Control Model Aircraft Aerobatics in Scotland
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let me say that you have made a good choice.
you have a Bronze and want to really improve, there is no better
way than take part in the monthy radio control model aircraft
aerobatic competitions throughout Scotland. You get better, you
learn and you have a great time. When you get a minute why not
check out my Beginner's
Diary - an account of my first year in radio control model
aerobatics then have a read at Malcolm
Harris' "Airtime" article.
Radio control model aircraft
aerobatic competitions in Scotland
are run by a Contest Director (CD) on behalf of the Scottish Aeromodellers
Association. He agrees the dates and venues with the various clubs,
arranges score-keepers, and collates the scores over each competition.
Any flier with a bronze or equivallent can take part.
WHERE & When?
The competitions take part at various locations throughout Scotland.
For instance this is the 2013 events list:
|| Wordcup Kent
|| Triple crown Ireland
Nationals Location TBC
||17th Aug Sept
||League Glenrothes (TBC)
|| League Dumfries
|Visitors and newcommers are positively encouraged to come along. Chat, help & advice freely available.
I'm in a hurry - let me see the pix:
The CD will send out details of the Pilot's Briefing and 1-st flight times to give everyone ample time to arrive and get prepared. Three or 4
rounds are flown i.e. you get 3 or 4 flights depending on attendance levels, weather etc with each flight marked by the judges.
One of the other pilots will act as a caller, giving you the next
manouver in plenty of time. Lunchtime gives a chance for some
relaxing flying and most comps are finished by about 3:30 / 4:00
WHAT should I use?
We cannot say this enough - You do not need the latest & greatest composite cost-a-fortune model!!!!!. A Speed Air / Travel Air, Monolog 70 (really a 50-size model), Kyosho Majestic, Excelsior, Wind 50, Loaded Dice, Smart Move, Acro-wot etc will do everything
you need to do to start with. You
need to be slightly overpowered but nothing too wild but preferably quiet or you could get precious points deducted. I have used the Travel Air with an
Irvine 53, a CAP232 with a Laser 150, an MVVS90 powered Excelsior and a YS-120 powered Swallow which was awesome. My current models
are a YS160-powered Angel's Shadow, an electric Angel's Shadow and a 2-metre electric Synergy, with a 50-size Wind 50 for a bit of light practice.
68" CAP232 with Thunder Tiger 90 four-stroke - replaced
with a Laser 150 :)
Smith Excelsior with MVVS 90 2-stroke
Swallow with Yamada 120 four-stroke and pipe
| YS160-powered Angel's Shadow
||Electric Angel's Shadow
||2-metre electric Synergy
My current favourites for entry level are two ARTF contenders from Sebart; the Wind 50 and the Mythos, both availalble from Bill White at Dumfires Model Flying and the Rapture 50 kit from Elation Models
Reviews of the Wind and Mythos
My advice is to speak to existing aerobatic fliers to get the latest
views on the current models as there are new ones appearing all
HOW do I get involved?
You do not need a silver to do aerobatics and you will do a far better silver after
a year of aerobatics. (If you are doing a silver I'd recommend
attending a couple of test days to see the standard required).
My view is the sooner you start, the sooner you will benifit.
You need to see the standard to aim for and you'll only see that
at the comps. Also, you will only learn by flying with people
of that standard. The big difference from club flying is the intensity: it is one
manouver on every pass, sometimes 2. All manouvers are either
right in front of you - not when the model just happens to be
in level flight. You can either fly Sportsman or Standard to start with and you can miss out the
bits you don't want to do rather that wreck a model.
HOW much deos it cost?
Entry is £5 per competition, payable on the day but free if you are at your home club. Upgrading to the next model is relatively pain-free as there are always models appearing on the 2nd hand market.
entry level anything does the job but as you progress, Yamada
4-stroke engines are the norm although 2011 / 2012 saw a huge transision to most pilots now being in the electric camp. Don't be put off if you are
just starting & come along for help & advice.
& MORE INFORMATION:
The main UK web site for F3a and a great forum with lots of help, advice, for-sale
. Also contains call sheets, diagrams and some videos of the schedules.
to be an Awesome Pilot (a great and entertaining read
from Troy Built Models)
Started in Aerobatics" by Malcolm Harris, Airtime Autumn
aerobatic schedule diagrams are here http://www.gbrcaa.org/
to BURNS COUNTRY FLYERS SITE AT BOGHEAD FARM TARBOLTON.
Glasgow follow M77 to 3rd exit for Kilmarnock( Q8 ) garage for
Pass through 1 roundabout HMP Kilmarnock at 2nd roundabout take
right A719 to Ayr
Follow road for approx 4 miles to signpost for Tarbolton turn
left ( before steep hill )
TURN Immediately LEFT onto FAILMILL ROAD follow single track road
for approx 1 mile
Site is on left at last telegraph pole.
Dumfries through Mauchline to first roundabout take left onto
A719 ,as above. NB if at Tarbolton you see a fishery you have
missed the road so turn back and take road on right before major
junction. Hope this is of some help in finding the site. Tarbolton
is a small village and if anyone cant find the site the nearest
well known landmark is (the dump) waste centre.
Please note from A719 at turn to Tarbolton turn immediately left.
to Macmerry / Drem?