IMAC @ Galatea

November 19/20 – 2016

Our second contest at Galatea, and the venue is working out great for IMAC flying. Zero fullsize traffic all weekend, meant for loads of uninterrupted flying.

A few guys drove down on Friday to get some early practise in. Kerry Oakley spent ages mowing the field on Friday morning, and it looked mint. Well done Smokey !!

Jarrod and I drove down Friday afternoon, in time to get a few flights in before it went dark. Smokey Oakley, Baldrick, Ross Heald, JB and Lurch, and John/Shelly Knox were already there and boring big holes in the sky. Friday night was a good BBQ in the aeroclub, and lots of catching up stories after the winter break.

Saturday morning we cracked into Bacon and Eggs at half past. Off down to the flightline to get started, but first up, time for everyone to learn how to drive the new iPad scribing system. Its so easy to use, and it removes a big data entry job at the end of the day. By the end of the day most people had had a go using it. It does mean we need a scribe to sit next to the judge and pump the scores in as the flight happens, so it takes some extra people out on the line. But during the day we can sync the iPads at regular intervals and get instant results. Things worked really well, the hard part is keeping the iPads with enough charge in them to last the day. Next time we will be armed with a charging on the field solution. Maybe a big 12v battery behind the judging line. So this time the Judges wrote down their scores on the usual sheets, and the scribes loaded them into the iPad at the same time. This gave us a backup in case there was a problem. But the consensus on Saturday night was to forget about even writing the scores down the next day. For classes like Basic and Sportsman where the manoeuvres are spaced apart and there is a little more time, the Judge might even be able to scribe the scores into the iPad himself, meaning no scribes needed. We can try that next time.

Ok, so on with the contest flying. 4 guys flew in Basic, and by the end of Saturday Steve Sherborne was just in the lead ahead of Gavin, Aaron and Kerry, who each won, or got very close, to wining a round at some stage during the days flying. Its bloody great to see guys now flying in Basic again, and it won’t be long before they are chomping at the bit to move up to Sportsman.

Baldrick and Ross Heald battled it out in Sportsman, both flying identical PBG 260’s on DA-150’s. It was like match racing. Baldrick edging out Ross to be in the lead on Saturday night.  These guys are in for a shock soon. The Basic guys are coming, and Baldrick you will be knocked off his perch sooner or later.

Advanced was a bit of a one horse race between John Knox and Lurch. John has now managed to inhibit the random snap bump switches, and Lurch just needs to bend that throttle stick some more.

Jarrod and I flew in Unlimited, both on the PBG Extra 300. Its been ages since we have flown, so things were a bit rusty on the first round for both of us.

The weather on Saturday was stunning. Slightly overcast in the morning, but the sun was soon out. At midday it was into shorts and jandals, not a breath of wind, and looking for some insect repellent !! Later in the afternoon a bit of wind got up, but only for an hour or so. At 5pm it looked like we were going to get some rain, and flying would have to be stopped, but the clouds parted and the rain followed the mountains out in front of us, while we all stood there watching what it was going to do, thinking we could have just carried on. By 6pm it was dead calm and sunny again, and time for some 3D fun. I talked to a few people on Saturday, and I reckon Galatea might have been the only flyable spot in the North Island that day. In Hamilton it was raining and windy all day. Even Rotorua, 40 mins drive away was horrible when the boys drove through on Saturday morning. Palmerston North really windy too, but that’s the norm down there.

Saturday night the BBQ back down at the Aeroclub was the usual malarkey. The iPads were synced back to the laptop, meaning the scores were instantly done and results produced at the click of a button. Big fat Sirloin Steak’s were on the menu, with roast spuds.

Sunday morning was windy. The breakfast cookup and tidying up all done, off down to the flight line to find that yep its windy, but not too bad. Ross Heald had a fly, but the early morning sun in the box meant it was not ideal for getting the contest underway early. The basic guys found a sunny spot out of the wind and hid behind my trailer !! With a few guys keen to get on the road, we pulled the pin, and handed out the certificates. We set some dates for the next comps, one at the end of February, and another for the start of May. Plus of course we have the nats coming up very soon. We are talked about getting a BBQ that can be left at Galatea permanently, and a few other cooking essentials to make the job easier. Many thanks to Baldrick who organised all the feeding side of things, and Ross Heald who ran the kitchen with military precision.

