Ulster Control Line Champs 2012

TOMMY PATTON PARK, BELFAST.  15 SEPTEMBER

With this event already postponed from June, and a very bad Summer, the main priority was to have flyable conditions. Fortunately the forecast for Saturday was good, 12 mph and dry, but as this was the first such day following many windy ones, there was naturally some doubt. On Thursday night, which was set for the decision, the prediction was still that Saturday would be good, so we went ahead with fingers crossed.

This was the best Ulster for many years, the weather allowing us to have multiple rounds in both Classes, and fortunately the wind was the right side of flyable. It was coming over the trees at the Car Park, not a good direction, and coming through the gaps at either side at times. It slackened for the very end of F2B and for Classic, the day ending with some interesting practice flights and a chance for Mitchell to fly his Combat models.

After everyone had had a practice flight, F2B was under way at 11.50, with Mitchell Judging. As is traditional for Aerobatics, the flying kept to time, and as CD I much appreciated the basic discipline which everyone displays, and Rodney’s prompt tabulation of the score sheets. A second round was flown starting at 12.40, and we stopped for Lunch at 1.25. Most flights were up to standard, with a few missed manoeuvres, but fliers coped admirably with the turbulence and variable direction.

The last Round of F2B started at 2.00, and by ten to three it was all over bar Rodney’€™s final tabulation. Chris seemed to be flying very consistently and came through in a strong second place, with Stoo third, Kevin fourth (a few uncharacteristic problems) and Ivan fifth, with second and third, and fourth and fifth places closely fought. John Hamilton took copious notes on how flights could be improved, and was soon deep in discussion with fliers, with some of his suggestions being put into practice immediately!

Those not flying in Classic were asked to Judge, but Mitchell joined them, which allows another useful exercise, as the less experienced Judges will be able to compare their scores with Mitchell’€™s, to everyone’s benefit. The Judges were therefore Stoo, Mitchell and Chris. Classic had a very modern twist, as Ivan has powered his Crusader with an electric power train, very successfully. The model flies very quietly, which can only help the Judge’s impression on the flight, and at a very uniform speed, again helping the manoeuvres.

Maurice’s U2 demonstrated a very traditional problem with IC motors on his first flight, the motor hardening off and cutting early. Kevin’€™s Fox 35 in his Ares had a very intermittent beat to it, leading to Mitchell suggesting that it must have a plug lead off! In the end, the status quo was restored, with Kevin second and Ivan third. The results were available at about 4.30, and John Black, despite a family crisis, was on hand to present them. It was very gratifying to have such a good turnout, many successful flights, and a calm evening to allow some chat and flying before everyone set off for home.

Thanks are due to Mitchell for being Lead Judge, to the Classic Judges, to Rodney for Tabulating so quickly and efficiently, and to all our visitors for travelling so far. The degree of co-ordination and co-operation demonstrated by Aerobatics fliers is remarkable, and means that the timekeeping and running compares very favourably with indoor events which have much more predictable conditions.

Stoo is not long back from winning the Oliver Combat at the British Nats, so congratulations to him. We were recollecting his win in Combat at the Criterium des Aces in Belgium in 1963, a long time ago. Mitchell flew his Combat models, and Ivan invited others to fly his Crusader, a unique experience. It pulls like a traction engine, and is very heavy on the controls. The propeller is a 12 x 6, very big for the size of model, and runs clockwise, which makes for interesting comparison with our normal anti-clockwise rotation. The precession torque definitely makes it fly tighter in outside manoeuvres, and sluggish in insides. There is therefore room for further development, but considering that this is Ivan’s first try at electric power, there is every indication that it has a lot to offer for Aerobatics.

I will be sending the Scores to everybody for information and scrutiny.

Maurice Doyle

Results

Round 1

Round 2

Round 3

Best 2

Placing

F2B
Judge

 

Mitchell  Shaw

Maurice Doyle 

974.5

1002.0

1054.5

2056.5

1

Chris Gilbert 

961.5

950.0

946.5

1902.5

2

Stoo Holland

961.5

934.5

931.5

1896.0

3

Kevin Barry

796.0

886.0

811.0

1697.0

4

Ivan Bolton

812.0

804.5

863.5

1675.5

5

CLASSIC

 

 

 

 

 

Judges

Stoo   Holland

Mitchell   Shaw

Chris   Gilbert

Best

 

 

 

 

Maurice   Doyle

2491.5

2962.0

 

2962.0

1

Kevin   Barry 

2561.0

2675.0

 

2675.0

2

Ivan  Bolton

2065.5

2322.5

 

2322.5

3