4th -12th July 2001
travelled in Mick Reeves converted Transit Van, all five of us,
Team Manager Graham Kennedy, Jeff Brown on his first team mission,
Mick Reeves and his wife Sandy and myself, plus three models. 1000
miles! And very economical on LPGthe Transit was. The western part
of Europe was uneventful with an overnight stop in Hanover. The
Polish border took three hours to cross. Quite good by all accounts,
some of the trucks take two days!
Polish roads are not good, with a lethal white line system unlike
anything seen before. The police are waiting over every hill top
for unwary foreigners who cross the line. Not locals. (£100
fine on the spot and no receipt, name or number, since you ask!)
The roads are lined with Bars as well. That can not help the high
death rate of 75 pr day. The roads are also lined with Garden Gnome
stalls, "ladies" and LPG stations. I have no explanation
for any of them other than a recently oppressed country struggling
successfully to catch up.
Airfield called Kruszyn is at Wloclawek, pronounced Vo-sar-vec.
Right in the middle of Poland's Central region. We soon learnt that
in Polish W is pronounced as a V. So Wodka becomes Vodka, and very
nice it is too!
After an extensive opening ceremony with many speeches, a military
band, traditional dancing, and an air display involving helicopters
and a trio of Zlin 526's. Excellent. The competition got underway.
A new runway and control line circle had been specially built for
the occasion. The Poles take their aeromodelling seriously and many
school parties were brought round.
new runway turned out to be not into wind causing many take-off's
over the crowd. For this event only, Teams of Five were allowed.
Only three pre-nominated members went forward to the team prize.
Some countries took advantage of this to introduce new modellers
to the international scene. They will not forget it and will contribute
to raising standards in their countries.
judging started after the first round. It put the Italian Piero
Santucci with a Morane Soulnier A 1XXX1XX firmly in the lead. With
FAI rules, static counts about 50% of marks so a good set is really
important. The best two of the three flying rounds contribute the
other halfof the awarded points.
one of flying had the Flying Dutchman Gerald Rutann jr. with his
F18 jet in the lead. With the Czech Pavel Fencl and his Knoller
C11 in second. Another Czech, Petr Tax with an Avro 504 was third.
My personal competition went something like this. In round one I
was on in the late afternoon, a strong wind had got up. Near the
limit we thought. I scored 1406, nearly the best of the round, Unfortunately
they decided to weigh my model, probably because it had flown in
the Large class in previous international events. It was 300 grams
over. I had gone to a lot of trouble before leaving home and was
confident it was 800 under. They had two sets of digital scales,
the first out in the wind jumped around wildly, the second in the
hanger showed 300 over so I got disqualified from the first round.
They were the same type and had been set up by the same person.
two of the three rounds count and are then averaged and added to
your static score so my next flights had better be good.
In the next round I flew at the same time of day in the same strong
wind. 1299 was not good enough. A re-weigh according to the rules
showed my lightened model to be 100 gm under.
Round three flew all the competitors in one day, bottom to top of
the scores so far, a new innovation .
It made for an exciting finish in the evening and also put me on
in the morning calm, so my 1336.5 put me in to an eventual 16 place.
Unfortunately on this third flight I went behind the judges line
and got a zero for the roll.The
countryside was flat and featureless and I was not the only one
to do this. A suggestion for the future is to have the line marked
out by some flags.
My Waco was re-weighed after the third round as well, the scales
by now in a tent, announced 3.5 kg so obviously something was faulty.
We considered a protest as if I had my first round score back it
me into the top ten but as it did not make any difference to the
UK Team's Bronze medal position we decided not to bother.
think the Jury were sympathetic and chatting to Narve Jensen he
said the proper way would have been a set of scales under each wheel.
As per full size practice. I think that will happen in the future.
The Competition climaxed with Gerald Rutten jr. just ahead of the
rest before his flight. The F18 was rock steady in the strong wind.
However, when Pavel's turn came the wind suddenly dropped to zero
and he put in a perfect flight to win by 15 points.
Considering the short time in which the event had been arranged,
the organisation was superb, even with some new innovations such
as a time keeping clock that everyone could see.
analysed scores of each flight were in our hands as soon as the
model was landed, AND someone came round with a big tray of cakes
every morning and afternoon!
Polish Aero Club airfield had a collection of old aircraft standing
outside, pushed there to free the hangers for our models, It was
not long before notices appeared offering flights in the AN2 and
the PZL Wilga at bargain prices. The Brits soon rounded up 12 takers
for the AN2. Some how this grew to 16 by the time we took off after
much banging and clattering from the 30 year old Shevstecof radial.
We bravely followed that, in the next lunch break, with the PZL.
The flat and wooded countryside featured many lakes and rivers,
and a large prison. I was told this is where they put owners of
The Poles kindness, generosity and attention to detail was
outstanding. On the Friday sight-seeing day they took us to the
historic city of Turun and then to a picnic at a hilltop castle
with a BBQ and more music with dancing. One of the seven bands that
passed before us in six days. The Mayor of Wloclawek is desperately
keen that the World Championship is awarded to Poland in four years
time and that it goes to his city. Mentioning it in all his (4)
speeches, that will be a decision for the Polish Aero Club.
Aero Club and it's aeromodelling branch are almost a part of government
and appear to have full time employees.
did a fantastic job at short notice. We thank them all very much.