2016 F3J Team Trials - 4th October 2015

During 2015 a total of 19 pilots participated in the qualifying rounds for the 2016 National F3J team.
The top ten pilots were invited to attend a man on man team trial on the 4th October 2015.
4 pilots accepted the invitation and the trial was held at GEMS in Bapsfontein outside Johannesburg.

Local rules applied and 6 rounds of 15minutes with one throwout were flown off 150m winch launches.

Clear conditions prevailed with moderate NW wind gusting 25kmh. Thermal conditions were tough and very few 15 minute maxes were achieved.

Chris Adrian withdraw after round 3 and after six rounds the National Team is:

1st - Alan Smith
2nd - Tshepo Molefe
3rd - Ian Sime

4th - Chris Adrian (1st reserve - non traveling)

Overall results

Highveld Thermal League # 2 - GEMS - 17th May 2015

The second HTL event was held at the East Rand Polo Club fields on Sunday 17th May. Although the entry numbers were low we did see new faces, which for me is encouraging. The wind blew 5 - 8 knots the whole day and made for some interesting flying conditions.
Commiseration's to Gordon who blew up his Explorer on launch and Shaun who blew up one a Spirit on launch and lost another model in the corn fields.
Congrats to Ian Sime on his first HTL win - I hope this inspires him to new heights.

Overall Results

Landing Results

2015 Gliding Nationals

The SA model gliding Nationals took place over the May Day week end 1, 2 & 3 May.
The format this year was changed to have single disciplines dedicated to a day, as opposed to the older format of mixed disciplines. This was done to accomodate pilots that only fly one or two disciplines, not having to be present the whole week end.

Friday the 1st - wind prediction was downwind till 11h00, so it was agreed to hold the AGM in the morning and wait for the wind direction to change.

At 11h00 F3J open duration off 150m winch lines commenced and by 15h00 6 rounds with one discard were flown

F3J Results below

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F3J landing results

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On Saturday the 2nd May F5J (electric open duration) and 2M (2 meter wingspan maximum, unlimited control surfaces flown off winch) classes were flown and after 6 rounds of each class the results were as follows

2M Result

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  2M Landing Result

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F5J Result

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F5J Landing Result

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On Sunday the 3rd May 10 rounds of F3K hand launch class were flown

F3K Result

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The Victor Ludorum is decided from the combined results of all classes flown by a particular pilot

VL Result

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Congratulations to all the winners and to those that made the effort to come out and compete. There were many new faces and I hope this renewed interest in the nationals will breath new life into model gliding in South Africa.

F3K League 19-04-2015

Hi All

Herewith scores for yesterday's comp. Very windy conditions, it was not an easy comp!!! Thanks to all that attended, and helped!