Hotlanta 2006 Masters
FROSTING on 2006 SPA
As the caption implies.....both
mornings of the 2006 MASTERS contest at PCMA (Paulding
County Model Aviation) were literally “frosted”. The usual term for
HOTLANTA wasn’t even used the weekend of October 14 & 15 as a
result. It was typical early Autumn, cold in the mornings but
warming up nicely as the day progressed. A brisk wind primarily from
the NE served to lower the chill factor to the point that layers of
clothing were welcomed as was the club-provided hot coffee and
Flying was typical for late season, much more accurate maneuver
execution, evidently with participation in prior contests and extra
practice for this one. Many judges exclaimed, "the flying was just
better and consequentially more difficult to find errors for
ALL 27 contestants received a memento plaque of their participation
in the 2006 MASTERS contest at PCMA. Jim Rogers is going to have the
pleasure of redeeming his $300.00 gift certificate from Pyramid
Hobbies as the raffle winner. A gift like that is equivalent to
winning a key to Santa's workshop.
A couple of mishaps occurred when Bob Bixby's aluminum wing tube
succumbed to the G's applied to it in the Horizontal Eight. Phil
Spelt's Panzer aileron servo decided to go on strike during his
sequence. The guys smiled, recovered the components and realized,
"this happens to all of us that enjoy this sport/hobby.
Rich Ernst from the Sunshine State flew that beautiful DECEPTION
model that was the feature in a recent SPA newsletter.
The HIGHLIGHT of the annual MASTERS was the FLY-OFF in each class as
well as the same for the Senior Expert Pilot to determine who
possesses the prized MEMORIAL TROPHY for the coming year. It's
amazing, the solitude that exists as spectators and judges together
eye each skillful input to the planes piloted by these accomplished
qualifiers. Again, this year, each qualifier seemed to perform a
more precise pattern during the FLY-OFF than during the regular
competition rounds. Flashbacks of previous TOC's came to mind as one
enjoyed the performance of these pilots. Even the "old-timers"
confessed to nerves inciting "shaky-knees".
PCMA, ya' did us WELL with your' host and hostess duties. Sincerest
"thanks" for your' efforts, all, from the Cooks, waitresses,
scorekeepers, runners, CD and assistants. This MASTERS certainly
earned another notch in the PCMA "handle" on contest sponsorship!
Bruce Underwood PIO