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5th F3K 14 Day Duration Challenge

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Tony Beckett

Mike said:-
"Well the weather was terrible on Easter Sunday so no chance of a fly, was thinking  today was going to be the same when I looked out of the window this morning. However, as the morning progress thinks got better so though I would try the local sports field.  Completely over cast but surprisingly low wind and wet underfoot. Couple of warm up flights of 2-3 mins. Then off we go 3 big climbs and at 30mins it was time for some aeros and a landings as I was ment to be practicing launching and 5 2s not spending my bouncing around between 100 and 200m.

So I will get the ball rolling 30:57 
Mike c"

Excellent start in some unlikely weather.....
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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 as follows:-. Pilot Name, F3K or Mosquito class, model name, length of flight minutes and seconds, plus date of flight. Previous challenges since 2012 can be seen at www.f3k.uk

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Phil C

Just got in from an enjoyable flight with stream, loads of bumpy lift low down& nice a smooth further up. Managed an 8:04, Pb for me so far with the stream, still getting to grips with the launch coming from the mosquito. 

Phil carter 17/4/17 Stream 8:04

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Simon Jones

A cracking lunchtime to be out!  I was looking to beat Mike's time today.  The best flight started well with a decent climb to several hundred feet drifting downwind, I then pushed forward into terminal sink and found myself at 15ft ready to land.  I hit a bubble which I tried a few circles in and within 5 mins had specked out in the same thermal - really satisfying!  I worked several thermals and aimed for 35 mins before going back to work.  I didn't make the 35 with patches of sink low down but finished with 33.19.  (No aerobatics though Mike!);)

Simon Jones, F3K, 33mins 19 secs.

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cirrusRC

Another cracking day with added bonus of flying with others.

Started out with very aggressive lift so concentrated on some task practice.   Some really nice super low level saves.    Late afternoon the wind dropped and went super smooth.   Last launch of the day and lift was everywhere,  spent nearly as much time pushing down on the elevator as going up.    When the sink finally hit I managed to hook up a little more down wind and then scratched a few extra minutes low down over the barn roof which was releasing the days heat.

sorry Simon!

33:24

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Phil C

Managed to get out around 3 today as the sun was poking through & wind had dropped a little. Very aggressive lift & got away well but only bettered my time by 21secs for 8:25. 

Before that 'another' hedged jumped me! Thank goodness for WFP's 😅

 

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Simon Jones

Dave, well done for pipping my time.  I wish I had kept high myself to go for 35 mins rather than flying down to low level !  Just exceeding the challenge time does keep things open, but it looks like winter may be back next week so your time may be safe.

Simon

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Tony Beckett

Dave wins the 5th Challenge of the year.

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So far it is two wins each for both Dave and Richard and one for Mike

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Eryk

While everyone was doing their 5x2, Ladders and 1234 tasks @ the comp, I decided to go for some freestyle this weekend! Sunday evening about 7.30pm, 5m/s wind all day but dying gradually, really sunny (for Aberdeen it was summer - 18degC! ) with a few passing clouds. Blaster 3 has proven one more time it's best not disturbed. I threw right into a bubble, I knew right away that was it and have to hold on to it! Started off with a few tight circles, and once I got some altitude I let it do its wide and flat circles with minimum input. At 108m (according to BTOA) I lost the lift, though I hadn't noticed until It lost some serious height. I tried to find it but the air was just empty... 

After evening-full of flights an aileron servos gave up, that was it for the day.

Side note: Ripmax SD150 servos have an expectancy of approx 3yrs, that's 2 gone within last 3 months.

Eryk Jaszkim 14/05/17 Blaster 3 6:56

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