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 Are You Interested In A Low-Key Electric Glider Event?

E-RES has taken the world by storm! And extremely popular in Australia - 30 entrants in that event at LSF Tournament Jerliderie. This is the height-limited event for 2-metre E-gliders and represents a low-key approach to flying an event together with friends.

It is time to have an E-RES weekend - and one is scheduled for the Tamworth club field at Somerton 10 - 11 September 2022. For full details and the flier Click Here.

LEG has been added to the program because there are some fliers with larger models, and they may not have a height device. So, see the LEG details on the flier and enter both! 

The event is scheduled to coincide with Slopefest, so visit both! See you there to have some fun.

2022 F5J Trophy #5 - 

Scheduled for October 28-30 at the AB Filed at West Wyalong.
Subject to confirmation by MAAA, the event will also be the selection
trial for the 2023 F5J World Championships

E-RES Rules from 2022.

Read the rules in the rules library (arranged alphabetically)  - click here.

Proposed 3 metre F5J Rules

The AEFA committee listened to many pilots out there. You told us that many of you (not currently flying F5J contests) wanted to fly in contests but were deterred by the cost of the moulded models.

In order to address this concern, the AEFA committee has framed  rules for a simpler and smaller plane specification that have better performance than a 2 metre model, but at a cost substantially less than moulded gliders.

You can read the rules in the rules section, but the rules limit the wing to 3 metres (or less) and constructed predominantly of wood. Additionally the power train is limited to motors without gearboxes. We think that these two important restrictions will hold costs down.

We are publishing the rules so pilots can start to build or organise their planes.

Within a few months, there will be a suitable model available from Performance Planes , a local kit supplier.

From Hyperflight, the Introduction and Inside are suitable planes, as is the Yellow Jacket from the US.

Pulsars and AVAs will be eligible if the wings are shortened.

On line, plans for the Bird of Time and the Bubble Dancer or available, and with an electric conversion are suitable and competitive planes.

Have a read of the rules and start building. We hope to organise the first contest (in conjunction with an F5J event) in October.

For details click on the Rules Library at the left.

Regards

Robert Budniak

President

Looking For Something About Electric Flight In Australia?

You've Found It. AEFA, An Australian Organisation Fostering And Promoting Aeromodelling Using Electric Power.

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The AEFA began in the mid ‘90s. In those early days, meetings, rallies and newsletters were the only methods we had to share our knowledge and passion.  While times have changed we believe it’s important to continue sharing our experience, problems and solutions to mastering electric flight.  This website is one of the main avenues for doing that and here you'll find things to help you enjoy electric powered models.

In our ‘Resources’ section we have compiled information that can be classified as electric flight 'know how'.  For many, understanding the technology, or selecting components for an electric model, is a daunting prospect.  We want to help.  Our focus is on those matters that are pertinent to electric flight and some of the differences from the IC world. We will try to point you in the right direction, present as broad a view as possible, and maintain brand independence.

Getting together as electric modelers is another way we can pass on what we have learned.  Our ‘Events, Competitions and Rules’ section provides information about where and when electric events are planned and the competitions that might be run at them. It’s also a section where new ideas about events and rules are published along with those for regularly flown contests.

The section ‘ About the AEFA’ is just that.  It explains our origins, recognizes some of the key individuals that have pioneered electric flight in Australia and provides information about how we are organized and operate.  Because we want to stay in step with current and emerging practices for connecting and collaborating with each other, we now concentrate on communicating via this website plus a network of ‘focus’ email groups.  News and information is circulated for each categories depicted in the graphic at the top of this page, namely:

  • electric gliding,
  • Electric Old Timers,
  • general news and rally information.

Details on becoming an AEFA member (membership is free) are in our 'How to Join' page (here).

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Solutions Update

A couple of updates to our Solutions Via Rule of Thumb page have been made, namely Mike O'Reilly's guide to Trimming a model, and Marcus Stent's thermalling notes now live here.

 

NEFR 2022 Easter weekend 2022

For an Excel entry form click here.

For a PDF entry form click here

 

Paul Gibson, known to many of the east coast F5J and Millennium Cup flyers, passed away on the 13th February 2020 following a long struggle with a blood disorder. 

He enjoyed aeromodelling for almost all his life and was an accomplished full-size glider flyer as well an enthusiastic competitor with model gliders. He originally came to Australia in the 1970’s to work in the research labs at BHP Newcastle. He returned to the UK in the 1980’s and spent some time working in Austria. He and his family returned to Australia in the early 1990’s and settled (again) in the Newcastle area. He was a member of the Rebel Aeromodellers Club in Newcastle and flew from the Salt Ash field. He was a regular competitor in the Millennium Cup and at Open Thermal competitions, and as these events electrified Paul transitioned to flying predominantly Millennium Cup and F5J competitions. Because of his background in full size gliding he was an extremely competent flyer, and very competitive. Over the past decade Paul overcame several challenges to his health and showed a great ability to just get on with life. His last major competition was the F5J Trophy in Cootamundra held in November 2019.  Although unwell, he enjoyed the competition and in his good-humoured way continued to cheer up those around him. Paul will be sorely missed by those who knew and loved him. 

It was Pauls wish to support future Aussie F5J teams to world championships and this will be achieved by a modest bequest to the AEFA, from the proceeds of selling Paul’s modelling gear which was undertaken by Paul’s friends.

The AEFA committee have agreed to accept Paul’s bequest.  All funds received from the sale of Paul’s modelling gear will be held by the AEFA in a separate bank account and used solely for the purpose Paul intended. 

This is a wonderful gesture from Paul and the AEFA will ensure his bequest is honoured.

Paul Gibson
Paul Gibson, known to many of the east coast F5J and Millennium Cup flyers, passed away on the 13th February 2020 following a long struggle with a blood disorder. 

He enjoyed aeromodelling for almost all his life and was an accomplished full-size glider flyer as well an enthusiastic competitor with model gliders. He originally came to Australia in the 1970’s to work in the research labs at BHP Newcastle. He returned to the UK in the 1980’s and spent some time working in Austria. He and his family returned to Australia in the early 1990’s and settled (again) in the Newcastle area. He was a member of the Rebel Aeromodellers Club in Newcastle and flew from the Salt Ash field. He was a regular competitor in the Millennium Cup and at Open Thermal competitions, and as these events electrified Paul transitioned to flying predominantly Millennium Cup and F5J competitions. Because of his background in full size gliding he was an extremely competent flyer, and very competitive. Over the past decade Paul overcame several challenges to his health and showed a great ability to just get on with life. His last major competition was the F5J Trophy in Cootamundra held in November 2019.  Although unwell, he enjoyed the competition and in his good-humoured way continued to cheer up those around him. Paul will be sorely missed by those who knew and loved him. 

It was Pauls wish to support future Aussie F5J teams to world championships and this will be achieved by a modest bequest to the AEFA, from the proceeds of selling Paul’s modelling gear which was undertaken by Paul’s friends.

The AEFA committee have agreed to accept Paul’s bequest.  All funds received from the sale of Paul’s modelling gear will be held by the AEFA in a separate bank account and used solely for the purpose Paul intended. 

This is a wonderful gesture from Paul and the AEFA will ensure his bequest is honoured.

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