We’ve just returned from a great weekend at the first IMAC UK competition of the year at the Boars Head, near Sudbury. Here I present two brief reports on the competition from two budding pilots - Dan Gallo, who travelled down to compete in intermediate from the top of Scotland and Mal Green, who travelled nearly as far but from the south to compete in advanced.
‘Great first event of the season at the Boars Head with a good turnout of pilots. Saturday was a bit wet in the morning and the wind was quite strong, but it soon dried up into a fine day. Sunday was a warmer and sunnier day, still a breeze but not as strong as Saturday.
I watched many flights with a high standard of precision flying. Especially considering it’s the beginning of the season and the new models have to be dialled in. I took my new for this season, Pilot 35% Yak 54 with DA100 power which seems good for the Intermediate schedule and quiet too. I was quite pleased with most of the manoeuvres I flew considering the lack of flights I have had with this model. However I still need a lot of practice on positive and negative snap rolls, they were either too deep, not deep enough, too fast, too slow, over or under rotating! It is amazing how you can fly the normal schedule catering for wind correction then the unknown has to be flown and wind correction becomes more difficult!
Win put on some food both days which was very welcome. Thanks to Win, Mick and Chris for organising the event. Also thanks to Phil and Keith for the two days of judging. It was a very enjoyable weekend’
‘A bit of a slow start on the Saturday, as there were a few rain showers, but they soon cleared. On a positive note, the cows had moved, so there was only the odd turd to catch the unwary out.
Some new planes were present:
Allen Griffiths, new to IMAC this year, flying in sportsman with a Krill Sukhoi or is it a Yak running a 110 Minter, l believe, won the class, well done Allan.
Neil Harrison was flying one of four Hanger 9 3.1m Sukhoi's that were present in his first comp in the unlimited class and finished third, well done Neil. Thomas David also had a Carden Extra, not quite finished [or maybe it was] running an MVVS and flying well to finish second in Unlimited. Dan Workman had a Carden Extra 3m ish, very light and lots of power to weight with a DA150, Dan flew it very well to win the Unlimited class.
Dan Gallo won intermediate class and win's the longest journey to the comp award (Aberdeen) nice one Dan.
Phil Hoyle won the Advanced class with a Composite Extra 260 3m running a DLE170 well done from your no 2 mate and good to see five in the class.
Big Thanks to Phill M and Keith D for judging, Win for the numbers and great food and to Mick and Chris Bull for CD ing and getting the site ready.’
All the Planes and all the pilots
Luke Jackson and Brian Horn with Lukes Pilot RC Yak.
Neil Harrison looking very happy with 3rd place in unlimited