Event Report – West Wyalong – MAAA Nationals

So VMPRA was off to the MAAA Nationals held in the New South Wales town of West Wyalong. We were to be providing the equipment and be running the event. Mick Dallmann from Queensland offered to be Contest Director for the weekend and did a fine job of it. It was great to see a good group on competitors down from Queensland and some from South Australia also.

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We were allocated an area on the secondary runway at the local airport which had a gravel runway. There was some test flying on Friday but due to the difficult take-off and landing conditions much time was spent on laying out sheets and matting to keep the dust down on the take-off position and on the runway for the planes that land wheels up.

At the nationals, the classes of Q500, F400, F3T, F3D & F5D were raced. This meant that racing of F400 & F3T ran late into the afternoon with the sun very low in the sky.

One of the highlights of the Nationals is being surrounded by lots of people that are interested in the various facets of aeromodeling and getting a chance to watch some of these other events. Hopefully the Nats can become a more regular part of the Australian aeromodeling scene and especially for pylon racers from all over Australia to come together.

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Results

Class – FA1

Places:
1st Daniel Arapakis
2nd Andrew Davies
3rd Barry Murphy

Fastest Time: 61.57 – Daniel Arapakis
No. of competitors: 7

Class – F400

Places:
1st Glenn Matthews
2nd Barry Murphy
3rd Gary Davidson

Fastest Time: 68.71 – Gary Davidson
No. of competitors: 10

Class – F3T

Places:
1st Steve Taylor
2nd Barry Murphy
3rd Danny Giles

Fastest Time: 68.79 – Andrew Davies
No. of competitors: 7

Class – Q500

Places:
1st David Wilkins
2nd Steve Taylor
3rd Marc Hamilton

Fastest Time: 96.39 – Jim Orenshaw
No. of competitors: 11

Class – F5D

Places:
1st Trevor Pearce
2nd Daniel Arapakis
3rd David Wilkins

Fastest Time: 60.10 – Jim Orenshaw
No. of competitors: 4


Event Report and Photos  – John Schmidli

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Event Report – Warrnambool 2018

It was a rather smaller than usual group of us that turned up at Warrnambool for a weekend of pylon racing. The Saturday was a stunning sunny day with light winds. With the smaller number of participants and a great group of the local club members helping out, we got through 5 rounds of each class by the end of the day.

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Unfortunately, Sunday was not to be as kind to us. With only 3 rounds of each class left, Q500 started the day’s racing and during the first race, the wind picked up resulting in some damage to planes on landing. This and the fact that the NATs were only a couple of weeks later, meant that the plug was pulled on racing for Sunday.

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Results

Class – FA1

Places:
1st Leigh Hocken
2nd Tom Wetherill
3rd Glenn Matthews

Fastest Time: 56.66 – Leigh Hocken
No. of competitors: 5

Results

Class – F400

Places:
1st Brian Steele
2nd Glenn Matthews
3rd Andrew Davies

Fastest Time: 66.25 – Glenn matthews
No. of competitors: 6

Class – Q500

Places:
1st Tom Wetherill
2nd Jim Orenshaw
3rd Gary Davidson

Fastest Time: 94.21 – Tom Wetherill
No. of competitors: 6

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Season Championship

We now only have AMPRA left for this current season championship.

FA1

Brian Steele is in 1st place and Leigh Hocken continues his surge to the top being on equal points but in 2nd place due to events attended being less. Glenn Matthews has now dropped to 3rd place.

1st – Brian Steele
2nd – Leigh Hocken
3rd – Glenn Matthews

F400

No change at the top 3 positions for F400

1st – Brian Steele
2nd – Andrew Davies
3rd – Glenn Matthews

Q500

Again, no change for the Q500 championship standings.

1st – Jim Orenshaw
2nd – John Schmidli
3rd – Gary Whitbourn

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Next Race

The next event is at AMPRA on June 9-11 at Munro

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Event Report – Munro March 2018

We had another wonderful pylon racing event down at Barry Murphy’s purpose built pylon racing field. There was a good turn out for the weekend with many camping out at the field. Andrew Arapakis did another of his beautiful spit roast dinners that has become synonymous with racing at Munro.
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On a somber note, we held a minute’s silence out of respect for the very recent passing of Marvin Dunsmuir who owns the farm that the filed is built on. It was also good to see Barry’s new F3D model performing so well with Beau at the controls.

