Issue 463
Issue 463
March 2013
Tim Morland’s Foka awaits another sortie
Photo by Tim
Next club meeting
Foamy Comp
David Prattley on
Lipo batteries
Friday 8th March
VARMS Glider Field
Sausage sizzle
7 April - Deadline for next edition
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Colin Collyer
Well Guys, I hope you are making good use of the weather, summer has gone and winter is coming.
Between the 2 we get the best 3 months for flying, calm days and moderate temperature. It is also
the busiest time for events, almost every weekend has something on.
And that brings me to mention the VMAA Trophy. There is a board in the clubhouse that has a list
of events on it, and there are still a few events not covered, mainly “power” events, so if you think
you could fill a spot, talk to Graham Sullivan. It’s not about winning, it’s about having fun as part of
the VARMS team. Go on, have a go !
Also coming up, power flying Saturday morning, aerotow Saturday afternoon and winch/bungy day
on the Sunday, all on the same weekend of the Grand Prix at Albert Park. What a great opportunity
to get together, watch the race, have a BBQ and have a fly. Let’s make it a weekend to remember.
On a sad note, we lost Frank Smith in mid February, Andy Smith probably said it best, … “ in his day,
the Wikipedia for scale gliders” RIP Frank.
So, what’s happening at the field. Well, I was in the right place at the right time to get some road
scrapings, and they have been used to improve the Southern car park. At present they are in the
form of heaps, I am hoping they will level them for us. Someone “gave us” another microwave. …
We don’t need it, so it is on the Free-To-A-Good-Home table. We need to be careful otherwise we
will have a shed full of stuff we don’t need. (Clutter) Also, the Kookaburra book “All the World’s
Sailplanes” has been missing from the library for a while. It would be nice to share it!
We are still getting a lot of after hours visitors that leave a mess. All we can do is clean up after
them at the moment, I guess that’s everyones job… And I guess we need to clean up our own mess,
as we don’t have a resident cleaner. If we all do a bit, it is much easier.
That’s all for me, see you out flying
Weekend at field... BBQ/Formula 1/
power/ aerotow/ winch-bungee day
March 16 and 17
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Meeting Minutes
Roger Stephenson
VARMS February 2013 Club General Meeting held at VARMS flying field, High Street Rd. Wantirna
South Friday 08, February, 2013
Meeting Comm. 8.10 p.m.- Apologies –Martin Hopper, Colin Smith & Ray Douma.
New Members & Visitors – nil.
A) Presidential Issues
a) Use of Club Battery charging bay.
The bay has now been tiled and a fire blanket and a fire extinguisher for electrical fires have been
placed near the bay. All members MUST USE the battery charging bags when charging “Li-Po”
batteries and if not, the pack will be summarily disconnected!
b) Melbourne Steam traction Engine Club 50th Birthday “Steamfest” – on site, at Ferntree Gully
Rd, Scoresby – 9-11 March 2013 – James Gleeson to co-ordinate our Club members’ attendance
and call for volunteers, with models for use as exhibits to publicise VARMS
c) VMAA Trophy –coming up soon – call for volunteer flyers in the various categories – Members
can put their names down for chosen event on whiteboard in the Clubrooms
Co-ordinator - Graham Sullivan
B) VARMS Trophy
Report by Bruce Clapperton. Held last Sunday – event won
by David Sheehy – phot from Bruce. “Foamie” Electric
glider Comp tonight, won by Alan Mayhew- next event 17
March, 2013.
C) VARMS Field Issues
i) Recent Clubhouse & access works– Report by Max
Haysom. Recent Certificate of Compliance issued by Knox
Council, for drainage and plumbing works recently
completed. Our entrance road has been stabilized and
trenches dug for drainage. Further parking area works to
be carried out soon by Knox City contractors.
ii) Club equipment repairs. Lindsay Henderson raised the
issue of no-one at present responsible for overall grounds
VARMS trophy combatants
& equipment maintenance (Martin Hopper is no longer
officially in this post) Lindsay pointed out the prospect of
some repairs being capable of being handled by members,
rather than incurring expense of outside contractors.
iii) Field Pit Boxes – Members must use these when flying for the safety of all.
D) Special Interest Groups.
i) Competition Group – report by Alan Mayhew on Armadale event & notice of Hand launch and
electric glider events this coming wekend.
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ii) Club Aerotow Group – Danny Malcman. February event tomorrow and call for numbers
attending Bendigo event the following w/e.
