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Aussies at the AWACS One Design first flight All the news from Temora

Take off
The President’s Message
and achieving such a great result first up. Several ear members, reports follow about this great adventure. If anyone Yo Ho Ho and has thought of going to the worlds as an observer a litre of avgas! /helper/chief cook etc. please put your hand up. It is Compliments of the seaa fantastic experience. Just ask Liz Cook (long time son. Enough of the end international judge and secretary of CIVA) John of year stuff. Sharpe, "interpreter" at the 1998 world championSome breaking news. The Australian Aerobatic ships in Slovakia, Cherie Howlett (who was a pencilClub is not the only ler and caller at the 98 WACs) Roxarne Moon (who organisation with issues was assistant to the chief judge at the first world regarding sequences. air games in Turkey) Mat Burnett and Laura Hart to CIVA has decided to mention just a few. change the advanced Between them they have a plethora of stories Q sequence for the upcoming year. CIVA originally and memories - most of which have very little to had voted to fly the USA proposal. Concerns about do with the flying and the competition. Just ask the sequence were voiced by - you guessed it - the John Sharpe about the saga of the fuel pump on USA, and a modified sequence was submitted as an my Extra! It really is a fantastic experience and alternative. There the team members was very little difprovide great moral support for whoever ference between is competing. the two sequences, The Nationals but there you have are only four it. In keeping months away with our general (March 25-28, 2005) principle, we will so put it in your be flying the CIVA brand new calendar adopted advanced and start practising. program. The They will be held in revised sequence Parkes as usual as is available on our I hope to see everyweb site. one there. Hoping Congratulations to Richard everyone has a terrific Christmas and Wiltshire for taking the plunge new year. Safe and happy flying into the big league Richard Wiltshire carries the flag for Australia at the AWACs opening Tom M. of the AWACS ceremony alongside the Belgian one-pilot team.


Victorian State Aerobatic Championships
Leongatha 28th to 30th January 2005
The perfect way to prepare for the Nationals. The Vics have always come up to NSW to claim titles. Now it’s time NSW took some of theirs! So take the challenge and… BE THERE!
Entry forms available on the AAC website: Alternatively, contact VIC Chapter President, David Clemence: Or Contest Director, Alan Kilpatrick:
Cover: Alone above Europe: Richard Wiltshire flies his competition mount back home from Sweden to England. Below: Richard starts his One Design. Main picture: Freddy Stenbom. More of Freddy's pictures at Edited by JOHN SHARPE. Articles needed. (02) 9743 2156 or


Temora 2004

NSW Aerobatic Championships
he 2004 NSW Aerobatics Championships turned out to be a fast-paced weekend. With bad weather forecast for the Sunday and Monday of the October long weekend, officials and competitors worked hard on the Saturday to get through two flights for all the 17 competitors - and almost made it. The competition was wrapped up by Sunday afternoon, despite having to dodge some rain showers, and competitors were flying home on Monday morning. The weather had been a factor all week. The Robin flown by Chris and John Gallagher came from Bankstown to Temora on the Wednesday before, just beating a rain front. I wasn’t quite so lucky. I started a bit later on Wednesday afternoon Queensland pilot Tony Hanlon gets ready to head home after the contest. in my Pitts and dodged rain showers Bennet, also moving up to Intermediate (and sharing the on the way from Sydney to Temora, Unicomb Pitts S1 with Peter), and Richard Connellan in finally having to divert south and spend a few hours at the Victorian Pitts S2A. Cootamundra while the rain passed through. (Thanks for The first flight - the known - had me leading, with the coffee, guys). Scott second, Paul third, Richard fourth and Peter fifth The Phil Unicomb tribe and their three aircraft (apparently trying to fly the Pitts the same way he used - Pitts S1, Pitts S2A and the boss’s VIP transport, the to fly his Citabria). The second flight, the free sequence, Beechcraft Debonair were also having fun, stuck at was won by Paul, me second, Scott Moore third, Richard Parkes for a while with weather problems and some fourth and Peter fifth. The top three places were close, mechanical difficulties. so it all depended on the unknown. Fortunately age and Thursday was fine and a good practice day for most, cunning won out over youth and skill - Paul managed to but Friday was a complete washout - although the local zero one manoeuvre to let me win, Scott was second, Paul farmers were loving the rain we had brought. third, Richard fourth and Peter fifth. The contest director, Tom Moon, and the other offiSportsman had five contestants - Brad Whatson had cials decided that we would start early on Saturday and brought his “new “ Pitts S1 which he had imported from get cracking straight into competition flights. the USA, Tony Hanlon came down from Queensland to fly First up were the two Advanced pilots, the Victorians his Decathlon, Connie Greenberg and Russell Bowes were Hans Litjens in his Yak and David Clemence in his Laser sharing a Robin and Andrew Biggs was in the Maitlandflying the Q program. based Pitts S2. Hans had been struggling with his flick rolls but was The first flight put Andrew firmly in the lead with getting on top of them with some ground critiquing from Brad snapping at his heels. Russell scored strongly to be Tom. David was flying very cleanly. David was in the lead in third, Connie was fourth and Tony brought up the rear. after the free sequence, but not by a lot. The next day, Andrew’s second flight was even better to secure him the Hans flew well in the first unknown to take the overall win, with Brad second. Russell made errors on his second lead by just a few points. The pilots took the option flight and Connie improved substantially to take third offered of flying their unknowns on the same day to allow place, with Tony fourth and Russell fifth. them to head home on Monday. But the second unknown Graduate was fought out between Russell Bell and was a disaster for Hans as he zeroed his spin then flew Chris Gallagher sharing a Robin and first-timer Rob Kuru some figures the wrong way, thus handing the trophy to flying a Pitts S2A. The first round was very close with David who flew well. Chris on 634 points and Rob beating her by just four There was plenty of rivalry in the intermediate conpoints and Russell third. The two leaders improved their test with me in my first competition since 2002, Peter scores in the second flight, but Rob drew ahead to leave Williamson in his first competition in Intermediate and in a Pitts S1, the keen crew of Scott Moore and Paul



