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  1. Venue is Little Bentley Polo Club, Rectory Road, Essex, CO7 8SN. Your model must have an approved height limiting/data logging device (AMRT) which must be able to show the max height your model goes to during its motor run time plus 10 seconds after your motor is shut off. The limiting function must be set to allow maximum 30seconds motor run time, and the height limiting function must either be disabled or set to 300m. Motor restart is permitted at any time during flight for safety reasons, but will result in a zero score for that round. Two classes of model can be entered, either Open or 2Metre but only one entry permitted. Prizes awarded on the day and points scored will go towards the National League. The competition will be run to BMFA Local Rules, 6 rounds will be flown if conditions permit and there will not be a flyoff. Entry fee £10.00 (BMFA requirement) payable on the day. Proof of BMFA membership (card is sufficient) required. 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 around 10am. Tony Merritt - BMFA 142327 - 2m Eamon Keating - BMFA 192268 - Open Peter Ley - BMFA 187230 - Open Garry Matthews - BMFA 032611 - Open Please post your entries on this thread by 6pm on Saturday 28th July along with your BMFA number and model class
  2. simon_t

    Vinco F5J

    Another excellent looking F5J model coming soon - maiden today at Vitoria, Spain. Designer Jorge Medina (Tecnoepoxy). RTF weight 1300g, 4m span: Simon
  3. grj

    Interglide 2018 Report and Results

    Bertrand Willmot wins Interglide 2018 After several weeks of careful planning and negotiations with Richard Thomas, owner of Hamilton Farm Airstrip, caterers, food vendor, sponsors and the printing of stickers, registration packs and score cards, BARCS Interglide 2018 was finally upon us and the weather looked set fair for a long hot weekend. The event forms the British leg of the Eurotour series and so entry had proved very popular with the sixty places taken up within days of registration opening. The French contingent were also to use the event as part of their national team selection process. Driving on to the site early Thursday afternoon, we were surprised to be met by two Dutch pilots waiting to get their caravan onto the field and within minutes they were out testing the air with DLG’s. The need to get the early preparation work installing signage, decking out the marquee and other facilities would clearly need to be undertaken with the utmost haste. The farmer was instructed to cut the long grass and the huge one hundred and sixty metre, fourteen spot flight corridor planned to best suit what was expected to be the variable wind directions of the weekend. The landowner had agreed to remove a section of fencing used to keep the sheep off his long West-East runway. We had one other small request of him, being as there were a couple of interesting football matches to be played, a television was duly hung in the marquee. From 6.30am on the Friday morning we were greeted by a rapidly filling camp site and the first electric soarers being launched into the cool still early morning air. Indeed this scene was repeated every morning with models being tested at times when most British pilots were still dreaming of their Full English. It was a busy day, not only for the organisers laying out the field but also competitors as a huge tented village started to appear along the edge of the flying area with ‘Coleman’s’ were erected to form a ‘pits’ area. The campsite itself was much improved on last year with a small toilet block and wash-up area, electric hook-ups and sectioned off pitches which lent themselves to forming the small national enclaves of British, German, French and Dutch. Practice continued all day apart from a couple of short delays as full size aircraft took off from the runway. Saturday morning dawned with a slightly sharp breeze and most competitors rigged more than one model to cover the conditions. Briefing started at 9am with CD Peter Allen welcoming our friends from across the channel and the further reaches of the UK. Nine rounds were to be flown, in three sessions of three, with a lunch break both days and a three round fly-off on the Sunday. With up to twelve pilots per slot, each round would take something around an hour and a quarter and at 9.30am, the first round was underway. Model wise, there was plenty of variety on show. From Optimus and Infinity through Xplorer and Explorer (see Acemodel.co.uk to note the difference), Shadows, Storks, Pike Perfections and Dynamics, plus one or two rarer planes El Nino, Nova and Satori. Very few v-tail these days, as lighter construction allows the use of the more stable cross-tail, although Julien Benz flew an Xplorer 3 v-tail to great effect. Good also to see one or two Claymore and Colin Paddon and Kevin Beale successfully campaigning the Proglide. At this level, it is small differences that make for a winning flight. In good conditions, all F5J gliders are capable of a ten minute flight and landings are on the nail within seconds of the slot ending. The key is the launch height and good thermal detection. To aid this, many now carry poles with mylar strips to the flight line as wind drift indicators. Fred Simiand of France flying an Infinity, threw down the gauntlet early with a 66 metre launch for his first 1000pts. The rounds carried on in the improving conditions until 1pm, when as scheduled three had been completed. Dutch pilot Frank van Melick led the way with 2976pts, Simon Thornton UK flying Optimus placed second and Fred Simiand in third on 2944 pts. For those who didn’t want to cater for themselves, there was a cold buffet available in the marquee. The French contingent lived up to their deserved culinary reputation and dined in style on the campsite. Flying recommenced at 2pm and it seemed some may have left their ‘gliding heads’ back on the lunch table. Others however were newly refreshed and Simon Thornton took over top spot, with Steve Haley’s slot win taking him into second. Frank van Melick had a poor round and dropped back to eighth. But these were fine margins and with the fifth round flown and a drop score now applying, Frank soon found himself restored to top place. Given the style of flying, it seemed everyone had one poor flight, misjudging the lift and landing early, or outside the circle when trying to return from long downwind searches. The wind was constantly swinging throughout the afternoon resulting in the landing spots being moved from one side of the flight line to the other. Flying stopped at 6pm as scheduled with the completion of round six with Frank van Melick confirmed in top spot, Simon Thornton in second and Julian Benz from Germany in third. Saturday night is BBQ night on the camp with the grill and beers supplied by BARCS. There was football on the television in the marquee, the Brits laid on some music and there was a party atmosphere around the site as the warm evening closed in. Sunday saw lighter winds but with very strong lift and three rounds went ahead as scheduled. Everyone was now launching to around the sixty to eighty metre mark and mostly getting away, though one or two did choose the wrong part of the sky and would have to return to the spot and sit it out whilst others flew out the slot. Nine rounds completed, time for lunch (which conveniently coincided with England first half thrashing of Panama in the World Cup) whilst CD Peter Allen slaved over a hot computer to determine the fly off of twelve pilots. Interestingly there were several father/son teams with Frank and Geert van Melick of Holland, Steve and Simon Haley from UK and Bertrand and Tierry Wilmot from France in the fly off. Sadly neither Guillaume and Adrian Gallet, France, or Nils and Wilhelm Winkler, Germany, made it through. Julian Benz, Germany and Simon Thornton, UK were joined by other Brits Kevin Beale and Colin Paddon (Team Proglide), along with Fred Simiand, France and Pascal van Ool, Holland. The wind, what little there was, was now blowing along the flightline, so the CD asked the pilots to decide which side to put the spots and they were moved as requested and so the three fifteen minute round fly off was underway. Slot one and everyone got away and flew the slot out with Julian taking the 1000pts closely followed by Steve and Simon Haley. Simon decided to go for it in slot two and was unlucky not to contact but Steve did and took the slot with Julian very close behind. In slot three, everybody decided it was go low or go home. Steve and Julian immediately headed in the direction that the lift indicators suggested but failed to hook up and indeed Julian recorded a zero, landing out, with Steve just managing to make it back to the circle. Many others also landed early, leaving Bertrand Wilmot to take the slot and the fly off win to be closely followed by Frank van Melick and fellow Dutchman Patrick van Ool. Back to the marquee for the prize giving. We were very fortunate in receiving support with prizes this year, led by Flightech, who provided a HET/Reisenauer motor set as first prize, Samba Models supplied servos, West London Models batteries and glues and eSoaring gadgets a height limiter and other goodies. This generosity, along with items bought by BARCS built a prize haul of over £700. And there were the Eurotour and Micro-Mold Trophies too and cups down to twelfth place and the best placed junior, Adrian Gallet from France. BARCS would like to thank all who attended and particularly those who helped with timing duties, flight line relocation and of course, Brian Austin and Syndey Lenssen who shared the duty of Jury Chair, which as it happens, proved to be fairly easy task as there were no protests. They did however have to award the ‘Unlucky B’ Spade, presented to the pilot who runs out of luck over the weekend. The recipient this year was Phil Brandreth, who having practiced on Friday only to have his transmitter fail before flying a slot in the actual competition. Despite this, Phil assisted the rest of his team with great humour and heart throughout the weekend. Indeed, that summed up the tone of the weekend, competitive but friendly, superb flying, great weather and all went very smoothly. A full breakdown of scores, further pictures and videos (thanks to Eamon Keating) can be found here. There is also a gallery of additional shots Graham James Link to forum topic below https://www.barcs.co.uk/forums/topic/7846-interglide-f5j-2018/
  4. PeteMitchell

