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  1. Bartletts 200 League 2018. Sept 16th (original planned for Sept 9th) will be held at the SADMAC Field (Sittingbourne & District Model Aircraft Club Kent see map below) organised by Kent Interclub - CD Ian Nicholls Please let me know by 6pm latest on Friday 14th Sept. if you wish to enter to enable the team to get everything ready for Sunday. Please book in from 0900, pilots briefing will be at 0945 and start at 1000 prompt to allow 6 rounds to be flown. Rules unchanged, 3 classes of model can be flown, Open, 2Mtr and 100” (up to 2.6mtr allowed), and each score points in their own league. 2 entries allowed, but must be with different class models. Height limiter set to any height up to 200mtrs, and motor run time of 30sec. Penalty for launching over 200mtrs, but no bonus for launching below 200mtrs. Entry £5.00 per class, payable on the day. Please register your entry here Ian Nicholls Open Eamon Keating Open Peter Mitchell Open Mike Connell Open Brian Austin Open Eddy Small Open Garry Matthews Open Nick Jackson Open Alan Twine Open Gordon Loomes Open David Yale Open Ray Gadenne Open Randy Taylor Open Tony Wood Open John Postle Open Brian Martin Open Keith Benton Open Possible David Phillips Open Just to confirm the competition will run as proposed and the field (along the track behind the farmhouse) will be sign posted after 0830. I will be doing the matrix tomorrow morning so please let me know if you aren't able to fly for any reason (I don't need to know why!) by 10am Lunch will be 20 + minutes after Round 3 of 6 at 12:15. There will be 3 Group per round so we will finish earlier than normal. Thanks Ian
  2. ENTRY CLOSED WITH 20 FLYERS Hot off the press Gentlemen, Our hosts NKN have a large gas BBQ and a 2 ring gas cooker with kettle for making a brew if any one wants to use themselves and bring there own they are welcome, or if enough interest they could take orders in the morning and pop along the local Asda and get what flyers want and then cook it for them! Please let me know of your interest in this? ALSO the adjacent Gun Club serves food including full English breakfast and has toilet facilities. Drive slowly to avoid POTHOLES on Joyce Green Lane The event is a ‘Bartletts League’ qualifier and will be run at North Kent Nomads (NKN) field (nearest post code DA1 5PN) as detailed on the attached location map. The usual 3 classes of model can be flown, Open, 2Mtr and 100” (up to 2.6mtr allowed), and each can score points in their own Bartletts league. Please note that models must comply with BARCS class restrictions if you wish to also score in the appropriate BARCS Leagues. 2 entries allowed per pilot, but each entry must be with different class models. AMRT (Height limiter) CAN be set to any height up to 300mtrs, but MUST be set with a maximum motor run time of 30sec. Scoring as per F5J, i.e. a penalty of 3 points per metre for launching over 200mtrs, BUT no bonus for launching below 200mtrs. And don’t forget, not only can you re start your motor in an emergency (which cancels that flight score) but you get one re launch in a slot if you find it necessary Entry £5.00 payable on the day. CD is Ian Nicholls (07760750298) and hosted by NKM Secretary Peter Bennett Please book in from 0900, pilots briefing will be at 0945 and start at 1000 to allow 6 rounds to be flown Please register your entry in this thread by 1800 on Friday 18th, all will be assumed to be on 2.4 unless advised Nick Jackson Eddy Small Tony Wood Ian Nicholls Michael Connell Keith Fisher Bob Hope David Yale Alan Twine Derek Collings Keith Benton John Postle Brian Martin Alan Harris Brian Austin John Hovell Peter Ley Garry Matthews Ray Gadenne Pete Mitchell
  3. You are invited to Kent Interclub Glider 1 Multilaunch competition to be held at the SADMAC Field (Sittingbourne Kent) organised by Nick Jackson with the CD Derek Price of the Medway Club Entry is free for Kent Interclub members and £5 payable on the day for non Kent Interclub flyers. Prizes are awarded for top 3 places To enable a enjoyable day please could you notify Nick by email whitstable.nick@outlook.com by Tuesday 17th if you might come and then no later than Friday April 20th confirm with details of model Glider Class Open or 100", Electric Open or 100" and Frequency so a matrix can be set up? The Rules are BARCS Multilaunch where Electric launched gliders must have a motor stop function set at 175m and 30 seconds. For Electric launched gliders the Time Keeper must in addition to the normal flight time and landing points should also record for Electric launched gliders on the score sheet the F5J launch height for future Kent Interclub evaluation of rules. Recommended settings for the amrt will be sent upon request. SADMAC field location, directions and Map Link will be sent upon entry confirmation but nearest postcode is ME9 9AU We want to have a full day flying so please check in by 09:30 latest and be ready for Pilots Briefing at 09:45 with the competition starting at 10:00 sharp. A minimum of 4 rounds and a maximum of 6 rounds will be flown with one discarded score. Alternative forms of notification for entries, BARCS Multi launch Forum Or as last resort pick up the phone and call Nick Friday 20th April on 07879654863 If you have any queries please let me know as soon as possible? Thanks and best regards Ian ENTRIES at 20/04/2018 (22) Bloobirds Ian Nicholls, Greg Hayfield (winch launch), Iain Stingemore (winch launch) Bromley Derek Collings, Alan Twine, Bob Ryan Canterbury Pilgrims Mike Hodgkiss, Nick Jackson, Eddy Small Gravesend John Sharland, John Collins, Colin Boorman Invicta Keith Fisher, Richard Harris, Rob Love, Simon Thornton NKN David Yale SADMAC Keith Benton, Brian Martin, John Postle (winch launched), David Phillips NON Kent Interclub CADMAC Eamon Keating
  4. PeteMitchell

