We’re back!

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Jan 262014
After the first flight with the Jeti. It feels like a totally different plane.

After the first flight with the Jeti. It feels like a totally different plane.

Most of it anyway. Still lots of details to sort out, but hey, this looks better then it did the last few weeks. One good thing about a crash is, that you get to throw away an amazing amount of garbage. Every edit or modification ever made is stored, and hence the backups grow and grow. So, right now, I have only half the data, and 90% of the stories! That’s not bad for a cold Sunday afternoon.

There are of course links to sites that haven’t been revived yet. Don’t worry, I’ll find and fix them.

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Area Funfly

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Jul 222013


 Area Funfly

The Area Funfly took place on Saturday 22nd June, hosted and run by Banbridge Aeromodelling Club. As it turns out all the competitors were from Banbridge too, with the only visitor being Robert McElroy from the Craigavon club.

Conditions were challenging, with a fairly strong, lumpy, gusty wind which caught a few people out over the course of the competition.

The first round as always was the Climb & Glide, 20 second engine run, engine cut and glide for as long as possible, with a 10% bonus for getting back to the strip. As can be seen from the scores, this was not a round to be writing home about. The wind played a large part in this, with there almost seeming to be a downdraft over the field, all pilots did well to get back to the strip to get the bonus all be it that a couple of undercarriages were well bent on arrival.

Take off, wings level & gain sufficient height before banking gently into the turn. Or Not!!

Repairs complete, Triple Thrash was next. Three touch & go’s, three rolls, three loops and a final touch to stop the clock. Times on this were slightly better, although the wind played a part with a couple of cartwheel arrivals including Alistair who had repaired his undercarriage after the first round and now had a dinged wing! Also some of the inadequacies of earlier repairs were shown up when a slipped undercarriage leg pinned Iain’s throttle wide open, leading to a first time of just over 4 minutes i.e circling until the fuel ran out! A wildcard was used and that time reduced to 53 seconds although a gust on final approach flipped the model and broke the engine mount, hence no further scores for Iain.IMG_0297

Brian McCartan, flexing his knees to encourage the model up!

Touch & Go’s proved less eventful with the main problem being getting the models down in the wind. Matthew showed the looping technique off to good effect although was blown around a bit, while others chose the more traditional circuit & bump approach, Alistair having replaced his original Limbo Dancer with his optimistically packed backup! Electric models proved their advantage in this round with some arrivals which would traditionally have seen the pit crew belting out for a re-start, simply opened the throttle and continued on their way.IMG_0311

Matthew just under the Limbo & turning for the next 1 of 24 in 2 minutes.

The final round as always was the limbo and again the wind caused some bumpy approaches and a few cuts of the limbo string to end rounds early.

Overall it was a good days flying in challenging conditions and the best pilot won. Again it was disappointing that no other clubs took part, although the weather forecast may have put some off.IMG_0315

Competitors in the 2013 Area Funfly with Club Chairman Paul Harrisson.


The top Three being presented with their Certificates & The shield goes back to Matthew’s Mantlepiece.

You can watch part of Matthews Limbo Here


Pilot Climb & Glide (time/score) Triple Thrash (time/score) Touch & Go (Number/Score) Limbo (Number/Score) Position / Score
Matthew Poots 121 Sec+10%/1000 31 Sec / 1000 28 / 1000 24 / 1000 1st / 4000
Sean Scullion 74 Sec+10%/ 609 38 Sec / 816 16 / 571 5 / 208 2nd / 2205
Alistair Henry 75 Sec+10%/ 617 49 Sec / 633 11 / 398 3 / 125 4th / 1767
Iain Johnston 64 Sec+10%/ 526 53 Sec / 585 0 / 0 0 / 0 6th / 1111
Dennis McNeill 62 Sec+10%/ 511 92 Sec / 337 5 / 179 3 / 125 5th / 1152
Brian McCartan 64 Sec+10%/ 526 44 Sec / 705 12 / 429 8 / 333 3rd / 1993
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Heli Competition

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Jul 222013

Heli 1Heli Competition

To say it was a busy week at the club would be somewhat of an understatement. Normally we struggle to run competitions when they are supposed to because of weather or folks being unavailable, last week, we made up for lost time, with a new format heli competition on Thursday evening, the Area Funfly on Saturday with a short informal e-soaring competition afterwards. And just to round off the week , the first round  of the Area Aerobatics/ IMAC Norn Irn competition took place on Sunday at the Tyrone Model Flying Association’s site outside Omagh.

The Heli competition differed from the normal rounds of hovering manoeuvres and basic aerobatics to a more Funfly type schedule, with three rounds flown. The first was based on the Triple Thrash Funfly round, with competitors taking off performing 2 pirouettes, 2 flips & 2 stationary rolls in the quickest time possible. Times were actually pretty tight, with the smaller 450 machines getting away with lower altitudes. Alistair also had a low altitude moment when he forgot to flip the idle up switch to give him negative pitch, resulting in his first flip turning into a very low diving manoeuvre which he did well to recover from.


On the approach to a water bottle with the 450XThe second round saw the Bamboo poles usually only seen during the Limbo at Funfly competitions being produced from the hut, which raised both eyebrows & cold sweats! Three poles were placed down the runway with enough space to fly between, and the pilots asked to fly a slalom course between the poles and back to land as quickly as possible. The presence of a physical object obviously makes folks a little more cautious with their whirling blades and with this in mind Dave  took off, flipped inverted and flew the course in a rather interesting manner with some flips and piros thrown in for good measure, and he still had the fastest time! The others followed and some oohs! And aahhs! Were produced as blade tips got close to bamboo in some overcooked turns.

