURATION/TEXACO
SOUTHERN CROSS AIRFORCE WARBIRDS AT MARYBOROUGH
MAAQ STATE CHAMPS CONTROL LINE GOODYEAR F2B AT MARYBOROUGH
ELECTRIC DAY AT SUNCOAST
SOUTHERN CROSS AIRFORCE WARBIRDS AT PINE RIVERS (SAAMBR)
IMAC AT SUNCOAST
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION SEE THE MAAQ WEBSITE UNDER EVENTS AT WWW.MAAQ.ORG