    F5J-BMFA- Eastern area 2017

    In response to a number of inquiries, here are provisional dates for next years league. 11th June @ Bartletts Farm 30 July @ Lt Bentley 15 October @ Lt Bentley
  5. Apologises for not posting this before! You are invited to Kent Interclub Glider 4 Multilaunch competition to be held at the INVICTA Field (Kent) 20th August CD Richard Harris ENTRANCE Free for KI Members £5 on the day for non KI To enable a enjoyable day please could you notify Ian Nicholls by email iannicholls60@hotmail.com by Friday 18th July 7pm with details of model Glider Class Open or 100", Electric Open or 100" and Frequency so a matrix can be set up? The Rules are BARCS Multilaunch as we used last year where Electric launched gliders must have a Motor stop function set at 175m and 30 seconds. Entry free to Kent Interclub members £5 for others payable on the day For Electric launched gliders the Time Keeper must in addition to the normal flight time and landing points should also record for Electric launched gliders on the score sheet the F5J launch height for future Kent Interclub evaluation of rules. Recommended settings for the amrt will be sent on request. The exact field will be signposted on the day from the A274 running south from Sutton Valence. We want to have a full day flying so please check in by 09:30 latest and be ready for Pilots Briefing at 09:45 with the competition starting at 10:00 sharp. A minimum of 4 rounds and a maximum of 6 rounds will be flown with one discarded score. Alternative forms of notification for entries, Pick up the phone and call Ian by Friday 218th August 7pmy on 01304362370 or 07760750298 If you have any queries please let me know as soon as possible? Thanks and best regards Ian Entries so far Canterbury: Eddy Small Tony Wood both Electric Open Bromley: Derek Collings and Alan Twine Electric Open Bloobirds: Mike Connell and Ian Nicholls both Electric Open SADMAC: Alan Harris electric, Brian Martin electric open, John Postle winched glider NKN: David Yale Electric Open Gravesend: Bob Ryan Electric Open Invicta: Richard Harris, Keith Fisher, Rod Potts all Electric Open Tonbridge: Bob Hope Non KI Phil Ramsey Electric Open All on 2.4
  6. The next round of the league will be at Bartletts Farm, Rettendon on Sunday 13th August. Seems like ages since the last comp, so attached is a list showing league positions up to date. This will also be the first ‘official’ BARCS Electroslot event after our rules were accepted by BARCS following the trial comp at Radioglide. Bartletts Rules are unchanged apart from one minor amendment relating to height limiter settings detailed below. As usual, 3 classes of model can be flown, Open, 2Mtr and 100” (up to 2.6mtr allowed), and each score points in their own league. 2 entries allowed, but must be with different class models. But please note that models must comply with BARCS class restrictions to also score in the appropriate BARCS Leagues. Height limiter CAN be set to any height upto 300mtrs. Maximum motor run time 30sec. Penalty for launching over 200mtrs, but no bonus for launching below 200mtrs. Entry £5.00 per class, payable on the day. Please register your entry here All 2.4 unless advised. Rod Potts Open Ian Nicholls Open Jeff Ott 100 Peter Ley Open Mike Connell Open Ray Gadenne Open Alan Twine Open Derek Collings Open Brian Austin Open Nick Jackson Open Eddy Small Open Randy Taylor Open Garry Matthews Open Paul Wainwright Open " " 2M Roger Robbins Open " " 100 John Snell 100 Steve Knowles Open Collin Paddon Open Graham Wicks Open Sydney Lenssen 100 Tony Merritt 2M Peter Mitchell Open Colin Boorman Open Bartletts League.pdf
