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EVENT REPORTS 2006:

(2005 Results can be found here)

Slope Event 3rd March .  (pictures here)

The weather forecast for this was not promising and this may have contributed to the poor turn out. On the day, only 5 fliers turned up Bill, Paul Freeman, Tommy, Stevie & Adam.

Wind was Northerly, 10 - 12 mph and we started with a little fun flying to get over the winter rustiness. We then decided to run the timed flight event. 3, 5, 7 minute flights, no stopwatch allowed 3, 7 & 9 loops per flight and a spot landing bonus. Paul flew first, as he had to leave to get to work. The weather was deteriorating rapidly with snow showers blowing through on a regular basis. Once Paul had finished his flights he left for work. Adam tried next, but the damp seemed to have got in to his receiver and he was unable to fly. Bill was next and a crash on launch caused a servo to re-centre which couldn't be corrected on the hill. Tommy managed 2 of his 3 flights before the weather finally called a halt to proceedings. As a result of the poor turnout and bad weather this comp is null and void

Slope Event 18th March .  (pictures here)

A much better turnout,  9 NIMSA members and 4 others.

The weather was also much better, bitterly cold but dry. The wind was ENE blowing between  5 - 12 mph straight on to the slope. Jimmy had arrived first at about 11.30 , closely followed by Bill, Adam & Stevie. Jimmy was flying his flair fledgling 100"  R/E/S model, Stevie had an Eppi-Soar from Phoenix Model Products which flew well until a collision with a rock on landing wiped out the tail! Adam & Bill were both flying Zagi's which went well even when the wind dropped. Bill also tried an old model called "Jack in a Box". Unfortunately on launch this refused to turn left and crashed. Still no idea why. Like a phoenix it will rise from the ashes, but the phoenix probably flies better!

Tommy flew his Banshee which occasionally struggled in the lighter conditions, but went well when the wind blew.

Frank arrived late on and had a few good flights with his Rico-She before the cold got the better of him.

Louden Blair, David Orr and his son arrived with some very nice kit. Dave had a Grace which flew very well. His son was flying an Ion hotliner which was capable of some very impressive high speed passes, whistling as it went by

An excellent days flying despite the biting temperatures.

A few pics follow, click on them to get the bigger image.

 


Thermal Event, 2nd April.

Cancelled due to weather and flooded field!


Thermal Event, 23rd April, 100S Shield  (pictures here)

Excellent conditions, sunny with a light variable wind. Good turn out of 9 fliers, with one flyer travelling from Coleraine. 4 rounds flown with a discard. Discard round in red.

Flyer Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Points Position
T. MAGEE 1000 1000 1000 975 3000 1
P. FREEMAN 423 929 997 1000 2926 2
S. PHENIX 978 819 569 788 2585 3
A. GILLILAND 403 983 661 652 2296 4
A. WALLACE 498 714 994 441 2206 5
R. JENNINGS 849 353 422 875 2146 6
J. TAYLOR 484 808 358 516 1808 7
M. LEONARD 345 305 516 352 1213 8
B. SCOTT 543 161 180 169 892 9

Congratulations to Tommy for winning the first comp of the year and 100S shield


Thermal Event, 30th April, Open and Electric   (pictures here)

Good weather, slight overcast with wind fickle and varying from NW to S

Electric competition flown first. Sam damaged his model in the first round, breaking the firewall free from the fuselage and had to sit out the rest of the competition. Results as follows:

Electric.

Flyer Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Points Placing
Adam 770.28 617.7 686.55 324.52 149.31 2548.36 5
Sam 817.32         817.32 6
Tommy 834.96 817.85 831.45 868.64 640.71 4093.61 2
Jimmy 658.56 839.55 579.6 771.04 890.19 3738.94 3
Paul F 893.76 952.65 972.9 800.32 937.44 4557.07 1
Bob 535.08 883.05 765.9 666.12 531.09 3381.24 4

Congratulations to Paul Freeman for winning the first electric of the year.

Thermal.

3 rounds of 6 minutes, no discard round this time

Flyer Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Points Placing
Adam 381 997 1000 2378 6
Sam 584 930 997 2511 3
Tommy 1000 1000 997 2997 1
Jimmy 529 980 997 2506 4
Paul F 944 1000 997 2941 2
Bob 1000 494 994 2488 5

Bill

242 494 - 736 7

Tommy takes the second thermal event of the year.


Thermal Event, 28th May, Open and Electric

7 of us turned up to compete, but a 15mph wind creating severe turbulence over the tree line suggested that any attempts to fly and land would result in carnage, so the competition was cancelled. Apologies to anybody who turned up later


Thermal Event, 11th June, 100S Cup

Another event cancelled due to high winds.


