Aerobatics @ TECT Park – 18th January 2020

TECT Park is home to the Tauranga Model Aircraft Club, and this was our first event at their field. Cut out of the forest, TECT Park is partway between Tauranga and Rotorua. Its home to all sorts of activities like mountain biking, shooting horses, motor sport, you name it. The model flying site has been active for a couple of years now. The runway is some 150m long, there is tons of room. The club has just recently done some more earth works to upgrade the car parking area.

We had a one day Aerobatics event on 18th January, and it was a success with good numbers attending. A few getting lost on the way to finding the actual model flying strip once they got to TECT Park, but those that could read the signs had no problems !! You know who you are.

Don’t miss these tiny signs when you go to Tect Park, they are hard to spot.

The day was a mixture of both IMAC and Pattern, everyone choosing one class to fly, so we could get 3 rounds through in the day. We’ve got a few guys with only a pattern model, and a few with only an IMAC machine, so having the event as a mixed event, and you can choose one,  means we get better numbers on the day than if it were just IMAC, or just Pattern. And TECT Park being central to the North Island means its not too far of a drive for most.

Great to see some locals coming for a go. We ran a “newbie” day at Tect Park a few months back, which helped to get some new guys turning out to fly. Plus we had a good turn out of local club guys who came out to watch it happen.

Basic IMAC was up first. Dom Clarke the local Junior took out the top spot, just ahead of another Junior Max Briggs flying in his second event. Tony Christiansen was 3rd flying his Yak. In 4th Place was Richard Brown, a TMAC stalwart from way back, he flew a 30cc model. While in the starting gates during a run up, it threw a propeller blade !! The blade was thrown perpendicular to the model, and hit the ground only a few metres to the right of the gates. Right where someone could have been standing. Very Lucky !!! Remember, keep behind those props when they are being run up people, and if you are about to run your model up and someone is in front or directly to the side, tell them to get behind you, before you give it the gas !!

Sportsman IMAC was a close battle between Gavin Madsen and Aaron Maitland, who had just moved up after winning Basic at the Nats. Baldrick had a whoopsie on landing, he removed the U/C from his scratch built model, a 35cc Yak 55. Calls of “Must have been that shit ply”, Baldricks new favorite catch phrase aimed at Chinese ARF manufacturers, could be heard for the rest of the day.

Sean Galloway was the only Expert Pattern flier, he is practising for the upcoming Ozzy Masters in March.

Masters Pattern had 4 pilots, and was taken out by Mike Wilson. Paul Tomlinson, Paul Stairmand and Ewan Galloway not far behind.

Myself, Hamish Galloway and John Knox flew 3 rounds of F3A.

The day was wrapped up at 5pm with a quick prize giving so people could head home. The funny thing is, my watch must gotten bumped during the day and switched back to non daylight savings time without me knowing. So actually we finished at 4pm and I didn’t realise till afterwards. We could have flown for longer, but everyone had done 3 rounds so it was a good time to call it a day. Many were able to get home an hour earlier than promised, which I find always has a good result. Under promise and over deliver !! It’s a sure way to hang onto a few brownie points before they expire.

Many thanks to the TMAC club for hosting us, we had a few club guys on the BBQ doing the lunch for us, and the burgers were awesome.

An awesome day.

There are a couple more TMAC locals keen to have a go too, but this date did not quite work out for them due to other things on. Keep an eye on the Calendar guys, we are hoping to get back there again real soon before the end of the current flying season.

Results and some photos from the day follow.

Basic – IMAC

Rank Pilot Final Score Known
Round 1 Round 2 Round 3
Seq 1 Seq 2 Seq 1 Seq 2 Seq 1 Seq 2
1 Dom Clarke (Jnr) 4,000.0 1,000.0 926.1
thrown
1,000.0 794.8
thrown
1,000.0 1,000.0
2 Max Briggs (Jnr) 3,871.7 960.8 1,000.0 910.9 1,000.0 810.4
thrown
881.0
thrown
3 Tony Christiansen 3,246.2 920.6 763.0 740.0 586.4
thrown
822.7 725.5
thrown
4 Richard Brown 2,714.4 514.2
thrown
432.1
thrown
908.5 660.2 602.9 542.8

Sportsman – IMAC

Rank Pilot Final Score Known
Round 1 Round 2 Round 3
Seq 1 Seq 2 Seq 1 Seq 2 Seq 1 Seq 2
1 Gavin Madsen “I’m on a gravel road, where is the field ? What signs ?” 4,000.0 923.0
thrown
952.6
thrown
1,000.0 1,000.0 1,000.0 1,000.0
2 Aaron Maitland “I just followed the signs, it was easy” 3,939.6 1,000.0 1,000.0 962.6 905.6
thrown
927.0
thrown
976.9
3 Baldrick “Bloody Shit Ply” 1,741.3 894.3 847.0 0.0
throw
0.0
throw
0.0 0.0

Expert – Pattern

Rank Pilot Final Score Known
Round 1 Round 2 Round 3
Seq 1 Seq 1 Seq 1
1 Sean Galloway (Jnr) 2,000.0 1,000.0
thrown
1,000.0 1,000.0

Masters A20

Rank Pilot Final Score Known
Round 1 Round 2 Round 3
Seq 1 Seq 1 Seq 1
1 Mike Wilson 2,000.0 1,000.0 1,000.0 975.1
thrown
2 Paul Tomlinson 1,965.3 959.4
thrown
965.3 1,000.0
3 Paul Stairmand 1,846.0 815.8
thrown
918.2 927.8
4 Ewan Galloway 1,824.7 886.0
thrown
926.8 897.8

F3A – Pattern

Rank Pilot Final Score Known
Round 1 Round 2 Round 3
Seq 1 Seq 1 Seq 1
1 Frazer Briggs “Bogan” 2,000.0 1,000.0 1,000.0 1,000.0
thrown
2 Hamish Galloway “Worms” 1,918.8 949.4 871.3
thrown
969.4
3 John Knox “Motor sport, that sounds like the one, follow me guys” 1,758.8 898.7 847.0
thrown
860.1