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  • Radioglide 2015 report and results


    Once again it is my pleasure to collate an overall report for Radioglide, thanks to Alan Morton and Mike Fantham for the 100S and F3K reports. I hope my memory of events is correct, it was certainly a busy three days! Full results are available on the forum in their respective sections. Photos are either mine (F5J/F3J/Multi-launch) or Graham James (100S).


    This increasing popular electric glider discipline attracted 12 competitors, I believe it was eight last year. The weather forecast predicted light winds, staying dry with an overcast sky, which was pretty much what we had. Despite the overcast the air felt warm and there was usable but fairly weak lift in every slot.

    Under the very able direction of Kevin Beale we got started, imagine my surprise when I checked the score sheet at the lunch break after four rounds to find that I was in the lead (but it wasn’t to last)!!

    We found that four minutes preparation time between slots was not quite enough so the computer timing programme was often paused.

    Another four rounds were flown after lunch and a dropped score came in to play. Following the weak lift downwind over the 100S field was the way to go and there were some squeaky final glides back but as the wind was light it looked more marginal than they actually were, most gliders making it back to the landing tape for a perfect landing.

    The majority of launches were around the 170-180 metre mark but a slot in Round 7 had everyone launching to a circling red kite at about 100 metres, this did not work well for me but it was a gamble that was worth taking.

    An amusing moment was timing for Dave East who did a lovely landing on the end of the tape, ‘100 points’ he announced, ‘I’ll give you 50’ says me with a chuckle, it’s easy to get confused!

    Models used were Maxas, Xplorers, Shadows, Tragi Clusters, an Ava and my Ray X on its second competition outing. The Ray X is a very stable model that ignores my overcontrolling flying style!!

    So…who won? In first place was Colin Paddon, second was Dave East and third was Peter Allen.

    Thanks to Kevin Beale for a smoothly run competition and a very enjoyable day out.

    F5J Results


    Report from Alan Morton

    The 100s Radioglide competition took place on Saturday 23rd May 2015 I was CD for the day but had help from Graham James and Robin Sleight as well as my usual team mates, so not much left for me to do!

    We had the usual 5 rounds and 2 fly-offs and the day was enjoyable with light lift in a cool breeze. 11 of us flew most of which attend the regular Mike Lucas 100 inch competitions. The air was up and down as were the scores, I started with 2 bad scores but then came back to 4th and into the fly-off, others started well and lost out later on. Graham James flew very well throughout the comp and finished in top position before entering the fly-off. Kevin also flew well during the rounds and only lost out to Graham in round 2.

    John Shenstone was defending his title from last year and put on a good show finishing 3rd in the rounds.

    So into the fly off went Graham, Kevin, John and Alan. The round before was nothing special so with a 12 minute slot I was not going to rush, I decided to wait until someone else tested the air. Kevin had other ideas and launched on the buzzer. My mistake, he went straight into lift, I launched and was also in lift but now trailing his score. John had also launched early and Graham had waited with me. I was doing ok and Kevin was losing out, I continued to do well and Kevin continued to drop. With 5 or so minutes left he was very low and I was very high, I was confident that the only pilot threatening me now was John who was not as high as myself. Kevin however had other ideas, he held on at low level for the rest of the slot to win the 1000 points, unbelievable.

    The second slot started and we all launched simultaneously, I did manage to win by 1 second but we all flew it out so the positions didn’t change.

    A successful days flying and a well-deserved win from Kevin.



    Kevin Newitt 100s Winner 2015

    100S-Fly-off-pilots.thumb.jpg.d88d639ae1Radioglide 2015 100S Fly-off pilots. Alan Morton, Graham James,John Shenstone and Kevin Newitt 


    The forecast for Sunday was not so good, similar to the previous day but with a promise of rain showers and possibly even the whole afternoon being affected by prolonged rain. There were some showers while we were setting up and one half-hour downpour which produced a natural lunch break but generally it stayed dry and we managed to complete four rounds.

    There were 18 competitors this year, over double the number for last year which was low due to the clash with F3J happening the same day.

    The mixture of launch types appeared to be roughly two-thirds using winches, a third flying electric models and one DLG flown by Maria Freeman (a fourth third?!).

    Tudor Farm has a large population of red kites and buzzards and they have become quite used to us invading their space and were very useful allies in enabling most slots to be flown out.

    Four preliminary rounds were flown, followed by a two-round fly-off. The top three were Peter Allen first (also best winch launched pilot), Graham Wicks second and Cengiz Philcox third. Kevin Beale was best placed electric glider in fourth (notable for the fact that he was flying an own-design prototype machine) with myself in eight place, which I was quite pleased with.

