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10th Mosquito 14 Day Duration Challenge

Tony Beckett

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Tony Beckett

Thanks to FlyQuiet, set up and run by Richard Swindells, some UK dlg enthusiasts have been posting the results from two “14 Day Challenges”. Anyone wishing to take part posts their longest time, flown either with a 'Mosquito' size dlg or with a F3K type. The idea being to increase the time of the previous posting until the time is unbeaten for 14 days, then that pilot “wins” the challenge.

This is the 10th Mosquito Challenge of 2015, which Ian Middlemiss made on 30th August.
“With 100% cloud cover, no sun and light rain, Sunday morning did not look good for a fly. However with wind speed of 2-4 mph and for one reason or another I had not flown for 10days, so out came the Elf with a Sabotage back up. A 10min drive gets me to the Nene Meadow site and the session commenced in imperfect conditions and light drizzle. Footwear reached super squelch state in 5 mins. I was not expecting much in the way of lift but after an hour or so the occasional bubble drifted through and 2min became the norm, doubling flight time though height never exceeded launch height. It was during the 'just one more' period which as anyone knows lasts at least half an hour, that I had searched upwind for some activity and found none that I turned downwind for a landing approach and hit a more promising bubble which took me to the edge of the field and 60m at the 3 min point. Further downwind lies a marina with very expensive boats so discretion took over (zero Stern points) and I searched for another ride……alas all I found was treacle and landed at 4m 21s, model soaking wet and thankful that I did not use any water based glues. Hint….In the rain, you can still find good air, or did you all know that already?"

Ian Middlemiss
Elf Mosquito 4m 21s WET
11.00 30th August

NameDateTimeBest Before
Ian Middlemiss30th Aug4:2113th Sep

This is a for fun challenge, anyone with a hand-launch glider that conforms to the F3K (up to 1.5m) or Mosquito (less than 1m) class can post a time.

Object: Fly your F3K or Mosquito class hand launch glider for as long as possible from a flat field, the person who's time is unbeaten for 14 days 'wins' and a new challenge starts.

Rules: Fly safely. No slope soaring.
Please post your times in the form below. Pilot Name, F3K or Mosquito class, length of flight minutes and seconds, plus date of flight.

Previous challenges for 2012, 2013 and 2014 can be seen at http://www.f3k.uk

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Hi Tony,

I have not had a serious attempt at a duration flight for the past couple of months but today I was 'in the mood' for a relaxing lunchtime flying and the conditions were really good as the drizzle cleared.  I did a couple of launches to try the air and then on the third was able to work some decent air.  There was lift all over the place with light winds and it was not difficult to go from one thermal to another.  Looking at the time I was just able to make an hour before I had to go back to work.....  With very little drama I made 1 hour 15 secs. 

It was the kind of day when records could be broken if you had the time...


Simon Jones, F3K, 1 Hour, 15 secs

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  • 2 weeks later...

Ian wins the 10th Mosquito Challenge of the year.

After yesterdays bad weather and the disappointment of the Twywell  cancellation today looks good.....

Anyone out there with a Mosquito sized dlg is welcome to submit a time.





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