CLAS NSW Championships


A Report by Darrell Smailes

The CLAS NSW Championship for speed and team race was conducted over the long weekend of October 4th to October 7th 2019.

Approximately 25 entrants from Vic, NSW, SA, Qld, WA & New Zealand competed over the weekend which was heralded a huge success.

The events counted towards points to qualify for the 2020 World Championships to be held in Poland.

Past World Champions and competitors were well represented over the weekend.

A great weekend was enjoyed by all, due mainly to our club facilities and the local area amenities.

Two speed records were broken subject to confirmation.

Thank you for the Club support and we are now gearing up for our TCMAC Control Line GrandPrix, January 2nd to 5th, run over 4 days (see Events calendar for details).

A mixture of events from speed, team race, combat and stunt will be conducted and early indications are very positive that the event will attract many competitors from throughout the Australia.

APA Pattern Event

A Report by Rob Hulett

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.


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.

Autumn Scale Rally

A Report by David Balfour

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

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.