2019 Classic Airplanes Rally

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A report by David Balfour

The second annual Classic Airplane Rally
 
Twin Cities Model Aero Club conducted their second Classic Airplane display last weekend November 23 / 24.
 
The event features aircraft from the ‘Classic’ period of aviation from 1910 to 1950, the first 40 years of aviation.
 
Aircraft are displayed in era groupings, this year 35 scale models were displayed.
 
The event is a flying and static display and the winning model is selected by Mr Jim Williams, proprietor of the Albury based aircraft business Classic Airplanes, hence the events name.
 
The winner of this years event was local members Ken Osborne with his Albury Monoplane. This aircraft was the first aircraft to be built and flown in Albury in 1913.
 
A full size replica of this aircraft hangs from the roof inside the Albury City Library.
 
The weather over the weekend was a bit on the hot side which detracted from the day, hope for better conditions next time.
 
These events do not just happen, many members contributed their time in preparing and in the running of the weekend, thanks to all who helped out.
 
To see pictures of the event head over to the Gallery section of the website.
 
 

Cancellation of Seaplane Event

Hello to all Seaplane enthusiasts,

The Twin Cities Model aero Club Albury wish to inform you that we have reluctantly decided to cancel this years Seaplane Fly-In on Lake Hume.

This is the second year in a row that we have had to make this decision as the Lake has not reached a suitable level to run the event.

This year that Lake only reached 40% at its highest level and the level is now dropping.  We need the Lake at about 60 – 70% to safely fly seaplanes.  The attached photos taken last week show the current situation at Table Top Reserve.

We will keep you informed about future events and hope that the drought breaks before next year.

If you are aware of other’s who may have been intending to attend this event, but they are not listed in this email , can you please forward this to them.

Regards

David Balfour

TCMAC

Busy Season of Flying Ahead

Well the countdown is on for the start of Daylight Savings (Sunday October 6th) and the weather has started to turn with gorgeous mornings and stunning afternoons here one the border.

TCMAC has a busy few weeks coming up starting with the Pattern Competition and the State Control Line Comp scheduled for the long weekend of October 5,6 and 7.

All members are urged to attend and enjoy some excellent flying from both disciplines and, if you can, please consider offering a hand in the kitchen. We don’t get a lot of opportunities to raise some much need coin for the club, and these events allow us to do so, but please don’t leave it up to the same few guys to do all the work.

 

Next up after the long weekends events will be our annual show at the Albury Airport in conjunction with the Albury Aero Club.

 

Last year we had a great turn out, so if you came along in 2018, please come again, and if you didn’t, come along, bring a model or two or three and enjoy the day chatting to the public about our hobby.

 

Finally, TCMAC is again holding the Classic Airplane Fun Fly. This will be on Saturday November 23rd and Sunday November 24th.  Sunday will be the main day and include a Swap Meet. More details on the Events page.

 

Also, be on the look out for a new event coming soon, The inaugural EDF Jet event. Something to look forward to.

2019 AGM

The 2019 AGM was held last weekend with a couple of changes to the Committee taking place.

Long serving Vice president Dave Balfour has stepped down from the committee with ex Secretary Mike Guiness taking over the VP role.

New committee member Adeh Becker takes over the Secretary’s role from Mike and we also welcomed Geoff Williams to the committee for 2019.

The full minutes together with the Treasures Balance sheet is available to view on the Club Minutes page.

TATES RC WORLD F3A Pattern Championships

A Report by Warren WASSA Leach

Over the weekend of April 13th and 14th, the above event was held at TCMAC with some top notch flying going on. We had 4 entrants in the event with Adair Becker, Rob Hullett, Chris Henry & Warren Leach all having a go with some great results.

Overall entries were down when compared with previous events with 12 entered and 11 actually attending. This was a bit of a shame but that’s the way it goes sometimes. Several categories were contested over the two days with 4 entered in F3A [top class], 2 in Expert, 3 in Advanced & 2 in Sportsman. 

First up was F3A and I had a go at judging using the new comp system which was quite a eye opener. After 1 1/2 hrs in the chair I was totally stuffed, but at least I new how the new system worked and wont be rushing back to have another go. 

In SPORTSMAN, TCMAC member Adair flew very well, and won all 6 rounds. The result earned him a promotion point, so it wont be long before he goes up a class. 

The ADVANCED class was very close, with positions changing each round, but in the end Rob Hullett showed us all how it is done taking out first place with myself being put back to 3rd.

Expert class saw Chris compete and he again showed excellent skills in winning every round with some great flying but alas, no promotion point earned this time, just missing out by 5 points.

All of our TCMAC flyers flew very well indeed and Adair will be joining the guys in advanced very shortly and move over Chris as Rob Hullett is going strong and is surely on the path tow join you in Expert shortly and give you a sparring partner.

Not sure how the Canteen went with such low numbers but the food was great and thanks to Ron, Bob & Ken for helping out it was appreciated.