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Rule Changes Passed!   

There are some changes afoot for the radio control aerobatics classes and events in New Zealand! We flew to these new rules at our latest competition, and everything worked really well! Our rule change remit passed the electronic vote, so now we will fly to these new rules starting officially at (and including) the upcoming Matamata Nationals, and also unofficially from now (contest directors discretion)!

So…. Have a read of all the new rules which are available for download here: http://www.nzrcaa.co.nz/downloads/ scroll down to ‘pattern stuff’.

Here is a summary of the main changes:

  • Sportsman Pattern renamed Clubman Pattern, Advanced Pattern renamed Masters Pattern – to avoid confusion with IMAC using the same class names.
  • Introduce a new pattern class Expert between Clubman and Masters – this proved to be really popular at the last competition, and is a really nice sequence for those done with Clubman, but not yet ready for Masters.
  • Introduce a new event ‘Classic Pattern’ – for anyone with an old school pattern model, or use any design and blast around the sky!
  • Some small changes to allow a bigger variety of models in Clubman.
  • Normalising changed to match the new FAI method of normalisation.
  • Changes to the calculation of NZ National Aerobatics Champion.

Received this great entry for Loop, Roll and Win! from Tawhai Webby, age 11…. thought it a good note to share!

NEW – Classic Pattern! Click here!

Welcome to the website of the New Zealand Radio Controlled Aerobatic Association. We are a Special Interest Group of Model Flying New Zealand and our role is to support and foster the growth of RC Aerobatics (both pattern – precision aerobatics, and IMAC – scale aerobatics) within New Zealand and on the international stage.  If you would like to find out more about how you can take part in this area of the hobby please read Starting Out.

As a group we will help anyone who shows an interest in aerobatics and feel free to show up to one of the comps listed on the right and say Hi. In the lower classes any plane will do as well as any flying ability is welcome. A .40 size model can win the basic classes. Come and give it a go.

If you would like to be placed on the North Island or South Island mailing lists please email Frazer: frazer@pbgsoftware.co.nz

While both pattern and IMAC involve flying aerobatics, the schedules and type of model required to fly at a top level are quite different. Pattern requires models of less than 2 meters wingspan and length, weighing less than 5kg. These typically do not look like full size aircraft, with the designs optimized over the years to perform the maneuvers required with great precision. IMAC on the other hand is best flown with a larger model, which must resemble a full size aerobatic aircraft – except for basic (the introductory class) where any model goes!