E) – Club Training
Lindsay Henderson reminded members of real need for Club trainers and helpers – further
discussion on suitable ARF Glider models available for purchase by newly graduated “Bronze
Wings” glider flyers.
F) Financial Report
Given by Ian Pearson – club in good financial shape and healthy balance in Club operating account
even after payment for various recent expenses.
CALL FOR replacement Treasurer and Club Registrar, as both Ian and Bruce are unable to continue
in these roles beyond the next couple of months.
F) General Business)
a) Clubhouse Security
Discussion on alternatives of either• Locks change, with purchase of some 200 new keys for current members OR
• Keypad for Clubhouse door –prospect of changing the lock combination after Club AGM to
disbar entry to non- financial members. Quotes being obtained by Max Haysom and Report
made to next Club Meeting.
b) Changes to Club Flying Calendar
i) Club Winch launch Glider day – to be run on the 3rd Sunday of the month.– to encourage club
flyers to return to Club Glider flying roots – Further details later.
ii) Melbourne Prix Saturday – BBQ ”Fly In” to be held at field – further details later.
c) Show & Tell Segment.
d) Alan Mayhew – display of electrified 3.4 metre scale model of vintage “Golden Gull” glidersuperb flying characteristics and ongoing design developments – a series of members have been
involved in project. Congratulations Alan on a truly superb model and very interesting presentation
Meeting Ended 9.25 p.m.
Next General Club Meeting - Friday 08 March, 2013 at VARMS Field.
Cover Story
Tim Morland
My Foka takes a short break on the Densley Rd slope down at Kilcunda. We had about 12 knots
from nearly South West and the slope was working very well - as were the thermals too until about
5 p.m. The slope drops away very steeply from where we operated (ask Gary Mac!) and gives good
lift even in light airs.
No trees, no fences, no roads, and a nice big flat space to land on.
The grass, until lately has been knee high, but since our last visit it seems to have been processed
by biological machines into cow-poo. I had about 3 hours flying in one afternoon, and only 4
landings. A pretty cool place is Densley Road.
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Glenn Salisbury
Hi all, and welcome to March edition.
Along with Colin, I hope that you have all being taking advantage of the weather conditions
and getting some stick time. Sad news regarding Frank Smith – see Geoff Hearn’s tribute regarding
a scale modeling icon in this issue.
Thanks to Max, Alex and Lindsay for their articles. Every article makes it so much easier for me –
they are really appreciated. Speaking of which, it’s time to beg for some for material for inclusion.
There is only so much I can write every month to fill the gaps….
Like this:
Kit review
Glenn Salisbury
E-flite UMX ASK-21 BNF with AS3X Technology
Wow! What a mouthful! Let’s analyze this rather long-winded title; E-flite is one of a number of
manufacturing names of Horizon Hobbies, a giant US hobby distributor. UMX is a trademark name
for Ultra-Micro models. There are numerous examples of these UMX models on the market, from
sports models, scale, 3D and now a sailplane. ASK-21 is the name of one of the world’s most
numerous full scale 2 seat sailplanes, designed by Rudolf Kaiser and built by Alexander Schleicher
GmbH & Co. Finally, we come to AS3X Technology. This is a new technology developed by E-flite
that in layman terms is basically a 3 axis stabilization system. The system does not interfere with
pilot input – it essentially ‘smooths out’ non-pilot induced movements. e.g. those modelers that
have flown smaller models know how ‘jittery’ they can become with the slightest of breezes. Wind
gusts can pitch a wing up suddenly for example, which traditionally needed to be countered by the
pilot. A crosswind may cause the model to drift away from the intended flight path. AS3X will
eliminate/minimize these unintended model movements, whilst still allowing the pilot full control.
In E-flite speak, the system makes the model seem like a much larger model in flight.
860 mm
33.9 in
520 sq cm
80.4 sq in
432 mm
17 in
72.5 g
2.56 oz
Rx batt
3.7v 1S 150mAh Li-Po
Model Flight first put this up on their site early in 2012 and I was smitten. I pre-ordered the model
and waited impatiently for the few months that was listed. That time seemed to drag and drag and
was made even more frustrating by a number of delays by the manufacturer in finally releasing the
product to the market.
Finally in December 2012, I came home from work to
find a reasonably small package waiting for me. Upon
removal of the cardboard packaging you are
presented with an extremely professional looking box
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that also doubles as a transport medium for the finished model. There is a near life-sized picture of
the ASK on the cover. Upon opening the box I almost needed to squint to see the model.
Yes, she’s small alight!