    BARCS-ELG 10th June 2018

    The event is a ‘Bartletts League’ qualifier and will be run at Bartletts Farm, on our new field which is located at the top end of the entrance lane, NOT the ‘old’ field on the r/h side of the lane. Our land owner has now given us permission to drive on the grassed area ( which is about to be cut) assuming that the ground is hard enough to take vehicles without damage. We will know on the day, but it should mean we can drive and park along the appropriate side of the field and fly from the back of our cars. Please do not drive on the grassed area until a decision is taken regarding wind direction etc. 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. Please register your entry in this thread, all will be assumed to on 2.4 unless advised Peter Ley Open Eamon Keating Open Brian Austin Open Garry Matthews Open Nick Jackson Open Eddy Small Open Paul Wainwright Open Paul Wainwright 2 M Mike Connell Open Ian Nicholls Open Tony Merritt 2 M Allan Twine Open Randy Taylor Open John Hovell Open Graham Wicks Open Steve Knowles Open
  5. Entry is now open for Interglide 2018. The event will take place over the weekend 23rd - 24th June at the same location as last year. Full details together with online and postal entry is available on the Interglide website. Entry has been open two days and already there are 9 pilots from France entered. https://www.interglide.co.uk/ Report from the 2017 event can be seen here https://www.interglide.co.uk/2017-results
  6. RESULTS Results below. Pics to follow. COMP REPORT One word describes this comp….Challenging! The usual Tonbridge comp team arrived early at Leigh Park Farm’s acres of freshly mown grass to set the field up. Fortunately no cow patties were to be seen anywhere but the ground was rock hard. It was of course raining when we arrived but the weather forecast was for it to stop fairly quickly and it did. The wind however was forecast to start off at around 11mph but to continue to rise throughout the day which turned out to be the case. After a lot of late pull-outs we ended up with 26 competitors of whom 24 actually flew. We were pleased to see and welcome one of the top German F5J flyers, Julian Benz, to the comp adding some mainland European interest to the day. The morning was certainly the easier part of the day in terms of flying conditions but even then some slots were not flown out. Average launch heights ranged between 150 -180 meters but there were a few massive height launches that still failed to fly the slot out such was the level of difficulty in reading the air. Conditions were extremely challenging throughout the day with some slots enjoying good lift but many had equal measure of widespread sink. A wrong read of the air often resulting in an early landing. After lunch, the wind continued to gain significantly in strength and at times was very turbulent if you strayed too close to the trees. Reading the air became difficult to say the least. A fair number of slots in the afternoon were not flown out . In terms of what models were flown, no one model /design seemed to be dominant. All the usual moulded models, Xplorers, Shadows, Optimists, Infinity’s, Pikes et al were being flown . Of note were two very nice looking (new to us) Xplorer V Tail versions that Julian Benz flew. Super looking planes. We finished the day around 5pm having flown 6 rounds with a 45 minute lunch break. My thanks must go to Eamon’s daughter Portia who kindly took the scores in for us all day long. Full results can be found below. On a personal note it was very pleasing for both Kevin and I to again see our home built/designed Proglide succeed against a very competitive field of flyers/models. Brian Austin also flew his own designed/homebuilt model throughout the day. It’s always great to see home built models competing but I’m somewhat biased on this! My thanks to Graham, Kevin and Colin B for getting out of bed early to help set the field up and run the comp. We look forward to seeing you all again at the Tonbridge September F5J comp. Colin Paddon - CD Tonbridge F5J Competition - Sunday 17 June 2018 Tonbridge club are hosting a BMFA League F5J competition at Leigh Park Farm, Nr Tonbridge, Kent on Sunday 17 June 2018. We will be running a relaxed and fun competition for both existing competition flyers and new pilots alike. All are welcome with plenty of help available on the day for F5J newbie's. Directions to the field can be found here: https://www.google.co.uk/maps/place/Leigh+Park+Farm/@51.2091254,0.19327,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m2!3m1!1s0x47df4fda3f5fd36d:0xfd76d04136677dd9?hl=en The competition will be run to F5J rules with UK variations as published by the BMFA. Copy of the full rules can be found here: http://bmfa.org/DesktopModules/Bring2mind/DMX/Download.aspx?Command=Core_Download&EntryId=2443&language=en-GB&PortalId=0&TabId=219 The main points for BMFA F5J comps are: - Either Open or 2m may be flown, not both. - Motor restart may be used (results in a zero flight score), and therefore you need only tuse your eSoaring switch BUT you must reset the (200m) height limit to 300m this can often be done easily by using a reader, otherwise use a computer. - As in eSoaring, you must provide a reader, so that your timekeeper can check your launch height immediately after landing. - Minimum of 4 rounds to be flown. - CD will announce whether or not a Fly-Off will be flown before the start. Entry fee £10.00 (BMFA requirement) payable on the day. Proof of insurance (BMFA membership card is sufficient) required Closing date for entries is 6.00pm Friday 15th June 2018 In the event that there is any doubt as to whether the event will be run due to forecasted inclement weather, a final decision will be posted on the BARCS website no later than 4pm on Saturday 16th June. We look forward to welcoming you on the field. Book in from 9am. First flight’s at 10am Colin/Graham Please enter this competition by posting here on this thread: 1) Your name 2) Class being entered - i.e. OPEN or 2 METRE 3) Preferred Frequency if on 35Mhz. 4) BMFA Number Entry list to date: 1. Graham Wicks, Open, 2.4, BMFA 052827 2. Colin Boorman, Open 2.4, BMFA 027713 3. Kevin Beale, Open, 2.4, BMFA 040788 4. Colin Paddon, Open, 2.4, BMFA 073473 5. Eamon Keating, Open, 2.4GhZ, BMFA 192268 6. Ian Nicholls, OPEN 2.4GHz BMFA 39293 7. Tony Merrit, 2M, 2.4 GHz, BMFA 142327 8. Phil Ramsey, Open, 2.4Ghz, BMFA tba 9. Bob Hope, Open, 2.4, BMFA tba 10. Alan Twine, open, 2.4, BMFA 067979 11. Terry Stuckey, Open, 2.4, BMFA tba 12. Colin Lucas, Open, 2.4, BMFA tba 13. Ray Gadene, Open, 2.4, BMFA 052822 14. Eddy Small Open 2.4GHz BMFA 063558 15. Peter Mitchell, Open, 2.4 BMFA33859 16. Simon Thornton, Open, 2.4, BMFA 069287 17. Al Lipscombe, Open, 2.4 GHz, S067235 18. Ian Duff, Open, 2.4ghz, BMFA 018894 19. Peter Allen, Open, 2.4, BMFA tba 20. Brian Austin, Open, 2.4, BMFA 057851 21. Simon Conran, 2M, 2.4, S 195226 22. Derek Potter, Open, 2.4 Ghz, BMFA tba 23. Rob Love, Open, 2.4 BMFA tba 24. Gary Matthews, Open, 2.4, BMFA 032611 25. Bob Ryan, Open, 2.4, BMFA 76538 26. Julian Benz, Open, 2.4, BMFA 208785 Tonbridge F5J Round Scores 17.6.2018.pdf Tonbridge F5J 17.6.18 Height Penalty.pdf Tonbridge F5J Landing Results 17.6.2018.pdf Tonbridge F5J 17.6.18 Flight Scores.pdf
  7. Steve Haley

