Sunday, December 08, 2013

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Monday, September 23, 2013

Message form the Aero Club -- Bob Skinner

Dear SAMAA member

You may have received an e-mail message from the Aero Club of South Africa, which requested your personal information (ID number and cell phone number). This message also advised that you are able to renew your SAMAA membership via the Aero Club’s FUNDI-system. This communication was not clear, and there was no motivation to explain the two requests. This resulted in numerous enquiries as to the legitimacy of the request, and the source, for that matter.

The Fundi system, beneficial to members of some of the other Aero Club sections for renewal of membership, has a transaction and commission fee. This effectively results in a reduced subscription fee paid over to the SAMAA. With this reduction, the SAMAA is required to either recover the shortfall from our members, or to reduce the period of membership. This is neither practical, nor desirable.

If the Aero Club required SAMAA members’ information (ID numbers and mobile telephone number), the correct methodology would have been to ask permission from the SAMAA management, or to ask the SAMAA for the information. Subsequently, the reason tendered was that the ID number is the unique identifier to establish dual membership of SAMAA and other Aero Club sections.

If you wish, you may supply your ID number to the SAMAA, but it is not mandatory.

Best regards and safe flying
Bob Skinner

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Indoor Electric Fun Fly event -- 25 September 2013

Hi Everyone,
Just to let you know that there will be an Indoor Electric Fun Fly event taking place at Hatfield Christian Church on Wednesday 25th September.
Pilots briefing will be at 19:30.
This will be an informal affair - just a get together to have some fun flying indoor foamies. There will be events however to compete in but we will not be doing food, drinks and trophies this time around.
As David and I will not be available to organise the evening, Matthew and Stefan from Master Models have kindly agreed to run the event for us so please support them if you can.
Dave and Judy

Monday, September 09, 2013

Gliding Postal Results -- September 2013

Thanks to Jan Sime for the results which are here.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

2013 Jet and Scale Nats entry form

The SAMJA and NASA Nats will be held at Zwartkop AFB 12 and 13 October.

The entry form is here.

Saturday, August 24, 2013

2013 F3K World Champs report sent in by Juanita Smith

The report is here

F3A World Champs -- Roston Dugmore Snr

Tks for the posting Percy,

Just a small correction. The German kid Philip Rannetshauser (now 18) was third junior at the 2011 wc.

I'm very proud of Roston. It was very close, Roston was 0.3% behind as they began the semis but he held his nerve and flew two good flights in very windy conditions to clinch it. I was so very tense and nervous just watching. I don't know how he kept his composure, knowing even the tiniest mistake could ruin it all. The past 6 days of intense competition have been very stressful and of course the closer you get to the big prize the more the stress builds. Roston is now 24th best F3a pilot in the world and 1st junior. Couldn't be better.

Thankyou all for your  support. We are now relaxing and enjoying the moment. But spare a thought also for Rannetshauser, the big prize so near but not quite must be disapointment of the same intensity as Roston's joy. The fierce competition from him makes Roston's win even more special. Congratulations Philip Rannetshauser for a great performance.

Roston sen

F3A World Champs update from Percy Attfield

Roston Dugmore Jnr flew the new schedule of the semi-finals and beat the present JR World Champion from Germany by 3 places in the semi-final.

This is excellent news; well done Roston Snr and Junior who practised each day after school and weekends.  The hard work has its rewards.

Thank you to Andre Stockwell who not only called for Roston but helped on weekends with the preparation, yesterday he and Jnr spent the day practising the semi-finals schedule.

South Africa now have the Junior World Champions for F3A Pattern Roston Dugmore Jnr and last month Jason Weber became the F3K Glider World Champion.

Kind regards

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Quick update on the F3A World Champs from Percy Attfield

Keith, Bokkie, Rina and I went out to the F3A Worlds today and watched as Roston Dugmore Jnr became the only South African participant to qualify for the semi finals in heavy wind.
After the flight his caller Andre Stockwell described him as the “king of wind”.
Great achievement!!
For those who don't know how the F3A contest works.  The semi finals are the top 27 flyers.  They fly on Friday and the top 10 qualifies for the finals on Saturday.
Keep going Roston!!
Thanks for your support and calling Andre.
Kind regards

Monday, August 19, 2013

The joy of Control Line Flying -- Percy Attfield

Some of you know I was going to fly yesterday; wind or no wind

The past 3 weeks the wind was such that I threatened to go flying a few times and never did.  I bought a few Xoar wooden 2 blade props and wanted to test the difference between the 12x6 and the 12x5 as compared to the APC F2B 12x5 that I have been flying. I was planning these tests for the past 2 weeks but it was always windy and I never did any testing; yesterday I was determined to fly.

I decided to start with the APC prop so that I could get comparative timings.The wind was reasonably steady at 9 meters per second and I decided I would fly (no other C/L people were there) a few RC people were talking at the club (no one flying). The windsock was blowing 1/4 from the top of the pole not quite level with the ground.

Confident that I can fly at least level in the wind I armed the plane went to the handle and as I waited for the motor to start a big piece of plastic blew across the field from the car park and folded around the prop and nose section.  I could only watch the drama as it unfolded.  The motor started and the the plastic spun with the prop but the plane remained standing. A long few seconds, the plastic shredded and some of it blew away, some of it stayed with the prop and some went into the cowl.

