Combined Aerobatics Bonanza @ Awatoto – April 2018

Group photo at Awatoto Combined event April 2018

We’ve just had a fantastic weekend in the Hawkes Bay, flying both Pattern Aerobatics, and IMAC Scale Aerobatics, over two days, across two flightlines.

The Hawkes Bay Model Flyers let us loose on their superb club site for the weekend. What a facility, I reckon you could run a lawn bowls championship event on this field. The club guys kept us fed all weekend too, so a big thanks to the local club for looking after us.

Clive Waters from Kapiti at his first comp. Clive had a go at Clubman with this foam Pattern model

 

We had a great turnout of around 20 flyers, many coming to have a go at their first ever Aerobatics contest, including a number of locals too, which is great to see. The Aerobatics SIG have been working hard to promote Aerobatics at entry level lately, and its good to see this paying off. This meant there was a lot of tutoring and training go on over the weekend.

Jarrod and I drove down to the Bay early on Friday morning, to find it sunny and light winds. However once we got the field, and started assembling some models, a nasty westerly wind picked up. A couple of practise flights later, and it was off to Loomeys house to warm up in front of the fire. Fingers crossed for better weather tomorrow, at midnight when we ran out of red wine, the wind outside was howling !!

Andrew gives a training course on how to fly the Clubman Pattern

Saturday morning the wind wasn’t too bad, and the car park at the field was soon filling up with new faces, eager to fly. We decided to make a start with Sportsman Pattern, just in case it got windier later in the day. On Saturday night, we had a quick tech committee meeting, and realised that for newbies coming to an event like this, where we are flying both Pattern and IMAC, the naming of the intro level classes can be very confusing, as they conflict with each other. So we’ve decided that from here on, we are going to rename the old “Sportsman Pattern” class something else. It actually used to be called “Novice Pattern” in the 80’s when I was just starting out, and then the world went mad with political correctness, so it was changed from Novice Pattern to Sportsman Pattern. We have settled on the new name “Clubman Aerobatics”, which is appropriate as this intro class has always been aimed at Club Level flyers. Ok, back to my report …

Alex Wardley aka “Loomey” with 50cc Sukhoi

So, first up we’ve got 8 new guys keen to have a go at flying Clubman Aerobatics. Hmmm … we better go through the schedule with them, and do a demo flight too. Andrew Palmer gets his recently refurbished Phoenix 8 “Classic” Pattern model going, and we are running through a demo of the Clubman schedule. Things are going well, and all the newbies, plus helpers are soaking up the info. When to call the manoeuvre name, when to call commence, how to fly the manoeuvre, and when to call complete etc. Then on the slow roll, disaster …. Andrew’s model comes roaring in downwind, starts the slow roll, and right on centre the wing departs the fuse, blows up into a number of large pieces, and the fuselage with a 60 nitro slimmer on the front still screaming away, lawn darts itself into the ground about 200m past centre. Andrew turns around, and calls complete !! Not a great start to the event, but Jayden finished off the demo with his model, and the newbies were set to give it a go. Well at least they didn’t all go running for the carpark, which was a good sign. Once the started flying, we got them going on a second flightline and it wasn’t long before they had all done 2 rounds.

Barrie Russell with his own design, he has been working on getting the locals to have a go for along time !!!

Next up, IMAC time. The same group of guys were all set to Basic IMAC a go too, so that got that underway over two flightlines aswell. It was a case of fly here, then fuel up and do it again down there. By now the wind had eased off and it was almost dead calm at times. In Sportsman IMAC, local stalwart Barrie Russell lead the charge with his 50cc own design Sukhoi. Jayden had a few problems with the motor in his Ultimate, and who’s this … Alex Wardley aka “Loomey” a guy we’ve not seen flying IMAC for a while, dusted off his 50cc model.

4 Juniors with their models

We’ve introduced a new Pattern class called “Expert”, and this would be its first outing. Its aimed at guys progressing up from Clubman, or part time pattern fliers who aren’t really into the trickier A18 “Masters” schedule. (yep we’ve also renamed Advanced Pattern to Masters, so it does not conflict with IMAC Advanced). The new Expert pattern is an entry level turnaround sequence, that teaches you how to deal with flying in the 120 degree box, keeping your turnaround manoeuvres inside the end marker poles, and putting your centre manoeuvre over the centre pole. 3 guys flew this over the weekend, Mike Wilson from Tauranga flying a Vanquish, local junior Jayden Molloy with his Barrie Russell designed “Russtrix”, it has a DLE35cc up front, and Murray Irvine who came up from Nelson, flying what I would call a 90 sized pattern model called a Monolog on 8S electric setup. Murray flew Clubman at the recent Clareville nats, and was keen for more, so he made the trip up from Nelson. Great to see the south island represented, and he reckons he has a couple of guys back in Nelson starting to show some interest too. After a few round of Expert, good feedback from the judges and fliers, this new Expert Pattern schedule seems to have hit the spot, and will bridge the gap nicely between Clubman and Masters.

