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  1. :- ) https://rc-soar.smugmug.com/F3F/2021/SE-Open/ My thanks to Allen for a great job - despite the weather it was a really fun weekend!
    10 points
  2. The Big One Forecast was light winds all day, rain in the morning but dry in the afternoon. Cloudy and only a high of 18 degrees. Got to the field for 2pm, still drizzling. Sat in the barn for 30 minutes, setting up whilst listening to the local church bells. Grass getting long already, wellies on, I set up the tan bungee which is only 9 meters long and a little under powered compared to the mighty red HK one (on its last legs). 1-2 mph wind (easterly), 1st launch was only to 30 meters and the lift was incredibly light, I stayed at 15 meters for 10 minutes before coming down. Next launch, straight up and down job. Figured it was going to be a DLG day as lift too light but decided on one more launch. 2:44pm. Launched to 40 meters and worked the lightest of light lift, juggling the speed and elevator to hold my own. After 5 patient minutes I managed to start climbing, working my way very slowly over 300 meters before losing the lift. Came down to 40 meters and was struggling. The lift was so light it was very difficult to work out whether I was climbing or not. This was the hardest part of the entire flight and I could easily have landed here. Picked up some more light lift and then conditions started to improve, little bits of blue sky appeared and the odd glimpse of sun, the temp started to increase, wind got up and I started to climb with a pair of seagulls, the lift took me right overhead into the sun. Using the TX as a sunshade, eventually the blood drained out of my arms and I pushed up wind looking for more lift. I was now 40 minutes into the flight and the hour seemed possible, the next 12 minutes were really tricky as I just couldn't center properly and get away. There was a high chance of blowing it. Thankfully at 53 minutes I got my act together and boomed up to 500 meters. The TX sounded out the hour mark, I was flying on my own but let out a good "wooooooop", celebrating with a speed run across the sky before booming back over 500 meters and then pulling the spoilers in a vertical dive. At this point my neck was pretty sore, I checked my battery levels and figured I'd try for another 30 minutes (TX was a little low but RX had plenty left). Conditions were excellent, the sink was weak and the lift ultra-smooth. The model indicated lift beautifully, either pitching up as I flew through it, a wing tip lifting or locked out from turning as the inside wing was trapped by rising air. I was able to move around the sky jumping from one thermal to another. The 1 hr30 mark passed pretty quickly and then I figured it would be rude not to go for the 2 hour mark. The lift just got better and better, for most of the last 30 minutes I stayed above 300 meters and the lift was insanely smooth. Even at that height it was easy to tell when in lift and when not. It was only at 1 hr 53 that the temperature started to drop and I found a sky full of sink. I did a full 360 tour of the sky before finding some more lift. I worked it for a few minutes right above me before my neck and back gave in - my eyes were also going a bit wonky. I had to speed up wind losing the lift and started to come down. Squeeky bum time as I worked some light lift and just hung on to break the 2 hour mark. Super chuffed to have broken the hour but would have been gutted to miss the 2 hour mark by a few seconds. Not long after I landed the rain clouds started to move back in. Had a few flights with the DLG but the lift was gone so packed up. In summary, apart from a sore neck the 2nd hour was much easier than the first! Never dreamt the conditions would be so favourable. Hardly saw the sun all day and only a few kites. You just never can tell. Cracking day and a time I'm very unlikely to beat. Off for a neck and back massage :) David | Saturday 10th July | X-RES | Hi Start | 2 hrs 43 seconds
    7 points
  3. This morning, I took the red Pitbull 2 to a local, safe slope and chucked it off using a different Tx. No problem at all, except that after a couple of minutes flying the cloud base came down to about 20ft, so I landed hastily! The Tx I used at the Nationals is in the post to Ripmax. Thanks again for all your suggestions. Eventually I might find out what the problem was…
