24th September 2006
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Proturf – West
I arrived at the
Proturf field around 3.15pm on Saturday to prepare for our reorganised
competition which was rained off on the 13 August. After John
Bridgett arrived with the gate key I started to get established.
Shortly after I had an unexpected visit from Haden who I now know to
be the Farm Manager, I was made well aware of the value of the turf we
were stood on and received full instructions for our day, which was
mainly what not to do. It was important to follow every instruction
if we wanted to have the chance of using the field again.
Sunday 6.30am was clear
with little wind, although there had been a couple of unwelcome gusts
of wind during the night which rocked the caravan. By 7.30am the mist
had descended and moisture was in the air. We did make a start at
9.30am with the odd short break for rain but the first round continued
in low cloud during the morning. I think Stuart and Darren had to
abort their flight and wait for a cloud to pass before continuing.
By the time the second round arrived, the skies were starting to
clear making way for a perfect afternoon.
See the results for
yourself, but FAI was closely contended with the top two separated by
only half a point. Stephen Haywood in Standard was looking for his
second set of promotion points for the season and he made it by just
one point, congratulations Stephen. After a second long journey for
Nick Sprankling, he unfortunately had a servo tray loosen and was only
able to complete one flight in Senior, top spot was left open for
Darren Mee, who was flying very well anyway. In Masters Stuart Mellor
came top of the five competitors even though he was interrupted on one
flight by a low pass from (I think) the BB Dekota which got a ten for
straight and level flight.
It was good to see
Steve Dunning, Trevor Plumb, Brian Gascoigne, Darren Knight and
Stewart from the Retford club (who I hope will join us in Sportsman or
Standard next year) and two three other visitors who I was able to
talk to through the day, including the Game Keeper who showed an
interest, but I think he was the most unlikely person I talked to
through the day to join us in the future.
Thanks go to our judges
for a long day with few breaks, I hope that in time they will forgive
me and John recovered quickly after a very short lunch break, and of
course to Ken Moss for stepping in to do PCM failsafe checks. A
special thank you to Emma who totted up all the scores and relieved me
of a huge chunk of the concerns for the day, although the large bribe
(a fiver) did nothing for my scores.
I hope we can use this
venue again, but next time I must provide mats for the chairs used by
the judges who obviously became very excited with our flying and
scuffed the turf beneath their feet, and also some protection for the
pilot standing area. I think there is also an issue with model
fuelling procedures where members leave the tank to vent when filling,
and consequently may spill fuel. We cannot allow this to happen on
this site and our simple solution used constantly is to have a closed
loop system which deposits the overflow back into the fuel container.
(There are some advantages to being a tight fisted Yorkshireman.)
May I compliment all
pilots in respecting the value of the field and complying with those
little extra rules like not running their motors on the ground until
they are at tickover and ready to take off. Nick, Tom and Sam were
Thank again to all
members but mainly to our hosts, James H, Haden and John B for what
for me was an excellent day.
Ashley Hoyland, CD.