Temora results

2004 NSW championships
Pilot 1 1 David Clemence Hans Litjens Pilot 1 2 3 4 5 John Sharpe Scott Moore Paul Bennet Richard Connellan Peter Williamson Free 2650.00 2476.25 Known 1859.87 1735.87 1728.50 1501.37 1263.87 Unknown 1 1621.75 1803.87 Free 1807.00 1805.37 1827.50 1675.87 1429.50 Unknown 2 2032.00 1281.12 Unknown 1296.50 1249.25 1153.75 1241.00 671.50 Final Score 6303.75 5561.25 Final Score 4963.37 4790.50 4709.75 4418.25 3364.87 % 70.67 62.35 % 81.63 78.79 77.46 72.66 55.34 Pitts S1 Pitts S1 Pitts S1 Pitts S2 Pitts S1 Aircraft Laser Yak



Pilot 1 2 3 4 5 Andrew Biggs Brad Whatson Connie Greenberg Tony Hanlon Russell Bowes Pilot 1 2 3

Known 1 958.25 940.25 862.50 836.12 904.37 Known 1 638.00 634.00 561.37

Known 2 984.37 968.62 905.75 862.50 651.87 Known 2 681.12 661.37 642.87

Final Score 1942.62 1908.87 1768.25 1698.62 1556.25 Final Score 1319.12 1295.37 1204.25

% 83.73 82.27 76.21 67.08 % 81.427 Pitts 79.96 74.33 Robin Robin Pitts S2 Pitts S1 Robin Robin

73.21 Decathlon


Rob Kuru Chris Gallagher Russell Bell

Pilot 1 2 Grant Piper John Gallagher

Known 1 529.62 509.25

Known 2 510.75 519.87

Final Score 1040.37 1029.12

% 82.57 81.67 RV4 Robin

Chris in second place and Russell third. Entry level was fought out between John Gallagher in a Robin and Grant Piper in his RV-4. Grant was new to competition, but plenty of hours flying RAAF aircraft stood him in good stead. The 3,000 ft base for aerobatics in this category meant that they had to wait a while until passing clouds cleared the box but it didn’t seem to cause them any great problems. The first round left them just 20 points apart, with Grant leading John. John managed to improve his performance in the second round to beat Grant, but not by enough to take the overall trophy off the newcomer. So that was it. With the competition finished early, the trophy presentation was held on Sunday afternoon and dinner that evening was a celebration of a terrific weekend.

