Festival of Flight, Barkston Heath - 11th June 2006
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A lot of preparation
went into the Festival of Flight this year and that was rewarded by
all pilots really getting involved in the organisation, filling the
gaps where there was a break in procedures and all in all I think
enjoying the day. We had a few unexpected problems to deal with, we
hope John and Darren Mee are well on the way to recovering from their
allergy attack which prevented them being present. We were very
pleased to see a not so well Alan Simmonds arrive half way through the
first round when pilots had stepped into the judges chairs to make to
sure we made a prompt start. We proved these stand in judges really
were on the ball when they noticed they had got F07 score sheets
instead of P07 score sheets before Adrian had flown too many
manoeuvres. We decided to change the sheets and not the schedule
being flown, so Adrian got a couple of practice manoeuvres in any way.
Three rounds were flown
with only two engine cuts though the day, Ken landed with bits missing
forward of the prop driver and Andy suffered in the last round. Just a
few scores to mention, Mattís average of 475 in his two counting
rounds, just shows how well I was calling! Bill just missing third
place to Brian by 6 points. In Senior, Alan and Ryan score exactly
the same mark on their second flights. Ryan really pulled out the
stops in his third flight with a score of 24.5 points above the
promotion score for Seniors, well done Ryan but please donít get
promoted too quickly as I already have too much competition to cope
with. In Standard only 3.5 points separated Stephen and Mel
in their second round scores.
This was my first
attempt at CD and I can only thank not only all the pilots who made
the event very enjoyable for me, but also those who helped set up the
site, those who volunteered to stand in for judges, and not least my
PA for the day Emma who looked after the administration, (again a
first), and Matthew for nudging me at the right moments to keep me in
check, or was it keep me awake. Thank you all.
Ashley Hoyland, CD.