October news

PMAC news October , November 2018

1. Round 3 of the ACT glider comp is now being held on Saturday 1st December at the
Queanbeyan flying field which is quite a distance out of Queanbeyan.
Take the road to Braidwood/ Bungendore. About 5 k out of Queanbeyan take a right turn to Captains Flat. After about 13 k there is a lane on the left named Little Whiskers rd. A short distance further and you will come to Briers Sharrow rd on the left. Turn onto this road until you reach a tee intersection and turn right ( Hoskinstown rd.) About 100 m along this road there is a gate on the right that takes you into the paddock of Queanbeyan MAC flying field.
It will take at least 1 1/2 hrs from Cooma to reach the location.
Pilots briefing at 9.15, flying starts at 9.30. $10 entry fee. Bring your own food and drinks.
Contact me if you need more information .
I can take 2 , maybe 3 passengers and aircraft. I will leave here at 7.45 am arrive back about 5pm
We will select a date for our round next year next sunday at the field.

2. 7 of us travelled to Bega on Sunday 4 th November and had an enjoyable day with about 13 of the Bega club members at the Frogs Hollow airstrip. We all had trouble tuning our motors to the lower altitude and denser air. Our club members are welcome anytime at their field. They fly Wednesday’s and Sunday’s from 8.39 till midday.
I will organize a return visit to our field sometime next year.

3. I will be away from 19.11.18 till 27.11.18

4. Denis had another explained crash on 2.4 gHz last Sunday . Fortunately damage was minimal. That is now 9 crashes on 2.4 gHz in the past 2 years.

See you at the field

PMAC AGM

PMAC AGM. Sunday 24.6.18 at flying field
Our AGM was held today with 8 members present.
Denis Sutherland is president again and Rick Harris remains as secretary/treasurer.
Our safety officer is Greg Hayden .
It was recommended, discussed and decided to alter the pilot area in size and extend the barrier of the taxiway. An extension of the netting barrier will also be erected to ensure the safety of pilots when using the Northerly runway.

1. a reminder that fees are due before the end of July. Seniors $100, juniors $30. Cash is preferable or cheque made out to Rick Harris.

2. Kevin, Denis and I will meet Tuesday afternoon to complete the risk assessment form which has to be submitted to ANSW with the club information before presenting club member information.

3. This morning looked promising but turned very cold and windy so flying was a non event.

See you at the field

Phone No

Hi everyone
Our landline phones have completely stopped working. Telstra and I have tried for the last 5 days to solve the problem without success. So we have had our home number 02 64525484 disconnected.
You can contact us on our mobile phones
Rick on 0497875538 or Joy on 0429645254
Thank Rick & Joy

Club Update from Rick

Brief Jan news 2018

1. Dennis mowed the field again yesterday with some help from Louis. I have ordered a new seat for the mower which Warren will supply at a minimum price. Thanks Warren.
Louis and I also fitted wire netting to the shed so the rabbits cannot get underneath.
2. I think I can get a supply of treated pine, free of charge, which could be made into a work table at the clubhouse.

3. I will be away from Feb 23 till mar 17 so will probably miss the first round of ACT glider comp.

4. The sheep are no longer in the paddock. Hooray – no s..t !

5. We have a new member from the ACT. I know you will make Frank Byrne welcome

Coming events
Sun. Feb 11 Millenium cup 2 m electric glider comp. Goulburn
Sun. April. 8. Millenium cup. 2 m electric glider comp. Lake George
Sun. Feb or March. ACT electric glider comp . Rnd 1. Lake George. No date set yet
Sun. May 13. ACT electric glider comp. rnd 2. Cooma
Sun. Dec. 9. ACT. Electric glider comp. Rnd. 3. Goulburn

See you at the field

Early 2018 news

PMAC news. Jan 2018

1. A big thankyou to Dennis for mowing the field between Christmas and new year. The area looks good but repeatedly covered with sheep poo. Raking and petrol blower needed before each flying session. I will spray the weeds and edges asap and on a windless day.

2. Dennis, Kevin, Louis, Greg and I laid the pavers in front of the clubhouse this morning. The synthetic turf will have to be replaced on the ramp into the shed. At least we won’t get the damp, rabbit diggings and dust any more and the shed floor should be a little cleaner in future. The paver edges were secured with crusher dust and cement. I couldn’t buy a small bag of cement, didn’t use it all so a half bag is available for $5.

3. The table in the covered area is falling apart and needs to be replaced. If you happen to know of or see a suitable outdoor table or external door for sale please either purchase it or let me know.

