Heathcote Soaring League



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. Read More

Millennium Cup 2m Span Competition 2017

The weather forecast for the Newcastle area for Sunday the 21st May 2017 was for dry and sunny conditions with light winds and this is what we got. Initially there was a light wind from the west and by midday it had swung to be light from the south. The temperature got up into the mid 20s and flying conditions were pleasant.
We had a good turn out of 16 competitors at the Salt Ash field.
The competition flying activities got underway at around 0930 and we completed five rounds before breaking for lunch just after midday. When we resumed after lunch we completed a further 3 rounds before calling it a day at around 1430.
The conditions initially were challenging in the very light conditions and there didn't appear to be strong thermals about but there were zones of buoyancy. After lunch with the wind from the south there were long periods with no apparent lift and there were short periods where a strong thermal would be in the vicinity of the field.
There were a few incidents during the day despite the relatively benign conditions. Clive Warman had the wings fold on his model during a very strong launch and Ron Sterret had the wing separate from the fuselage during the ping and zoom phase. In Ron's case it appeared that the line had gotten caught over the nose of the aircraft and had cut through the forward wing bolt and the rear one pulled out in sympathy. The wing, which was intact, auto-rotated down but the fuselage went in like a dart. Upon retrieval it appeared that there might be no damage to either component but closer inspection revealed a cracked v-tail and so Ron was done for the day.
After eight completed rounds the scores were tallied and the winner on the day was Colin Woodward. Congratulations Colin. Ian Roach came in second, with Kevin Weston taking third place.
NOTE: The next round of the 2017 Millennium Cup will be held at Gloucester over the weekend of the 23rd and 24th of September, 2017.

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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 -
Open Class:
1st Phil Stevenson, 2nd Jack Murphy, 3rd Colin Woodward
2.5m class:
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 Read More

HSL Thermal Duration Club Competition 2017

Hi everyone.
Round 3 of the 2017 Heathcote Soaring League Club Championship was held on Sunday 7th May. On arrival at the field there was a strong westerly wind blowing. It was quite cold and had everyone donning jackets. The wind was forecast to swing around to the south during the day and abate.
We got underway at 10am using the 4, 6, 8, 10, 10 format, with a finish time of 2:30pm. We had nine pilots enter scores. The skies remained clear and sunny but as we moved towards midday the wind eased right off and for long periods it was almost dead clam. Even when it did lift a little it was only very light. The temperature warmed very nicely and the jackets came off as they were no longer required. Soaring in the morning was tough at times but then as the wind eased off quite a few pilots were able to get away to great height. By my count there were 14 flights made that got within cooee of the 10 minute target for the longest flights.
Late in the day Don Farrar had the misfortune of having his new Stork aircraft go off the air and plunge into the small dam to the NW of the field. Heroic efforts were required from Klaus Metzger (a difficult swim) to retrieve the aircraft. Don was able to download data from the flight logger so I assume that all the electronics aren't lost.
With the scores tallied in first place on the day was Clive Warman. Colin Woodward took up second place and he wasn't very far from Clive's score. In third place was Jack Murphy also with a close score. So things were very tight at the top.
NOTE: Round 4 of the 2017 HSL Club Championship will be held on the 27th of August 2017. See you there.

The current standings for the Club Competition, can be seen by clicking on this link Read More

The results of the last combined Club Electric Competition, can be seen by clicking on this link Read More

The results of the last round, can be seen by clicking on this link Read More

HSL Heathcote Cup Competition 2016

This year we had one good day and one difficult of flying at Maddens Plains over the two days.
Day 1:
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.
Day 2:
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.
Heathcote Cup:
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 Read More

The results Day 2, can be seen by clicking on this link Read More

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