The Tingalpa Model Aero Club has held its 2nd Norfolk Challenge on Norfolk Island. The event was supported by members of the TMAC Inc as well as members from North Queensland and New Zealand. The challenge was the brain child of Allen Danvers from the TMAC as well as Gary (Foxy) McCoy and Hayden Bell residents of Norfolk and country members of TMAC
The Tingalpa Model Aero Club has held its 2nd Norfolk Challenge on Norfolk Island. The event was supported by members of the TMAC Inc as well as members from North Queensland and New Zealand. The challenge was the brain child of Allen Danvers from the TMAC as well as Gary (Foxy) McCoy and Hayden Bell residents of Norfolk and country members of TMAC.
On arrival on the island we were treated to a fish fry at Puppy's Point, then there was 7 days of mainly magnificent weather which made the aeromodelling lots of fun as well as a little challenging at times which provided a few unplanned incidents. The main aircraft used were Bixler models because of their ease of shipping to the Island, although Phil Collings had a Foremost 150 Vertigo Jet trainer, and Foxy McCoy has a stable including - Zero, P47, Hellcat, Spitfire, Catalina and others which he is very generous with and shares with others.
As well as the main flying field adjacent to the Norfolk Island airport runway, there are several other spots including Kingston, Munna Point, Cemetery Beach, Ball Bay and the odd mowed paddock.
We were treated to a visit to Government House where we were met by the Island administrator Gary Hardgrave and his wife Lorraine. The administrator was very interested in the event and very encouraging to the youngest flyer Jack McCowan aged 12.
Our farewell dinner was held at Pa Yeas where we enjoyed an excellent meal and the camaraderie that was first fostered at last year's event and has increased in 2014. Most of those that attended the 2013 event were there again for 2014, and are already talking about the 2015 event.
A little information about Norfolk Island; where Norfolk Pines dominate along with beautiful sand stretches and picturesque views. Most of the coastline has to be viewed from above because of limited beach access. One spot you can access is Anson Bay. The most impressive beach is the sheltered Emily Bay on the southern side of the island, from which glass-bottom boats head out to the adjacent reef, or where you can take a leisurely swim. A variety of walking areas are available, such as the Hundred Acres in the south-west corner. It is also a birdwatcher's dream with white terns turning up in numbers. Hundred Acres is next to an impressive line of massive Moreton Bay fig trees so the pines don't have it all their own way. On the island, you have to give right of way to cows, geese and dozens of chickens which roam free. Norfolk Island is truly a jewel in the South Pacific Ocean.
*the views expressed here are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent or reflect the views of the MAAA.