Motat Model Airshow March 2013

Motat Model Airshow March 2013

Postby Dale » Fri Jan 11, 2013 2:04 pm

Ladies and Gentlemen:

Motat (for the out of towners: The Museum of Transport and Technology, Western Springs, Auckland) is running an Aviation themed month for March 2013. They wish to conclude this with an airshow on weekend of 30th and 31st. (The date is fixed to suit Motat's programme.)

They have approached us to organise the display and flying parts of this. (Motat will look after toilets, tickets, advertising etc).

We will be having a large static display of models, (likely within the main hangar), and a flying airshow in a nearby location, which is TBC.

We may also have some "hands-on" for the public in some fashion.

I will be putting up details for the events, so i would appreciate you guys chipping in with offers of static aircraft, pilots keen to fly etc etc.

This is going to be a big event to really put model flying on the radar, so get involved!

Re: Motat Model Airshow March 2013

Postby Dale » Sun Jan 13, 2013 10:10 am

Getting some good responses to this, keep them coming!

Proposed layout:
Blue is the crowd area, includes toilets. May have some form of static display in here somewhere, and also some "hands on" for the masses to have a play with.

Purple is our flying site, smaller stuff will fit in here easy.

Anything bigger that requires a bit more sky can overrun the school buildings (yellow) to turn around etc, as these areas will be empty.

I know it seems tight, but we'll just do it the best we can.

Edit- just realised this may not be clear where this is, is Western Springs College, immediately south of and beside Motat 2. Note motat aircraft are visible in top left of pic.

Re: Motat Model Airshow March 2013

Postby Dale » Sun Jan 13, 2013 10:12 am

I'd like to fill in 2-3 hours with flying, so programme ideas:

Aerobatic display

Bixler/Axn Display

Assassin combat display

WW1 Warbirds

WW2 Warbirds


Multicopter with live camera feed on display

Lolly drop

Build a plane on the day and test fly...

Come up with more, and put your name down for what you want to be involved with!

I will soon be approaching some of the model shops, as we have complete ok for them to put on their own display stands, advertising etc, as well as myself seeking support from them.

Re: Motat Model Airshow March 2013

Postby Dale » Mon Jan 14, 2013 4:05 pm

Having some great offers coming through, with giant 3d machines for display, jets, offers of pilots, offers of bodies etc. Thanks to all those who are contributing, but there is plenty more space yet!
I would love to hear from more of you, in particular guys with machines they are happy to put on static display.

There are two plans yet for a static display, one is inside the main aviation hall at Motat 2, (i.e. under cover but a bit removed from the action), the other is on the field adjacent the flying. Both areas will be fenced off and "policed", please if anyone has suggestions, let me know.

Re: Motat Model Airshow March 2013

Postby Dale » Wed Feb 20, 2013 12:01 pm

Time is getting closer, thanks for the offers of interest from you guys, but plenty of room for more! I am putting together the flyign programme now, so watch this space.

Note that we have had a change of field from the original post, so note the new one in the pic above. This is significantly larger than the previous field, which opens things up a bit.

Re: Motat Model Airshow March 2013

Postby Dale » Sun Mar 03, 2013 7:09 am

It's hard to write a programme with large gaps in it!
Motat Display Programme

This is by no means anywhere near final, and will be updated regularly.
I need all pilots who are reading this to:
Confirm your attendance (sat/Sun or both)
Confirm the planes you will be bringing
Offer any further suggestions, there is plenty more space in the programme!
You will note that there are spaces where i have put a plane down, with no pilot. I'd like someone to offer to fill those spaces!

Time Display Type Pilot

11:00:00 a.m. Large Aerobatic
11:10:00 a.m. AXN Beginner Raoul
11:20:00 a.m. Bixler Beginner/Intermed
11:30:00 a.m. Assassin
11:40:00 a.m. Assassin Combat x5
11:50:00 a.m. Foamy Aerobat Raoul
12:00:00 p.m. Addiction Dale
12:10:00 p.m. Indoor Model Brad
12:20:00 p.m. Flappy Yaks
12:30:00 p.m. Larger Scale
12:40:00 p.m. WW1 Combat Dave, Ernst
12:50:00 p.m. Larger Scale
1:00:00 p.m. DLG
1:10:00 p.m. EDF Sykotic
1:20:00 p.m. Stryker Ernst
1:30:00 p.m. Rifle Sykotic
1:40:00 p.m. Multicopter
1:50:00 p.m. 450 Heli
2:00:00 p.m. 550 Heli
2:10:00 p.m. Fling Witch Ross McDonnell
2:20:00 p.m. DH Vampire Crampy
2:30:00 p.m. Jet Taxi Dave Hodges
2:40:00 p.m. Large Scale e.g. (Spitfire)
2:50:00 p.m. Test Flight of giveaway
3:00:00 p.m. Field opened to public gliders

Re: Motat Model Airshow March 2013

Postby Dale » Sun Mar 03, 2013 7:10 am

Would really like someone who can put up a 50cc aerobat to open the show. Any volunteers?

