PANDAS 9th Single Channel & Retro R/C Fly-in 2020
Hello again button-pushers, it doesnt seem possible that a whole year has passed since our last get-together!
We have a date
for the Eighth Single Channel & Retro R/C Fly-in at Pontefract Park,
with hosts PANDAS, the Pontefract And District Aeromodellers Society.
Our club website is pandas.bmfa.org where all the coming seasons
events are listed.
This year's meeting is on Saturday & Sunday, June 13th & 14th 2020 so please keep that date clear!
year’s event was a huge success despite a date clash with a couple of
major events, 120+ visitors and with 50+ actually flying and having a great
time, it was perfect flying weather for the noble art of Single-Channel flying!
Last year saw a terrific display by the new-age Galloping Ghost models, David Lovegrove in particular enthralled with his GG Veron ‘Robot’ and his O/D ‘Mangled Wot’ design, flight after perfect flight with superb flared landings with the distinctive visible ‘Gallop’ and the audible rattle unique to Galloping Ghost models. Quite superb and a real pleasure to watch.
Since 2010 our small band of Single Channel & Retro enthusiasts has grown and grown and we now have a multitude of S/C friends all over the world, all coordinated via our dedicated forum: Mode-Zero.uk.
For 2020 we’re expecting lots of
welcome new faces, new models since 2019, and lots of fascinating new gear too
– via the S/C forum we've seen a variety of new S/C, Reeds and Propo conversions, and more have taken up the 'Galloping
Ghost' and 'Pulse proportional' challenge - if you've never seen a Galloping
Ghost setup, then you're in for a treat!
We have Saturday the 13th as an open fun-flying day, whilst Sunday the 14th sees the actual S/C and Retro RC event - nothing too formal, we'll no doubt have the very popular and just-for-fun spot landing comp, and a few prizes for anything special that catches our eye!
On the day we will be joined as usual by
Wes and the SAM35 lads, flying concurrently with the S/C and Retro enthusiasts.
Every year we have an optional 'theme' session – previously we had the 'Sharkfest', a full squadron of Mercury Galahads, the formation Veron Impalas, the 'Boddo' theme, Blunderbird Racing, the Vic Smeed Pulstar,
and last year some fantastic half-scale models (and a tiny 1/4 scale Gyron!)...
This year's theme is any Jet-like or Jet-inspired model from the retro period.
Go-Jets, 362 Deltas, EE Lightnings... here's a 'Jets' discussion.
Of course the theme is just one event of many and throughout the day any
s/c, retro or vintage models are welcome to fly.
The event rules are the same as previous years, ie
simple and few! Safety is of course paramount and PANDAS is a BMFA affiliated
club so procedures will follow the BMFA rulebook and the CAP658 responsibility
statement with which of course we're all familiar.
The main objective as usual is to get everyone interested in retro-R/C flying together for equal amounts of banter, burgers and button-bashing!
Alongside the S/C event, Reeds, Galloping Ghost, Pulse-Propo and retro proportional sets are of course very welcome too.
Electrics or IC engines are ok, but a throttle control or a means of remotely cutting the engine of a wayward model is desirable.
We would also suggest that 27mhz superhets should be used with caution as we are 600 metres from the M62 with the possibility of CB-equipped lorries passing at any time, and obviously super-regen equipped models would be very welcome for display purposes only, but for safety reasons not to fly, sorry. Other bands, ie 35, UHF & 2.4 are fine at Ponty.
Once again we will also have a busy Control-Line circle with Dave Cowburn demonstrating his stunting skills and possibly at Daves discretion, the odd have-a-go session.
Updates and further information will be posted on the
The PANDAS committee have devolved event organisation to members, so any queries regarding location, facilities & organisation, to Shaun AND Phil (please cc both). This will ensure you get a reply (or two!):
Last year's 'furthest travelled' award went to Tobe who just popped in from Sweden, who knows what 2020 will bring! We're very much looking forward to seeing as many of you as possible on the day, its going to be fantastic again!
Phil & Shaun
(pp PANDAS Committee)