IMAC at Waharoa

The 50cc Squadron

Its been ages since we’ve had an IMAC comp at Waharoa due to height restrictions. But with some work behind the scenes by Baldrick, it was all on for a comp at Waharoa Dec 12th 2015. Unfortunately the weather had other ideas !!!

Grommet and I set off for Waharoa at 7:30am in the van, trailer in tow, and drizzle all the way. It was set to clear to showers later in the day, but with 19 entrys on the list, I was not going to be cancelling it. So we get to the field to find a dozen guys huddling under a single gazebo, watching the low cloud get lower, and the drizzle well and truly set in. I bet you a beer we will be flying by 11am !!!

Huggy had a fly at 10:45 with his extra noisey hundy extra, and yep, the cloud was pretty low. Hmmm … maybe we’ll be flying closer to 1pm I think.

At 11:01 a hand full of Advanced and Sportsman couldn’t take it anymore, and they scarpered home. I think they had some ironing and vacuuming to do.

By midday the sun was out, and the rain all gone. Then it got a bit windy !!! Blowing out on a 45 angle. A bunch of keen Basic guys all wanted to do some flying, plus a couple of Sportsman, and 4 Unlimited. So at 1pm we cranked into the contest with a couple of rounds of the known sequences.

Mike Briggs and Craig Watkins battled it out in Sportsman, both managing to win a few rounds each. Baldrick taking the top spot after 3 double sequences. John Knox was the only guy left in Advanced, so he ended up flying with the Sportsman guys with his big Yak. No surprise that he won that class !!! I think he forgot how big the jump is between Sportsman and Advanced. But it was just as well he stuck around for the afternoon, because we needed him and Baldrick to Judge Unlimited.

In the Basic class, we had four keen guys ready to have a go at a contest, all having just been to the IMAC Primer two weeks prior. At last … what a mission it has been to get some guys to come along and fly Basic. So this is great to see. Aaron Fowlds flying a 60cc Edge, and Derek Whelan flying a 50cc Aeroworks Extra 260. These two guys came down from the North Shore Club. Kerry Oakley from the tip of the Coromandel Peninsula with his 50cc Raven, and also Gavin Madsen from Hamilton, he had a whoopsie with his 50cc Raven the previous weekend, when gravity got the better of him, so he was flying a 30cc Raven. I called for all four guys, and they all improved with every round. Tough conditions for the first contest, with wind blowing out. The final order was Aaron 1st, Gavin 2nd, followed closely by Kerry and Derek in 3rd and 4th. We look forward to seeing these guys at the next contest, along with a few others who came to the primer, but couldn’t make it on the day.

Unlimited was up next, and hello what’s this … 2 new guys in Unlimited. Lawrence Robinson who has moved here from South Africa just over a year ago. He’s been keen to get out and do some flying since he got here, but has been busy getting settled with work etc. Well he managed to convince Baldrick the week leading up to the comp that he really was an Unlimited pilot, and soon enough he had found a mode 2 XG14 Transmitter and was flying the new PBG 260 nicknamed Big Foot. And fly Unlimited he can !!! I think the biggest struggle for Lawrence was the fact the 260 only has a 150 in it, so its hard work in the strong wind trying to get through Unlimited sequence with those big fat wings it has. The other newbie in Unlimited, was none other than Jarrod Briggs aka Grommet. Fresh back from the Tucson Shootout, where he got to see all the guns fly, and after having done a ton of calling for the Anzac team in Unlimited, and me in the Invitational class, he decided bugger flying Advanced … I’m going straight to Unlimited dad !!! He is flying a Comp-Arf 3m 260 that I’d had in storage in Arizona for the past 6 years, and have just brought back home. With a DA150L up front, he did half a dozen practise flights during the week at Mercer, and come contest day was fizzing at the bung to get into it. Not nice having to fly your first Unlimited contest in a strong crosswind, but he got better and better with every round.

Huggy and I had a great contest for first place, with Huggy taking out the last two sequences, which as you will see made it bloody close. Both flying our new PBG Extra 300’s, with DA-200’s up the front.

So that was it. We finished flying at 7pm, and because of the low numbers, we were all too busy flying and judging, so the scores got tallied that night.

The next comp … possibly at new years, a combined IMAC and Pattern event. Mercer is available, and there is great Accommodation we can make use of. The questions is, can you make it ? Or will you be at the beach ? The nat’s are at Easter this year, and down in Clareville. So maybe a few flyers from way down that way will come up to this one to boost the numbers further. If you are going to be at the beach, that’s cool. But if we get a dozen or so guys keen, and enough across the classes to make it work, then lets do it. Please send me a text or an email and let me know if you can make it, for IMAC, Pattern, or both. Take a look at the calendar, new years eve is a Thursday night. Followed by 4 stat holidays. We could fly practise on the 1st, which gives people a whole day to get to Mercer, and if they get there soon enough, they can have a fly. Then contest on the 2nd, 3rd and perhaps even a bit of the 4th if the numbers are that good. Something like that. If I get zero response, I’ll be going to the beach, and trust me, I’m not a big fan of the beach … all that sand etc. If its fine enough for the beach, lets go flying !!!