Heli 2

Mission Accomplished!

The last round saw one pole left up and three water bottles set out on the strip, with the pilots required to knock the bottles over, hopefully with the skids! And fly around the pole before returning for each of the remaining bottles. This proved a very challenging round, with some people’s depth perception being put seriously to the test! Brian overcame this by following the heli around the strip, which incurred a 10 minute penalty for leaving the pilot’s box (judge’s decision final!) There were a few near misses as tail rotors got close to bottles, but thankfully nothing hit, at least until Matthew, flying Brian’s Blade 450X, connected the main rotor with a bottle top, resulting in a spray of water and some unrepeatable exclamations from the onlookers. Thankfully the heli survived unscathed and only slightly moist, much like the pilot!

Heli 3

The alternative use for a helicopter as a bottle opener!

Overall the pilots and spectators enjoyed the new format and I think this will be used at future club heli competitions. The rounds were challenging for everyone and showed pilots were in full control while under a little bit of pressure, but the overall feeling was just of a great evenings craic, much like our normal Funfly competitions.


Pilot Triple (time/score) Slalom (time/score) Bottle Knock (time/score) Position / Score
David Nolan 17 Sec / 1000 35 Sec / 800 62 Sec / 1000 1st  / 2800
Alistair Henry 55 Sec / 309 46 sec / 609 145 Sec / 428 5th / 1346
Brian McCartan 19 Sec / 895 44 Sec / 636 85 Sec + 10 minute Penalty / 91 3rd / 1662
Iain Johnston 45 Sec / 378 50 Sec / 560 94 Sec / 660 4th / 1598
Matthew Poots 19 Secs / 895 28 Secs / 1000 99 Sec / 626 2nd / 2521
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Curious Case of the Missing Volts.

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Apr 262013

(To the unsuspecting Reader: This is a story unfolding, which is frequently interrupted by interruption of my access to the interweb. Your travelling Webmaster)

Sounds like the title of a detective story, as a matter of fact, this story is a search for something missing. Before jumping to conclusions, we have to be clear about the word missing. There is a possibility of something being really absent, but it might be equally true that we simply percieve something to be absent, when in fact it is not. It all depends on the method of observing. And that brings us straight to the core of the problem.
Continue reading »

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German Acromasters 2012

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Sep 152012

You may or may not know that Matthew is competing in the German Acromasters and is currently doing very well against the stiffest competition in Europe.

Matthew is posting a daily blog HERE where you can follow his progress.

Good luck Matthew, You can do it!

Kees: Well, he did!  14th (out of 33)  in a very tough competition, in which Gernot Bruckman took the top honours. Trevor and Matt hit the road tonight, I’m starting off tomorrow morning, so see you all next weekend 😉


Old Friends (not that old!)

Matts Extra in the Pits at the Acromasters

..and a Happy 2012 to you, and you and you…

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Jan 022012

Business end of something 'fast'

After a few long and noisy days and nights, it’s time to wake up to the reality of this new 2012. Over on this side of the water, the locals managed to keep the fireworks going for most of the last few nights ;-(

Anyway, we’re all looking forward to a nice warm and dry 2012, with endless blue skies. When it comes, enjoy it!


..that orange thing?? All will be revealed in good time!

 Posted by at 7:48 am

Banbridge Club Table Sale

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Mar 092011

Just a reminder of the Banbridge Club Table Sale on Friday night in Dromore High School. Doors open 7.30pm & everyone will be most welcome.

Please See the attached flyer for details and pass on to anyone who may be interested.

Hope to see you there,


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Gyrox goes Global

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Jan 112011

A club night has been arranged in Corr’s Corner hotel Thursday 20th January 19:30when we will receive a talk and slide show from Norman Surplus on his adventures while attempting to circumnavigate the world in his Gyrocopter. He landed in a lake in the Phillipines and the aircraft is now under repair. When repaired he will carry on. To help with costs UHPC members will be asked for £3 and non members £6. Normanis from Larne and is a cancer survivor who is raising money for Cancer Research. Perhaps you have seen him, flying his yellow machine, while flying the East Antrimsites. He has seen us and is curious about us.

Read more about him @

more details: ask someone who knows 😉

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Dec 102010

Aeromusical - Matthew

For those of you that belong to the indoor-species: No doubt you want to follow the EIM event.

As usual, the local lads are outnumbering the competition.

There’s Matthew, Simon, Robert, Gordon, Harry, Derek (my replacement for this event), Bert (since he has grey hair and looks more like me).

So, it’s not a matter of IF there’s gold, it’s only a matter of who brings it home!

(update with partial results@2100)

1st Derk Van Der Vecht (27 Laps in two minutes)
2nd Simon McNeil (26 Laps in two minutes)
3rd Matthew Poots (25 Laps in two minutes)

1st Derk Van Der Vecht………MM Extra
2nd Connor Stephenson………. Afriel EVO
3rd Matthew Poots…………….. Elipsa

Matthews story is of course over here

Aeromusical- Simon

LOL, I was not that far off then! Big congratulations to all 😉

Info at: F3P-UK

You can see the video’s on Youtoob, courtesy of mr Flash.
If you do a search for ‘EIM 2010’ in the searchbox, you’ll get all the latest uploads.

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Annual Dungannon Fly-In this Saturday

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Sep 152010

Annual Club Fly-In this Saturday
Saturday the 18th September is our annual Club Fly-In!

Every size and shape of plane can fly from the 80M grass strip.

Tea/coffee /sandwiches available all day,

Hope everyone can make this another special day in the history of Dungannon MFC.



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