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Results

Class – FA1

Places:
1st Beau Murphy
2nd Leigh Hocken
3rd Barry Murphy

Fastest Time: 58.86 – Beau Murphy
No. of competitors: 8

Results

Class – F400

Places:
1st Brian Steele
2nd John Schmidli
3rd Marcus Guss

Fastest Time: 73.27 – Brian Steele
No. of competitors: 7

Class – Q500

Places:
1st John Schmidli
2nd Thomas Allen
3rd Jim Orenshaw

Fastest Time: 98.46 – John Schmidli
No. of competitors: 11

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Season Championship

FA1

The tassel between Glenn Matthews and Daniel Arapakis continues with Glenn moving back up into 2nd place with Daniel back down to 3rd.

1st – Brian Steele
2nd – Glenn Matthews
3rd – Daniel Arapakis

F400

Andrew Davies has moved up into 2nd place leaving Glenn Matthews in 3rd.

1st – Brian Steele
2nd – Andrew Davies
3rd – Glenn Matthews

Q500

Again, no change for the Q500 championship standings.

1st – Jim Orenshaw
2nd – John Schmidli
3rd – Gary Whitbourn

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Next Race

The next event is at Warrnambool on April 7-8.

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Event Report – VMPRA Trophy – Camperdown

Unfortunately, there was no photos taken or a report written up for this event.

Results

Class – FA1

Places:
1st Beau Murphy
2nd Leigh Hocken
2rd Ranjit Phelan

Fastest Time: 56.33 – Leigh Hocken
No. of competitors: 13

Results

Class – F400

Places:
1st Shaun Jacobsen
2nd Jarrod Jacobsen
3rd Andrew Davies

Fastest Time: 63.97 – Shaun Jacobsen
No. of competitors: 10

Class – Q500

Places:
1st Jim Orenshaw
2nd Tom Wetherill
3rd Andrew Arapakis

Fastest Time: 96.77 – Tom Wetherill
No. of competitors: 8

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Season Championship

FA1

Daniel Arapakis moved up from 3rd to 2nd position, displacing Glenn Matthews who is now in 3rd place.

1st – Brian Steele
2nd – Daniel Arapakis
3rd – Glenn Matthews

F400

No change for the F400 championship standings.

1st – Brian Steele
2nd – Glenn Matthews
3rd – Andrew Davies

Q500

No change for the Q500 championship standings.

1st – Jim Orenshaw
2nd – John Schmidli
3rd – Gary Whitbourn

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Next Race

The next event is down at Munro on March 3-4.

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Event Report  – John Schmidli

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Event Report – Crib Point – Dec 2017

Back on the December 10, we returned to Crib Point for another of our Q500/Sports pylon racing days. Thanks Allan Swift for the below event report.

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Q500

In Round 1, Jim Orenshaw did a 93 sec time which was the quickest all day. John Schmidli flew fast and consistently all day to win overall.

Some very quick models and close racing was displayed. Allister Cox (Western Port member) was flying one of Daniel Arapakis’s  Q500 models which appeared to have the highest airspeed.

Gary & Alan Whitbourn both flew fast well prepared Q500’s.

Sports

A good day was had by all and a variety of high and low wing Trainer/Sport type models were flown.

F5D display

Daniel Arapakis performed a practice/demonstration flight of his F5D after lunch and was very quick!

Many thanks to the host Club for making the Pylon flyers welcome, assisting with the Pylon marshaling duties and providing the catering for lunch.

Thanks also to Andrew Arapakis for CD’ing!

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Results

Class – Q500

Places:
1st John Schmidli
2nd Jim Orenshaw
3rd Gary Davidson

Fastest Time: 93.66 – Jim Orenshaw
No. of competitors: 10

Class – Sports

Places:
1st Mark Jacob
2nd Alister Cox
3rd Allan Swift

Fastest Time: 125.91 – Allan Swift
No. of competitors: 8

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Season Championship

Q500

No change at the top 2 positions but in a close battle between father son team Gary Whitbourn has displayed Alan and has move up from 4th to 3rd positions.

