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
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.
On behalf of the MAAA, I am sending through this email to update our members on the proposed CASA Registration and Accreditation Scheme outcome for MAAA Clubs and Members. Your Executive prepared significant supporting documentation for Mr Shane Carmody, the Director of Aviation Safety (CASA) in light of the proposed registration and Accreditation of RPA’s within Australia. On Monday 25th March the MAAA Secretary met with three high level managers of CASA in Chris Monaghan, Anthony Stanton and Luke Gumley. This was in relation to the direction of the CASA registration and accreditation system. The material presented included significant information on the historical safety performance of the MAAA.
The MAAA Executive is pleased to confirm that the exemption for all MAAA club locations and other flying sites will be achieved. Flying sites other than actual club sites, for example once a year float plane sites, will need to be identified, confirmed and approved by your State Association. Once these sites are confirmed, the MAAA membership will not be required to undertake any further registration or accreditation for these sites. Documenting these sites in the MAAA exemption list will require your clubs’ involvement with your State Association. The MAAA has again worked tirelessly to achieve these exemptions.
No operational change or registration required for any MAAA member flying at a MAAA Club.
No operational change or registration required for any MAAA member flying at a MAAA flying site outside of a club location (locations to be identified and included on a flying site list to be established by your State Association).
Clubs or flying sites currently operated with a current Area Approval (height extension etc.) are NOT affected by any proposed CASA Registration or accreditation scheme. (i.e. These sites already have an instrument and conditions in place for MAAA members at those sites and are exempt from impacts).
Operation of non-motorised models/gliders is currently exempt from CASA registration at any location (all MAAA clubs/flying sites and other locations). This includes but not limited to Discuss Launch Gliders and slope soaring activities etc.
I hope this information serves to further reduce any of our memberships fear on the impact of the CASA Registration and Accreditation scheme and demonstrates the continued dedication of the MAAA to our members, clubs and state associations. On saying this the MAAA will continue to work with CASA to ensure the rights of MAAA members are considered in any further discussions. We will continue to monitor the progress to ensure what has been agreed is implemented.
The Eighth Annual Craig Coleman Timed Flight Comp. This event was held last Sunday in rather cool conditions, it was the first day this year that the fire was lite in the Club House. Despite the cool conditions 19 members participated in the comp, some as sole pilots others as teams. The aim of the comp is to fly for as close to 30 minutes without the use of any timing devise, all pure guess work. Pilots are timed from the start of the take off roll to the end of the landing roll. Times varied from as short as 16 minutes 17 seconds to as long as 43 minutes 11 seconds. This year 6 pilots / teams actually finished somewhere in the 30 minute range. The final winners were the team of Blowie and his student pilot Tom with a time of 30 minutes and 20 seconds.