Cheers,

Bogan

Pics and scores follow.

Basic Squadron
Basic Squadron
Jarrod Briggs with the 3m Carf 260 - Now flying Unlimited
Jarrod Briggs with the 3m Carf 260 – Now flying Unlimited
John Knox Carf 3m Yak 55SP
John Knox Carf 3m Yak 55SP
Jarrod in the starting gates
Jarrod in the starting gates
Basic guys waiting to fly
Basic guys waiting to fly
Basic Flyers, Derek Whelan, Aaron Fowlds, Kerry Oakley and Gavin Madsen
Basic Flyers, Derek Whelan, Aaron Fowlds, Kerry Oakley and Gavin Madsen
Unlimited lineup. From the left Lawrence Robinson, Stephen Greig, Frazer Briggs, Jarrod Briggs
Unlimited lineup. From the left Lawrence Robinson, Stephen Greig, Frazer Briggs, Jarrod Briggs

 

 

WAHAROA DEC 2015

Contest Results

As of 16-Dec-2015 19:04


Basic

Final scores in Basic ranged from a low of 3,355.1 to a high of 4,000.0 (a range of 644.9)

Rank Pilot Final Score Known
Round 1 Round 2 Round 3
Seq 1 Seq 2 Seq 1 Seq 2 Seq 1 Seq 2
1 Aaron Fowlds (Edge) 4,000.0 1,000.0 1,000.0 1,000.0 863.7
thrown
1,000.0 819.2
thrown
2 Gavin Madsen (Raven) 3,562.8 829.4 757.9 975.5 1,000.0 0.0
thrown
missing flight score(s)
0.0
thrown
missing flight score(s)
3 Kerry Oakley (Raven) 3,426.5 769.6
thrown
721.6
thrown
801.2 807.3 855.7 962.3
4 Derek Whelan (Extra 260) 3,355.1 714.5
thrown
730.9 744.6 707.6
thrown
879.5 1,000.0

Sportsman

Final scores in Sportsman ranged from a low of 3,861.2 to a high of 4,000.0 (a range of 138.8)

Rank Pilot Final Score Known
Round 1 Round 2 Round 3
Seq 1 Seq 2 Seq 1 Seq 2 Seq 1 Seq 2
1 Mike Briggs “Baldrick” (PBG Extra 260 Spruce Goose) 4,000.0 1,000.0 992.0
thrown
1,000.0 1,000.0 996.2
thrown
1,000.0
2 Craig Watkins (Extra 300) 3,861.2 912.0
thrown
1,000.0 924.4 916.6
thrown
1,000.0 936.7

Advanced

Rank Pilot Final Score Known
Round 1 Round 2 Round 3
Seq 1 Seq 2 Seq 1 Seq 2 Seq 1 Seq 2
1 John Knox “Oil Tycoon” (Yak) 4,000.0 1,000.0
thrown
missing figure score(s)
1,000.0
thrown
missing figure score(s)
1,000.0
missing figure score(s)
1,000.0
missing figure score(s)
1,000.0
missing figure score(s)
1,000.0
missing figure score(s)

Unlimited

Final scores in Unlimited ranged from a low of 3,284.2 to a high of 4,000.0 (a range of 715.8)

Rank Pilot Final Score Known
Round 1 Round 2 Round 3
Seq 1 Seq 2 Seq 1 Seq 2 Seq 1 Seq 2
1 Frazer Briggs (PBG Extra 300) 4,000.0 1,000.0 1,000.0 1,000.0 1,000.0 991.8
thrown
987.8
thrown
2 Stephen Greig “Huggy” (PBG Extra 300) 3,987.0 991.3 995.7 939.3
thrown
936.5
thrown
1,000.0 1,000.0
3 Lawrence (PBG Extra 300 Big Foot) 3,776.5 744.6
thrown
857.7
thrown
964.9 919.9 949.8 941.8
4 Jarrod Briggs “Grommet” (Extra 260) 3,284.2 782.6 667.8
thrown
741.2
thrown
857.3 818.8 825.5

Seniors

Final scores in Seniors ranged from a low of 847.328 to a high of 1,000.000 (a range of 152.672)

Rank Pilot Final Score Known
Round 1 Round 2 Round 3
Seq 1 Seq 2 Seq 1 Seq 2 Seq 1 Seq 2
1 Mike Briggs “Baldrick” (PBG Extra 260 Spruce Goose) 1,000.000 0.591 0.554
thrown
0.576
thrown
0.578 0.585 0.625
2 Kerry Oakley (Raven) 847.328 0.488 0.453
thrown
0.505 0.479 0.475
thrown
0.544

Note: Flights without a scale pilot and panel installed are assessed a penalty.
In this report, no pilots were assessed the missing pilot/panel penalty.


Report Parameters: Divisions=Basic,Sportsman,Advanced,Unlimited,Seniors; Knowns=Yes; Unknowns=No; Freestyle=No; Rounds=1-20

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