ULSTER CONTROL LINE CHAMPIONSHIPS 2010

TOMMY PATTON PARK, BELFAST. 19 TH JUNE.

For once the weather forecast was good for our competition, warm, sunny but with a possibility of a bit of a breeze. Unfortunately it started breezy and got increasingly stronger as the day went on.

Our entry for F2B was the best for sometime, with Kevin Barry travelling from Cork and Chris Gilbert bringing along Adam Taran from Dublin, this was Adams first visit.

Mitchell Shaw judged the F2B competition, with Ralph McCarthy judging the Classic competition.

F2B was the first competition flown, with a fair breeze affecting everyone’€™s flight to some extent. Chris being caught out on his first flight hitting the ground, breaking the prop and causing other slight damage. This finished his involvement in the competition.

John and Maurice both posted good scores, with Kevin and Adam scoring well, Adam showing as a bit of a dark horse with a very competent flight.

The second round started with the wind blowing quite a bit stronger, John’s, Maurice’s and Kevin’s scores holding up well in such conditions.

The Classic competition was between Maurice flying his U2 and Kevin’s flying his Ares. Maurice mastering the conditions with apparent ease.

Our thanks to all for coming along, especially those who travelled so far to make the day worthwhile.

Peter Bradshaw.

F2B Results     Flight 1     Flight 2     Total     Placing

Maurice Doyle     863         879             1742      1

Peter Bradshaw 826          532             1358      4

John Hamilton    833.5     888             1721.5   2

Kevin Barry           709.5     788.5         1456       3

Chris Gilbert         74           —–             74             6

Adam Taran          713.5      —–            713.5      5

 

CLASSIC Results

Maurice Doyle    933     1

Kevin Barry          683      2

SkyBirds Rally

The SkyBirds Rally took place at Mountstewart on Saturday 8th May.

This year the weather was definitely on our side with good sunshine all day.

Control Line and Radio Control flying displays continued through the afternoon to enthral the public.

The static display of Radio Controlled Scale was fantastic with some lovely models proudly shown. This was also the Judging for the static section of the Northern Ireland radio scale competition which kept the judges busy all day.

This is now an annual, growing and important event in the calender of Northern Ireland aeromodelling.

The support of all those who gave up their time freely and helped with the success of this event is greatly appreciated.

We look forward to SKYBIRDS 2011

 

IRISH CONTROL LINE CHAMPIONSPHIPS 2009

LAOIS FLYING SITE, PORTLAOIS 20 SEPTEMBER

With Chris Gilbert away, and John Hamilton not able to be present, the entry for 2009 was limited to a select few. Stoo Holland, Kevin Barry and Maurice Doyle made the journey, now slightly longer from the North side as the access is down a long lane parallel to the new Motorway, but this is still an excellent site, and the Motorway will speed travel next time. The near part of the site had been fully mown, giving a full Control Line circle with ample space for lines and models. The R/C Scale Nationals were flown simultaneously on the far runway, and our thanks are due to the Portlaois Club for the use of their fine site, their warm welcome and to John Molloy for carrying out the Judging so willingly.

When everyone arrived, the weather was as near perfect as can be, with a gentle Westerly breeze and blue sky. The Scale had started on Saturday, and they had to postpone the start until the mist cleared, but there was no need to hurry on such a lovely day. It clouded over later, but stayed very good for flying to the end, with just enough wind to set the direction.

After practice flights, Kevin, fresh from becoming Portuguese Aerobatics Champ at Julio Isidro’s event there, started the ball rolling and produced a good flight with his Trivial Pursuit with a Super Tigre 60. Maurice was next and made his best score in this round flying his Aguila with another Super Tigre 60. Stoo was unable to get off successfully and recorded a zero, his Brodak 40 not performing in the profile Cardinal.

After a break, when Stoo successfully sorted out his motor, the second round was flown in the same order, with lower scores for Kevin and Maurice but a good flight by Stoo helped compensate for his first round problems. Maurice landed slightly too fast, and seemed down safely, but the spats suddenly caught on the grass clippings and the u/c folded neatly below the wing.

Kevin and Maurice had brought Classic models, and with the F2B run off fairly quickly, and John willing to Judge, they set out to run this off. Maurice had a flight with his U2 with a Super Tigre 46, but Kevin’s Fox 35 in his very pretty Tucker Special would not perform, despite a good practice flight, so the event was stillborn.

Not the best Nats for attendance, but it was a very good boost for morale to have such an excellent flying day after such a dismal, windy Summer. Once again the combination of Port Laois and September seemed to produce the right conditions. We would just like to see more entries maybe next year?.

