There was a good roll up today, with Lance Smith, Andrew Nugent,
Murray Wilson, Peter Roberts, Gavan Opperman and myself all getting
stuck into a bit of practice. Weather was spot on after all the
rain. Cloudy, light winds, low 20's and the occasional burst of
sunshine made for ideal flying conditions. Flying was virtually
constant from 11 am to 3 pm with a short lunch break for coffee,
sandwiches and fruit.
I needed to test some racers for the South Australian State Champs
which are in 10 days time. Would love to be heading to the Hunter
Valley this weekend, but can't get any Vics to take the time off.
Next time, I hope.
First up was the R250 Elliptical which performed flawlessly with a
best of 22.07 and 43 laps. Wish it had performed like that at Dalby!
Next came the Irvine 25 Rocket which really knocked my socks off
with a best of 14.78 for 7 laps. That's near enough to 122 mph and
only on 15% nitro! Laps were around 41/42 with the APC 7x7. Just
can't speak highly enough of these Irvine engines. This engine is
Barton B standard except for a 5 mm venturi and the head set up by
Lance. I look forward to hearing how Ray's goes in his Rocket. Hope
his pilot is wearing his running shoes as he may be rotating quite
Lance was next with his Flying Purple People Eater. His modified OS
25 FX engine made 15.5's for over 40 laps. We then flew the Orange
Rocket and had plenty of laps and 15.5's were the norm once Andrew
had worked on the tune.
Next up was the blue Streak with the latest Lance Smith prepared FX.
Still running in, it also had 50 plus laps with a best of 15.4 but
with more to come as the engine fit settles in.
Finally Murray got his pink and black Dimpled Dumpling in the air.
It was going better than it did in Dalby with a fast and consistent
setting of low 22's and low 40's laps. The R250 engine was the one
that won the last British Nats.
Meanwhile, Gavan got in quite a few stunt flights to take advantage
of the near perfect conditions. His aerobatics have improved a lot
lately and he now flies the full stunt schedule. Doug Grinham had
better watch out!