NORTHERN IRELAND MODEL SOARING
Types of Competition
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Types of Competition
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(2009 results can be found here)
Results can be found here)
(2007 Results can be found here)
(2006 Results can be found here)
(2005 Results can be found here)
Results at top of page - Oldest at bottom**
John Pearson & Bill Scott were the only ones mad enough to
turn out for the last scheduled event of the year. Although to be fair, several
others were down with the cold/flu.
Conditions were very marginal, but we still managed two
flights each totalling over 1 hour. Wind was ESE, 7 - 10, so John flew his
thermal model, while Bill flew a light Zagi. John quickly discovered that a blue
model against a clear blue sky can be VERY difficult to see!! A few trim stripes
will sort this.
Perhaps next year will see turn out at events increase and
NIMSA can grow as a club
(click pic for bigger image)
Slope Flying 28th Nov
Stevie and I attempted to get to the bowl, but
the road up the hill was an absolute skating rink, so NO flying
Slope Flying 9th Oct 2010:
An unscheduled event, but the
forecast wind speed and direction made it too good an opportunity to
miss. Around 14 members of both NIMSA and East Antrim met at a site in
the Antrim hills and enjoyed a wonderful afternoons slope flying in
winds of 18 - 30 mph.
was flown from Frank Jacksons diminutive Multiplex Fox converted from
Free flght to R/C, to Louden Blair Reichard Barracuda 3.5m elecrtic
soarer, with the usual suspects of EPP and built up models in between!
Video's of the day can be found
on the video page.
Slope Event 3rd Oct 2010.
Four of us
made it to the top of Slieve Gallion for a day of slope flying. Sam,
Stevie, John & Bill. Models were rigged and first flights were
in the region of 40 - 45 mins. We then tried to get Stevie flying his
Eppi-Soar. First flight didn't go too well, as when trying to pass the
TX between Bill & Stevie, the model got low behind us and went
in. The only damage was a loosened tailplane/fin. Some tape quickly
fixed that and the model was launched again with John flying and then
passing it to Stevie for a few minutes flying. Realistically, it was
probably just a touch windy for this model, but at least Stevie, got a
stir of the sticks!! Unfortuantely while fixing Stevies model we hadn't
been paying enough attention and broke the tip of Bills (huge)
Multiplex aerial, ending his days flying. We were also unable to get
the RCGroups World SLope Tour Dominator in the air as the TX &
RX refused to bind. A good day out, only slightly spoiled by lack of
Boyce Trophy for 100S Models 19th
After a bad start when
the groundsman didn't have us on a his list for the day and had put a
football match on our flying area, we got going at around 1.30pm.
Round one was dominated
by John Pearson. He got away when everyone else was struggling. Not bad
with a £35 model bought from the BMFA Nationals Swap Meet! John took
the 1000, with the next man being high 500's!!
Round 2 was a little
closer with the times being more evenly spread. Frank took round 2.
Bill snapped the boom on his model on luanch and had to withdraw.
Round 3 was again taken
by Frank with Tommy very close behind.
After 3 rounds the
results were as follows:
Frank and John progressed to a single round fly off, as the drizzle had
started. Frank won with a 2:51
compared to John's 2:32.
Not bad in very poor condition
So Frank wins the Boyce
Trophy and that concludes the 2010 thermal season
Open Thermal & Electric
22nd Aug 2010
Only 4 turned up to fly.
Wind was wsw, coming in a cross the big stand of trees so common sense
was used and we elected NOT
Rescheduled Area Open Thermal
Champs 8th Aug 2010
what can I say about this resheduled event, only one word comes to
highest in a long time and excellent soaring
conditions, made for an excellent event with a thrilling finish.
We had several extra
competitors, Louden turned out with his two grandsons (David &
Robert), Richard Boyd came across from Dungannon with his dad , Reggie
and NIAA Vice Chairman, John Pearson came up from Armagh to give us 11
flyers in total. Bill had intended to fly, but discovered his tailplane
was damaged and opted out, as did Jimmy, so we could have had 13.
Unfortunately in Round 1 Frank folded a wing on his Algebra.
Luckily the damage was restricted to the wing and should be a
relatively easy repair. Then in Round 4 the wing on Louden's
21 year old model also folded. As he and his grandsons were all flying
the same model that put them all out.
The CD originally
called for 5 rounds with a discard, but it became obvious early on that
with the numbers we had this would be impossible to do and still have
time for a fly off, so it was dropped to 4 with a discard. There was
lift around, but it had to be found and worked. Some found it others
didn't. Consistencey was the name of the game. On his first flight in
athermal event and first using a winch launch, Richard Boyd flew 7:59
out of 8 minutes! Louden managed to hit the treelinein Rd 3 which
resulted in a Zero in that round.
Results of the first
four rounds are below, discard round in red:
put Sam and Tommy in to a two man fly off for the trophy. This turned
in to an absolute epic.
