The Year 2016 so far...
LARGE SCALE AREOBATICS –TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS- 1st and 2nd November 2014
by STAN FINCHAM
The day finally arrived. All the practicing and coaching was to be put to effect with some 6 of the best of the large scale pilots participating in the unlimited category and 3 participating in the limited category.
As per customary competition reports, the weather report needs to be started with because the wind and cloud cover did not assist the pilots in their endeavors to fly the challenging schedules, to the best of their ability. The visibility was affected most of the weekend by up to 95% cloud cover and sometimes down to 1000 feet. The wind was consistently fierce most of the weekend at 25kph with gusts up to 35kph and constantly changing direction.
Here Ian Brandon on of the 3 judges looks on in somewhat a pensive manner .The other Judges were Ian Edwards and both organiser and Judge Gavin Walton
Pilots were briefed and the Limited class pilots soon got to grips with weather effect on demanding schedules. A total 6 sequences were flown in both Unlimited and limited class for the pre practiced and known sequences. The unknown sequences were handed to the pilots the following morning. These unpractised and never before seen sequences tested the pilots’ skill and nerve beyond measure.
Even seasoned Andre Stockwell seen with Charles Kerr contort their bodies in an effort to memorise the schedules for the unknown sequences. Some of the pilots were better at getting these schedules known and others had good callers assisting the with the sequences
Here Deon Swartz and Bret Black share a moment before the unknown sequence was to be flown.
A new technique was developed during these championships. If you stand on one leg whilst calling it brings the pilot a great deal of luck. You should try this.
The second day of the tournament was to be no different to the first as pertained the weather and proceedings were stopped for while whilst the rain subsided. The pilots brought their equipment into shelter in no time.
Fortunately the facilities provided by Irene Radio Flyers were superb. Mention must be made of the savoury meals provided throughout the weekend by the club and a special thank you goes to the club for allowing the use of their great facility for the weekend. They even closed the field to regulars for practice days before the event.
The 4 rounds of unknown sequences flown by limited and unlimited pilots produced some hairy moments and fortunately there was no damage to property equipment or persons .Remarkably aeroplanes behaved extremely well and equipment turned out to be most reliable throughout the competition weekend. The judges started immediately after the unknown sequences with the freestyle competition. The freestyle sequences were all about smoke, music and showmanship.
The tournament concluded with prize giving. The results were as follows:
1st Andre Stockwell
2nd Brett Black
3rd Chris Zurinskas
4th Deon Zwarts
5th Victor Barvic
6th Charles Kerr
1st Freddy Kotze
2nd Gerald Burrel
3rd Roland Suhrmuller
Winner for the unlimited class Andre Stockwell with the floating trophy and personal one and great smile.
Winner for the freestyle competition was Bret Black.
Gavin Walton organiser of the TOC remarked that the pilots were to be congratulated on a really superb standard of flying,with special emphasis on trying to inprove positioning of manueveres in future competions.He thanked the pilots for their commitment and encouraged them to bring new faces to future competitions.He also thanked Irene Radio flyers for the use of their great facility and catering for the weekend.Judges were thanked for their contributions to the event and Andre Stockwell led a motion to thank Gavin Walton a and Andre Lourens for their efforts during the last year.
Come on Large scale Pilots start practicing for the Nationals. Lets get our entries to the 20 mark. Gavin mentioned he would notify all about the calender for next year.
Monthly Competition - White Hills 4th October 2014
by STAN FINCHAM
You have been warned. The following names may contain explicit material not suitable for sensitive viewers.
Dangerous Dave, Brutal Bret, the Smoking Scotsman, Crazy Chris and Jugular Jacques to name a few, are on their way to the tournament of champions 1st weekend November 2014. This was confirmed at the last round of the of the Large Scale (SIG) completion kindly hosted at White Hills Radio Flyers.
Just on the side all entries will be done on the site portal and will be limited by the ( SIG) chairman so please watch the space and enter ASAP once the entry forms are available. Also, the interest group needs to elect a committee to assist Andre with his arduous task, a task he has done manfully on his own for the past couple of months. The committee members will be elected at and during the weekend of the TOC.