    F5J Xplorer 2 - 3.7m for sale.

    F5J Xplorer 2 - 3.7m for sale. Selling Simon’s trusted Explorer 2 which has been his primary F5J model over the last few seasons. The wing configuration is a 4m centre section with 3.5m tips to utilise larger flaps for precision landings and can easily be increased to 4m span by adding 3.7m tips. The wing has some hanger rash but there is no damage. The fuselage did have the boom repaired a couple of years ago (Orange band) but is structurally sound. AUW 1850g. Mixture of MKS/KTS servos. Power unit - Typhoon 2W20-3400KV Reisenauer 5:1 gearbox + 50amp ESC Airframe + servos £850 Airframe + servos + Motor/Gearbox + ESC - £995 Regards, Steve 07891 378765
  8. 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
  9. ThermalBoy

    Tonbridge F5J Comp

    F5J Tonbridge Competition - Sunday 23 September 2018 Tonbridge club are hosting a BMFA League F5J competition at Leigh Park Farm, Nr Tonbridge, Kent on Sunday 23 September 2018. All are welcome with plenty of help available on the day for F5J newbie's.
  10. ThermalBoy

    Tonbridge F5J Comp

    F5J Tonbridge Competition - Sunday 17 June 2018 Tonbridge club are hosting a BMFA League F5J competition at Leigh Park Farm, Nr Tonbridge, Kent on Sunday 17 June 2018. All are welcome with plenty of help available on the day for F5J newbie's. Please enter via the post in the "Electric Soaring and F5J" section of the BARCS website.
  11. 1st round in this year’s Southern Area BMFA F5J League Venue is Little Bentley Polo Club, Rectory Road, Essex, CO7 8SN. Your model must have an approved height limiting/data logging device (AMRT) which must be able to show the max height your model goes to during its motor run time plus 10 seconds after your motor is shut off. The limiting function must be set to allow maximum 30seconds motor run time, and the height limiting function must either be disabled or set to 300m. Motor restart is permitted at any time during flight for safety reasons, but will result in a zero score for that round. Two classes of model can be entered, either Open or 2Metre but only one entry permitted. Prizes awarded on the day and points scored will go towards the National League. The competition will be run to BMFA Local Rules, 6 rounds will be flown if conditions permit and there will not be a flyoff. Entry fee £10.00 (BMFA requirement) payable on the day. Proof of BMFA membership (card is sufficient) required. 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 around 10am. Eamon Keating - BMFA 192268 - Open Ray Gadenne - BMFA 052822 - Open Graham Wicks - BMFA 052827 - Open Peter Ley - BMFA 187230 - Open Garry Matthews - BMFA 032611 - Open Peter Mitchell - BMFA 33859 - Open Tony Merritt - BMFA 142327 - 2m Randy Taylor - BMFA 165603 - Open Brian Austin - BMFA 57851 - Open Colin Boorman - BMFA 027713 - Open John Hovell - BMFA 40572 - Open Kevin Beale - BMFA 40788 - Open Simon Thornton - BMFA 069287 - Open David Jowers - BMFA 043983 - Open (maybe 2m if windy) Paul Wainwright - BMFA 047845 - Open or 2m (TBA) Julian Benz - FAI GER 3872 - Open Steve Knowles - BMFA 70799 - Open Richard Clouting - BMFA 77318 - 2m Please post your entries on this thread by 6pm on Saturday 14th April along with your BMFA number and model class.
  12. In case others haven't seen Pete M's post below there will be a pre-season event at Little Bentley to prepare ourselves for the 2018 league onslaught :-) If enough pilots register we'll run slots and rounds otherwise we'll do the IRCMC all-up-last-down timed flight, landing target is near yourself, and no timer/helper. Register your interest and watch this space for a go, no-go on Saturday 24th March. If Sunday 25th March isn't good for flying will we roll forward to Sunday 1st April (go, no-go 31st March). If 1st April isn't good we'll roll forward to Easter Monday 2nd April (go, no-go on 1st April). If the 2nd is no good either we'll roll on to 8th April (go, no-go on 7th). The following Sunday (15th April) is the first F5J comp., a new thread will be started for that. Tony Tony Merritt - 2m Garry Matthews - Open Cliff Stone - Open Ray Gadenne - Open Paul Wainwright - 2m/Open Pete Mitchell - Open Randy Taylor - Open Richard Clouting - 2m David Jowers - 2m Simon Conran - 2m/Open John Hovell - Open Peter Ley - Open
  13. AnthonyB

