Sunday, 23 September 2012

22nd of September 2012

After a very small newsletter last week, this one's going to be a 'Super Bonus Edition' with lots to report & lots of photos!

The weather's definitely starting to warm up & even though winds were predicted to be light there was still a bit unstable air around.

Paul's beautiful Tiger Moth.

Ian's Extra 300S.

The moment we had all been waiting for had finally arrived when Dennis turned up with his Gee Bee in the trailer!

The 200 size engine ran like a dream but a few last minute issues with landing gear & servo travels prevented her from having her maiden flight - maybe next week!

Stu added an 80A ESC to his Zephyr & we finally saw this unique EDF glider fly as intended!

We also saw Curtis with the Astro Hog & his chopper, Bob with his Twister & some foamies, Greg G with his chopper, Paul P with his trainer, Michael with his trainer, James with his Falcon & Brendan with his Twister.

 Robin & Jay brought out an electric glider which flew very nicely.


OK, now on to the 'Smashes, Crashes & Hits'!

First was Stu with his Tango after a take-off gone wrong.

Then Brendan had a slight problem with low flying of his Twister.

 It's a long walk back.......

Then another one of those palm trees decided to jump in front of a plane! (This one)!

Which put an end to Michael's Boomerang II - lucky his Cap 232 arrives next week!

Where's the other half of the wing? Well, how good is your eyesight?

With the refreshments officer in attendence the bar was duly opened around 5pm.

See you next week.

Cheers, Rob

Sunday, 16 September 2012

15th of September 2012

A very quiet day at the farm yesterday with members either going to Innisfail for the Fun Fly, or just having somewhere else to be.....

I came out early for a few flights & then took off around 1:30pm.

I only have two photos for the newsletter - sorry!

This is Paul's awesome looking F4U Corsair which unfortunately came to grief shortly after takeoff due to the strong crosswinds on the day.......the good news is that it's fixable!

Until next week.

Cheers, Rob

Sunday, 9 September 2012

8th of September 2012

Two words to describe the weather at the turf farm on Saturday- hot & windy!

It didn't stop a large number of members from coming out for a fly or a chat......

 Anthony brought along a newly put together Tango but Stu proved that it takes two to Tango!

Glamorous Glen finally got into the air & looked very scale on some nice low passes!

Stuey tried out his new Zephyr but the conditions were less than ideal along with him having some major ESC issues...

Paul's Bulldog was back in the air along with Jame's PT-19 that you can see in the left-hand corner!

Simon had his T-45 on show again but an unfortunate flame-out brought her down with some damage to the undercarriage.

Greg G had a good time hovering his freshly repaired chopper & looked like he knew exactly what he was doing!

Brendan had some good air time with his Twister & Michael brought his Boomerang II in for his first landing!

Bill (Fingers), Pete, Bob & Greg W all came out for a chat & Dennis brought out the Rafale!

There were lots of problems with the undercarriage but the boys got it sorted.....

Unfortunately it was not to fly as it seemed to run out of speed & runway & will need some adjustments or modifications to get it into the air......

James spent alot of time retrieving his Fly Baby following many dead stick landings.....

But toward the end of the day he had a couple of awesome barnstorming runs! (Stay tuned for the video).

The bar was opened relatively early (due to the extreme conditions) thanks to Anthony & Stu who stepped in to fill the shoes of the refreshments officer!

 Don't forget that next weekend is the Innisfail Fun Fly if you're intending to get down there!

Cheers, Rob

Sunday, 2 September 2012

1st of September 2012

Overcast conditions at the turf farm meant the planes were a little hard to see against the grey sky but it was cooler than last week & there was lots of good flying to be had!

Anthony maidened his new T-28 Trojan & after a little trimming she flew very nicely!

James enjoyed some good air time with the Fly Baby but continues to have fuel issues causing lots of dead-stick landings! (Lucky he's good at them)!

Simon brought out his awesome T-45 but the lack of a compressor to pressurise the retract system meant he couldn't get her in the air.....great to see & hear it again anyway!

Michael received some more expert tutition from Greg W & his skills are rapidly improving on his Boomerang II. His first take-off is now in the bag so the next thing for him is a landing!

Curtis loves a slow fly with his Astro Hog - a golden oldie!

Greg W threw his Super Sportster around until the muffler fell off!

I finally put the new cockpit & cowl on the Saratoga which brought back her good looks from prior to the palm tree incident!

No good looks here!

Anthony is getting ready for Innisfail by testing out his night-flying delta wing that's covered in LED strips!

Finally, just to prove that even the best pilots can get into trouble, Simon put his MX2 into the cane under full noise with spectacular results!

Just a scratch!

That's a wrap on the weekend's flying news; see you next week.

Cheers, Rob