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Slope Soaring Sussex

We are a friendly group of slope soaring enthusiasts based in Sussex. We fly at various locations along the South Downs generally depending on the wind direction and strength denotes the flying site used.

Currently there are about 10 regular slope flyers but we would always like to meet new or existing RC slopes soaring pilots who which to come along. We are not stuffy or regimented but we are all BMFA Insured and look out for each others safety and that of the slopes we fly from. We are not massively competitive but enjoy trying out as many slopes as possible and keep searching for new ones.

We have created a new blog to tell the world where we are and what we do, so If you would like to find some like minded slope soaring guys and are live in or around the beautiful county of Sussex then look us up : http://slopesoaringsussex.blogspot.co.uk/

We fly a variety of models across the board including foamies, sport aerobatic, combat to fully moulded gliders. Our experience is mixed with a few guys training (we are always happy to help and encourage) up to hardened frost bitten guys with years of experience under their belt but we are all friends and share a common Interest to enjoy the flying, fresh air and the beautiful Sussex countryside.

We can be found at many of the popular slopes Mill Hill, Ditchling Beacon, Firle, The Long Man, Butts Brow or even as far as The Bwlch in South Wales.

Feel free to contact us via our blog or email me direct paulhampshire2013@gmail.com

Cheers

Paul Hampshire

Slope Soaring Sussex

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Pete Burgess

Hi Paul,

 

I too enjoy flying the Sussex hills but I would ask, why not join the already established Sussex club, that is, the East Sussex Soaring Association (ESSA) ?

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Hi Pete

Thanks for your reply.

Do any of your club activities or members who regularly fly West of The Long Man, along the Downs as far as Ditchling Beacon, Jack & Jill, Devils Dyke or Mill Hill?

We are already members of a local flying club to Mid Sussex but the gliding side of the club is not very popular with the long standing power flying members and we are somewhat frowned upon going slope soaring, so we decided to focus our gliding efforts away from the club flying field and really we do our own thing. I seriously thought of joining the ESSA last year and discussed joining with your membership secretary but unfortunately didn't take it any further. At the time I wasn't sure from your website what the ESSA could offer us over and above the competitions you organised. We currently have BMFA Insurance and we meet up most weekends when the weather allows and just fly and have some fun, nothing heavy or regimented but enjoying the simplicity of slope soaring but without the club rules, timetables or power crazed individuals telling you what you should or should not be doing (which I'm sure you don't have any of that sort in your club). I met some of your members up at The Long Man last Sunday and really enjoyed watching the F3F racing. all where friendly and helpful. I met Allen, who kindly organised a very interesting X country comp over on the Ashdown Forest that I flew in earlier on in the year. It was our first visit to the Long Man and it wont be the last. We are mostly based over in West Sussex it has to be said but we go where the wind takes us.

Maybe one day we could meet up on a windy slope somewhere and have a good chat about the options available.

Cheers

Paul

http://slopesoaringsussex.blogspot.co.uk/

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