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June 2024 – NZ F3A Team Selection Rules – Remits now open for online voting.

At the recent NZRCAA AGM some changes were discussed for the current NZ F3A Team selection format and event timing. As such two remits for changes have been published for online voting. Voting closes 21st July 2024. Click the link below for further information on these remits, and please get your votes in.

Click here for 2024 NZ Team selection rule remits

2023 F3A World Championships Results

Sean Galloway 2nd junior and 33rd overall!

Andrew Palmer (21st) and Frazer Briggs (23rd) – the first two New Zealanders to reach the semi finals!

New Zealand 7th in the team rankings.

A team of supporters made the trip over…..

RULE UPDATES

Two remits from the SIG have passed, so please check out the new NZ Pattern rules are here.

SCHEDULE UPDATES!

We have a NEW Clubman schedule which will be flown at the 2023 Nationals and beyond! Check out the full Clubman rules here, and check out video descriptions and fly-throughs of all the maneuvers here.

We also have a NEW Classic schedule for the 2023 Nationals and beyond! Check it out here!

And a new Expert schedule also for the 2023 Nationals and beyond – check it out here – and more info on the downloads page.

Andrew’s Judging Presentations 2022!

Judging Presentation A Check it out here! 
Judging Presentation B – includes NEW CLUBMAN SCHEDULE FLY THROUGH! Check it out here!
Judging Presentation C – includes NEW EXPERT SCHEDULE FLY THROUGH! Check it out here!
Judging Presentation D Check it out here!
Judging Presentation E Check it out here!

Flight Coach

It’s not often something new comes along which can really help your precision aerobatic flying. Have you checked out Flight Coach? This is a revolutionary system using cheap(ish) multi-rotor flight control hardware to log flights, for later analysis using the Flight Coach ‘plotter’.

Flight Coach started as an idea by Thomas David, a top UK IMAC and F3A pilot. Could the fusion of a GPS, cheap multirotor flight control board, and some fancy computer analysis result in flight analysis which would be a useful coaching aid? The answer was a resounding yes! Of course, such a project was going to be quite complicated. Artur Uzieblo, an Australian F3A pilot came aboard with a vast knowledge of programming skills. Andrew Palmer (New Zealand F3A pilot) organised ideas and developed hardware systems. Russell Edwards (Australian F3A pilot) has been involved in system testing and wrote the plotter manual.

At the heart of the system is an advanced sensor fusion algorithm that can extend the GPS based positioning with inertial navigation to deliver a smooth and accurate flight path and attitude log with 15-25 points per second. This compares to 1-2 per second (with no attitude information) of a typical GPS only system. This data is recorded in the model on micro-SD card. Then the web browser-based Flight Coach software – which is free to use – provides post-flight analysis. The Flight Coach system does not remove the difficulty of F3A, but it does function as a valuable training aid to allow post flight analysis with some objective data on model flight path.

Getting up and running with the hardware can be a bit daunting. If you need a hand, give me (Andrew Palmer) a ring on 021-976665. You will need an Ardupilot compatible flight control board (with SD writer) and GPS/compass. More expensive options are almost plug and play – like the Cube Black or Holybro Pixhawk4 mini + GPS. Cheaper options need some soldering and more configuration – such as an OmniBusF4 + cheap N8M GPS from ebay. The quality of the data from all systems I have used seems identical.