Committee:

Chairman - Jan Sime : Vice Chairman - Gordon Browne : Secretary -Caretaken by Jan Sime & Gordon Browne : Treasurer - TBA

Representatives:

HTL - Gordon Browne : Bill Voss - Dennis Bird : Postals - Jan Sime : F3B - TBA : F3J - Ian Sime : F3K - Shaun Mileson : F5J - Ivan Williams : 2 Meter/New Commers - Shaun Mileson : Slope - Izak Theron (Gauteng) Kevin Farr (WC) Rus Conradt (KZN) : Cross Country - Chris Adrian


Calendar: Jan Sime & Gordon Browne


31 December 2010

2011 Events Calendar - provisional

The provisional MGA Events Calendar has been posted to the MGA BLOG & has forwarded to SAMAA for the National Calendar 2011.

21 December 2010

MGA Glider proficiencies - rating framework

The MGA RC Glider training framework was established so that aspirant RC glider pilots can achieve a Solo proficiency as verification that a satisfactory level of skill has been achieved by the RC pilot, permitting them to fly on their own, and as per SAMAA Insurance requirements.

As this assessment of a level of RC pilot skill is a qualitative measure , it is necessary that an MGA authorised and independent instructor ensures that the pupil has achieved the required level of skill to achieve the relevent rating.

AUTHORISATION

  • No proficiency test should be conducted by an Instructor who has instructed the Pilot under test
  • Only the MGA Committee is authorised to appoint RC Glider Instructors upon written request from a club
RATING APPLICATION
  • Proficiency and achievement application sheets are available from the MGA
  • These application sheets are designed to record the achievements that the Pilot has completed, and need to be independently witnessed
  • Rating tests must be arranged and conducted in a formal manner, with the appropriately approved persons present at the tests
  • Rating test results must be submitted to the MGA together with the evaluating individual(s)recommendation
  • An Instructor rating may only be applied for after the relevant Gold achievement badge has been achieved
  • The Club Committee may recommend any RC Glider Gold rated glider pilot to the MGA for Instructor proficiency consideration
  • It remains the sole discretion of the MGA Training Committee’s to award Instructor status

