The rain held in the Kaimai’s which resulted in virtually perfect flying conditions despite the grey, threatening sky, making for a really nice, relaxed competition.
There was a good entry considering this was a long weekend. 3 in Sportsman, 2 in Advanced and 6 in F3A. It was great to welcome Fraser Brodie flying for the first time in Sportsman and Frank Winnip competing in only his second competition but who had clearly been practising since his first comp at Taupo. Advanced and F3A were flown together. Paul Stairmand and I had our work cut out judging two rounds in the dull sky. Mike Briggs and Mike Wilson provided some entertaining manoeuvres in Advanced, especially as Mike W had the added challenge of caller/pilot communication. Frazer called for Mike Briggs who also flew some interesting manoeuvres that didn’t quite resemble what Frazer had called. All good fun . Bring on the A16 schedule. There was some nice flying in F3A for the last competition of the P15 schedule. Unfortunately Fraser Briggs and Anthony Hall both ran out of battery power in one flight each and failed to complete their schedule. Welcome to Shelley Knox as John’s caller for the first time. ‘Team Knox’ ~ a force to watch out for …
Two rounds of each class were flown before a lunch break but with the weather looking like it was closing in and getting colder and the skies getting darker, two rounds of Sportsman and
Advanced and only one round of F3A were flown in the afternoon. Everyone willingly helped with judging and pencilling ~ a big THANK YOU for that. With the flying done-&-dusted it was over to the Gliding Club for the SIG AGM. This was a relatively low-key meeting with the only major change being Frazer resigning as Chairman and Hamish Galloway taking on the position. A huge Vote of Thanks goes to Frazer for his dedication and long serving role as Chairman. 10 years is a massive time on the SIG committee. THANK YOU Frazer from everyone. The next Precision Aerobatics competition will be held at the Model Aviation Northland field, Whangarei on Saturday and Sunday of Queens Birthday weekend. Start time mid-day Sat 30 May. For information on this competition please contact either Grant Plaisted (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Ross & me (email@example.com). The MAN club fly at the Whangarei Gliding Club, Gibbs Road, Puhipuhi which has a good clubrooms and accommodation available. Nb. The Advanced A-16 and F3A P-17 schedules will be flown at this competition.
Hope we see you there.
Ross, Noeline & Maverick