The wing is in one piece, not a huge
technical ask for something so small.
It is a foam unit with a plastic skin,
giving a relatively stiff surface that
will not scuff/bend too easily. The skin was probably a necessity from a torsional stiffness
perspective as the root chord is less than 3 inches and the tip just over one inch. No foam only could
be torsionally stiff with those petite dimensions. Underneath you can see a carbon fibre blade spar,
a plastic centre plate and the aileron torque rods. Atop the wing in the centre are a pair of tiny,
linear servos to drive the ailerons mounted on a plate that include the bosses for the 4 wing
mounting screws. The wing tips are painted blue.
The fuselage and tailplane are already assembled at the factory and use a variety of materials to
achieve the finished article. The lower fuselage is very fine foam. It is fairly resilient so I would
hazard a guess to say it’s Z-foam. It has multiple carbon strip reinforcing around the canopy, rear of
the wing area and boom. In the nose is an electronic board containing the Skektrum DSM2 or DSMX
full range receiver as well as elevator and rudder servos. Hiding under that is yet another servo that
drives the tow release mechanism. 5 servos! The rear fuselage top is formed plastic as is the
canopy/cockpit floor assembly, speaking of which, the canopy is secured to the fuselage using 4 prefitted magnets. The fin and stabilizer are Depron, both with carbon fibre strip and plastic
reinforcement. All components are extremely light in weight, fairly flimsy but fit for the purpose.
Assembly is a no-brainer. Fit the wing onto the fuselage, lining up the 4 protruding bosses with the 4
wing holes and secure using the supplied self tapping screws. A nice touch is the supply of spare
screws as they are fairly small. The aileron servos are then plugged into the main board – left to the
front and it’s ready for some power. Put some supplied AA batteries in the supplied charger and
then plug in the supplied Li-Po. Those familiar with other E-flite small products will be familiar with
the charger – this one only differs by having a lead come out from where the battery would normally
plug in. On the lead end is the adaptor for this pack. If you are smart enough to charge the battery
first, the model should be assembled and ready to fly by the time it’s charged.
Connect the charged battery and bind. It’s ready!
5 servos, an rx and flight battery
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Wing centre plate, carbon spar & aileron torque rod
Rudder pushrod, carbon & plastic reinforcing
Elevator pushrod
As soon as the model is bound and you pick it up to launch, you think there is something amiss. The
servos chatter whenever it is moved. It took a minute for the coin to drop (I never claimed to be
smart)…. It was the AS3X system trying to dampen the movements that were not made by the
Flying was a non-event. At Camperdown, in around 10 knots, off
the point. It’s true what they claim – you do forget how small
the model is when it’s flying. Loops and rolls are possible with
enough height. As you may imagine, it stays in the air very
easily. CG alterations are achieved by slight movement of the rx
The kit even includes a small Hi-start (bungy) if you want to give
a bit of a boost on launch or want to go thermalling from a flat
field. I haven’t used the bungy yet but it is always in the box
ready to go…..
Another launch method is to use the E-flite Carbon Cub. This
UMX model comes with the usual controls plus flaps and tow
release! Who’s up for indoor aerotow?
The wait was well worth it. The model is a marvel of modern
Big man, little plane
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Flying Event Calendar
Further Info
VARMS General Meeting
VARMS Glider Field
Thermal #6
VARMS Scale Aerotow
VARMS Glider Field
Indoor (8pm – 11pm)
Sport Complex
Martin Lui 0408 406 758
VARMS Training (10am)
VARMS Glider Field
VARMS Trophy (1pm)
VARMS Glider Field
Scale Aerotow
29/3 – 1/4/13
VARMS Scale Aerotow
VARMS Glider Field
VARMS Training (10am)
VARMS Glider Field
Geelong Scale Aerotow
Dogs Rock Rd
F3B #3
Diggers Rest
VARMS General Meeting
VARMS Glider Field
Jerilderie Scale Aerotow
Standard Operating Times for VARMS Glider Field:
Second Saturday each month, 12.00 Noon till 5.00 pm
Glider means gliders and electric assist
All days 7.00 am till 11.00 pm
8am-Noon (power)
Dawn-Noon (glider)
Noon-5pm (AEST) (power)
Noon-5pm (AEDST) (power)
Noon-Dusk (glider)
Power Glider
Power Glider
Power Glider
Power Power Glider
Power Glider
For queries or problems regarding this timetable, please contact Max Haysom or Colin Collyer.
