Congratulations to Tom Dupuche for picking up his first major comp. win and the first event of Austour 2017.
Report with photos from Terry Dunn: Gerry Carter on RCGA
Download a .zip of the results (190KB)
AUSTOUR is flown to Aus. Open Thermal Rules.
Dear Thermal Glider Pilot,
LSF Australia, at the request of several groups and individuals has decided to create a National Thermal League much like Eurotour.
We think it is a great idea as it may encourage more people to travel to more comps and will help to promote all of the participating events.
The following 2+ day competitions will make up AUSTOUR 2017:
- Wentworth Mildura NSW, Oct 2016
- Victorian State Championships, Horsham, Vic, Dec 2016
- Armidale Expo, Armidale, NSW, Jan 2017
- Milang F3J, SA, Mar 2017
- LSF Tournament, Jerilderie, NSW, Jun 2017
The best 3 results will be used to determine the overall results, with winners being announced at the end of the Jerilderie competition.
LSF to administer the scores/results. Scores will be determined at the end of each contest with the winner scoring 100 points and all other competitors a percentage of the winners score based on their final score. Any other suitable contests can be added in the following year/s after representation to LSF. Any existing Austour event where the number of entries falls below 20 may be dropped from the following years Tour.
Regards, Mike O’Reilly LSF Australia President
RCGA Victoria has released their Events Calendar for the coming season | Tom Dupuche
Enjoy Mildura Spring weather and equally warm hospitality at the Mildura OpenThrmal Comp. at Wentworth.
Grab the Entry Form (15KB .docx)
For event details contact Darrel Blow
Including LSF Levels Achievement support sanctioned by LSF Australia. Need a hand getting to the next level? This is your chance.
Extra treat; the 700 acre Adrian Bryant field is available for pilots keen on trying cross-country flight.
Event flyer1 with details on the weekend .pdf (200KB)
Event flyer2 with details on LSF Levels support (MS Word 21KB)
Congrats to Team F3J Australia | 9th Overall
Also congrats to Dave Pratley for Australia's top placing in the Slovenia Cup pre-World's comp.
Senior Fly-Off Results
Modelflight Midway Cup | Dec 3rd, 4th 2016
Start your planning now to be in Horsham over the weekend of 3rd and 4th of December. This is a combined event incorporating the Model Flight Midway Cup, an open thermal event sponsored by Model Flight, and the Victorian State Thermal Championships.
New England Model Aircraft Club and the Sailplane Expo Trust invite you to beautiful Armidale on the New England Tablelands for the 37th Sailplane Expo.
2016 F3J World Championships | Vipava, Slovenia | July/August
Official website with event details and Bulletins
F5J at the MAAA Nationals
The National Electric Flight Rally as part of the MAAA Nationals at Easter will feature F5J. For more info. on this rapidly expanding category of competition soaring and details on the event, check out the Aus. Electric Flight Assn. website.
2016 Open F3J International | Milang, South Australia
...is over! Congratulations to :
2016 WA F3B Open & Aus. F3B Team Trials for the 2017 World Champs.
Sat. 23rd April to Mon. 25th April.
Soaring WA with the support of the MAAA, will once again be hosting the Australian F3B Team Selection Trials for the 2017 World Champs. and the 2016 WA F3B Open.
Lock it in to your calendars and hope to see you all at Green Acres for a great weekend of F3B action.
Nigel Molyneux S.W.A Gliding rep. and Events Co-ordinator
The Modelflight Midway Cup / Victorian State Thermal Champs is over.
Congrats to :
1st Nick Chabrel (SA) – 11987
2nd Marcus Stent (VIC) – 11952
3rd Bernie Sizer (VIC) – 11816
Report, results and Photos at RCGA courtesy Tom. Dupuche
Congrats to Bill Gibson, Ron Sterret and Brian Lewis all from NSW for achieving Level One status.
2015 Mildura Open Thermal Comp. | 10th & 11th Oct.
Is over for another year, congrats to:
Download results (.zip)
Scores and report on RCGA.
2015 F3B World Champs | Report Tim Kullack
Grab the report here (.pdf, 220KB)
Moreton Region Sports Soaring Association
See opposite for coming events. More details on their website.
