Memorial Day Competition Rules

There will be 3 informal competitions on the day - two flying and one static. Trophies will be awarded for the two flying competitions and prizes will be awarded for the winner of each competition.


The Brian Brotherton Trophy for Aerobatics

This is an individually judged event, the judges can be an instructor, examiner, or committee member. It is
the pilot’s responsibility to find a judge for their entry.

Pilots will attempt to make as many “recognisable” aerobatic manoeuvres as possible within a timed 2 minute period. The timing will start once the model is airborne and the pilot has agreed with the judge that they are ready to start. Manoeuvres must be executed in the same part of sky, in front of the flight line and judge. Each completed manoeuvre scores 1 point. “Turn round” manoeuvres between each aerobatic figure can be counted providing the “turn round” is also recognisable as a figure. Acceptable “turn round” manoeuvres are reversals, rolls off the top, stall turn, bunts, outside loops, chandelles etc. Normal turns can be used but will not be marked.

With the agreement of the judge, pilots may make as many attempts within a single flight as they wish. Only the highest score from any one 2 minute period in any one flight will be taken as the flight score. The pilot may make as many flights as they wish.

A “K” factor will be added to each flight score as follows:

B certificate holders and above 0%
A certificate holders 15%
Non-certificate holders who are deemed to be novices pilots 30%
Novice pilots who are flying on a buddy box 50%

Highest flight score wins.


The John James Spot Landing Trophy

This is a continuously judged event, within a set time period which will be confirmed on the day (but likely to be 12:30 - 14:30).

2 white lines, approximately 3 metres apart will be marked across the strip. While the competition is in progress a judge will be watching the landings, any landing that starts within the 2 lines and continues on the ground (i.e. not bounced) will score 1 point. The pilot may make as many landing attempts as they wish within any flight and each landing will be scored accordingly. This includes “touch and goes” providing the model rolls on the ground for approximately 3 Metres. All landings must be made from a normal circuit and approach; fun fly 'loop and land' landings will not be scored.

All pilots may make as many flights as they wish within the allocated times.

A “K” factor will be added to each flight score as follows;

B certificate holders and above 0%
A certificate holders 15%
Non-certificate holders who are deemed to be novices pilots 30%
Novice pilots who are flying on a buddy box 50%

Highest total score wins.


Concours d’elegance

Any model capable of flying may be entered into this static competition.

The models will be judged by club members who will each receive a score sheet at the start of the day. Members select their individual top 3 models and record them on the sheet. Members may not select their own models.

Points will be awarded as follows;

Each 1st place 10 points
Each 2nd place 5 points
Each 3rd place 1 point


A “K” factor of 10% will be applied for any model that has been built from a plan or similar.

Highest number of points wins.

Ian Hatton
Event Organiser


Competition Results

The Brian Brotherton Trophy for Aerobatics Yik Chung
The John James Spot Landing Trophy Paul Hart
Concours d’elegance Jerry Carter

Competition Winners

A few images from the Memorial Day (click to enlarge).

Yik has also made a video