TOSS Aerobatics League event NO1 - a great success
The first TOSS aerobatics league event took place at Red Hill on the weekend,
Sunday the 28th to be precise.
Mother nature first looked to give us a kick in the nuts with the suggestion of a southerly, but then decided to play along .What a success, fantastic conditions of 30-40km/h South East winds created plenty of lift. It was a bit bumpy overall. So one had to adjust accordingly and cater for a bit of throw around. 10 pilots entered and the two classes were flown. Competition certainly is lifting up the overall skill levels and a sketchy round 1 by most was neatly improved in round 2 as the confidence levels increased with each round. Overall the level of flying was above that of the competition in January,
so well done to all who took part.
Thanks to Kurt, who was the honorable judge for the day and spent a good few hours glued to his chair while we all did the flying.
The double manoeuvres in the Open class created some problems for the brain weary such as myself,
and the cardinal rule of knowing your manoeuvres, needs to be improved, as a few of us managed to
mix the 1/2 reverse Cuban 8 and the straight 1/2 Cuban 8 up and so mess up our overall scores…
one of the more painful, point shearing, learning curves for the day, and there were plenty more.
Notably Marc Beckenstrater flew his second round with his BEE wing in competition class,
rather than with the La Vie that had hit a bit of a rock on landing and demolished the nose, and flew a better score with the BEE wing.
This was the whole idea for the Competition class and we hope more guys will get involved in that class, as an entry point to the competitive scene, and use the humble BEE to get the idea going.
As Marc proved so well, the competition class manoeuvres are achievable by most pilots in the early part of their RC flying days.
Well done Marc!
Well done to all who took part, for the energy, fun and a most enjoyable day.
Let’s see how much we can improve before the September contest!
And the results were as such: