A short write up to share our trip to Bandung last weekend.
Liga RC Pylon Race Seri I - 22-24Feb 2013, Bandung, Indonesia
The Indonesian Aero sport Federation, Federasi Aero Sport Indonesia
(FASI) held the Liga RC Pylon Race Seri I in Bandung last weekend. It
was held at a beautiful airfield in Kopo, Lanud Sulaeman surrounded by
mountains. They invited nearby countries to join. In a year they will
typically organised 3 of these kind of races in different provinces
which serves as a warm up to the big national competition.
In this event, besides the nitro pylon race (Q500 class) there was also
3D Fixed Wing, Touch and GO, Electric Pylon Race . This is the first
time Electric Pylon Race was introduced. We decided to go and take part
for exposure, have some fun and make new friends.
The main category was the nitro pylon race, there were many pilots who
came from all over Indonesia. Competition was keen and fierce, the noise
from the engine and the bigger size of the planes made it exciting and
spectacular for the spectators. For this category, pilots have to fly 10
laps around 2 poles 180m apart.
We took part in the electric Rc pylon race, since this was the first
time they held electric race, they made it open class with no
restrictions, and each race only 5 laps. We went with the Sunracer and
E-wasp and were up against 3 Dago reds, 2 Funjets, and one Funjet clone.
2 pilots per heat and we completed 3 rounds.
Flying in a competition is a totally different ball game from funflying
at CD field. Hands shaking, adrenaline was pumping, it was hard to keep
the planes in control. Many times , we overshot the pylons , especially
the left pylon as we were not used to the pylon distance and the turns
coming in towards us. We learnt after the first round, we had to go
around the pylons and not just cross it, else it will be a cut. One cut
added 10% of time, 2 Cuts or more is max 300sec. Vincent's first round
had 3 cuts due to this.
The 2nd round we did much better, with no cuts , still we overshot the
pylons. Unfortunately, when I was coming in for a landing, the sunracer
hit the left pylon pole, which left a huge dent in the wings and put it
out of the last round. Ouch.
Sunracer hit pole
In round 3, i used the back up E-wasp. Vincent put in a 4s lipo for his
(previously all on 3s) as it was the last batt we had. On take off his
E-wasp shot up fast into the air, it was looking good after the first
turn when suddenly he felt no power. The ESC had cut. We realised we
forgot to program the ESC for higher cut off, since now on 4s the amp
draw would had been more.
Prepare for launch
The electric pilots like their nitro counterparts, the best from their
own provinces, were very skilled and could make tight turns around the
plyons. Even though we had faster planes, we lost out in the turns, we
learnt that speed is nothing without control, and to fly around a preset
course is not easy, it requires lots of disipline and practice.
The other 2 categories also attracted many participants. For the Touch
and GO, pilots have 3mins to do as many touch and go as possible with a
5m rolling on ground counted as 1 touch. The electric planes had
advantage here as they could make short turn-arounds. This event was won
by a young boy with great skills. For the 3D Fixed Wing, pilots fly
their planes to music and were judge by a panel.
The event concluded with prize presentation on the last day. It was very
well ran, the Indonesians were very passionate about aeromodelling its
amazing they came from every part of Indonesia, some driving some 12
hours to this event. They had great support from their goverment, the
province helpers. We were told in previous events, their Airforce even
charted C130s to fetch some of them from the rural areas to the events.
The Q500 nitro race is very popular and they asked us to take part in
that category next time. Its also popular in Thailand and they have
planned to make it into a big event next year at the Asian Beach games
in Thailand 2014, and hoping for it to be included in the SEA games.
Anyone keen can start practicing now.
We like to thank the host for their great hospitality, good fun, great experience.
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