RETROSPECTIVE SOLO APPLICATION
  • Already competant RC Glider pilots are not expected to complete the Solo test
  • The retrospective application is intended to provide Solo status to already competant glider pilots who have been flying regularly for years, and who in the view of their club's safety committee, are adequately RC Glider experienced
  • The Club Committee may recommend any competant RC glider pilot to the MGA for retrospective Solo consideration
  • It remains the sole discretion of the MGA Training Committee’s to award Solo status
PROFICIENCY RATING REFLECTION 
  • All applications must be forwarded in writing to the MGA using the appropriate channels
  • The MGA will inform SAMAA of the relevant proficiency/achievement, but is not responsible for ensuring that the SAMAA membership card is updated/produced
  • All RC Glider rating applications will be recorded and kept in a central data base at the SAMAA offices
  • As and when your SAMAA Cards are re-issued they should reflect the Pilot’s gliding proficiency
  • Remember that Glider Solo does not mean you are Solo for other types of aircraft, nor does holding a Solo badge for any other types of RC aircraft automatically imply you are Solo for RC gliders (please refer to the Cross Skills section below)
  • A scroll will be issued to all successful applicants and can be displayed in conjunction with the relevant Achievement Badges.
  • The proficiency scrolls should be displayed above the gliding discipline round-all badge
INSTRUCTOR RATING
According to the MGA, an Instructor rating does not reflect a proficiency level; it only suggests that the individual is adequately able to teach others to fly RC Gliders and/or is capable of independently assessing the level of skill of a RC Glider Pilot. Any Instructor applicant must first have achieved the Gold Achievement Badge in the relevant MGA discipline.
Applications for this rating must be submitted by the applicants club committtee in writing to the MGA, detailing the individuals’ potential to be a Glider Instructor. The MGA training committee will evaluate all applications on a case-by-case basis and may decide whether to award the rating.  In general all RC Glider instructors should be able to comply with:
  • Possibly the best quality any Instructor must have, is the desire to teach others how to fly
  • Instructors must be able to teach a beginner how to fly their model in a variety of conditions and ensure that safety is maintained at all times
  • Instructors must be able to take a beginner from assisted flights all the way through to preparing the Pupil pilot for the Solo test (the requirements of Solo & other achievement badges are available from the MGA)
  • Instructors will be required to teach a beginner all aspects of the safety code and explain the importance of frequency control
  • Instructors should have a good understanding of how to trim a model to fly “hands off” and be able to teach this to beginners
  • Instructors should be able to demonstrate how the various control actions operate and how they affect a model in flight
  • Instructors should be able to set up a model before its first flight and be able to recognize if the model is unsafe, warped or out of trim
  • Instructors must be able to teach a beginner how to test radio equipment and to carry out range checks
In addition, specific RC Glider disciplines also requires of the instructor: 
  • For thermal RC Gliding, the Instructor must be able to teach a Pupil all aspects of bungy, hand tow & winch operation and how to set it out, particularly when they are used in conjunction with others lines at competitions
  • Thermal RC Gliding also requires the Instructor to possess a good understanding of how thermals work and be able to recognize when their model encounters one and be able to pass this knowledge on to others. The Instructor must also be able to recognize sink and how to react when flying through these areas
  • Electric assisted RC Gliding requires the Instructor to be capable of communicating all aspects of power management and safety to pupils 
INSTRUCTOR EQUIVALANCE (new from 2011)
Promotion and development of RC Gliding within SA is a key focus area for the MGA, but it is recognised that not every club has access to RC Glider Instructors. To compensate for this, the following equivalence table is suggested as a minimum standard for onsite instruction/application purposes:
Notes
  • All Student pilots that have not yet achieved their Solo rating, should always be accompanied by at least a Bronze rated pilot in that discipline
  • The equivalent independent assessors above are based on MGA awarded proficiencies in the specific discpline only
  • Up to the Silver badge assessment level, either an Instructor or the identified equivalent independent assessors can sign off the application - for the Gold application, the MGA will only accept an suitable Instructor's assessment for the application
SPORTING EQUIVALENCE  (new from 2011)
The MGA is very proud of our sporting achievements; SA has always been represented with honour internationally by our RC Glider Pilots. It is recognised that to compete at this highest level within a discipline inherently implies that a reasonable standard of proficiency has been achieved. On written application by the pilot/club the following rating equivalence will be considered by the MGA:
The MGA will treat each "competitive equivalence" application on a case-by-case basis.
CROSS SKILLS (new from 2011)
The MGA recognises that a certain inherent level of skill from other disciplines would enable an RC pilot to safely fly an RC Glider under similar circumstances and without the need for “assistance”. Note that this does NOT provide grounds for application for an MGA badge.
Due to the safety hazards of winch operation & hand tow, the MGA views that NO other RC discipline provides sufficient safety background or understanding, and a Solo rating remains the minimum proficiency level required to fly thermal RC gliders.
There are reasonable similarities between power fixed-wing and electric gliding, bar the potential differences between ROG/hand launch. The MGA therefore recognises that any SAMAA fixed wing proficiency (SOLO or greater) would be sufficient for piloting an electric RC glider without the need for assistance. As always, site access & local rules may require further qualification for use of the local field by the relevant or associated Club(s).

There are also reasonable simialrities between power fixed-wing and RC Slope Soaring; such that the MGA recognises SOLO and above SAMAA fixed-wing badges as being sufficient to participate in RC Slope Flying without assistance. Please be advised that due to ecological and site control factors, further qualification may be required for local Slope site use by the relevant or associated Slope Club(s).
 Fly Safely

20 October 2010

2010 RC Soaring National Championships

A fantastic three days of flying fun was had by all. The weather really was brilliant and we would be hard pressed to have had better conditions anytime this year! an untimely harddisk crash has robbed me of the individual class details and scoring spreadsheets, but attached is the normalised summary of scores across all classes in the Victor Ludorum table.


Fly safely

2010 HTL Log

Click on the table below for the latest 2010 HTL Log.


For those web challenged folks out there.... :) Remember that your browser may open an image that has been zoomed to fit you browser window which makes it difficult to read. You may have to zoom in to make it legible. Alternatively right click on the table and select "Save target/link to...", save it on your hard drive and open with your favourite picture viewer. If you still have problems, email me and I'll send you a PDF version.

Unfortunately for all the other clubs out there, GEMS has already wrapped up the club title with a perfect 5000 score (actually at the previous event already)..... :) but the individual race is still on for top honours and with the past history of the final Triathlon event in Heidelberg we may still see some swings and roundabouts in the top couple of spots.


