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  1. 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)
    15 points
  2. 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
    14 points
  3. Posted a new PB of 45.99 in round 3 of the BMFA summer league at Long Mynd on 08/08/2021 flying the RTG Extreme. Then went quicker again in the last round. Posted another new PB of 43.5 in round 6 of the BMFA summer league at Long Mynd on 08/08/2021 flying the RTG Extreme. The above combined with not posting a time above 50.75 means I was very happy I made the trip.
    10 points
  4. Just want to say thanks to Mark, John and Rich for a great day's competition. Def worth the journey up (after some last minute agonising given the forecast of Northerlies). And of course congrats to Mark R for a very convincing win. Here are a few words, with a link to the photos: https://rc-soar.com/gallery/2021/bmfa_l3/index.php Below is a round by round progress chart. Roll on the next comp!
    10 points
  5. :- ) 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
  6. Today’s Economist carries a letter from me. It’s not quite the letter I wrote, but space is limited, I suppose!
    10 points
  7. Just like to shout out to Neil at Flightech ,I managed to have a bit of severe hanger rash on the one tail plane half on my new Vantage last weekend .I ordered a new one from CCM but Neil has loaned me one from a plane he has in stock until it arrives . can’t thank him enough as it means I. An take it to Ireland next week . Cheers Neil Andy
    9 points
  8. 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.
    9 points
  9. 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.
    9 points
  10. The white sheet field kitchen will be there. Bacon rolls, Linda’s finest for our vegetarian fliers, and some cake too. And a comp as well, what’s not to like.
    9 points
  11. What fun Vertical climb. Didn't have low voltage cut off, so kept the motor run to 65 seconds. That was still an 8 minute flight with a lot of silliness. Charging the pack afterward put 756mAh in, so next time I'll have three times the fun! Tenshock 1530 8T Reisenauer 5:1 gearbox King Max CLS0911W (flaps) King Max CLS0612W (ailerons) MKS HV6100 (V tail) 17 x 8 prop 3s 2200 mAh Supplied by www.flightech.co.uk
    9 points
  12. took a while but new Prodij HM finished , if this one flies the same as my older one i’ll be well happy
    9 points
  13. 1 Joel West 7665.75 2 Andy Burgoyne 7597.67 3 Mike Shellim 7491.56 4 Graeme Mahoney 7483.04 5 Dave Rumble 7464.56 6 Aleix Ingles 7440.34 7 Mark Passingham 7263.94 8 Ian Mason 7204.43 9 Les Wood 7061.68 10 Bruce Hudson 6973.79 11 Graham Hill 6792.94 I'm hoping Graeme is going to post full xls results for those that like to navel gaze
    8 points
  14. Well that was a lot of fun! Well done to Mark for his comprehensive win, and to Tony and Graeme. I've posted some photos, minus captions for the shots of Tony R's model - if anyone could fill me in that would be great: https://rc-soar.smugmug.com/F3F/2021/SWL2/ Many thanks to Graeme and Nigel for a smoothly run comp - looking forward to the next one.
    8 points
  15. A bit later than usual (following a 4-day soaring holiday after the comp) but here are some photos of the competition. https://rc-soar.smugmug.com/F3F/2021/Welsh-Open-F3F/ Do let me know if you spot any errors in the captions! All things considered, I thought it went very well - well done to Pete for his second win in a row. And thanks to Kev for organising and CD'ing so effectively once again, and to all the helpers. Roll on 2022!
    8 points
  16. At this weekends English Open I watched other fliers getting some 'good air' and waited with everything crossed that I would get in on the action. It didn't seem to be coming my way, until round #9 when all of the planets aligned and the thermal gods smiled on me. From launch I knew that the air was good and couldn't get off and back on course quick enough. The Shinto was finally on the step and I managed a 43.89 to win the round and achieve 3rd quickest of the day. Now I've got the taste for it I will definitely be back for more.
    8 points
  17. Thanks to Andy, Les, Mike and Mark for organising the day despite the challenging weather conditions. When we got to lunchtime I had given up hope of us getting any rounds in. It was quite pleasant when the sun finally appeared. Thanks to Peter for doing all the driving and organising accommodation and a visit to a brilliant hostelry. Thanks also to Graeme for his support recovering my Shinto. The memory of wading through the water and foot deep mud underneath will stay with me for ever!
