Friday, April 15, 2005

WHRF Electric Fly In -- Malcolm Siebert

Hi Guys,

A big thank you to everyone who pitched up and made a memorable day for all concerned. We were blessed with perfect weather conditions and a good turnout from the electric fraternity. Not quite sure how many planes were there but it was a lot.

It was amazing to see the huge variety of flying machines gathered for the event. Singles, twins, ram jets, shockflyers, helicopters, warbirds, gliders and so on and so on. Smallest prize must go to Johnathan for the micro racer he brought along. You need good eyesight and even better reaction time with that one.

As part of the fun, a speed trap was set up and guys could get a measure of what speed they were able to develop. There were quite a few comments from pilots along the lines of; "Never thought it was that quick" or in some cases, "I know my plane is quicker than that!!" Outright speed goes to Adriaan with his new Zoom F5B ship which was clocked through the traps at 248 Kph. Now that's moving!!

We also ran a F5J competition during the day. Despite a good number of entries, two motor burnouts, 2 gearbox failures and one set of batteries which just gave up, only three guys completed the task. Well done to Malcolm, Gert and Justin who finished in that order.

The braai and cool drink stand did a brisk business throughout the day and there were always people hanging around the vendors tables so we hope they did well too.

So once again, thanks everyone.

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