HTL# 6 - GEMS - Scores

Finally got around to posting the scores. Work has a nasty habit of getting in the way when you least want it to.....

Hope you all enjoyed the relaxed format. Based on the feedback we got the format of the competition was well received, so we'll definitely be doing at least one (possibly more) of these next year.

Well done to Alan for taking first, albeit by one point :) and then also placing 13th flying a DLG!

The league standings will also be posted shortly. It is getting interesting in the top 10 with a couple of shuffles since the last update after the first throwaway has kicked in..... Watch this space!

Cheers,
Izak

20 September 2010

2010 RC Soaring National Championships

Hi,

The final bulletin has been posted in the Yahoo Groups MGASA Files section, under "2010 Nationals". The bulletin contains flight matrices for all 6 classes to be flown.

Please advise me directly of any issues.

Fly safely

GEMS field: Notice

Members of GEMS (Greenfields Eastern Model Soarers) were informed on Saturday of a Falcon breeding / training site located next to the field. To prevent startling these highly strung birds, and with immediate affect, no powered flying (gas, IC, electric or electric assist gliders) is permitted from or around the field. This implies that only thermal RC soaring is permitted.

We have informed the landowner that we will notify all prospective pilots of this restriction & sincerely request that you comply with this. We will shortly consider erecting a signboard at the field informing members & visitors of this specific requirement.

Should you have any queries regarding this matter, please do not hesitate to contact Paul Carnall or myself.

Regards,
Lionel Brink
Greenfield Eastern Model Soarers

13 September 2010

HTL 2010 Leader Board

Being curious as to what the current standings were after taking part in the last HTL at SGC I offered to the organizers to collate the scores. Hopefully this will spark some more interest for the remaining two events this year; it's not too late yet. Some notes on the scores:
  1. Only "Open Class" scores are shown. Unfortunately the score sheets I have do not indicate classes flown, so every one is assumed to have entered in "Open Class". If anyone would like to have their scores re-allocated to the proper classes, let me know and we'll see what we can do :o)
  2. No throwaways have been taken into account yet. Two throwaways will be allowed in the end so for those that have missed one or possibly even two events there is still an outside chance of getting into a top slot....


11 August 2010

2010 F3J WC

The 2010 National F3J teams (juniors and seniors) returned to South Africa on Monday morning, 9 August 2010.


Seniors (front l-r:) The Crig, The Chris and The (Paul) Carnall, Back: Michelle, Stephane, Herman & Johan (Jnr)
After enduring appalling conditions and "interesting" organisation, the seniors placed 12th out of the 29 nations participating & the juniors 4th. The latter were actually slated for 3rd right until 10 minutes before prize giving, when an error by the scorers was rightfully acknowledged & Slovakia was moved up to 3rd place.

Juniors (Front l-r): Tsepho, Ryan & Jason; Back: The Crig
A warm welcome awaited there return at ORT, with senior executives from SASCOC, SAMAA, Transformation & Development, the MGA, family & friends all cheering their arrival. Well wishes have been received from Gideon Sam (SASCOC), Kev Storie (GM AeCSA, etc, etc - suggesting that we have achieved a tremendous amount of awareness amongst the very top echelons of sport & aerosport in South Africa.

Full 2010 F3J Teams after arrival home from Frnace, 9 Aug 2010 I am immensely proud of each person in these awesome teams!

Fly Safely

06 August 2010

2010 RC Soaring National Championships

Hi,

Due to preparations for the 2010 F3J WC, the organisers of the 2010 RC Soaring National Championships have agreed to extend the deadline for entry (& fees) from 31 July to 31 August 2010.

The revised bulletin and included entry form has been uploaded to the MGASA site.

Fly Safely

22 June 2010

TOSS PSS Report

Hi,


TOSS held a PSS event at the Hout Bay slope from 19 - 20 June 2010. The standard of models was incredible & a large number of entries was present.
The 2010 Black Eagle PSS Trophy

The report together with pictures & results are available on the TOSS BLOG.




Fly Safely

14 June 2010

3rd 2M Challenge for 2010 at BERG, 13 June 2010 - REPORT

Although it’s winter in “sunny” South Africa, the morning was not as cold as I expected... I met Piet just after 07h00 at the field and soon the other pilots started to arrive. Nigel was the only one to arrive after 09h00, but I guess it’s not too bad for someone with baby twins... The pilots’ briefing was short and sweet and the games begun!

