A few hardy TCMAC members ventured away to the mountains last weekend for the annual TCMAC Porpunkah weekend hosted by the Bright Aero Modelers’.
We all set off from different locations and times but ended up at the picturesque Porpunkah Airport mid-morning to be greeted by a stiff 25 klm wind. The only saving grace was that it was straight down the runway.
Some of the less adventurist among us (me included) were content to leave the models in the car and observe how it was done by the IMAC boys who had come along. Beechworth Bob also braved the conditions and put on a great display of Cub flying (sometimes backwards) and STOL capabilities.
As most of the ladies had been dropped off in Bright to shop, and after a magnificent lunch put on by our hosts, the flyers (and non-flying chickens) were able to enjoy a slow-paced afternoon in preparation for the obligatory evening drinks.
4:00 o’clock saw the flying draw to a close as some were getting thirsty and it was arranged to meet at the rear of the motel for some light refreshments before venturing off to the local Pub for a meal.
Some of the Wang boys joined us at the motel and again for dinner where much mirth and merriment were had, along with some tall and very tall tales told.
Sunday morning dawned and we met for breakfast and then out to the field for a quick fly before heading home. Upon arrival the conditions were found to be perfect and we hastily prepared our models for flying. We did have a Para Glider pilot to keep us company for a while, but all courtesies were maintained.
All in all another excellent weekend away, if you haven’t been on this trip before, consider it next year, it is an awesome experience.
Around 25 competitors entered the APA event held at TCMAC last weekend, with practice on Friday & 2 days of competition Saturday and Sunday. Several classes ran over the weekend and 5 entrants came from TCMAC.
Congrats to Adeh Becker and Peter Webb for coming in at 1st & 2nd in the Sportsman class, with only a few points separating them.
In Advanced, Rob Hulett came in at #3, just sneaking in front of Warren Leach & Chris Henry went well in F3A but was outpointed on the day.
Compliments flowed from our visitors on the state of the facilities, thanks again due to the hard work members have put in with mowing and working bees.
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.
There is no doubt that Autumn is a great time of the year to fly model aircraft, and there is no better place to do this than at the Annual Autumn Scale Rally, held each year, at the Twin Cities Model Aero Club based on the NSW/Victorian border at Albury.
This year was the 12th year the Club has run the event and it is now well established on the Scale Calendar. Weather for the weekend could not have been better, with bright Autumn sunshine with almost no wind and, as the advert for the event says, it is a great time of year to visit the border region.
This years Rally attracted over 30 local and visiting pilots with over 60 aircraft displayed over the 3 days of the event.
This is a non-competition Rally for Scale models from all eras of aviation. Displayed during the weekend were aircraft from First World War, the Golden Age of Aviation of the 1930’s to modern Jet Fighters.
There is no competition flying, but a committee is charged with selecting the best Military and Civil aircraft displayed, To qualify an aircraft must fly over the course of the weekend, but can be scratch built, a kit build or an ARF, and the pilot /owner does not need to be the constructor of the model.
This year the committee judged Melbourne based pilot Tim deHaan to be the winner of the Civil award with his excellent Rothmans liveried Stampe, and local Pilot Michael Guinness to be the Military winner with his highly detailed Spitfire.
A highlight of the event was the impromptu mass flight early Sunday morning of a large number of Bi-Planes entertaining the breakfast crowd, and this is a concept that we will be looking to include as a feature of next year’s Rally.
This years Rally, as in past years was supported by Albury RC Models who donated a beautiful Mustang ARF as a raffle prize, the lucky winner being local pilot Andrew Ward. Many thanks to Rob and Ken from Albury RC Models or their continuing support.
The next big event for TCMAC is their annual Float Flying weekend to be held on the weekend of October 18th, 19th and 20th 2019, so make sure you mark your calendars for that one and be sure to keep the first weekend in May 2020 free for next years’ Autumn Scale Rally.
For pictures and videos of the event check out the Gallery pages on the website
The event started out with a couple of members discussing the number of De Havilland models in the club and suggested a De Havilland day. After some massaging and further discussions we have the inaugural TCMAC Classic Airplane rally.
It was decided to host the event as a non competition rally, as a lot of members prefer a casual fly rather than a competition. The day was open to anyone from within TCMAC as well as visitors from other clubs.
