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  1. Final Results & Spreadsheet 1 Peter Gunning 12337.84 1000.00 2 Mark Redsell 12240.59 992.11 3 Joel West 12132.90 983.38 4 John Philips 12063.71 977.78 5 Stefan Fraundorfer 12021.10 974.32 6 Mark Treble 11927.60 966.74 7 Kev Newton 11823.88 958.34 8 Graeme Mahoney 11740.46 951.58 9 Manuel Rath 11708.49 948.99 10 Daniel Schneider 11704.48 948.66 11 Andy Burgoyne 11633.00 942.87 12 Stefan Bertschi 11572.96 938.00 13 Rich Baygo 11458.56 928.73 14 Greg Dakin 11444.13 927.56 15 Thorsten Folkers 11443.82 927.53 16 Aleix Ingles 11419.99 925.60 17 Mike Shellim 11400.22 924.00 18 Paul Stubley 11245.66 911.47 19 Wiliam Fourie 11243.95 911.33 20 Tobias Reik 11194.91 907.36 21 Mike Evans 11118.23 901.14 22 Dave Rumble 10959.27 888.26 23 Jon Edison 10790.25 874.56 24 Ian Mason 10675.65 865.27 25 Keith Wood 10439.70 846.15 26 Mark Passingham 10314.84 836.03 27 Bruce Hudson 10220.99 828.42 28 Allen Elliott 10018.88 812.04 29 Jason Bioletti 9974.91 808.48 30 Mark Abotts 7591.64 615.31 31 John Treble 7448.79 603.73 Welsh Open 2021.xls
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  2. Glad I made the effort to attend. I struggled at times but the fresh mountain air, bit of exercise and good company all helped! Some very good consistent flying on display and the podium places were thoroughly deserved. Thanks to Kev, AJ and Mark for CDing.
    8 points
  3. Hope you are getting some good flying on the lighthouse slope today Photos now up on Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/40257895@N03/albums/72157719806720781 Phil.
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  4. What a very enjoyable week on stunning Lundy. A mixture of flying walking and over socialising in the pub,just what I needed after 18 month's of uncertainty weather it was going to go ahead. Many thanks to Lynda for all your hard work setting this up
    7 points
  5. Spent yesterday pm and today at the Bwlch. Setting up and practising. The significant news is that I managed not to break anything!
    7 points
  6. Hi There I'm looking to run the Wales winter league on the 3rd Saturday of the month with the meeting place being the Ice Cream Slope carpark at 9:30, I will make the weather call no later than Friday night and like the midland league I will look for a minimum of 8 entries Dates as follows October 16th November 20th December 18th January 15th February 19th March 19th Regards Joel
    6 points
  7. Unfortunately flying was a bit lacking. Just had few nice sessions, one on Lundy, one on Rhossili and one on back of the wrecker. Today and tomorrow should be good to have another couple. But most important I met several pilots I knew in my past travels to UK and had a great time with lot of nice people and skilled pilots. Oh, and tons of pictures and videos...
    6 points
  8. Another 3 rounds completed in lighter winds today. Scores after 12 rounds. 1 Peter Gunning 10429.68 2 Mark Redsell 10342.25 3 Stefan Fraundorfer 10313.02 4 Joel West 10311.49 5 John Philips 10147.27 6 Kev Newton 9992.92 7 Stefan Bertschi 9971.22 8 Manuel Rath 9947.99 9 Andy Burgoyne 9938.98 10 Mark Treble 9875.25 11 Daniel Schneider 9873.23 12 Graeme Mahoney 9871.59 13 Greg Dakin 9777.73 14 Rich Baygo 9736.04 15 Thorsten Folkers 9734.91 16 Aleix Ingles 9665.81 17 Mike Shellim 9650.7 18 Wiliam Fourie 9580.16 19 Mark Passingham 9540.98 20 Tobias Reik 9495.93 21 Mike Evans 9443.39 22 Paul Stubley 9427.37 23 Dave Rumble 9269.52 24 Jon Edison 9245.0 25 Jason Bioletti 9212.41 26 Keith Wood 8963.91 27 Ian Mason 8933.44 28 Bruce Hudson 8842.56 29 Allen Elliott 8628.96 30 Mark Abotts 7591.64 31 John Treble 7448.79 33 Andrzej Tabero 0.0 33 Tony Robertson 0.0 Fastest time: 35.88 by Andy Burgoyne in round 1
    6 points
  9. Here's a few photos as well https://www.flickr.com/photos/193924573@N07/albums/72157719888793655/with/51467761581/ - Sam
    6 points
  10. I have finally had chance to update the league table and it makes for interesting reading... Less than 16 points separates the top 5 places so this makes for a very interesting end to the season.
