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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Class – FA1

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

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

Class – F400

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

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

Class – F3T

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

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

Class – Q500

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

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

Class – F5D

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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AMPRA 2014 – Event Report

The 2014 AMPRA Championship event was held at the Maryborough club’s field, Queensland on the long weekend of 7 to9 June.  Five classed were flown including FA1 (FAI – F3D), F400/F3T, F3R and Q500 Sport.  FA1 was the first of a series of team trials to represent Australia at the 2015 F3D World Championships that will be held in Olomouc, in the Czech Republic.  In addition to the competition for places on the Senior Team, Daniel Arapakis and Joseph Black, were competing for the opportunity to represent Australia as a Junior.

A large contingent from Victoria travelled to the event –either by driving the 4,500 km round trip or flying to Brisbane and renting a car.  Most arrived on the Thursday evening and were ready to start practice on Friday morning.  The field was in immaculate condition and the club members were on hand to serve up food and drinks throughout the weekend. The weather was also perfect and the forecast was looking good – so everyone was looking forward to the weekend ahead.

(L-R) Tyler & Warren Mees, Leigh Hocken, Vern Gibson and Barry and Beau Murphy

The first event on the program for Saturday was to complete five rounds of FA1.  There were 15 entries – 8 from Victoria.  Leigh Hocken, Tyler Mees and Beau Murphy all set an impressive pace, each recording 57 second times.  There was plenty of close and exciting racing, however, at the end of Round 5, Leigh was just ahead and had posted a best time of 56.86seconds.  For the Juniors, Daniel had posted four scores and Joseph had two scores, with three 200’s.

After a leisurely break for lunch, five rounds of Q500 were flown.  This class only attracted four entries – half of which were from the Mees family.  Two places were awarded to the entry level pilots– with Jack Hickey taking first and Allan Taylor taking second.  Tyler Mees posted the fastest time of 106.58 seconds.

The day’s racing had progressed very well and was completed by mid-afternoon.  This allowed plenty of time for further tuning of the FA1’s and other models to get ready for the next day of racing.

Andrew & Daniel Arapakis

On Sunday morning, the field was closed at 0830 and the timing equipment was set up. Four more rounds of FAI were scheduled for the morning, and the matrix was changed from the prior day.  Leigh, Tyler and Beau continued their pace and finished in the first three positions with scores of 407.1, 409.7 and 414.8, respectively.

Ranjit Phelan finished the event strongly and ended up with a score of 430.0.  Tom Wetherill was fifth with a score of 443.5.  Daniel Arapakis was sixth and the first Junior home with a score of 450.6 – edging out Brian Steele.  A good result for the Victorian-based racers, who took out five of the top seven placings.

In the afternoon, five alternating rounds of F400 and F3T were flown.  F400 (no nitro) attracted seven entries from Victoria and New South Wales and F3T (15% nitro) attracted 11 entries from Queensland.  There was close racing in both classes.  In F400 there was a tie for first place as well as a tie for third place – first time that anyone could remember that happening!  In order to break the ties – fly-off’s were held. The first fly-off was between Ranjit Phelan and Daniel Arapakis for first place and both pilots had one cut.  However, Ranjit had the lower score and took out first place.

Tom Wetherill and Tony Howse had a fly-off for third place.  However, Tony had a cut and Tom Wetherill took third place.  The fastest time in F400 was a 65.42 recorded by Ranjit Phelan.

In F3T, Greg Gillies was setting the pace with impressive speed from his Nelson powered AR-6.  Joseph Black was not far behind after five rounds, with a best of 62.86.  An additional two rounds of F3T was flown on Monday morning for the QLD racers, as the Victorians had to start the trip back home.

On Monday, the weather turned and became quite windy.  The remaining two rounds of F3T were flown. Greg Gillies placed first with a score of 390.1, Joseph Black was second with a score of 400.3 and Rod Williams was third with a score of 414.0.

The last event on the program was F3R, which attracted nine entries from Queensland.  Five rounds were flown and Bruce DeChastle had a win by a very narrow margin – 298.9 to 299.0 that was posted by Greg Gillies.  Rod Williams was third with a score of 318.7.

AMPRA 2014 was very well organised and a great success.  The competitors also shared duties working the course and refly’s were a rarity.  Most importantly, after four days of flying and racing – no models had been lost.  The Victorians enjoyed the event, the weather and the local hospitality from the club and the event organisers.

Report: Tom Wetherill (Thanks fro a great report Tom).

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