New South Wales Pattern Flyers

Just an average group of flyers with an obsession for precision aerobatics.

 Directions to Fletchers Lane (SMFC)

The Shoalhaven Model Flying Club is the host club, they have two flying fields (how cool is that) and  we are meeting at the "FLETCHER'S LANE" field not the Nowra Race track field.

Fletcher's Lane is on the northern side of Bomaderry (a northern suburb of Nowra) and the field is located at the end of this road. Have a good look at your maps and Google Earth to determine the exact location.

There is a railway crossing just before the entry to the flying field. Be very careful here as this is an uncontrolled rail crossing.

There is no shelter there apart from portable gazebos supplied by the club and you will have to bring a few bits of your own gear such as folding chairs etc. The club will have food and drinks available for purchase on both days. On Saturday lunch will be available and on Sunday breakfast and lunch will be available.

All electrically propelled models will have to be fitted with an external circuit breaking device which can be operated from outside the plane without removal of canopies and be able to demonstrate that the transmitter "failsafe" features are set to "motor stopped" positions.

Be organized to avoid disappointment!

Please send in you entries to the NSW Pattern Flyers web site before the close of date.

We look forward to seeing you all there for an 8.30 pilots briefing.


ALFRED PYE 1976-2009

In New South Wales we have an annual trophy called the Alfred Pye Memorial.

A lot of pilots who are relatively new to our fraternity never had the opportunity to know Alf so we have tried to put together a short story to give a little back ground.

Alf is most widely known for living and flying in Coonabarabran. When he was a young fella his mum (Grace) and stepdad (Tony) would drive him all over NSW to aerobatic competitions.

He became so immersed in “pattern flying” that Grace and Tony became the Contest organisers and score keepers at all the NSW aerobatic events, a task they did for a couple of decades.

Alf was one of those youngsters, that had a natural model aircraft ability and easily did well at competitions, as he became a young man he attracted sponsorship and invitations to bigger events.

He represented Australia at CAOC and World Championship events a number of times and is remembered by many global competitors.

We believe he is still the highest positioned Australian at any F3A World Championship.(to date)

His mum, stepdad, wife and daughter were his biggest supporters and were a large part of the “Pattern” fraternity in NSW and Australia. He worked in both full size aviation and RC model industries and was involved at all levels of our hobby.

He was a country boy at heart and eventually moved his family to the Gunnedah district.

The saddest part of this story is that Alf was very badly injured in an accident and lost his life.

Grace approached the NSW flyers and put forward the suggestion that we have a Memorial Trophy to prolong our memory of Alf, and to encourage future pilots in Precision Aerobatics .

Coonabarabran is again his home and the Gunnedah District Aeromodellers was his last club so we now try to compete for this prestigious Trophy at an event close to those towns.

Make sure you have a good look at the trophy, not only does it show the names of the winners, it has a great photo of Alf.


Bill Garrod's Arbalest Evolution Build

Well I've made a good start on my new Arbalest Evolution and have progressed the fuse as far as I can before needing to build the wings and stab. This model will be very similar to my current Arbalest- same wings, all moving stab and taller rudder. 

Before starting I always set up a spreadsheet showing the predicted weight at every build step. When each step is completed I update the sheet so that I always have an up to date estimate of the completed weight. Yes I know I am obsessive about weight!!! Have set a pretty challenging target under 4500 grams with an 1185 gram power battery pack. Under budget so far. The other thing I am doing this time is logging my build time just to see how long it really takes. 

The fuse is built using three vacuuming steps. This is not the way the professionals do it but I am still fairly low down on the learning curve and it does seem to work OK. The first vacuum is to shape the balsa, the second is the 1.5 oz cloth/ balsa layup and the third is the inner 1.5 oz cloth layup. I used red resin tinter on the last step and found it easier to see the dry spots. Actually saved about 15 grams of resin a side on this layup. A lot of the excess resin is drawn by the vacuum into the felt breather cloth. This typically removes about 35% of the resin applied. The fuse side moulds are bolted together and joined with a strip of glass cloth. The carbon fibre reinforcement for the under carriage mount and the motor mount are done in the last layup.  Once the fuse is out of the mould it's just a case of doing the internals. Made two different U/C mounts - one was 16 grams lighter than the other. No prizes for guessing which one I used! Carbon balsa laminate for the plate and carbon Nomex honeycomb for the formers. The whole structure is "glassed in " with some more carbon cloth. The mount is pretty low to allow a shorter(therefore lighter) undercarriage. Moulded the carbon undercarriage myself to get the length I wanted. The motor mount for the Plettenberg Advance is very simple - F3A Unlimited aluminium front and rear mount supported on four ply blocks and 4 4-40 bolts. Made the rudder servo mount from carbon Nomex honeycomb and the cooling duct for the Spin 99 speed controller from 1.5 and 3 mm Depron. The air outlet ducts are glass cloth moulded around a drinking glass.

The foam for the wings, stab, rudder and cannaliser is already cut so will be starting on them next. Couldn't get the lightest foam I have been using so the wings will be maybe 10-15 grams each heavier than I would like. So far I have put in 62 hours of build time and am quite happy with progress.

Bill Garrod.

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Arbalest Evolution Pictures December 2014

If you have not been to Camden Valley before or can’t remember where it is, you should be looking for Glenlee Road, Menangle Park, then find your way down the hill to the tunnel that goes beneath the railway tracks.

The entrance gate will be locked by a combination lock so you will need to let yourself in and THEN LOCK THE GATE BEHIND YOU! The Club cannot afford the field to be left unlocked as they share the security responsibilities with a few other agencies, please don’t let them down.

The combination to the lock is 747, if for any reason you cant remember this combination on the day give one of your mates a ring and tell them what a goose you have been. :-)

Once in the gate, follow the well worn track to the field.

The field has been marked out and the Club is well organised.

We have been advised that food & hot and cold drinks will be available throughout the day so all we need is a nice day and we will have fun.

Please arrive in plenty of time to get organised and help set up the event.

Please bring correct entry fee, if you hand over $50 notes we will be appreciating your donation. Likewise bring a pocket full of change for your canteen purchases.

We look forward to seeing you there!!



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