General News 2016
Electric & Glider Flight Australia - Edition 6: Tuesday 13 December 2016
Australian Electric Flight association (AEFA) have now released their 33-page newsletter Electric & Glider Flight Australia - Edition 6. Click the link to download a copy.
Planned Hazard Reduction Burn: Friday 09 December 2016
ACT Parks and Conservation planned a burnoff in the grasslands south of our club this morning. Preparations commenced about 10am, but by 11am the burn had still not commenced due to NW winds gusting 25-30 Kph.
This HRB is one of three planned near CMAC in December, two south of the field and one across Monaro Hwy, to the east of the AMC. See "Planned HRB Sites" map in photos below.
Members are reminded to stop overflying the field as soon as there are people out there, not just when you see smoke.
How Drones Can Help in Humanitarian Emergencies: 02 December 2016
The Swiss Foundation for Mine Action (FSD) launches its comprehensive report on Drones in Humanitarian Action: A Guide to the Use of Airborne Systems in Humanitarian Crises. Click the link to open this 60-page document.
This report was authored for FSD by consultants from Crisis Mappers/The Humanitarian Technology Network, see http://www.CrisisMappers.net.
FSD is an international land mine action organisation based in Geneva, Switzerland. This private, independent, and non-profit organisation was created in 1997. Since then, it has implemented a number of land mine clearance projects in more than 15 different countries. For the past 5 years, FSD has worked with the European Space Agency (ESA) to develop the use of airborne technology in mine clearing projects, and operates mapping drones. For more on FSD see http://fsd.ch
CMAC Beyond Gold Aerobatic Challenge 2016: Sunday 27 November 2016
This event followed on from the VQ Taipan-only 2015 event and included some more complex and demanding manouevres than last year. For the full aerobatic schedule see Manoeuvre Diagrams. The use of the Taipan was no longer compulsory this time.
However, the Taipan remained an appropriate model, and three of the five entrants chose the petrol-powered VQ Taipan. Marius Baumgartner flew a very agile electric-powered Extreme Flight Extra 300 and Beate B flew an Ultra Sport 1000 with power in abundance from a DLE-30. According to Peter B, this Ultra Sport was built from scratch many years ago and went through a number of hands, including Terry G, Jurgen Mildner and Ray Murray.
The Challenge was run at the CMAC Field on Sunday morning with two rounds of the aerobatic schedule. Each round took around 30 minutes, during which time normal club flying was suspended to allow clear airspace for the contestants.
The Contest Director for the Challenge was Steve Grzeskowiak and the Contest Judges were Gary Sweet and Justin Galbraith.
Unusually, the wind was from the South for the first round, swinging to the East later, and causing some initial consternation for a couple of the contestants, who evidently had little flying experience in other that the North-North West winds expected on good flying days at this time of year in Canberra.
CMAC Beyond Gold Aerobatic Challenge Results for 2016 were:
BBC Click TV show about 2016 UAV Challenge - Medical Express now on Youtube: 23 November 2016
For this 9-minute HD BBC Youtube video documentary see https://uavchallenge.org/2016/11/21/uav-challenge-on-bbc-click/
Special thanks to the UAV Challenge organization for hosting this video production.
Australian Senate Inquiry into RPAS and UAS: 19 November 2016
New CMAC Chief Flying Instructor: 03 November 2016
CanberraUAV team wins UAV Outback Challenge Medical Express: 29 September 2016
Changes to MAAA MOP056: Safe Flying Code: 30 August 2016
Monaro Models and Hobbies Shop to move: 25 August 2016
After nearly twenty years at its present location on Newcastle Street in Fyshwick, Monaro Models and Hobbies is moving to larger and more modern premises at 57 Kembla Street.
MMH Proprietor Terry Griffiths reports that "our new premises will combine the retail AND wholesale arms of the business in the one location. The shop and warehouse are twice the size of our existing shop in Newcastle Street, with terrific parking right at the door. "
Terry expects that his new shop will be fully stocked and open for business in the first week of October.
Watch out for opening specials!
For progress info on the MMH move and their new product ranges see MMH Facebook
CMAC Membership 2016-17: 18 August 2016
After six weeks of the new financial year the CMAC membership count has reached 92.
If you still haven't renewed then please take the actions outlined in CMAC Annual Membership Renewal Process.
CMAC Annual General Meeting: 12 August 2016
CMAC's AGM for 2016 was held last night at the Canberra Irish Club, Weston, attended by approximately 50 CMAC members and guests.
