Once again it is my pleasure to collate a report for this year’s Radioglide event. Held at the now familiar Tudor Farm near the village of Edgcott in Buckinghamshire, the winch launch competitions were held in a new field adjacent to the previously used one as this has been ploughed and planted with crop. The weather stayed dry for all three days, a touch windy at times (some might say more than a touch!) and a great time was had by all.
Please find the individual discipline reports below, I hope there are no glaring errors but it is difficult sometimes as a competing pilot to take in all that is going on.
Saturday 28th May
F5J – Gary Binnie
Colin Boorman. Radioglide F5J winner 2016
The day dawned fine with a hazy blue sky initially, cumulus developed in the early afternoon with a North Easterly wind up to 12 mph but it was quite calm at times, probably due to thermal influence. It was fairly chilly in the morning requiring light jackets to be worn but warmed up to 19°C later. The air in early rounds featured weak lift with the best pilots making the most of it and flying the slots out. Pilots flew together in groups of four or five with seven rounds flown with a dropped score applied.
Timing and spotting in F5J is a responsible job and you can often be paired up with a pilot that you’ve never worked with before. A lighter moment for me was during a launch with Al Lipscombe, he became unbalanced somehow and launched the model awkwardly and in a downward direction instead of nose up. I heard a faint click which was his right hand coming down to the transmitter to accidentally turn the motor switch off with the model now climbing! The model landed about 50 metres upwind and we walked over to record the flight, time was 11.8 seconds (I couldn’t bring myself to round it up to 12!) with a launch height of six metres. We handed the score card in which bagged him a mighty 13 points, this was handily voided with the drop score applied and we all had a chuckle.
Peter Allen launches his Tragi with Ian Duff on the watches (Photo Graham James)
Everybody has their own preference for motor switch position, my own method is to use a latching switch on the left back of the transmitter which operates towards me during motor run with my finger holding it in the on position just in case.
A useful break was taken every couple of rounds to enter the scores with a longer lunch break. The local red kites showed the way as usual, I joined a circling seagull once, I don’t usually trust them but it was going up! Final positions were Colin Boorman winning, Dave East as runner-up with Graham Wicks in third place.
100S – Graham James
Kevin & Peter Newitt. Radioglide 100s Joint winners 2016 (Photo Alan Morton)
The 100s competition was flown concurrently with the F5J in the adjacent field, Alan Morton was invited to CD. We had 13 entries in pre-allocated teams, on the day only 12 turned up so Alan juggled them around to give us four teams of three and flying started around 10.40am.
Five rounds and two fly-offs were matrixed. The warm air and gentle breeze created some good workable lift throughout the day and all but one of the 15 slots flown during the first five rounds were flown out.
Up until round three all models apart from one out of field had landed inside the landing zone, during the 3rd round. John Hullet misjudged and landed out and Neville Warby making his final turn, was grabbed by an innocent looking tree! It was later recovered by the farmer’s cherry picker with no damage. During the rest of the first five rounds we had excellent flight times including one from Dave Leech at 7.54 he came off the line early but still managed to fly out the slot. After a very enjoyable five rounds the top four pilots entered the fly-off, Kevin Newitt, Fozzy Devall, Peter Newitt and Graham James.
Nesting Tracker (Photo Graham James)
All pilots launched and were soon into decent air; Graham lost out and had to settle for 6.45 while the others
continued to fly the slot out. Following a misunderstanding in the second fly off, in which a model was relaunched when it shouldn’t, there was an unfortunate mid-air which resulted in Peter Newitt having to land prematurely. It was apparent that but for this he was likely to have taken a clean win of the event, so in the spirit of good sportsmanship it was decided to award Peter and Kevin Newitt joint winners.
The day ended with everyone in high spirits after what was an excellent day's flying, it was good to see pilots still enjoying a good old fashioned 100s competition.
13. Peter Newitt
8. Alan Morton
1st 13. Peter Newitt
1st 11. Kevin Newitt
3rd 4. Fozzy DeVall
4th 5. Graham James
Thanks to Alan for running the competition and all the regular 100s pilots who assist in laying out the field and in particular the inimitable Neville Warby.
Sunday 29th May
Multi-launch – Graham James
Multilaunch Fly-Off Pilots (Photo Graham James)
Sunday’s weather was a bit of a disappointment by comparison, overcast with a chilly North Easterly breeze turning to broken cumulus later in the afternoon.
