Stansted - 4th June 2006
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Stansted MFC Comp report 4th June 2006
The comp got off to a good start with (very) fine weather with which
we were blessed for the whole day. Lots of sun, light winds and partly
cloudy in the afternoon. We had 12 entries (just right for my first
comp as CD……..): 3 Standards, 3 Seniors, 1Masters and 4FAI. Judges
were Steve Birchall and Brandon Ransley. Flying started at 09h45 and
finished at 17h00 after four rounds.
Standards, Robbie Meek took an early lead, which he maintained through
the day to finish ahead of Mel Garlick, with Jason Collins in a
well-flown third place.
Senior class started with a disappointing “no-start” for Roger
Marples, he later retired from the Comp due to an aileron servo
problem as well. Mike Williams showed the way in convincing style with
some fine flying, earning Promotion points in all four rounds. Nick
Sprankling held on to a firm second place, ahead of Alan Connelly.
Alan’s engine was down on revs until Brandon got hold of it and gave
it a “tune-up” in between Rounds 2 and 3. Nick’s new Electric aircraft
flew very well with loads of power and a smooth turbine sound. One to
Masters, Stuart had an unfortunate incident in Round 1, when he landed
in a tree adjacent to the approach, doing damage to both wings on his
Evolis and putting him out of the rest of the Competition.
The outcome of FAI was seldom in doubt with Keith Jackson showing all
of us how the schedule SHOULD be flown! His last round of 77.4% was
superb. The competition between the three Essex/ Cambs pilots was much
closer, all running two-strokes in 2m planes. In the end these three
improved significantly in Rounds 3 and 4, with me managing to finish
ahead of George Drever and Alan Wild, though still only 3% between 2nd
The decision was taken to fly a fourth round, towards the end of
round 3, as we were doing well on time. I think all appreciated the
extra flying. Certificates were duly handed out, together with a
Competitors’ “lucky draw” so that everyone went home with something
(and a sun-tan!). Some late-afternoon rain showers started after 17h30
once everything was over, so we certainly couldn’t complain. A big
thank-you must go to: The Club for the use of the field; Judges for
their hard work and support; Eugene and Jane (Mel’s partner) for
scoring; Alan Wild and George Drever for assistance and equipment, and
not least of all, to the competitors who supported the Competition,
some travelling a fair distance.
Bill Michie. CD