Heathcote Soaring League (HSL) is a radio controlled glider club, based at Maddens Plains, 58 klms south of the Sydney CBD. HSL is involved in slope soaring, thermal duration, aero-tow and scale soaring.
We welcome new members whose primary interest is to fly radio controlled sailpanes, electric sailplanes or oldtimer models. We do not encourage Sports power models to fly at the Club site. Pilots who wish to fly power models, will be directed to one of the many Clubs in the region, who specialise in power flying, and whose club flying fields and operating procedures have been developed specifically for that purpose. HSL strongly encourages all members to achieve a competency level equivalent to LSF Level I. Speak with, or contact, one of the committee members to get an LSF accomplishment form and perform the tasks, to gain your level 1 competancy. We have Glider Instructors, who can instruct and test pilots for the Gold and Bronze wings, Glider, awards. MAAA membership is required to fly at Maddens Plains.
Club and Membership Information
Membership fees are due now. Payment must be in before 1/7/16. If you haven't renewed your Club membership for 2016 - 2017, or are not a member, then you are not permitted to fly at the Club field. The land is leased to HSL Inc and is private property, for the use of members and guests. You must have current MAAA affiliation and Public Liability Insurance to fly at Maddens Plains. There is a .pdf renewal form or a membership application form for dowload, on the 'Club and Membership' page of this website.
Millennium Cup 2m Span Competition 2017
On Sunday 9th April, we held a round of the 2017 Millennium Cup at the Lake George Soaring League field. We had 15 pilots compete on the day.
The weather forecast was for very strong winds strengthening to near gale force by midday with a very high chance of showers during the day and thunderstorms in the afternoon, so it didn't look too promising.
When I arrived at the field just before 8am t6he wind was dead calm. By the time we had set up, done the briefing and gotten underway just after 9am there was a light breeze from the NW.
We set up to launch to the North. The temperature got to be in the low 20s but most pilots were sporting jackets of some type to protect against the wind and the light rain that fell intermittently.
The wind did not really strengthen all that much but there were rain showers in the area from time to time and we could see intense cells of rain from the north, east and south of us at various times. We even had a few spits of rain and light showers where we were flying but we pushed on.
By 11am the sky to the west, where the weather was coming from, appeared very ominous and a quick check of the radar showed quite widespread rain activity in that direction. So after we had completed four rounds we called a temporary halt to flying activities and we headed for shelter and took advantage of an early lunch opportunity, as the rain intensified. By midday the rain had ceased and the cloud overhead was breaking up. It was decided to recommence flying activities.
As we moved through the next three rounds the sky was mostly sunny and the wind was light, just enough to provide good line pressure for the launches. The wind swung to be directly from the north, straight down the lake. Soaring conditions were very good and challenging.
Near the end of the seventh round it was decided to go to eight rounds, however the last two or three pilots flying in the seventh round found the wind starting to pick up quite noticeably and it became strong. As the forecast was for strengthening winds the CD decided to call a pilots meeting to ascertain whether to proceed or not. It was decided to call it quits due to the deteriorating conditions. This proved to be a good call as the wind did indeed get even stronger.
With the scores tallied the winner of the round is Fred Lodden. Peter Williams was in second place and Jack Murphy came in third. Congratulations to the placegetters.
NOTE: The next round of the 2017 Millennium Cup will be the Salt Ash round to be held on the 21st of May 2017.
See the days results, by clicking here -
See the overall results on the Millennium Cup tab, by clicking here -
HSL F5J Competition 2016
We had a good day of flying for this F5J event. The forecast was for showers and strong winds from the south, swinging to the SE and abating during the day. We were fortunate to not get any rain at all during the day. The winds were indeed strong from the south and didn't swing much at all and nor did they abate. We had 14 pilots enter the competition.
Most of the 2.5m class planes spent their flights just pointed into the wind and even slowing drifting backwards. Only a few pilots actually circled and notably I think only Don Farrar and Klaus Metzger followed lift downwind any distance. Despite the challenging conditions we had no attrition and all pilots were still competing to the end of the day.
We flew 3 heats per round and this allowed us to cycle the PA and scoring duties around amongst many pilots.
