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    Tony

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  3. PeteMitchell

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  1. 7 points
    Some decent slope flying weather. May consider p/x for cycling weather. premium paid for delivery over a weekend. mike
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    Just finished mine
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    SHEFFIELD CLUB. I remember them as being at the cutting edge of Thermalling in the day, think that's a new word lol. Interesting factoid most of anything good with regards just about owt comes from Sheffield and I have no idea why but it does and I'm a Lancashire bloke thro' and thro'. Apart from luvin' anything to do with anything that flies I also climbed things, skied on things and rode on things for a living until 51 and the only people who were always better than me were from Sheffield!
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    I notice that DJI ( the market leader in quad / drone production) has just released a drone that weighs 249g and has pretty much all the capabilities of their larger products (ie professional or near profession grade filming and built in FPV) for $400. If the registration scheme wasn't farcical enough in the first place, this product now makes it totally unfit for its intended purpose.
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    I'm forgetting the mpx easy glider.
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    I think the Wildthing would be good, a bit more stable than the Mamba. You CAN NOT BEAT STICK TIME when teaching someone to fly, and a broken model = less stick time. However, encourage proper landings, and discourage deliberately smacking it in for a landing, else he is in for a shock when he gets something more fragile
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    I would also like to endorse Grahams comments with special thanks to Peter and Tony for their sterling work before and over the weekend to make this happen at such short notice. It was a long trip for most, but we were all made to feel very welcome and the weather gods were certainly on our side for this time of year! The star of the weekend was clearly Josh (Junior) earning a well deserved and very significant overall win, over the two days...... BR Steve
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    I've received some messages asking for additional images, including of the underside. So, here they are! This is in very good nick! A few scuff marks un on the underside of the nose from landings, but otherwise very clean and free of dings/hanger rash....
  10. 1 point
    It looked great at start of week , then just kept dropping off , right call mate !
  11. 1 point
    No surprise, Joel. It’s the right call.
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    Tony, I do have a copy of Brian's book, which I would be happier lending than selling (as my family gets a mention within it). Let me know when you have read the books you have. Jef
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    Me too - without the hashtag.
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    Now Just post below if you are planning on attending. Normal weather call on Friday
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    Thx Brett for taking the time with that list m8. At work will go through when home. Thx satinet.
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    While I am feeling very mellow, I thought I would post links to the 2 x 180 is Max videos on You Tube. One film in 2 parts and professionally produced and with audio. This was filmed at the 1971 World Free Flight Champs held in Sweden. Part 1 and Part 2 Not a huge amount of British flier footage although Elton Drew's Lively Lady features on tow at the start of Part 2. Elton was reigning W/C at the start of this Championship event. Hope that is OK.. Enjoy
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    Probably one has lower drag at slow speed and or higher angles of attack and one has lower drag at higher speed.
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    Check this link for above https://rclibrary.co.uk/files_titles/2610/RC_Soaring_Digest_1987_01.pdf Found by pure chance! The dimensions of mine aren't the same it's slightly smaller all over but looks very very similar. I haven't read the article yet as I was so excited lol Having read the article there has to be a direct link somewhere and mine is practically the plane published, I've asked on the e soaring forum as I believe the Haley family are still competing, I'm presuming this is the same family. Fingers crossed. Tony
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    A bit of an update on DRES If you register directly, you will need to take the online test irrespective of any certificates or test passes that you hold with the BMFA. Apparently the exemptions are being reissued to include the BPC and new BMFA online/offline test. These will be valid if you allow the BMFA to register on your behalf. Martyn
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    Just to confirm postings elsewhere ( NYMRSC , GBSRA ), the dates for the Horcum based Northern Winter League are :- 2nd Nov 2019 7th Dec 2019 4th Jan 2020 1st Feb 2020 7th Mar 2020 Reserves 15th Feb and 21st Mar 2020 See you all there! Jon
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    Hi SP Don't forget to let me know in good time when this will be OK? Regards Pete BARCS1702
  24. 1 point
    I don't think anyone is suggesting the forum (or forums in general) is negative... maybe I missed that.
