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Clubman 3D 2008 is all over and we have a new Clubman 3D Champion!
Congratulations to Stefan Simmons this years winner!
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The Clubman 3D Team would like to thank all the competitors, sponsors, helpers, spectators, judges and Goole RFC for making the 2008 event the best yet!
Clubman 3D Team
With all the competitors booked in for the 3rd Annual Clubman 3DX competition a pilots briefing was held at 10am, before the competition got underway with the first round – Set manoeuvres. In this round all pilots had to choose and then fly 5 manoeuvres from a list of 30 provided by 3DX. Each manoeuvre has a declared K-factor, which is used to define the difficulty/complexity of the manoeuvres relative to each other. With the judges scoring out of ten for each manoeuvre then being times by the K-factor to determine the scores for the round.
With the judges, Paul Lison, John Parker, Simon Brown and Duncan Osbourne in position the first pilot took to the skies and the competition was underway!! After the first round of set manoeuvres it was clear the standard of flying had raised a lot from previous years. With Andy Hornyak (Synergy N9) leading the pack after this all-important first round.
After the first round we broke for lunch and our first Demo slot began, with flights from Bob Johnston, Steven Gerrard, Ade Law, Adam Crane, Duncan Osbourne, Adrian Smith. And many more. Thanks to our sponsors we had a very good raffle, with many high value prizes to be won!! With tickets on sale throughout the weekend the raffle was drawn later in the day. Colin Mill also held a talk on gyro theory and technology, which proved very popular.
Back to the competition with round two and 3 minutes of Freestyle. This round gives the pilot the chance to show just what they can do. The judges marking the technical content and overall appearance of the flight. With exciting and sometimes tense flying by the competitors the leading contenders from the first round battled it out. After the end of the round the pilots waited to here who would make it into the Top 5 and go forwards to the fly-off finals.
The finals consisted of flying the Set manoeuvres and Freestyle rounds again. The final result for these Top 5 flyers being based on the finals rounds only. Meaning that after all the hard work making it to the finals the slate was wiped clean and they all started on an equal footing!! Unfortunately for 5th placed Adam Boon (Trex 600E) his luck ran out during the finals, after much consistent 'how low can you go' flying ALL weekend he clipped his tail and lost tail drive. Impressive flying no doubt! Keep your eye out for Adam at this years 3D Masters.
Steve Boothman 4th place (Freya, Trex 600E) pulled out his 'party piece' for the finals again, a stunning K2.5 Auto including Piro-flip and then rolls to the delight of the watching crowds.
Trevor Burley (Trex 600E) consistent performance earned him 3rd place. Trevor will be competing in the 3D Masters this year, so is another Clubman pilot to watch out for.
Patrick 'Paddy' Arnould (Knight 50 3D) put on a superb display of technical smooth 3D that earned him a well-deserved 2nd place. Also the only competitor, choosing to fly his Freestyle round with music went down well with the judges.
Andy Hornyak (Synergy N9) was the class of the field, consistently taking 1st place in all the rounds. Not only does Andy become the 2007 Clubman 3DX Champion, his victory has guaranteed him a place in the 2007 3D Masters Sportmans class. All the best to Andy in the Future, we hope this is just the start of things to come.
Some of our oldest and fondest memories include the toys that we have played with when we were children. As we grow old we give them away or store them in a wooden box somewhere in the attic, but we can never escape the feeling of joy that these small gadgets brought us over the years. Some of them, like radio-controlled helicopters were among our favorites because we saw in them the small, harmless replica of a real, powerful machine that most of us hoped to be able to fly one day.
Fortunately, there is a way to relive those precious emotions from our childhood long after we grow up. With the help of RC helicopters specially designed for adults and acrobatic competitions for these toys, we can leave behind even the regrets of never becoming a true pilot. Many manufacturers in the toys industry have engineered true mechanical masterpieces that you, as an adult, can enjoy flying on a Sunday afternoon in front of your family, your friends and their escorts. Whether you do it in the park or in your own backyard, you will surely attract many ladies and visitors.
The essential aspect of these radio-controlled models is that they replicate the exact design of full-sized helicopters. This means that their motors power the propellers to rotate to very high speeds. Beginners should take extra precautions when flying one of them, while more advanced users should warn their audience about the danger of being hit. Of course, it is a great skill to show off to your London escorts you took from http://uk.eros.com/england/london/ but if you are not careful, you can hurt them badly.
Once the safety measures are properly established, you will be able to enjoy a thrilling exercise of flying a mini helicopter through the air at a very high speed. You will feel the adrenaline pumping and the sound of the rotor buzzing away will bring back all those fun memories of your childhood when imagination took control, and for just a few hours, you were a helicopter pilot that saved injured soldiers from the battlefield. Play pretending is fun and addicting, but you should not let it get the best of you. Otherwise, your escorts and the rest of the watchers will get bored and will soon want to leave your party.
If playing around in your backyard doesn’t really do it for you, then participating in a local or national competition between RC helicopters will truly raise the level of your enthusiasm. These contests require months in a row of practice and dedication. As a pilot, you will have to show your ultimate skills and win challenges that include acrobatics, freestyle flying and high speed races. This could easily become more than a hobby and it might end up taking all of your free time. However, on the day of the race you will feel the child in you fighting to win, with an eye to the big prize and one to the London escorts from the audience. With the right attitude and a bit of luck you might just bring them both back home with you.