Antony visits the Hamilton clubs floats day 03082020

Well just got back from a trip today down to the Hamiltons clubs float day at a smallish lake just west of Gordonton, about 1 1/2 hours from home. There was a good turn from the locals about 20 guys with most having been on water before, not like yourstruely. I had a bit of a learning experience. I set the floats up right with the step just behind the c of g & the float length 3/4 the plane length of my yellow AT40 (has a 65AX in it so overpowered). I looked at everyone else’s setup & they looked to be the same except their float fronts were forward of the prop??? bugger 🤫 I put the plane in the water and the water line was half way up the side of the floats??? I thought to myself that isn’t good. There was a few comments from the people in know that the floats need to be a bit longer & I was thinking the same. So I got the engine running and put her in the water. The wind down there was an easterly and not to bad. Most of the foamie planes were handling it ok. The problem was you had to taxi out to the other side of the lake & take off back toward yourself as the wind was coming from behind us. Anyway the first thing I noticed with my plane at a slow taxi speed I had no or very little rudder control. I did have a water rubber. It would turn left a little but no right turn. Well anyway I manage to line her up cross wind a bit but as soon as I started to advance the throttle the nose of the floats tried to turn into a submarine & I nearly flipped her on her nose. So I slowly taxied her back to shore with left type turns. And I put her back into the car.
So what I learnt was I need longer floats, about 6 inches past the prop, maybe a wider stance & a bigger rudder on the plane and maybe two water rudder? All in all a great experience even though I didn’t get in the air. I ended up chatting / catching up with some of the Hamilton guys who attended the scale / warbirds events at Matamata & Hasting. So if you every want to try float rc flying the Hamilton guys are having two more events before Xmas, one on the 27th of September & one on the 22nd November. Just Google Lake Kainui, Horsham Downs.

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Nationals the first week in 2021

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Highbrook field closed Friday 5th June

Hi All The Field is CLOSED for FLYING on Friday June 5th from 10am A Large Commercial mult- rotor will be conducting High voltage Power line inspections and surveys in the area, therefore no other aircraft can operate during this time. If the weather is unsuitable, this may be deferred to another date. Regards HAM Committee

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Highbrook Flying Field

REMAINS CLOSED

UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE IN RESPONSE TO THE

COVID 19 VIRUS LEVEL 3 STATUS

Which this space for updates

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Sunday 1st of March 2020

Well what a great day it was at the Highbrook Open Day. Thanks to all the pilots (from all the Auckland clubs) for coming along with their models (most of them scale) and putting on a great display for the large crowd who came along to watch and see what this hobby is all about. I think the photos say it all. Thanks to all the helpers, Mark Newman (Post Haste) for the supplying the BBQ & Steve (Firebrand Aero RC ) for his support

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Sunday 12th January 2020

A good turn out on a great day

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Brian Borland Memorial Warbirds Fly-in

Just a reminder that the Brian Borland Memorial Warbirds Fly-in is on at RNZAF Base Auckland Model Club, Whenuapai on the 27th December. Details in notice. You have to pre rigister to fly.

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More photos from the HAM warbird day

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Intro to Aerobatics day at Highbrook

Well we all had a great day at the Intro to Aerobatics day at Highbrook on Saturday. A very big thankyou to Frazer Briggs for coming up and running one of his classes. A lot of newbies to aerobatics from the Auckland area and they all learnt alot. Everyone had a fly with their models with a bit of one on one tuition after Frazer explained the ins and outs, ups and downs and did a demo of the clubman schedule. Thanks also to Paul Tomlinson for giving Frazer a hand with the one on ones. And also a thanks to Stuart for doing the BBQ.

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Highbrook Scale & Warbirds 2019 event report

A great day yesterday at the HAM scale & warbirds event. Thanks to everyone who came along. I think the pictures say it all. A near perfect flyin apart from a few mishaps and a bit of a strong wind which kept some fliers grounded.

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