  25. 1 point
    The linked article seems very bias in its stance from the opening line... Not really journalism but more scaremongering. Again martynk, who at least seems to have some actual knowledge of this, gives a measured reply. As to the question as to why you should register... It's the law.
  26. 1 point
    Andy Symons (BMFA) has dissed this story twice today. Ignore. Too many are too quick to swallow these rubbish stories hook, line and flap, it seems. Good idea to check first before you publish your own thoughts.
  27. 1 point
    A key principle of the GDPR is that you process personal data securely by means of 'appropriate technical and organisational measures' – this is the 'security principle'. Doing this requires you to consider things like risk analysis, organisational policies, and physical and technical measures. I would have thought the CAA could and would accept everyone who insures with the BMFA and similar either through clubs or as individuals as they are not likely to be the irresponsible types who would fly anything that would knowingly endanger lives or property. This registration will do nothing to stop the minority who recklessly fly through ignorance or have ulterior reasons!
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    Team trials for f5j European Championship Hungary 2020 took place last weekend. Felt rusty after 2 years away from competition but satisfied with 3rd place day 1 and 3rd place day 2. On the right is the Infinity NG used at the trials. On the left is the brand new Infinity Evo for the 2020 season. All products used available from Flightech; Infinity NG performance airframe Kingmax CLS0512W Flaps, Kingmax CLS0408W ailerons, Kingmax KM1203MD fuselage HET Typhoon 2W18 motor with Reisenauer 5:1 gearbox GM16x8 prop on Reisenauer spinner (not shown on website but GM readily available from Flightech) YGE 65LVT esc New Infinity Evo available with either X-tail or V-tail but team pilots using V-tails. On both versions tail boom is 15cm longer for even better stability. Very simple very clever V-tail mechanism Infinity now with big flap option. New wing moulds have changed the dihedral layout slightly for even better low speed circling and airfoil optimised for big flap camber line
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    You need at least four of the male-male connectors!
  30. 1 point
    I know this might sound crazy but a lidl glider with servos in it could be a good cheap bouncy model to learn on. They are poly so could even be flown r/e to start with.
  31. 1 point
    No need to bounce. I stood behind my kids when they were learning and simply lifted the transmitter out of their hands when the model was in a spiral dive
  32. 1 point
    One more for Butser One more for butser, and a maybe for Eastbourne.
  33. 1 point
    For those of us that are experienced flyers the test makes absolutely no difference at all, for any new flyer that goes along to a club to learn to fly it makes no difference as they will learn much higher "competencies" at the club. For the individual that has not been involved in flying any small unmanned aircraft previously it may just help make them aware of some of their responsibilities and help make them less "clueless". Perhaps the only positive about the test. It will make no difference to the Criminal and Careless, even the CAA agree that. Its all a frustrating, and unnecessary and puts an extra hurdle in front of participation. However the work the BMFA CEO has done has helped massively reduce the size of the hurdle in front of us so it is now one that is very easily cleared and only the tiniest of hurdles.
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    This was always going to be the problem, especially with the powers that be, having little idea as to what the differences are. Once the term UAV was used, it gathered in virtually all types of the hobby, that flew. There was a case that when only Multi Rotors, were the main type of drone being sold/used, that a distinction could be made, but then the flying wing type with a camera in the nose came in, to remove that distinction. Quite why Free Flight models were included is beyond me, but it is easier to have a blanket rule, so the authority's do not have to think, when having to decide which is which, as to what is a threat to placate the general public, when the term drone is used. I am not keen on another regulation, coupled with being on a data base. Cannot see the point of a test which does not include a test of flying (UAV), just a waste of time. The fee of £9 is small, compared with say a packet of cigarettes, so that would not put me off. What is feeling more negative is the shrinking band of flyers, that seem to get smaller year by year It is easy to knock the BMFA, people have been doing it for years. The first club I joined in the md 50's, were anti SMAE as it was then and refused to join, until they wanted to fly on MOD land at contests, which required SMAE Insurance. The past is littered with schemes for model cover, who remembers Guild of Aviation, M A P Insurance etc The governing body has been a constant over all the past close on 100 years. Finally, I do wonder if the drone issue will slowly decline much as CB radio did some 40 years ago.
