NOTE THERE ARE NOW TWO PAGES WHICH DETAIL THE RULES FOR NORWIND COMPETITIONS.
THESE CAN BE ACCESSED FROM THE HOME PAGE
The sessions will be from 11am to 5pm, with the last hour being reserved for lightweight duration models.
Competitions will run from 11am until 2.00pm, followed by 2.00pm until 4.00pm general flying, leaving the last hour for lightweights only.
If anyone has a view on the timing, let me know and we can discuss it.
It sometimes falls to me to be the bearer of very sad news and I find this to be especially sad. Tim Milner informed me that John Barker died within the last week at the age of 91. As you will know, John has been very frail for a while, but that hasn't stopped him from coming to NORWIND and competing. We can only have great respect and admiration for the way he persisted despite the use of a motorised wheelchair and increasing arthritis. Some of us have known John over many years. I first met him when I joined the original NORWIND group in Wigan over 30 years ago. John has contributed a lot to Aeromodelling. Apart from being a fierce competitor in the outdoor freeflight scene for many decades, John designed the famous Aeromodeller glider plan "Lulu", which has introduced hundreds of beginners to the joys of freeflight modelling. Right up to the present time, he was always an innovator. My current competitive "Legal Eagle" is from John's "Bar Fly" design which is on the website. Last Year he was the originator of a new BMFA contest class which is called "Osprey". Whatever John's modelling achievements, he was just a really nice man. When the group was facing a cash flow issue, John quietly came up to me and said that I should let him know if we were in trouble and he would help out. I know, from his daughter and Tim that coming to fly with us has been a great thing to look forward to for John. It is also to Tim's credit that he has offered the support needed for John to continue. I have attached a photo of John with his "Bar Fly" in happier days..
The last meeting of the season was well attended and there were the usual wide range of models in evidence.
The May 2019 competition results:
The competition classes were "Osprey" and "Legal Eagle". Osprey attracted 7 entries (and is gaining in popularity, but Legal Eagle only three (possibly due to some usual fliers not attending due to Bank Holiday commitments).
Peter Turner was presented with his 1st place certificate for the April Penny Plane Clubman class. He missed out on the certificate due to an error on my part, so apologies to him.
Legal eagle results:
Ist - Tom Tomlinson - 2:17 (this result was the only score I managed due
to damage and was on a first trimming flight)
2nd - Dave Yates - 1:39
3rd - Dave Crompton - 1:15
1st - Peter Dolby - 3:14
2nd - Tom Tomlinson - 2:01 (Yet more serious damage due to rocket like
climb on a new motor!).
3rd - Dave Horsefield - 1:57
The John Barker Memorial Trophy:
Dave Whitehouse, Tom Crompton and I decided that in memory of John Barker, the group should have a trophy for the best "Osprey" flight of the season at Rochdale. This will be an annual award and the recipient will get to keep the trophy, a new one being provided each season for as long as we run "Osprey" competitions. John was a really nice man and a legend in freeflight aeromodelling circles. Photos of the Trophy are attached above. I have forwarded the news and photos to Gill, John's daughter.
I am embarrassed to be the first recipient of the trophy as I was one of the three instigators, but I am truly thrilled, having known John for 30 years (in the original Wigan NORWIND). I will treasure it. I had discussed taking myself out of contention with Dave Whitehouse, but he argued that no flier would want to be awarded the trophy knowing that a better flight had been achieved by someone else.
We will have to work out a system which prevents top fliers collecting multiple trophies. This isn't easy and will need some thought.
I will try to put together the usual season champ points when I get a bit of time.
Dave, Tom & I thank you all for your support and hope you have a good summer.
We are especially pleased to have gained some new members who are most welcome.
We hope to see you all in September.
Stephen Lewis has set up a Facebook group called "The Free Flight Model Aero Club". Feeel free to join if you are interested.
TRIBUTE TO JOHN O'DONNELL (14.8.1932 - 18.4.2017) (J O'D is seen 3rd from the right above early 2017) Perhaps THE greatest free flight aeromodeller from the UK ever.
A full tribute to John can be found here
Tim Milner, Reg Boor and myself attended John's funeral. It was a celebration of his life and we were astonished about just how much he had packed in, with so many interests. I think Gill and the family hadn't really understood just how good John was and how much he was respected by his aeromodelling friends. It was nice to be able to share that with them.
NOTE: The Indoor Nationals are at Lee Valley on September 6th, 7th and 8th. Dave Whitehouse has details.