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The National Electric Flight Rally reached its 27th year in 2015, and tried a new location; the NAAS field just south of Tharwa on the edge of Canberra that covers a huge area in a picturesque valley. The central venue attracted fliers from South Australia, Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland. Thirty fliers registered and over 40 people attended the annual dinner.

The NAAS club did a magnificent job of catering. On the last evening they served a spit roast. Legs of lamb cooked in a collection of Weber BBQs were served with roast vegetables, peas and gravy, on the field as a sit-down meal – almost surreal! The lamb roast was followed by upside down pineapple cake, also cooked in the BBQs and served hot.

The NEFR has typically been a jamboree of electric flight events – some more serious and some just for fun. In recent years the rally has been mostly electric glider and electric old timer tasks, with an electric scramble, electric foamy pylon and electric scale added in.


The electric glider events are planned at three levels – Radian glider for fun and for the less experienced, F5J for those interested in thermal glider competition, and Limited Electric Glider for those with high powered gliders aiming at maximum flight time from minimum motor run.


N3Radian glider

saw 27 people register for the event. In most rounds up to 24 Radian gliders were all launched at once and 13 rounds were completed over the weekend without one midair. 6 year-old Owen Solanov flew his own Radian in every heat and was presented with a special award for the youngest flier.



25 fliers registered for F5J and five rounds were flown over 2.5 days. Two classes were flown; open F5J and under 2.5m wingspan. This has become the premier and most popular electric gliding event.


Limited Electric Glider is waning in popularity but gained 10 entrants; those who still have high-powered gliders to compete in a limited motor run event. It was a quick and hotly contested event.




Foamy Pylon Racing is a blast, racing foam models with pusher motors around two pylons. The event is designed by Bob Hickman to be easy to run. The course is about 120 meters long.  4-minute heats are flown with the requirement “fly fast and turn left”. Seven aircraft entered this year’s racing and completed every round. 



Electric scale is a low key event to encourage the participation of modelers who would never enter a traditional Scale competition. Documentation is not required, though keener participants usually provide some.  Half of the total points are awarded during static judging and the other half for flying.  ARFs are encouraged, but with extra points allocated for owner-built models and for complexity. Scale is always a colourful event and 2015 was no exception.




Electric Scramble is a seriously “fun” event. The aim is to accumulate as much flying time as possible during a 45-minute working period, doing flights of no more than 2-minutes. Battery changes are permitted.  The model must takeoff from the same point for each flight and must land and come to a complete stop before taking off again.


Electric Old Timer is one of the flying codes well represented at the 2015 National Electric Flight Rally in Australia. Nearly a dozen EOT fliers assembled in Canberra to contest a range of events, including Texaco, 1/2A Texaco, Duration, Height-limited EOT and Nostalgia.  You can see in the results pages that we had a different winner in each event and 8 of the 11 entrants managed a place in at least one event, an excellent result.   The use of an open format, when pilots flew two rounds of a designated event at times of their own choosing within a half hour window, allowed us to complete rounds quickly when rain delayed proceedings. It meant that when individual pilots had model problems the impact on the program was kept to a minimum.  Overall it was a fantastic event, enjoyed by all who attended.




There was time during the 2.5 day program for some free flying and demonstration flights.




Bring along any electric model to the NEFR in 2016 and enjoy flying with friends!


For a full report of all the events, see the July, August and September editions of the British magazine “Quiet and Electric Flight International”.


More pictures here.


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