David Feather Scale Comp
to be held on 21st of May.
Pilot Reg: 0830
Pilot Briefing: 0930
Comp Start: 1000
$5 per aircraft.
Fun Scale Day
Saturday 25th March
Register starts 9.00am,Pilots briefing 9.30 am, Comp Starts 10.00am
No Entry Fee
One plane per pilot.
There will be no categories, Military and Civil will mix it up.
Medallions will be awarded to 1st, 2nd & 3rd.
There will be two or more rounds with each round consisting of 5 manoeuvres
1. Take off & Climb Out 2. Your Choice, 3. Straight and level fly past,4.Your choice, 5.Rectangular Circuit & Land
The “Your Choice” will be dependant on what your full size aircraft could do. It could be a loop or roll or Immelmann or Procedure Turn or inverted etc.
Preferably the manouvers are done one after the other but if you need to re position your self we can work with that.
Hope to see you there as competitor or spectator.
Reminder to all Members.
Recently the MAAA Executive have been dealing with three incidents. Two being ‘fly aways’ resulting in models impacting in public areas and becoming the subject of complaints to CASA. The third was operating from a full size airfield and resulted in the destruction of the very expensive model ($30,000).
Based on reports received from the three incidents they were all subject to some form of loss or ‘reversed’ radio signals. At their last meeting the MAAA Executive reviewed the requirements in MOP056 Safe Flying Code and agreed to the changes shown below. While ‘fly aways’ can occur to any type of model and have done so in the past, it is agreed that taking the steps outlined in MOP056 with regard to range and fails safe checking of RC controlled models , the risk can be reduced.
In the destruction of the expensive model, while it cannot be proven 100% due to the model being totally destroyed by fire, there were sufficient knowledgeable modellers on the scene to evaluate and draw a fairly comprehensive conclusion from the events that took place. Any modeller utilising a ‘powerbox’ distribution system within their model are urged to check the ‘fail safe’ while the model is running and being restrained. Simply turning off the Transmitter will check this. Powerboxes need to be set up with the particular brand of Radio equipment being used, we all know there are differences, especially with the throttle set up, between certain brands of equipment. In the case concerned it would seem that when transmission was either reduced or lost and with the engine running, the failsafe activated, however the throttle was reversed through the powerbox in fail safe mode.
1) I will ensure the correct model is selected and have completed a successful radio equipment ground range and fail safe check each day prior to the first flight of any model.
2) I will perform my initial turn after takeoff away from the pit and spectator areas.
3) I will not knowingly operate an R/C system within 4 kilometres of a pre-existing model club flying site unless in accordance with the MAAA Manual of Procedures.
Total Fire Ban
A day of total fire ban has been declared for the Central Region on the 22.2.17, as a result there will be no flying at WPMAC on the 22.2.17 IAW Safety & Flying Rules No25 and General Rules No9
Stephen Gray - WPMAC Secretary