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06 07 WING SPAN FEBRUARY FEBRUARY WING SPAN MAAALogo. I feature story: 1st West Wyalong National Championships World-class flyers, like Roy Summersby, will be one of the many competitors hoping to take out top honours during the national championships. He will be joined by other MAAA elite aeromodelling flyers, who will collectively share in their love of flying, and friendship. “There are plenty of individual events throughout the year, but the West Wyalong National Championships will bring together all the disciplines and great variety of events for spectators,” said Roy. “The National Championships have been a tradition for the past 70 plus years, so this year we wanted to continue that tradition with the 1st West Wyalong National Championships. “There is, of course, the prestige and enjoyment of competing in these renowned events, but more important is the social side. There are also many elements of fun; it’s as much social as it is competitive. Flyers are looking forward to catching up with friends from all over Australia that they only see once a year. It’s very social,” he said. “The Championships will showcase the very best of our sport, from fun, the extreme performance of models, thrills, and camaraderie. As with last year, one of the biggest highlights will be the night scramble event followed by the evening social which includes a Lamb Spit Roast Dinner along with a glass of wine around the huge bonfire. The dinner will start following the night scramble on Saturday.” The Championships are set to be an exciting, thrilling event on the aeromodelling calendar, a great way to promote our sport to the wider community, catch up with friends and enjoy the excitement of our sport. We hope to see you there. In an exciting first for the sport of aeromodelling, the NSW Free Flight Society (NSWFFS), in conjunction with Control Line Aeromodellers Society (CLAS), will be hosting the 1st West Wyalong National Championships, held from July 7-15. The format this year will be slightly different from the past two years but promises to be just as much fun. This year, we offer an aerial spectacular for the whole family to enjoy. It will be one of the most comprehensive model aircraft shows for the public as well as competitions for the model flyer in Australia. With some models reaching speeds of up to 300km/ hr and having wingspans of 3-4 metres, every facet of aeromodelling will be on display, including Radio Control, Control Line, Free Flight, and Indoor Flying. The Championships Coordinator, Terry Bond said he was excited to host the one of a kind event for MAAA flyers, the most comprehensive modelling event on the MAAA events calendar in 2020. “West Wyalong is a wonderful local community that has always supported our events. They have great facilities and good accommodation for families coming to stay for the event,” said Terry. “The previous Nationals were so well attended that we couldn’t go a year without holding something as big and impressive. We decided to run the event during the school holidays so aeromodelling families, as well as local townsfolk, can come along and enjoy the events and social activities. They can also learn about the sport and even have a go themselves. “For this and future events, we are building an asphalt (hot mix) circle for all the control line racing events at the AB Field. This is a huge and permanent investment into our sport at West Wyalong and is being funded by the CLAS and the NSWFFS. “The 1st West Wyalong National Championships will be a memorable and enjoyable nine days filled with great competition, thrills and camaraderie.”