VMAA Event Notification COVID-19 Alert Number 3

Hi All
The public health recommendations being issued by government and health organisations are obviously likely to affect many upcoming club activities of the coming weeks.
Based on the above, the following events have been cancelled or postponed:

P&DARCS wishes to advise, due to the declared pandemic of the COVID-19 virus, the committee has decided that the planned Monty Tyrrell Scale Rallythat was to be held on Sunday, March 22 has been CANCELLED. It is hoped to reschedule the event later in the year if at all possible.

Wangaratta Jets It is with regret that we advise that Wangaratta Jets (23 to 26 April) will be postponed until October due to the COVID-19 Virus and the implications it poses on the event.
This decision has been made due to the uncertainty as what limitations the Government may impose over the next few weeks regarding permissible event crowd numbers.

Echuca MMAC Committee has decided to postpone the Fun Fly (4 to 5 April) until later in the year. However, the field will be opened and if pilots wish to attend at their own discretion are welcome. Camping facilities are available but there will be no canteen facilities. The club will abide by the current government directives.

All clubs should likewise assess the developing situation and the VMAA will assist with distributing any updates if required. 
Please contact the VMAA Secretary by clicking the following link:

Safe flying to all
VMAA Committee

Member Update on Coronavirus

Due to the recent outbreak of the Coronavirus, it is more important than ever that we follow directions and advice from health authorities and governments. This is not to say however we cannot continue to participate in our aeromodelling activities. We all, however, must consider our fellow club members and practice safe hygiene and preventative practices. The fact the average age of our members is within the vulnerable age sector, makes it more imperative we all are extra vigilant and cautious.

Clubs and members will have to consider their own individual circumstances however, the following suggested information is provided to assist in protecting yourself and other members; allowing all to continue to participate.

Hygiene: Clubs should endeavour to supply hand cleaning material or better still, members should bring their own.All members should adopt good hygiene practices when associating with members.Members should not use communal cups and other kitchen utensils. Bring your own, you know the health of those who have used it previously.Members should wash hands after opening/closing club locks doors, refrigerators etc. Avoid touching face and mouth before doing so.Avoid personal contact with members i.e. do not shake hands.Consider not supplying food i.e. Barbecues, communal meals. Ask members to bring their own.If supplying food members should wear gloves and possibly masks to prevent contamination.Do not sneeze or cough over food or other members.If you have any of the Coronavirus symptoms (fever, cough, sore throat, fatigue or difficulty breathing) – self isolate and don’t attend the flying field until you are feeling better.If suffering from any other illness or chronic medical condition, consider not attending the flying field.Increase hygiene/cleaning of facilities in club toilets.

Club Events: Consider cancelling if it involves attendance of members from other clubs or the public.Consider postponing large events.Recommend members bring their own food and drinks etc.Member with Coronavirus symptoms should not attend.

Members Returning from Overseas: If returning from overseas – self isolate and do not attend the flying field for at least 14 days. Stay home and work on your models.If mixing with family or friends that have returned from Overseas – self isolate and do not attend the field for at least 14 days.The above suggestions are not exhaustive, and clubs must implement other preventative procedures they consider appropriate.

All clubs are individual incorporated organisation and can make their own rules and policies. Clubs may consider putting in temporary rules to enforce any action deemed necessary to protect members.

Best regards,

Neil Tank


As the situation around the Coronavirus changes rapidly, all members are advised to take a moment and think of their own safety and health concerns and act appropriately.

Whilst the club and airfield remain open, it is your decision as to whether or not you wish to attend the club at this time.

At this point in time, all scheduled events at TCMAC are still going ahead, but the Committee will make final decisions on these as those events get nearer and/or the situation changes.

Please be mindful that many of our members are in the more vulnerable group so if you are not well, please consider not attending the club.

On behalf of the Committee of TCMAC


VMAA Event Notification
CONVID-19 Alert Number 2

Hi All
The public health recommendations being issued by government and health organisations are obviously likely to affect many upcoming club activities of the coming weeks.
Based on the above, Western Port MAC and Warrnambool MAC have advised of the following:

Western Port MAC wishes to advise, Due to the declared pandemic of the CONVID-19 virus, the committee has decided that the planned WOW3 event for March 29 will be cancelled.

Warrnambool MAC wishes to advise,  Due to the declared pandemic of the CONVID-19 virus, the committee has decided that the official planned Clubhouse opening event for March 21 will be cancelled.
However, those pilots that
 are still interested in coming along, the field will be available all weekend (21/22 Mar) for a fly.

All clubs should likewise assess the developing situation and the VMAA will assist with distributing any updates if required. 
Please contact the VMAA Secretary by clicking the following link:

Safe flying to all
VMAA Committee


VMAA Event Notification
CONVIT19 Alert

Hi All
The public health recommendations being issued by government and health organisations are obviously likely to affect many upcoming club activities of the coming weeks.
Based on the above, P&DARCS has advised of the following:

P&DARCS wish to advise, that at this time, the Monty Tyrrell Scale Rally is still on next Sunday, March 22. The situation will be reviewed on Thursday evening. 
Those intending to attend should check the P&DARCS web site ( after 9:00 am on Friday for updates and additional advice/developments. 
Ivan Chiselett – P&DARCS Secretary”.