Australia has a proud history of competing in FAI World Championships across most glider disciplines and Des Bayliss has compiled a document that features details such as podium places, names and photos of Australian teams from all World Champ. events since 1977 (F3B).
AusTeamsWorldChamps (4MB .pdf)
Des Bayliss (LSF Aus. Archivist) has also updated the living historical document that describes in detail the genesis of the Australian chapter of the LSF.
The latest version includes Jerilderie 2015 results. Browse through the .pdf (20MB) for an insight into how our LSF Aus came about and the people that made (and make) it happen. Includes score summaries for all events from 1979.
2015 Jerilderie is over, congratulations to
OPEN THERMAL EXPERT:
OPEN THERMAL ADVANCED:
OPEN THERMAL SPORTSMAN:
HAND LAUNCH GLIDER F3K:
AUSTRALIAN F3J WC 2016 TEAM;
Download the Open Thermal scores here (.zip 550KB of .pdfs)
Download F3K scores here (.zip 45KB of .pdfs)
2015 Jerilderie Bulletin #4
62 entries and counting...see draft list opposite:
2015 Jerilderie Bulletin #2
Join the fun, grab the entry form (MS Word 2003).
Entries close Fri. May 22nd.
Fill it out and return to LSF Aus. Sec. Kevin Smeaton together with fees. Details are in the form. Can't open the form? Request a different format.
2015 Jerilderie Bulletin #1
Australia's Premiere Open Thermal Competition, June 6,7 & 8th has been approved by the MAAA as the selection trial for the Australian Team for the 2016 F3J World Championships in Slovenia.
35th Armidale Sailplane Expo. is over!
Open Thermal | Congrats to:
F5J | Congrats to:
Report | Hutton Oddy (.pdf)
Report | Brian Ford in RCGroups MRSSA thread:
Flightline footage from the event courtesy of Brian Ford:
Soaring WA - 2015 Events Calendar & Events Reminder
For the latest calendar of events for pilots in WA, check out the Soaring WA RCGroups forum. Thanks Nigel Molyneux.
Get your entry in for the Open F3J International | 7-8th March 2015.
Milang, South Australia.
Grab an entry form (.pdf, 120KB).
Entries close Friday 27th Feb.
Grab the scores here (.zip)
F3K Australian Team Trials | 31 Jan /1 Feb 2015
MAAA Approved Team Trials to select the Australian team for the next F3K World Champs. Location Diggers Rest, Victoria, CD Marcus Stent. Flown to current F3K rules, with no flyoff.
Details : Marcus
firstname.lastname@example.org or 0419 690 451
State vs State. Which state has the best thermal pilots?
Find out first-hand, grab the flyer (.jpg, 465KB) and join the fun.
Grab an entry form | RCGA (link to .pdf)
2014 Mildura Open Thermal | Oct. 25/26
Congrats to :
Grab the scores here (.zip)
Australian Team finish a solid 4th at 2014 F3J Worlds Champs
Congrats to the Australian F3J Team of Dave Hobby, Nic Chabrel and Carl Strautins, Team Manager Jack Murphy and assistants.
For details and reports go here 2014 F3J World Champs (link to RCGroups F3J World Champs thread)
Fly-Off Teams results (link to .pdf)
Fly-Off Pilots results (link to .pdf)
2014 LSF Aus Annual General Meeting Minutes (130KB .pdf)
2014 June-July Edition of Wingspan (Soaring WA) is out ( .pdf, 2MB)
Thanks Nigel Molyneux.2014 Jerilderie is Over
Open Thermal :
F3K | HLG :
Re-live the moment with 10mins of launching and landing footage from the event:
2014 Jerilderie Bulletin
Download the Draw (.zip, 300KB, contains Winch Lane, Draw and Teams in PDF and Excel)
LSF Aus | 2014 AGM Agenda
It is appreciated if members attending the LSF Aus Annual General Meeting could bring a copy of the 2014 AGM Agenda, minutes from AGM 2013 and Financial Report.
Download the Agenda, Minutes from LSF Aus AGM 2013 and Financial Report (.zip 360KB)
MAAA | Wingspan
In addition to their new website, the MAAA are publishing a quarterly digital magazine to better connect with aeromodellers Australia-wide.