Four items of business were conducted:
Elected to the Executive for 2016-17 were:
Elected to the Management Committee were:
Appointed to the following non-Executive roles were:
CMAC Membership 2016-17: 14 July 2016
Two weeks into the new financial year and CMAC membership renewals are progressing well. So far 70 renewals have been processed.
If you haven't yet renewed then please take the actions outlined in CMAC Annual Membership Renewal Process.
CMAC Scale Rally: Sat-Sun 09-10 July 2016
Click for Event Flyer.
Fine and mild weather conditions persisted throughout the weekend of the Rally. A total of 36 entrants registered for the event and there were in excess of 90 models lined up in the pits on Saturday afternoon.
Judging of the models was conducted by the pilots themselves late on Sunday morning. Category winners were:
Special thanks are due to co-Contest Directors Glenn Ryan and Steve Millar for their committment to organise, promote and direct the event.
Here is Stan Rucinski's panoramic photo of the Scale Rally models lined-up for judging:
Bronze Wings for new Member: 26 June 2016
New CMAC member Lap Nguyen - he's so new that MAAA hasn't yet issued his AUS-number - successfully completed his Power Bronze Wings flying test this morning under the watchful eye of CMAC President Terry G.
Welcome to our club, Lap, and congratulations on gaining those Wings so quickly.
Winter is Here: 26 June 2016
At 10am this Sunday morning, outside air temperature had risen from an overnight minimum of -4.8C to around +5C. Traces of Friday's snowfall were still visible on the western Brindabella Ranges.
Clad in their parkas and beanies, many CMAC members turned out to fly in the still air.
However everyone else stopped when Sishei Oya launched his F3D-style R/C pylon racer for some lightning-fast bank-and-yank circuits of the field, with its little 0.40 motor screaming at an estimated 15,000 rpm. See Engines for F3D Pylon Racing Models.
Annual Membership Renewal now due: 20 June 2016
CMAC Annual Membership Fees become due on 01 July each year. For 2016-17 Annual Fees remain unchanged from 2015-16, namely Senior: $218, Junior: $35.
To renew your membership, please follow the follow the lodgement process described in CMAC Annual Membership Renewal Process
Minus Three!: 12 June 2016
After a minimum of -3C earlier on Sunday morning, CMAC's new outdoor wood heater was a popular meeting point. Chris, Karl and Matt chose this location to plan their day's flying programs.
First night-time CMAC Committee meeting in clubhouse: 18 May 2016
CMAC Warbirds Day: 17 April 2016
From CMAC President Terry Griffiths:
It’s not often that your President is lost for words, but you’ve almost done it!
Take a bow, CMAC – your hosting and support of the impromptu Warbirds “show & tell” on 17 April was fantastic!! I have no idea how many models and members there were, but it makes me very proud and honoured to be a member – and to be your President.
You should all take credit for making it such a great day, but I also need to thank, in particular, the Cases – Darren and Teena – for their huge effort in making the day such a success, and Steve Millar for the snags. Apologies to the others who undoubtedly helped organise everything – quiet achievers are everywhere in CMAC.
It was also heartening to see all our new members getting involved – a good sign for the future, surely.
There are some who will tell you that traditional aeromodelling is dead, or that it is undersupported in Canberra. Does it LOOK like it’s dead?? Pretty good looking corpse, if you ask me…
We might not hold formal competitions these days (but you never know, there may be one or two coming up!), but I reckon that we promote aeromodelling every time one of us talks to a member of the public when they call in to CMAC Field. We promote aeromodelling every time we teach a “wanna-be” into a pilot – something we have done more of in the last year than in any other year in our history! I have no doubt that the public who visited this event will be back to watch, and maybe even participate, in the future.
We are, I believe, a pretty inclusive and accepting bunch of blokes (and female blokes….) and it is this willingness to cater for as many aspects of this great hobby as we do which will ensure our survival.
Thank you once again for a terrific day, and for being a brilliant mob of modellers.
Terry Lovett has produced this video of the Warbirds day:
... and here are some photos of the event:
ACT Rural Fire Service conduct Eco Burn at CMAC: 03 April 2016
On Sunday afternoon, with a light easterly wind blowing, three RFS units - Parks 25, Parks 800 and Rivers 20 - conducted a prescribed burn to promote ecological diversity in the CMAC paddock to the west of our sub-lease. For more info on prescribed burns in Canberra see About Prescribed Burns
CMAC received notice of the burn at 08:30, and the RFS trucks entered the field through the northern gate at about 11:00, while flying was suspended.
Here are some photos of the burn, plus a screenshot of the ACT Emergency Services Agency's incident mapping system at the time, and a snap of some ibis monitoring the action.
