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A great time was had for the second time at the Willie Emmet Field of NAAS in the ACT.

35 competitors enjoyed 3 days of flying competition, skill enhancement, and chin wagging with like minded mates.

Click here to see some pictures, put together by Stan Rucinski of NAAS.

Results:

Scramble Results    
NEFR NAAS Field, Canberra, 2016    
Name Score No of Flights Position
Rob Watson 2524 23 1
Terry Scolari 2503 23 2
Phil Stephenson 2339 21 3
Ron Grosser 2273 21 4
Roy Calnan 2065 19 5
Ralph Dephoff 1763 17 6
Bob Hickman 916 8 7
David Lucas 210 3 8

 

A rally review from Mike Colston:

National Electric Flight Rally

 

This year's NEFR was, by my reckoning, one of the best we have had. The weather was excellent with just enough breeze to challenge contestants and variable lift all weekend so results relied heavily on the skill of pilots to find the elusive lift. There were about 35 contestants overall with 12 participating in EOT, our best turnout ever, I believe. There were about 15 caravans/motors homes/tents on the field so there were plenty of people to share happy hour and tall stories about their flying exploits. We ran four Events in EOT, 1/2A Texaco (8 entrants), Texaco (11 entrants), Duration (11 entrants) and Height Limited Old Timer (HLOT) (9 entrants). Unfortunately we did not get enough entrants to run Nostalgia although we did have a couple of flights on Friday afternoon with the Nostalgia models. More on Nostalgia later.

In 1/2A Texaco after three rounds most entrants had flown three maxes and hence flyoff was required. The take off time was staggered according to the model's age bonus and a maximum flight time was set at 20 minutes. I expected that this would sort out the results with the last one down winning. However after 20 minutes five of the six models in the fly off were still in the air, an amazing effort. The models all landed and we measured the percentage of capacity remaining in their packs. The winner still had an incredible 76% of his battery capacity remaining after 20 minutes in the air. A similar pattern emerged in Texaco with 9 models competing in the fly off. In this case the maximum time was set at 15 minutes due to time constraints. After 15 minutes 8 of the 9 models were still airborne and it was once again down to remaining battery capacity. In this case the winner used even less of his battery capacity with 84% still remaining after 15 minutes of flight.

Duration was more hotly contested with 8 of the 11 entrants qualifying for the fly off. The flight time for the fly off was 14 minutes on a 25 second motor run. Only four models were still in the air after 14 minutes and the result was determined on the basis of the amount of motor run used in the fly off. The winner used just 19 seconds of motor run for the 14 minute flight.

The final event was HLOT which proved far more challenging. A fly off was not required as no pilot managed three maximum scores. We therefore flew four rounds, discarded the worst round, and added the total flight time for the three rounds with the highest total winning. The eventual winner scored 1222 points out of a possible 1260 points, not a bad effort.

The full results for EOT at NEFR are as follows:-

 

1/2A Texaco

 

1st     Bob Wilson;

2nd    Mal Pring;

3rd    Alan Mayhew;

4th    Phil Stevenson;

5th    Terry Scolari;

6th    Mike Colston;

7th    Roy Calnan; and

8th    Peter Henderson.

Texaco

 

1st     Mal Pring;

2nd    Bob Wilson;

3rd    Phil Stevenson;

4th    Mel Gillot;

5th    Rob Watson;

6th=  Mike Colston;

6th=  Gary Andrews; 

8th    Peter Henderson; 

9th=  Alan Mayhew; and

9th=  Peter Pine.

Duration



1st     Bob Wilson;

2nd    Phil Stevenson;

3rd    Gary Andrews;

4th    Mel Gillot;

5th    Terry Scolari;

6th    Alan Mayhew;

7th    Mal Pring;

8th    Mike Colston;

9th    Peter Henderson;

10th   Rob Watson; and

11th    Roy Calnan.

HLOT

 

1st     Phil Stevenson (1222 points);

2nd    Mal Pring (1208 points);

3rd    Bob Wilson (1180 points);

4th    Gary Andrews (1066 points);

5th    Rob Watson (978 points);

6th    Peter Henderson (640 points);

7th    Alan Mayhew (613 points);

8th    Mike Colston (519 points); and 

9th    Mel Gillot (498 points).

As you can see the same names appear again and again at the top of the table. These are the pilots who hone their skills with constant practice. Perhaps you should join the postal comp as a way of encouraging you to practice your flying skills! Overall it was a great weekend. The NAAS Club were once again brilliant hosts providing a perfect venue and ensuring that hot food was available all day over the whole weekend. The new five star shower was a particular hit with those who camped on site. My thanks to those, both in the NAAS Club and in the AEFA organising group, for setting up such a great event.

 

Postal Competition

I have attached the results for March in the Postal Competition. We currently have nine active postal comp participants, which is a good turnout. If anyone that flew at NEFR who isn't in the postal comp, but would like to be, I am happy to enter your NEFR scores as your postal comp scores for March. Just let me know if you would like me to do so. Once again Phil Stevenson is running ahead of the pack. We will all have to get out there and give him a run for his money!

Nostalgia Class

The Nostalgia class of EOT, sometimes also known as Coota Class or Zoot Class, has, unfortunately, regularly failed to draw sufficient numbers to hold competitive events. With the new age eligibility rules it is now possible to fly Nostalgia models in the other EOT events. We also currently only have three people flying Nostalgia in the Postal Comp. It does therefore seem to me that we may need to give consideration to dropping the class. I will certainly run Nostalgia in the Postal Comp for the rest of this year at least. However, in the absence of a strong feeling from members to the contrary I propose to drop it from next years Postal Comp. I would also like to hear members' views on stopping offering Nostalgia at EOT Events such as NEFR. This would reduce the pressure on time that we currently experience at these events. However, I have an open mind on this and whilst I have some direct control over the Postal Comp it is up to AEFA to decide whether to continue with an event that attracts so few entries. Let me know what you think.

Age Bonuses

Age Bonuses were used for the first time in EOT at NEFR. Basically the age bonus is a handicap system that gives one bonus point for each year that a model design predates 1950. Thus a 1938 Lanzo Bomber has 12 bonus points which are added to the flight time when competing. This is intended to offset the perceived advantage that might be gained by flying a more modern design as permitted under the new age eligibility rules. At NEFR the age bonus added to the workload of the Contest Director, yours truly, but not unreasonably so. However I was glad I thought to take the SAM list of models which shows their date of design. As far as I can tell the Age Bonus had no impact upon who did and who didn't qualify for flyoffs in the various events. Also it had no impact on the results for HLOT which did not require a fly off, although that may be a result of most models in that event being of a similar age.

The age bonus may have had some impact upon the results of fly offs as we used a staggered take off based on the age bonuses. However, it is impossible to know whether this had any real impact on the final results. It was pointed out that in the fly offs, when models are generally expected to complete flights twice as long as normal, then the age bonus should be doubled. This is a valid point and should, I think, be applied to future fly offs. Overall I am in favour of continuing with age bonuses to see if they do have an impact on either the models we choose to fly or the results of competitions, including the Postal Comp.

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