Five preliminary rounds were flown plus two fly-off rounds. There was a fairly even split of winch and electric launch gliders and one DLG flown by Mike Fantham. The ‘sailboat start’ meaning that all flights are timed from the start of the slot (or end of the individuals launch phase) and electrics set to 175 metres leads to a very level playing field and some long flight times the best of which being a 9.59 by Al Lipscombe. This parity was further borne out in that the four pilots in the fly-off used a 50/50 mix of winch launch and electric gliders.
Good air in the first fly off slot saw flight times of 14.53 for Peter Allen (Electric) and 14.46 for Kevin Beale (Winch). In the second round, with the lift not so good Peter and different winch launcher, Colin Boorman produced times of 11.25 and 11.07 respectively. But in the end it was Peter Allen (Electric) who proved triumphant followed by Kevin Beale (Winch), Colin Boorman (Winch) and Colin Paddon (Electric). As well as the presentation of the FACCT Trophy to the overall winner, prizes were given for Best Winch, Electric and Hand Launch competitors.
We were delighted to be visited by the legendary Geoff Dallimer, BARCS No. 1, who showed a keen interest in the model development over the years since his days of designing models such as the Zephyr 100s design featured in RCM&E.
Multi-launch Fly-Off Results
DLG Pilot's Perspective of Multi-launch – Mike Fantham
I entered Multi-launch partly out of curiosity and partly because I had helped Jef Ott to prepare a rule change proposal aimed at getting more hand launch pilots out to ML events - so I thought I'd better try one!
The first thing I noticed was that I was quickest into the air on arrival at the field. The model was fully assembled in the car when I arrived and I just had to step out onto the field and throw. That was to be the only advantage I had because the weather seemed a bit breezy for hand launch to be the best option for me to win the event. Chas Dunster kindly volunteered to time for me and he wasn't flying himself so I had a dedicated helper. I soon got into the swing of things except the 'finding good air' part. The hand launch flyer gets four flights added together to make up the slot score and a two second bonus for each re-launch. I hoped to 'get away' on one of these and fly out the slot each time. However, from a 35 metre launch in the breezy conditions, I only really got any help on a couple of flights all day, making about four minutes each time. It was a bit galling seeing the others making 200 metres and having plenty of range and time to find air.
In the end, I was pleased to see that I was 12th out of the 14 at the end of the day and I took home a bottle of wine as the best (only!) Hand launch entrant.
I need to practice my spot landings. I can easily catch the model on most flights normally but I can also easily change my position to meet the model! When you have to stand still and land at your feet, it gets much harder!
The best part was meeting and flying with some of the 'names' from the 'big glider world' - nice bunch of chaps and I was made welcome and to really feel part of the event. The top Hand launch pilots, launching almost twice as high as I can would be competitive in this class. I was 7th of the 8 the next day in Hand launch.... Come and try F3K flyers.
Monday 30th May
F3K – Mike Fantham
We had a low entry of eight - one original entrant had to drop out because a long struggle to finish his model had not worked out. He still came out to help and time on the Monday which was very welcome! We were pleased to see Liam Hawes out again and to welcome Jason Bioletti at his first F3K event - he retired early but said had a good time and that he'd be back. The forecast had been dire all the previous week and I had posted a warning of cancellation the BARCS forum on the Saturday promising a decision by midday Sunday. On Sunday morning, I was busy with the MLG contest but checking the weather as well. Rain looked unlikely and the wind was high but below the limit so I decided to go ahead with F3K - we had the minimum eight required for a league-counting event and would need four rounds for the score to count.
Monday morning saw me on the field at 08:45 choosing a site for the launch and landing 'box'. It was fairly near the chicken farm edge of the field to try to keep the F3J field downwind, ensuring a 'friendly' area for any land-outs. In the event nobody dared stray that far downwind. The wind was strong but it was flyable and I could range upwind on my test flights - helped by 84 grams of ballast in my already-heavy 'Bonus' – a 400 gm total weight!
I had some problems with the sound gear but we got going soon after 10:00 with an initial aim of completing four rounds. Pilots soon found that there was 'help' over the edge of the field - possibly slope lift from the trees/hedge. Michael Stern only dropped 20 seconds in the 5x2 in round 1.
He would hope to drop around five seconds in perfect weather so it was an excellent score in the rough conditions. There was turbulence of course but we coped and I wasn't aware of too much in the way of damage.
After three successful rounds, I had decided to go to five rounds before lunch and before I did any scoring because a fifth round means that there's one dropped round score available to pilots. The usual suspects were building a lead and Richard Swindells was ahead at lunch with Michael Stern second and Simon Barker third. Conditions still seemed pretty much the same so we decided to press on after lunch and see what happened. I started the sixth round and it soon became apparent that conditions had become more turbulent and the wind had increased. I saw some flights upset badly and only some fast –reaction piloting got them safely back on the ground - usually 'in the box'. After slot two of that round, I called it a day. Nobody complained!