Maurice Doyle

 

Results  F2B

Flight

1

2

Best

Placing

Maurice Doyle

931

814

1745

1

Kevin Barry

808

742

1550

2

Stoo Holland

0

748

748

3

ULSTER CONTROL LINE CHAMPIONSHIPS 2009

TOMMY PATTON PARK, BELFAST ,27 JUNE 2009

The weather forecast was pretty dire, (this is taken direct from last year’s Report!), but this time we managed it better by deciding to postpone from Saturday 20 to the following week. Thanks to the excellent communications provided by email and telephones, everyone was kept in the picture. Saturday 27 fortunately had excellent weather, with the added bonus that Stoo Holland was able to come along and boost the entry. Mitchell Shaw and John Black also came to Judge, and John Hamilton was moving very freely following his hip operation, so the turnout was very representative of F2B.

 There were 4 entries in F2B, Stoo and Chris travelling from Dublin. Peter showed notable improvement in his scores over last year, as did Chris, and his first flight bettered Stoo’s individual scores, so everyone had something to show for their efforts. The competition between 1st and 2nd, and between 3rd and 4th, was pretty close. No-one had it easy.

Our thanks to everyone for coming along, particularly those travelling furthest, and making the day worthwhile, Mitchell and John B for judging, fortunately in pleasant conditions for once, and John H for Line Pulls.

Maurice Doyle

F2B Results           Flight 1   Flight 2     Total    Placing

Maurice Doyle     1899.5    1982.5       3882.0   1

Peter Bradshaw   1872.0   1924.5       3796.5    2

Stoo Holland          1736.5   1661.0       3397.5   3

Chris Gilbert          1748.0   1585.5       3333.5    4

Len Johnston

 

Len and Mini Titan at Patton Park
Len and Mini Titan at Patton Park

Len Johnston – 21st August 2009

It is with the greatest sadness we report the passing of our good friend and committed modeller Len Johnston.   Len suffered a short but devastating illness.

Len was a great character and friend to all who knew him. His enthusiasm was infectious and his support to other modellers unsurpassed.   Len was a great inspiration to young and old alike and extolled the virtues of electric over i/c.   He was to be found at our flying site with his Mini Titan and at our indoor meetings with lots of little models.  He was always there  with help and advise, and had a great depth of knowledge in electrics and model engineering.  His wisdom and enthusiasm will be greatly missed.

Our condolences are extended to his family.

HOME INTERNATIONAL CONTROL LINE AEROBATICS 2009

TOMMY PATTON PARK, BELFAST, 23/24 MAY

For the twenty fourth time, England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales were all represented at this unique event and were warmly welcomed by Belfast MFC as hosts. The Belfast City Council sponsored the event with a Reception on Friday evening, and for this facilitated the use of the local Sydenham Bowling Club hall, behind the site, as the City Hall is being renovated and is not available. The local Councillor, Jim Rogers, who has a particular interest in Sport, made everyone welcome, and came along to see the flying on Saturday. The site at Tommy Patton Park is also provided by the Council and has tarmac and grass circles which are very much used and appreciated by the Belfast Club. Kevin Barry, who flew in the Irish Team, is also President of the Model Aeronautics Council of Ireland, who contributed to the finances of the event.

Saturday morning saw the event under way. The English Team was Bill Draper, Barry Robinson and Eddie Sharp, with Dave Roberts, Ray Lloyd and John Allcock for Wales. Ian Galt and Peter Miller represented Scotland, and the Irish team was Peter Bradshaw, Maurice Doyle and Kevin Barry. The English Judge was John Bonner, the Welsh Judge Dave Copeland, and Mitchell Shaw and John Black from the local Club completed the Judging panel. All the fliers and the organisers are indebted to these four, who gave their time and endured very inclement conditions to allow the event to proceed.

The weather forecast was to be wet and windy on Saturday am, but to clear and calm somewhat after lunch. Sunday was to be similar to Saturday pm. Unfortunately, the first part was accurate, but the improvement was not sustained. The first Round was flown in marginal conditions, but the turbulent wind was a problem. The light rain ceased. After the Lunch break, the wind became more unpredictable, and the second Round was abandoned when some fliers had difficulties. The site has trees about 6m high on three sides, with some gaps between, and the wind direction was causing turbulence over the trees and through the gaps. It was hoped that by the start of the third  Round the forecast reduction in wind speed would make flying more predictable, and so it proved, but not by as much as we had hoped.

Flying in his first Home International, John Allcock was a victim of circumstances in the third round when a stray dog somehow got through the fence (newly mended by the Council) and into the circle. After a short time, it was persuaded out of the way, and John resumed his schedule. As an experienced Team Racing flier, John has applies his knowledge of engines to achieving the perfect Aerobatics run. His four stroke ran very sweetly throughout the event, and he was very willing to share his expertise with other fliers. Most fliers used tried and tested models and motors, since success in Aerobatics is aided by reliability, and nearly all schedules were completed inside the seven minutes.