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    It's £9.... 9 of your whole English pounds. The equivalent of 2-3 pints of the landlords finest (location dependant) Not the end of the world. I'd rather pay that than the hobby be banned on a permanent basis. Food for thought.
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    Greetings! I'm Pete, a.k.a. "Chef" and I'm an alcoh…..oh, no, wrong forum. I've been flying for a while now, both flat field and slope, although I still don't claim to be any good at either. I did my BMFA 'A' for the flat field stuff but over the years I have gravitated more towards the slope flying. I usually fly with my mates 'Whopper', 'The 'Barron' and 'Scallion' who are all based at opposite ends of the south of the country, so we meet up whenever we can and wherever the wind is in the right direction. Just got back from a great weekend at the Bwlch, and this year I've spent a week at the Great Orme and the Ski Slope and flown several other great sites including both sides of Whitesheet, Contisbury and Crooks Peak. I've been fortunate enough to have been sloping at Hahnenmoos, Switzerland a couple of years ago, and we are planning a return trip for 2020. My main slopers include an X-Models Whisper, RCRCM DG600, Multiplex Solius and a 3m FlyFly Condor Evo Magic. I also have a Wild Thing, Top Model Thermik Dream, Royal Model MDM-1 Fox and a good ol' Middle Phase. Hello to you all! Pete
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    I understand that the 2019 World Champs are due to commence at Lost Hills in the USA either today or tomorrow. I understand that Mike Fantham (MikeF) is over there supporting them, and I wish the GB team all the best. Peter
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    This post will be updated as and when new results are received. FINAL LEAGUE UPDATE 2019
  39. 1 point
    Flash-back to Sunday morning F1B winner Mikael Rigault, right, waits for the fly-off to start. He flew the curved-tip Stefanchuk model. The second-placed German flew an identical model. The had launched together but Rigault got the highest - it was all his better launch/burst part of the climb. The Romanian launched later so Rigault had a tense wait to see what that flight would be....
  40. 1 point
    I won, I wasn’t about to let this beat me! Not entirely sure why but it’s now working. I went back to step 6, as advised, and armed the ESC as one would for other units. However, this was odd because just setting the control high then switching on did not arm the ESC, and after trying I few times I got impatient and move the control back and forth several times in quick succession and suddenly it worked. When I then went back to the software it seemed to work. Thanks for the help. Regards Garry
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    For sale here is my Wizard Compact PBV X-Tail, finished ina custom Ferrari F1 scheme, This is in excellent condition and comes with a Plane Quiver bag, suitable for two full sized F£F models and alone cost about £200. The Wizard is fitted out with Hitech digital servos - 5125s in the wings and fin. And, an HS77BB on the elevator. It has a NiMh Rx pack and also three ballast tubes, which insert and secure into the underside of the fuselage. This is the BPV or 'bullet-proof version', which has a double carbon layup in the wings, allowing for higher energy flight such as dynamic soaring. This is a lovely slope model that is happy in just a breath of wind or a howling gale! For sale here with the bag for £850. The receiver is not included. Based in Leatherhead, Surrey, just off J9 of the M25. Mobile 07976 352 678
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    The wildlife. The name tag is credit card sized.