Not to be confused with "Wingspan" from Soaring Western Australia, the new publication covers newsworthy articles concerning the MAAA and pilots around Australia across all disciplines.
A "Bumper" Edition April / May of "Wingspan" is now available via the WA Multi-Task Gliding RCGroups thread |
Thanks Nigel Molyneux.
2014 WA F3B Open | Australian F3B Team Trial
Greenacres Turf Farm, Sat. 31st May - Mon. 2nd June
Lot 503 Henderson Road, Serpentine, Western Australia 6125
Grab an entry form ( 570KB .pdf).
Entries close Fri. 16th May.
For further details, contact Tim Kullack
1st Karl Knack
2nd Dave Pratley
3rd Gerry Carter
1st Dave Pratley
2nd Andrew Simpson
3rd Hutton Oddy
1st Gerry Carter
2nd Clive Warman
3rd Andrew Simpson
Photos and forum discussion (RCGroups)
2014 Australian F3F Team Trial | Chook Cup Challenge | Bay of Isles Cup
Final results for the Australian Team Trials:
1st Tim Kullack Freestyler4 15850 pts
2nd Paul Marshall Pitbull 15121 pts
3rd Simon Watts Pitbull 14927 pts
4th Don Tester Pitbull 14392 pts
5th Jeremy Stratton Cyril 14176 pts
6th Gary Adams Fosa Lift 14165pts
7th Andrew Muller Predator 13399 pts
8th Chris Barrenger Coracho 13118 pts
9th Jarrah Kilgour Victor 13029 pts
10th Brian Mitchell Willow 13022 pts
11th Campbell Kilgour Cobra 10712 pts
Revised LSF Aus Constitution approved by Victorian Consumer Affairs replaces the previous 1984 version | 2013LSFAusConstitution.pdf (540KB)
2013 Tasmanian State Open Thermal Champs. Results from 16/17th Nov.
Download the Overall, Landing, By-Round and Flight Scores (.zip, 5KB)
Stay abreast of what's happening in Western Australia with Wingspan. 2013 November Edition (1MB .pdf).
Edited by Soaring WA Rep. Nigel Molyneux.
Mildura 2013 is over (Oct 19/20)
For event photos par excellence, see dunnphotographics.com
Report to follow.
Victoria RCGA F3B Round One, report Marcus Stent on the RCGA website.
Notice of Special General Meeting to be held via Conference Call on 9 October 7:30pm. For details on how to participate, see the following :
Grab the first edition here Wingspan 1.7MB .pdf.
K.A.M.S. Glider Rally | W.A.
Report (.pdf 800KB) | Thanks Nigel Molyneux
LSF Australia Change to Constitution:
WA F3F Report | Cape Naturaliste 10th Sept.
On the F3F page
Aug. 2013 | MAAA Rules Committee approves new Open Thermal Rules. Check out the new MAAA website.
2013 World F3B Championships is Over.
Congratulations to the Australian Team for a strong 6th Team placing in the backyard of F3B.
Tim Kullack (Team Manager)
Florian & Hans Lindner (Helpers)
DVD compilation of the entire 5-day event available from the organisers, contact : Reinhard Dylla
2013 F3K World Champs
Keep up to date with International Gliding events with the FAI | CIAM events page.
Western Australia | 2013 Bastille Cup R1 F3F Report
Nigel Molyneux (.pdf, 1.3MB)
Stay abreast of what's happening in Victoria from the Radio Controlled Glider Association RCGA
2013 WA F3B Open April 13/14th
Report | Nigel Molyneux
Congratulations to :
Normanby Wines RC Soaring Challenge
Add another competition event to your calendar; Moreton Region Sports Soaring Association (MRSSA) would love to see you 18/19th May for a thermal duration comp.
Event Details here (.pdf, 260KB)
For more details, contact Brian Ford 0409 747 737 or email@example.com
2013 Milang F3J International is over!
The WA Glider Scene
WA glider pilots have set-up a thread on RC Groups for anyone interested in F3B / F3J / F3F out west. Lots of info and banter as well as a calendar of events. The F3F scene is particularly active over there.
LSF Level Achievements
Congratulations to the following Pilots:
2013 Nats | 33rd Armidale Expo Results and Report | Alan Lowe on the Nats page (link)
F3J Competition format Feedback Survey:
If you're interested in the F3J format and it's future development, the LSF Aus Exec. | CIAM welcomes your feedback. Follow this link and spend 10 mins to fill out a survey. The survey focuses on telemetry, the actual competition task and towing. Survey ends 21st Sept.