Galatea is working out to be a great find, and the venue is working well for IMAC flying. We’ve now had two successful comps there. It was a bummer that a few guys who made it to the first comp could not get to the second one. It only takes one or two guys to pull out at the last minute, and now judging becomes a problem because we are short on numbers in certain classes. So please get the dates for the next events on the calendar and make the best effort you can to get there and support the cause. Yes it a bit more of a drive than Waharoa or Mercer for the northern guys, we had no fullsize traffic to deal with, no problems with height restrictions, or field boundaries to try and stay within. So its worth that extra time getting there, to get in more flying. The best approach is to Friday off work, drive there in the morning, and practise fly in the afternoon. If you are close enough then its an easy drive on Saturday morning (2.5 hours from Hamilton).  We did have a notam and radio monitoring the freq all weekend. There is a cropping situation that we have to deal with, and this time the crop down both sides of the runway was about a foot tall. We’ve got this sorted though, and we managed to park the cars and trailers with minimal crop damage. As more and more events are held here, this will get easier to deal with. One of the problems we can’t change is the orientation of the runway. It does not run true East/West. So this means that if the morning is sunny, the sun is pretty much directly in your face at 9am. On Saturday morning it was overcast, plus we had guys driving to the contest that day, and the iPads to learn, so there was no rush to get started early. It might have been 10:30 by the time we started flying. But on Sunday morning when we want to get started earlier because we are all there, so we can finish early and get on the road (yes the ozzy way), unless its overcast, its a problem, and there is not much to do except fly some foamies and wait. At 10:30 we could have started Basic, and by 11am the time the sun had cleared the box enough for bigger sequences like Advanced and Unlimited to be flown. Turning on an angle is not ideal, there are some houses behind us that we need to avoid. Flipping the flightline 180 degress and flying facing the west first thing is the morning is not really an option either, it would mean we are flying over the road, and also close to houses. So I’m not really too sure on the solution to this one. We can fly later in the day when its daylight savings, and on Friday night Jarrod and I flew till 7:30. But on Sunday’s, if there are no clouds, it might mean we can’t get started until 10:30 ish, and we want to be done by 3pm so people can hit the road. We don’t really have a choice on this one, and other than this minor problem the venue is superb, and is as centrally located as we are going to get. Plus starting super early on Sunday morning is one way to get offside with the locals when the novelty wears off, and the noise becomes an issue.

Right …. the next contest is the Nationals at Waharoa. IMAC is on the 3rd & 4th  of January. Get your family camping trip booked in for between xmas and new years. Or like me, a week after the nats. Make the best effort you can to get there and fly, it takes a load of organising, you’ve got the easy bit. Now that we are have Galatea up and running, and dates are set for the rest of the flying season, I’m going to get the series table up and running again. This means that in May 2017, we should be able to hand out the series trophies that are now covered in cobwebs !!!

See you at the Nats !?!?!?!

Frazer

Results and some pics follow. If you were there and snapped some photo’s, please send them though so I can post them.

 

He might be holding the worlds worst beer, but he’s a dab hand on the mower !!! Smokey Oakley
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IMAC machines parked in the crop
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Shelley wrestles with technology !!!
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Grommet getting in some flights on Friday night
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More models
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8km to go !!!

 

 

Galatea Nov 2016

 

Contest Results

 

As of 22-Nov-2016 09:39

 


Basic

Final scores in Basic ranged from a low of 3,228.6 to a high of 3,970.4 (a range of 741.8)

Rank Pilot Final Score Known Points [pt]
Round 11 Round 12 Round 13
Seq 1 Seq 2 Seq 1 Seq 2 Seq 1 Seq 2
1 Steve Sherborne (Extra) 3,970.4 993.5
61.1%
1,000.0
67.3%
1,000.0
69.3%
976.9
64.4%
842.2
64.4%
thrown
877.8
55.2%
thrown
14
2 Gavin Madsen (Extra 260) 3,926.8 918.6
56.4%
thrown
909.6
61.2%
thrown
926.8
64.2%
1,000.0
65.9%
1,000.0
76.4%
1,000.0
62.9%
8
3 Aaron Fowlds (Edge) 3,792.3 902.1
55.4%
946.2
63.7%
797.1
55.2%
thrown
954.9
62.9%
785.8
60.1%
thrown
989.0
62.2%
4
4 Kerry Oakley (Raven) 3,228.6 1,000.0
61.4%
782.6
52.7%
672.6
46.6%
626.2
41.3%
thrown
773.5
59.1%
647.8
40.7%
thrown
2

[pt] – “Points” (aka, regional points) are explained below.
 


