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12th F3K 14 Day Duration Challenge


Tony Beckett
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Simon starts off the challenge with:-

"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
f3k   -   8:37   -   25/10/15

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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Just been out flying on a lovely autumn afternoon. Decided to fly my old XXLite. First time I have flown since the last comp. Lovely conditions, ended the session with a 20:47, which I though was surely worthy of a duration post :-) 

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  • 2 weeks later...

Mike wins the 12th Challenge and the " lovely autumn afternoon" that gave Mike his 20:47 have now deteriorated into early Winter gales.......

Times now welcome for the 13th Challenge but I suspect no one will be doing a 20 min plus flight in this country before the end of the year.

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  • 2 weeks later...

I got out today after a long gap, partly weather and partly due to the radiotherapy I had a couple of weeks ago on my eye.

I had a go at the winter challenge this morning and got to 3.00mins with no re-flights.  However, I missed the 3.15 and then ran out of time.  I only managed to find some proper lift that gained me any height on the 2 minute flight - all the rest were in patches of 'buoyant air' that just about held height or slowed descent.  After the challenge I managed to do a 3.38 flight so will start off the duration challenge with this.

I went out again after lunch and the air had improved.  I contacted some weak lift that allowed a height gain of around 100ft.  3 mins into the flight and quite a way off the model 'locked out' and spiralled in over some houses / gardens.  I spent an hour looking for it and checked out some back gardens of people who were at home but couldn't find it.  I then had a call at 3.00pm to say it had been found in a garden much further away than I was looking.  It had gone in nose first into grass and was in about 5".  The boom is broken and RH wing damaged but all repairable.  Checking on google maps it was actually 400m away from where I was stood.

The reason the lock out was the transmitter windshield cover I fitted at the weekend.  I had the same issues some time ago which I blamed on the receiver (single circuit) but it was actually the windshield and I had forgotten why I didn't use it any more!!  It's Ok with 35MhZ but not the stubby 2.4 aerial.

Simon Jones

F3K

3 mins 38 secs.

 

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As Simon pointed out in the 14th Mosquito challenge thread, my Elf mini flight beats his F3K time so:-

Mike Fantham

F3K

3:59

23/11/2015

Good to hear that you are out doing it Simon!

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flew today for the first time in nearly 3 months.   Managed a couple of 3 min flights - but was great to be in the air again.

Sorry to hear about the damage Simon - glad you got the model back and it is repairable.    Do you put your contact label inside the model or outside?  Curious - how was the reaction to your plane landing in their garden?

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Hi Cirrus,

I have my name and contact details (mobile number) on the outside and this is good practice for all models.  I got it back within 2 hours of losing it and the battery was still on and OK which shows the value of clear contact details.

It went into the garden of an old couple.  They commented that it was unusual, etc.  It just missed their greenhouse (which would have done some damage to both!) and was very close to a main road at the back of the garden - however it was a long way from where I was stood.

Simon.

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