The Keyboard
Your frequency key should have your full name written clearly on it so that you can be easily recognised and
contacted in case of a frequency clash. Mobile phone number on the key is a good idea too, in case you have
departed and left your key in the board thus stopping someone else using that frequency. Members using 2.4 GHz
sets should still insert a standard key in the appropriate section of the keyboard.
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For Sale – Max Haysom 9801 3899/ 0414 679 620
36 MHz Receivers
JR R610M Mini Rx, 3 x, Good Performance, No crystals.
JR NER649S SPCM 9 Ch, 3x, Superb Range, Reliable, No crystals.
JR RS77S SPCM Synth, 7 Ch, 5 x, Great Rx, never used.
Hitec Micro 555 FM 5 Ch. 3 x, very good, (2 x 641, 1 x 637)
Hitec HFD08R0 8 Ch. FM, 645
Hyperion HP-DSP4TSR 4 Ch.Rx, Great for small A/C,
Micro R/C UK, 2 x Mini 6 FM, 1 x Std 6 FM, all on 631(JR Xtals)
Multiplex RX-9 Synth DS IPD, Use with FM Tx. A bargain?
Jeti FM 5 Ch. Mini (REX 5), 3 x (633,633, 641)
Jeti FM 4 Ch. Rex 4 Mini, 641
Corona FM 2 x 8 Ch. w/crystals 633
Corona FM 4 x 4 Ch. 3 w/crystals, 637, 633, 623, 1 x Synth All OK!
Schulze Alpha 835w, 2 x 8 Ch.FM Diagnostic Rx, End Pins. 633/633
Schulze Alpha 835s, 1 x 8 Ch. FM Diagnostic Rx, side pins, 633
Transmitters and Accessories
JR Transmitter, Max 66 ADT, near new, Mode 1, FM(PPM),SPCM,
ZPCM, 633, Manual, 1500 mAH NiMH battery, standard JR charger.
JR Transmitter, 9XII, 36 MHz FM(PPM), SPCM, ZPCM, Mode 1 or, 2,
1500 mAH NiMH Battery, Screen protector, Backlight screen,
w/ crystal module (641) (see below), Manual and JR charger.
JR Module Tx 36 MHz Synth to suit above, and similar.
Transmitter folding stands (2)
JR 2.4Ghz DM9 Module (New)/Spektrum AR7000 Rx.
$10 each, or 3 for $25
$22 each, or 3 for $60
$25 each, or 5 for $110
$15 each
$10 each, or 3 for $25
$10 each
$10 pair
$5 each
$20 each
$5 each
Vale – Frank Frederick Smith 2/5/1943 – 17/2/2013
Geoff Hearn
Franks involvement with VARMS goes back to the early 1970,s when he joined the club. He was
taken under tuition by the late John Vanderwolf who taught him the skills of radio model soaring at
Glenfern Road, Upwey. Frank built and flew many of the gliders of the time, i.e. trainers, slope
types and floater/ soaring models. As time progressed he found his love in scale models with his
pet era being the German Golden age of full size gliding of the late 1920’s and 1930’s. Perhaps his
favourite type of glider was the Grunau Baby, having built in excess of eight examples in various
scales; 1/6th, 1/5th and 1/4 scale. His vast knowledge of this type often resulted in a variety of
colour schemes. Not generally known to most of us VARMS members that many members have
been lucky to own examples of Franks superb building skills, whilst many other members have
benefitted from his broad knowledge of Vintage Gliders. Many members may not be
aware that Frank didn’t drive and was at the mercy of others to transport him and his models to
flying sites. He obtained great satisfaction in past times visiting various Victorian clubs with the
scale group and flew many of his scale models on visits to Camperdown during the 1980’s and early
1990’s. Right up until recent times Frank continued his interest in model gliding with a number of
purchases of foam /electric powered models and continued to build glider types which took his
interest. Frank passed away peacefully with many of his friends visiting him in hospital during his
last days. His enduring membership of VARMS, in excess of 40 years showed his passion for model
soaring. He will be sorely missed. I hope he finds many perfect flights where ever he may
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Libelle H-201
Lindsay Henderson
The full scale Libelle H201 and my sports scale version
The meaning of Libelle both in French and German is Dragonfly.
The prototype made its first flight in October 1967, with a total of 601 being built. It is the first full
composite glider built and the type soon made its mark in contest flying; one flown by Per-Axel
Persson of Sweden, winner of the 1948 World Championships, came second in the Standard Class
at the 1968 World Championships at Leszno in Poland.