  7. You're invited to Kent Interclub Glider 2 Multilaunch competition to be held at the Invicta site at Sutton Valence, Sunday 4 June. Ian Nicholls will be back from holiday to act as CD on the day but I'm fronting up till then (and many thanks to Invicta for sorting the field and sound system). Open to all. £5 fee for fliers who are not members of a KI club. Entries, please, by 10pm Friday 2 June so a matrix can be set up. Please reply here or email me (jackson272894@yahoo.com) The Rules are BARCS Multilaunch. Electric launched gliders must have a motor stop function set at 175m and 30 seconds and the Time Keeper must, for electric launched gliders, record the F5J launch height on the score sheet in addition to the normal flight time and landing points. (Please note that this is for future Kent Interclub evaluation of rules. You are asked to set height limiters at 175m and will not be penalised if your actual launch heights are higher - though the CD might have a word about abnormal zooming). The Sutton Valence field location is as shown on the attached flying field directions and Map Link https://www.google.com/maps/d/u/0/viewer?hl=en&msa=0&z=15&ie=UTF8&mid=1aUAe8hQF_d0FtDs2w8fWwT3342A&ll=51.20294501242778%2C0.5932615000000396 We want to have a full day's flying so please check in by 09:30 latest and be ready for Pilots Briefing at 09:45 with the competition starting at 10:00 sharp. We hope to fly 6 rounds. Each flier's lowest score will be discarded as long as we manage a minimum of 4 rounds.
  8. You are invited to Kent Interclub Glider 1 Multilaunch competition to be held at the SADMAC Field (Sittingbourne Kent) organised by Ian Nicholls To enable a enjoyable day please could you notify me by email iannicholls60@hotmail.com by Tuesday 18th if you might come and then no later than Friday April 21st confirm with details of model Glider Class Open or 100", Electric Open or 100" and Frequency so a matrix can be set up? The Rules are BARCS Multilaunch as we used last year where Electric launched gliders must have a Motor stop function set at 175m and 30 seconds. For Electric launched gliders the Time Keeper must in addition to the normal flight time and landing points should also record for Electric launched gliders on the score sheet the F5J launch height for future Kent Interclub evaluation of rules. Recommended settings for the amrt will be sent upon entry confirmation. SADMAC field location, directions and Map Link will be sent upon entry confirmation but nearest postcode is ME9 9AU We want to have a full day flying so please check in by 09:30 latest and be ready for Pilots Briefing at 09:45 with the competition starting at 10:00 sharp. A minimum of 4 rounds and a maximum of 6 rounds will be flown with one discarded score. Alternative forms of notification for entries, BARCS Multi launch Forum Or Pick up the phone and call me by Friday 21st April on 01304362370 or 07760750298 If you have any queries please let me know as soon as possible? Thanks and best regards Ian ENTRY LIST We have 18 entries for Sunday so far. Bloobirds: Greg Hayfield, Iain Stingemore, John Payne and Ian Nicholls all on 2.4 and Open Winch launch. Ian Nicholls reserve model is Open Electric Bromley: Alan Twine, Derek Collings, and Gordon Loomes, all on 2.4 and Open Electric. Canterbury: Eddy Small, Nick Jackson and Mike Hodgkiss all on 2.4 and Open Electric. Unless they can find their winch. Invicta: Keith Fisher and Richard Harris, and Steve Crowther all 2.4 and Open Electric Sittingbourne: Brian Martin, Alan Harris, Keith Benton, John Postle, and Terry Letchford, all on 2.4 and Electric except John Postle who may use Open Winch. Now need the weather gods to be kind!
  9. PeteMitchell