Masters class flew their A18 schedule, John Knox & Paul Tomlinson both making the trip down from Auckland. Chris Wong of Napier had a “bit of a problem” with pattern model while out “training” on the Thursday prior. So he was flying a new Pegasus that Paul T had brought down for him.

The day ended with Hamish Galloway and Andrew Palmer flying a couple of rounds of F3A, while on the other flightline, myself and Jarrod flew Unlimited IMAC, and John Knox, Mike Wilson and Chris Wong, flew Advanced IMAC. Knoxy calling for Mikey was hilarious !!

All the guys and gals at the BBQ Dinner on Saturday night.

Saturday night dinner we tried out something new. Those rowdy gliding guys were also in town, they had a DLG contest on, and they wanted to team up with us for dinner. Where can we go for dinner with 25 to 30 aeromodellers, who are inherently loud, and we won’t get kicked out for making too much noise ? If you are ever in the bay, look up the Bare Knuckle BBQ. It was awesome. Outdoor setting with loads of gas heating to keep us all warm. American style BBQ, ribs, pulled pork, burgers, local craft beers. It was a great night, and for future events down that way, it looks like the place to go.

Sunday morning – we were hoping for an 8:30am start, but early morning rain put an end to that plan. Although out at the field at that time, it was actually nice and sunny, and we could have gotten underway, but hardly a soul to be seen. Maybe the guys had all rung Baldrick for a weather report ? He reckons if its raining at his house in Tauranga, then its raining at every flying field in the north island. It wasn’t long before people started to turn up, and we soon got things cranking with Basic and Sportsman IMAC.

The rest of the day was busy, and the weather got better as the day went on. Our name changes to the pattern classes made it a lot easier to explain what was going on, as we had at times Pattern running and one end, while IMAC was running at the other.

Worthy of mention, we had 4 juniors flying this weekend, which was great to see. Jayden Molloy has been competing for a while now, he won Sportsman IMAC with his Ultimate Biplane, and was 2nd in Expert Pattern with the Russtrix. It won’t be long before Jayden is flying Intermediate IMAC, so “dad’s army” get ready for his arrival. Sean Galloway the youngest junior at age 10, under the guidance of his dad, is flying a .46 powered fun fly model. Sean flew Clubman Pattern and Basic IMAC. Yes you can fly both of these classes even with a .46 powered fun fly model. All the way from Kapiti, Oliver Waters age 12, and his dad Clive came to fly at their first contest. Oliver flew an electric 30cc size S-Bach model in Basic IMAC, and on Sunday he had a go at flying Clubman too. His dad (age omitted) flew Clubman with a foam pattern model called an Olympus. These two went back home to Kapiti with plans to get a gas model going for next time. And finally Jacob Wardley Age 14, who lives just up the road in Clive, has been flying foamies and all sorts of stuff at home for a while now. He came to the nats and had a go at Clubman, but had a few motor issues. He was sent home from the nats with the following message for his dad. Bogan says to pull finger, get that 50cc Sukhoi dusted off, put it on charge, find that XG14 you doesn’t use for DLG anymore, and take me to the field. Well he must have got the word alright, because Jacob flew that Sukhoi it like it was on rails. He was first in Basic IMAC and second (to his dad the bully !!!) in Clubman Pattern.

All the HBMF club guys who joined in on the fun at Awatoto.

The weather on Sunday was awesome, and by 4pm it was all wrapped up and time for prizegiving. Everyone needed to hit the road.

A big thankyou to Mel Tansley, who along with Simon, managed to load a ton of scores into the computer. The stack of score sheets she had entered over the two days was at least 2 inches thick by the end of the weekend. I’m not joking. Shows just how much flying we got through. Thank you Mel !!!

To wrap it up, a great weekend. We will do it again in the Bay, but perhaps a couple of weeks earlier so we hit the end of daylight savings. All the new guys went away having learnt a lot, and with a bit of luck we seen them again soon. The next event on the calendar is IMAC @ Galatea 4/5/6 May 2018. This is the final round of the 2018 North Island IMAC series, so don’t miss it.

Results from the weekend follow.

 

 

Pattern Results

 

Clubman Pattern

Final scores in Clubman Pattern ranged from a low of 936.1 to a high of 2,985.0 (a range of 2,048.9)

Rank Pilot Final Score Known
Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Round 4
Seq 1 Seq 1 Seq 1 Seq 1
1 Alex Wardley 2,985.0 1,000.0 1,000.0 985.0 982.7
thrown
2 Jacob Wardley 2,784.2 863.1 734.0
thrown
921.1 1,000.0
3 Barrie Russell 2,676.6 828.9 828.3
thrown
1,000.0 847.8
4 Simon Tansley 2,461.5 707.2 562.3
thrown
868.4 885.8
5 Sean Galloway 2,204.7 703.4 619.5
thrown
733.1 768.2
6 Clive Waters 1,932.1 551.3 700.3 680.5 0.0
thrown
7 Stan Nicholas 1,843.1 467.7
thrown
636.4 684.2 522.5
8 Oliver Waters 936.1 0.0
thrown
0.0 936.1 0.0