In Rd 1 Tommy flew
7:59, Sam 8:00. That out Tommy 2 point behind going in to Rd 2. Tommy
took off about 20 secs ahead of Sam, but they both flew in
the same air with Sam shadowing Tommy. Tommy landed bang on 8:00 and we
then waited on Sam coming in. He had to get 7:59 or better and
takes the Area Open Thermal Championships by a margin of 1 Second in
& Electric, Sun 20th June 2010
low turnout (4) as several people were away or had other commitments.
Paul was working an early shift which meant that we didn't start the
thermal competition until after 2, so no electric was flown. Mike,
Frank and I had been doing a bit of sport flying while waiting for
Paul, and the lift was abundant. The moment the comp started all the
lift disappeared and it became very difficult to get lift. Paul managed
in Round 1 and Bill worked a small bubble above the car park to win
round 3. Results below, sorry no pics this time!
Congratulations to Paul for
a win under difficult conditions
Open Area Championships 6th Jun 2010
Unfortunately this event had to be
postponed. The council had booked an "It's A Knockout" competition on
pitches adjacent to those we normally use and as it was for charity, we
elected not to fly rather than them have to cancel their event
& Electric, Sun 23rd May 2010
difficult day, wind was coming in from the west over the trees creating
horrendous turbulence at low level. On top of this, the sky was totally
clear, giving no clues whatever where the lift was. Some found it many
didn't and the low level turbulence caused some carnage, with both Sam
and Paul getting caught out by the windspeed low down and finding their
models impossible to turn away from the trees. Paul only suffered minor
damage. Sam's is a bit more extensive with the foam wing of his
Multiphase breaking out past the airbrake. As a result of the problems
during the open competition, the electric was cancelled, as few people
were willing to risk their models
below (best 3 from 4)
flew his Sharp Wind well in the poor conditions to win two rounds and
score well in his final scoring round to win this event
& Electric, Sun 9th May 2010
out as a sunny day, with very little wind from the west. Ended
overcast, with a chill north west breeze which would have cut you in
Results for Open
competition below. Four rounds of 8 mins flown with a
Figures in red are discard
A fairly close competition with
everyone getting both good and bad air, as shown in the scores. Sam
flew his Multi Phase to win, Paul his Soprano, Mike an Aquila Grande,
Frank an Algebra, Andrew a full house, moulded Sharp Wind, Jimmy a
Metrick and Bill an Own design 100" model loosely based on the
Results for the electric:
3 rounds of 6 mins with a 15 second motor run allowed
Paul Freeman won with consistent
flying, although no slot wins
Some pics provided by Paul Freeman
Cup, Sun 25th April 2010
A low turnout due to other
commitment, illness and lack of suitable models. Andrew missed the Area
Aerobatics championship first round to compete in 100S. Man with his
Congratulations Paul on
Click below for a full set of pics
of the event taken by "Matt"
Thermal & Electric 11/04/10
A GREAT start to the year. A good
turnout and EXCELLENT weather. Seven flew in Open and four in Electric.
scores were very close with less than 110 points separating 1st
& 3rd! Nobody really got away in the very light thermals, but
the scores were still very close. We ran four rounds with the worst
Well done to Paul, who flew
Frank damaged his model at the end
of the first round and Sam folded the wings on his model on the line in
the final round.
Electric only had four entrants,
but again the scores were very close with more fliers getting close to
the max of 8 mins. We only flew 3 rounds of electric. Brushless power
got 15 secs motor run, brushed 60 secs. (Only one flier was using a
brushed set up)
Very close at the top. Well done
(click pics for a
The forecast for this event wasn't
great. Light winds and showers. On the day, the wind was blowing around
20, (no one measured it!) and the few showers that did appear either
passed us by or were very light.
Five of us turned out, Sam, Tommy,
John, Bill and Jimmy. Once we'd decided that it was Craigy Hill, Jimmy
opted out as it's a bit of a climb!
Sam decide to wait at the bottom
and see if we got any good air, but after he'd seen the lift we were
getting he was up the hill behind us.
John was really wringing out his
Middle Phase to the extent that he creased both wings pulling high G
turns. Sam's Filip was doing well too and Tommy was shooting about with
his enigma. Bill had cracked his Fuz on the way up the hill and after
some tape and a splint it took to the air with a very "weird" bendy
A great days flying in
good wind and those who missed it, missed a very enjoyable day
pics can be found here
John was taking some video, so
hopefully I'll get that or links to it, up soon.
First event of 2010, but only two of us made it out!
That means we're either vary committed or should be committed!!
John and Bill had an enjoyable afternoons flying in 12 -
15mph winds and sunny conditions. The snow was lying to about 6", which
made the roads to the site a bit tricky and the walk up the hill a bit
of a slog. There were snow showers passing either side of us but only
one stopped us flying and then only for 5 mins.