    Bartletts 200 League

    Bartletts 200 League. Electric thermal soaring @ Bartletts Farm
  10. Dear flyers at Whitesheet and those who visit, Please note that there has now been a rule change to the flying restrictions at Whitesheet Hill. Many of you will have flown at this wonderful site in Wiltshire (and may be members of the club) and will know that for most of its life, the site has been for unpowered models only. In 2009 a trial was started to allow electric power to be used for height gain only. Electric models in general terms were not permitted. Following this successful trial period of many years, the club has now ratified changes to the club rules to allow this change permanently. The matter was voted on at the AGM, following discussions and work with both the BMFA and the National Trust, both of whom fully support the proposed changes. With immediate effect, electric assist can be used at Whitesheet for height gain, with the following section added to the club handbook: The following definitions have been agreed by the WSRFC committee and will serve to clarify amendments to the rules on powered model flying: Glider A model sailplane with no form of propulsion system fitted. Any model designed to fly and climb solely by slope or thermal lift, falls into this category. Self-Launching Glider A model sailplane whose primary flight mode is unpowered soaring. Such a model may have an electric propulsion system used to gain altitude, at the beginning of a flight, when slope lift is insufficient or is not working on one of the available slopes. All other radio controlled aircraft This category is a cover-all for any flying model that does not fit into either the Glider or Self-Launching Glider definitions above. Types of model that may fly All forms of Glider as defined above may be flown from the Whitesheet hill, in the areas and slopes identified in the sections above. New for 2017, Self-launching Gliders will be permitted to fly at Whitesheet, within the rules of the club. It is vital that flying of such models be conducted with respect for the peace and beauty of the area and that the good reputation of the club, both with the National Trust and with the public, is maintained. Only electric propulsion may be used to gain altitude. Internal combustion engines or gas turbine engines are not permitted, in order to ensure the least possible noise intrusion from the power phase of a flight. Models that are designed to rely on the propulsion system for sustained flight are not permitted. This includes hotliners and other types of electric powered model that have not been designed to seek out and exploit lift. Undoubtedly, there will be a period of adjustment, where the above rule changes will require review. In the event of justified negative feedback from the public, from the National Trust or from other flyers, the allowance of electric power for climb out may be revoked. No model aircraft, other than those described as Gliders or Self-launching Gliders may be flown from Whitesheet hill. This includes (but is not limited to) multicopters, quadcopters and helicopters. The hope is that more flying can take place at Whitesheet, more of the time. I also hope that these changes will encourage greater membership and better participation in future events at the hill, as our flyers will be encouraged to make the journey and meet up, knowing that the weather conditions have a lower impact on whether or not they will get some flying in. If you have any questions relating to this change, please don't hesitate to contact me by PM or post here. For more details about the club, please visit www.whitesheet.org.uk best regards Chris Lamming Chairman, WSRFC
  11. A heads up for those who have missed a few comps this year. You still have a chance to get your minimum 4 league scores in. The last scheduled round of this years league will be at Bartletts Farm on Sunday 9th. the option to use the preceding Saturday is there, if it should look necessary. And we also have a 'reserve' date booked for the 23rd. October, this to replace cancelled events earlier in the year. As usual, any 2 of 3 classes can be entered. Either Open, 2M or 100inch. £5.00 per class entered. Please post your entry for the 9th here on this thread. I will start another entry thread for the 16th, next week. Ian Nicholls Open 2.4 Jef Ott 100 2.4 Michael Connell Open 2.4 Garry Mathews Open 2.4 Peter Ley Open 2.4 Alan Twine Open 2.4 Dereck Collings Open 2.4 Paul Cavender 100 2.4 Brian Austin Open 2.4 Brian Austin 2M 2.4 Steve Knowles Open 2.4 John Hovell Open 2.4 Ray Gadenne Open 2.4 Russell Mexome Open 2.4 Nick Jackson Open 2.4 Eddy Small Open 2.4 Randy Taylor Open 2.4 Paul Wainwright 2M 2.4 Rod Potts Open 2.4 Keith Fisher Open 2.4 David Jowers 2M 2.4
  12. The next round will be at Bartletts Farm on Sunday 4th, or if weather dictates, Saturday 3rd. As usual, any 2 of 3 classes can be entered. Either Open, 2M or 100inch. £5.00 per class entered. Bearing in mind the crazy weather we have had in recent years, this could be the last Bartletts League comp of the season so make sure you dont miss it. Please enter on this thread and indicate if you can only fly on one of the days or both. Jeff Ott 100" 2.4 Martin Newnham Open 2.4 Ray Gadenne Open 2.4 Steve Knowles Open 2.4 Russell Mexhome Open 2.4 Peter Lee Open 2.4 Garry Matthews Open 2.4 Brian Austin Open 2.4 Brian Austin 2M 2.4 Rod Potts Open 2.4 Peter Mitchell Open 2.4 Mike Connell Open 2.4 Ian Nicholls Open 2.4 Alan Twine Open 2.4 Eddy Small Open 2.4 Nick Jackson Open 2.4 Paul Wainwright Open 2.4 Paul Wainwright 2M 2.4
  13. PeteMitchell

