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Summer Solstice at the Beacon


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Eventually got a flight with Pete Beadle at the Beacon.

Not quite the actual Solstice but the next day so not too far off in Geological calendar terms!

The wind was set up for the SW bowl which involves quite a brisk walk to get to the flying area. With this in mind I decided to only take two models, my Ahi and a ~4m RES glider, plus my camelback (containing a packed lunch as well as the obligatory water), umbrella, wind/waterproof jacket, extra sun cream and of course a transmitter.

Quite a load!!!

We got to the flying area and I then discovered that I had omitted to bring any spare batteries :(
My Ahi was bound to a different transmitter and refused to enter bind mode with the onboard 4.8v pack. The receiver is a combo telemetry unit and needs a 6.0v battery to bind properly.
I should have asked if any of the other guys there had a 5S Nixx I could use but I got flustered and forgot.

So after all that I was down to one model...
It's a good job it stayed up! It may have a 4m wing but it's a heavy old lump and needs to keep moving or it gets wallowy and 'feels' like it's about to spin in if you get too rough with it.

I had a couple of close calls but Ivinghoe was nice and offered up some usable thermals as well as the slope lift.
Once or twice I was caught out and had to scurry back for a quick landing. One was even upslope round at the South slope.

While on the subject of the South slope, a few of us decided that was the better area to be in.

At about 1400 I was ready to pack up but Pete was doing well with his smaller glider and there was another ~4m jobbie staying up so I decided to have that "one last flight". Normally something of a mistake, not this time though, I launched on the SE slope and after scratching away I rounded the corner onto the South slope with some others. It ended up being my most enjoyable flight of the lot :D

The South slope has a nice landing area but small. I had two fly throughs before I managed to get it down.
Might have to make the airbrakes a bit bigger!

 

Nice to get another site under my belt :) 


Tony

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pete beadle

Hi SP

Don't forget the all-day sunshine, the infamous "Ivinghoe Sink." and the "Golden Oldie Old Timer" (the plane, not the pilot) you saw there with its transparent yellow Profilm, and canopy made from a "pop" bottle, you saw there, too.....:yes::):thumbsup:

Regards

Pete

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Ah yes, the Ivinghoe Sink.

There were a few landouts! Including the Yellow one I think you are referring to. 

When I launched for my last flight I knew there was a high chance of landing at the bottom.

As it happens though I got away and had a nice flight. Once I had gained enough height to cross the bushes I walked over to the South slope and had a great time. The thermals seemed to be forming nicely there :)

 

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Hi SP

In hindsight, I remember the Met Office had forecasted that the SSE winds would change to ESE in the PM.......that meant that the wind was blowing straight up the valley below us, and making the little bit of ridge where the stile is, begin to work..... yes..... despite not knowing that this little local quirk existed, you made the right move to prolong your flying fun as if you were a "local"......well done!.......you can come again!:yes:

Regards

Pete

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SilentPilot

Cheers Pete!

It must be my full size thermal hunting training kicking in. I’m often low down and need to use ground features to find lift instead of using the cumulus clouds which only seems to work when over about 2000’ AGL :D

I’d love to come down for Nostalgia Day (is that 4m nostalgic enough? Or I could bring an Impala) but I can’t make any promises!!!

 

Tony 

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Hi Tony

Yes, I'm sure you are right....we have several "full-size" pilots in the ISA  and they seem to rely mainly on technology to get themselves  out of trouble......along with the old saying "Don't get low in the first place" - of course ! The "tech" available to modern, usually younger, model glider-guiders is enormous (and banned in comps) too, so youngsters are happily copying their fathers by going down this route

Like most old flyers I'm happy to find lift anywhere, any time, and usually just shrug when presented with the probability of landing out......taking the view that everybody has done the "walk of shame" at least once.....so it's yet another thing that's just not worth worrying about. As you saw on SSS Day, I still do my best NOT to have to do the WOS but am philosophical about the fact if/when it happens:)

As I keep saying to ISA members and guests alike, year after year, it's NOT necessary to have a classic, Golden Oldie to fly on Nostalgia Day, as long as you fly whatever you do bring, and that evokes nostalgia  in your flying - that's good enough for me! So, yes, your 4-metre "woodie" is perfectly acceptable, although an Impala would be more readily recognised by most of the other nostalgic flyers....it's up to you:yes: You'll be welcome whatever you bring..........

Regards

Pete

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pete beadle

Hi Tony

If there's any problem regarding joining the ISA I'm perfectly happy to simply invite you as a guest.......you will still need to have third party (BMFA) insurance though, as this is an NT requirement for all ISA members and their guests:yes:

Regards

Pete

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