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  11. Another fun day out thanks guys (especially Neil and Paul for making it happen). It felt easier than last weekend, but my times weren't much different. Still lots to work on but I am enjoying flying with others and having the added challenge of tasks. Aiming to break the 50% barrier next...
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  12. 2021 Welsh Open fastest time: Andy Burgoyne, 35.88sec
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  13. Welsh Open results day1 after 9 rounds on the back of the wrecker. Meet at 9:30 tomorrow morning at the t junction. 1 Peter Gunning 7648.22 2 Stefan Fraundorfer 7516.4 3 Mark Redsell 7501.95 4 Joel West 7495.8 5 Andy Burgoyne 7356.71 6 Mark Treble 7337.3 7 Kev Newton 7310.21 8 Graeme Mahoney 7259.43 9 John Philips 7251.86 10 Stefan Bertschi 7250.06 11 Daniel Schneider 7221.92 12 Manuel Rath 7158.43 13 Greg Dakin 7094.34 14 Thorsten Folkers 7093.8 15 Mike Shellim 7069.36 16 Rich Baygo 7032.71 17 Wiliam Fourie 7012.45 18 Aleix Ingles 7007.3 19 Tobias Reik 6971.2 20 Mark Passingham 6914.9 21 Paul Stubley 6847.88 22 Dave Rumble 6838.94 23 Jon Edison 6834.86 24 Mark Abotts 6832.99 25 Mike Evans 6800.12 26 Jason Bioletti 6701.21 27 John Treble 6686.44 28 Keith Wood 6601.18 29 Ian Mason 6395.53 30 Bruce Hudson 6327.58 31 Allen Elliott 6286.15 Fastest time: 35.88 by Andy Burgoyne in round 1
    5 points
  14. So we have the final score and 9 entries for tomorrow's competition. I will run the matrix as 3 groups of 3. See you all in the morning, safe trip.
    5 points
  15. Well we finally cought something fishing today
    5 points
  16. I can't agree more with the comments about welcoming and helping us new pilots. What a privilege to fly in the same competition and see how it can be done. Makes me look at the sky differently now, that even on days when I get consistently under 1 min flight others can find lift. I got a real buzz out of round one, completing the 3 min rung of Big Ladder, not realising that my best flying was behind me. So pleased to walk away after 2 days of flying having participated in every round and still having a glider to go away and practise more with. Looking forward to joining in again soon- maybe Saturday? Brenton
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  17. As part of our growth and commitment to bring only the best models into the UK, we are now very pleased to announce the new CN Models Sensor will soon be exlusively available from Flightech. I have known Oleksandr and Sergi Petrenko for many years and was asked by Sergi to become the UK dealer for the new model. Knowing their talent and commitment for performance and quality it will add to the growing choice of really top models from Flightech. The Sensor features max steidle / aer-o-tec designed airfoils and planform with manufacturing in rohacell solid core technology for light weight and stiffness. The 3.9m wing is 4 piece and the fuselage is 2 piece so packs away really easily for transport and storage. The Sensor has been well publicised on Facebook and is already doing well in the few competitions it has done with a win and various podium places. Price is looking approximately £1750 but this will soon be confirmed
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  18. By the way, the last evening I went to Il Vecchio in Bridgend. Wow, I was really surprised about quality. Great, real tasting lasagne, served without French fries; a real, original babba and, surprise, a real Neapolitan espresso. So if someone next in Bridgend would like to feel the Italian atmosphere and taste, I could only suggest it
    4 points
  19. Midlands winter league will run on the 2nd Saturday of the month as usual meeting on the Mynd at 9:30, starting October 9th until March 12th Weather call on the Friday night and if we don't have 8 entries then I will call it off please use the events page on here for RSVP.As we are having 6 events and there are generally other comps every weekend I don't propose any reserve dates . October 9th November 13th December 11th January 8th February 12th March 12th Andy, Les
    4 points
  20. And now become an alcoholic LOL Was great to meet you Ric