1st – Jim Orenshaw
2nd – John Schmidli
3rd – Gary Whitbourn

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Q500 Engine Rule Change

Please note the VMPRA Committee approved engine list for Q500 Pylon events in VIC, as per carried motion at VMPRA General Meeting at Cohuna in 2017.

“Motion: VMPRA to use AMPRA Q500 rules, with the exception of retaining an updated approved engine list. VMPRA Committee to amend approved engine list.”

Thunder Tigre .46, OS 46AX, OS 46AXII, OS 46FX, Super Tigre G45, Evolution .46NX, ASP S46A & ASP S46AII    

Next Race

The first event for 2018 is at Camperdown on February 3-4. This event is the VMPRATrophy. Pencil that one into the diary.

Camperdown Racecourse access conditions
Friday (02/02/2018)
Racecourse is available from 11:00 am onwards.
PLEASE DO NOT ENTER EARLIER THAN 11:00 am.

Saturday (03/02/2018)
Gate open at 8:30 am and NO FLYING.
Entries close at 9:30 am and the course is to be set up.
Test Flying from 10:00 am to 10:30 am.
Q500 to commence at 10:30 am.
FA1 practice allowed during lunch break.
FA1 to commence after lunch, followed by F400.

Sunday (04/02/2018)
Field closed for test flying and racing to commence after 9:00 am.

VMPRA Membership renewal

Please also note, your VMPRA membership fees are due for 2018.
Payment of $25.00 can be made at Camperdown or by the following methods:

2018 Nats

Also worth considering is the Nats that are being held in West Wylong (NSW) on April 28-29, 2018. Entries close on January 31, 2018 so you can register to compete by visiting the below link.

http://www.maaaevents.com.au/about/register

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Event Report  – Allan Swift
Additional material -  John Schmidli and Allan Swift
Photos - John Schmidli

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Event Report – VIC State Champs – Nov 2018

Back on November 18 – 19 after a weeks postponement, the VMPRA ran the Victorian State Championships down at Barry Murphy’s beautifully prepared, purpose built pylon racing facility.

Unfortunately I was not able to attend and an event report hasn’t been provided so I’ll get stuck into the results.

Results

Class – FA1

Places:
1st Leigh Hocken
2nd Daniel Arapakis
3rd Brian Steele

Fastest Time: 56.22 – Leigh Hocken
No. of competitors: 5

Class – F400

Places:
1st Brian Steele
2nd Glenn Matthews
3rd Jim Orenshaw

Fastest Time: 63.39  – Leigh Hocken
No. of competitors: 5

Class – Q500

Places:
1st Jim Orenshaw
2nd David Chippendale
3rd Tom Allen

Fastest Time: 96.82 – Jim Orenshaw
No. of competitors: 7

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Season Championship

FA1

No change at the top 2 positions but Daniel Arapakis has moved up from 5th to 3rd positions.

1st – Brian Steele
2nd – Glenn Matthews
3rd – Daniel Arapakis

F400

Brian Steele and Glenn Matthews have moved up a position each into 1st & 2nd positions respectively and Andrew Davies has dropped from 1st to 3rd position.

1st – Brian Steele
2nd – Glenn Matthews
3rd – Andrew Davies

Q500

No change at the top 2 positions but Alan Whitbourn has move up from 4th to 3rd positions.

1st – Jim Orenshaw
2nd – John Schmidli
3rd – Alan Whitbourn

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Next Race

That was the last full 3 class event for the year. We have a Q500 & Sports event scheduled for Crib Point on December 10.

The first event for 2018 is at Camperdown on February 3-4. This event is the VMPRA Trophy. Pencil that one into the diary.

Also worth considering is the Nats that are being held in West Wylong (NSW) on April 28-29, 2018. Entries close on January 31, 2018 so you can register to compete by visiting the below link.

http://www.maaaevents.com.au/about/register

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Report  – John Schmidli

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Event Report – Cohuna (40th Anniversary of Pylon Racing).

I was great to be back racing at Cohuna once again after a break of a year to celebrate 40 year of this great club hosting pylon racing in Victoria. The VMPRA has always regarded the Cohuna Club as the home of pylon racing.