A coldish North Eastern wind set testing conditions for round 1, but round 1 turned out to be the easiest for the day, for me anyway... The wind direction maintained consistent throughout the day, but the wind speed increased at a steady pace. While staring up at your glider with the wintry wind in your face, one could easily have imagined yourself to be standing on a slope.

Thermals blew through so swiftly that I didn’t even know they were ever there. More than one pilot showed bravery in following a bubble of warm air, downwind and more than one pilot paid the price of “the walk of shame”... It’s always a little funny, until you have to walk 200m or more to pick up your own model... The tricky conditions challenged everyone and the Greenhorns and Juniors were very impressive with the way they performed in the wind.

Martie served delicious boerewors-buns after round 5 and all pilots then decided to call it a day because of the wind.

Thank you very much for everyone that came out to the field today and added to the spirit of the 2M Challenge! Below are the scores after 5 rounds, with no throw-away round.

Congratulations to Alan, Mark and Michael who took first places in the 3 classes!!

07 June 2010

2010 HTL #4 - WHRF Report

On Sunday, 6 June 2010, the WHRF club, just west of Centurion (Pretoria) hosted the 4th installment of the 2010 Thermal League competition. Initial weather reports suggested mild conditions, with the wind gathering strength from midday. I arrived at the field & found the majority of pilots already there! I also found to my joy that the weather prediction was only partly correct: the mild conditions predicted were an understatement for "superb"!


Fortunately local knowledge of the field combined with the weather report allowed the launch line to be extended to accommodate all 7 teams, but at less than 15 metre spacing, we agreed not to fly 10 minutes working times with mass starts & landings: opting instead for 12 minutes working time. To ensure a quick turnaround, preparation time was reduced to 3 minutes. Also, although pilots briefing was scheduled for 08h30, my late start saw this end at 09h05 & first slot started promptly at 09h20 (and only 20 minutes later than advertised).


The overall event ran like clockwork: all pilots knowing what needed to be done in an extremely good humoured way & the natural HTL process of friends, fun & competition allowed for smooth transition between slots/rounds. I am not aware of any incidents involving competing pilots, although John Monk did seem to loose reception on his OD 2M craft during his first slot, but managed to recover it shortly after the launch & some hair-raising antics. Alan Drew also arrived at the field, but his Shongololo's left flap was not working & he elected not to compete. During a practice flight he performed a down-wind landing & snapped the v-tail.

Overall the conditions were superb, comments of "this is why we stay in SA" were heard! Now, there were thermals all around, these had to be worked fairly well & for some time before being released, and I was aware of at least two or three slots where the sink was evil. I reckon the conditions would have been close to European perfect if only it had been sleeting/raining.


After four rounds, we slacked off for a 30 min lunch (thanks to Martie), but the horrid CD soon had everyone back onto their feet before the afternoon sun & siesta could take firm hold (for some, it was too late after the 30 minutes - I promised not to mention Izak's name regarding this). The scores were captured throughout the day after each round scores; with the result that the rankings were available approx. 15 minutes after the last flight. I allowed some gremlins into the spreadsheet's scoring table, & it was particularly the new F3J 20cm rules of scores awarded up to the mark that resulted in a small change from the provisional results announced at the field compared to the audited values - the existing sheet cutting off on the mark!

Anyway, The 2010 SA Snr F3J National Team were awesome. Chris & Craig were joint first with 1000 point (max) throwaways. Eish! At only 2 points behind (due to that evil sink after lunch), Paul with 4,998 was 2nd. The SA Juniors, Johan Bruwer replacing Ryan (who elected to enjoy the warm KZN weather for the weekend) were second, showing what these youngsters are made from. Our sincerest wishes go out to these for the WC in France. later this year.


The round by round results can be enlarged by clicking on the image below:



Thanks to everyone that made the day so enjoyable & a special mention to:

  • The WHRF club members & its committee for permitting us exclusive use of their field for the day
  • Martie for the catering
  • Volney for traveling from New Zealand to compete (although I suspect he had other motives)
  • Gert, for risking life & limb against unroadworthy taxis / speedcops from Secunda
  • All the moms that brought along their new babies to expose them to the sweet joy of HTL
  • Everyone who took part, helped, had fun!
  • The weather bureau
The next event will be published through the usual channels.