    BMFA F5J Eastern League Round 3

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    Location at Little Bentley Park . Or see here: https://www.barcs.co.uk/event-locations/ Contact Russell Mexome via:russell.mexome@sky.com Briefing 9.30am Start 10.00am. If weather conditions dictate, this event could be run on the preceding Saturday 4th. This event will count towards BARCS League, and an entry thread will be posted on the forum with all details and any updates.
  14. PeteMitchell

    BMFA F5J Eastern League Round 2

    until
    Location at Little Bentley Park . Or see here: https://www.barcs.co.uk/event-locations/ Contact Russell Mexome via:russell.mexome@sky.com Briefing 9.30am Start 10.00am. If weather conditions dictate, this event could be run on the preceding Saturday 7th. This event will count towards BARCS League, and an entry thread will be posted on the forum with all details and any updates.
  15. MartynJohnston

    Pulsar 3.2 electric.

    Just bought myself a 'beautiful' Pulsar 3.2 electric thermal soaring glider. Second hand and hardly flown. Had some motor issues initially but soon fixed. I've only test-flown it but the quality looks absolutely marvellous. Each panel looks perfect on its own but there is a slight twist somewhere because the left wing-tip is slightly above the central flap, which is slightly above the right wing-tip. Needs looking at one day. One concern I have is that there is no switch; you make all the battery connections before screwing the nose cone on. So you cannot turn it 'off' between flights. Has anyone got any suggestions about a switch? They only ever seem to switch the ESC connection, not the power line but I'm not sure what's best. Anybody used anything like this 'Zepsus' switch (link here) ? Or is a proper 'physical' switch just as good ?
  16. BMFA F5J comp., Sunday 16th August - Little Bentley, Essex Directions to the field can be found here on the F3K Eurotour site. Nearest postcode to the field entrance is CO7 8SN. Due to the cancellation of several soaring competitions on Sundays we have made the Saturday a reserve day, not for the Sunday but for a previously cancelled event. If the forecast for Sunday 16th August looks poor but Saturday 15th looks good we may cancel the Sunday event and go with a comp. on Saturday. Please indicate if you are able to enter on either day or just one. Sunday will always take precedence over Saturday as long as the weather is OK for the Sunday. To enter, your model must have an approved height limiting/data logging device set to allow 30 sec motor run time. The height limiting function must either be disabled or set to 300m. Motor restart is permitted at any time during flight, but it will result in a zero score for that round. Two classes of model can be entered, either Open or 2Metre. Prizes awarded on the day and points scored will go to the National League. Please note that only one class can be entered. Entry fee £10.00 (BMFA requirement) payable on the day Proof of BMFA membership (card is sufficient) required - please supply your BMFA number with your entry Timing on the day may vary, and all/any help to set up the field will be appreciated. But the plan is as usual, book in from 9am. First flight’s 10am. Entry list on the http://www.flyquiet.co.uk/smf/index.php?topic=4959.0 - please send your entries in by 8pm on Saturday 15th August with your frequency and a reserve if flying on 35MHz. Copy of full rules can be obtained here: BMFA rule book Tony ---- Tony Merritt tony(at)quick-net(dot)co(dot)uk 07xxxxxxxxxxx - removed 24/5/2018 - did Facebook scrape my phone number?
  17. Full details of this event can be found on the FlyQuiet forum
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