NEFR 2016 hosted over Easter by NAAS: 25-27 March 2016
This year, Australian Electric Flight Association's (www.aefanet.com) annual National Electric Flight Rally was hosted over the Easter weekend by Canberra's NAAS Club, concurrently with MAAA's F5J National Championships.
In near-perfect soaring conditions down at the NAAS field, over 30 flyers took part in the NEFR Radian competition and another 30 entered the MAAA F5J event. Winners were Bob Hickman (Radian) and Mal Pring (F5J).
CMAC representatives included Tom Ruut and Paul Williamson with his son Felix.
Stan Rucinski (Mr Skydart) has now published an excellent eighteen-minute YouTube slideshow of NEFR 2016, accompanied by music and the sounds of nature. To view his slideshow click this link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cwU0MvZrJQ8.
Wind Damage at CMAC Field: Saturday 19 March 2016
CMAC President Terry Griffiths reports:
"Passing the field yesterday (Friday) afternoon, I found that the wind has lifted the covering from the pits, and rolled it up against the fence. There was also some damage around the starting barriers.
I bought a couple of hundred 6” screws to repair it with – they look better than the nails we normally use. I also arranged to meet Darren Case and Gary Sweet out there early this morning (Saturday), and with help from several other members, we were quickly able to rectify the damage and allow normal weekend operations to resume."
Here is an image retrieved from the CMAC Webcam archives. Dated Friday at 16:01, it shows how a strong wind gust had pulled up about 30m of the pit covering in front of the clubhouse and piled it against the eastern pit fence.
"Beyond Gold Aerobatic Challenge 2016" Update 1: 14 March 2016
Steve Grzeskowiak reports:
Here is a new version of the Beyond Gold 2016 Schedule with schematic Arresti Diagrams of each manoeuvre. Thanks to Peter Baumgartner for this artwork.
Also attached is the Beyond Gold 2016 Manouevre List in the order that we will fly them. Some people find it useful to print this out, stick it on some card and have to hand while practising. I attach mine to my transmitter antenna, which is easy to do on an old 35 MHz set.
I have arranged for interested people to meet at the CMAC field on Sunday 20 March 2016 at 10 am for a chat about: The Schedule; Aircraft Trimming; Which aircraft people are planning to use; Tips on accurate flying and How to practice; Question and Answer session.
We still haven't settled on a date for the challenge day, but it's likely to be later in the year, perhaps around September 2016 so that we have plenty of time to practice.
Working Bee at CMAC Field: 12 March 2016
Daren Case wins MAAA Silver Wings: 11 March 2016
Andrew Tridgell at linux.conf.au 2016: 07 March 2016
"Beyond Gold Aerobatic Challenge 2016" Schedule Released: 06 March 2016
Steve Grzeskowiak reports:
"So far there are 10 of us that have expressed interest in the 2016 CMAC Aerobatic challenge, including a few new faces compared to last year’s crew. I anticipate that we may add another couple of people in the next couple of weeks. I am aware that one or two may decide not to take part depending on the schedule.
So here it is: CMAC Challenge 2016 Schedule.
The Schedule shows the list of manoeuvres that we will fly in the challenge. It’s similar to last year with the upwards flick roll replaced by straight inverted flight, a slight re-ordering of the manoeuvers, and an additional turn in the spin, which makes it easier to recover on the right line. I have asked Peter B to draw up the schedule so that we can see it schematically. Thanks Peter. We should have that soon.
It would be worth us getting together at the field sometime soon so that we can see who we all are, and chat about any aspect of the challenge. The prospect of all of us being available on the same day is remote, so I reckon I’ll just pick a date and see who turns up.
Let’s try Sunday 20 March at the club at around 10am. If you can’t make it please let me know.
By then we should have the schedule schematic and we can talk through:
Death of John Rawlins, 04 March 2016
Long-time aeromodeller John Rawlins (Aus 6742) died recently at his home in Nelson Bay, NSW, aged 83. John was still an active member of the NACA Control Line club at that time.
Older Canberra aeromodellers will recall John's "pommie" accent as he represented BMAC enthusiastically in most rounds of the annual ACTAA Thermal Glider Championships throughout the period 1997-2004. Here are the scores from the 2002 Competition listing the names of the Open Class competitors that year, including John's.
The Quest for Gold: Submitted by Ray Murray 25 Feb 2016
"I don’t remember when Duc Mai (AUS 75632) and Jeffrey Mai (AUS 75633) joined the club, at least 2 years ago I think. These two boys are identical twins. Unless they wear different clothing I can’t tell who is who! Made instructing difficult sometimes.