Re: Motat Model Airshow March 2013

Postby Dale » Sun Mar 03, 2013 7:45 am

I know some questions have been raised regarding insurances, Motat has a policy which covers events such as this, (they already do large public events, this is just one more to them), so we are covered under this.

EDIT: Just had confirmation that MFNZ is registering the site for insurance purposes, so MFNZ members are covered under their existing policy for the duration of this event.

Re: Motat Model Airshow March 2013

Postby Dale » Mon Mar 04, 2013 5:01 pm

Pilot briefing will be at 10am each day for that days flying. If you haven't made prior arrangements, if you miss this, no fly.

Note: No registrations will be taken on the day, i need you to get in contact via this forum, Parkflyers, 021 178 8414 or to register.

Re: Motat Model Airshow March 2013

Postby Dale » Wed Mar 20, 2013 7:30 pm

Trying to organise a "pre" meeting this coming weekend for anyone who wants to come check out the site etc prior to the main event, stand by for further information.

Re: Motat Model Airshow March 2013

Postby Dale » Wed Mar 27, 2013 5:40 pm

Had a couple of peeps pull out, so plenty of space for more people! Even just bring your plane down, put it on static (remember we are trying to show all facets of the hobby, not limited to big/shiny/expensive/uber detailed scale models) or fly.

Re: Motat Model Airshow March 2013

Postby Dale » Thu Mar 28, 2013 9:41 am


Updated Map (supplied by Motat)

Note that it is "not to scale" but gives a basic layout.
Entry is via the gate marked "ENTRY". A further gate is available lower down, in the vicinity of the area marked "ST JOHN"
Note further parking available at extreme bottom right of picture.
Motat Map.jpg

A Pilot Briefing is at 1000 both days, ALL pilots who intend on flying that day will be at the briefing. Meet outside the main doors of the Aviation Display hall at 0955.If you can not make this, contact me prior on 021 178 8414 of via dale_bradly (at) YOU CAN NOT FLY UNTIL BRIEFED. Also at briefing will be Motat staff, and other support staff, e.g. video/photographer.

Hopefully breifing will be over by 1030, so time will be available to set up models etc between then and 1100, which is go time.
Setup may of course be done prior to 0955.

Models may be dropped off on Friday anytime between 10am-4:30 if desired.

All models that are flying on the day, and/or otherwise willing to be displayed on the field, will be beyond the crowd line on the edge of the field. Further static area inside the aviation display hall.

Access will be given to pilots/helpers to access the main Aviation Hall, to collect models, operate the simulator, toilets etc.

Note that no food/drink is available onsite other than the stalls marked on this map.

A coned/marked pilot station will be on the field, this will be utilized by all pilots.

Flying will commence at 11am, and run until 3pm.
Note that no firm program is in place, due to the unpredictability of the weather, model availability etc, so all pilots onsite are asked to help keep things flowing smoothly, and will likely fly more than once.

Re: Motat Model Airshow March 2013

Postby Dale » Fri Mar 29, 2013 5:04 pm

Have got some 30 odd models sitting on the Motat hangar floor, (but plenty of room for more people!).
A few of us had a fly in the field today. While it is tight, it's easily managed with Parkflyer type models.
See you tomorrow morning, remember briefing 10am for pilots, static welcome anytime.

Re: Motat Model Airshow March 2013

Postby Dale » Mon Apr 01, 2013 9:08 am

In total we had 2800-odd people come and have a look, and it seems every one asked how much and where can I get one? I saw all the modellers talking to the crowd, sharing the knowledge and pointing them in the right directions.

So the weekend has been a complete success, with no incidents, no crashes, nothing at all, just fun flying and lots of public engagement. The simulator got an absolute workout, which was great to see.

I have not had the “official debrief” from Motat, but unofficially, they were absolutely blown away by the weekend, a complete success in their opinion, and I am sure they will wish me to pass on their best wishes and gratitude to all of you.

I, in my hi-viz, whistle wearing, chief busy-body capacity, would most sincerely like to thank, in no particular order:

The pilots, without which there would have been no show. Everyone flew heaps, thank you for your enthusiasm, and your professionalism in performing under some pressure, flawlessly. My hat is off to all of you.

The “supporters”, who helped, running the simulator, setting up etc. You know who you are and I appreciate your efforts.

Those who provided static models, thank you very much. The floor would be boring without you!

Rob, great job on the commentary. A+

Tomo, for the excellent way you were videoing, and we look forward to the results! And best of luck with your business, free plug: Argentine Marine Media

RCLink for your support with models.

Dave Hodges, for renting a car to drive up from the Central N.I, to put your magnificent F-4 on display, and furthermore fearlessly taxiing around, definitely a highlight from the crowd’s perspective.

Sykotic, award for the furthest drive to be there, and also to everyone who travelled, we did have guys from out of Auckland come along.

Western Springs College for the use of the field.

Dave Wright (MFNZ) for the use of MFNZ’s simulator, PA etc. Thank you very much.

And of course Motat for organising and hosting the event, you guys were great to work with, and I think we’d all do it again no problem.

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