We had a good turn-out of competitors including the interstate guys from South Australia & New South Wales and we were blessed with terrific weather. Lots of club members, locals, photographers and even a local councilor visited to watch proceedings.

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The Cohuna club was so supportive of this event that we had enough helpers to run a 10 lap course rather that the usual 10.5 laps. There were some very fast times and even an Australian record for F400 was broken by Shaun Jacobsen with a 61.60 sec.

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Results

Class – FA1

Places:
1st Shaun Jacobsen
2nd Barry Murphy
3rd Brian Steele

Fastest Time: 56.32 (10 lap course) – Daniel Arapakis
No. of competitors: 10

Class – F400

Places:
1st Shaun Jacobsen
2nd Andrew Davies
3rd Jarrod Jacobsen

Fastest Time: 61.60 (10 Lap Course) – Shaun Jacobsen
No. of competitors: 9

Class – Q500

Places:
1st Jim Orenshaw
2nd John Schmidli
3rd Gary Davidson

Fastest Time: 94.17 – John Schmidli
No. of competitors: 5

Check out the full results>>>

Season Championship

This was the first event for the new 2017-2018 Season Championship.

FA1

1st – Brian Steele
2nd – Glenn Matthews
3rd – Rick Townsend

F400

1st – Andrew Davies
2nd – Brian Steele
3rd – Glenn Matthews

Q500

1st – Jim Orenshaw
2nd – John Schmidli
3rd – Gary Davidson

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Next Race

The next race on the calendar is at Bazza’s paddock at Munro on Nov 11-12.

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Event Report and Photos – John Schmidli
Additional photos - Tegan Clifford

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Event Report – Newbridge 2017

After a long break in racing, the last event being back in May, the VMPRA held it’s first event at Rick Townsend’s purpose built pylon racing field in Newbridge. Rick has been setting up and developing this field over the last few years with the ambition of holding regular pylon racing events there.

We were blessed with some superb weather, particularly on the Sunday with temperatures of zero and below when we first arrived at the field, but with clear blue skies, it was t-shirt weather by lunch time.

Numbers were a little down on usual with the post world championship hang-over. Barry Murphy was suffering with the flu and had to return home on Saturday morning and Leigh Hocken also had to pull out due to illness. On the plus side it was great having father/son team Matt & Xavier Noonan there for the weekend flying Q500 and also Steve & Jo Taylor put in a big effort, coming down from Queensland. Steve was debuting his brand new F3D racer, the “Vector” which had only just been test flown the week before. They also left a bunch of models down here with some great bargains to be had. It was also great to have Rick flying with us again after a long break and he was certainly on it right from the start and ended up taking out 1st place in FA1.

Racing on both days comprised of F400, FA1 and Q500 as the last class for the day and all flew 8 rounds by the end of the weekend. We finished nice and early on the Sunday and finish, packed up and presented certificates and left around 3pm.

I think we would all say the flying at Rick’s field was very enjoyable. The field setup was great and the hospitality was 2nd to none with Rick and Ozzie’s Coffee van being on-site and along with Barry Townsend, were selling some very nice “really” coffees plus homemade food.

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Results

Class – FA1

Places:
1st Rick Townsend
2nd Tom Wetherill
3rd Steve Taylor

Fastest Time: 57.97 – Daniel Arapakis
No. of competitors: 7

Class – F400

Places:
1st Andrew Davies
2nd Brian Steele
3rd Glenn Matthews

Fastest Time: 65.18 – Andrew Davies
No. of competitors: 6

Class – Q500

Places:
1st Jim Orenshaw
2nd John Schmidli
3rd Alan Whitbourn

Fastest Time: 93.14 – John Schmidli
No. of competitors: 7

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Season Championship

This was the first event for the new 2017-2018 Season Championship.

FA1

1st – Rick Townsend
2nd – Tom Wetherill
3rd – Steve Taylor

F400

1st – Andrew Davies
2nd – Brian Steele
3rd – Glenn Matthews

Q500

1st – Jim Orenshaw
2nd – John Schmidli
3rd – Alan Whitbourn

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Next Race

The next race on the calendar is at Cohuna on October 14-15 which will include the VMPRA AGM on the Saturday night.

There has been a bunch of dates added to the calendar for 2018, so make sure you make a note of these dates.