The boys started to learn to fly with an E-flite Apprentice, an excellent choice. Their first goal was to obtain their Bronze wings. This was not a difficult task, as most young boys these days have access to computers, IPads etc., that they can play games on that improve their hand-eye coordination to a great degree. This was quite evident when Jeffrey and Duc got over their initial nervousness and started to enjoy themselves.
After receiving their Bronze wings I altered the “Apprentice” so that it could do some advanced manoeuvres.
I told the boys that they had to learn to fly straight and level, not as easy as it seems, loop, roll and fly inverted. These are the basic manoeuvres that must be learned thoroughly before attempting more complicated manoeuvres.
That poor old “Apprentice” got quite a battering. We even took it slope soaring at Lake George where it did quite well - never turned the motor on except to helping landings. We returned to the Lake on several occasions with different soarers, this got the boys used to flying in strong winds, and we surely flew that “Apprentice” at our field in winds that sent most of our members home.
When I thought Duc and Jeffrey had sufficient skills I let them fly any of my models that I had at the time. All through this training period there where other models provided by Geoff Jacob, Tom Ruut and Steve Millar for them to try. They got a huge thrill and boost in confidence when Chris Thorn let them fly his “Blue Angel”. This is a beautiful looking swept wing, fast, smooth flying pattern model. A joy to watch.
So the time had come to get a model that was capable of doing the Gold Wings manoeuvres precisely and smoothly. The “Apprentice” was showing its age and although it could do most things, could not get enough rudder or elevator throw to achieve spins. Fortuitously Beate Baumgartner had a low-wing model for sale that was ideal for the task and the boys purchased the Black Horse Super Air from her. After a few flights to get familiar with it and to get the control throws right, the boys were soon doing the Gold Wing schedule to my satisfaction and so on Sunday 7th Feb under the watchful eye of Steve Grzeskowiak they flew the pattern to his satisfaction.
Their Quest for Gold had come to a very pleasing and happy conclusion. Congratulations Jeffrey and Duc. They also celebrated their 14th Birthdays on the 18th Feb at the Wings Presentation.
I must say that for me the whole experience was a pleasant and rewarding time. It's amazing how many things that you have forgotten or assume that others people know, until you start to teach someone to fly. So, if some of you are just starting to learn how to fly on a light foam trainer, I would like to pass on some very good advice given to me by Tom Prosser, Australia’s most renowned pattern flyer. He says “never get a new model until you can do all the things your present model can do”. Get an experienced modeller to show you what it can do, it may surprise you!
So what’s next for Duc and Jeffrey? Quite probably the Sportsman’s Aerobatic Schedule. Good Flying!"
Download the MAAA Gold Wings test schedule "MAAA017-Power Gold Wings" from MAAA Website page Club Support > Forms
CMAC Aerobatic Challenge 2016: Beyond Gold
Dear CMAC Member
Are you interested in improving your flying? We are planning on running the Beyond Gold Challenge again in 2016. For those not familiar with the Challenge it is aimed at improving peoples flying in a relaxed, non-competitive, round of flying a pre-set aerobatic routine.
We’ll set a date later in the year for the actual challenge flying day, but the plan is to encourage people to learn how to trim and fly their models to achieve a flying level beyond Gold Wings.
Last year we had eight people in the challenge, of which 6 flew on the challenge day. All agreed that while some of the manoeuvres seemed hard at first, with a bit of practice, and some guidance from Chris Swain – former member of the Australian aerobatic team, we all improved our flying and were successful on the challenge day.
While all of the participants last year used the VQ Taipan model aircraft, that’s not compulsory. This year we have dropped the name Taipan from the name of the challenge to emphasise this point. The VQ Taipan remains a very appropriate model with which to take part.
The aim is to keep the event to simple aerobatic models, you could take part with almost any model, but the spirit of the event is encapsulated by those simple aerobatic type models that many of us have, or even a good low wing trainer capable of loops and rolls. High end aerobatic or IMAC models are not really in the spirit of the thing.
I intend to adjust the aerobatic schedule slightly from last year to remove one manoeuver that no one could really do well, the 45 degree climbing flick roll, and replace it with something a little more achievable.
But first, I need to know how many people would like to take part this year, and hear any ideas that you might have about changes from last year’s format.
I would be pleased to hear from those wanting to get involved and then we can start the ball rolling with a new schedule to practice on.
If you are interested just reply by e-mail to Cumulus1@grapevine.com.au or come and chat at the field.
