MAAA Wingspan

36 WING SPAN AUGUST When I left Singapore, I had some room in the container, so I purchased a number of kits, one was a Midwest AT6. The late Leo O’Reilly suggested I get a hurry on and build it so I could join in the inaugural Golden Era Races. I built it in 7 weeks just in time for the races. Over the years I competed with limited success inmost of the Golden Era Races flying in Warbird, AT6 and F1 classes. I played aminor role in the running of the 20th anniversary Golden Era but did not compete due to an accident involving my ever faithful Corsair during practice. Instead I did light duty on pylon three. I competed for many years in themonthly pylon events held by SAMPRA at CMFC. I built a glider tug and for a number of years joined SSL members at Lameroo, Milang and Deep Creek flying the tug and a couple of sailplanes. I have plans to build amodel of the sailplane I didmost of my training in, a Kookaburra ES52. In 2004 I volunteered to help with Open International F3B competition at Milang. I did pylon one light duty at the Australian Pylon championships at Murray Bridge in 2017. I applied for the position of MASA Newsletter Editor in June 2001 when Trevor Hoffman retired. At that time the newsletter was printed and taken to the printer to be photocopied. I encouraged MASA to purchase software and computer equipment and began presenting the newsletter to the printer in digital format which led to a much-improved finished product. I still enjoy (well most of the time) putting the newsletter together. I still fly Point Ten and occasionally Q500. I have a keen interest inmodel building and assist modelers with short kits and foamwing cores. KNOW YOUR DRONE Australians are flying drones in record numbers. More drones in the sky means it’s important everyone understands the rules that keep us all safe. Drone safety rules are designed to keep you and others safe on the ground and in the air. One of themost oftenmisunderstood rules is whether you’re permitted to fly a drone over or above a person. Youmust not fly your drone within 30metres or above a person at any time, nomatter how high you fly above themor even if you have their permission. Youmust not fly where, if your drone should fail and fall, it could harmpeople or property. The 30-metre distance is to bemeasured from the point on the ground directly below the drone in every direction, resulting in a cylindrical shape surrounding it. Review the drone safety rules and test your knowledge.