The rules were simple, any scale model where the full size type first flew between the years 1910 to 1950. The name for the event came from local aircraft restorer Jim Williams’ business Classic Airplanes, and Jim was invited along to judge what he believed to be the best model.
To be eligible, models did not need to fly, or even be fully completed, but as described earlier, needed to be first flown between the years 1910 to 1950.
We had 42 entrants in total which was an awesome effort for the first event with entrants from the Wangaratta and Mildura Model Clubs enjoying the day along with TCMAC members.
Judged as the best model on the day by guest judge Jimmy Williams was the Fairchild belonging to TCMAC member Rob Sargent. Rob only finished the model the night and was spied test flying it at 6am on the morning of the event. As is obvious by the pictures of the model Rob has once again done an exceptional job.
Club President Graeme Frauenfelder Winner Rob Sargent Judge Jimmy Williams and Event Director David Balfour
Jim Williams with Rob Sargent and the winning Fairchild
For more pictures of the day slip across to our Gallery page.
A great event which will only get bigger and better for 2019, so mark keep an eye on our events calendar page for the date of next years event.
Once again the TCMAC was invited to have a display of club members models at the annual Albury Aero Club Open day. This year however went a little different, in that they forgot to invite us, until they were reminded by our mutual member Rob Sargent. So with just 2 days notice, we rallied and managed to put together the best display in the 3 year history of the event. Well done to all TCMAC members who heeded the call and brought models and enthusiasm to the day. We ended up with around 50 models on display ranging from small free flight to large incomplete scale planes that show cased to the public the full range of what our club is about and what our members find a passion in.
We look forward to building on this and putting on an even better display in 2019.
Here are a few pictures taken on the day, hopefully we have a better photographer with us next year.
The “brains trust…..not”
Awwww it had a baby
Rob Sargent brought his “big” plane to the event as well
What is, or are, the APA champs you might well ask? Well here is a quick answer. The Australian Precision Aerobatics is a special interest group that controls F3A pattern flying in Aust on behalf of the MAAA and, as was pointed out on the weekend, have been holding there championships at TCMAC now for over 15yrs because its one of the best sights in Australia, and the are always made welcome.
Now to the event itself !! We had 25 entrants with 21 attending the weekend of which 3 were from TCMAC in 2 classes ADVANCE AND EXPERT. In Advanced Rob Hullett & Myself had a close struggle all weekend with only 70 points in total to separate us over 4 rounds .
I had run into some problems with my $200 prop delaminating on the 3rd round so Rob loaned me his model so I could carry on, and this was quite interesting, as I had only had a short fly of the model on Wednesday prior whilst doing some trimming and was not prepared for the difference in how it flew compared to mine, but with a lot of help from my caller Chris Henry, we got through, so a big thanks to Rob in trusting me with his pride and joy.
The end result was Wassa first & Rob in 2nd and Tony from Tasmania in 3rd.
In Expert class John Bran cleared out from the rest but a “HOT“ competition was going on between Chris Henry & Phil Spence from the ACT with Chris ending up in 2nd & Phil in 3rd with only 14 points diff over the 4 rounds, very close indeed, with a total of 8 in this class. The top class Masters was once again taken out by Dennis Travassaros who was a cut above the rest although Russell Edwards in 2nd place had his own problems with a strong wind coming through and picking up his model and breaking the rudder off, so he also had to fly with someone else’s model and Geoff Healey took out 3rd. This class had a total of 9 entrants. The windy conditions lasted all weekend, which made flying more challenging, but we all got through with no incidents model wise and yes, there were some very expensive toys out there, especially one biplane which certainly set a new standard in looks.
Now to the club members especially Rob Hullett who gave of their time to set up and run the canteen so as to make some funds for the club and this also applies to the ground staff who as always gave us a perfect flying sight.
“A VERY BIG THANKYOU FOR YOUR EFFORTS.
All in all a great weekend with some difficult flying conditions “WIND” was had by all but talking about the WIND I watched the wind sock rotate 180 deg in a 1 min time frame and this happened all day.
NEXT EVENT IS THE SCALE DAY SO BE THERE.
Wassa has some pictures to add once he learns how to send them – Editor