Monday, 6 October 2014

Ringmaster Fly-a thon 2014

2014 Ringmaster Fly-a-thon results.
2589 flights, 419 Pilots. A new record.
(Edited 10-10-14. Final figures)
2013's total was 2252 flights.

John Lamont kindly sent me the following photos taken at the Knox Model Aircraft Club on Sunday.
The KMAC Ringmaster line-up.

X-Wing Ringmaster

X-Wing Ringmaster

Steve Vallve


Well, I did my bit for the Ringmaster 2014 International Fly-a-thon. Completed 18 flights on Saturday but had lots of engine troubles so I went home and made a new, smaller tank, cleaned out the needle valve and recharged the batteries.
Sunday  was windy - 20 knots gusting to 25. The engine would not run consistently and I found the plastic backplate on the OS .15 LA was loose and sucking air. So back home again, pulled the engine out and put some gasket goo on the backplate. The engine now ran a bit better so I removed the muffler pressure feed and then it settled down nicely for the remaining 21 flights.
Every landing was pretty hard due to the wind and finally the undercarriage fell off so I had to stop at flight  43.
I'm happy with that. Last year I did 30 flights so  I beat that by 13. I used a take-off stooge for all my flights as  I was flying alone with no one to act as pit crew.  I think I was the only one in Tasmania to enter the Fly-a-thon. Now, it's time to go to bed for three or four days to recover.

These are snapshots taken from a video camera mounted
on my control handle. The video didn't turn out too good.

You can just make out the stooge release line in this shot.

It's not obvious in these shots but the poor old Ringmaster
copped a lot of buffeting from the wind. It was the roughest
weather I have flown in.

The results for the guys in Townsville are as follows:

Bob McKenzie,  19 flights
Alan Beggs,  4 flights
Doug O'Keefe, 5 flights
Ian Hague,  6 flights
for a total of 34 flights.

I dunno! The things you see when you haven't got a gun........
Bob McKenzie with his Ringmaster after his 19th flight. Damage
was caused by a bouncy landing in the high wind.

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