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  22. Just wanted to say a big thank you to Neil and Paul, for a great my first comp, May there be plenty more... I also wanted to thank everyone that timed for me and helped and guided me, the advice is always appreciated. A special thanks to Mike for the field repairs that kept me in the competition it is greatly appropriated. Really looking forward in flying with you all again soon. Congratulations to all the winners. Does anyone have photos or videos? I enjoyed my self so much that I never took anything... Cornelius
    4 points
  23. To echo other's comments big thanks to Neil and Paul, was a really great event, the work you put in is appreciated. I was happy to break into the 80% bracket (just!) and had a whole lot of fun, including landing in the thankfully dry pond. Still lots of scope for progression. It was awesome to see the comp first timers get involved, have fun and excel (that's you Kohen, if it wasn't for that landout you would have easily been ahead of me) I'll have to see which comps I can make this year and next, but really looking forward to flying with everyone again.
    4 points
  24. Can’t be sure some folks won’t stick something in the ground
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  25. Big thanks to Graeme, Mike B and all, for a fun day of relaxed competition. Okay so the conditions weren't the most consistent, but it was a great opportunity to try different turn styles and experiment with ballast, in order to deal with the slightly crossed wind. And we managed to complete 10 rounds in bright sunshine, fueled by Mike's excellent nourishment!! I've posted a few photos here: https://rc-soar.smugmug.com/F3F/2021/English-Open/ (corrected)
    4 points
  26. The Southern Winter F3F League will run this year on the first Sunday of each month from October to March, with the Saturday of the same weekend being used as a reserve option. The winter events are very relaxed, and a good way of trying out F3F, but also fun for those who have been away from it for a while. Sun 3 October Sun 7 November Sun 5 December Sun 2 January Sun 6 February Sun 6 March The venue will be White Sheet Down, Mere, for wind direction SSW-NNW. For certain other directions an event may run in the Eastbourne area. The weather call will be made by the Friday evening. 8 firm entrants will be required. Please indicate attendance on the Event Calendar which is weblinked from the dates above. For your FIRST event you must send your BMFA number and CAA OP number by email to nwitchalls1 AT gmail.com . Once provided you will not need to reprovide them for subsequent events, but just confirmed as renewed in January. Those who attended the English Open have already provided current details. If you have any queries please contact me by PM or email.
    3 points
  27. Thanks, looking forward for that. The journey to Dover was easy and straightforward: 4h20m. I was then three hours earlier and decided to finally visit the Dover castle.
    3 points
  28. Pleasant looking day with light winds and sunshine, so off to the local common after lunch. Parking can be a problem but all five spaces were empty. The grass has been cut and the Skylarks are gone so I had the entire field to myself. Almost got away from a one third power trimming throw - made 2 minutes from 10 metres. Soon had a 6 something and then tried some 'one flight only' practise. No real signs for the first two…. 0:55 and about 1:45. On the third, coming up to 2 minutes in, the gentle drift went round more than 90 degrees and I went to the downwind side. Got 8:05 as the slot ended but I was way up and being joined by a Red Kite so I kept going. I think that one was about 16 minutes in the end. I was soon away again and thinking 30 minutes plus…. but down at 22:53…. Away again after a few low ones and this time it was gentler lift but plenty of it. I was doing really well until a large cloud turned off the Sun… mikef, F3K, 'expert', Snipe mk1, 24:47 September 21st 2021
    3 points
  29. Oh no, effectively I drunk more beer this two weeks than in the past five years Was great to meet you too, Les! Still in the UK, but already looking forward for next trip
    3 points
  30. I hope you have been able to get some good flying in between sampling all the culinary delights that the UK is rightly famed for. Italian ice cream and danish pastries etc, etc....