Many thanks as usual to all the people who spent a lot of time working to keep the contest running, including the pilots of course, who juggled judging, radio work and starter duties and still managed to fly well. Aren’t pilots wonderful! Pilot’s partners are, of course, even more wonderful. Very special thanks to Tom Moon for being a great contest director, to Mal Beard for making the journey down from Queensland with all the radio gear and being a terrific chief judge, to Tracy Hearne for coming down with Mal and handling all the computer scoring work and to Chris Gallagher for coping with the paperwork Sincere thanks to Temora aero club who looked after us with great hospitality over the weekend and laid on a splendid dinner.


It really flies! One Design takes to the air
ichard Wiltshire has successffully test flown his DR-107 One Design. VH-RSW flew for the first time on Sunday December 5 after approximately five years in the making and about 4500 hours of actual building time, This One Design is the first to be built and to fly in Australia, but will be followed very soon by VHIAC built by Brian Turner of Latrobe Valley which is almost ready for test flying. Brian also did some of the work on Richard's aircraft. They are both LAMEs. Richard (pictured right with champagne in hand) says that, with some luck, there will be two DR-107s at the next AAC National Championships. He says the first flight of VH-RSW from Hoxton Park was uneventful with no defects evident. He spent 15 minutes in the air and says that the roll rate is fantastic, and


compared to his Pitts S1, it's a pussycat to land. Once the engine has been run in, the aerobatic envelope will be explored. Richard's One Design has a 200hp injected engine and an MTV three-blade constant speed prop.

Leave the judges alone

The plight of the official

e’ve all seen it on television - a tennis ace shouting at the umpire, a soccer star screaming at the referee, a cricket legend loudly disputing a decision. It’s not a pretty sight in professional sport. It can be even worse when tempers flare in amateur games. Match officials have been assaulted by players or even by parents in junior leagues. It is such a big problem that amateur officials have been leaving in droves. Unfortunately the abuse of officials also happens in aerobatics. It has led to several dedicated and talented officials no longer turning up at competitions. The stress of aerobatic competition is not felt just by the pilots. There is also a great deal of pressure on judges to make the right decisions about the manoevres they see in the sky, and to be impartial. Imagine then, when an experienced judge gets bailed up in a corner by an aggressive competitor and told that their judging is hopeless. That they can’t see straight because they marked down a loop which was flown perfectly. That they can’t possibly know how to judge because they are not an aerobatic pilot themselves. Imagine that, but with swearwords added. Even worse if that pilot then goes around criticising the judge. There’s nothing quite so pathetic as hearing a first-time competitor slagging off a respected judge - or maybe it is worse when an experienced competitor, who should know better, does the same thing. Why would officials bother giving up weekends and spending their own money on travel and accommodation just to experience that? This is not to point the finger at any individual, or any one group of pilots - tempers have flared and harsh words have been spoken at all levels of our sport. No judge is perfect, all judges make mistakes. That is why there is a panel of judges - to average out any


mistakes - and a chief judge to keep an eye on them. That is why judge refresher courses are run, and briefings are held at competitions to go over again the rules of judging. But if a competitor is unhappy with an aspect of the judging, he or she can talk to the chief judge. To take the matter further, there is a well-known procedure - a competitor can make an official protest and have it heard by the contest jury. So there is no excuse for abusing or intimidating any official, even in the heat of competition. To tackle this problem of sport rage, other groups have strict codes of discipline. For example, the Bankstown district amateur soccer association will ban a player for 12 matches or up to life for ``threatening by word or action’’ any referee, official or spectator. Or in one Australian basketball league ``A Club or an Officer of a Club or a Player or an Official in a team shall not publicly criticise the performance of a Referee either in a particular game or over a period of time.’’ The penalty is a $2,000 fine to the club. Others go further, with suspensions or fines for just ``bringing the game into disrepute’’. Perhaps it is time for a rule in the AAC that penalises any member who abuses an official. Maybe we also need a code of conduct to be signed by members so they are aware the standards expected of them as competitors, judges or officials. The AAC is not a big club and all those in it share a love of flying and aerobatics. The vast majority of members enjoy competition in a good spirit and most competitions can be fun. It’s a shame that we should have to even consider such rules. But without contest directors, judges, pencillers, starters and scorers, we do not have a competition. Competitors must treat them with respect.


Round the twist: Tom Moon's Extra 300s leaves a smoke trail.

A welcome new type - Grant Piper's RV4

Colin Appleton and John Gallagher man the radios.

