We have new competition schedules for Advanced, Expert and F3A.   This is in line with the usual practice of changing these schedules every two years. Sportsman has not been changed. 

These new schedules are now being flown at all competitions following the completion of the August 2023 World Championships.

See under Resources for links to the Schedule Descriptions, Arresti Diagrams and the 2023 Promotion Scores for each of these schedules.  

Call Cards for all classes except Sportsman have also been added under Resources. For the Sportsman Call Card See under Getting Started.

 The APA has announced major changes to the Rules relating to Relegation, Promotion Scores and the Masters ranking.

See the following link:

APA Announcement

We have settled into our new venue for indoor flying.  Park Orchards Community Centre at 560 Park Rd, Park Orchards VIC 3114.  Roomy with a high ceiling and nothing hanging down to attack our aeroplanes.  Also the basketball hoops retract out of the way.

Generally will be held on the 4th Sunday of each month.   See the Event Calendar for details, map, etc.. 

Park Orchards Hall2

The VPA is keen to promote indoor aerobatics, otherwise know as F3P, as a branch of precision flying.  You will see that we have a new section on this site for Indoor and F3P.  Now that we have good venue for flying (any weather, no wind, perfect visibility!) the key to successful aerobatics in confined (very!) spaces are manoeuvrable but slow flying aeroplanes.  Slow means very slow.  Also very light.  We have a group of regular flyers currently building a batch of this type of aeroplane and we hope to hold some competitions soon.  The section here for F3P now includes a Rookie competition schedule for us to get started on.  So competitions coming soon.

As part of the building effort, the VPA would like to thank Aussie Aeroworks for supporting our efforts to encourage participation in Indoor Aerobatics (F3P). We found them very easy to deal with and they provided great customer service.

Aussie Aeroworks, are at  http://aussieaeroworks.com.au and they have a large range of flat panel models suitable for indoor and outdoor aerobatics, 3D and general flying.

 

Here is an article about the Cold Draft which is an unusual F3A model.  Design, kit prefabrication, construction, flying and lots of photos.  Builder Tom Bloodworth.

The Cold Draft       

Please see our new sections. Classic Pattern for the way it was.  Getting Started with lots of information about the Sportsman Class.   Also Reports on Events as they happen. 

The VPA is now using the Notauscore judging system as part of an Australia wide project by the APA.   The Notauscore system uses custom made Notaumatic input terminals which allow the judges to enter scores directly.  The Notaumatics prompt the judge with a description of each manoeuvre and the judge can enter the score without taking his eyes of the competitor's model.  The scores are sent directly to the Raspberry processor by wifi.  The system is preloaded with information about all of the pilots, flight schedules, possible scores, and all of the rules for calculating the results.   Score sheets and progressive results can be viewed on line by logging into the local Notauscore wifi network. At the end of the competition the Competition Director can, at the press of a button, produce the final results for the whole competition including promotions and retainers.   Some photos of the hardware are shown below.

 

Here we have a great idea for a different group photo taken just before flying started on the first day of the Bendigo State Champs a while back.  With our resident guru photographer Darren Tilnak on hand with camera and happy to help out even though he was also first up flying!  Below are a few behind the scenes shots of what happened when the professionals were doing the shoot.

Also recently at P&DARCS with the weekday flyers enjoying some beautiful weather before the floods came.