    3 points
  31. Hi Shane & Mike Great to see some new faces competing at Tonbridge. You will receive a very warm welcome and there will be plenty of help available on the day if you need it. Cheers Colin
    3 points
  32. I have been a bit under the weather for the last couple of weeks, but after an aborted attempt Monday, ESC Failure on new Magic 2, I had a very nice couple of hours flying my Circle Dancer F5RES at Fish Meadow yesterday. The first launch was straight into lift and away it went, in fact I was so surprised, a very early mistake on my part after the climb out negated the flight completely. After 25 minutes, and a couple of very nice climbs, the second time from just 20 meters after spending over 5 minutes scratching for lift, to note as I finally lined up to land, THE PROP WAS NOW SPINNING. I had not hit the Throttle Deactivated switch as I climbed out after the power run, and the throttle slide was very slightly open, meaning when the model came below 5 meters and close to landing, the motor started at a very slow idle. Several more attempts followed, none very good. As I thought I had blown my day, finally another launch into lift, immediate check of throttle deactivation switch and throttle slide, (three times in fact), away I went for a very satisfying 26 minutes 10 seconds. I make no secret, my target today was 30 minutes and then on to 34 minutes, but it just did not happen, but still a fun couple of hours. Thanks to you Guys for always keeping the bar at a high level, I'm sure I fly better with a target in mind. Graham Fish Meadow Circle Dancer F5RES. 26 minutes 10 seconds
    3 points
  33. Assume this is still running? If so, then I can post the following from yesterday with my newly-completed Auri: Calm, still (except in infills), hot, high cloud cleared by lunchtime. Poor launch heights (between 20 and 25m) but relatively easy in the conditions to identify low-level lift (the streamer on my bamboo 'aerial' is really useful), which the Auri itself also signals very well. Several 6-12min flights, in amongst which was the best one approaching 20mins which got me to a max of 300m, during which plenty of opportunity to ride up then down, then up again, etc. 1.5m seems very small at altitude against a blue sky! Jon, sportsperson, Auri, 6th Sept, 2.43pm, 19:23
    3 points
  34. Just flown. Newly-finished AURI, maidened last week, been out of it for nearly two years (life stuff, followed by losing my throwing middle fingertip in an accident earlier in the summer), atrocious launch technique (25m) so much practice of effectively 'low-saves' helped by the lovely conditions! Best was 19:23, some of it hands-off, up to 300m etc. PS only came on here to see when the next meet is.
    3 points
  35. Got out yesterday with the RES, great conditions. We had a small local RES comp in the afternoon. 1 F3 and 2 F5. Gentle breeze and smooth lift. Had a nice 33 minute flight before comp. Thermal downwind, speed upwind and keep repeating. Comp was good fun. First time doing a landing bonus and trickier than I thought. Interesting to see how the tactics played out and the pros and cons of F3 Vs F5. We launched to 60 meters and flew 6 min target from a 9 min window. Looks stella today but I'm working. Good luck to those that get out. 33min 8 secs. Sunday 5th.
