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The Werribee Model Aircraft Association (WMAA) has a long history of glider

flying activities. The club welcomes new glider pilots who would like to join in and

give it a go! Experienced pilots are available to provide advice and guidance. Club

activities range from casual sport flying, glider events and the bi-monthly





Glider Competition is a low key, enjoyable competition where the emphasis

is on having fun! This is a great event to compete in.

Round 1: 6th of July 2014

Round 2: 14th September 2014

Round 3: 9th November 2014

Round 4: 1st Feb 2015

Round 5: 5th April 2015

Round 6: 7th June 2015


At the WMAA

Glider Competition the gliders are launched using a 2 meter rated

“bungee” (or histart). There is a bungee available for use at the field by members.

Werribee Model Aircraft Association Inc: McGraths Road, Werribee 3030




GLIDER COMP –  Feb 2014





The aim of this contest is to involve people in a low cost, low key, fun event that should allow a wide range of entrants at all experience levels to have a chance to be competitive, in a relaxed environment.

The contest is open to:

  • Any production all foam RC aircraft.
  • 2.0m maximum wing span.
  • Electric powered.
  • Reasonably close to standard.
  • Radio frequency control and management!!!
  • Entrants stand in line, at 90° to the prevailing wind.
  • Nominal 5.0m separation between.
  • Entrants may launch their own model, or have an assistant and a coach.
  • Launch must be into the wind for at least 20m.
  • CD has the option of determining motor run time, nominally 20sec.
  • CD to determine that all contestants are ready.
  • CD then to provide three sound signals a few seconds apart:
  • Sound 1, ready.
  • Sound 2 set (start motors).
  • Sound 3 launch.
  • At conclusion of the motor run time, CD provides a fourth sound signal, contestants must switch motors off. No motor restarts are allowed, unless to save the aircraft.
  • Contestants then fly thermal, for duration.
  • Aircraft are to be landed within a reasonable distance of the start. There are no landing points to encourage landing safely away from people.
  • On contact with the ground, contestants call out “Down!” in a loud voice so that others can hear.
  • CD is to record landing order for each contestant, perhaps with adjustment for motor restarts.
  • A minimum three rounds should be flown.
  • Places are determined by adding landing order for each contestant. Places are awarded with first place going to the contestant with the highest number of points, etc.

Form of the contest:

Contestants are encouraged to talk about the thermal quality of the air that they are flying in; the height that some may be gaining or losing; or anything else that comes to mind.



Jim and Max both had very low altitude ‘pop-offs’, but recovered safely.

Neville missed a required time by one lousy second.  Got the time with heaps of extra on the next flight, but.

Jim suffered a second pop-off and destroyed his glider….

Great to see Brett galloping around retrieving bungees for all the ‘old blokes’!

Grant was about to launch, all hooked up and ready to go.  Last minute check….ooops, switch the model on, then go…… did a great time too.

Extraordinary to see Michael’s 3.5m span Apollo launch on a bungee rated for 2.5m! Very slow climb to not much height.

Elimination rounds saw multiple launches off three bungees.  Groups were determined by…. Paper, rock, scissors!

Ken had a bit of bad luck, scoring the heavy bungee for his smaller span model, got a lousy launch height.

Then the heavy bungee broke, again!  It happens to be the club bungee, so a replacement is likely.

Graeme hit a whole lot of sink on return from a flight and had a fairly distant out landing in the (dry) swamp.  The model survived ok, but Graeme looked a bit worse for wear after battling through the growth.

2012.  Three bungees will be available, all with pretty much the same launch characteristics.