    8 points
  18. 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
    8 points
  19. Unfortunately, day 2 didn't happen. Light winds on to Mickey's allowed for some sports flying, but we decided to call it a day at mid-day as there was no sign of improvement on the hill or in the forecast. Thanks to everyone who came and helped. After a long f3f drought, it's great to be back. I am sure there will be some photographs appearing soon.
    8 points
  20. 8 points
  21. It is indeed sad news - I spoke to him shortly before he went into hospital. He was a determined and committed individual, and made a remarkable return to flying after suffering a stroke some years ago. Pete was never short of conversation and the Beacon will be a quieter and poorer place without him.
    8 points
  22. Whilst I have never flown with or met Pete, I felt by his regular posts a sense of knowing him. Rest in peace Pete. Gone From My Sight I am standing upon the seashore. A ship, at my side, spreads her white sails to the moving breeze and starts for the blue ocean. She is an object of beauty and strength. I stand and watch her until, at length, she hangs like a speck of white cloud just where the sea and sky come to mingle with each other. Then, someone at my side says, "There, she is gone." Gone where? Gone from my sight. That is all. She is just as large in mast, hull and spar as she was when she left my side. And, she is just as able to bear her load of living freight to her destined port. Her diminished size is in me -- not in her. And, just at the moment when someone says, "There, she is gone," there are other eyes watching her coming, and other voices ready to take up the glad shout, "Here she comes!" And that is dying... by Henry Van Dyke
    8 points
  23. Well that was a most enjoyable comp with more rounds than I think any of us would have expected! Big thanks to Joel for organising. Looking forward to the next one, in the meantime some photos: https://rc-soar.smugmug.com/F3F/2022/WWL4/
    7 points
  24. Well, blue sky, perfect weather, sub 30 air, pb's everywhere! Ok dream on, but its was a very flyable day, even though the forecast wasn't the most inspiring. Levisham was quite benign all day with no real variability and certainly easy close in landings. A wait at the start of the day when the supposedly WSW wind was a straight Southerly! However, as per forecast, the wind began to turn, and by lunch we were flying. With such a small group, manning the buzzers was hectic, but everyone took to the challenge. Flying was interrupted a couple of times for rain showers, and 8 rounds was easily achieved. Final scores saw a great win for Rich who also claimed the Horcum Challenge Cup and FTD of 42.02 in R2 Steve was a close second, with Peter in third. Thanks to all for your support, and look forward to seeing you all in the new year Full results to follow Jon
    7 points
  25. I've just published a template for the Yoda and similar. It's called 'DLG6S' and runs on any OpenTX transmitter. It features a better way of trimming out crow brakes. Instead of having a separate compensation adjustment, the elevator trim is automatically repurposed to adjust the compensation, when brakes are deployed. No special action is required from the pilot - just trim out in Cruise mode, bang on full brakes, trim out again, and done. There's also an optional launch height callout (requires ALT telemetry, e.g. with FrSky G-RX6 receiver). There are some other internal programming features which I've not used before, in particular the up- and down- aileron movements are calculated separately from first principles. This made some aspects, such as diff suppression and reverse diff, cleaner to program. Full documentation provided. https://rc-soar.com/opentx/setups/dlg6s/
    7 points
  26. Well this weekends F3F racing was cancelled but we still had a great days flying .Bruce came up to see some new slopes ,so he had his first taste of DS and he bought his Pii cams up with him aswell.The cameras worked really well and hardly missed a beat all day …all in all a really ‘nice day out’
    7 points
  27. Hard to believe that it is over a year since I bought this kit. Sad to say I lost interest in it when the balsa dust started to make me feel ill. But a good mate reminded me of the fun I was missing without a slope glider so I got myself a decent face mask and got on with the sanding. Nearer to being finished now
    7 points
  28. 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
  29. 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
  30. I had an hour and a half of good flying ,it just wasn’t in the competition
    7 points