    Soaring North West

    In the North West (Lancashire) there is no F5J or ALES or anything. I have been doing this sort of thing since last century and I would drive 300 miles for a comp. I would love to have something / anything near here - Finally, I have started a Facebook page ..... "Soaring North West" My hope is that like minded people could use it to actually get something moving.
  14. Recent date changes made it impossible for me to run the comp. previously scheduled for the 1st October, this is now the new date. It may be that this is the last round of the season, but if weather permits, I do intend to get one more round flown on the 29th. But to make sure you get as many league scores in this year as possible, this one could be your last and best chance. The 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 each must be with different class models. 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.A penalty of 3 points per metre for launching over 200mtrs, but no bonus for launching below 200mtrs. And you get one re launch if you find it necessary Entry £5.00 per class, payable on the day. Please register your entry here, all will be assumed to on 2.4 unless advised. Eamon Keating Open Ray Gadenne Open Richard Clout 2M Garry Matthews Open Paul Wainwright Open " 2M Randy Taylor Open Steve Knowles Open Peter Ley Open Brian Austin Open John Hovell Open Tony Merritt 2M Colin Paddon Open Pete Mitchell Open Graham Wicks Open Simon Conran 2M " 100 Cliff Stone Open
  15. Breaking News Bring your suntan lotion! Don't get lost but if you do call 07760750298. Organised by Kent Interclub CD Richard Harris As previously stated, Bartletts Rules are unchanged apart from the 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. 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 up to 300m. Maximum motor run time 30sec. A penalty of 3 points per metre for launching over 200m, but no bonus for launching below 200m. Entry £5.00 per class, payable on the day. Please register your entry here, all assumed to be on 2.4 unless advised. Location Sutton Valence Nearest Post Code ME17 3AU The field at Sutton Valence will be signposted on the day on the A274 running south from Sutton Valence. We might know which field (Forsham Lane or Heniker Lane) we can use by Friday 22nd and published here but on the day look for the signs with a “Glider” on them 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 Please book in from 0900, pilots briefing will be at 0945 and start at 1000 to allow 6 rounds to be flown. Entrants Ian Nicholls Open Mike Connell Open Keith Fisher Open Richard Harris Open Eddy Small Open Steve Crowther Open Alan Twine Open Derek Collings Open Brian Martin Open Alan Harris Open Terry Letchford Open Pete Mitchell Open Ray Gardenne Open Garry Matthews Open John Postle Open Tony Wood Open Brian Austin Open Graham Wicks Open Rod Potts Open Peter Ley Open Bob Ryan Open Phil Ramsey Open Colin Paddon Open
  16. Tonbridge F5J Competition - Sunday 17 September 2017 - RESULTS Tonbridge club are hosting a BMFA League F5J competition at Leigh Park Farm, Nr Tonbridge, Kent on Sunday 17 September 2017. We will be running a relaxed and fun competition for both existing competition flyers and new pilots alike. All welcome with plenty of help available on the day for F5J newbie's. Directions to the field can be found here: https://www.google.co.uk/maps/place/Leigh+Park+Farm/@51.2091254,0.19327,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m2!3m1!1s0x47df4fda3f5fd36d:0xfd76d04136677dd9?hl=en The competition will be run to F5J rules with UK variations as published by the BMFA. Copy of the full rules can be found here: https://bmfa.org/DesktopModules/Bring2mind/DMX/Download.aspx?Command=Core_Download&EntryId=2078&language=en-GB&PortalId=0&TabId=219 The main points for BMFA F5J comps are: - Either Open or 2m may be flown, not both. - Motor restart may be used (results in a zero flight score), and therefore you need only use your eSoaring switch BUT you must reset the (200m) height limit to 300m this can often be done easily by using a reader, otherwise use a computer. - As in eSoaring, you must provide a reader, so that your timekeeper can check your launch height immediately after landing. - Minimum of 4 rounds to be flown. - CD (Graham Wicks) will announce whether or not a Fly-Off will be flown before the start. Entry fee £10.00 (BMFA requirement) payable on the day. Proof of insurance (BMFA membership card is sufficient) required Closing date for entries is 6.00pm Friday 15th September In the event that there is any doubt as to whether the event will be run due to forecasted inclement weather, a final decision will be posted on the BARCS and Esoaring websites by no later than 4pm on Saturday 16th September. We look forward to welcoming you on the field. Book in from 9am. First flight’s at 10am Please enter this competition by posting here on this thread: 1) Your name 2) Class being entered - i.e. OPEN or 2 METRE 3) Preferred Frequency if on 35Mhz. 4) BMFA Number Entry list to date: 1. Graham Wicks, Open, 2.4, BMFA 052827 2. Colin Boorman, Open 2.4, BMFA tba 3. Kevin Beale, Open, 2.4, BMFA 040788 4. Colin Paddon, Open, 2.4, BMFA 073473 5. Ian Duff, open, 2.4ghz, BMFA 018894 6. Peter Ley, Open, 2.4, 187230 7. Eamon Keating, Open, 2.4GhZ, BMFA 192268 8. Eddy Small Open 2.4GHz BMFA 063558 9. Ian Nicholls, OPEN 2.4GHz BMFA 39293 10. Peter Mitchell, Open, 2.4 BMFA33859 11. Keith Fisher, Open, 2.4, BMFA 060851 12. Rod Potts, Open, 2.4, BMFA 002973 13. Gary Matthews, Open, 2.4, BMFA 032611 14. Alan Twine Open, 2.4, BMFA67979 15. Mike Connell, Open. 2.4, BMFA 155649 16. WITHDRAWN - Richard Harris, Open, 2,4GHz, BMFA S085832 17. Graham Foster, 2M?, 2.4Ghz, BMFA tba 18. Derek Potter, Open, 2.4 Ghz, BMFA tba 19. Chris Foss, Open, 2.4 GHz, BMFA tba 20. Phil Ramsey, Open, 2.4Ghz, BMFA tba 21. Terry Stuckey, Open, 2.4, BMFA tba 22. Colin Lucas, Open, 2.4, BMFA tba 23. Steve Knowles, Open, 2.4Ghz, BMFA 070799 24. Al Lipscombe, Open, 2.4 GHz, S067235 25. Rob love, Open, 2.4,BMFA 130092 26. John Hovell, Open, 2.4, BMFA 40572 27. Ray Gadene, Open, 2.4, BMFA 0528822 28. Tony Merritt, 2M, 2.4, BMFA 142327 RESULTS Comp report to follow.
  17. Due to adverse weather forecasts this event has been cancelled. As posted a week or so back, due to changed circumstances, the next round arranged to be held in Kent has now been re located to the home venue at Bartletts Farm, Rettendon, Nr.Chelmsford,Essex. As previously stated, Bartletts Rules are unchanged apart from the 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. 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.A penalty of 3 points per metre 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 assumed to be on 2.4 unless advised. Brian Austin Open Peter Ley Open Mike Connell Open Nick Jackson Open Eddy Small Open Ray Gadenne Open Alan Twine Open Randy Taylor Open Garry Matthews Open Paul Wainwright Open John Hovel Open
  18. SilentPilot

    Stupid question?

    Hi, I'm seriously looking into F5J with a view to entering comps. Just when I thought I'd got all the rules nailed another thing crossed my mind... Please correct me if I'm wrong: F5J is a thermal duration comp run in a 10 minute window. Launch height is calculated and deducted from the total score. Low start heights that 'get away' are much better than higher starts that hang on in there. My dumb question is such: If you launch to say 50m but drop out quite early, can you re-launch and take another penalty (which if you then make the 10 mins might make a respectable score and so make it worthwhile) or are re-launches forbidden? Tony
  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. 2nd round in this year’s Eastern Area BMFA F5J League Venue is Little Bentley Polo Club, Rectory Road, CO7 8SN. Your model must have an approved height limiting/data logging device (AMRT) which must be able to show the max height your model goes to during its motor run time plus 10seconds after your motor is shut off. The limiting function must be set to allow maximum 30seconds motor run time, and the height limiting function must either be disabled or set to 300m. Motor restart is permitted at any time during flight for safety reasons, but will result in a zero score for that round. Two classes of model can be entered, either Open or 2Metre but only one entry permitted. Prizes awarded on the day and points scored will go towards the National League. The competition will be run to BMFA Local rules, 6 rounds will be flown if conditions permit and there will not be a flyoff. Entry fee £10.00 (BMFA requirement) payable on the day. Proof of BMFA membership (card is sufficient) required. 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 around 10am. Please post your entries on this thread by 6pm on Saturday 29th July along with your BMFA number, model class and frequency with a reserve if flying on 35Hz Tony Merritt - 2m - 2.4 - 142327 Eamon Keating - Open - 2.4 - 197994 Brian Austin - Open - 2.4 - 057851 Simon Conran - TBA - 2.4 - 195226 Garry Matthews - Open - 2.4 - 032611 Graham Wicks - Open - 2.4 - 052827 Kevin Beale - Open - 2.4 - 040788 Ray Gadenne - Open - 2.4 - 052822 Pete Mitchell - Open - 2.4 - 033859 Colin Paddon - Open - 2.4 - 073473 Mike Connell - Open - 2.4 - 155649 Russell Mexome - 2m - 2.4 - 165819 Randy Taylor - Open - 2.4 - 165603 Peter Ley - Open - 2.4 - 187230 Paul Wainwright - Open - 2.4 - 047845 David Jowers - 2m - 2.4 - 043983 Nick Jackson - Open - 2.4 - 123273 Eddy Small - Open - 2.4 - 063558 John Hovell - Open - 2.4 - TBA Steve Knowles - Open - 2.4 - 070799 David Godbold - 2m - 78 - TBA
  22. Nicholls