Thermal Event, 25th June.  Open Area Championship:

8 fliers turned up on a blustery day to compete for the Area Championship in the Open Class. Conditions were not great with a 10 - 12 mph NNE wind. One round was flown, before we stopped for our club barbecue, (thanks to Ann Magee for turning out to help and to the other wives for food they prepared and sent along).  Flying continued with another 3 rounds after we'd eaten which allowed a discard round. Carnage was at a minimum, Andrew Wallace damaging his Eliminator in Round 2 with a loss of signal and Mike Leonard virtually writing off his model in round 3 with a wing fold during winch launch. Thermals were few and far between and rounds were in general fairly closely contested with people only occasionally getting away for the full 6 minutes. Pictures HERE

Discard round in RED

Pilot Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Points Total Place
J Taylor 704 345 748 389 1841 7
T Magee 679 757 797 608 2233 4
R McIvor 506 497 865 714 2085 5
S Phenix 757 732 1000 1000 2757 1
R Jennings 1000 734 658 997 2731 2
A Wallace 561 460 883 542 1986 6
M Leonard 226 424       8
P Freeman 682 1000 868 389 2550 3

Sam Phenix takes the Open Area Champs by 26 points over Ray Jennings


Thermal Event, 23rd July, Open and Electric

Only electric was flown as their higher wing loadings made them  more suitable to the turbulent, windy conditions. Tommy was still on holiday and on arrival, Adam had to turn around and head home because he wasn't feeling well.

Pilot Rd1 Rd2 Rd3 Rd4 Rd5 Total Position
J Taylor 923.16 761.25 838.35 854 659.61 4036.97 1
S Phenix 441 778.65 972.9 824.72 856.17 3873.44 2
R Armstrong 799.68 922.2 948.75 656.36 502.74 3829.7 3
R Jennings 676.2 761.25 752.1 783.24 689.85 3662.64 4
P Freeman 511.56 769.95 872.85 819.94 292.95 3267.25 5
P Taylor 699.72 678.6 0 839.36 687.96 2905.64 6
M Leonard 717.36 717.75 652.05 424.56 179.55 2691.27 7
R McIvor 676.2 778.65 - - - 1454.85 8

 


Thermal Event, 6th August, Open and Electric

Again only electric flown due to wind & rain.

Pilot Rd1 Rd2 Rd3 Rd4 Rd5 Total Position
P Freeman 853 761 938 949 968 4469 1
R. Armstrong 694 961 914 922 973 4464 2
S. Phenix 829 827 890 998 888 4432 3
T. Magee 711 770 883 834 854 4052 4
J. Taylor 588 757 949 856 713 3863 5
R. McIvor 700 596 831 637 501 3265 6
M. Leonard 612 579 524 298 166 2179 7

 


Thermal Event, 17th Sept, Open and Electric

Unfortunately, I was still on the way back from Scotland, so Paul Freeman ran the comp and provided the results. No Electric flown. Paul F apparently wrote off his much flown Mystery Ship

Pilot Rd1 Rd2 Rd3 Rd4 Total Position
Tommy Magee 1000 1000 590 784 2784 1
Jimmy Taylor 408 766 1000 1000 2766 2
Andrew Wallace 511 575 367 687 1773 3
Mike Leonard 458 454 712 394 1624 4
Paul Freeman 850 601 29 0 1480 5

 


Thermal Event, 1st Oct, Open and Electric

The weather didn't look promising, but several fliers turned out anyway. Results below:

Electric Comp

Pilot Rd1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Final Score Position
Tommy 893.76 774.3 779.7 880.84 935.55 4264.15 1
Paul F 952.56 778.65 828 936.96 652.05 4148.22 2
Andrew 699.72 630.75 693.45 854 844.83 3722.75 3
Sam 670.32 748.2 869.4 851.56 481.95 3621.43 4
Mike 640.92 561.15 386.4 695.4 561.33 2845.2 5

Thermal Open Comp

Pilot Rd1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Total Position
Jimmy 1000 933 1000 2933 1
Andrew 1000 966.6 455 2421 2
Tommy 619.4 1000 625 2244 3
Sam 469.4 944.4 733 2146 4
Mike 411.1 469 555 1435 5
Bill 13.8 0 0 0 6

A close run thing, with Andrew and Jimmy neck and neck until the final round.


Thermal Event, 16th Oct, Open and Electric

Very windy so no thermal or electric flown. A few of us headed to the slope for an hour or so of gentle slope flying. The wind was straight in at 20mph and producing good lift  It was bitterly cold and most of us were dressed for flat field, so only a few flights and no comp.