Jump to content
  • News and Information

    Latest news and information

    grj

    BARCS Leagues 2015

    By grj, in BARCS,

    March 30th saw the end of the BARCS 2015 League year. This revised date was adopted as part of the overall changes to the fiscal year voted on at the EGM held in May 2015, aligning membership, league year with the revised AGM date of May. So overall the 2015 season lasted almost seventeen months. In reality the majority of the competitions were completed by October 2015, though had the weather been kinder, the traditional Peterborough Winter Series might have been included. As has become quite noticeable in recent years, weather has played an increasing part in a competitions success, with some CD’s declaring Saturday and Sunday dates, to be finalised depending on local conditions.
    Eighty five individual BARCS members took part in at least one competition with some recording up to twelve cards in any one class. Electric launch gliders continue to dominate as the favoured launch method, reflecting the development of airframes and electronics (as well as the ageing demographic of the aeromodelling population). The F3J format maintains a strong level of interest with twenty eight participants. 100s is championed by a small but fervent band of enthusiasts, mainly located around the East of England, though events such as Radioglide and the Nationals, see a wider spread of entrants.
    The full set of league results can be found on the BARCS homepage under the relevant class tab but I would like to congratulate League Champions: Peter Allen, Open; Neil Jones, F3J; Kevin Newitt, 100s and RES; Graham Wicks, Multilaunch; Bob Hope, Classic; Richard Swindells, Miniglider and Brian Austin, Open and Restricted Electric Launch, on a successful 2015. The Neil Webb Trophy is awarded to the competitor with the highest cumulative score from all the leagues they have flown to be BARCS All rounder, which for the third year running goes to Mark Fozzie DeVall, having competed in Open, F3J, 100s and RES leagues. I will be contacting the winners and current holders of trophies to arrange distribution and will be posting out certificates to winners and second and third place runners up in the next weeks.
    The All rounder league table can be viewed by clicking here.
    On behalf of BARCS and all competitors I would like to say a big thank you to all the CD’s for running competitions and to clubs for making their facilities available. A full list of current event can be found in the BARCS calendar. 
    The 2016 season is now underway and will run until March 30th 2017
     
    Robin Sleight

    Nick Neve

    By Robin Sleight, in BARCS,

    It is with the greatest sadness that we have to announce the death of Nick Neve. Nick passed away peacefully on Wednesday 30th March after a short battle with cancer.
    Nick had a very varied and interesting life and career.  A graduate of Jesus College Cambridge, he married Pat, his American wife, in August 1958. They had 3 sons, each one born in a different continent, as Nick’s distinguished Army career took them to many countries, including Australia, the USA and Germany. 
     
    Nick was bitten by the aeromodelling bug whilst in the USA in the late 1950’s, where he was first introduced to model gliders being flown off towlines. Back in the UK, and living in Sussex, the modern era for towline RC gliders can be said to have truly started with the publication of an article in the Aeromodeller magazine in 1968 by Nick Neve and Chris Foss. The models depicted used single function radio equipment and were “of the free flight type of glider design” (according to an extract from George Stringwell’s book on Thermal Soaring). The well-known “BARCS Open rules” which form the basis of the subsequent FAI rules for the F3J class, owe their origin to discussions between Nick and Chris Foss around a kitchen table.
     
