- Last Updated: 01 April 2016
- Published: 23 December 2011
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NEFR 2016 Pictorial Highlights
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YOU'VE FOUND IT. AEFA, AN AUSTRALIAN ORGANISATION FOSTERING AND PROMOTING AEROMODELLING USING ELECTRIC POWER.
The AEFA began in the mid ‘90s. In those early days, meetings, rallies and newsletters were the only methods we had to share our knowledge and passion. While times have changed we believe it’s important to continue sharing our experience, problems and solutions to mastering electric flight. This website is one of the main avenues for doing that and here you'll find things to help you enjoy electric powered models.
In our ‘Resources’ section we have compiled information that can be classified as electric flight 'know how'. For many, understanding the technology, or selecting components for an electric model, is a daunting prospect. We want to help. Our focus is on those matters that are pertinent to electric flight and some of the differences from the IC world. We will try to point you in the right direction, present as broad a view as possible, and maintain brand independence.
Getting together as electric modelers is another way we can pass on what we have learned. Our ‘Events, Competitions and Rules’ section provides information about where and when electric events are planned and the competitions that might be run at them. It’s also a section where new ideas about events and rules are published along with those for regularly flown contests.
The section ‘ About the AEFA’ is just that. It explains our origins, recognizes some of the key individuals that have pioneered electric flight in Australia and provides information about how we are organized and operate. Because we want to stay in step with current and emerging practices for connecting and collaborating with each other, we now concentrate on communicating via this website plus a network of ‘focus’ email groups. News and information is circulated for each categories depicted in the graphic at the top of this page, namely:
- electric gliding,
- Electric Old Timers,
- general news and rally information.
Details on becoming an AEFA member (membership is free) are in our 'How to Join' page (here).
- Last Updated: 01 April 2016
- Published: 24 April 2014
President’s AGM Report 2016
I expected to get this report out several days ago for circulation well prior to Easter but some family problems have delayed this and I can only hope that it is received before departing for NEFR.
I offer my apologies for not being able to attend the Rally this year caused by my wife’s deteriorating health. A recent 4 day stay in hospital could offer some hope.
However, after a successful NEFR in 2015, members voted to return to the NAAS site for 2016. I hope the weather is a little kinder that last year. I don’t recall any critical issues in the first half of the year. The committee kept up by regular Skype meetings. I must thank the committee for their help and devotion to tasks. Also Gary Andrews with EGlider news and Mike Colstan with EOT news,
Peter Pine was really busy though the year helping out at a number of Electric Comps and his recent contribution, Electric and Glider Flight Australia. A BIG Thank You, Peter. I hope the magazine thrives in future, as I am sure we have all enjoyed the first 2 renditions. Please support Peter by providing some interesting content and photos.
I must make mention of Brian Lockett, who had to stand down from Committee, we will miss his very special abilities and wish him well for the future. Fortunately, Mal Pring stepped forward to fill this void, leading up to NEFR 2016.
Rule changes that affect EOT were put before committee who eventually agreed to many of these changes and were to be trialled leading up to NEFR 2016. I am also a member of SAM600 (Vic) and I received a modicum of criticism from the SAM600 Exec who were against any changes at present. SAM600 are pro electric and run many combined OT comps. It would really help if both SAM 0rganistations and AEFA EOT could work together for the common good.
Membership was approximately 180 as at end 2015. Read on.
It would seem that large section of our “membership” failed to respond when the move was made to “Free” membership and the dropping of the magazine, replaced by 3 News groups. The result was that about 120 members dropped off News databases. David Lucas, and I, went back and contacted most of these recalcitrant people and invited them to “rejoin” the AEFA and receive Peter’s new magazine which is, at this stage, partly funded by AEFA. We are now looking at approx 300 members Thanks, David.
About two months ago, a chance “windfall” gave the AEFA’s F5J Electric Glider event, an upgrade in status, to being a part of the “Split” 69th MAAA National Championships. Entries have been elevated and at last count F5J was the most popular event at NEFR2016.
I will not be re-nominating for President, this year due to family commitments. I hope that I can look to many more years as an ordinary member and enjoy the many friendships I have made due to AEFA. I will continue hosting the AEFA “social” monthly meetings in Melbourne, as I have done for many years.
Max Haysom (AUS-25)
March 22, 2016