As to models, the top four all used a Stream NXT for at least some of their flights. The trend continues to solid core moulded wings and lighter models with lower wing areas. Full slot-by-slot results are available in the F3K and Hand launch section of the BARCS forum.
1. Richards Swindells 4994
2. Michael Stern 4905
3. Simon Barker 4599
4. Liam Hawes 4347
5. Alex Holswilder 4330
6. Lorry Green 3142
7. Mike Fantham 2661
8. Jason Bioletti 1404
F3J – Gary Binnie/Graham James
Neil Jones. Radioglide F3J winner 2016
More overcast still than the first couple of days and a stronger NNE wind requiring thicker jackets than Saturday (motorcycle jacket for me!). The forecast was to be dry all day which it was but moisture could be felt in the air but not seen. With the strong wind most pilots used the technique of hanging into wind and ‘bouncing’ any lift with the occasional circle. Conditions improved and more and more people were venturing further afield. I noticed from the lunch break scores that I was doing quite well and decided to ‘go for it’ in the next round by circling off merrily down wind, unfortunately my plan failed with my trusty Xplorer not quite making it back to the field against the headwind, c’est la vie! Landing itself quite neatly in the next field I have at last broken my duck of landing ‘au vache’ and plan to risk it more in future.
Kevin Beale with Spotter Colin Boormann
The familiar Xplorers, Maxas and Tragi's dominated the models used but Pike Perfects, Shadows and Xperience Pros were also in evidence and still very competitive. Also on show were a couple of the new Optimus machines which look very good and are likely to prove popular in the future.
Five rounds were flown followed by two fly-off rounds, all under the familiar, watchful eye of BARCS President, Sydney Lenssen. The preliminary rounds saw the top four pilots going onto the fly offs. Appropriately, Neil Jones with a maximum 5000, Kevin Beale and Mark Devall, who comprise the UK Team for the forthcoming World Championships, all made it through along with Colin Paddon who is a helper on the team. Neil didn’t have it all his own way, with Kevin winning the first slot but by only 6.3pts. In fly-off two however, the roles were reversed and Neil came out on top overall.
And so to prize giving. Neil Jones took the Humbrol Trophy for F3J. Additional Radioglide prizes also went to Colin Boorman for the highest place competitor over the whole three Days (Victor Ludorum) and to Jason Bioletti as the Best Newcomer (Lillienthal Trophy).
F3J Fly-Off Results
"Uncle" Sydney Lenssen
Congratulations to all Winners in the four events over the weekend. We hope everyone enjoyed themselves. Many thanks go to all the CD’s for running the event and to the organisational team behind the whole weekend.
Long may Radioglide continue.
Without a suitable field being available to hold an event with all SF classes being represented in one place, this year the SF Nats competitions will be held at various locations.
4 classes will be hosted at Wetlands over August Bank Holiday weekend 27th - 29th August
Saturday – F5J; Sunday – F3J & 2M eSoaring; Monday – Open eSoaring
Camping on site will be available. (Note - dogs are not allowed at Wetlands)
Entry to these events and camping reservation, will be by website topics (BARCS & eSoaring), from mid July, with payment being made at the first competition attended.
100S will be held at Twywell on Sept 4th – look for website announcements.
F5B League event on July 16/17, will also count for the Nats trophy.
F3B League event on July 30/31, will also count for the Nats trophy.
F3K will be announced later.
Links to the forum entry topics will appear here shortly.
With regret we announce the cancellation of the 2016 F3J Eurotour contest Interglide.
Unfortunately a number of factors have conspired against organising the competition this year and the latest is the petrol shortages in France plus the air traffic controllers strike which mean that many European competitors may not be able to attend. Rather than allow entrants to book travel and accommodation which may have to be cancelled and not refunded we have made a decision to cancel the event.
Instead we will be running a one day BMFA F3J league competition on Sunday 26th June, the Sunday scheduled for Interglide. It will take place at Edgcott using the F3J rules with UK variations which permits the use of winches. The entries which have been made for Interglide from UK competitors will be carried forward to this competition unless I hear otherwise. Any money paid for Interglide entry fee. camping, meals etc will be refunded less the entry fee for the revised competition.
The BARCS AGM will be in in the function room of the Plough Inn, Marsh Gibbon (Near Bicester) at 7pm on Sunday 29 May, 2016.