    Kent Interclub Multilaunch

    Scroll down for Results etc. 11/07/2017 You are invited to Kent Interclub Glider 3 Multilaunch competition to be held at the TONBRIDGE Field (Kent) 9th July CD Keith Fisher 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 Tuesday 4th if you might come and then no later than Friday July 7th 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. Entry fe 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. Tonbridge field location, directions and Map Link will be sent upon entry confirmation but nearest postcode is TN11 8PN 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. In the event of a tie two 15 minute round fly-offs will be held between the tied pilots. Alternative forms of notification for entries, Pick up the phone and call Ian by Friday 7th July on 01304362370 or 07760750298 If you have any queries please let me know as soon as possible? Thanks and best regards Ian KI Multilaunch 21 entrants so far Open Electric OE or Open Glider G Greg Hayfield G, Iain Stingemore G, Ian Nicholls G, and Mike Connell OE for Bloobirds Richard Harris OE, Keith Fisher OE, Rod Potts OE Steve Crowther OE, Simon Thornton OE, for Invicta Alan Twine OE, Derek Collings OE for Bromley Bob Ryan OE, Gravesend Brian Martin OE, Terry Letchford OE, Keith Benton OE, Alan Harris OE, John Postle - G for SADMAC Eddy Small OE, for Canterbury Pilgrims Bob Hope OE for Tonbridge Eamon Keating OE Non KI Phil Ramsey OE Non KI
  23. Austin

