15 October 2012
Please see comments from Juanita and results table below.
Note that the next F3K event is the National Team selection event scheduled for Sunday 11th November 2012. Venue will be Lawns Africa in Delmas and eligible pilots will be notified in the next week.
The team selection event is man on man so we will run only one slot - start organising your timers/callers now!!!!!!!!!
26 September 2012
The RC gliding Nationals were split this year into two weekends to allow for the dedicated F3B guys to fly a complete competition, and not to have the other disciplines sitting around waiting for an opportunity to fly.
The F3B Nats were held at GEMS in Bapsfontien, and hosted by Silverton Gliding Club, on the 16th of September and 5 full rounds were flown with no throw away round. The Nats was also the second qualifying event for the National F3B team selection process for the F3B World Champs in Germany 2013.
The combined result with qualification standings as follows
F3B Qualifying Status
2 Meter Result
01 September 2012
Posted by Evan Shaw at 14:52
02 July 2012
Posted below are the results of the 5th HTL held in Delmas 1 July 2012.
Although the conditions appeared to be good the thermals were extremly elusive with lots of outlandings.
Congrats to Craig who won the comp and also to Tshepo who kicked some Senior ass.
Please note that the F3K Qualifier #2 takes place this weekend - Sunday 8th July.
All current Samaa registered pilots are invited to attend.
Entries can be mailed through to Juanita Smith - firstname.lastname@example.org - entries close 12h00 Friday 6th July.
Posted below are the results from Qualifier # 1 as well as the league event of 16th June 2012.
09 May 2012
The team selection process for the 2013 F3K World Championships will be carried out largely in terms of the “Qualification of National RC Glider Teams - process” posted on the 28 March 2011 at http://mgasa.blogspot.com/search/label/National%20Team
The selection is open to all SAMAA members in good standing and who have at least an MGA Solo or higher Thermal rating. Please note that only SA citizens may be selected as the members of any SA National team.
There will be 4 selection events held in 2012 preceding the World Championships, the first three events are scheduled as Qualifiers events and the last competition will be the Team Trial event. There are no compulsory events but at least one qualifier must have been flown to be eligible for entry into the team trials event.
The team selection competitions will typically be held on a Sunday afternoon, one day of the following weekend being used as a back-up if flying cannot be completed on the day.
The dates are as follows
Qualifier 1: 13 May 2012
Qualifier 2: 8 July 2012
Qualifier 3: (Nationals) 22 - 24 September 2012
Team Trials: 11 November 2012
The venues for these events will be announced closer to the time once confirmation of the availability of the respective fields has been confirmed
The scores from each pilot’s best 2 of the 3 qualifier events will be added and used for ranking purposes. The top ten ranked & available pilots will be eligible for participation in the Team Trials event. The average of the pilot’s best two scores from the qualifiers and the team trials score will be added to determine the pilot’s final score and hence team ranking.
The top 3 ranked pilots will automatically qualify for the team, the 4th ranked pilot as 1st non-travelling reserve, etc. The pilots will nominate their Team Manager & the MGA will approve the nomination based on the existing National RC Soaring Team Selection process.
Prior to ratification by the MGA, each team member will be required to agree the SAMAA Team Selection - Individual Undertaking (SAMAA MOP PO.8).
Note: During the qualification events, the decision of the CD is final.
For more information please contact John Monk on 083 644 9747 or email- monkjs at gmail dot com
Posted by Evan Shaw at 16:44
07 May 2012
All Samaa registered pilots are invited to attend the first team qualifier to be held at the Gems Field on 13th May 2012.
Kindly post your entry to the Yahoo groups or to Juanita Smith - email@example.com
Further details will follow regarding times entry fees etc.
Weather conditions were perfect with 8 - 10 kmh winds blowing straight down the flight line.
Thermals proved elusive in some rounds, catching out some of the best pilots.
Jason and Alan both ended on 5000 points, but Jason had a better throw away and was declared the winner.
A wide variety of planes were flown, from the latest composites to built up 2m models.
Thanks to all pilots that participated and to helpers that assisted with setting up and breaking down of the field equipment.
Next event is scheduled for 3 June at the same venue.