The AGM will follow the earlier “Multi-launch” competition, part of Radioglide 2016
Minutes of the Previous Annual General Meeting.
Receive an Annual Report from the Executive Committee.
Review an examined statement of the funds of BARCS.
Elect the Executive Committee.
Set the annual subscription for the ensuing year.
Appoint Examiners of the accounts for the ensuing year.
Consider and vote on proposals listed below (and any late safety proposals).
---------------------------------------------------------- Committee Proposal 1 – BARCS Committee requirements
That in the Constitution section of the BARCS Handbook 1.2.9 the requirement that the Executive Committee meet at least four times per year be changed to a requirement to meet at least three times per year.
That additionally the Quorum definition for meetings of the Executive Committee be changed from a minimum of six attendees including at least two officers to a minimum of four attendees including at least two officers
That additionally the period of notice for Members Proposals which according to clause 1.2.12 (a) is 60 days be changed to 30 days prior to an AGM.
Reason: With the advent of electronic communications there is less need for physical face to face meetings with the expense in both time and money involved. It is now custom and practice for the Executive Committee to meet three times per annum and this (augmented by significant electronic communication) has proved adequate for the orderly administration of BARCS.
Additionally the Executive Committee is smaller than in years past when there were Regional Representatives and also, to avoid travel, it is more efficient for some Officers to report in writing rather than physically attend. The revised quorum definition is not an expectation that such meetings will be only four people but is a prudent step to ensure that such meetings are not nugatory, if events result in an occasional meeting with a smaller attendance.
Additionally the 60 day period of notice is a legacy of the lead time required to insert such a proposal into a hard copy document to be sent to members. Now that the AGM notice is posted on the web site, 30 days notice is entirely adequate and allows for members who only recall the perceived need for a proposal once an AGM looms.
Committee Proposal 2 – Landing Tape Standardisation
That in the text in sections 4.1/6(d) i and 4.2.9 (h) of the BARCS Handbook dealing with bonus points when landing in Open and Multi-launch rules be amended to reflect the wording of the relevant ELG rules section. That is:
Landing bonus will be awarded provided the model comes to rest within the arc of the landing tape. The measurement shall be taken from the nose of the model. No landing bonus is awarded if the model touches the competitor or his assistant during landing.
A landing within 1metre of the target scores 50pts - within 2metres of the target scores 45pts.
A landing within 3metres of the target scores 40pts - within 4metres of the target scores 35pts.
A landing within 5metres of the target scores 30pts - within 6metres of the target scores 25pts.
A landing within 7metres of the target scores 20pts - within 8metres of the target scores 15pts.
A landing within 9metres of the target scores 10pts - within 10metres scores 5pts. A landing beyond 10meters receives no bonus points.
Reason: The current Landing tapes for Open and Multi-launch contests are 12.5 M long graduated from 50 to 0, in 10 point increments. The ELG tapes are 10 M long with 5 point graduations. The shorter tapes allow use of smaller spot spacing so helping with smaller fields and, above all, prevents CDs having to find multiple versions of Landing tapes – those for F3J and F3B are still different but the ELG tapes are standard for F5J and all other electric powered soaring rules. Such electric events are now in the majority and standardisation of the landing tapes is sensible and makes life much easier for CDs. These ELG tapes retain the 50 point maximum landing bonus (rather than the 100 potential bonus points for F3J) and 50 is considered to be a more appropriate number for BARCS events.
Members Proposal 1- change to Multi-launch rules for HLGs
Proposal by Jef Ott 3184
Mike Fantham 1795
Tony Hickson 3669
Richard Swindells 3529
Proposal: That the Multi Launch rules be amended as follows:-
(new words shown in red here)
i) Clarification for hand launch gliders - change the last sentence of 2c) to read :-
Devices except bungee equipment which do not remain part of the model during and after launch are not allowed.
ii) Clarification for hand launched gliders - add new words to the end of 4. :-
Each competitor is allowed two helpers and a timekeeper. The timekeeper
may act as a helper and may also launch the competitor’s model unless it is a hand launched model.
iii) Safety corridor fixed at 5 metres and field layout diagram added in 6. – the first sentence to read :-
In the layout of the field it is recommended that a 5 metre wide “Safety Corridor” must be set out. of about 6 metres width See sketch below.
iv) Sentence in 6. modified to put all launches upwind of the safety corridor :-
All launches and re-launches should take place upwind of from the safety corridor at its upwind side.
v) Addition of time penalties for catching and landing in the safety corridor – add a new paragraph after the end of the first paragraph in 6. :-
The flight score is zero if the model:-
a) touches a person other than the launcher during launch.
b) touches a person during flight or landing.
c) is caught.
d) is not entirely outside the safety corridor on landing.
vi) Relaunch bonus increased for hand-launched gliders – change the sentence in 9 f) to read :-
For these hand launched gliders a 2 6 second bonus will be added to the flight time of their second, third and fourth flights in any slot. No such bonus will be added if any part of the model is upwind of the downwind edge of the safety corridor when it comes to rest on landing.
vii) Addition of zero landing bonus for safety issues – add new words at the end of 9 h).