 The most popular motor was probably Super Tigre, with Bill Draper, Peter Bradshaw and Ian Galt using ST51s, and Kevin Barry and Maurice Doyle ST60s. Peter Miller used an Enya, which used to be Bill Draper’s choice, Barry Robinson and Eddie Sharp used Retros with tuned pipes, and Ray Lloyd a Rustler Merco. The models were even more diverse, showing that there is no fixed formula to win in Aerobatics. Bill Draper had his Super Hawk, no 35, Barry Robinson a Dago Red, Eddie Sharp a Super Staris, Dave Roberts a Cobra in National colours, Ray Lloyd his Pendle Witch, John Allcock a Cappicat, Ian Galt a Joelle(?), Peter Millar an enlarged Spectre, Peter Bradshaw a new Blue Pearl, Kevin Barry a Trivial Pursuit variant, and Maurice Doyle his Aguila.

 From the start, the English team set the pace, closely followed by Wales, and they were even more closely followed by Ireland. In the third round, many fliers showed remarkable consistency in their scores, as did the team totals. The team totals for each round were within about 90 points of each other, with the exception of the Scots, who raised their score by nearly 500 points in the third round, thanks to the mysterious A N Other. Ireland raised their score slightly, but not enough to catch Wales. The relative positions therefore remained the same, so the order was England first, Wales second, Ireland third and Scotland fourth.

Two rounds were therefore safely on the board as everyone set off to Bangor on Saturday evening for a well earned meal in agreeable surroundings. The evening was very settled and the indications were good for Sunday. Unfortunately, the morning was fine but at least as windy as on Saturday, and the fourth Round was abandoned after some major problems were caused by the swirling wind.

It was again hoped that the wind would slacken, but it was still stretching the windsock literally to breaking point when it was decided to abandon the fifth Round. The event was decided on the two Rounds flown on Saturday, a big disappointment for everyone, but dictated by circumstances outside our control.

The prizegiving was held in the hall at nearby Blanchflower Park, again courtesy of the Council, and the location of our previous flying site (before it was submerged below a dual carriageway! You should see what that did to the (relatively) flat circle!). This event started here in 1986, so this was its twenty fourth year, and John Hamilton, who started it off, was present to see the event continue and prosper. The Belfast Club were very pleased to see the strong support, and appreciate the effort made by all present. To the visitors in particular for travelling to the event, to arrange accommodation, organise the Reception and meals, run the competition, Judge and tabulate the results, Thank You to everyone. After some welcome refreshment, the Cool Products Cup was once again presented to England, so congratulations to them, with Wales second (for the first time?), Ireland third and Scotland fourth.

This Report will be published in Aviation Modeller International, which will likely have more Photos

Maurice Doyle

Photographs Kevin Barry (most) and Maurice Doyle

RESULTS

 

ENGLAND

Round 1

Round 2

Round 3

Round 4

TOTAL

W DRAPER

3845.8

0

3790.4

3936.4

7636.2

B ROBINSON

3936.6

0

3985.0

0

7921.6

E SHARP

3257.0

0

3339.8

0

6596.8

TOTAL 22154.6
WALES
RAY LLOYD

3701.0

2914.1

3664.1

0

7365.1

DAVE ROBERTS

3466.0

0

3341.2

0

6807.2

JOHN ALLCOCK

3395.8

0

3466.9

2444.5

6862.7

TOTAL   21035.0
IRELAND
K BARRY

3280.1

0

3398.1

0

6678.2

P BRADSHAW

3367.6

0

3337.2

3266.0

6704.8

M DOYLE

3792.9

0

3794.2

0

7587.1

TOTAL 20970.1
SCOTLAND
IAN GALT

3571.2

0

3483.2

0

7054.4

PETER MILLER

2878.8

0

3238.1

0

6116.9

A. N. OTHER

2573.9

0

3795.6

3384.9

6369.5

TOTAL   19540.8

England 22154.6

england

Wales 21035.0

wales

Ireland 20970.1

ireland

Scotland 19540.8

scotland

The Belfast Model Flying Club wish to thank all competitors travelling from far and near for making this a memorable weekend.

Hello, and welcome

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You have found the home of the Belfast Model Flying Club. You can read about our club’s history on the History page. However, staying in the present, we would like to tell you a bit about our curent activities.

During the winter months September to April, we fly indoor models at Ashfield Girls School, Holywood Road and Bloomfield Methodist Church Hall. These models range from small radio helicopters, small and lightweight fixed wing radio (slow RC), to larger and faster fixed wing radio (fast RC) and Ultralight rubber (free flight).

When the weather is better, you can find us outside, winter and summer, on our very own dedicated control line site at Tommy Patton Park, Holywood Road, Belfast 5.   The site has Irelands only purpose built competition control line circle and a second all purpose  grass circle.

Control Line flying is our main activity, however many of our members also fly small unconventional RC aircraft and RC helicopters at the site.  The site is not suitable for large RC models.

Come and join us for some fun and friendship. All we ask is you join  a club to ensure you are covered by BMFA insurance.