KZN Pattern Day
6 Nov 2011
Des Cooper, Bruce Clark, Mike Cox
Rd Rd2 Best
1 Angus McInnes 55,0 62,0 62,0
1 Lynton Milner 58,6 61,7 61,7
2 Stan Hausmann 61,6 60,4 61,6
3 Dave Greer 57,7 60,5 60,5
4 Steven v Niekerk 52,8 58,1 58,1
5 Colin Addis 54,8 55,4 55,4
6 Leon Coetzee 43,0 54,0 54,0
1 Mark Savage 63,1 66,1 66,1
2 Arthur Eggar 54,8 57,4 57,4
3 Clive McInnes 57,0 56,1 57,0
4 Alex v d Spuy - 55,0 55,0
1 Jason Barker 69,0 (P) 69,0 (F) 69,0
2 Neil Allen 65,2 (P) 56,8 (P) 65,2
Windguru was emphatic that there would be no flying all weekend because of drizzle, but fortunately for us it was wrong, and we had cold but flyable weather even with some blue skies, until 2 pm. Thirteen entrants, many from Durban, were so keen on entering that they braved the grotty day they saw from their homes! Our entries are now growing bigger, and I think we will start future rounds at 8 instead of 9 to accommodate this.
The new A12 pattern for Masters was a big hit. Everyone liked the gracefulness of this, and its level of difficulty. The F3A pilots also approved of the new P13, and Jason liked the chance to fly the choice of P or F for round 2. There were no entrants in Advanced. Time will tell if people want to move up to this from Sportsman, or perhaps they may prefer to jump up two steps to the Masters class, which is well supported.
In Novice we were pleased to have Angus McInnes do a good job, and get 62%.
Sportsman was led by Lynton Milner, who is not yet quite used to flying the glo powered "Venus" he acquired from Ian Morris, but still came top. Second place was a welcome new face to the pattern scene, Stan Hausmann from the Umhlanga club, flying his large scale "Beast", after only a few practice flights of our pattern. Dave Greer surprised us with his neat flying of his small electric "Diamante".
In Advanced Mark Savage flew a new "Wind S" 2m into an excellent 66%. The others are still getting up to speed on the new pattern. Alex borrowed my plane for the last round, and flew it without a test flight.
In F3A Jason astonished us by not only getting in a good P pattern, but had managed to learn the very difficult F pretty thoroughly as well in only four weeks! This bodes well for his serious push to try for team selection for the 2013 World Champs. Jason and Arthur have both got new 2m "Wind S" planes, which are not yet trimmed out to compete, making this design the plane of choice it seems.
Thank you very sincerely judges for your long travel to get to the event, and thank you Howick MFC for giving us a bowling green smooth grass runway, and a very welcome braai.