No landing bonus is awarded, if any part of the model is in the safety corridor when it comes to rest after landing, if the model touches a person other than the launcher during launch, or if it touches a person during flight or landing.
viii) ‘Novice flier’ exception introduced – change the last sentence in 9 f) to read :-
Only the final landing (in a flying slot) qualifies for potential bonus points for the landing unless the competitor is a Novice Flier – see 9i).
ix) Include the concept of ‘Novice Fliers’. Add new paragraph 9 i) :-
9 i) A Novice flier is a Hand Launch Glider pilot that has never flown in a BMFA F3K League event, and has never had a top 4 place in a BARCS MLG comp. Novice fliers get the option to nominate the best landing of the possible four landings, per slot, for their Landing Bonus.
Participation in F3K is shrinking, because of a lack of new blood. Hand Launch Glider pilots need encouraging to get more of them to compete in Multi Launch comps. It is thought that maybe F3K is a bit daunting, for anyone that has never flown in a competition with an HLG.
It is our belief that BARCS MLG might be a good platform for encouraging fresh pilots with Hand Launch Gliders, including bungee launchers, into competition, if the rules are adapted to make it more attractive.
However, the present rules are slightly ambiguous regarding the catching of models and the field layout is at CD discretion, regarding incorporating a safety corridor. Both of these things need firming up before our suggestion can work / be acceptable in all cases.
We believe it needs stating that a safety corridor must be used, as per the attached sketch, and that all launching occurs at the upwind side of this. Once this is done, it becomes possible to have a standard field layout, and a standard sensible time bonus equalling the time to retrieve a Hand Launch model from the landing area, transfer it to the launching area and re-launch it. My suggestion as stated below is the minimum that should be awarded for re-launching, and should be reviewed after practical experience has justified whether the revised bonus is sensible.
The changes in the Proposal will make for a more level playing field across the disciplines in Multi Launch Competitions.
ISS 3 11/04/2016
March 30th saw the end of the BARCS 2015 League year. This revised date was adopted as part of the overall changes to the fiscal year voted on at the EGM held in May 2015, aligning membership, league year with the revised AGM date of May. So overall the 2015 season lasted almost seventeen months. In reality the majority of the competitions were completed by October 2015, though had the weather been kinder, the traditional Peterborough Winter Series might have been included. As has become quite noticeable in recent years, weather has played an increasing part in a competitions success, with some CD’s declaring Saturday and Sunday dates, to be finalised depending on local conditions.
Eighty five individual BARCS members took part in at least one competition with some recording up to twelve cards in any one class. Electric launch gliders continue to dominate as the favoured launch method, reflecting the development of airframes and electronics (as well as the ageing demographic of the aeromodelling population). The F3J format maintains a strong level of interest with twenty eight participants. 100s is championed by a small but fervent band of enthusiasts, mainly located around the East of England, though events such as Radioglide and the Nationals, see a wider spread of entrants.
The full set of league results can be found on the BARCS homepage under the relevant class tab but I would like to congratulate League Champions: Peter Allen, Open; Neil Jones, F3J; Kevin Newitt, 100s and RES; Graham Wicks, Multilaunch; Bob Hope, Classic; Richard Swindells, Miniglider and Brian Austin, Open and Restricted Electric Launch, on a successful 2015. The Neil Webb Trophy is awarded to the competitor with the highest cumulative score from all the leagues they have flown to be BARCS All rounder, which for the third year running goes to Mark Fozzie DeVall, having competed in Open, F3J, 100s and RES leagues. I will be contacting the winners and current holders of trophies to arrange distribution and will be posting out certificates to winners and second and third place runners up in the next weeks.
The All rounder league table can be viewed by clicking here.
On behalf of BARCS and all competitors I would like to say a big thank you to all the CD’s for running competitions and to clubs for making their facilities available. A full list of current event can be found in the BARCS calendar.
The 2016 season is now underway and will run until March 30th 2017