Gary and Andrew get their (Silver) Wings, Sunday 07 Feb 2016
This photo, provided by Darren Case, shows Gary Sweet & Andrew Komnacki just after receiving their MAAA Silver Wings at CMAC on Sunday 07 February 2016.
Good work Gary and Andrew! Your next goal could well be passing those Gold Wings (Power) tests :o)
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The standard the MAAA regards as being suitable for Solo Fixed Wing is Bronze Wings for models with a dry mass (excluding fuel, but including all batteries if electric powered) of 2Kgs and under and Silver Wings for models with a dry mass (excluding fuel, but including all batteries if electric powered) over 2Kgs.
New aircraft assembly tables at the club house, Sunday 14 Feb 2016
You would've noticed the new aircraft assembly tables around the CMAC club house. One of CMAC's newest members, Darren Case (AUS 83253) has dedicated a lot of his own time to designing and building thes tables.
Darren has now installed a permanent table at the helipad and delivered several tables on wheels so they can be moved anywhere around the grounds.
His engineering skills have made a big difference to CMAC members as aircraft assembly is now much easier at our flying field.
Darren's at the CMAC field most weekends, so don't be afraid to say hi and tell him what a great job he's done!
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And Darren's partner - Teena - is also volunteering her time to improve the social life at CMAC. For example, on Sunday morning at CMAC club house, Teena supplied the food, fired up the portable barbeque and cooked sausages for forty or so grateful CMAC members. Outstanding!
Here is Teena Case, hard at work, with Darren looking on:
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Manage your own MAAA Member Register contact details on-line, 12 Feb 2016
Steve Millar appointed as Heavy Model Inspector, 10 Feb 2016
Paul McFawn passes MAAA Gold Wings test, 03 Feb 2016
CMAC Secretary Paul McFawn reports...
I've been practicing the test schedule since early Jan, and did the flying test this morning with Ray Botton officiating as the testing instructor. I passed!
Very happy and many thanks to Ray for being my examiner. "
Linton Wilton took these photos of the occasion:
For the MAAA Gold Wings flight requirements and test schedule
MAAA President's Newsletter, 28 Jan 2016
Kelly Ryan learns to fly R/C, 24 Jan 2016
Kelly Ryan -- mother of two small boys and partner of CMAC member Glenn Ryan -- is learning to fly R/C. Today Kelly completed her fifth dual-control flight with her Phoenix Classic Sport 40, under the careful supervision of CMAC Instructor Steve Millar.
Kelly has now successfully executed a range of manouevers including circuits, figure-eights, take-offs and (most challenging for beginners) landings. Steve reports "she'll be ready soon for her first solo".
CMAC congratulates Kelly for her determined efforts to master the Sports 40.
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Maiden flight of Steve Millar's 50cc Zero, 10 Jan 2016
Early Sunday morning at CMAC and all was quiet ...
... until Steve stepped out with his new 50 cc Top Flite Zero for its maiden flight.
After a safe landing back at base ...
...a very happy Steve report that it flew beautifully "right out of the box".
For more info see Top Flite Zero: Almost Ready-to-Fly 50-60cc Gas Giant Scale Warbird
Interview with Byam Wight of "The Planter People" , 05 Jan 2016
Have you noticed all the outdoor flower displays in hanging baskets that decorate the Canberra City streets again this summer? This is the seventh year that The Planter People have had the 'Canberra Central' contract with the ACT Government and they are now maintaining the display of over 1400 plants each year from November to mid-March.
That the flowers all looks so fresh and colourful each day, right across the summer, is thanks largely to the early morning efforts of CMAC Vice President Byam Wight, one of the Planter People.
"Its sort of like painting the Harbour Bridge - when you finish you start again. We have a Toyota Hilux set up with a 1200 litre tank and a pump and I get there before all the shoppers start at the crack of dawn and do a third of them each day.
Donations for hosting Commercial Signage, 04 Jan 2016
Back in October 2012 the CMAC Committee:
CMAC has now billed Capitol Chilled Foods Australia Pty Ltd ("Canberra Milk") and GJ Gardener Homes Pty Ltd for their 2016 annual donations of $2000 each in return for prominent hosting of their respective signs on the Monaro Highway side of the CMAC Clubhouse.
Chicken Stick in use, 03 Jan 2016
Sunday morning at CMAC, and a new sound is heard across the field as Ray Ogle fire up the motor on his partially-finished large-scale Spitfire for the first time.
Note Ray's safety precautions, including multiple webbing tie-downs on the test stand, extra restraining muscles from Justin Galbraith, head well clear of the prop arc and the use of a "chicken stick" rather than fingers to turn over that massive propeller.
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