    Nick and his family moved to the Malvern area in 1970 and in 1973 he was one of the founder members of the Malvern Soaring Association – still one of the most active soaring clubs in the UK today thanks to Nick’s efforts as club Chairman for many years. The various raffles run by the club were legendary with prizes which included multiple cakes baked by Pat.  Nick was an early member of BARCS and a Fellow and Past President of the Association.  To assist RC thermal flyers, Nick set up his cottage industry of Eynhallow Avionics producing hand tow and power winches for launching – multiple versions of these are still in wide use today. For the wider Aeromodelling community, Nick acted for many years as the UK’s FAI delegate and his honours include that of a Fellow of the SMAE. Of Nick’s many achievements, the one of which he was particularly proud, was the organization of the inaugural World Championships for thermal soaring (F3J class)  in 1998 at the MSA’s flying field at Upton-upon-Severn in Worcestershire.  Nick was the moving force behind getting the required UK support to stage this event and he dealt with all the complex administrative arrangements pretty much single- handed.  Nick and his wife Pat were excellent hosts and, over the years,  welcomed  many aeromodellers to Eynhallow, their home. 
    Besides these activities, Nick enjoyed very many other varied interests.  In retirement, he continued to travel widely, was a member of the Malvern Hill Fine Art Society, a member of his local racing pigeon syndicate (owning four birds which he named Mathew, Mark, Luke and John).  With his late wife Pat, he devoted much time to the local parish church and in recent times found happiness again with a new companion Allie, an American lady so that Nick spent significant time in the USA over the last couple of years.
    Nick will be sadly missed and fondly remembered by his very many friends.
    By Steve Hannon, MSA Chairman and Robin Sleight, BARCS Chairman
     
  •  

  •  

  • Our picks

    • by Sydney Lenssen, July 2018

      Brian Austin has been co-opted by the BARCS Executive Committee as the new President of BARCS. His three year term of office will be confirmed by the membership at the AGM 2019. I am confident that this announcement will be welcomed by all BARCS members. Many, if not all, members know Brian from his long record of achievements and activities in the silent flight field. He is especially known for his friendly cheerful manner, always at hand to help fellow modellers.


      Four years ago, Brian was awarded BARCS’ Eppler Trophy, in my opinion, the association’s the most prestigious award with a long list of distinguished aeromodellers such as Eppler himself.

      Graham James, BARCS President at that time, wrote the following citation: In the early years of BARCS, awarding was often a relatively straightforward decision as new construction methods, materials, wing sections, control methods and launch and landing requirements demanded continuous model development. Today, many of us have moved onto moulded ready builds and the skills of the true modeller are largely being lost.


      One person, Brian Austin, continues to lead the field in home design and build models. Responsible over the years for many familiar Open and 100s designs, his name is now better known in electric circles not only for his planes but also as a driving force behind competition rule progression. Names like Trilogy, Alacrity and more recently the Watts series of electric gliders, of which Watts New is the latest incarnation, will be familiar to us all. For many years, he has also been the responsible for running a very successful series of competitions in Essex.

      Although tempted by shiny plastic models too, he continues to fashion exquisitely beautiful soarers, built to standards that most of us can only
      aspire. They take the latest look and feel of moulded machines, but are built in more traditional ways. Brian pilots competition winning models.
        • Thanks
        • Like
      • 0 replies
    • Can F3J survive the treatment meant to save it
      What are the new rules?

      Two weeks ago the RC Soaring Technical Meeting in Lausanne took the bull by the horns and introduced new rules aimed at saving F3J glider contests from sliding off the world and continental championship schedules - the death of what for many soaring pilots is the most popular of silent flight competitions.

      Joe Wurts, the first F3J World Champion in 1998 at Upton-upon Severn, UK. Twenty years later with the latest F3J WC about to take place in Romania, many soarers are fearing that this could be the last.


      THE NEW RULES

      From next year pilots can use electric winches - either/or hand held winches - for launching their models. The models must have a maximum surface area of 150 dm2 and a minimum loading of at least 20 gm/dm2. There will be no dropped round in fly-offs, and no reflights for mid-air collisions after 60 seconds into the slot.

      CIAM, the world ruling body for this class is hoping that its new rules will halt the massive fall in numbers of F3J pilots wishing to compete, sixty per cent over the past five years and still falling, and restore its popularity.