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    There has not been any real change to yesterdays weather predictions, so the comp is on. Saturday forecast is still some showers and sun plus a breeze. Sunday looks a bit less windy . I hope to run 7 rounds starting at 10am Saturday and 5 rounds starting 10am Sunday. Please bring rain clothes, sun cream, ballast and money All help Friday afternoon setting up will be appreciated I should be there about 2pm
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    Nice one Tony 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. Post your times as follows:-. Pilot Name, F3K or Mosquito class, model name, length of flight minutes and seconds, plus date of flight. (Please do the posting within 48 hours of the flight)
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    Going to have to pass on this one. I have a prior appointment north of the wall. Hopefully see you next month.
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    Aside from second hand mouldies you might want to check out the range of gliders.
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    We have that in common. That same thought had occurred to me too ("a money making and otherwise unnecessary, registration of cyclists will probably be next"), as I spend most of my precious spare time with my immediate family now, as my wife, our offsprings and I all enjoy riding bicycles. Flying was never a problem, when my Dad was alive as he shared my many flying interests, and we often had weekends away... flying rocket gliders, freeflight models, DLGs, bungee and winch gliders, electric gliders and vintage electric models, ic and slope-soaring. As we were flying such a large proportion of the time, had there been a model flying tax imposed upon us, we would have paid it, no problem. Whilst my quite demanding, poorly, Mum in Law was alive, my wife had plenty to keep her busy. So there was no problem with me nipping off with Dad for a couple of days here and there. When Dad went for his last flight, three years ago, I lost a lot of the desire to fly. I wrote off a lot of loved models, when I was freshly grieving the loss of my flying partner. I stopped flying because my head wasn't in the right place for it. When I made the determined effort to return to flying, several months later, I went to Bartletts Farm. A neighbouring farmer saw me there and told me that the landowner (Jan) had died in the previous week. Jan had been a good friend to Dad and I, and I simply couldn't bear to be on that flying field anymore. My "kids" (in their mid thirties) planned a special bicycle ride with me to celebrate my 60th Birthday this year, and in July in the scorching heat, we did a London to Paris ride. Last year we lost my Mum in Law, so Jane was in need of comforting, and as a distraction from the vacuum in her life routine, I encouraged her to ride bicycles with the rest of us. She has done training and charity rides with me in excess of 50 miles now, and we are planning on touring together, when we retire next year. The ridiculous and unnecessary regulation of model flying hasn't made me want to devote more time to model flying, and I won't be breaking any laws or unnecessarily endangering life by not being insured to fly. I just won't rejoin the BMFA, which unfortunately means I won't be able to rejoin and support my flying clubs, three of which I had not given up, despite hardly having flown for the last two years. I simply won't be flying rc again until the dust has settled on all this. If there is a final sensible conclusion after the rethink next summer, then I might attempt to rejoin the clubs and BMFA, and will probably encourage my grandchildren to learn how to fly rc aircraft. If there is not a sensible conclusion, I will sell my models and teach them to cycle instead.
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    Hi John Minchell I really do take exception to your comment above, especially as it now has to be moderated by SteveJ's information 2nd above I have always been complimentary to people who IMO have worked harder or achieved more than they were required to do. What I have NOT done is complimented people for NOT doing what is required of them - in other words for not doing their job In my opinion, and I have been consistent in all my posts concerning this, the BMFA and particularly Manny Williamson made a basic mistake when aligning the membership of BMFA who fly model radio controlled gliders with drone pilots/flyers/owners. IMO the BMFA management team and Manny in particular made the most basic mistake in this whole sorry mess by accepting that the models we fly can be and now are referred to as drones. Before anyone mentions the fact that this has been clarified this year by the specific description of what we fly being broadened by the latest statement from the CAA that radio controlled model aircraft do not fit the general description of drones, in my opinion this should have been clarified at the outset and thus I feel no regret for NOT throwing the BMFA management team compliments that are not due In my opinion the basic problem that radio-controlled model flyers face, and have faced from the outset was that the negotiating team didn't use their most effective defence from the outset......that WE DONT FLY DRONES and please don't tell me we had to work with descriptions that the CAA or anyone else involved in the negotiations accepted......good negotiators do not just accept these descriptions if they don't agree with them Regards Pete BARCS1702
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