    7 points
  4. Thanks Allen For those who like to dig into the round by round detail I've put the times into the usual spreadsheet. South of England Open 2021 results nw.xls
    5 points
  5. Final results 1st John Phillips 1000 2nd Mike Evens 966.79 3rd Mark Redsell 966.48 4th Allen Elliott 947.20 5th William Fourrie 943.34 6th Bruce Hudson 940.23 7th Mark Treble 937.07 8th Nigel Witchalls 930.39 9th Mike Shellim 901.40 10th Jason Bioletti 897.29 11th Graeme Mahoney 887.68 12th Aleix Ingles Elias 863.01 13th Peter Burgess 745.24 Fastest time: 46.27 Nigel Witchalls Teams: 1st Team 2nd All starts 3rd Whitesheet Wizards 4th Ice cream floaters Thanks everyone for a great weekend And special thanks to Mark Treble for making those lovely trophies
    5 points
  6. Had a great day down on the Wrecker 7-10m/s all day no rain and even some sunshine later on
    5 points
  7. It flies ! - back in the air again after languishing in someones workshop for many years 15-20mph wind onto my favourite local Devon slope - perfect for some retro hanging-in-the-breeze slope soaring - very stable - but theres fun to be had putting the nose down (a lot) to get it moving about. Long time since I flew rudder/elevator - the way we were way back when. Music from the era to go wth the video - Booker T & The MGs - Time is Tight. Phil.
    5 points
  8. The Dreamflight Ahi is alot of fun. Flys in winds from 5mph to 25mph and does a lovely flat spin, very aerobatic but fairly benign on lower rates. Also a handy size for holidays. May seem expensive for a little foamie but will build in about an hour!
    4 points
  9. Another day at Fish Meadow, trying to improve my flight time in the current round, and high hopes of knocking Mike F out of second spot. No illusions though of exceeding the top spot with a flight in excess of 2 hours, I lack the eyesight, patience and flying ability to do that sort of time. Purito was pressed into service today, very variable wind direction, no real need to go far upwind looking for lift, that could easily turn into the downwind direction with thermals sending the very light winds in all directions. Numerous flights in the morning, with a best slightly over 23 minutes, an improvement in my current score but not good enough to move up the table. Slight change of the C of G for the afternoon, one great launch into strong lift only netted an 8 minute flight, the sink was just as strong. Finally an interesting flight, launch into very average air, down as low as 20 meters and 9 minutes spent trying to rescue the flight, until finally some decent lift. Stooging around between 20 and 30 meters defiantly ensures smooth flying if you don't want to land, and smooth flight is not one of my strong points. The sky was not very clear when the model was in the blue parts and with very little cloud around, the model was very hard to keep track of over 500 meters, with fellow flier Justin Mellor being called on a couple of times for model spotting duties. I tried holding a steady altitude with spoilers partially or even fully deployed, the model became very difficult to fly at a slowly decreasing altitude, so it was down elevator and get better visibility. Twice I spent over two minutes with full spoilers deployed, and was fearful of losing the model on several occasions. The flight graph shows the rapid descents needed to keep track of the model, scary stuff. All done and finally I managed to get over the preset target time, very pleased, and very happy to get the model down into the field. Purito July 19th at Fish Meadow Time; 28 minutes 55 seconds Graham Lorimer
    4 points
  10. South-of-England-open-2021.xlsx Excel Attached
    4 points
  11. Thanks to everyone who came, and persevered. Not the best weekend of flying I've had, but a great weekend none the less.
    4 points
  12. Thanks to everyone for a really enjoyable comp, and to Allen and team for persevering to get a result in tricky weather conditions. Just nice to be in the slopes again after so long, and hopefully the next ones will have better luck with the weather.
    4 points
  13. Found a nice spot for the night, five mins away from the slope. Thick of it on the telly. Cold beer. Stir fry on. All is good.