    3 points
  36. BMFA GPS Triangle Racing National Championship Location: National Flying Centre, Buckminster Date: 30/08/21 Finalising the 2021 Silent Flight Nationals had been a last-minute affair. Sadly, Mike Proctor had suffered a serious health issue and as the person who has been organiser and CD of the Silent Flight Nationals for some many years Mike left some big shoes to fill. After a Silent Flight committee meeting it was agreed it would be good to follow the same format as RadioGlide earlier in the year. Monday was the day set aside for new classes and non-FAI events. This allowed for GPS Triangle Racing and 2 Metre Electric gliders or F5RES to take part in the Nationals. Interest in GPS Triangle Racing has been growing over the last few years and with the success of the Ghost Squadron training day earlier in the year plus GPS Racing being part of RadioGlide it was agreed it would be included in the schedule for Monday. It proved to be a good decision with 8 people entering the Sports Class and 5 pilots entering the Light Class. On the week leading up to the Nationals it certainly felt like ground hog day with grey cloudy weather and a cool North Easterly breeze being a constant feature of the weather. Saturday and Sunday looked okay for the F5J/F3K events. However, Monday looked in doubt with winds of up to 25 mph forecast. Luckily on Saturday the forecast changed, and the wind speed was showing a more flyable 13 to 17 mph. Monday dawned with what can only be called very uninspiring weather for a flat field competition that requires thermals to make it interesting. Not deterred by the weather we had pretty much a full turn out with three pilots not being able to attend due plane or health issues. Standing in Buckminster’s camping area at 8.30am low cloud and drizzle did not seem to dampen people’s enthusiasm. Comments such as “it will soon clear up” and “it is not as windy as forecast” could be heard. They both proved to be true and the drizzle passed by and flying was able to start at just after 10am. We started with two rounds of Light Class. Which had turned into a Samba competition with two Prestige PK GPS Specials and one Pike Perfection. Round 1 was flown in a brisk breeze and dead air. It turned into a great battle between Steve Haley, Simon Thornton and Dick Whitehead. If you look at the flying CV of these three pilots you would realise, they are all serious competition pilots with skills in F3B, F5J and F5B. Plus all have represented GBR in their chosen disciplines. The breeze and sink made this a tough round and Simon, Dick and Steve all flew the same number of laps. Simon had achieved the fastest average speed and bagged the 1,000 points. Dick was second and Steve with a few GPS issues was third. We were not sure of some of the data on Steve’s flight. He may well have scored higher, but it was hard to work this out at the time. We decided to fly another round of Light Class straight away to give one or two of the Sports Class pilots time to makes sure their GPS files and equipment were functioning properly. The beauty of GPS competitions is they are run using the www.gps-triangle-league.net software. An event is set up on the league web page and the CD can control the event via the web page from a web enable device on the field. This allows slots to be scheduled as the event is in progress and timings become clear. Round 2 of Light was another close affair. Simon just managing to get some lift and squeezing an extra lap out over Steve and Dick. Dick was flying exceptionally well as he had only done a hand full of flights before the event with his GPS set up. Again, with the benefit of the flexibility of the event software it was agreed we would get the Light Class finished as quickly as possible so Steve and Team Haley could get away and head back home. Round 3 proved to be another close battle with Steve Haley edging the extra lap out of Simon and Dick. Final results were already showing on the web as all three pilots finished downloading their files to the Net League page. Out a possible 3,000 points 425 covered the top three. Dick finished an excellent 3rd with Steve Haley 2nd. Making history Simon Thornton became the first ever BMFA Light Class GPS Triangle Racing Championship. Stopping the Light Class was the right thing to do at this point as the windspeed was starting to increase and it was getting close to a level where it was not enjoyable for the pilots. Round 1 of the Sports Class was an eventful affair. In the pilots briefing we decided it would be good to fly all 8 pilots in one slot. This meant some pilots had to launch for the pilots who need launching then launch themselves. 