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11th F3K 14 Day Duration Challenge

Tony Beckett

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Tony Beckett

The 10th F3K Challenge of the year was won by Simon Jones with a flight of just over an hour.

Simon B has started the 11th Challenge:-

"Here's an easier one....
8.10 F3K .

Nice air all day, had to work for it but lots going on without being too turbulent so I had a lot of fun messing about with the local kites. I'm a bit surprised 8:10 was the longest flight but I wasn't out for duration but thermal hoping and hedge riding practice really.

Cheers Simon.


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 www.f3k.uk      


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Hey guys,


I have flown quite a bit recently. Was nice calm winds and dry for a long time! Best time I got is 11:00. This flight I picked up a thermal at 5 min in at 5m height all the way up to 390m. Thought this was high enough so pointed the nose down and flew terminal velocity down again in a few seconds. Could have flown a lot longer but had to go to work. 


Alex H




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Tony Beckett

Ideal Autumn day, light winds, sunshine over some medium level cloud, with a small amount of high cirrus. This slowly changed as morning went on, with medium and high level cloud going whilst some cumulus built up.

Soft lift to start with then turbulent and small chunks going away quickly.



8th October


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  • 2 weeks later...

Mixed weather since the 8th and as no one has posted a time since then I "win" the 11th challenge in 2015.

See www.f3k.uk for the whole years list.


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Well done Tony.

I was out this morning in the first nice weather for a while, but work arrived and I had to come home for an 8:37 on the clock, and watch the kites and buzzards teasing me, from under a machine for the rest of the day. It's a start.

Simon B




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