Don Henry, Nathaniel Alony Trophies, 2022 results

CD's Report from Rod Hervé

It had been four years since we managed to run our regular event at Compton Abbas. This year we learned to “live with Covid” and I ordered good weather which was delivered.

From up to 13 original entrants (at some point), six pulled out within the preceding week due to Covid or other, more traditional reasons. At the going rate, one more day might have seen the field reduced further but the magnificent seven (in their flying machine) turned up for the briefing at 12 noon on Friday (most of them after taking a lateral flow test, given the climate!). Even our judging line was reshuffled, with Nick Buckenham taking over Steve Todd (close contact) as CJ and some suspect “sniffers” deciding wisely to stay at home.

The weather was not good, it was fabulous! Only the cross box wind was playing (pilots and judges very amused), with the active runway going from 08 to 26 then back to 08 again. The official wind remained “Judges right” (or “Judges below” at times) for the whole contest. Without too much pressure on timing, the plan was simple: Free Knowns for the three Advanced pilots, lunch break, then the four Intermediate Free Known flights and the same flying order again for the first Unknown. The plan is always simple, but the second flight (no name) started the classic process of raising the CD’s blood pressure by calling in and landing for a tech issue. Well, fuel in the cockpit because “some idiot didn’t close the fuel cap properly”, therefore it had spilled all over during the warm-up figures. Lesson learned everyone, it’s called “do your own pre-flight checks”.

So after only two flights, lunch was served at the excellent venue that Compton Abbas restaurant is.

Flying resumed with the four Advanced Free Knowns, and now at the end of the list the 100LL-scented pilot whose aircraft had also had time to vent off. With time on our hands, we could send everyone back up for the first Unknown. Another pilot (no name) was again forced to land by a tech issue during his warm-up figures. Well, all the paperwork flew out of the bag behind the seat because the zip broke off. Genuine failure, yet lesson learned everyone - empty the cockpit bags before going up to push -4G’s (“it” happens).

Fortunately no other “tech issues” occurred and we finished day one before 6pm, to keep the neighbours happy(ish), and me reassured that at least we had the minimum to give gongs and the one Trophy available this year. Confident, I set Saturday’s briefing at a civilised 10am.

There were two things accumulating when I arrived back at Compton Abbas on Saturday morning: visitors in the now dedicated car park café wanting to see some action, and clouds in the sky at some 1,500 fts QFE. Friday evening, we had agreed with pilots that we might give them a third Unknown sequence if time allowed. We had to wait until midday to have our minima but then the sky turned blue and everything became easy (well, pilots still had to fly the figures correctly…). Pilots keeping to their allocated “wheels up” time significantly contributed to the remaining programmes running smoothly, with lunch break before 2pm and time to fly that third Unknown. Well done all.

All that was left to do was to carry out the closing ceremony and wave everyone goodbye, with many thanks to the ground staff at Compton Abbas and the patched-up (very thirsty) judging team. Hopefully next year we’ll be back with more pilots, more Trophies, and the same weather.

This might be a long CD’s report but as one said, “when Compton is good, it’s great!” and just that justified sharing the satisfaction.

Rod






Intermediate Free Known and 3x Unknown Finals

Rank Pilot Aeroplane Registration Fr/Known Unkwn #1 Unkwn #2 Unkwn #3 Totals O/all %
1 Steven Bakhtiari XA-41 G-IIXA 1843.43 1430.63 1642.09 1476.78 6392.93 77.396
2 Gary Ferriman DR-107 G-IIDI 1732.77 1341.86 1614.73 1593.03 6282.39 76.058
3 Marco Calcinotto Extra 200 G-EEEK 1727.04 1607.55 1420.96 1354.44 6109.99 73.971
4 Nick Riddin DR-107 G-TAZZ 1774.23 1312.02 1558.03 1345.50 5989.78 72.516

Contest Director: Rod Herve, Contest Chief Judge: Nick Buckenham, Scoring Director: Jen Buckenham

Judges: Peter Rounce, Martin Sandford, Nick Buckenham,

Judges Assistants: Julie Lawley, Sarah Costanzo, Penny Attridge

Other key staff: Brian McCartney - caller, Theo Messinezis - caller, Szymon Bartus- - caller

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The Don Henry Trophy 2022

Rank Pilot Aeroplane Registration Fr/Known Unkwn #1 Unkwn #2 Unkwn #3 Totals O/all %
1 Maciej Kulaszewski Gen-Pro HA-XEN 2813.58 2759.61 2943.19 2698.26 11214.64 76.655
2 David Nichols Extra 330SC G-IISC 2870.37 1985.57 2663.34 2698.73 10218.00 69.843
3 Tony Walsh Extra 300 G-OLAD 2376.51 1477.29 2385.27 2373.98 8613.05 58.873

Contest Director: Rod Herve, Contest Chief Judge: Nick Buckenham, Scoring Director: Jen Buckenham

Judges: Peter Rounce, Martin Sandford, Nick Buckenham,

Judges Assistants: Julie Lawley, Sarah Costanzo, Penny Attridge

Other key staff: Brian McCartney - caller, Theo Messinezis - caller, Szymon Bartus- - caller

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