Teeside Model Airshow 2017
Author: Ally Young | Date: June 2017
The Teeside Model Flying Club held its annual Model Airshow on the weekend of the 3rd and 4th of June. The forecast was generally favourable with light winds on the Saturday morning right down the runway. This prompted a keen response from the assembled pilots to get airborne before the projected swing of the wind to 'cross on' later in the afternoon and it was to get up even more on Sunday.
The Teeside Show always has a good variety of different kinds of model. I like the fact that it is not only state of the art scale, jet and aerobatic models, but there is space made for general club type models also. You don't need a fancy airframe to fly well and some of the tidiest flying of the weekend was ably demonstrated by Norman from the Newcastle area with a Sebart Wind S 50 running an OS glow engine.
Dave, Andy and Adam Johnstone demonstrated a wide variety of scale, sport and jet models. This family have invested heavily in providing a wide array of models for public display and their commitment to the hobby via the LMA and the show circuit is exemplary. Personally I think that any moans from the few about the number of slots allocated to this family's models is completely unfounded. Time and again when conditions get testing, Dave, Andy and young Adam are prepared to commit a wide variety of expensive models to the air and fly to keep the crowds entertained when others perhaps are not so willing.
Young Adam is keeping the family flame burning with some lovely flying of everything from a Wellington bomber to a 'silly speed' 400 sized pylon racer that needs the reactions of a cat to see and fly!
Richard Copeland flew his new Avanti XS and his lovely scale Grumman Panther jet. Richard always gives a smooth, accomplished demonstration. Turbine gliders were in evidence also and I particularly liked Ewan Galloway's Red Bull scheme glider with a little Wren turbine on top. Once he got it lit, it went very well indeed.
I didn't catch the names of all of the pilots but I knew most of the regular faces and models. The show has a friendly atmosphere and is pretty low key compared to some of the bigger shows.
I flew my JR guided Krill Katana and the smoke system showed up well in the blue skies. I could see a few strained faces and furrowed brows of the 'old boys' who perhaps weren't too sure about me chucking about a big 170cc DLE powered 40% aerobat, maybe not quite their thing! I resisted the urge to turn my baseball cap back to front just to annoy them! (Lol!)
The event was run well and safety was at the top of the agenda. Flying standards were generally good, but a few of the more 'conservative gentlemen' maybe need to figure out what the rudder is for, particularly in a bit of a cross wind! This is a serious point though and from a safety point of view one that perhaps deserves closer scrutiny when it comes to checking pilot competence to fly in all conditions at a show.
I know I have missed some excellent models and flying out so my apologies for that. I will try to gather more info for next year's show ( if I'm allowed back!)
Thanks to the Teeside Model Flying Club members for a great weekend and excellent BBQ, refreshments and facilities. I would like to offer a final personal thanks to Neil (Turnbull?) from the Teeside club. Neil and Linda could not have been more helpful, keeping us supplied with everything from sun cream to burgers and batteries! It makes it a pleasure to come down and visit our North East England friends once a year. Thanks once again guys.
Ally Young - Team MacGregor