Northshore MAC was host to a one day Aerobatics event in November. Its been a long time since an Aerobatics event has been held at NSMAC, so good to be back.
Main focus of the day was to get some of the locals having a go at Clubman Pattern. Plus Basic IMAC, Sportsman IMAC, Expert Pattern, Masters Pattern and F3A were also flown.
Weather forecast was dodgey with the event already having been postponed on by a week. Heavy rain the night before, but on the day it was not too bad. A bit windy but flyable. Rain was forecast for later in the afternoon, so we got on with it.
A huge crowd of locals massed to have a go at Clubman, and many had come to watch their own club guys have a go. Stick plane demo was done, demo with a real model was done, time to get into it. 7 pilots completed two rounds, and considering the challenging crosswind, they all did very well. A couple of minor whoopsies on landing but nothing major. After two rounds Lloyd Beehre had a commanding lead with Roger Gibbs (that cockney clubman guy from way back !!) hot on his heels. Raven Koertzen was 3rd. Chocolate fish all round for the guys who had a go. We look forward to the club running a couple of rounds of Clubman as a local Sunday type event in the future.
Basic and Sportsman IMAC were also flown, Ryan Berger won Basic ahead of Aaron Fowlds. Kaden Newman won Sportsman IMAC ahead of Jon Berger, and Craig Watkins “Tin Tin” was 3rd, he had a bit of a problem on landing and removed the u/c from his model on round 2.
Four pilots flew Expert Pattern, with local man Rod Chave taking out the top spot flying his new (ex Dave Wilkins) Vanquish. Ricky Maitland “Grasshopper” was second, and good to see Adam Butler “Lurch” back on the scene in 3rd place. Lyndon Perry was fourth, he also had a u/c removal problem when the ground came up and smite thee.
Dave Wilkins and Aaron Maitland flew Masters, and Bogan was the only F3A pilot in attendance.
The Northshore guys put on a great BBQ lunch for us, great burgers.
The day was quickly wrapped up mid afternoon as the rain was getting closer !!
Young Kaden Newman was awarded the MJ Memorial Trophy, this guy has improved out of sight over the past year and is working his way up the rankings. Well done Kaden !!
As myself and Lyndon headed back down the Motorway bound for the Waikato, it was chucking it down !! So we did well to get this one in.