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2018 F5J Trophy #3 | Cootamundra NSW Nov. 3rd / 4th.  Entries Now Open

Presented by LSF Australia at a new field - Same great time - click here for details.

FUND RAISER - World F5J Championship in Slovakia 2019

Some great prizes including a Flight Centre $2,000 travel voucher. Click here for info and ticket purchase.

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 2018 - Canberra at Easter Time

This was a great event! Final results can be found here.

Watch Peter Baumgartner'sfantastic video highlights - click here.

Raffle Winners were:-

 Place Prize  Winner   From
 1st  Ava kit  Lindsay Dephoff  Sydney
 2nd  Triple Thermic kit  Terry Harrison  Charlestown
 3rd  AXI F5J electric motor  Israel Linwood  Bundaberg

To read the 2018 AGM President's Report click here

The Millennium Cup has been an extremely successful, simple, winch launch glider event for two-metre wingspan/two-function control models in NSW that has run for some 18 years. Six rounds have been scheduled each year at different locations each time, and entrants did not have to attend all meetings - the best scores were taken for the results. The events have been organised each year by the Heathcote Soaring League club that is based at Maddens Plains, just south of Sydney.

Numbers have been dropping slowly as adherents turn to electric gliding, so the organisers decided to change to electric gliders from 2018 on. Here is a letter from Col Woodward, HSL President, announcing the change:

Due to increased interest in electric launch gliders, and to encourage new participants, we are going to use electric assisted launch gliders at the Millennium Cup contests, instead of winch launch models, from the beginning of 2018. Please find attached a set of rules for electric assisted models to be used at future Millennium Cup contests. The electric assisted glider rules have been developed to keep the same simple, cheap and fun theme that the Millennium Cup has always tried to achieve.

The electric model is essentially the same as the winch launch model but is allowed to have an extra radio channel to control the electric motor. The model will also require a height limiter to switch the motor off at 150m. To keep an even playing field, the power of the model will be roughly equal to the output of a standard Parkzone/E-Flight radian, 180watts (measured with the models fully charged normal flight pack after 10sec of continuous motor run).

There will be a wattmeter made available in the Millennium Cup equipment box with various battery connectors for people to “self police” their models. Random tests may be conducted if the CD of the day or the Committee notices an obvious breach. The contest director will choose a launching spot which has no equipment or people upwind for safety. As planes are launched, the pilot and timer will reposition onto their landing spot. The contest director will have to “meter” launches depending on available landing spots.

The electric assisted models will require their time keeper to start a watch when the model leaves the launcher’s hand. At 30 seconds the time keeper will announce that the motor should be turned off, if the pilot or limiter has not already done so. The pilot will need to fly for a total of 6min 30sec from when the model is released. Once the model has been released, no relaunches are allowed. If the motor is started again then the flight time will stop, there will be a 50 point penalty and no landing points. This is to try to mimic an out landing for a winch launch model and to deter flying for maximum time points when there is no chance the model will get back to the spot.

A score will be submitted which includes total flying time up to 7minutes (6 minute 30seconds for maximum score), landing distance and motor re-run penalty if required. At no stage will an electric model be launched or motor started pointing towards people or the pits. Landing will be the same format as the winch launch gliders. We welcome any comments as the competition is run to further improve the format. This set of rules will be made available on the Heathcote Soaring League Website: hsl.org.au

Regards, Colin Woodward

The full rules can be viewed by clicking here, so check them out, dust off your 2m electric soarer, and give it a go. 

 

FUll details at HSL website - click here to view.

Below are the copies of the AEFA magazine - Electric & Glider Flight Australia. This magazine is distributed regularly to all our members. 

If you are not a member of AEFA - why not join? It costs $0 - not only do you get the EGFA magazine, you can also go onto special interest mailing lists to keep you abreast of all that's happening in Electric Flight.

Not bad for the grand cost of N O T H I N G.

To join AEFA click here

Click the editions you want to view from the list below.  When finished reading, click your browser's "back" button to return to AEFA.

Vol 11:- 2018 January

Vol 10:- 2017 October

Vol 9:- 2017 August

Vol 8:- 2017 May

Vol 7:- 2017 February

Vol 6:- 2017 January

Vol 5:- 2016 December

Vol 4:- 2016 August

Vol 3:- 2016 June

Vol 2:- 2016 April

Vol 1:- 2016 January

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