At the customary pilots briefing at 7:00 on the 5th October the pilots appeared to pray for mercy knowing the judges were going to scrutinise every millisecond of their flight schedules. 11 pilots turned out in limited (4) and unlimited (7) classes. Flying got underway promptly under the watchful eye of Andre (SIG representative) and Dave as flight director. The judges for the day were Ian Edwards, Andre Lourens, Bret Black and Rob Hughes and ably assisted by Roland Suhrmuller as caller No mercy was going to be shown by the judges as they had a stated their desire to ensure that pilots had no misgivings about standards which were going to be applied at the TOC. This sorting the men from the boys, no nonsense attitude became very obvious as the results were tallied and given to the pilots at the end of the day.
With Limited pilots first up, the unlimited pilots had some time to go through their routines, check out airplane assembly and cleanliness. The line-up included the Smoking Scot cleaning the shared bipe he and Brutal Bret flew. This dangerous duo tried all morning to prove that two wings were better than one. The scores will reflect that contrary to both pilots’ protestations, their scores should have been divided by two due to the unfair advantage of two wings on one plane.
The trying schedules took their toll on many pilots. This was evidenced by the numerous zeros on the score sheets. The rule book was thrown at pilots hammer and tongs. After the days flying, some of the pilots were not sure whether they, or the braai meat, got a bigger roasting. Even Chris Zurinskas was still smoking when he finished his last flight.
The day was concluded by having the senior pilots and judges, sharing their experience and constructive critique of the pilot scores. The SIG Representative committed to arranging clinics where seasoned pilots and judges would provide both rule book and flying training. (Watch the web site for the dates).
The packing up process is always a long and lonely one. Roland had 3 buddies helping him erect the awning in the morning (Obvious -we want to share the awning with you buddies)
He was found all alone packing up and grumbling as he went
The positional standing for the day was as follows as the scores are too scary to mention
1st Brutal Bret
2nd Crazy Chris
3rd Jugular Jacques
4th Smoking Scot
5th Draconian Deon
6th Dangerous Dave
7TH Vampire Victor
1st Gangster Gerald
2nd Robing Roland
3rd Racketeer Rob
4th Unstable Stan
The next episode of Scary movie 26 will be released shortly
Monthly Competition - Jailbirds 17 August 2014
by STAN FINCHAM
11 pilots came from Pretoria and all parts of Johannesburg to compete in this really remarkable event. Pilots competed in Sportsman, Intermediate, Advanced, Expert and Unlimited classes. As with most outdoor activities the weather does not always have the same agenda as those wishing to enjoy the outdoors. The cloud cover started out at below 500 feet and wind speeds of between 18 and 20 km/ph. This did not deter the pilots or the judges from getting down to real business, and started proceedings promptly after the regular pilots briefing.
Two sessions with two back to back schedules were flown by all pilots. After every round pilots were able to discuss scores with the judges and the judges were most willing to provide both comments and advice on how to improve their scores. Despite attempts to bribe the seasoned professional judges, Ian Edwards and Ian Brandon, the judges were steadfast in their resolve to score accurately and honestly.
The event was hosted by the Jailbird club and a special mention must be made of how much the pilots enjoyed the facility despite the foul weather conditions. Thanks to the club and their committee for hosting us!!
The sun finally got the better of the clouds but the wind prevailed.
AL’s Hobbies sponsored caps for all pilots and provide prizes to the winners of all the categories mentioned. Great to have your support Alan.
There were Extras, Ultimates , Edges and Sbachs flown by some really great and skilled pilots.
After all the scores were tallied, and the winners announced, there was a unanimous feeling by all pilots that the real winners of the day were :
Really skilled pilots
Large Loud planes
For those of you who missed this event and would like to participate in the next one please note
We will be hosting a monthly event on the 7th September at Jomac and the date and venue for October will be announced later.
Also the tournament of Champions will be taking place on the weekend of the 1st and the 2nd November at RMAC (Please diarise).