The Libelle and Standard Libelle were very popular and influential designs. Their very light wings
and extremely easy rigging set a new benchmark. Their handling is generally easy except that they
are quite sensitive to side slipping and have relatively ineffective air brakes that make short
landings tricky for inexperienced pilots.
The Standard Libelle (H-201) is of similar glassfibre construction to the H-301 Libelle. The changes
required consisted of removing the flaps and tail braking parachute, fitting a fixed, instead of
retractable, monowheel and raising the height of the canopy. A new Wortmann wing section was
featured and terminal velocity dive brakes were fitted.
The canopy is unique in that it has a catch that enables the front to be raised by 25mm (about 1
inch) in flight to provide a blast of ventilating air instead of the more conventional small sliding
panel used for this purpose.
This same body had the tail remove and a V-Tail fitted and called a Salto which is still considered
world class aerobatic glider today.
They also made a T-Tail version and called a club glider making it easier to land. (171 produced as
The Model Construction
The plan was supplied by a Mr Smith in the free box at the clubhouse and was to be constructed in
all balsa and as the original glider was all composite design I decided to make it composite.
I copied the formers from the plan to the finished size and then removed 1.5 mm for balsa skin. A
stringer of 3 mm balsa was set into the top and bottom of the former to keep it straight and to
shape. The skin was made from planks of balsa, sanded to near the right shape a further 100gsm
glass weave was added. With lots of light weight plaster fill and massive amount of sanding time it
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took shape and surprisingly without paint was extremely light yet strong enough to withstand some
General characteristics
Full size
Capacity: 50 kg (110 lb) water ballast
Length: 6.19 m (20 ft 4 in)
Wingspan: 15.00 m (49 ft 3 in)
Height: 1.25 m (4 ft 1 in) width 600 mm
Wing area: 9.8 m2 (105 ft2)
Aspect ratio: 23
Empty weight: ca. 185 kg (407 lb)
Gross weight: 350 kg (770 lb)
Maximum speed: 250 km/h (160 mph)
Maximum glide ratio: ca. 38
Rate of sink: 0.57 m/s (112 ft/min)
No ballast provision
1.05 metre (3’ 4”)
2.50 metre (8’ 4”)
120 mm (5”) (width 105 mm)5.5”
(2400 X 151) 3624 sq cm ( 4.08 sq ft)
270 g body only no paint
1570 g (3 lb 7oz) flying wt
all bloody day if you can keep it up
how big is the hole?
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Don’t give up on a model
Max McCullough
Hi guys, just a little story about what can go wrong
because of a small grub screw coming loose in my
Duster’s tow release. It was on the Saturday of
Danny Malcman’s aero tow day when the Duster
wouldn’t release from Steve’s tug. Steve did the
right thing and dropped the line from his end,
which ended up wrapped around my rudder
causing the Duster to spin straight down totally
destroying the plane from the leading edge of the
wing forward!!
So I had a good look at, and decided to rebuild it. Turned out it wasn’t as hard as I thought it would
be. It was just like a jigsaw puzzle because luckily, I had picked up most of the pieces (keeping the
field tidy you know). The rebuild only took a week and she looks better than new. Tim Morland
gave me a good tip to put a L shape on the release rod at the servo end which I have now done,
thanks Tim. Cannot slip now.
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Servo selection
Alex Evans
Which servo… How much torque do I need?
Well folks, I am sure most if not all of us wonder at times about this question. Even when you get
yourself a nice ARF, it still requires you to decide, purchase and install the Servo’s for the various
Normally, the servo for an IC powered model requires almost constant power for the throttle (the
engine RPM does not effect how much torque is required to move the throttle forward or backward)
but the actual control surfaces, impose a different load on the servo arm / motor depending on
several parameters:
How fast is your model going to fly
What is the total area of each control surface (cord x length)
To what degree from the neutral is it going to be deflected…
So, with that many parameters to the question, all what we could do is ponder, guess and maybe
take advise from the hobby-shop operator, who will no doubt try to sell us the most expensive set of
servos – just to be on the safe side.
With the R&D involved in my Cessna Skymaster projects, I eventually had to bump into this question,
and after some research, found some answers on several web sites.
I am providing the information here, just in case you don’t have Internet access, or are too busy to
try and find this stuff, so here goes… but read first what is inside this box
The maximum torque requirement does not always occur at full deflection. This calculator
determines the torque at every control position, from 1 degree to the max. deflection specified.
The result is the max torque found, and the position of the control surface when the max torque
was reached.