Sportsman

Final scores in Sportsman ranged from a low of 3,839.1 to a high of 4,000.0 (a range of 160.9)

Rank Pilot Final Score Known Points [pt]
Round 11 Round 12 Round 13
Seq 1 Seq 2 Seq 1 Seq 2 Seq 1 Seq 2
1 Mike Briggs (Big Foot 260) 4,000.0 1,000.0
65.2%
thrown
1,000.0
62.3%
1,000.0
66.8%
1,000.0
67.3%
974.3
59.2%
thrown
1,000.0
65.6%
8
2 Ross Heald (Extra 260) 3,839.1 830.9
54.2%
thrown
983.5
61.3%
842.7
56.3%
thrown
900.5
60.6%
1,000.0
60.8%
955.1
62.7%
4

[pt] – “Points” (aka, regional points) are explained below.
 


Advanced

Final scores in Advanced ranged from a low of 2,119.3 to a high of 3,000.0 (a range of 880.7)

Rank Pilot Final Score Known Points [pt]
Round 11 Round 12
Seq 1 Seq 2 Seq 1 Seq 2
1 John Knox (Extra 330) 3,000.0 1,000.0
61.3%
thrown
1,000.0
55.2%
1,000.0
70.0%
1,000.0
68.8%
8
2 Adam Butler (Extra 300) 2,119.3 699.0
42.9%
606.7
33.5%
thrown
686.9
48.1%
733.3
50.5%
4

[pt] – “Points” (aka, regional points) are explained below.
 


Unlimited

Final scores in Unlimited ranged from a low of 2,709.1 to a high of 3,000.0 (a range of 290.9)

Rank Pilot Final Score Known Points [pt]
Round 11 Round 12
Seq 1 Seq 2 Seq 1 Seq 2
1 Frazer Briggs (Extra 300) 3,000.0 1,000.0
70.2%
thrown
1,000.0
80.2%
1,000.0
77.1%
1,000.0
78.6%
8
2 Jarrod Briggs (Dads Extra 300) 2,709.1 955.7
67.1%
835.7
67.1%
thrown
881.6
68.0%
871.8
68.5%
4

[pt] – “Points” (aka, regional points) are explained below.
 


Seniors

Final scores in Seniors ranged from a low of 829.851 to a high of 1,000.000 (a range of 170.149)

Rank Pilot Final Score Known Points [pt]
Round 11 Round 12 Round 13
Seq 1 Seq 2 Seq 1 Seq 2 Seq 1 Seq 2
1 Mike Briggs (Big Foot 260) 1,000.000 0.652
0.000%
0.623
0.000%
thrown
0.668
0.000%
0.673
0.000%
0.592
0.000%
thrown
0.656
0.000%
8
2 Kerry Oakley (Raven) 829.851 0.614
0.000%
0.527
0.000%
0.466
0.000%
0.413
0.000%
thrown
0.591
0.000%
0.407
0.000%
thrown
4

[pt] – “Points” (aka, regional points) are explained below.
 


[pt] – Points are computed as follows:

Each pilot gets a set number of points, based on their ranking (1st place, 2nd place, etc.).
Specifically:

  • A 1st place win gets 5 points
  • A 2nd place win gets 4 points
  • A 3rd place win gets 3 points
  • A 4th place win gets 2 points

In addition, each pilot gets bonus points for each competitor defeated, based on their ranking (1st place, 2nd place, etc.).
Specifically:

  • A 1st place win gets an additional 3 points
  • A 2nd place win gets an additional 2 points
  • A 3rd place win gets an additional 1 point
  • A 4th place win gets an additional 1 point

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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