Fly safely

28 May 2010

MGA Founding Statement

During 2003 the MGA was formally instantiated, as the first SIG under SAMAA, to represent the special interests of RC Soaring and provide a basis for promoting the various disciplines to RC pilots. The Founding Statement forms the basis and outlines the objectives of the MGA.

The Statement has been reproduced here for record and refernce purposes.

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19 May 2010

MGA badges

Hi,

Please be advised that the contact details on the badge application forms is no longer valid. Please email your forms to Juanita or Evan until such time that we have changed these forms & this posting will be updated to reflect the new details.

Fly safely

10 May 2010

CIAM Plenary 16-17 April 2010

This report may not be 100% correct and does not cover all items as the agenda which spanned some 93 pages and which needed to be dealt with in 1 ½ days. We need to wait for the official minutes for exact details. However I wish to highlight certain items which I think are of special interest.

Once again this was a wonderful opportunity to meet fellow modellers from around the world, renew and extend contacts. It confirmed that South Africa has a special place in this community with many well wishers and greetings to friends in SA. The voting procedure was simplified with only yes and no votes counting and the option to record a non-vote.

F3x: I was able to attend the RC soaring sub- committee meeting chaired by Tomas Bartovsky in a rather dry but correct manner. The meeting was well attended and the voting on most items was in line with our preferences and a copy of these minutes is attached.

F2 Control line: Here voting in the sub-committee was generally in line with our preferences.

F4 Scale: Many items were withdrawn by the sub-committee for further study, the rest being in line with our preferences.

F3 Aerobatics: Not being a rulemaking year there was no sub-committee meeting. Of special interest was that the Bureau ruled that variable incidence propulsion devices were not in the spirit of the rules and therefore not allowed at present. This raises the issue of other devices such as contra-rotating and variable pitch propellers, and other systems that are not control surfaces but could influence the behaviour of the model. A similar ruling has been made in respect of separate tail rotor motors in helicopters.

F3 Pylon: The big issue here is noise reduction, both engine and propeller and is considered work in progress.

We were able to present the SA bid for the 2012 F3J World championships and this was successful against counter bids from Croatia and Slovakia. The real work starts now and the organisers have a mammoth task ahead.

Also of interest is that disciplines that do not already have a junior world championship category can now include a 4th member in their teams, the 4th being a junior who is less than or turns 18 in the calendar year of the championship. It is assumed this also depends on if the organisers make provision for such juniors.

Another issue that will receive attention in the coming year is the proliferation of World Championships, the financial burden this places on the NAC`s, and whether some poorly supported categories should be retired.

Talks are ongoing for the IJMC to integrate with the CIAM, and achieve FAI world championship status, etc.

Other developments are granting provisional status to F3N Helicopters and introduction of F3F slope soaring class. The proposed F3R Q500 pylon racing class was referred back to the sub-committee.

An enjoyable but intense experience where our participation is not only appreciated but considered essential.

John Brink
SAMAA-CIAM delegate

07 May 2010

Call for RES representative

The MGA is urgently looking for somone to assume the role of RES representative on the committee, and who will be crucial to ensure that the RES class is included in the upcoming 2010 RC Soaring National Championships, 24 - 26 September.

Willing applicants to please send their "CV" to myself or via the MGASA forum.

Thank you in advance for your assistance

05 May 2010

Preliminary notice of 2010 RC Soaring National Championships

On behalf of the MMS organising committee, please be advised that the 2010 RC Soaring National Championships will be hosted from 24 September until 26 September 2010, at the BERG field near Krugersdorp.


The committee intend to provide opportunity for all RC Soaring (thermal) disciplines during this competition; including F3B, F5J, F3K, Open, RES and 2M but this will depend on the interest shown based on preliminary entries.

The first advisory bulletin & preliminary entry form will be provided before the end of May 2010 through this website, the MGASA forum & the SAMAA Newsletter (the latter as per publication dates).

Notice that this competition forms part of the F3B qualifiers, and as such the FAI Sporting Codes as at 1 January 2010 is applicable.

Fly safely

20 April 2010

2012 F3J World Championships: South Africa

South Africa is one of the top thermal flying destinations worldwide. Following some months of preparation, the proposal for South Africa to host the 2012 F3J World Championships was accepted at the CIAM meeting during April 2010.

Hosting the 2012 F3J World Championship proposal
The MGA would like to congratulate Michelle Goodrum for her sterling effort with this bid, and requests all interested RC pilots who may be keen to attend, assist or participate to keep an eye our for notices regarding this matter in the future.