The plane accelerated and took off.  It was flying slower than usual and I stayed down in the wind.  Suddenly the wind increased a lot but but with gusts and eddies.  On some laps as the plane came up wind it rolled with its inside wing over the top then a few laps later the outside wing over the top.  Jerking the lines levelled the plane out each time and it was clear I just needed to catch the roll before the wing went all the way over or under the plane.  Now that is a wake up call!

Suddenly the plane turned and I was looking at the spinner and the leading edges of both wings.  I jerked the lines and the plane went back to its flight path.  Now that was scary!!

I realised that with power on I had a reasonable chance but when the motor cut it was going to be real drama.  A few quick looks at the windsock showed it had first moved to level with the ground and now was actually showing upwards towards the sky by about a 1/4.  It reminded me of the immortal words of Roston Dugmore a few years ago in KZN when he eyed the windsock: “Thou shalt not fly”.

If I was not grey already I would have gone grey in these 5 minutes which felt like 20 minutes as I waited for the inevitable end play to arrive.

The motor slowed down and then speeded up and cut as it came into the wind. I touched down  less than a quarter lap later as the plane was wind up traveling fast.  Down elevator kept the trike undercart down, it travelled around the up wind quarter lap and then the wind was from behind, the plane actually gathered speed in the next quarter of the lap with the wind from behind.  Suddenly it was on the down wind side.  Determined not to get it back into the wind I ran with the plane and straitened out the landing run.  Initially I was a short distance ahead of the plane dragging the inboard wing forward but the plane was gaining on me coming back into the circle.  Dragging the wing forward plus the side wind slowed the plane and it stopped just as it got to the edge of the tar circle but still mostly down wind.  More than a 3/4 lap ground run.

I ran out and secured the plane and all ended well.  In the pits I found the the plastic was very light (like Saran wrap) a small piece had wrapped around the prop and a piece around the the motor shaft and can.  No damage that I could see.

You can imagine that was the end of my flying for the day and so I still have not done any Xoar wooden prop testing.

See you at the round and round; sure keeps us young.

Monday, August 12, 2013

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Rosendal 2013

Nou ja , dit is al weer sulke tyd . Ek kan nie wag nie . 
Ek het probeer met Eolus kontak maar kon dit nog nie regkry nie . 
Dit is vanaf Saterdag 31 Aug tot Sonda 15 Sep met die hoofnaweek die  6-7 en 8 ste Sep . 
Kontak besonderhede. Tel. 0716844050  en email  <>

Grobbie .

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Saturday, April 13, 2013

SA Indoor Electric Fun Fly Series event -- 2 / 3 July 2013

This is the second event, which the S.A Indoor Electric Association is holding in a series of four Indoor Electric Fun Fly competitions during 2013, which will culminate in being part of the National Championships in December. The emphasis is on fun, fun, fun!
Entry Form and details here

Sunday, April 07, 2013

Monday, March 25, 2013

Vintage Aircraft -- story and photos by Dave Harris

What is vintage aircraft flying all about? You may wonder…………
Well, it is how aeromodelling started when in the 1930’s aeromodellers fitted sparked ignition petrol engines to free flight models. Colonel Claude E Bowden was one of the early pioneers and he designed many prototypes such as the “Kanga”, which in May 1932 managed a flight of seventy one seconds setting a new record!

More photos here. Full story here.

Sunday, March 10, 2013

SAMAA Airshow 2013

I met some old friends at the airshow. There were some fine aircraft there too.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

2013 Large Scale Aerobatic Nats

SA Indoor Electric Fun Fly Series


The S.A Indoor Electric Association is holding a series of four Indoor Electric Fun Fly competitions during 2013, which will culminate in the National Championships in December. The emphasis will be on fun, fun, fun.

The venues will be in either Pretoria or Springs & will be in March, June, September &  December

First event to be held at Hatfield Christian Church on Wednesday 20th March, 7pm-9pm

The series will be based on the very popular Fun Fly series, which uses outdoor models.
Events such as limbo, sequence of manoeuvres against the clock, spot landing, landing before or after a line, slalom etc etc.
Any indoor electric plane will qualify
Three classes – Novice, Intermediate and Masters.

  Competitions will take place in March, June, September & December

Trophies                R50 Entry Fee includes 2013 membership of SAIEA

Complete the Entry Form and return to:

                       Dave or Judy Harris 072 729 1850/ 011 849 6267
                       Kristi van der Mast  072 321 8208

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

2013 Warthogs Mud Bath 27 to 28 April

Click on graphic for a larger image.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Thursday, February 07, 2013

MHSA Helicopter Nationals -- 2013

Here's the entry form.

Note, the AGM will be held after the competition.

Saturday, February 02, 2013

F3P team on its way to Germany

The team would sincerely like to thank all the help and support they have received from so many people which has made this trip possible.

They have arrived in Frankfurt this morning and are currently on their way to Coburg where the World Championships are being held.

Anyone who wishes to follow the event can do so on the official web page which is:

Some photos here.

Friday, February 01, 2013

Saturday, January 05, 2013

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