APA Mission Statement
The Australian Pattern Association Inc. (APA) aims to promote a thriving
Precision Aerobatics environment in Australia, with particular focus on:
• Promotion of competition
• Encouraging pilot and skills development
• Selection of the best talent to represent Australia
Rules Clarification for Advanced, Expert & F3A (P-15 & F-15)
There has been some confusion around enforceable downgrades since the introduction of the new schedules - P15, F15 and the domestic derivatives. In response the APA has been in consultation with the FAI technical delegates, State F3A groups and a number of members. The clarifications below align us with the international community.
- In the Golf Ball manoeuvre (P15 & F15) the rolls MUST be centered on the line segments that they are contained in, this might or might not mean that the rolls will be centred on the centre pole. Depending on the radius of the loop segments the rolls can properly occur before, at or after the intersection of the two line segments. The apex of the • loop segment must be over the centre pole for proper centring of the manoeuvre.
- The Double Immelmann manoeuvre that is in all sequences has no express relationship between the horizontal line segments and the half loop diameter. Thus, this manoeuvre can be wider than it is tall or taller than it is wide with no geometry downgrade.
- The centre Top Hat manoeuvre in all classes shall have both vertical legs the same length but there is no required relationship to the horizontal leg. i.e. it can be wide and short or tall and skinny with no geometry downgrade as long as the vertical legs are the same length.
Please note, these clarifications apply to the F3A, Expert and Advanced classes only. The rules for Sportsman require that a center Top Hat be 3 sides of a square and a Double Immelman be a square with half loop segments on each end.
News Update – Upcoming APA Events
The APA committee would like to announce that the APA Championships event will be held at the Twin Cities Model Aero Club in Albury over the weekend 4-5 October 2014. This event will also be the Team Trial for the 2015 World Championships to be held in Switzerland 6-16 August 2015.
Also the 2015 Australian Masters to be held 7-9 March 2015 will be at the Charles Kingsford Smith Model Aero Club, Pitt Town NSW. Stay tuned for further news regarding this not to be missed event.
APA Contest Director.
New: International Judging
Over the past 20+ years Australia and the international F3A community have been well served by the APA’s international judges, which have in turn provided great insight and learning’s for our members from abroad.
As we all know judging is at the core of RC aerobatics and improving and broadening the skills base makes for more enjoyable competitions and improved flying.
Each year there are a number of competitions that utilise the FAI’s panel of international Judges. The panel is formed from nominations put forward by the special interest group and National Aero Club. In a bid to share the judging responsibilities more equitably, encourage greater local participation and broaden our technical knowledge base as a special interest group, the APA committee is committed to identifying and developing new Judges for nomination to the international judging panel.
The APA can provide you with information on how to become an international judge and will support nominations once the appropriate skills and experience can be demonstrated.
If you think you have what it takes or want to find out more please send your judging resume or questions to
New: Western Australia to host their first state championship open to all to enter, see details HERE
New: Our team managers report from AOC Thailand, thanks Glenn, CLICK HERE for report
Matt Bailey finished 4th in the finals and Bill Bloodworth 5th in the finals, a great result from both Matt and Bill, Aaron finished 7th overall, other great effort.
Australia took out second place in the teams event another great effort, Japan finished number one.
Our best result ever from our team in Thailand.
Great work by our team, Bill Bloodworth, Matthew Bailey, Aaron Garle, Dennis Travassaros, Glenn Orchard.
New: AUSTRALIAN MASTERS, results HERE
New: Want to pay by Paypal other than your membership PayPal account is:
New: The promotion system has changed as of 1st January 2014 for the better, check it out HERE
New: The committee has produced a set of competition rules which we are all bound to abide by when attending competitions. This document also contains the MAAA code of conduct that we all agree to when we sign our sporting licence card that we are issued with upon paying our club fees. HERE
New: The new 2014 "Call Cards" in PDF format are now available for download under the "Competition" drop down menu then "Call Cards"
All: the new schedule descriptions and aresti drawings, power point presentations are now available on the site under the main menu drop down, "Competition"
Self Relegation: Pilots that wish to apply to the committee for self relegation may do so.
You can use PayPal to pay your annual fees (due 30th November) on line or become a member on line.
USE OF ELECTRIC MODELS IN COMPETITION
1. For electric powered models, the electric power circuit(s) must not be physically connected, before the competitor is instructed to start his 8- minutes flight time and must be physically disconnected right after landing.
This means simply that electric motors should not be connected to power until they are in the ready box and asked to do so by the line director
2. The propulsion system(s) must automatically shut-off or fully idle at the moment a R/C signal failure should occur. (closed throttle in failsafe)
And, this means that all fliers using electric models must have their failsafe programmed to cut the throttle to zero (including idle) if there is a break in transmission or severe interference.
All electric models flown at APA sanctioned events must have an external means of connection and disconnection of power.