WMF 2016 summer competition

This year it was decided at the AGM to have a different format for the summer competitions as the previous format was becoming a little stale.

Ian Walker suggested we run a series of club record attempts that could be attempted  on the official summer third Tuesday evening competition night, or at other times if individuals so wish. This should enable more people to take part if they are unable to attend on the official competition nights.


Basic rules

There will eight different tasks and two different classes of model, all of which can be attempted at any time, many being able to be run at the same time as others. Please rally round and assist with time keeping and equipment.


All attempts must be carried out at the WMF club flying site.


All attempts must be witnessed by at least one other club member / timekeeper.


The club has purchased a few easy to use stop watches to enable accurate timekeeping on the timed tasks which are stored in the sideboard draw.


A record attempt must be “called” before any flight begins.


When claiming a new record a ‘record slip’ should be filled in and passed on to Dave Barker or Ian Walker. Members are encouraged to keep and beat their own times / scores even if they don’t beat the current club record.


Record slips and a score board will be kept in the hanger for all new records and then  transferred to the club website when appropriate. We will try to have the website up to date just before the third Tuesday of each month.


The entrant must  be the owner and pilot of the model.


In any dispute  (which we hope there won`t be) the Contest Director`s decision is final.


The window for any attempt will run from 19th April – 20th Sept.


Trophies will be awarded at the end of the year ( format to be decided )


Model requirements.


All models must be electric powered of any design with or without undercarriages,

( helpers are allowed for launching and retrieval of models )


There will be two classes,


      Class  A   models with a total max motor power of  no more than 300 watts.


      Class  B   models with a total max motor power greater than 300 watts.


Power outputs can be checked if competitors are unsure of the motor power of their models. There will also be a few spot checks to ensure competitors are not under or over stating their power levels.




The eight different tasks.


  1. Maximum number of take offs / hand launches in 2 mins. The model must be stationary before each take off and complete at least one circuit of at least 3m / 10ft diameter between each. Time to start from the model first leaving the ground or hand launch.

  2. Maximum number of loops in 2 mins. Time to start from the model leaving the ground or hand launch.

  3. Maximum number of touch and go’s in 2 mins. The model must complete at least one circuit of  at least 3m / 10ft diameter between each.

  4. 2 minute Limbo. Limbo poles to be approx 3m / 10ft tall and 7m / 24ft apart with an easily breakable string between the two ( subject to trials ). Time to start from the models first pass under the limbo. The limbo pass must always be flown in the same direction during the record attempt. No contact with the ground is allowed after the first pass until the end of the 2 mins.

  5. Duration with 15 second motor run.  Time to start from the model leaving the ground or hand launch. Maximum of 15 seconds continuous motor run allowed and then dead stick to touchdown. Timer stops at the models first contact with the ground.

  6. Maximum number of Spins.  Maximum of 20 seconds continuous motor run, then perform as many continuous spins as you dare.

  7. 10 lap Timed circuit. The circuit will be between two flagpoles probably along the stream hedgerow.( when positions are first decided these will remain the same throughout the competition season ). Models should be airborne before the start of the task. The first and last laps shall start and finish at the centre of our mown patch marked by a flag at the time of the record attempt. No cuts of the marker flags are allowed otherwise the attempt is void. At least three helpers will be needed for this task, one each to spot for flag cuts and one for counting and timing.

  8. Climb and Glide ratio.  The pilot can select the duration of their motor run and must inform the time keeper of this before the attempt starts. The motor run time will start when the model leaves the ground or the hand launch and must stop when the time keeper calls cut at the chosen motor duration time. The clock will then continue to run until the model makes contact with the ground ( trees etc included ). The result will be the total flight time divided by the motor run time.   eg.  120 second total flight time with a 20 second included motor run would score 6, ( 120 / 20 = 6 )

There may need to be a little tweaking of the above tasks but hopefully they give enough scope for pilots to use a vast variety of models and also allow a little personal interpretation of how the tasks could be executed to gain the maximum benefit.

Safety will always be paramount therefore any unsafe actions will be stopped when necessary.

There’s still time to build a dedicated model and get in some practice. Lets have the biggest entry list to date .


Verified results should be sent to Ian Newton as soon as possible for publishing on the web pages 


Dave Barker / Ian Walker


Last modified: April 20, 2016