7 pilots managed to get away, but Greg Lewis had a motor failure and could not make the start gate with the allocated time. As with the Light Class lift was scarce and sink was strong. Alex Maryon-Davis, Iain Rose, Dave Woods and Paul Eisner all tied with 3 laps and then were ranked using average speed. As with the Light Class Simon Thornton had managed to fly a bit tighter and smoothly to slip in an extra lap. It was looking like Simon was in a good position to become double National Champion. Alex was second in the round, followed by Ian, Dave and Paul. An impressive start for Alex who has only just taken up GPS flying in 2021. Round 2 turned out to be a completely different. Greg had isolated his motor issue to be a problem with a foreign object in the micro switch used for the throttle function. Having launched several planes Greg was able to get away and join the fun. It was evident straight away that this round was enjoying the most buoyant air of the day so far. Models could be seen spread across the course circling in multiple patches of lift which were tracking downwind quickly in the stiff breeze. Ian Rose opted for a dynamic style of flying. Moving from thermal to thermal without gaining large amounts of height in each thermal. Simon, Alex and Greg Lewis, opted to climb out higher in one area of lift that Ian had used but then moved on from. As the round continued Ian and Alex were ahead of the pack on laps and average speed but slowly Simon and Greg Lewis used their extra height to fly faster laps. As the lift passed and it became a final glide competition. Simon, Iain and Greg Lewis were all on 8 laps, but Greg Lewis took the round win and 1,000 points due to having the best average speed. Alex was 1 lap down. Greg Fitzpatrick also fared well in this round after a slow start in Round 1. Dave Woods and Paul Eisner also had a close duel for the remaining places. Spurred on by his improved performance in Round 2 Greg Fitzpatrick flew well in Round 3 despite the cold breezy air to secure 3rd place in the round. Only Simon and Greg Lewis could gain an extra lap over Greg Fitzpatrick to take 2nd and 1st in the round, respectively. In fact, 3rd to 7th place for this round was ranked by average speed because the closeness of scoring on laps. Simon’s challenge for a being double National Championship was starting to get more competitive as the prospect of getting to 4 rounds flown and a discard coming into play looked likely in the time available. Discard rounds are notorious for changing the outcome of competitions at the final twist when the pilots’ worst round is dropped. Round 4 again showed the quality of Greg Fitzpatrick’s flying. Greg Fitzpatrick scoring a 3rd place and have the fastest average speed for the round. This shows how important tactics are in GPS flying. Greg Fitzpatrick made a good height gain on lap 1 of his flight and the moved on at pace to build a healthy number of laps. This was also a tactic employed by Simon. Simon achieved one of the biggest altitude gains of the day in the early part of his flight which also meant his opening lap had a high index or a long distance travelled compared to the perfect lap. Greg Lewis starting later in the gate window used the available lift to fly lower and slightly faster, giving Greg Lewis the round win on average speed. Again Iain, Alex and Dave were tightly clustered on points. Paul had an Albatross app issue and sadly failed to record his task. We were now into the middle of the afternoon and the wind had increased further and the temperature was dropping off slightly. After the CD conferred with the pilots and it was agreed Round 5 would be the last round. Like the second round it turned out to be an intense dual between all the pilots. Lift was available straight from launch and some pilots managed to get straight away into good height gain on their first lap. Greg Lewis launch some 90 seconds after the first pilots missed out on this initial batch of buoyant air. After several starts Greg Lewis opted to wait close to the end of the start window to make his final run. Before Greg Lewis had even started both Simon and Greg Fitzpatrick had been racking up a good lap score. Greg Fitzpatrick impressing again with tight flying and good use of the lift available to gain another third place in the round. As with the other rounds things were close amongst all the pilots and average speed was the determining factor for normalising the scores to calculate the final round order. Despite pilots’ models often being in similar parts of the sky in the same lift at the same time it was hard to work out who was going to win the round. Simon and Greg Lewis tied for first place for the round on laps flown, but Greg Lewis had just pipped Simon with a faster average speed. It is interesting to look at the different tactics that came in to play for similar numbers of laps here: https://www.en.gps-triangle-league.net/?page_id=22&fld_id=214&site=30 We retired to calculate the scores with a discard and give out the excellent prizes donated by Neil Jones from Flightech. After some help from Iain Rose