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Trevor Smith - Life Membership

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I want to introduce to you your newest Life Member of the AEFA, past President Trevor Smith.  Trevor has made a major contribution to the promotion of electric gliding is Australia by single handedly achieving recognition of the AEFA as the NSIG for this division.  We had planned to present Trevor with this award at the 2020 F5J Trophy but the event cancellation scuttled that.

At a recent club flying day in Sydney, Phil Stevenson called me in Kingscliff and passed the phone to Trevor.  It was then my great pleasure to present Trevor with a plaque commemorating his life membership albeit by mobile phone.

Congratulations Trevor, you deserve it.

Kind Regards

Ralph Dephoff

President.

COVID-19 IMPACT

A number of state associations have suggested suspension of all flying activities. There are numerous events advertised on this website. Check with the event organisers as it is most likely that imminent events will have been cancelled.

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2020 F5J Trophy #5 - 

Unfortunately this event has been cancelled due to NSW Health Department COVID restrictions.  

2020 Picton Cup Round 1 Results 

The Picton Cup Round 1 on the 12th July 2020 was run in great winter flying conditions. For event details and results click here.  
For thoseinterest in some history of the Cup click here.
 
2020 Vic Thermal & F5J State Titles

Great October event in Mildura. Click here for details.

E-RES Draft Rules

Read the draft rules in the rules library (arranged alphabetically)  - click here.

Looking For Something About Electric Flight In Australia?

You've Found It. AEFA, An Australian Organisation Fostering And Promoting Aeromodelling Using Electric Power.

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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).

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Solutions Update

A couple of updates to our Solutions Via Rule of Thumb page have been made, namely Mike O'Reilly's guide to Trimming a model, and Marcus Stent's thermalling notes now live here.

 

Australian F5J Trophy

The 2020 F5J Trophy has been cancelled due to COVID restrictions.

NEFR 2021

Watch this space!!

 

Paul Gibson, known to many of the east coast F5J and Millennium Cup flyers, passed away on the 13th February 2020 following a long struggle with a blood disorder. 

He enjoyed aeromodelling for almost all his life and was an accomplished full-size glider flyer as well an enthusiastic competitor with model gliders. He originally came to Australia in the 1970’s to work in the research labs at BHP Newcastle. He returned to the UK in the 1980’s and spent some time working in Austria. He and his family returned to Australia in the early 1990’s and settled (again) in the Newcastle area. He was a member of the Rebel Aeromodellers Club in Newcastle and flew from the Salt Ash field. He was a regular competitor in the Millennium Cup and at Open Thermal competitions, and as these events electrified Paul transitioned to flying predominantly Millennium Cup and F5J competitions. Because of his background in full size gliding he was an extremely competent flyer, and very competitive. Over the past decade Paul overcame several challenges to his health and showed a great ability to just get on with life. His last major competition was the F5J Trophy in Cootamundra held in November 2019.  Although unwell, he enjoyed the competition and in his good-humoured way continued to cheer up those around him. Paul will be sorely missed by those who knew and loved him. 

It was Pauls wish to support future Aussie F5J teams to world championships and this will be achieved by a modest bequest to the AEFA, from the proceeds of selling Paul’s modelling gear which was undertaken by Paul’s friends.

The AEFA committee have agreed to accept Paul’s bequest.  All funds received from the sale of Paul’s modelling gear will be held by the AEFA in a separate bank account and used solely for the purpose Paul intended. 

This is a wonderful gesture from Paul and the AEFA will ensure his bequest is honoured.

Paul Gibson
Paul Gibson, known to many of the east coast F5J and Millennium Cup flyers, passed away on the 13th February 2020 following a long struggle with a blood disorder. 

He enjoyed aeromodelling for almost all his life and was an accomplished full-size glider flyer as well an enthusiastic competitor with model gliders. He originally came to Australia in the 1970’s to work in the research labs at BHP Newcastle. He returned to the UK in the 1980’s and spent some time working in Austria. He and his family returned to Australia in the early 1990’s and settled (again) in the Newcastle area. He was a member of the Rebel Aeromodellers Club in Newcastle and flew from the Salt Ash field. He was a regular competitor in the Millennium Cup and at Open Thermal competitions, and as these events electrified Paul transitioned to flying predominantly Millennium Cup and F5J competitions. Because of his background in full size gliding he was an extremely competent flyer, and very competitive. Over the past decade Paul overcame several challenges to his health and showed a great ability to just get on with life. His last major competition was the F5J Trophy in Cootamundra held in November 2019.  Although unwell, he enjoyed the competition and in his good-humoured way continued to cheer up those around him. Paul will be sorely missed by those who knew and loved him. 

It was Pauls wish to support future Aussie F5J teams to world championships and this will be achieved by a modest bequest to the AEFA, from the proceeds of selling Paul’s modelling gear which was undertaken by Paul’s friends.

The AEFA committee have agreed to accept Paul’s bequest.  All funds received from the sale of Paul’s modelling gear will be held by the AEFA in a separate bank account and used solely for the purpose Paul intended. 

This is a wonderful gesture from Paul and the AEFA will ensure his bequest is honoured.

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