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Sunday, April 14, 2013
Sport and competition flying
Schofields Flying Club runs monthly competitions for pilots and student pilots with Flying Membership. The competitions are relaxed and friendly, but scores are recorded and awards presented at the end of each year. Once a year there is the opportunity to compete as a member of the Schofields team in the interclub competition. If you would like to join in the fun see the Information for new competitors below.
Latest competition report
Bankstown - 20 January 2013: It was overcast but fine, with information Delta advising incoming traffic to expect an instrument approach. Competing were Mike Allsop, Russell Cameron, Bill Dawes, Warren Dunn, Robert Erskine, Karen Heugh, David Jaffray, Andrew Jordan, Ashley Kemp, Justin McCoy, Andrew Moss, Mike Parer, Richard Ure and Dave Winter. Thanks go to air-judges George Raby, Tony Bell and Mike Allsop. And a big thank you to the breakfast chefs!
Congratulations to Andrew Jordan who was first in the general division with 211 out of a possible 235 points; Andrew also won the Glide Approach event. In second place with 178 points was Dave Winter. In third place was Richard Ure with 165 points. Mike Allsop won the Blind Circuit and Spot Landing events. Congratulations to David Jaffray who won the previous champs division.
For previous reports see the Past competitions page.
Information for new competitors
During the course of the year the club holds a series of competitions, most at Warnervale Airport near Wyong, but some at Bankstown. Competitions are held monthly on Sundays and advertised by email to all club members. The email invites members to contact the club and book a time slot for their competition flight.
The competitions challenge pilots and student pilots alike to maintain and improve proficiency in the non routine flying skills learnt in Private Pilot Licence (PPL) training. Skills like forced landings, instrument flying, steep turns and more. A complete list of current competition sequences is provided below.
Competitions are conducted in a Piper Warrior. For student pilots doing initial training in the Cessna 152, it's a great introduction to the aircraft in which they will probably complete their PPL. The price of participation is based on approximately thirty minutes flying at solo rates.
Calendar for 2013
INSTRUMENT CLIMB: After takeoff, the instrument hood goes on at 400 feet. Climb to 2500 feet to be over the downwind threshold after following the pattern described in the Instrument climb diagram (12kB pdf).
FORCED LANDING: Carry out a glide approach from 2500 feet, complete your forced landing checks and touch down between scoring markers. No score if you land short!
SPOT LANDING: This event perfects your short field landing technique. All landings, even in the forced landing event, are scored as spot landings. Scores are allocated as indicated in the Spot landing diagram (49kb pdf).
STEEP TURN UNDER THE HOOD: There are points for keeping the ball centred and having the bank angle, height and roll out heading correct. A 60 degree turn will take all of seventeen seconds to complete 360 degrees. This is a sequence that doesn't necessarily favour the instrument pilot!
SPIRAL RECOVERY UNDER THE HOOD: This event will brush up your ability to recover from unusual attitudes even flying on instruments. This is sequence that doesn't necessarily favour the instrument pilot either!
BLIND CIRCUIT: Competitors fly a circuit with all the flight instruments covered, usually by something hi-tech like a tea towel. Only the instructor/airjudge is allowed to peek. Points are awarded for accuracy of speed and height, and the 'quality' of the landing.
LOW-LEVEL CIRCUIT: Simulating a landing under low cloud, competitors fly the circuit at a height of 500 feet. Points are scored for the quality of the circuit, approach and landing.
PRECAUTIONARY SEARCH AND LANDING: This event may be combined with a Low-level circuit and includes a low-pass runway inspection at 50 feet AGL.
FLYING FROM THE RIGHT HAND SEAT: While not an event as such, from time to time it is thrown into to the mix to add to the excitement of other events. Fly from the other seat. See how the instructor feels!
Competitions are a sequence of events. Current sequences are listed below. For full details of each event see Competition events.
The competition is run by Schofields organisers from the clubhouse of the Central Coast Aero Club. Organisers will help you ready a score sheet. You'll fly with an instructor who acts as Airjudge and rates your performance based on the score sheet criteria. The instructor will take care of all the radio work so you can concentrate on the flying. If you are unsure of a sequence the instructor will guide you through. From start up to shut down, competition flights are approximately thirty minutes in duration.
Most stay for a while to exchange tall tales and true. For $1 in the kitty, you can make yourself tea or coffee in the clubhouse kitchen. There is also a cold drinks vending machine. There are no shops nearby so it's best to bring your own lunch or snacks.
Competitions at Bankstown
When the competition is held at Bankstown it's an early morning breakfast competition (from 7:00am) because the tower likes us to be out of the air by 8.30 am. It's also known as a Brekkie Comp because it's followed by a hot breakfast at the Schofields clubhouse. Given the shorter time frame and popularity of this competition, there are usually three aircraft operating so that everyone gets to fly.
The competition is based near the NP Aviation Hangar, accessed via Tower Road, Bankstown Airport. In the air, the competition runs in the same way as the Warnervale competition.
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