the CD finally got the scores right with the first Sports Class GPS Triangle Racing podium for the BFMA Nationals being occupied by three ex F3F pilots. In 3rd place was Ian Rose, followed by Simon Thornton in Second and Greg Lewis in 1st place. All pilots agreed the conditions had contributed to an incredibly tight and fiercely fought event. Most impressive of all was the level of performance of the new pilots to GPS Racing. Iain and Alex in their first season flying at a high level and improving with each event. Greg Fitzpatrick who is not a hard-core glider pilot but a very good power flyer who was persuaded to have a go at GPS flying by his club mate John Greenfield. Greg Fitzpatrick shows great thermal and speed flying skills. Tactics and model set up make a huge difference and Paul Eisner who has posted some big scores this season on the GPS Net League suffered with carrying too much ballast in his Calvados. Paul was always on the back foot with the plane’s reaction to the light lift that was around. If we look at planes and what was best suited to the day the Valenta Chilli is without question a very competitive plane for UK conditions. Simon has made great strides with his Aer-o-tec Ikura since the beginning of the season. This has to be qualified by saying the most important nut on any aeroplane is the nut who holds the transmitter and Simon has uplifted his performance quite considerably from his first competitive outing of the year at the Ghost Squadron training weekend in the Spring. Anyone who has competed against Simon in other disciplines will know he is a formidable pilot and competitor. Despite holding the UK record and some of the highest ever league score the Baudis Calvados was not able to show its true performance as Paul said probably due to over ballasting. Dave Woods flew exceptionally well with his GP Racer which is a hybrid of the Baudis GP15 wings and a sports fuselage. Dave is finding his confidence again for flying at higher altitude and distance after having his cataracts done in early summer. Dave is becoming more familiar with the plane with each flying session. Without question it thermal wells and has a very good glide angle. Like Simon’s plane it is a little small to be seen at higher altitudes and the 28-1 aspect ratio does not help with this. In the Light Class it was a Samba day with all planes being flown from this company. Darren Maple was not able to fly which meant we did not get to bench mark the excellent Infinity against the Pike’s. It would also be fair to say that the event was incomplete due to John Greenfield sadly not being able to attend. John was already committed to another event and the Nationals dates was a last-minute event due to the circumstances mentioned at the beginning of this report. John is the UK most experienced and competitive GPS pilot and is a benchmark for aspiring pilots to fly against. In conclusion. At 9am on the morning of the event we would not have believed how good a day of racing we were going to enjoy. Competition was fierce and intense through the field. Having seen the pilots fly on a regular basis this summer, the improvement since John Greenfield’s event in the Spring is marked. Flying GPS Triangle Racing at your own field and improving your lap PB or making a low save and going onto fly out the task is very addictive. Flying man on man with gate windows and all the tactics that go with flying with 8 plus planes in the air is truly exciting. I know most pilots said the same thing to each other when the were saying their goodbyes. “When is the next one”
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  37. OK cheers @PaulR no worries, yeah I figured that was the case re covid jumbling things up. Swell, well count me as coming, I will register. Ive done jack all this year so got to try and make hay whilst the sun (hopefully) shines. Cheers!
    3 points
  38. Hope to be there, will verify tomorrow. My old bones are still recovering from Buckminster! Neil P
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  39. I'll be attending. Keen to see a new site, and see if I can have another good round! I've registered on F3XVault
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  40. Hope you get better soon Dave. Bearing the availability of free test kits, IMO it would be useful to have a protocol in place for multiple-day competitions, as we often socialise indoors in the evenings. It could be as simple as recommending people having a lateral flow test before the event.
    3 points
  41. Yes, I’m pretty sure that Mark and I are going to park in Bideford, so we are ready to load up on the return trip. Mind you, the last time we went to Lundy, we had an extra day because of bad weather. The delay meant that we returned to Bideford when we had carefully arranged our logistics for a return to Ilfracombe. Lundy’s full of surprises! Bon voyage, Ric!