The winning bid can be viewed here - be advised that it is a 4Mb download.

Fly Safely,
Lionel

12 April 2010


Hi Guys


Here are the summarised results from Sunday HTL 3.

Conditions were very challenging with crosswind launches and strong wind most of the day.
Morning mist delayed the start but we still managed to fly 6 rounds by 14h30.

Not a single pilot managed to max all 6 rounds, which is an indication to how varied the conditions were. Congrats to Craig on the win and nice to see Dion at the top of the leader board.

Tshepo is making good progress with a 7th placing and no damaged equipment.

Next event is scheduled for 6th June and May is postals month.
Regards
Herman

17 March 2010

2010 National Postals - Q1 results

Gert Niewoudt has assimilated the 2010 Q1 scores across the country, with the resulst shown below. Click on the image for a better view of each table.

Open
2010 Q1 Open results
Club
2010 Q1 Club results2M
2010 Q1 2M results2m Unlimited
2010 Q1 2M Unlimited results

Fly safely

16 March 2010

HTL 2 SGC MARCH 2010


Hi All

Here are the summarised results from Sundays HTL
Many thanks to Johan Bruwer and his team for organising and Martie for catering.
CLICK ON THE TABLE TO GET A BETTER VIEW

01 March 2010

No flying at Shongweni Slope - please

Hi Everyone

I have been requested to advised that with immediate affect, no RC flying is permitted at Shongweni Slope (aka Tower Hill and Hooker's Hill) due to the proximity of Shongweni Model Flyers Club and Summerveld Thermal (DMAC). You can get updated information about this & other slopes in KZN at DMAC's Springfield BLOG.

Should you wish to use 2.4 Ghz, please notify SMFC & DMAC clubs in advance, as 2 x clubs of grounded pilots may singularly fail to see the humour in your 2.4 Ghz security!

Regards,

Lionel Brink
Chairman: Model Glider Assocation

21 February 2010

GEMS F3J OPEN RESULTS

Result after 2 x 15 minute fly off rounds




Results from 5 x 10 minute rounds with 1 x throwout.


17 February 2010

2010 TOSS Aerobatics report

The Two Oceans Slope Soarers Aerobatics Event scheduled to run on the 30th and 31st of January 2010 for the second time in the annual event. The weather was watched with anticipation the whole week prior to the event, and true to this skinny piece of ocean surrounded land, called the Cape Peninsula, the weather forecasts changed on a daily basis and kept shifting in a somewhat maddening fashion-particularly if you are trying to organise slope soaring competition on that very skinny piece of land.


2010 TOSS Aerobatic trophies
In the end nature would devise the outcome and the committee organised all that could be organised, packed all that could be packed, generated a mountain of score sheets to be utilised by each of the 4 judges. Based on last years event we hoped nature would lend us at least sufficient time to complete two rounds, but possibly three rounds, across the 16 competitors who had entered the competition.

On Friday the 29th a good few of the competitors escaped from their respective businesses, had a Traditional gut filling breakfast at Dixies, and gathered at Red Hill for a practice session in what were pretty strong conditions for that slope. Dave Greer flew in from Durban followed by Russell Conradt and Michel Leusch later in the day, and the stage was set for some fun in the sun. After about 2 hours at Red Hill and one fairly wrecked competition plane later, the victim of some insane rotor in the landing area, the Red Hill slope eventually blew out at about 50 odd kilometers an hour, and the crew moved off to Smitswinkel Bay for the rest of the day, and even more practice.

Smitswinkel Bay is unique in being positioned right at the end of the Peninsula, a stones through from Cape Point, and in the lee of the mountainous point itself. This allows for the prevailing South Easter to sheer by and allows for great slope soaring when all other spots are being reduced to a twig by the incessant howl of the South Easter. At the end of the day the now legendary meet and greet took place at Dixies, and in a somewhat more restrained manner than last year due to lessons learnt on the nature of hangovers and competition.

ROUND 1: Saturday 30th January 2010

Saturday dawned windy as predicted and a quick flight at Red Hill confirmed that the ever strengthening South Easter was once again going to wreak havoc in the landing area, and thoughts of damaging or destroying half the fleet of gliders in the first round led to the decision to move the competition to Smitswinkel Bay. On Arrival all the necessary elements of the competition site were rolled out, the ADT caravan which served as the food stall for the weekend was powered up to serve awesome meals to starving competitors, under the guidance of Annelise van Niekerk, while her husband Tinus van Niekerk, TOSS Vice Chairman flew his rounds through the day.