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Event Report and Photos – John Schmidli
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Crib Point Aug 2017 – Event Report

Crib Point Event

This event unfortunately didn’t go ahead due to poor weather. There was a smaller than usual attendance probably because of the conditions but those that attended were keen. It has been decided to reschedule this event again for December 3 (see the calendar for details). Thanks to those members who came out to run the event .

Championship

The 2016-2107 Season Championship ended back when the Bendigo event was scheduled for. Trophies will be handed out at the AGM when this is held.

The 2016-2017 Season Champions are:

FA1 – Leigh Hocken.
F400 – Andrew Davies
Q500 – Jim Orenshaw.

The fastest time flown for the 2016-2017 Season was:

FA1 – Daniel Arapakis – 57.85 sec
F400 – Andrew Davies – 63.93 sec
Q500 – Daniel Arapakis – 94.30 sec

It all starts again from the next event at Newbridge and for your chance for bragging rights.

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Next Event

The next event is being held on September 16-17 at Rick Townsend’s pylon racing field in Newbridge. This will be the 1st time we have gone to this purpose built field.

The field is in good condition and Rick is looking forward to the event being well attended. Steve Taylor will be travelling from Queensland to participate and other interstate pilots have been invited.
The field will be available for practice on Friday 15th.
Proposed Event Schedule for Saturday and Sunday:
F400 (1st)
FA1 (2nd)
Q500 (3rd)
Camping is available on-site (but there is limited water for showers). Shower facilities are also available locally in Newbridge.
Accommodation is available at Bridgewater. Apparently the Marong caravan park cabins are booked out.
With respect to food – a BBQ will be available on site for cooking lunch and dinner. Depending on numbers, additional food service may be available.

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2017 F3D World Championships Report and Observations by Barry Murphy

Well, another World Championships “done and dusted”.

I must say that the Swedish F3D organisation ran what can only be described as a wonderful and professional event.

Congratulations to Jiri Novotny from the Czech Republic, Stefan Raven from Belgium and Thomas Eriksson from Sweden on their top results and fair sportsmanship.

First of all we were made to feel extremely welcome with no “special” laws laid down. The entire event ran smoothly with cuts registered on your lane board in real time and your time/result displayed within 5 seconds of your racer crossing the line. There was only one protest, which was dealt with swiftly. We saw the number 2 pylon destroyed on two occasions and repaired within minutes, and only a few re-runs required.

We now have a new World Champion. I must congratulate Daniel Arapakis for his Junior World Champion win. It just goes to prove that with the correct advice and help in this sport top results can be achieved. Good advice in pylon racing is not expensive. It was only 3 or 4 years ago, Danny and his Dad would hide behind a car when a F3D racer was started! Now he is a Junior World Champion. Well done Danny and Andrew also for your contribution to the Australian Team first place podium finish.

This Australian Team win is a special one. Not only is this a win on the scoreboard but a win for the type of Australian competitor.

To be a successful pylon competitor you need a few attributes…..know-how, sharp skills, cool and calm demeanor, a sense of fairness and a goodly amount of ‘gung-ho’ aggression. These boys have all of the above. This is what the world sees in our Australian Pylon way. This is what the world sees in us, as well as our friendly fun-loving nature.

This has been seen as the Australian way in the past- I once read on the wall of the Australian War Museum in Ypres, Belgium- “ The Australian soldier was found to be unpretentious, fun-loving and down to earth but we soon had to build another gaol as they were getting into too much trouble” “We soon had to release them as we realised we needed just this type of soldier” (or words to this effect).

I could have been easily reading a description of an Australian Pylon racing Team (almost).

The Australian Pylon Racing Team does not get into trouble as such…their sense of ‘fun’ can be witnessed by all and when called on they are ready. From the quiet dry humour in the ready box to the silent sixty-second countdown, the explosive and accurate 10 laps followed by satisfied smiles…this team flew for the team…no individual self serving.

To make the Australian Pylon racing Team is an achievement in itself. No walk up starters, no place by default, each place rightly deserved. Even 4th & 5th place in our team trials would make it in most of the world teams.

The 2017 Pylon Team was a pleasure to be a part of and I congratulate them all.

I especially congratulate Danny, as it has been a pleasure to be his mentor.

Barry W  Murphy