14 March 2012
Posted by herman at 12:08
08 February 2012
The MGA Postal Thermal Contest
Revised for 2012
IntroductionThe Postals competition is a typical “thermal duration” competition, which includes a restricted launch, defined flight task and scored landing. The Postals competition attempts to place everyone on an equal footing, but permits “home ground” advantage. This competition is considered the ideal development and promotion tool of the Model Gliding Association (MGA) Special Interest Group.
Climbing the Postals ladder is part of the fun, sliding down the ladder is a definite indication that you aren't doing enough flying.
- The contest consists of four rounds, flown any day in February, May, August and November, the four scores giving the total for the year.
- Each pilot may make only two attempts to record a score during each round. These may be on any day of the month but, once started (stopwatch running on first flight), the pilot is committed to completing that day’s score for one of the two submissions. Note that only one attempt per day is permitted.
- The highest score of the two attempts will be entered as the score for that round.
- The club score does not have to be recorded by pilots on the same day but must be scored from the same venue.
- Each entrant is entitled to FIVE (5) flights, which must be flown consecutively (allowing for legitimate reflights, or test flights which have to be nominated before launch)
- All FIVE (5) flights, count towards the pilot’s round score.
- Timing must always be performed by someone other than the pilot.
Launching may be by one of the following mechanisms:
- electric winch (max available line from turnabout to ’chute 200 m)
- bungee (200 m maximum stretched length)
- 200 m hand tow, and two towmen
- electric powered (the motor may only be used once for launching in a window of 30 seconds maximum and limited to a launch height of 200m - an onboard altitude limiting device must be used to achieve this)
- A re-launch may be called for if the line breaks, or the model pop’s off and “re-launch” is called before the parachute touches the ground. The flyer must then land and re-launch as quickly as possible – if the parachute touches the ground before re-launch is called, then the flight will count.
- A re-launch may be called by the pilot if the electric motor malfunctioned during the 30 seconds launch window.
- Once re-launch is called by the pilot, the flight is immediately cancelled even if the model continues to be flown.
- If any part comes off a model during launch or in flight, then the pilot may request a re-launch.
- There is no restriction on the number of models an entrant may use in the course of the contest.
- The models will be classified into one of the following classes:
- 2M = Model with a projected wingspan not exceeding 2000 mm and any number of controls
- RES = Model with any wingspan but controls are limited to Rudder, Elevator and Spoiler
- Open = Any other Model
- Scoring is as for Task A in the (old) F3B rules, i.e. to a precise six minutes and a landing bonus of 100 if the model’s nose is within one meter of the spot
- The flight time is taken from the moment the model leaves the line/electric motor cuts out, until it comes to rest
- The landing bonus is measured after the model has come to rest and is reduced from 100 by 5 points for each meter beyond the spot (e.g. 95 points if the distance to the spot is from 1 meter to before 2 meters) down to 30 points or within 15 meters.
- The maximum score per flight is 460 points and 2300 points per round.
- A single table of results will be produced quarterly and will include details of the model class and pilot class.
- The club score shall consist of the top four individual scores posted for the club per round. Each pilot can only enter one score towards the club total per round.
Submission of Scores
Scores are to be sent to the Postals Coordinator & must include:
- Pilot name
- Pilot Class (Senior, Junior, Rooky)
- Model Class (2m, RES, Open, Electric)
- Total score (only, no round by round times, etc.)
- Launch method
- Please submit only the final scores of each round to the Postal Coordinator, Izak Theron — by e-mail to
- These scores should be in the last day of the designated month, or you will receive a zero score!
- Scores not specifying pilot class will assume “Senior”, and similarly scores not specifying model class will assume “Open” – there will be no retrospective changes permitted
- Scores not specifying the model, wingspan & launch method will be withheld from the table.
03 February 2012
- Mass not greater than 5kg
- Wing span not greater than 4m
- Wing area not greater than 150dm²
Choice of F5J gliders
Up to R2000.00
Between R2000.00 and R3500.00
More than R3500.00
01 February 2012
On 28 DEC 2011, Piet Rheeders set a new South African Electric Cross Country record of 100,72km.