Expert Pattern

Final scores in Expert Pattern ranged from a low of 2,188.4 to a high of 3,000.0 (a range of 811.6)

Rank Pilot Final Score Known
Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Round 4
Seq 1 Seq 1 Seq 1 Seq 1
1 Mike Wilson 3,000.0 984.9
thrown
1,000.0 1,000.0 1,000.0
2 Jayden Molloy 2,798.4 1,000.0 893.0 754.1
thrown
905.4
3 Murray Irvine 2,188.4 780.2 548.0
thrown
715.2 693.1

Masters Pattern

Final scores in Masters Pattern ranged from a low of 2,297.4 to a high of 3,000.0 (a range of 702.6)

Rank Pilot Final Score Known
Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Round 4
Seq 1 Seq 1 Seq 1 Seq 1
1 John Knox 3,000.0 1,000.0 1,000.0 1,000.0 952.7
thrown
2 Paul Tomlinson 2,908.0 934.6 973.4 848.7
thrown
1,000.0
3 Chris Wong 2,297.4 801.4 806.3 580.6
thrown
689.7

F3A Pattern

Final scores in F3A Pattern ranged from a low of 2,979.9 to a high of 3,000.0 (a range of 20.1)

Rank Pilot Final Score Known
Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Round 4
Seq 1 Seq 1 Seq 1 Seq 1
1 Hamish Galloway 3,000.0 1,000.0 1,000.0 1,000.0 981.2
thrown
2 Andrew Palmer 2,979.9 978.5
thrown
981.0 998.8 1,000.0

 

IMAC Results

 

Basic

Final scores in Basic ranged from a low of 3,017.0 to a high of 4,000.0 (a range of 983.0)

Rank Pilot Final Score Known Points [pt]
Round 1 Round 2 Round 3
Seq 1 Seq 2 Seq 1 Seq 2 Seq 1 Seq 2
1 Jacob Wardley (Dad’s Sukhoi) 4,000.0 1,000.0
thrown
1,000.0 1,000.0 989.6
thrown
1,000.0 1,000.0 23
2 Simon Tansley (Yak) 3,665.7 907.6 894.9
thrown
896.0 957.6 904.5 855.7
thrown
14
3 Murray Irvine (Monolog) 3,618.8 895.8 712.7
thrown
982.5 1,000.0 657.5
thrown
740.4 7
4 Stan Nicholas (Yak) 3,517.4 825.2 868.1 824.0
thrown
603.0
thrown
854.2 969.9 5
5 Oliver Waters (S-Bach) 3,300.5 787.5 860.3 700.0
thrown
833.9 818.9 771.6
thrown
3
6 Rob Lockyer (Chipmonk) 3,070.1 643.9
thrown
664.1
thrown
818.5 718.4 756.1 777.0 2
7 Sean Galloway (Kabriolin Funfly) 3,017.0 724.0 696.5
thrown
698.0 765.5 682.4
thrown
829.5 1

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


Sportsman

Final scores in Sportsman ranged from a low of 3,731.2 to a high of 4,000.0 (a range of 268.8)

Rank Pilot Final Score Known Points [pt]
Round 1 Round 2 Round 3
Seq 1 Seq 2 Seq 1 Seq 2 Seq 1 Seq 2
1 Jayden Molloy (Ultimate Biplane) 4,000.0 1,000.0
thrown
1,000.0 1,000.0 1,000.0 1,000.0 976.1
thrown
11
2 Barrie Russell (Sukhoi) 3,782.8 722.5
thrown
871.6
thrown
928.7 936.1 918.1 1,000.0 6
3 Alex Wardley (Sukhoi) 3,731.2 812.9
thrown
879.7 978.8 961.8 910.9 801.6
thrown
3

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


Advanced

Final scores in Advanced ranged from a low of 3,098.0 to a high of 4,000.0 (a range of 902.0)

Rank Pilot Final Score Known Points [pt]
Round 1 Round 2 Round 3
Seq 1 Seq 2 Seq 1 Seq 1 Seq 2
1 John Knox (CARF Extra 330SC) 4,000.0 973.5
thrown
1,000.0 1,000.0 1,000.0 1,000.0 11
2 Chris Wong (Slick) 3,179.3 1,000.0 953.0 524.6
thrown
570.8 655.5 6
3 Mike Wilson (Extra 330) 3,098.0 529.5
thrown
797.0 602.3 894.7 804.1 3

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


Unlimited

Final scores in Unlimited ranged from a low of 3,540.3 to a high of 4,000.0 (a range of 459.7)

Rank Pilot Final Score Known Points [pt]
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
thrown
1,000.0 1,000.0 0.0
thrown
1,000.0 1,000.0 8
2 Jarrod Briggs (PBG Extra 300) 3,540.3 842.8 894.1 737.1
thrown
1,000.0 780.3
thrown
803.4 4