The formula used to calculate the torque is as follows:
Torque (oz-in) = 8.5E-6 * ( C2 *V2 *L* sin(S1)* tan(S1) / tan(S2)]
C = Control surface chord in cm
L = Control surface length in cm
V = Speed in MPH , your estimate / intended model speed
S1 = Max control surface deflection in degrees
S2 = Max servo deflection in degrees
Once you finish your calculation, you will be in a better position in front of the salesman at the shop,
by simply saying something like “I need 4 servos rated at 42 Oz/In with metal gears…”
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Note the following assumptions:
1. The angle of incidence of the wing, stab, or fuse is zero (relative to the airflow).
2. Angular velocity and acceleration of the aircraft is zero.
3. Air flow may be modeled using Bernoulli's equation for dynamic pressure.
4. Conditions are: sea level, zero humidity, moderate (~55 F) temperature.
5. Control linkages have zero offset at hinge line and are perpendicular to horns at neutral.
6. Control mechanisms are frictionless and surfaces are mass-balanced.
7. The wing, stab, fuse, and control surfaces are thin, flat slabs.
8. No aerodynamic counterbalances are used. (Account for these manually, if desired.)
9. The pushrods are significantly longer than the servo and control horns.
Please note:
The calculations are completely theoretical. No empirical "tweaking" has been done.
The assumptions (except #6) should generally yield conservative (high) predicted torques.
Extreme control throws are probably not practical at high speeds.
This model is best used for comparisons. No guarantees are made of its validity.
Maximum required servo torque may occur at LESS than maximum throw.
Also, the Internet is the best source of information, search and you will find some good On-Line
calculators – for example :
So, I hope you find this useful for one of your next projects…
Alex Evans
Who said you can’t see thermals?
Photo sent in by Colin Collyer
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Training Dates
17 Mar & 7 Apr
Training radio
Frequencies are now
on 2.4 GHz
Mowing Roster
Martin Hopper
Robert Kassell
Tim Steward
Jim Baker
Bruce Robinson
Graeme Hollis
9873 8256
9795 1330
9758 6712
9803 2185
9887 8996
9739 4886
Geoff Moore (Heliport)
Max Koludrovic (Runways & Pits)
VARMS Training is
kindly sponsored by:
Any Problems with the field, ring
Martin Hopper
Hyperion Australia
9873 8256
For Frank
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Opinions expressed in Aspectivity may not represent the view of VARMS Inc. Editor or Printer.
VARMS Inc., the Editor and the Printer accept no responsibility for the accuracy of the content.
VP & Site Liaison
Contest Director
Ordinary Member
Heli Group Rep
Sports Power Rep
Colin Collyer
Max Haysom
Roger Stevenson
Ian Pearson
Alan Mayhew
Glenn Salisbury
Martin Hopper
Bruce Clapperton
Geoff Moore
Ray Douma
Steve Tester
VARMS Web Site:
Current Members:
Potential Members:
9561 9097
9801 3899
9830 8293
5996 5019
9887 7885
9404 2157
9873 8256
9803 3108
9802 2044
0409 356515
9724 9728 – for up to date info on VARMS
If you change your address, please notify the Registrar so that we can maintain the correct
addressing of this Newsletter.
If you are interested in joining VARMS, or learning more about our activities, please contact the
Secretary, or other Committee member.
Victorian Association of Radio Model Soaring Inc.
Organisation No. A0001504U
Affiliated with the Federation Aeronautique Internationale (FAI)
The World Air Sports Federation
VARMS (Inc.) was formed in 1968 to get together aero-modelers who were interested in building and flying radio
controlled gliders. Members fly at many places, but have a home field, within the Knox Regional Sports Park
(South Wantirna) some 60 metres west of the rear of the State Basketball Centre- Entrance off George Street,
where Training Classes with dual controlled gliders are held every second Sunday 10-1.00pm. A calendar for
training is attached to the flying field gate.
VARMS Training is kindly sponsored by Hyperion Australia.
VARMS organizes regular competitions in both Slope and Thermal Soaring, from fun-fly, scale, open competition
and self launching (electric) gliders.
General Meetings are held on the SECOND FRIDAY of each month (except January) – at the VARMS Clubroom
near State Basketball Centre (as above)and, during daylight saving time there may be limited flying allowed
before Meeting starts at 8.00pm. Visitors are welcome. Formalities are usually followed by lively discussions on
matters of interest to all modellers followed by a cup of your favourite brew.
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