    3 points
  14. If you’ve got a big lens this is what you can see from the car park. Got to be honest John, you inspired me to go and find somewhere to sleep for the night
    3 points
  15. That's the spirit Mike & John The forecast does appear to be coming towards us / showing a glimmer of hope. George & I are booked into some salubrious joint in Middlesbrough for Saturday night...
    3 points
  16. Hi, Maybe to save some time in my capacity as BMFA Records Officer I am happy for the trophy to be presented on the day at your event. It is good to see it is being used and in well looked after. I cannot be at the event in August however I look forward to seeing the pictures and report. After the event the trophy will need returning to me (via HQ) for engraving in preparation for presentation at the annual dinner. I suggest for safety the trophy stay with the CD and I will arrange a courier to collect it. Can you arrange this please? Many thanks Simon Vaitkevicius - BMFA Records Officer
    3 points
  17. All we are pleased to announce that we now have a 2 day National Championship competition, Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th August 2021. We propose to run over 12 rounds and then have a fly off with the top placed pilots to decide our new National Champion, I am sure this will be a good competition as the fly off will award bonus points to league scores. There will be a Silent Flight Nationals entry form available soon where you can book in and pay for camping and competition entry.
    3 points
  18. cirrusRC just posted a 2 hour flight with an F3-RES glider off a mini-bungee (see link below) so I thought I'd give the above report of his 1:50:32 F3K flight a bump in celebration… https://www.barcs.co.uk/forums/topic/10938-6th-2021-f3-res-f5-res-combined-14-day-duration-challenge/page/2/?tab=comments#comment-184585
    3 points
  19. It is here!!! I'm delighted, and now also a bit scared of having to build it. I mean I used to be an OK builder of models, but wow how things have gotten tiny and precise compared to the olden days. That reminds me, I need to dig out a photo of @MikeDLGand I and post it in our youth.
    3 points
  20. South-of-England-open-2021.txt CSV attached
    3 points
  21. Cars? - gonna be some fast racing... Phil.
    3 points
  22. Go go Bruce Hopefully you can keep it up tomorrow mate .
    3 points
  23. Yes, I fly there regularly with my FPV drones. My second flight with the Yoda: This also gives away my "secret" identity as a camera cyclist. LOL!
    2 points
  24. Want to fly it on a good slope first
    2 points
  25. Well the good news is its predicting NNE which is better direction for us
    2 points
  26. 2 points
  27. Competition is ON. Meet at the main car park at 9am. See you there! I have also enabled the PayPal link for online payments http://www.gbsra.co.uk/competition-entries
    2 points
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  29. 2 points
  30. Timetable for the weekend - all subject to the cooperation of the weather! Friday 23rd Airfield open for practise and registration Saturday 24th: 9.30am Pilots briefing 9.45am - 1.00pm Rounds 1-3 1.00pm - 2.00pm Lunch 2.00pm - 6.00 Rounds 4 - 6 Evening BBQ bring you own food Sunday 25th 9.45am - 1.00pm Rounds 6 - 9 1.00pm - 2.00pm Lunch 2.00pm Fly off rounds 1- 3 4.00pm Prize giving The matrix will be published on this web site and on the Interglide web site on Wednesday
    2 points
  31. Ian, Bob, Thanks for organising yesterdays competition, particularly given the high temperature you had to work in. We had some great soaring conditions and a good day out - thank you. Some excellent photos Mike. Steve
    2 points
  32. Gotta love a bit of summer evening soaring - 12-15mph & big thermals on a local Devon slope - lovely ! Phil.
    2 points
  33. The stuff of legends! cirrusRC also holds the F3K 'record' at 1:50:32…. https://www.barcs.co.uk/forums/topic/7835-f3k-uk-longest-flights-historical-record/?tab=comments#comment-174572
    2 points
  34. For those of you who haven't used the online scoring "live", have a look here: If you make sure that you've got your F3XVault credentials saved on your phone then that should make things nice and easy. The only thing I'd add to the info in the thread linked above is that you should double check that you have the right pilot and round selected before submitting times as that's caught a few people out and meant we've had to go back and correct things. It will try to remember the pilot you last scored for I believe. This can lead to the situation where someone else has already scored them for the current round and since it tries to be helpful and show you the next "blank" round it means you're initially presented with the "wrong" pilot and the next round. Just double check before submitting and it'll be fine.