ABOVE: Special Contest director transport - Mal Beard's mini-bike. LEFT: The Queensland contingent took plenty of sandwiches for the trip home. BELOW: Lots of shiny loot for the winners at prizegiving.


2004 NSW champions

Seen at Temora

ADVANCED: Winner David Clemence and Hans Litjens (2nd).

ENTRY: John Gallagher (2nd) and Grant Piper (1st).

INTERMEDIATE: Paul Bennet (3rd), Scott Moore (2nd) and John Sharpe (1st).

The starter, Rebecca Unicomb, with Hans Litjens and his Yak.

SPORTSMAN: Andrew Biggs (1st) Brad Whatson (2nd) and Connie Greeenberg (3rd).

Support crew and onlookers keep the Robin 2160 in good shape.

GRADUATE: Russell Bell (3rd) Chris Gallagher (2nd) and Rob Kuru (1st).


AWACS experience
Australia v Rest of the World

he 2004 Advanced World Aerobatic Championships in Ljungbyhed, Sweden was an unforgettable experience and was worth the effort and expense it took to make it happen. My expectations of the AWACs were to learn as much as possible, meet people and have a good time. All of these expectations were well and truly fulfilled. Flying an English Pitts SI -F, G-MAXG, I was automatically tied to the UK team. They were a great bunch of guys who didn’t seem to mind an Aussie tagging along. Tim Jenkinson, the builder and owner of MAXG was easy going and seemed happy to let a complete stranger jump in and give his plane a workout. From the first flight in MAXG it became apparent that it was a different animal all together to VH-OBB. (MAXG is a Pitts with Ultimate wings and big ailerons, OBB is a Pitts S1C with the earlier model non-symmetrical airfoil). The roll rate in MAXG was significantly higher although this did not take long to get used to. The main difference was snap rolling qualities. Most of the practice flights in England were spent learning how to flick it. Unfortunately it was very difficult to train out of White Waltham airfield
Richard Wiltshire finished 29th at the 6th FAI Advanced World Aerobatic Championship in Ljungbyhed (Sweden) with an overall score of 71%. This put him in the top half of the 61-strong field. He repaid the hospitality of the British team by beating all but one of them.


Above: Big grin - Richard in MAXG after flying in Sweden. Below: The Colonials lead the Poms astray.

which is located right on the western edge of Heathrow’s control zone just to the west of London. Almost every flight resulted in multiple noise complaints or worse. Things improved dramatically once we all got to Sweden. The first day we had a couple of flights each in the box, which was very well layed out. Orientation was not an issue as there were four parallel runways with one straight down the x-axis. The box was booked out for the rest of the time before the start of the comp so we moved to a practice airfield at Hasselholm, 10 minutes flying time from Ljungbyhed. We spent two days training at Hassleholm before the comp started. The last day we were joined by the Australian Team Manager, David Clemence. Dave quickly become the team coach and publicity officer. He was kept busy in Hasselholm critiquing all the English pilots as well. It was a most enjoyable day of hard training. It was a great help to get some good critique from Dave as the flick rolls were finally starting to come together. Thank you Dave. Once the comp started there were usually two days between flights. It seemed strange to have to worry only about your flight. As a competitor all you had to do was fly. The rest of the time was spent watching the rest of the field. South African Helmut Ludwig (who flew at our Nationals

The winner: Glenn Dell of South Africa who flew a Norwegian Extra.

Swedish Pictures By DAVID CLEMENCE
in 2001) found a shady critiquing spot on a golf course near the judges. It was a valuable learning experience to spend a week critiquing the best advanced pilots in the world. I came away with changed perspective on the business of competition aerobatics. The weather was perfect with clear blue skies for all the flights except for one morning when the fog took a while to clear. The last day of the comp was also written off due to low clouds, so there was no third unknown flown. The English guys decided to make a dash for home when it was announced that the competition was over. Tim did not seem keen to ferry MAXG home so I was glad to be given the opportunity to do it. We departed Sweden in marginal VFR conditions in a loose formation with ex-Concorde pilot, Mark Walden in his Cap 222 as formation leader. Behind Mark were Gary Ferriman in his S2B and Cas Smith in his S2B. Following


