2018 Albury Aero Club Open Day

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.

 

APA Championships

APA CHAMPS.

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.

Cheers, Wassa

 

Wassa has some pictures to add once he learns how to send them – Editor

TCMAC Classic Airplane Fly-In

The TCMAC has decided to hold a Classic Airplane event this November. This will be the start of what we hope is a successful ongoing event. The idea is to have a Fly-In type atmosphere with no dedicated competition, just a great get together with some nice scale models. A best afield perpetual trophy will be awarded on the day with sponsor Jim Williams from Classic Airplanes in Albury judging what he thinks is the model of the meet. To be eligible the model must meet the simple criteria of being modelled on a full size aircraft built between the years 1910 and 1950. Whilst we hope to have a mass fly-by of all the models in a decade/era format, models do not need to fly to be eligible to win the trophy. For this inaugural event the format will be casual and will be on the one day only. This of course does not mean you can’t come out and enjoy our great facilities on the Saturday as well, or even the Friday. Camping at the field is allowable so if your coming from away, feel free to make a long weekend of it. See you there.

Classic Airplanes No Border

New page now available

Well we are often asked what our members are building, so we have added a page called “Whats on the work bench” to the website. On this page we will show you what our members are building and as the build progresses we will keep each build updated. If any members are currently building something, then please send your pictures, and preferably some details on the model, to the site administrator at admin@TCMAC.com.au and we will include it so other members can watch the progress.

CANCELLATION OF SEAPLANE EVENT


Cancellation of TCMAC Float Fly In
19 to 21 Sep 2018
Hi All
Due to low water levels at the Hume dam, Twin Cities Model Aircraft Club (TCMAC) has made the difficult decision to cancel the event for this year.
The decision has been made at this time to provide early notification to all those who were planning to attend.
This is a major float fly-in event and a number of pilots make holiday arrangements so that they can attend each year.
We apologise to those that were coming to this years event but mother nature has schemed against us on this occasion.

We look forward to holding the event again in 2019 and hope that you put it in your calendar for next year.

Can you please pass this information on to any other pilots who may have been planning on attending.

 

 

2018/19 Committee

Well the AGM has been run and we are pleased to introduce the new Committee, well re-introduce as the case may be.

 

All positions were filled with President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer all being filled by the incumbents.

 

Congratulations to Graeme, David, Mike and Rod.

 

As for the 3 positions of General Committee, Tim and Baz were re-elected and with Tony Small standing down, Neil Baker

nominated and was duly elected.

The Club would like to thank Tony on his service to our organisation and hope that he enjoys the flying side of being a member of this great club.

 

If you are not sure who these office bearers are, click on the Current Committee tab ot the top of the page and you will be introduced to them.

 

As part of the AGM each year two awards are also given out. This years recipients were,

Club Person of the year was awarded to Rod McRae &

the recipient of the Presidents Award was David Tulk.

Both members were humbled and honoured to receive these recognitions.

 

Also a new video has been posted so check it out, and keep coming back to see more additions to your website.

 

See you all flying.

 

Classified Ads

While browsing the new website, you may have seen that we have a classifieds section for members to utilise.

Only members can add or edit and advert but any visitor to the website can view the ads.

When replying to an ad, the enquirer will not get to see your email details but a form will send you an email about the enquiry.

Feel free to add an advert if you have something to sell, swap, give away or indeed if you are looking for something to buy.

At this point however, the section that allows us to include pictures in the ad isn’t working correctly. As the Admin I do however have the capacity to add the pictures so, if you complete an ad, just email me any pictures (my email address is in my profile) and I will include them into the ad.

 

Happy Selling

 

Welcome to the new TCMAC Webpage

Hello and welcome to the new Twin Cities Model Aero Club web page.

Obviously, the are quite a few changes from the old site and we hope you enjoy this version.

We have had a few teething problems which mostly have been fixed.

Please have a look around and provide any feedback that you like via the contact page, either directly to the Web Administrator, or indeed any of the other listed contacts.

For members of TCMAC, please browse your profile page and update as required.

 

Vic Scale Trophy @ TCMAC

Well a bit of a disappointing weekend overall with low numbers in attendance.

We had 3 members compete with 2 bringing home the bacon.

 

 

Rob Sargent & Chris Henry receiving their trophies

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Congratulations to Rob Sargent on winning and Chris Henry on coming second.

Congratulations also goes out to Alwyn Brunton on his first scale comp. The smile on his face summed up the weekend for everyone.

Despite a poor attendance (even by our own members) those that were there had a great weekend.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The weather started off  a little average but, as Saturday afternoon went on, it became quite nice with some very good scores by the local crew.

In the end the two rounds flown on Saturday stood as Sundays round was cancelled due to some Melbourne pilots not being able to stay.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Some great social flying was done on Sunday.

A big thanks to the Victorian Flying Scale Aircraft Association for bringing their competition to our club and,  hopefully, next year they will return and more entries are received.