We got underway at around 0930 and we completed four rounds before a break for lunch, A further three rounds were completed after lunch. At that point a pilots meeting was called to ascertain whether the majority wanted to press on for an eighth round, but the consensus was to call it a day with seven completed rounds.
With the scores tallied in the computer the results were -
1st Phil Stevenson, 2nd Jack Murphy, 3rd Colin Woodward
1st Ken Woodward, 2nd Stephen Weatherstone, 3rd Rob Watson
Congratulations to the place getters.
NOTE: The next F5J event will be at Nowra on the 1st of May 2016.
The results of this round, can be seen by clicking on this link
HSL Thermal Duration Club Competition 2017
Round 2 of the 2017 Heathcote Soaring League Club Championship was held on Sunday 12th March. The forecast was for mild conditions with moderate winds from the north, so we set up the winches to launch to the north.
With 8 pilots in attendance we used the 4, 6, 8, 10 and 10 minute target flight time format and got underway 10.05.
The weather developed exactly as forecast and there were thermals about. The conditions were vary pleasant and the wind strength cycled with the passing thermals and the temperature climbed above the mid 20s.
There were a couple of unfortunate incidents later in the day.
Les Morris had his aircraft go off the air and subsequently impact the ground very hard. Ken Woodward also seemed to have the same problem with his Olympic and it started doing loops all of its own accord whilst under power shortly after being launched and it too had a hard impact. All the competition flights were completed well in advance of the 14.30 target end time.
For the day, in first place was Kevin Weston with Steve Weatherstone in second and Keith Lindsay took third.
NOTE: The next club event is the Heathcote Cup. This will held over two days on the weekend of the 25th and 26th of March 2017. The results from each of these two days of competition go towards the 2017 HSL Club Championship.
The current standings for the Club Competition, can be seen by clicking on this link
The results of the last combined Club Electric Competition, can be seen by clicking on this link
The results of the last round, can be seen by clicking on this link
HSL Heathcote Cup Competition 2016
This year we had one good day and one difficult of flying at Maddens Plains over the two days.
Saturday was sunny all day with fresh winds from the SSW swinging around to the south. It was clear and sunny all day. We had nine pilots enter the competition. Flying started at 10:00am and finished at around 3:15pm after completing 6 rounds. In the time before we broke for lunch there some pockets of good lift about.
We broke for lunch a little after midday but when we resumed at about 12:50 the wind had picked up and was strong at times. The lift had also become much more difficult to find and most flights were short of the 10 minute target time. There were many relaunches as pilots sought to improve their times after having initially being unable to find lift.
At the end of the day the results were computed and Colin Woodward was the winner from Jack Murphy and Don Farrar. The leading competitor in the 2 metre class was Fred Lodden. Colin scored six straight 1000 point flights which is impossible to better. Congratulations Colin.
The conditions on Sunday were strong winds from the south. The conditions were sunny but quite cool due to the strong wind. We had no rain at any time.
After midday it became partly cloudy, but nothing low enough to impact flying operations. We had just six pilots enter the competition. This created a bit of a dilemma as this low number is insufficient for the running of the man-on-man format that we would prefer. So after a discussion it was decided that the Heathcote Cup would be awarded based on the Day 1 results and that Day 2 would be held using the 4, 6, 8, 10 and 10 minute format.
We started flying operations at 9:30.
Steve Weatherstone immediately struck problems on his first launch as the line broke near the parachute upon release of the model. His model only gained about 10m of altitude. He recovered it with a nice landing but the momentum of the winch caused some loose loops of line to be thrashed on the winch and the line needed replacing. After a long period of working on the line replacement, on Steve's next launch his newly repaired and cleaned up model had the wing break at the repair joint in the wing when subject to the heavy loads afforded by the strong headwind during launch. The model looked pretty sad when it was recovered.
The difficult conditions resulted in just two flights of 10 minute duration during the day. Flying concluded just after 1pm.
At the end of the competition the winner for Day 2 was Don Farrar with Colin Woodward in second place and Klaus Metzger in third. The sole entrant in the 2m class was Fred Lodden who took that out by default.
With the results from Day 1 determining the Heathcote Cup for 2016, this was won by Colin Woodward. Runner up was Jack Murphy and Don Farrar came in third.
The results Day 1, can be seen by clicking on this link
The results Day 2, can be seen by clicking on this link