Great teamwork that, and another pointer to the RC sport of slope soaring being a family affair. The four judges for the competition, who had selflessly offered their time for the two days of the competition, Head Judge Andrew Anderson, Johnny Calefato, Kurt Mackrill and his father Claude Mackrill, gathered and issued a pilots briefing on what they wanted to see on the day. Which areas worked as the centre lines and outside lines of the flying box, how to present the manoeuvres and how to call your manoeuvres throughout your scheduled routine. With Jeff Steffen TOSS Chairman and contest director finalising the briefing, the competition kicked off in glassy smooth lift. With Damian Hinrichsen and Kevin Farr the first to step up to the line and take on the challenge.


The whole event has been refined to a selection of 4 mandatory manoeuvres and then the selection of six optional manoeuvres as chosen by each pilot based on his ability and willingness to risk the K-Factored manoeuvres in what could be changing conditions. This led to some interesting choices of manoeuvres based on trying to find a balance between risk and reward, while trying to ensure a high scoring routine and not being left in the dust of those who chose high K-Factors and completed those well.

The scheduled slots of pilots was flown in tandem to ensure speed and efficiency and the highlight of the day was undoubtedly the round flown by Steve Meusel, rated later in the day as one of the best rounds flown in any year of the competition so far. Other highlights included a really good round flown by Michel Leusch and an equally impressive round from last years winner Marc Wolfe. As the first rounds completed and a 15 minute break was taken for the awesome foods on offer, the wind began an unfortunate shift towards the south, the demon wind in our part of the world that renders virtually every slope unflyable, and the lift became unpredictable. After attempting to fly the first 2 scheduled slots of the second round, the lift went to the dogs and gliders fell out of the sky with indecent regularity.

This led to one of the longest fetches in history, as Marc Beckenstrater’s glider lost all lift and disappeared down the slope. After about an hour of searching, Mac found his glider 50 meters from the water, a good 100 meters vertically down the cliff, and if you look in the photos you will see just how far away that is. The poor lad was about as wrecked as his glider by the time he made it back to the top. Another notable casualty was Pieter Grove who in a brilliant attempt at keeping view of a sinking glider, rushed to jump onto one of the rocks on the side of the road, slipped and did a very neat head over heals tumble into the bush, emerging later with a smile on his dial, but after finally collecting his undamaged glider from the depths of the slope. To add insult to injury the judges were unwilling to add bonus points for the notable attempt, or even the form he managed to hold during the entire exercise.

With these two particular incidents showing the vagaries of the declining lift, the second round by agreement with the judges was cancelled and called off for the day. That night an awesome dinner was had by one and all at the Dixies watering hole and due diligence was taken to keep ones head clear for the Sunday rounds.

ROUND 2: Sunday 31st January 2010

Waking to a beautiful Cape morning the glee full pilots took to the slope in a Le man’s style race and found a light but super clean South Wester blowing up the Kommetjie cliff face. With haste the pilots were gathered, the judges seated, and the round kicked off as soon as possible to attempt to ensure a speedy turn around for the completion of at least two rounds during the day. Pilots are permitted to change their sequence to suit the conditions between rounds to allow for adaptation of you flight schedule to match the conditions at the time. With the light to medium conditions on hand the lighter, smaller gliders proved to be invaluable, and with a lot of sharing of specific planes such as the Aldij and the Mini Dragon, pilots were able to complete their schedules with a fair amount of speed and efficiency. As the rounds rolled off, the heat in the bowl began to once more kill the lift, and the later participants had to really work to gain height for the chosen manoeuvres. In the end Steve Meusel grabbed the moment and flew another great round, Dave Greer flew a beauty and Malcolm Riley flew his Aldij as if on rails, and produced possibly the best round of the day. With the second round complete, lunch was ordered for the hard working judges, and the ever waning lift taken into account.

After waiting it out for an hour or so, taking in the awesome Cape scenery, and watching the wind switch to the West, the Contest Director finally called off the third round and called the competition complete.

AFTERMATH:

All the contestants, judges and supporters then headed for the Kommetjie watering hole called Fishermans. The prize giving took place and Steve Meusel duly took the honours with first position, keeping the floating trophy in the Cape, against seriously tough competition. Michel Leusch flew his way into second, Marc Wolfe into third and Damian Hinrichsen into fourth spot. The Floating trophy was handed to Steve, the 2nd, and 3rd place trophies to the respective winners and each and every participant congratulated on a contest well flown.