    Interglide F5J 2017 Report and Results

    A full report together with results is available using the link below.
  24. grj

    Interglide F5J 2017 Report and Results

    This year’s Interglide over the weekend 24-25 June run by BARCS saw a necessary change from F3J to the electric launch format of F5J which proved to be very popular. Cracking flying site. Forty-seven pilots booked in. Prizes acquired, particular thanks going to UK KST agents, Flightech and C & M Rapid (Model Glasses) Ltd. for their generosity. The previous week saw fantastic weather. So what could possibly go wrong at Interglide 2017. Well, being the UK in June it’s no surprise, the weather changed for the weekend. But actually even this couldn’t put a dampener on a fantastic event. The BARCS team arrived at Hamilton Farm Airstrip near Ashford, Kent on the Thursday evening to find the field that we had previously seen short mown by sheep, now knee deep in grass as the farmer had decided silage was a more profitable use of the land. But no worries, he just cut us an appropriate strip for the launch and landing area. He took down fences to allow us access from the pits, having previously provided the camping area with water and electricity feeds, erected the marquee and generally done anything and everything we asked. Saturday dawned bright but with a stiffish westerly breeze, a little off the ideal south westerly direction, which meant the treeline running along the edge of the field did cause some turbulence during launch and landing phases. CD Peter Allen called a pilot’s briefing at 9 am and flying got underway by 9.30. In the early slots, most pilots opted for a fast low run into wind, gaining height at the upwind end of the field where there were some trees and the ground fell away a little. Despite their efforts, very few were able to get any real benefit from slope lift and with the slight uphill gradient on the landing approach many were caught out, leaving them short of the spot. This was very much a feature of the weekend and certainly helped spread the scores a little. In later slots, the braver competitors did start to find lift further out and downwind, best exemplified by Steve Haley who made a very purposeful launch to his downwind right, straight into strong thermal lift, which he proceeded to follow some distance, on occasions appearing to disappear into the low cloud base. Two rounds in and the rain arrived, unfortunately a little early to take lunch as the caterers were still on route but they did arrive before the rain stopped, so we were able to avoid too much loss of time. Many also took advantage of teas, coffees and cakes supplied from ‘Poppy’ the vintage caravan refreshment shop. Flying recommenced around 1.30 but although conditions improved throughout the afternoon, they remained very testing. Six rounds were completed on day one as scheduled, helped by there only being one reflight, claimed by Bob Tito following a mid-air which left his Supra damaged, requiring him to change to his back up Xplorer. By 7.30 in the evening, the strains of the days flying were soon but a distant memory as the barbecue got underway and the free beer provided by BARCS flowed. Locally brewed 1606 bitter was used to try and educate the European palate to the joys of a good warm English pint. Sunday’s conditions were much improved though still windy but bright with a fair amount more thermal activity. A further three rounds were flown prior to lunch, with Brit Steve Haley the very clear leader over the nine rounds, 900 points clear of his nearest rival, made up of five slot wins, three at over 990 plus a drop round. So Steve Haley, three juniors including Steve’s son Simon, Adrien Gallet (FRA) and Jan-Niclas Weiss (GER) were joined by Frenchmen Peter Franconville, Alain Lehoux, Bertrand Wilmot and Guillaume Gallet, German, Peter Nelles and Bob Tito from Holland in the ten man, three round fly off. The extra challenge of fifteen minute flights required some very skilful and extreme flying downwind, resulting in land outs for some pilots. The awards ceremony took place back at the marquee with a fine array of trophies and prizes provided by the organisers and Eurotour, including the BARCS Micro-Mold Interglide Trophy. Overall winner was Bertrand Willmot (FRA) flying a Maxa, second Steve Haley (GBR) Pike Perfection and very commendably third Simon Haley (GBR) Xplorer2. Steve Haley 2nd - Bertrand Willmot 1st - Simon Haley 3rd Because of the wind strength throughout the weekend, most models were being flown with ballast and at weights of around 2kg. Xplorers, Maxas and Pike Perfections and a few Optimus were favourites with the competitors. There were also a couple of Muller Egidas and one or two lesser known models. Adrien Gallet very successfully campaigned an Infinity, with the slightly smaller span of 3.5metres making it very manoeuvrable in the blustery conditions. Launch heights were generally no lower than 180 metres, as required by the low lift air. All in all it was a very successful event, we have had plenty of positive feedback and the foreign contingent are very enthusiastic to return next year. Results Fly Off table.tableizer-table { font-size: 12px; border: 1px solid #CCC; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; } .tableizer-table td { padding: 4px; margin: 3px; border: 1px solid #CCC; } .tableizer-table th { background-color: #104E8B; color: #FFF; font-weight: bold; } Rank Name Score Pcnt Raw Score Rnd1 Rnd2 Rnd3 1 WILMOT, Bertrand 2450.8 100 2450.8 1000 488.1 962.7 2 HALEY, Steve 2323.6 94.81 2323.6 860.2 463.4 1000 3 HALEY (JNR), Simon 2158.6 88.08 2158.6 596.9 1000 561.7 4 GALLET (JUNIOR), Adrian 2075.7 84.69 2075.7 557.7 536.6 981.4 5 FRANCONVILLE, Phillipe 1460.1 59.58 1460.1 614.6 488.1 357.4 6 NELLES, Peter 1021.4 41.68 1021.4 285.5 416.9 319 7 LEHOUX, Alain 955.7 39 955.7 0 427.2 528.5 8 GALLET, Guillaume 936.6 38.22 936.6 466 470.6 0 9 WEISS (JNR), Jan-Niclas 906.8 37 906.8 906.8 0 0 10 TITO, Bob 439.3 17.92 439.3 439.3 0 0 Preliminary Rounds table.tableizer-table { font-size: 12px; border: 1px solid #CCC; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; } .tableizer-table td { padding: 4px; margin: 3px; border: 1px solid #CCC; } .tableizer-table th { background-color: #104E8B; color: #FFF; font-weight: bold; } Rank Name Score Pcnt Raw Score Rnd1 Rnd2 Rnd3 Rnd4 Rnd5 Rnd6 Rnd7 Rnd8 Rnd9 Drop1 Plty 1 HALEY, Steve 7985.8 100 8498 991.3 1000 512.2 1000 1000 1000 998.2 996.3 1000 512.2 0 2 LEHOUX, Alain 7084.5 88.71 7737.3 806.5 804.8 1000 1000 652.8 892.6 962 865.2 753.4 652.8 0 3 WILMOT, Bertrand 7065.4 88.47 7065.4 1000 1000 880.6 746.7 835.7 1000 602.4 1000 0 0 0 4 NELLES, Peter 7064.3 88.46 7639.5 640.8 878.1 1000 844.4 1000 710 1000 575.2 991 575.2 0 5 GALLET (JUNIOR), Adrian 7062.8 88.44 7449.7 883.4 994.6 386.9 973.4 892.9 845.8 604.5 881.4 986.8 386.9 0 6 HALEY (JNR), Simon 7060.4 88.41 7234.1 618 173.7 1000 832.3 966.1 1000 994.4 649.6 1000 173.7 0 7 TITO, Bob 7017 87.87 7582 902.4 912.4 859.6 799.6 976.8 565 755.6 810.6 1000 565 0 8 GALLET, Guillaume 6882.2 86.18 7479.6 1000 597.4 691.4 788.4 893.9 619.4 945.6 1000 943.5 597.4 0 9 WEISS (JNR), Jan-Niclas 6857.6 85.87 7277.2 741.3 884.6 