Planning for this year’s Soaring market is well underway with seven exhibitors having confirmed their booking already with many more expressing interest.
We return to our usual venue Oadby Leisure Centre, Parklands, Wigston Road, Washbrook Ln, Oadby, Leicestershire LE2 5QG . Traditionally held on the first Sunday in December, this year coincidentally being the 1st, doors open 9am and the event runs until 1pm.
Exhibitors booked to date are
BELAIR KITS join us for the first time showing their range of Laser Cut short kits including some interesting Scale Gliders. www.belairkits.com
ACEMODELS are with us once again, displaying Nan Models, Graupner Radio and essential accessories for the competition and sport pilots alike. http://www.acemodel.co.uk
eSOARING GADGETS are back with their range of electronics for the electric soaring pilot. http://www.esoaringgadgets.co.uk
FINE FLIGHT join us again, bringing their selection of Electric flight kits & spares; Motors, ESC, batteries etc.
THE FLYING WIDGET return for a second year with a huge range of essential electric bits and bobs. http://www.flyingwidgetsupplies.com
INWOOD MODELS are another perennial exhibitor who always bring a large selection of competitively priced radio, kits, servos, batteries, the list goes on http://www.inwoodmodels.com
SLOPESIDE are back again. Probably best known for Speedo gliders, they also have receivers, batteries, motors and lots of other items available. http://www.slopeside.co.uk
PICHLER MODELLBAU & MULTIPLEX-RC UK are represented by Gordon Upton, offering the best in German models and radio control www.pichler-modellbau.de http://www.multiplex-rc.co.uk
HYPERFLIGHT are best known for their wide range of electric and discus launch competition soarers including the Maxa and Blaster range, amongst many others http://www.hyperflight.co.uk
UK F5B represent the Multitask electric soaring class of events as described herewith by Steve Burns
F5B is a type of radio control electric powered model glider contest. It is a multi-task contest that consists of distance, duration and landing. The sorts of models we fly are what you might know as Hotliners. Wing span is just under 2 meters with a flying weight of around 1800 grams and around 5.5kW of power so they go quite well.
The distance task is the exciting bit and the part we all practise, it consist of doing as many legs as possible between 2 bases in 200 seconds. These “legs” must be flown with no power so the motor is run for a couple of seconds to gain height after one set ready for the next one.
Once your time on the distance course is up the duration part starts which is basically a 10 minute thermal flight. You can use as much motor run time as you want for this but you lose 1 point for every second of motor used, typically a 10 minute thermal flight will require about 3 to 5 seconds motor run time.
The last part of the flight is the landing. The clock for the duration part is stopped when the model stops. If it’s in the centre of the landing circle then 30 bonus points are yours so as you can see you need to be precise on time and position.
If the sound of these open class models is a bit intimidating don’t worry, we also run lower power models and even have been flying foam Dynamics/Blazes this year as an entry class.
All our traders invite you to visit their online stores and if you see something you really want, contact them and they’ll try and bring it along.
Finally, don’t forget the bring and buy stand. No commission is taken, just bring along your unwanted soaring items, marked with price and description.