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  42. Dick, Light Class was very hard work yesterday in the strong breeze and poor lift. It wasn’t helped by the long base leg have a large into-wind component. Many thanks for competing and helping grow Light Class in the UK. We have a way to go, and we are bound to get a competition with more favourable conditions eventually! I think we will see interest and excitement build once we get conditions to allow some proper racing (just that so far in the UK nobody has ever experienced such conditions in a competition!). My experience so far is that, under typical UK weather conditions, Light Class is somewhat harder than Sport class to accumulate laps. The combination of (relatively) low maximum wing loading, lowish launch height, and the 350m altitude cap all conspire to limit the laps potential. Weak thermals and strong breezes typically mean if you circle you lose as much height getting back up wind, as you have just gained, unless you are very lucky with the position of the thermal. But keep at it, and one day we will have a really good day’s Light Class racing! Greg: Once again, many thanks for organising, and thanks to @Flightech for generously providing some prizes. Hopefully we can get more entries in time. Simon
    3 points
  43. What a great day out yesterday was, and I learnt so much from such a friendly helpful crowd. The weather could have been better, but the enthusiasm was not blown away in the wind. Congratulations to Greg and Simon for their wins in the Sport and Light classes, and many thanks to all involved in organising the event. My only regret is that my best flights were practice flights before and after the comp., and not during the comp. Dick
    3 points
  44. Thanks again Neil for running an awesome event and to everyone for encouraging us newbs to come along and being so helpful and welcoming! I thoroughly enjoyed meeting and chatting with everyone, and seeing a lot of really inspiring flying. As im sure you could tell by my being an an over I'm excited goof at times haha Looking forward to flying with everyone again soon. Kohen
    3 points
  45. I heartedly agree an excellent weekend and most enjoyable. As one of the four newbies I would like to say a big thank you to all the experienced guys for their help and friendliness. I learnt a lot and now have to try to put into practice. I would encourage any one new to come and give a go they are very welcoming. Thanks again. Terry.
    3 points
  46. It hasn't happened yet. But it will unless we take action. The Dartmoor National Park Authority are in the process of updating the bylaws which govern the activities allowed within the National Park. They are for the most part just common sense written into a legal document, BUT... Here is the current bylaw governing kite and model glider flying on the moor. 18 Kites and Model Aircraft (i) No person shall fly a kite or model glider from the access land in such a manner as to give reasonable cause for annoyance to any other person or in such a manner as is likely to startle or disturb stock on the land. (ii)No person shall release any power-driven model aircraft for flight or control the flight of such an aircraft on or over the access land unless he is authorised to do so by the Authority. (iii) For the purpose of this byelaw “model aircraft” means an aircraft which either weighs not more than 5 kilograms without its fuel or is for the time being exempted (as a model aircraft) from provisions of the Air Navigation Order and “power driven” means driven by the combustion of petrol vapour or other combustible vapour or other combustible substances or by one or more electric motors. I think it is safe to say that we all support this position. Here are the proposed new bylaws that might come into force soon. 20 Kites, model aircraft and drones (i) No person shall fly a kite from or over the Access Land in such a manner as to give reasonable cause for annoyance to any other person or in such a manner as is likely to startle or disturb stock or wildlife on the land. (ii) No person shall launch any model aircraft or drone from the Access Land unless authorised to do so by the owner of the land and the Authority. (iii) No person shall operate any model aircraft or drone over the Access Land at a height or location that may disturb stock or wildlife or cause a nuisance to another person. Please note that model glider has been removed from clause (i) and that power driven has been removed from clause (ii). This is effectively going to ban model gliding on Dartmoor as the process of obtaining permission from the land owner and the authority is going to be virtually impossible. We need to act now. If we do not, slope soaring on Dartmoor could be banned by next spring. There is a consultancy document out now https://www.dartmoor.gov.uk/about-us/who-we-are/byelaws-consultation Please take the time to look at it and fill it in. If Dartmoor National Park Authority get away with this, how long will it be before all the other national parks follow suit and then the National Trust too?
    2 points
  47. Installed! Now I should forget my laziness, bring the car again and go fly somewhere.
    2 points
  48. My old ISP went bust so I’ve just rebuilt www.knewt.com Lots of photos and toy aeroplane stuff, including thoughts on a few planes I’ve flown lately. Enjoy (hopefully ) Kevin
    2 points
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