  31. Hats off to the Whitesheet lads for keeping the English Open on the F3f calendar. Special thanks to Andy B for not being a grumpy passenger on the way home
    7 points
  32. A good day on Whitesheet hill,10 rounds completed with no breakage's! The usual Whitesheet variable, all blow and no-go conditions prevailed all day, giving times ranging from 88.XX to 41.xx however I think everyone enjoyed themselves Thanks to all for being ready to go when your time came this made for a very slick comp, thanks also to those who helped dismantling the course. Results spreadsheet below... G F3F_Scores_V1_1.xls
    7 points
  33. passing inspection this morning
    7 points
  34. 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
  35. Had a great day down on the Wrecker 7-10m/s all day no rain and even some sunshine later on
    7 points
  36. The Svolazzo that I’ve torn most of my hair out building, was maidened today at white sheet! Usual conditions up there, blowing a good wind on the bowl, but sometimes no lift at all, only helped by the odd thermal passing through. It looks beautiful in the air, but I had to land as the closed loop on the elevator was a bit slack, giving me double centring. That was fixed, and relaunched. I didn’t try the madstab as it was catching on the closed loop of the madrudder,to be fixed later. Even without all the “mad” settings, the rudder authority was ridiculous! I haven’t as yet, installed the wing twist servo,that will be a retro fit, if I get that far! I elected to use a small cable tie to retain the wings, as with such a thin section fuse, rubber bands are too fiddly. The cable tie is just cut at the end of a session, as I have plenty. A lot more setting up to do, but I think it will be a blast, when it’s dialled in.
    7 points
  37. Thanks to the whole Barcs team for organising an enjoyable weekends flying and thanks again to flightech for the prizes. The weather was fantastic and it was great to catch up with old friends following the last 18 months of misery. thanks again, Steve
    7 points
  38. Don’t worry boys, the white sheet field kitchen, is ready to go when needed! Bacon rolls, cake, and Linda McCartney’s finest sausage’s will be available, when we finally get a comp run at white sheet.
    7 points
  39. How to launch a glider - just roll it down the hill ! (roll the vid to 1:00 if you're feeling impatient...) I've flown full-size bungee launch off the Long Mynd, but this looks even more fun Phil.
    7 points
  40. It's been ready since Christmas and today it eventually took to the air. Conditions were bumpy and wind at least 45 off, but the Pike handled it with aplomb. 800g ballast for first flight. Just need to pick up the yellow nose cone from Les who has been clear coating it for me. Today both Pikes shared the one Orange nose
    7 points
  41. Unfortunately, this year is once again not going to plan. But there is some light on the horizon. The Whitesheet club have very kindly given access to their slopes to run a competition on May 2nd. As it is unlikely that we will be able to use Wales on April 11, this date is a replacement for L1. We will try to run any event that we can this year - however if there are regional travel restrictions in place preventing participation from all, then the event will not score as part of the BMFA League.
    7 points
  42. New model ! Ecirtech Stellar F5J - all wood built up kit - I bought it ready built in December - from an ad on BMFA - was the original owners build project in the last lockdown. He said it went together well - certainly looks well built. Hoping to get it in the air in springtime - lots of covering to do - transparent of course to show off those lovely wingtips. Link to website: https://www.ecirtech.fr/stellar-f5j/ Phil.
    7 points
  43. Well the Slite Vll is finished & awaiting lock down end so it can be flown.
    7 points
  44. Hiya, Here's one I took of him a while ago on his favourite NE slope at the Beacon; even in 2020 he was still doggedly sticking to 35Meg with his Graupner 24 set. There are other images which exist on the ISA Flikr photo archive website: https://www.flickr.com/groups/ivinghoe/pool/page1
    7 points
  45. 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
  46. 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.
    6 points
  47. Delighted to Welcome Redbird (Bruce) aboard as a new shipmate! Anyone else thinking of being a castaway? We do have just a few more spaces in the Barn. Lundy Lynda
    6 points
  48. The forecasts for Sunday are all agreeing around 2-3m/s from the South. As this is insufficient to hold a competition - especially on the back of the wrecker, I am calling it OFF.
    6 points


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