Taking on the world
y daddy went off to Sweden for the first half of August so he could tell a couple of his aerobatic mates (Richard and Alan) how to ‘kick arse’ in competition aerobatics at an international level. This I found quite amusing because they ‘kick his arse’ whenever he competes against them in domestic competition. But anyway, Dad got the gig and was quite happy leaving me (as yet unborn) and Mum to battle away against morning sickness, obstetricians and ultrasonographers. Dad obviously fancies himself as a bit of a journalist, cause he started sending back copious and boring emails about the Advanced World Aerobatic Championships in some place with an unpronounceable name called Ljungbyhed. (I do hope dad is a better horse vet than he is a journalist, otherwise I will be doomed to a state school education due to lack of funds.) Dad did get a bit carried away waxing lyrical, but it certainly sounded like he was having a helluva good time. When Alan had to return home before the competition due to family issues, Dad realised his workload had just diminished ten fold. Dad says Alan is a bit ‘high maintenance’. But I suppose when you are the National Advanced Aerobatic Champion three times running (2002,2003 and 2004), I think you’ve gotta be! Mum threw a bit of a pink fit when the description of Dad’s so called ‘Team Management meetings’ started coming through the wire. I remember when he was begging for Mum’s permission to go to the AWACs, the terms ‘responsibility and honour’ were flowing thick and fast. But after a few emails, it was obvious that Dad and Richard were having far too much fun immersing themselves in top-level advanced aerobatic competition. Those pictures of them at the Opening Ceremony were pretty amazing. I didn’t realise they would get to dress up in a fancy Australian uniform and march around to the beat of a full-on Marching band. Mum said that Dad’s justifications for boozy nights with Richard and their newfound Pommy aerobatic mates were pathetic. As if getting sleep depraved and hung-over was going to improve Richard’s flying. That argument about settling Richard’s pre-competition nerves sounds ridiculous to me. However it’s hard to argue with Richard’s performances and those beaming smiles from the cockpit. By the size of the bags under Dad’s eyes and his croaky voice on the phone, I think Richard can ‘kick Dad’s arse’ in the drinking stakes as well. Another thing Mum and I now have to put with is Dad’s hero-worshipping of the South African pilot Glen Dell and the other well-performed Extra 230 drivers like Bichet of France. Now Dad hops in his Laser, alternating his accent between Africaans and Parisienne, and then flops around the sky thinking his snaps are brilliant and his framing is to die for! I must admit one thing, and that is Dad and Richard have come back pumped up big time to try and get at an Australian Team for the next AWACs in 2006. Alan will be there for sure, and Hans Litjens is already measuring up shipping containers to see if he can take his Yak 50 with him. Only one problem for Dad…once I’m ex-utero in March, there is no way Mum is going to let him out of her sight. There will be far too many dirty nappies, broken sleeps, trips to the doctor, shopping adventures and other domestic duties for Dad to even dream about aerobatics, let alone get out there and push a few G. But don’t tell him that, it will only break his heart! Signing off for now ... Foetus Clemence.


A foetal perspective

Neat plane: Richard might have done better flying the machine here. Or at least he could have kept his eyes open at the opening ceremony!

Next time? Richard tries on a Swedish Sukhoi 26 for size.

up the rear was Aiden Grimley in his Laser (ex VH-IAC) and MAXG. Unfortunately we could not get through a warm front into Germany and had to turn back. We ended up overnighting in Roskilde, near Copenhagen. The next day was better so we made it back to England by mid-afternoon via Germany, Holland and France. It was an unforgettable day's flying and a highlight of the trip. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Australian Aerobatic Club for their assistance which is greatly appreciated. A special thanks must also go to Liz Cook. Liz’s contacts in the sport at an international level made the daunting task of securing an aircraft straightforward. I would also like to thank Alan Kilpatrick. Al put in a huge amount of work planning to participate in the AWACS, but unfortunately had to withdraw at the last minute. I have every intention making the most of lessons learnt by taking part in the 2006 AWACS and would like to strongly encourage anyone else who might be thinking of taking part. I think there are enough committed people in Australia to put together a team with great potential for a team trophy.
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Australian Aerobatic Club
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Scenes from Temora


ABOVE: Yves and Connie Greenberg in sunnier times. BELOW: The Robin out in the rain.

Advanced winner David Clemence drinks beer from his trophy. Is this the sort of example we want to set our children?

Russell Bell with chief judge Mal Beard and Tracy Hearne. BELOW: All hands on hips for a pilot lineup in front of the Temora hangar: Left to right, Rob Kuru, Peter Williamson, Phil Unicomb, Andrew Biggs, Paul Bennet, Tom Moon and John Sharpe.


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