Survey Ended; 33 respondents, thanks to all that took part
2012 F3J World Champs | Australian Facebook Page
Bookmark their Facebook page to stay up-to-date with
Jerilderie Open Thermal
Winners List | 1978 to 2011
Robert Gunn compiled this list of winners of the Jerilderie Open Thermal including Spot Landing and lately DLG & Perfect Flight events. Grab the .pdf (68KB)
2012 Milang F3B International is over.
Hero shots courtesy Terry @ Dunn Photographics
Hi-def versions available, see Terry for details & pricing.
Read an event report and detailed results from Gerry Carter on RCGA
Check out some of Greg W's footage from the event (thanks Greg) :
New World Speed Record
for Dynamic Soaring: 498mph = 801 Km/h
The fastest model aeroplanes are gliders!
Get your Scale Glider Fix
If your glider tastes include big scale ships, Silentflight is Australia's best resource for all things scale and big. Head on over for the latest events, tips, reviews and links.
Jerilderie from the air; excellent footage shot during the Jerilderie JR Scale Aerotow held Easter 2011:
International DS Week April 2011 Report
Follow Andrew, Sean & Anton's (QLD) pilgramge to the US to fly at the best Dynamic Soaring sites and meet the fastest RC pilots in the world.
31st Armidale Sailplane Expo. 2011 is over.
Results, report & photos (thanks Brian Ford, 416KB .pdf).
64th MAAA Nats is over.
Results, report & photos (thanks Brian Ford, 323KB .pdf).
Joe Wurts explains F3J Gliders.
Video courtesy AIRSPORTS
SoaringNZ is home to a vibrant New Zealand soaring community. Say hello to our friends across the Tasman Sea.
LSF member Gerry Carter has developed GliderScore software. If you're running a comp. for F3J/ F3B/ F3F or F3K then this is the best. GliderScore runs under XP or W7, grab the latest version from www.gliderscore.com (including user guide). Free to use but donations welcome to fund hosting / cheese snacks.
Videos added to the Jerilderie page.
Short clips of launching and landing from the 2010 event.
LSF Levels Activity 2010
Congratulations to the following pilots:
Level 2 :
Paul Gibson LSF 8031 lev 2 on 29 Mar '09
Klaus Metzger LSF 7111 finished level 3 on about Jan 08
Scott Lennon LSF 6250
"Dead Air Flying"
Need to know the strategies for flying in dead air? Read the article by John Skinner (AUS F3B Rep. 2007) in Ian Roach's On Silent Wings column in Airborne Magazine #224 (Feb 2009)
Welcome to the League of Silent Flight Australia. This website offers information about the LSF, the LSF Proficiency scheme, competition results, impending events, articles about gliding, photos and stories that can make the whole experience of flying gliders even more enjoyable.
If you have any photos/ stories/ articles feel free to email them to us here
What is LSF Australia?
LSF Australia was formed in 1978 to promote the sport/hobby of radio-controlled glider flying. LSF Australia was formed as an affiliate of LSF USA. The LSF US website is here
If you're into competitive flying, gliders can be flown under several categories; Thermal, Scale, Slope, F3B, F3J, HLG, 2M, Scale Soaring and F3F. For a comprehensive list of competition categories and rules for contests go to the FAI website here.
The League of Silent Flight (LSF) is a USA based organisation dedicated to the promotion of all forms of model gliding and soaring. There are currently active LSF Chapters in many parts of the world including Australia.
The Australian Chapter has been running for over 25 years. A major activity that the LSF promotes is the personal flight proficiency achievement scheme. This is a series of flying tasks aimed at all levels that encourages participants to extend their flying abilities. More information can be found in the Level Forms section of this website.
The LSF Australia also runs a number of competitions throughout the year, including the Jerilderie Tournament, arguably Australia's finest thermal soaring event.
The LSF Australia is continually trying to broaden its base of activities and interests for the benefit of Australia's RC Glider pilots. This includes promoting flying activities, sharing a large knowledge base and liaising with national and state bodies regarding gliding matters.