The list of sponsors and prizes were phenomenal, as long as your arm, with each participant taking away something of value right though to the last position. For this we can only say a huge thank you for all the generous support and look forward to seeing the same great crowd of delightful judges, participants and sponsors for next years event.

As much as you plan, scheme, and study the weather patterns, you can only so often expect an event to be a success two years in a row!, Specifically when bound by nature, but that’s what once more was handed to the grateful pilots and participants in the Two Oceans Slope Soarers Aerobatics Event 2010.

Roll on 2011!



Winners (one and all):

1. Steve Meusel 100.000%

2. Michel Leusch 95.465%

3. Marc Wolfe 93.700%

4. Damian Hinrichsen 86.280%

5. Dave Greer 75.710%

6. Kevin Farr 72.875%

7. Malcolm Riley 72.195%

8. Russell Conradt 68.840%

9. Theunis van Niekerk 62.905%

10. Gus Thomas 60.725%

11. Pieter Grove 56.180%

12. Bobby Purnell 55.845%

13 Jeff Steffen 12.980%

14. Marc Beckenstrater 11.425%

15. Tim Watkins-Baker 4.725%

And will grateful thanks to all our sponsors AMT Composites, ADT for the Caravan, Micton Hobbies, Clowns Hobbies, Hobby Warehouse, Fragram Tools, Russel Conradt, and all the Two Oceans Slope Soarers members who dipped into their own pockets to add more and more prizes, give aways and welcoming gifts for the event.

We cherish you one and all.



Kevin Farr

15 February 2010

2010 2M Challenge - February at SGC

The first round of the 2010 2M Challenge kicked off with 22 pilots! Two Juniors, four Greenhorns and sixteen X-League pilots pitched up to take part in what turned out to be an awesome day for flying, filled with lots of action.
All the 2M-RE pilots - Photo from Derek Marusich

I arrived at the Silverton field just before 07h00. There was a slight breeze coming from the East, but I consulted Johan and he confirmed that the wind will be coming from the North for most of the day… and he was spot on. Thank you Johan for all your help with the sound system, timing clips, field setup etc! The conditions were perfect and the sound of the fish eagle completed the setting.Martie served bacon, eggs and buns on time, but the pilots briefing and first round still started a little later than planned.Nigel Wilkinson and John Monk failed to convince anybody that they should re-enter the challenge as Greenhorns, so the two “grey horns” flew in the X-League. Once we started with the first round, everything went as planned with Axel managing the sound system and also entering the scores after each round. Thank you very much Axel, also for helping to pack up afterwards!!Each slot was filled with thermals with a few spots of sink here and there. The 8 minute working time for a 6 minute flight added to the relaxed and informal atmosphere and gave everybody a chance to launch at their own time.Some of the gliders that I saw were Fling, Spirit, Gentle Lady, Sagitta, own design and a lot of Tsotsis. Craig flew a V-tail Tsotsi and calls it a "Tsetsi"-fly (we think…).

The day didn’t go without a few incidents… Zak had an excellent, 6 minute flight in his first round, but damaged his plane on the landing and had to pull out for the remainder of the day. Tony Phillips had an interesting first landing with his 2m Fling, but Johan came to the rescue with a plane saving catch. The CG was way back, but after some weight to the nose, each flight and landing got better and better. Justin had some difficulties with the launching of his plane, which eventually had a “hard landing” on one of the winch attempts. Gordon’s Fling was on finals, coming in to land, when it disappeared behind the dam wall. I believe that he found it and I know that he will be back for the next challenge! In one of the rounds Stewart’s and Jochen’s gliders got tangled in the air not very high up. After a few seconds they unhooked again and made safe landings without any major damage.

It was amazing to see how the Greenhorns and Juniors improved round on round and it was the perfect day to get any newbie hooked on gliding! This day proved that the 2M class remains the cheapest and easiest way to enter competitive flying in a fun way!The X-league results were very close with only 1 point between 1st and 2nd place.

Thank you very much for everyone that came! It was great to see you all there and I am sure that we will be more at the next challenge. The next challenge is on the 28th of March at ETB.
Congratulations to the winners!! Below are all the results and some more photos. Make sure to be at the next one!!!

Rudi King,

2M National Co-ordinator