I can't believe it was a week ago today that the BMFA F3N Nationals took place at RAF Barkston Heath. Due to the awful Saturday forecast, Rob Turnbull, the CD, decided to postpone the F3N competition until the Sunday. Although the entries to the competition were lower than anticipated the competition went ahead as planned, taking turns with the F3C guys to fly a round. We flew 2 rounds of set manoeuvres, 1 round of freestyle & 1 round of music. Duncan Osborne regained his title with Dave in 2nd place & junior Connor Sloan coming in 3rd. The scores can be found on the UK F3N team website: http://www.ukf3nteam.co.uk/2013/08/team-trial-results/
This was also the 2nd round of the F3N Team trials to compete at the 2014 European Championships which should be held in Italy (still to be confirmed). Final results of the two team trials mean that Duncan Osborne, Stu Smith, Dave Fisher & Connor Sloan (Junior) will represent the UK next year. Well done to all concerned!
Our next venture out will be to the Southern Model Air Show at Headcorn Airfield, Kent, where Dave will be flying a display slot on Sunday 15th Sept. Headcorn is a new venue for the SMAS & is Julie's old stomping ground from her skydiving days. Maybe we'll see you there.
Posted on 01 Sep 2013
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Posted on 13 Aug 2013
We spent last weekend at the Weston Park Model Air Show where Dave competed in the Air Pro Competition. The forecast threatened showers all weekend but we were lucky & only experienced a couple on Saturday. What a competition it was! Each pilot flew two rounds, one on the Saturday & one on the Sunday. They flew to 3 mins of music to perform their best 'demo' flight. We were treated to some amazing flights - Bert Kammerer also joined us for some demo flying which was spectacular. And who could forget Jack Bishop's flights - wearing a pink tutu he deservedly won the most entertaining flight of the weekend and also came 3rd in the Pro Class. Well done Jack! Dave finished in 8th place with only 5 points separating 4th - 8th position. Only 1 point separated 1st & 2nd place. A brilliant weekend & one which we can't wait to repeat next year.
Dave warming up first thing Sunday morning
Air Flightline Sunday morning
Top 3 Pro Class, 1st Stuart Mott, 2nd Duncan Osborne, 3rd Jack Bishop
Posted on 23 Jun 2013
Dave returned home from Aberdeen late last night accompanied by the F3N Scottish Nationals Trophy. He had a brilliant weekend with travelling companion Darren Hardy (of RapidRotors) - Dave last attended the Scottish Nationals in 2009 so it was great to catch up with everyone. The Scottish Hosts were as welcoming as ever & for once the weather played ball. Dave is looking forward to returning next year to defend his title!
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Posted on 10 Jun 2013
What a weekend it was! The end of May Bank Holiday Zone event at the Fleet Air Arm Museum, Yeovilton was spectacular to say the least. The weather was dry & the Sunday at least, not too windy. The first day of competition saw the qualifying rounds take place. The 24 pilots were put into groups of 3 who flew against each other. The two top scoring pilots from each group would then be through to the knock-out rounds on the Monday.
Dave was up against tough competition in his group being drawn with Jonathon Boission (top French pilot & brother to Dunkan Boission, last year's finalist) & also Stuart Mott, the UK's top 3D pilot. Stuart experienced a 'dumb thumbs' moment (proves it can happen to the best of pilots) when he was flying against Dave which meant that Dave was through to the final 16 & the knock-out rounds.
Unfortunately the luck of draw was against us as in the first round on the Monday, Dave was drawn against last year's winner & the eventual winner of Zone 2013, Jamie Robertson. It was a brilliant weekend & we were treated to some spectacular flying from some of the world's top 3D pilots. Can't wait until next year!!
Thank you to Ian Hunter for the photographs!
Posted on 01 Jun 2013