656.8 982.4 699.8 996.4 943.8 952.5 419.6 419.6 0 10 FRANCONVILLE, Phillipe 6691.3 83.79 7178.2 931.5 689.6 714.3 486.9 843.2 1000 1000 554 958.7 486.9 0 11 SUGRANES, Nicolas 6671.9 83.55 6671.9 733.1 636.7 873.5 883.4 834.1 737.3 973.8 1000 0 0 0 12 BECHEPAY, Giles 6572 82.3 6572 0 1000 619.5 1000 945.8 1000 336.1 670.6 1000 0 0 13 PADDON, Colin 6461.8 80.92 6975.9 589 514.1 1000 572.6 1000 806.9 898.6 656.9 937.8 514.1 0 14 WICKS, Graham 6441.3 80.66 6906.5 1000 840.3 465.2 586.8 506.7 906.9 846.9 792.8 960.9 465.2 0 15 FISHER, Keith 6362.9 79.68 6657 880.6 1000 1000 533.3 770.5 294.1 466 735.8 976.7 294.1 0 16 THORNTON, Simon 6225.3 77.95 6225.3 626.6 940.6 549.1 949.5 703.4 964 550.8 941.3 0 0 0 17 VIOLON, Gerard 6221 77.9 6221 745.2 727.8 669.4 733.3 1000 0 590.4 995.4 759.5 0 0 18 WEISS, Uwe 6205 77.7 6501.2 750.2 774.2 824.8 885.7 452.5 739.9 983.1 794.6 296.2 296.2 0 19 VYVES, Wolfgang 6130.9 76.77 6474.3 795.7 859.1 669.6 816.8 825.4 343.4 992.8 697.7 473.8 343.4 0 20 BINNIE, Gary 6107.7 76.48 6352.1 614.7 659.5 412.5 887.5 1000 738.7 996.3 798.5 244.4 244.4 0 21 DAMENE, Alain 5920.9 74.14 5920.9 948.6 0 719.9 884 861.4 952.3 945.7 0 609 0 0 22 GOUILLON, Alex 5860.2 73.38 6331 470.8 661.2 591.3 864.5 946.5 528.1 986.4 777.6 504.6 470.8 0 23 DICKENSON, Bob 5796.2 72.58 5796.2 297.6 921.1 0 484.2 375.9 816.2 1000 1000 901.2 0 0 24 MITCHELL, Pete 5789.9 72.5 5897.7 792.9 595.9 946.9 453.9 591.5 107.8 1000 408.8 1000 107.8 0 25 SONNTAG, Hans Werner 5784.8 72.44 6151.5 482 874.4 675.2 845.4 713.2 844.4 1000 650.2 366.7 366.7 300 26 MATHEWS, Gary 5746.9 71.96 6120.3 580.1 879.3 719.9 663.5 893.9 645.6 921.3 373.4 443.3 373.4 0 27 ECREPONT, Luc 5740.2 71.88 6010.3 473.9 686.6 923.4 618.7 771.2 658.6 673.9 933.9 270.1 270.1 0 28 DIEUMEGARD, Michel 5628.4 70.48 5628.4 764.4 829.2 450.1 1000 950 310.2 913.8 0 410.7 0 0 29 LIPSCOMBE, Al 5562.5 69.65 5910.6 1000 490.5 881.7 831.8 639 610.2 537.9 348.1 571.4 348.1 0 30 BRANDRETH, Phil 5534.6 69.31 5534.6 888 435.7 650.7 594.1 893.8 904 0 884.1 284.2 0 0 31 SONNTAG, Gerrit 5363.9 67.17 5596.8 559.8 691.2 840.6 1000 735.6 434.9 580.6 521.2 232.9 232.9 0 32 WILMOT, Tierry 5307.7 66.46 5683.4 578.1 947.4 488.4 725.1 771.7 857.5 375.7 434.6 504.9 375.7 0 33 WHARRIE, Martin 5238.4 65.6 5631 534.6 542.9 392.6 875.2 880.4 508.1 479.6 651.6 766 392.6 0 34 BOORMAN, Colin 5188.8 64.98 5531.4 492.5 841.8 373.5 450.3 516.3 848.3 947.5 718.6 342.6 342.6 0 35 LABROUVE (JNR), Alexis 5140.7 64.37 5140.7 822.5 1000 619.4 0 288.4 843.1 452.4 558.9 556 0 0 36 CONNELL, Michael 5133.3 64.28 5436 856.1 399 848 628.3 458.3 789.1 755.4 399.1 302.7 302.7 0 37 SMALL, Eddy 5107.2 63.95 5396.1 613.8 592.2 631.3 823.7 411.2 977.5 740 288.9 317.5 288.9 0 38 DUFF, Ian 5103.2 63.9 5378.6 768.8 407.2 646.2 596 681.8 578.9 468 956.3 275.4 275.4 0 39 BEALE, Kevin 5031.4 63 5031.4 605.8 543.2 0 0 0 934.9 947.5 1000 1000 0 0 40 NICHOLLS, Ian 4792 60.01 4792 568.2 471.5 456.2 865.3 530.5 0 997.3 159 744 0 0 41 WINKLER, Nils 4760.8 59.62 5061.3 300.5 886.2 920 572.7 540.7 519 387.1 544.8 390.3 300.5 0 42 JACKSON, Nick 4454.3 55.78 4765.7 473.6 311.4 403.9 664.3 583.9 619.5 587.6 762.4 359.1 311.4 0 43 WINKLER, Wilhelm 4291.5 53.74 4540.6 670.5 366 596.8 587.5 490 705.9 433.9 249.1 440.9 249.1 0 44 DALLERY, Emmanuel 4037.4 50.56 4037.4 1000 542.2 244 0 743.8 0 918.5 559.6 29.3 0 0 45 KRAUSE, Hans Joachim 3997.8 50.06 3997.8 502.4 568.6 699.2 822.8 267 0 490.2 458.7 188.9 0 0 46 POTTS, Rod 3992.5 49.99 4140.6 523.8 773.8 485.4 617.4 425.7 328.9 212.7 624.8 148.1 148.1 0 47 LEGRAND, Phillipe 3795.7 47.53 3795.7 814.3 0 382.8 393.3 239 257.6 941.9 273.9 492.9 0 0 Many more images in the Gallery
  25. This year’s Interglide over the weekend 24-25 June run by BARCS saw a necessary change from F3J to the electric launch format of F5J which proved to be very popular. Cracking flying site. Forty-seven pilots booked in. Prizes acquired, particular thanks going to UK KST agents, Flightech and C & M Rapid (Model Glasses) Ltd. for their generosity. The previous week saw fantastic weather. So what could possibly go wrong at Interglide 2017. Well, being the UK in June it’s no surprise, the weather changed for the weekend. But actually even this couldn’t put a dampener on a fantastic event. The BARCS team arrived at Hamilton Farm Airstrip near Ashford, Kent on the Thursday evening to find the field that we had previously seen short mown by sheep, now knee deep in grass as the farmer had decided silage was a more profitable use of the land. But no worries, he just cut us an appropriate strip for the launch and landing area. He took down fences to allow us access from the pits, having previously provided the camping area with water and electricity feeds, erected the marquee and generally done anything and everything we asked. Saturday dawned bright but with a stiffish westerly breeze, a little off the ideal south westerly direction, which meant the treeline running along the edge of the field did cause some turbulence during launch and landing phases. CD Peter Allen called a pilot’s briefing at 9 am and flying got underway by 9.30. In the early slots, most pilots opted for a fast low run into wind, gaining height at the upwind end of the field where there were some trees and the ground fell away a little. Despite their efforts, very few were able to get any real benefit from slope lift and with the slight uphill gradient on the landing approach many were caught out, leaving them short of the spot. This was very much a feature of the weekend and certainly helped spread the scores a little. In later slots, the braver competitors did start to find lift further out and downwind, best exemplified by Steve Haley who made a very purposeful launch to his downwind right, straight into strong thermal lift, which he proceeded to follow some distance, on occasions appearing to disappear into the low cloud base. Two rounds in and the rain arrived, unfortunately a little early to take lunch as the caterers were still on route but they did arrive before the rain stopped, so we were able to avoid too much loss of time. Many also took advantage of teas, coffees and cakes supplied from ‘Poppy’ the vintage caravan refreshment shop. Flying recommenced around 1.30 but although conditions improved throughout the afternoon, they remained very testing. Six rounds were completed on day one as scheduled, helped by there only being one reflight, claimed by Bob Tito following a mid-air which left his Supra damaged, requiring him to change to his back up Xplorer. By 7.30 in the evening, the strains of the days flying were soon but a distant memory as the barbecue got underway and the free beer provided by BARCS flowed. Locally brewed 1606 bitter was used to try and educate the European palate to the joys of a good warm English pint. Sunday’s conditions were much improved though still windy but bright with a fair amount more thermal activity. A further three rounds were flown prior to lunch, with Brit Steve Haley the very clear leader over the nine rounds, 900 points clear of his nearest rival, made up of five slot wins, three at over 990 plus a drop round. So Steve Haley, three juniors including Steve’s son Simon, Adrien Gallet (FRA) and Jan-Niclas