    Thanks to the joint team of Robin Sleight (CD) and Graham James/Peter Mitchell (chief number crunchers!) for a smooth competition.

    The field ropes were reset for the expected wind direction for Monday’s F3J competition. A planned EGM was held on the field after flying to formalise the proposed new arrangement of holding the BARCS AGM at Radioglide instead of at Oadby in December, this was carried unanimously.

    Peter-Allen-Multi-launch-winner-acceptinPeter Allen Radioglide 2015 Multilaunch Winner


    Up with the larks and back to Tudor Farm for the last day of Radioglide for the F3J competition (also a BMFA League Event and part of the British team selection for 2016). Weather was set to be the best day of the three, overcast sky again but fairly warm with a stiff breeze at times, plenty of lift available. 23 competitors rigged and set out their winches, with the competition starting just after 10 o’clock after a briefing from the CD, Sydney Lenssen.

    There was good lift available, marked by many birds, and like Saturday’s F5J, the best technique for staying airborne was to follow it downwind. This led to some very low landing approaches. Colin Boorman won a special prize for putting his Shadow in a tree trying to glide home, twice!!

    A two-round fly-off was held after five preliminary rounds with Neil Jones, Colin Paddon and Peter Allen taking the top three positions. At one stage I was fifth but dropped to tenth after having to relaunch in Round 7, still pleased though.

    My thanks to Sydney and team.




    Colin Paddon Radioglide 2015 F3J Winner

    Report from Mike Fantham.

    Ten pilots took part in the F3K contest on Monday 25th in conditions which varied from sunny and almost calm with strong lift to cloudy with a cool breeze and virtually no lift.

    The CD, Hayley Styche, had chosen tasks with the emphasis on fast ‘turn-arounds’, where a pilot needs to land at precisely the right moment and re-launch as quickly as possible.
    In the ‘Best 5 flights’ task, flown to a two minute max in a ten minute slot, Richard Swindells (the eventual winner) made 9:46 in what were less than ideal conditions. That’s an average of over 1:57 per flight – and remember he has to re-launch four times in the ten minutes! F3J was being flown at the same time as F3K and the ‘big’ models were often sharing the lift with us and the local Red Kites and Buzzards.

    As the start of my slot of ‘Last flight only’ was being counted down, a stack of Kites and F3J models was coming right at us in lift. I looked at the well-marked thermal and picked my spot. I launched on the hooter and was soon climbing rapidly in the core of the lift. The task here is to score over 5 minutes on your last launch of the slot. Three of us achieved the ideal solution in that slot – do 5 minutes on your first launch and make that your last one too! Sadly that was my only ‘ten minutes of fame’ and I returned to my normal form for the other rounds….

    GBR Team Members Richard Swindells and Michael Stern came out on top with the Team reserve, Darius Zibikas in third. (Our third Team Member, Simon Jones, couldn’t make this event.)

    In only his second F3K contest, Carlos De Santos was fourth – a man to watch for in the future.

    It was a good contest in interesting conditions – thanks go to the BARCS committee for organising Radioglide and to Hayley Styche for getting us through ten rounds in smooth style.

    F3K Results

    radioglide-2015-f3k-results-1024x297.thuRG-VZ-365-13-1024x685.thumb.jpg.e2ab10acA good launch sequence and model-on-approach shot by Vytautus Zibikas of brother, third-placing Darius Zibikas and his model. The model is the Lithuanian Stream, flown by the Zibikas Brothers from that country. Richard Swindells markets this model in the UK and also won the event flying one.


    Would like to finish by thanking all the organisers and CD’s on behalf of the competitors, apologies if I missed anyone, it was a bit of a blur!!

    Overall it was a great weekend, lots of flying to be had, great camaraderie and banter. Congratulations to all competitors and in particular to Russell Mexome who took the Lilienthal Trophy for his first Radioglide and Peter Allen who took the Victor Ludorum for top placings in three events.

    On a personal note I was very encouraged by my half-time F5J result, still very much learning the ropes and benefited again from sage and calming spotting advice from Chas Dunster, the phrase ‘you can do this!’ works wonders.

    Slightly off-topic but something I’d like to add is that I rechecked my glider set-ups after the competition as I was not convinced that the poor handling I was seeing was all down to my fingers, sure enough the centre of gravities were too far aft and some of the control settings were way too sensitive. ‘Get there but get there smoothly’ I read recently (Mark Drela possibly), very true and I’ll try to keep that thought in my head.

    Gary Binnie


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