    2 points
  35. Yep we can have a communal box, This will cost us £100 (as I have confirmed), but split between all users it shouldn't be too much of an additional cost. The barn has now been paid for so , more news to follow:) Lundy Lynda
    2 points
  36. Very light winds at Bracknell. Bright overcast with strong lift at times. Plot later but 24:25 from the Tx timer. Purito-e
    2 points
  37. I'm sorry to say that due to a combination of site issues and a little assumption/miscommunication, we cannot go ahead with the event at Charmy Down which was scheduled for a week on Sunday, the 11th July. The club has suggested we might be able to re-schedule for later in the year, but looking at the timetable I'm not sure that would be sensible. I'll discuss that with Neil. I will attempt to get it back on the calendar next year again.
    2 points
  38. There is a Sport Class GPS Triangle race on Tuesday the 17th August 2021, being held at Phoenix MFC. The club website is https://www.phoenixmfc.org/ Situated between J22 and J23 of the M25 we have exclusive access to the field for the day. To enter you need to register here - https://www.en.gps-triangle-league.net/?page_id=22&fld_id=199 Weather permitting, the plan is to fly 5 plus rounds. If you are new to the class and/or haven’t used the gps-triangle-league page before I can help you sort out a login and get an entry into the event. Message me if you need help. This is a really good opportunity to come and give the class a try. Please get in touch if this is your first event. In addition to this forum on BARCS there is a Facebook page for UK GPS Triangle Racing, here - https://www.facebook.com/groups/408012873221944/?ref=share Iain
    2 points
  39. Cirrus now complete, awaiting covering. Found a nice small in runner, 28mm dia with wire's exiting the back,(thanks to Colin Paddon) which makes the fitting easier. Wanted to retain the canopy, for thee blue tint. Has been a big problem, as the Ex German guy who started the model, got this all wrong. When fitting it to the area, it was destined for, the plastic base was bowed down in the middle, so as it did not fit. Quite how he managed to do this have no idea. So had to carefully unglue the canopy, from the plastic frame. Sods law decrees that something you need to take apart, is glued down very securely. Re fitted the canopy, but this left small areas, to fill in around the area that takes the glue,, due to the canopynow being slightly shorter in length, now it was re attached to the frame. The front nose was cut off, flush with the plastic firewall, moulded in. A fibreglass motor mount, 40mm dia, was then glued to the front. As the fuselage cross section, is not round at this point, Holts cataloy past, was added around te fuselage to blend in, on finishing to shape. Vertically it is 40mm in height, but across the fuselage just under 38mm, bit egg shaped. Really just a project to pass the time, but very satisfying, as you near the end. Some picture's of the assembled model without its clothes on.
    2 points
  40. It was wonderful to have a comp again, thanks Allen . Mark, those trophies were awesome works of art! Can't wait for the next event: hopefully Jason will have recovered from his 'blonde' beers to join us
    2 points
  41. Way to go William! get in there!
    2 points
  42. Hi, Managed a couple of hours yesterday, conditions were pretty rubbish with the wind swinging between a light breeze and a gusting moderate breeze. Very little lift around and most of the flights were in the 2 to 3 minute range. Managed to eek one flight out to 7min 46sec. A couple of flights with the F5j model were just as unproductive. 26 Jun 21 Slite V2 F3 RES 7min 46sec cheers, Brian
    2 points
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  44. You are keeping exalted company there Bruce!
    2 points
  45. 50 years of slope soaring in one evening Graupner Foka vs. Freestyler 4.3 Phil.
    2 points
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