Weiss (GER) were joined by Frenchmen Peter Franconville, Alain Lehoux, Bertrand Wilmot and Guillaume Gallet, German, Peter Nelles and Bob Tito from Holland in the ten man, three round fly off. The extra challenge of fifteen minute flights required some very skilful and extreme flying downwind, resulting in land outs for some pilots. The awards ceremony took place back at the marquee with a fine array of trophies and prizes provided by the organisers and Eurotour, including the BARCS Micro-Mold Interglide Trophy. Overall winner was Bertrand Willmot (FRA) flying a Maxa, second Steve Haley (GBR) Pike Perfection and very commendably third Simon Haley (GBR) Xplorer2. Steve Haley 2nd - Bertrand Willmot 1st - Simon Haley 3rd Because of the wind strength throughout the weekend, most models were being flown with ballast and at weights of around 2kg. Xplorers, Maxas and Pike Perfections and a few Optimus were favourites with the competitors. There were also a couple of Muller Egidas and one or two lesser known models. Adrien Gallet very successfully campaigned an Infinity, with the slightly smaller span of 3.5metres making it very manoeuvrable in the blustery conditions. Launch heights were generally no lower than 180 metres, as required by the low lift air. All in all it was a very successful event, we have had plenty of positive feedback and the foreign contingent are very enthusiastic to return next year. Results Fly Off table.tableizer-table { font-size: 12px; border: 1px solid #CCC; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; } .tableizer-table td { padding: 4px; margin: 3px; border: 1px solid #CCC; } .tableizer-table th { background-color: #104E8B; color: #FFF; font-weight: bold; } Rank Name Score Pcnt Raw Score Rnd1 Rnd2 Rnd3 1 WILMOT, Bertrand 2450.8 100 2450.8 1000 488.1 962.7 2 HALEY, Steve 2323.6 94.81 2323.6 860.2 463.4 1000 3 HALEY (JNR), Simon 2158.6 88.08 2158.6 596.9 1000 561.7 4 GALLET (JUNIOR), Adrian 2075.7 84.69 2075.7 557.7 536.6 981.4 5 FRANCONVILLE, Phillipe 1460.1 59.58 1460.1 614.6 488.1 357.4 6 NELLES, Peter 1021.4 41.68 1021.4 285.5 416.9 319 7 LEHOUX, Alain 955.7 39 955.7 0 427.2 528.5 8 GALLET, Guillaume 936.6 38.22 936.6 466 470.6 0 9 WEISS (JNR), Jan-Niclas 906.8 37 906.8 906.8 0 0 10 TITO, Bob 439.3 17.92 439.3 439.3 0 0 Preliminary Rounds table.tableizer-table { font-size: 12px; border: 1px solid #CCC; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; } .tableizer-table td { padding: 4px; margin: 3px; border: 1px solid #CCC; } .tableizer-table th { background-color: #104E8B; color: #FFF; font-weight: bold; } Rank Name Score Pcnt Raw Score Rnd1 Rnd2 Rnd3 Rnd4 Rnd5 Rnd6 Rnd7 Rnd8 Rnd9 Drop1 Plty 1 HALEY, Steve 7985.8 100 8498 991.3 1000 512.2 1000 1000 1000 998.2 996.3 1000 512.2 0 2 LEHOUX, Alain 7084.5 88.71 7737.3 806.5 804.8 1000 1000 652.8 892.6 962 865.2 753.4 652.8 0 3 WILMOT, Bertrand 7065.4 88.47 7065.4 1000 1000 880.6 746.7 835.7 1000 602.4 1000 0 0 0 4 NELLES, Peter 7064.3 88.46 7639.5 640.8 878.1 1000 844.4 1000 710 1000 575.2 991 575.2 0 5 GALLET (JUNIOR), Adrian 7062.8 88.44 7449.7 883.4 994.6 386.9 973.4 892.9 845.8 604.5 881.4 986.8 386.9 0 6 HALEY (JNR), Simon 7060.4 88.41 7234.1 618 173.7 1000 832.3 966.1 1000 994.4 649.6 1000 173.7 0 7 TITO, Bob 7017 87.87 7582 902.4 912.4 859.6 799.6 976.8 565 755.6 810.6 1000 565 0 8 GALLET, Guillaume 6882.2 86.18 7479.6 1000 597.4 691.4 788.4 893.9 619.4 945.6 1000 943.5 597.4 0 9 WEISS (JNR), Jan-Niclas 6857.6 85.87 7277.2 741.3 884.6 656.8 982.4 699.8 996.4 943.8 952.5 419.6 419.6 0 10 FRANCONVILLE, Phillipe 6691.3 83.79 7178.2 931.5 689.6 714.3 486.9 843.2 1000 1000 554 958.7 486.9 0 11 SUGRANES, Nicolas 6671.9 83.55 6671.9 733.1 636.7 873.5 883.4 834.1 737.3 973.8 1000 0 0 0 12 BECHEPAY, Giles 6572 82.3 6572 0 1000 619.5 1000 945.8 1000 336.1 670.6 1000 0 0 13 PADDON, Colin 6461.8 80.92 6975.9 589 514.1 1000 572.6 1000 806.9 898.6 656.9 937.8 514.1 0 14 WICKS, Graham 6441.3 80.66 6906.5 1000 840.3 465.2 586.8 506.7 906.9 846.9 792.8 960.9 465.2 0 15 FISHER, Keith 6362.9 79.68 6657 880.6 1000 1000 533.3 770.5 294.1 466 735.8 976.7 294.1 0 16 THORNTON, Simon 6225.3 77.95 6225.3 626.6 940.6 549.1 949.5 703.4 964 550.8 941.3 0 0 0 17 VIOLON, Gerard 6221 77.9 6221 745.2 727.8 669.4 733.3 1000 0 590.4 995.4 759.5 0 0 18 WEISS, Uwe 6205 77.7 6501.2 750.2 774.2 824.8 885.7 452.5 739.9 983.1 794.6 296.2 296.2 0 19 VYVES, Wolfgang 6130.9 76.77 6474.3 795.7 859.1 669.6 816.8 825.4 343.4 992.8 697.7 473.8 343.4 0 20 BINNIE, Gary 6107.7 76.48 6352.1 614.7 659.5 412.5 887.5 1000 738.7 996.3 798.5 244.4 244.4 0 21 DAMENE, Alain 5920.9 74.14 5920.9 948.6 0 719.9 884 861.4 952.3 945.7 0 609 0 0 22 GOUILLON, Alex 5860.2 73.38 6331 470.8 661.2 591.3 864.5 946.5 528.1 986.4 777.6 504.6 470.8 0 23 DICKENSON, Bob 5796.2 72.58 5796.2 297.6 921.1 0 484.2 375.9 816.2 1000 1000 901.2 0 0 24 MITCHELL, Pete 5789.9 72.5 5897.7 792.9 595.9 946.9 453.9 591.5 107.8 1000 408.8 1000 107.8 0 25 SONNTAG, Hans Werner 5784.8 72.44 6151.5 482 874.4 675.2 845.4 713.2 844.4 1000 650.2 366.7 366.7 300 26 MATHEWS, Gary 5746.9 71.96 6120.3 580.1 879.3 719.9 663.5 893.9 645.6 921.3 373.4 443.3 373.4 0 27 ECREPONT, Luc 5740.2 71.88 6010.3 473.9 686.6 923.4 618.7 771.2 658.6 673.9 933.9 270.1 270.1 0 28 DIEUMEGARD, Michel 5628.4 70.48 5628.4 764.4 829.2 450.1 1000 950 310.2 913.8 0 410.7 0 0 29 LIPSCOMBE, Al 5562.5 69.65 5910.6 1000 490.5 881.7 831.8 639 610.2 537.9 348.1 571.4 348.1 0 30 BRANDRETH, Phil 5534.6 69.31 5534.6 888 435.7 650.7 594.1 893.8 904 0 884.1 284.2 0 0 31 SONNTAG, Gerrit 5363.9 67.17 5596.8 559.8 691.2 840.6 1000 735.6 434.9 580.6 521.2 232.9 232.9 0 32 WILMOT, Tierry 5307.7 66.46 5683.4 578.1 947.4 488.4 725.1 771.7 857.5 375.7 434.6 504.9 375.7 0 33 WHARRIE, Martin 5238.4 65.6 5631 534.6 542.9 392.6 875.2 880.4 508.1 479.6 651.6 766 392.6 0 34 BOORMAN, Colin 5188.8 64.98 5531.4 492.5 841.8 373.5 450.3 516.3 848.3 947.5 718.6 342.6 342.6 0 35 LABROUVE (JNR), Alexis 5140.7 64.37 5140.7 822.5 1000 619.4 0 288.4 843.1 452.4 558.9 556 0 0 36 CONNELL, Michael 5133.3 64.28 5436 856.1 399 848 628.3 458.3 789.1 755.4 399.1 302.7 302.7 0 37 SMALL, Eddy 5107.2 63.95 5396.1 613.8 592.2 631.3 823.7 411.2 977.5 740 288.9 317.5 288.9 0 38 DUFF, Ian 5103.2 63.9 5378.6 768.8 407.2 646.2 596 681.8 578.9 468 956.3 275.4 275.4 0 39 BEALE, Kevin 5031.4 63 5031.4 605.8 543.2 0 0 0 934.9 947.5 1000 1000 0 0 40 NICHOLLS, Ian 4792 60.01 4792 568.2 471.5 456.2 865.3 530.5 0 997.3 159 744 0 0 41 WINKLER, Nils 4760.8 59.62 5061.3 300.5 886.2 920 572.7 540.7 519 387.1 544.8 390.3 300.5 0 42 JACKSON, Nick 4454.3 55.78 4765.7 473.6 311.4 403.9 664.3 583.9 619.5 587.6 762.4 359.1 311.4 0 43 WINKLER, Wilhelm 4291.5 53.74 4540.6 670.5 366 596.8 587.5 490 705.9 433.9 249.1 440.9 249.1 0 44 DALLERY, Emmanuel 4037.4 50.56 4037.4 1000 542.2 244 0 743.8 0 918.5 559.6 29.3 0 0 45 KRAUSE, Hans Joachim 3997.8 50.06 3997.8 502.4 568.6 699.2 822.8 267 0 490.2 458.7 188.9 0 0 46 POTTS, Rod 3992.5 49.99 4140.6 523.8 773.8 485.4 617.4 425.7 328.9 212.7 624.8 148.1 148.1 0 47 LEGRAND, Phillipe 3795.7 47.53 3795.7 814.3 0 382.8 393.3 239 257.6 941.9 273.9 492.9 0 0 Many more images in the Gallery View full f5j article event or report
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