Coming events
Sun. Feb 11 Millenium cup. 2 m electric glider comp. Goulburn
Sun April 8. Millenium cup 2 m electric glider comp. Lake George

Sun. Feb or March. ACT electric glider comp. Lake George. No date set yet
Sun. May 13. ACT electric glider comp. Cooma
Sun Dec. 9. ACT electric glider comp. Goulburn

See you at the field

Fwd: 2018 Schedule

Begin forwarded message:

> From: Fred Lodden <felodden@hotmail.com>
> Date: December 5, 2017 at 9:07:29 PM GMT+11
> Subject: 2018 Schedule
>
> All,
> The dates for the seven scheduled 2018 Millennium Cup events are as follows (and in pdf format in the attachment).
> Cheers
> Fred Lodden
>
> January 14 Appin
> February 11 Goulburn
> April 8 Lake George
> May 20 Salt Ash
> September 22 & 23 Gloucester
> October 21 Maddens Plains
> November 11 Shoalhaven
> pdf icon Millennium-Cup-Dates-for-2018.pdf
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Fwd: Millennium Cup – new rules for electric launch

Begin forwarded message:

> From: Fred Lodden <felodden@hotmail.com>
> Date: December 5, 2017 at 9:24:47 PM GMT+11
> Subject: Millennium Cup – new rules for electric launch
>
> All,
> It was resolved at the last round in Nowra to switch away from winch launch to electric launch.
> Paul Gibson ran an online survey of those in the email group to ascertain various views on the issue.
> I has been decided to make the transition sooner rather than later and so the very first event at Appin on the 14th of January will be to the new rules. We intend to run the entire 2018 series to these rules.
> The new rules are attached.
> To assist pilots attempting to determine the parts required and where to get them, Peter Pine of Electric Flight Australia has put together a list of what he feels are suitable items . This list is attached in a pdf format. If you want any of these items please contact Peter directly.
> Les Safari will also have a number of Altis4+ loggers (preconfigured for the new 150m/30s motor cutoff criteria), plus some of the new Multi3 (with OLED display) and some CAM limiters. If you want to know the difference between these units a little Googling might answer your questions, or call Les on 0410 794 173.
>
> A covering note for the new ruleset, prepared by Colin Woodward follows –
> ———————————————————–
>
> New Millennium Cup Electric Competition
> Hi all,
> Due to increased interest in electric launch gliders, and to encourage new participants, we are going to use electric assisted launch gliders at the Millennium Cup contests, instead of winch launch models, from the beginning of 2018.
> Please find attached a set of rules for electric assisted models to be used at future Millennium Cup contests.
> The electric assisted glider rules have been developed to keep the same simple, low cost and fun theme that the Millennium Cup has always tried to achieve.
> The electric model is essentially the same as the winch launch model but is allowed to have an extra radio channel to control the electric motor. The model will also require a height limiter to switch the motor off at 150m height, or 30 seconds of motor run time – whichever comes first. To keep an even playing field, the power of the model limited to that of roughly equal to the output of a standard Parkzone/E-Flight Radian, 180watts (measured with the models fully charged normal flight pack after 10sec of continuous motor run). There will be a wattmeter made available in the Millennium Cup equipment box with various battery connectors for people to “self police” their models. Random tests may be conducted if the CD of the day or the Committee notices an obvious breach.
> The contest director will choose a launching spot which for safety has no equipment or people upwind. As aircraft are launched, the pilot and timer will reposition onto their landing spot.
> The contest director will have to “meter” launches depending on available landing spots.
> The electric assisted models will require their time keeper to start a watch when the model leaves the launcher’s hand. At 30 seconds the time keeper will announce that the motor
> should be turned off, if the pilot or limiter has not already done so. The pilot will need to fly for a total of 6min 30sec from when the model is released. Once the model has been
> released, no relaunches are allowed. If the motor is started again then the flight time will stop, there will be a 50 point penalty and no landing points. This is to try to mimic an out
> landing for a winch launch model and to deter flying for maximum time points when there is no chance the model will get back to the spot.
> A score will be submitted which includes total flying time up to 7 minutes (6 minute 30 seconds for maximum score), landing distance and motor re-run penalty if required.
> At no stage will an electric model be launched or motor started pointing towards people or the pits.
> Landing will be the same format as the winch launch gliders.
> We welcome any comments as the competition series progresses, to further improve the format. This set of rules will be made available on the Heathcote Soaring League Website, hsl.org.au
> Regards,
> Colin Woodward
> pdf icon 2M-Millennium-Cup-Electric-Glider-Rules.pdf
pdf icon PP-Millennium-Cup-options.pdf
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Fwd: Millennium Cup – new rules for electric launch

