Sunday, 28 October 2012

27th of October 2012

Come flying they said, it would be fun they said.....

With the BOM promising the best flying weather you could wish for we headed out to the farm with high hopes.....

What we found was the worst winds ever encountered around Tropical Lawns!

Some decided to have a beer & forget about flying; for those who tried their luck in the air the results were sometimes spectacular!

Graeme debuted his new aerobatic machine but gave up on flying early in the day - at least she flew & went home in one piece....

Greg W had a few decent flights with his Edge including an amazing harrier landing following a dead stick!

His Mini Beast was not so lucky!

The "Nutta F**ker" made an appearance for old times sake!

Unfortunately she had her first & only flight post Mareeba competition which ended in disaster.......

The next photos should give you an indication of how the day panned out for others....

Anthony's MX2 after a rough landing.

Bill's Extra.

And very sadly James' Falcon which appeared to lose an aileron mid-flight.

The post mortem is conducted.

All in all a day to forget!

See you next week.

Cheers, Rob

Saturday, 20 October 2012

Sunday, 14 October 2012

13th of October 2012 - Mareeba Fun Fly

There may have been some members who flew at the turf farm yesterday, but the legend that was born at Mareeba yesterday afternoon will never die! (Much more on that later)!

CMAC members who went up to support MASCOTNQ were as follows:

Me, Anthony, Paul, James, Greg W, Michael (& Rachel) & Brendon who holds dual citizenship as a member of both clubs but, in what turned out to be a a clever decision, was wearing his CMAC shirt on the day.

Here's some photos of our tent city & aircraft.

 Alright, so on to the flying. Unfortunately it was a grey sky with a very strong crosswind that greeted us in Mareeba but it didn't stop Michael & Greg W from spending time sorting out Michael's new Hangar 9 Katana & she looked good!

Everybody had a few flights including my Saratoga, James' Edge & Fly Baby, Paul's Bulldog, Anthony's MX2, Tango & Trojan, Greg's profile Sukhoi & Brendon's collection of trainers.

All this was soon forgotten however when the story unfolded which will forever be known as "The Legend of The Nutta F**cker"!

Mark & the MASCOTNQ guys decided to run a competition that pitted the skills of the three clubs that were in attendance against each other: Mareeba vs. Cairns vs. Townsville.

Each club was given a polystyrene fruit box that was filled with all the raw materials needed to construct an electric aircraft, we then had the rest of the afternoon to design & construct the craft prior to a fly-off to the death!

Here's the Cairns crew talking through some initial design concepts.

It was then left basically to James, Anthony & Paul to put words into action & to create the actual machine!

 The completed aircraft priot to final markings being applied.

 As always there was plenty of sledging that went on & the general consensus from the MASCOTNQ guys was that they had the winning design that was clearly based on a tried & tested club design known as the 'Nutta'; we were told that our design was a POS & that it would not fly.

Here's some interclub banter going down!

The final designs on display from the three clubs, note the CMAC entry with hand drawn flames!

So, there was nothing left to do but get this party started - it was to be last man standing with the aircraft that stayed in the air the longest to be delared the champion.

The CMAC entry was piloted by our James & the MASCOTNQ entry by their young James - youth vs. experience!

The three craft were hand launched & it was obvious that the Townsville craft would not last long as it was almost uncontrollable & crashed shortly after takeoff.

The other two climbed quickly & sat into the wind - clearly the CMAC entry looked more stable & with those side force generators appeared to be on rails as it cut through the strong wind!

The height achieved was incredible!

Here's the pilots locked in a battle of wills!

In the end young James had used too much power trying to stay into the wind with his inferior design & also performing aeros for the crowd: he started to lose throttle & then height, & then to the dismay of his MASCOTNQ team mates he sunk back to earth.......

With a few snap rolls & loops for the crowd, CMAC James brought the victorious craft in for a landing with thunderous applause from the impressed onlookers!

The plane had been in the air almost 25 minutes!

Townsville's entry was never recovered from the surrounding bush land but they still wanted to be in the photo!

First there was the Nutta, but nobody counted on the Nutta F**ker!!

Here's our Prez Anthony & pilot James with first prize!

Well done to Mark & the crew from MASCOTNQ for putting on a great day & we look forward to doing it all again soon.

The "Nutta F**cker" will be on display next Saurday afternoon at our regular club day at the turf farm.

Cheers, Rob

Sunday, 7 October 2012

6th of October 2012

Some days are diamonds, some days are rock.........for me yesterday was the latter with 'rock bottom' summing things up (the same could be said for Dennis)....anyway, more details on that later.

As reported last week we have decided as a club to enforce new safety rules & Anthony put together some fantastic transportable safety barriers to separate the pitts from the start up area.

As you can see from these photos he did an amazing job & it took Paul & I no time to set them up, & many thanks to Graeme for pulling them down & storing them in the shed.

Now on to the flying......

James has his new Edge well & truly sorted & she flew like a dream with no dead sticks; he also had the 'old girl' out which also flew perfectly.

Here's a couple of photos from previous weekends.

Greg W flew his ever reliable Super Sportster.

Curtis brought out his Super Skybolt & Graeme had one flight with his PC-9 before the exhaust fell off!

We had two maiden flights, my JU-87B Stuka & Dennis' Gee Bee.

Here's some video so you can hear the YS FZ120 Supercharged Four Stroke!

 And we all know that amazing fat body of the Gee Bee!

The Stuka was on its third flight after adding a little more nose weight & sorting out an exhaust issue...James had her trimmed out beautifully & was just about to hand over control to me when disaster struck!

The wing parted company with the fuselage & fluttered to the ground.....the fuselage proceeded to head towards the earth like a missile & was almost totally destroyed including the incredible YS supercharged FZ120 four stroke.....

The culprit?

The wooden leading edge dowels that secure the leading edge of the wing had sheared off under load which then allowed the wing to be ripped away.......

Here's the rest of the photos.....

 Look at the spinner!


I'd like to say a HUGE thanks to Paul Dixon who spent many hours during last week helping me with the Stuka assembly as well as suspending any of his own flying activities yesterday to concentrate on final set-ups.....sorry it all ended so badly Paul!

Thanks also to James for being a willing test pilot & having to suffer the psychological scars of watching helplessly as the aircraft was annihilated!

Then, as if we hadn't had enough destruction for one day, Dennis' Gee Bee was also destroyed.....

After a nice take off & looking nice & stable in flight she went into a dive & could not be recovered - cause unknown....

We all had a drink in honour of the fallen & rest assured that Stuka Mark II will make an appearance in the not too distant future. (With carbon or aluminium leading edge dowels)!

A couple of reminders - next weekend is the Mareeba Fun Fly so make sure you get up there at least for one day, and if you haven't done so already make sure you email Anthony in regards to his question about the shipping container for the club.

See you in Mareeba!

Cheers, Rob