      But among many F3J pilots, the bull is still shaking its horns. There has been an extraordinary shock reaction: hundreds of pilots from all over the world have reacted on social media, protesting, angry and forecasting the end of this class. Many pilots are concerned, ranging from previous finalists and champions to your typical enthusiast who enjoys travelling across country and continental boundaries to participate in their friendly sport. Only a few can see the logic and reasoning and are prepared to wait and see how the changes work in practice. More than a few want CIAM to think again!



       
      • 12 replies
    • Rule changes to halt terminal decline
      Uncle Sydney’ Gossip column returns

      FAI’s Aeromodelling Commission meets next month, 27/28 April 2018 in Lausanne, Switzerland. For F3J pilots the main topic on the agenda is how to halt the decline in silent flight contests. What does CIAM want to change?  What chance for these changes to save terminal decline?

      Winches to be allowed.

      If this proposal goes through the “launch of the model aircraft will be by hand held towline or winch.” Ever since 1998 when the first F3J world championships were held at Upton on Severn, pressure has been on CIAM to bring in winch launching. At numerous team managers’ meetings held by Jury President Bartovsky during World and European championships, arguments for and against have raged. Many countries do not have enough people to give one or two man tows, so they run their qualifying comps to local rules using electric winches. I guess more than half of countries do this. When they turn up at FAI championships, their pulleys and hand winches are brought out. In the UK perhaps we had one or two practice sessions at home before leaving.

      Certainly there is a difference between a regulation F3B winch and a two man tows. The best pilots still gain the most height either way. The big difference is what you need to carry on your travels, especially by airline. Winches and batteries are bulky and heavy. So far all votes have been to stick with hand towing.

      In CIAM agendas, any rule amendment is followed by its reasoning. 

      The winch proposal stems from Slovakia and they say: “The majority of pilots are older persons who are no longer physically capable of towing models. ( Uncle’s note: I have not seen anyone on crutches yet!) .....


       
      • 27 replies
    • by Sydney Lenssen, BARCS President and Gary Binnie, BARCS Chairman

      We and the BARCS executive committee wish all members, and indeed everyone who enjoys model flying and thermal soaring, a very happy Christmas, and also a very special year ahead in 2018. May all your achievements, higher scores and hopes be realised.

      Year 2017 has been a mixed year, probably for everybody. The biggest triumph by far has been the successful opening of BMFA’s National Flying Centre at Buckminster. BARCS can be very proud that it was the first group of aeromodellers to utilise the facilities on offer by organising a successful Radioglide 2017 at the end of May. 

      There is still a long way to go until BMFA realises all its ambitious plans for the NFC. Very sensibly, they are taking a careful financial route. Many members will not have even seen the site so far. Don’t hesitate. Many other members are in the band of volunteers, regularly making the Centre bigger and better. Offer to help if you can!

      One of the prime movers to establish the National Flying Centre is Chris Moynihan as chairman of the BMFA and also a member of the BARCS executive committee. Many years ago, it was Chris who tackled the difficult job of persuading BARCS to grow closer to the BMFA. He then went on to become chairman of the BMFA with his dedicated drive and skill at bringing together proponents and opponents. Very sadly, due to health problems, Chris has stepped down from both the BMFA chairman role and the BARCS committee. We shall all miss his wise counselling. 

      All the very best - and plenty of thermals - for 2018!

      Sydney Lenssen, BARCS President
       
      • 0 replies
    • Interglide F5J 2017 Report and Results
      This year’s Interglide over the weekend 24-25 June run by BARCS saw a necessary change from F3J to the electric launch format of F5J which proved to be very popular.

      Cracking flying site. Forty-seven pilots booked in. Prizes acquired, particular thanks going to UK KST agents, Flightech and C & M Rapid (Model Glasses) Ltd. for their generosity. The previous week saw fantastic weather. So what could possibly go wrong at Interglide 2017. Well, being the UK in June it’s no surprise, the weather changed for the week. Full report in the link above
      • 0 replies
×
×
  • Create New...

Important Information

We have placed cookies on your device to help make this website better. You can adjust your cookie settings, otherwise we'll assume you're okay to continue.