Begin forwarded message:

> From: Fred Lodden <felodden@hotmail.com>
> Date: December 5, 2017 at 9:24:47 PM GMT+11
> Subject: Millennium Cup – new rules for electric launch
>
> All,
> It was resolved at the last round in Nowra to switch away from winch launch to electric launch.
> Paul Gibson ran an online survey of those in the email group to ascertain various views on the issue.
> I has been decided to make the transition sooner rather than later and so the very first event at Appin on the 14th of January will be to the new rules. We intend to run the entire 2018 series to these rules.
> The new rules are attached.
> To assist pilots attempting to determine the parts required and where to get them, Peter Pine of Electric Flight Australia has put together a list of what he feels are suitable items . This list is attached in a pdf format. If you want any of these items please contact Peter directly.
> Les Safari will also have a number of Altis4+ loggers (preconfigured for the new 150m/30s motor cutoff criteria), plus some of the new Multi3 (with OLED display) and some CAM limiters. If you want to know the difference between these units a little Googling might answer your questions, or call Les on 0410 794 173.
>
> A covering note for the new ruleset, prepared by Colin Woodward follows –
> ———————————————————–
>
> New Millennium Cup Electric Competition
> Hi all,
> Due to increased interest in electric launch gliders, and to encourage new participants, we are going to use electric assisted launch gliders at the Millennium Cup contests, instead of winch launch models, from the beginning of 2018.
> Please find attached a set of rules for electric assisted models to be used at future Millennium Cup contests.
> The electric assisted glider rules have been developed to keep the same simple, low cost and fun theme that the Millennium Cup has always tried to achieve.
> The electric model is essentially the same as the winch launch model but is allowed to have an extra radio channel to control the electric motor. The model will also require a height limiter to switch the motor off at 150m height, or 30 seconds of motor run time – whichever comes first. To keep an even playing field, the power of the model limited to that of roughly equal to the output of a standard Parkzone/E-Flight Radian, 180watts (measured with the models fully charged normal flight pack after 10sec of continuous motor run). There will be a wattmeter made available in the Millennium Cup equipment box with various battery connectors for people to “self police” their models. Random tests may be conducted if the CD of the day or the Committee notices an obvious breach.
> The contest director will choose a launching spot which for safety has no equipment or people upwind. As aircraft are launched, the pilot and timer will reposition onto their landing spot.
> The contest director will have to “meter” launches depending on available landing spots.
> The electric assisted models will require their time keeper to start a watch when the model leaves the launcher’s hand. At 30 seconds the time keeper will announce that the motor
> should be turned off, if the pilot or limiter has not already done so. The pilot will need to fly for a total of 6min 30sec from when the model is released. Once the model has been
> released, no relaunches are allowed. If the motor is started again then the flight time will stop, there will be a 50 point penalty and no landing points. This is to try to mimic an out
> landing for a winch launch model and to deter flying for maximum time points when there is no chance the model will get back to the spot.
> A score will be submitted which includes total flying time up to 7 minutes (6 minute 30 seconds for maximum score), landing distance and motor re-run penalty if required.
> At no stage will an electric model be launched or motor started pointing towards people or the pits.
> Landing will be the same format as the winch launch gliders.
> We welcome any comments as the competition series progresses, to further improve the format. This set of rules will be made available on the Heathcote Soaring League Website, hsl.org.au
> Regards,
> Colin Woodward
> pdf icon 2M-Millennium-Cup-Electric-Glider-Rules.pdf
pdf icon PP-Millennium-Cup-options.pdf
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December news

December news 2017
1. A big thank you to kevin who spent 4 hours mowing the field last week and Kevin , Louis and Greg who also did some the week before.

2. There are a lot of sheep in the paddock and consequently lots of poo on our area. The blower, rakes and brooms are in the mower shed. Last week it took us about 1/2 hr to clear the pit area, taxiway and E / W strip.

3. I have nominated Sunday 13 th May 2018 as the date for our round of the new glider comp.
The ACT round will be mid March and the 3 rd round at Goulburn on the first Sunday in December. I will post the rules on our website when they are finalized. I will also post the dates for the 2 m glider Milleniium Cup on the club website.

4. I hope you all have a very happy Christmas and a safe and healthy 2028. I will be away from 23.12.17 until about 29.12.17. I will be around for most of January.

5. We need to arrange a date for a working bee to lay the pavers. We can set a date when most of us are at the field in the new year.

See you at the field