All clubs should likewise assess the developing situation and the VMAA will assist with distributing any updates if required. 
Please contact the VMAA Secretary by clicking the following link:

Safe flying to all
VMAA Committee

Old Timers Day

A report by Neil Sharp

Up early Saturday morning to pick up food for lunch, it was a beautiful clear, calm day for our “Old Timers Day”.

When arriving at the field, Edwin and Chris were already there to test their new Zephyrs. Edwin flew well straight out of the box and Chris was just as good with a little packing under the trailing edge.

Tim, Ken and myself had a yarn about the coming events;

There were 4 events to start the day off

  1. Around the pole and circle back
  2. Total number of loops in 15 seconds
  3. Climb and glide
  4. Mass start and glide

All up we had 9 started but we lost 2 planes straight off, Neil crashed and Wassa had trouble with the Dutch Roll and then landing on a fence.


  • Around the Pole results
  • 1st – Ken
  • 2nd – Geoff
  • 3rd – Edwin
  • Loops in 15 Seconds
  • 1st – Tim
  • 2nd – Ken & Geoff
  • 3rd – Edwin

This event was highlighted by Tim with 10 loops followed by the best wing flutter you would ever like to see.

  • Climb & Glide (15 second Motor Run)

Chris was away first with a very good Climb & Glide. The Zephyr looked good in the sky.

  • 1st – Chris
  • 2nd – Tim
  • 3rd – Edwin

The mass start didn’t go ahead.

Eric ran up the 1/2cc diesel and gave a short demo flight and on Ken’s last flight, the Playboy got caught downwind and hit a fence.

A lot of laughs and fun was had by all.

Thanks go out to all who competed, and to the helpers with timing and judging (a special thanks to Neil Sharp for organising the event – editor)

Also special thanks to Darrell Smailes for cooking the BBQ lunch and cleaning up after.

It is hoped to schedule another “Old Timers Day” in 3 or 4 months so start building now and don’t miss out (apparently there is already an new Zephyr on someones building board as we speak)

Happy Flying

For pictures of the event head over to the Gallery page or click this link :

Event Pictures

TCMAC 50th Anniversary

With 2020 being the clubs 50th anniversary there will be a few special events happening over the course of the year beginning with a Club Dinner.

This is to be held on March 28th which isn’t far away, so head over to the Events Calendar to see all the details and to book your ticket, as I’m sure you won’t want to miss out. REMEMBER it will only be held once.

Official Club Polo Shirt

At the recent meeting, approval was given for the new Official Club Polo shirt.

These shirts are available from Embroidery Creations (see link below) and are the ONLY shirts approved by the Club.

If you need an new Polo shirt then go along to Embroidery Creations in Olive St Albury (next to Centrelink) and order a shirt. The cost is a reasonable $32 and an extra $5 if you option for a pocket.

The staff at Embroidery Creations know the logo size and location so all you need to do is advise them of your size.


Click here to see Google Map of location for Embroidery Creations

Click here to visit Embroidery Creations website

Baz is on the mend

Club stalwart Barry Kilpatrick travelled to Melbourne last week for an operation on his heart (yes it seems he does have one).

Barry came through the op all ok and with 3 new valves and a bit of additional tweaking here and there he is on the mend and will soon be back terrorising anyone who gets in his way.

On behalf of TCMAC and all the members we wish Baz a speedy recovery.

Condolences to Rod McRae & Family

The committee and members of TCMAC would like to express our thoughts and condolences to our Treasurer Rod McRae on the passing of his father Donald. All of our prayers are with you and your family at this sad time.

McRAE. — Donald Bernard

Passed away peacefully on January 10, 2020
Aged 102 years

Loved husband of Amy (dec). Loved father of Russell and Rodney. Loved father-in-law of Jackie and Peta. Loved grandpa of Jason (dec), Brenton, Danielle, Alison and Stewart. Great grandfather of Tom, Greta, Rory and Parker.

Mum and Dad reunited.

For funeral arrangements see later newspaper.

Publication: Herald Sun


Bunnings Sausage Sizzle

Thanks to all those who registered to help out at the club fundraiser on December 26th at Bunnings Wodonga.

The roster is below but it’s not too late to add you name if you would like to help out.

just email Tim at

Time Slot                                            Attendees

8-15 to 10AM                          Michael Guinness

                                                  Hilton Guinness

                                                  Dennis Johnson

                                                  Alwyn Brunton

10 to 11                                    Tim Knight

                                                  Neil Sharp

                                                  David Balfour

                                                  Rob Hewlett

11 to 12                                    Tim Knight

                                                  Rob Hewlett

                                                  Charlie & Sheree Kuljurgies

12 to 1PM                                Graeme Frauenfelder   

                                                  Adeh Becker

                                                  Ian Byles

                                                  Geoff Williams

1 to 2                                        Graeme Frauenfelder

                                                  Adeh Becker

                                                  Ron Hammond

                                                  Geoff Williams

2 to 3                                        Edwin Ford

                                                  Ron Hammond

                                                  Darrell Smailes

                                                  Robert Ormes

3 to 4-30                                  Andy Gordon

                                                  Phil Collins

                                                  Peter Webb

                                                  Chris Henry


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.


David Balfour


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.