August comps

What a busy month August has been! We started with the 2nd F3N competition of the League at Bassinbourn, near Royston, Herts. Our hosts at the Road Farm Heli Club made us very welcome and the weather couldn't have been better. What more could we ask for?? At the end of the day, Stu Smith emerged victorious (just!), his lead over Duncan Osbourn coming down to just 1.63 normalised points out of 3000. Incredibly close! Our own Dave Fisher came in a respectable 3rd. In the Sport Class, Matt Hennem won with Russell Cleaver & James Green coming in 2nd & 3rd respectively. The F3N crowd is building and are an awesome bunch of people. Below is a picture of all those who attended the Bassingbourn comp - competitors, judges & spectators - enjoying the sunshine.


Then last weekend we had the BMFA Nationals at Barkston Heath. This was also to be the 2nd round of the F3N Team Trials (1st round was at Bassingbourn). Saturday we had the helicopter flightline to ourselves and managed to complete 4 rounds.

Below is a photo of the 9 pilots who competed on the Saturday.

Nats entries

Stu Smith (having an awesome year) won the preliminary rounds to secure top place in the UK's F3N team for 2015. The team will consist of Stu, Duncan Osbourn, Dave Fisher & Connor Sloan (Junior entrant). John Nobbs is our team reserve. Congratulations to those four guys who will represent the UK at the World F3N Championships in Austria next year.

F3N team 2015

On Sunday we flew 3 finals rounds in between the F3C pilots flying their comp. Fortunately the weather was with us and we had finished our comp by 3pm. Stu Smith had left Saturday evening so this left the remaining Pro pilots to compete for the podium places. The final results were Duncan Osbourn in 1st, Dave Fisher in 2nd and Connor Sloan in 3rd. In the Sport class Ethan Williams (in his first F3N comp) and Russell Cleaver were neck and neck in every round with Ethan just beating Russell to 1st place. Matt Hennem came in 3rd. A great weekend and a great result all round.

Pro winners sport winners

Posted on 31 Aug 2014

Dave's flight with streamer at AIR

So pleased someone took photos of the streamer Dave used in his flights at Air last weekend. For those of you who didn't make it, see below:

Streamer at Air

Streamer 2

Streamer 3

Posted on 26 Jul 2014

AIR 2014

Wow - what a weekend we've just had at the AIR competition hosted by the White Horse club in Westbury, Wiltshire. After some seriously heavy downpours with thunder & lightning Saturday morning who would have guessed that the weather would turn & leave us reaching for the suncream!! Some seriously talented pilots took part in the competition including the team consisting of Chris Newby, John Nobbs, Dani Rose, Ali Humphrey & of course Dave. Congratulations to Stu Smith, Pete Gray & Jim Saunders who won the Pro, Advanced & Sport Classes respectively. Awesome weekend! :)

All the pilots + guest demo pilot Dunkan Bossion, Helimasters Champion 2014

AIR 2014 pilots

Posted on 22 Jul 2014

Scottish Nats., Helifest & the 1st F3N comp of the season

June certainly proved to be a VERY busy month. First Dave made the 9 hour drive to Scotland accompanied by good friend Scott Marshall to compete in the Scottish Nationals. As always the welcome was warm and a great weekend was had by all. Align were well represented and Dave and Dani Rose came home with an armful of trophies between them. Dave retained his F3N title & also won the Autospot. Dani came third in the F3N & the Clubmans competitions. Scottish Nationals 2014

The weekend after the Scottish Nats we headed up to Weston Park for the Helifest competition. Another awesome weekend / competition. After a not so great first flight on the Saturday, Dave was putting in a truly awesome flight on the Sunday when his tail clipped the ground & he was down & out. Our youngest, Summer had a few flights herself during the funfly sessions & thoroughly enjoyed herself. Thanks to Grant Cooper & his team for a great weekend. Helifest 2014

Finally on the 29th June we had the first F3N competition of the season at Cuffley MFC. What a jam-packed day that was with 12 pilots flying four rounds dodging showers in order to complete the rounds. Dave came 2nd overall & for the first time ever he beat Duncan Osbourn in one of the rounds (2nd Set Manoeuvres) & was within 4 raw points of Duncan's winning score in the Freestyle round. A great way to finish the month. F3N Cuffley - music round

Posted on 30 Jun 2014

Zone - wow, what a weekend!

If you were at the Zone competition at Fleet Air Arm Museum last Sunday / Monday, then I'm sure you'll agree with me when I say that it was the most exciting two days of 3D flying that I was ever lucky enough to witness. For those who weren't there, all I can say is you missed a humdinger of a competition. The top eight pilots flew some amazing flights to battle through to the final four.

After a surprise crash, 'I messed up' said the modest Nick Maxwell, Nick found himself flying against Luca Pescante for 3rd place. Both flew incredibly well but Nick pipped Luca to a podium place. The final battle between Jamie Robertson & good pal Ben Storick was epic in more ways than one. Ben certainly flew the best he had all competition in that final flight but Jamie, cool as ever, rose to the challenge. Despite clipping his tail blades about 2 minutes into the flight, he carried on to complete what was his most incredible flight of the weekend. It always amazes me how these guys up their game with each flight. A truly deserving champion. Jamie Robertson held onto his title of Zone Champion for the third year running. Can't wait for next year!

Dave is now busy preparing for the Scottish Nationals in Aberdeen which will be held over the weekend of 7/8 June where he'll be defending his title of F3N Scottish Nationals Champion. Then the following weekend we have Helifest to look forward to at Weston Park. This is going to be one busy season... can't wait!

Posted on 28 May 2014