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  1. In response to the call for some new website content here’s an update on what’s been happening development wise with the PROGLIDE since the last update (March 2017). Short answer, quite a lot! There has now been sufficient time and competitions since the last update to categorically be able to say that the PROGLIDE has shown itself to be a thoroughbred F5J design. I’m not going to list (boring for most people) the many comp successes Kevin and I have achieved with the PROGLIDE other than suffice to say there’s been quite a few of them. Kevin up till now has continued to champion ou
  2. It is disappointing but understandable that many glider competitions are being cancelled due to the current situation. It is my intention to run F5J competitions at Little Bentley if possible. I believe with a little adjustment to how we do things on the flying field we can maintain a good level of safe separation between ourselves that has minimal to no impact on the actual contest and its result. Here are some of the procedures that we could put in place: Hand washing facilities on field - bring your own towel, bring your own hand wash even. Park well spaced apart - Little Bent
  3. It's been over a year since I (Colin Paddon) and Kevin Beale first posted details of our home built and designed 3.8m composite F5J glider, PROGLIDE. The original article can be found at this link: https://www.barcs.co.uk/f5j/articles-events-and-reports/articles/proglide-homebuilt-f5j-soarer/ This update brings us up to date with the project. It’s all very well designing and building your own competition plane but its not worth a lot if it turns out to be lacking in performance compared to the professionally manufactured gliders that it will be flying against. There seems to be
  4. The forecast has not improved so I'm calling the competition off. Here's hoping for more settled weather for the Team Trials. Venue is Little Bentley Polo Club, Rectory Road, Essex, CO7 8SN. Camping on the field Saturday night, pub 1/4 mile up the road, loo on site (hopefully, got to check). 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, a
  5. COMPETITION CANCELLED ---- COMPETITION CANCELLED ---- COMPETITION CANCELLED Cancellatiion of this comp will come as no surprise to you all with the weather forecast for Sunday 22nd September being particularly grim with Rain/Thunderstorms forecast. This after weeks of perfectly flyable weather. This is the third Tonbridge Club F5J comp that has had to be cancelled in succession due to adverse weather conditions. Because of this the organisers would now like to solicit your thoughts/opinion as to whether in future we should consider changing over to the Saturday/Sunday format whe
  6. ALTIS v4+ WARNING - cable issue!!! AerobTec WARNING - cable issue!!! Dear customers, based on several reports received from some of you in August this year we discovered that some of the devices have an issue with the input or output cables caused by our cable supplier. It seems some of the cables have incorrect crimping of the wire which was not discovered during the quality check, since the devices behaved normally and there was no suspicion about it. The crimping issue might lead to interrupted of some of the connections on the way between the receiver and ESC which might
  7. This is a 'BARTLETTS LEAGUE’ qualifier to be held on the SADMAC flying field (Sittingbourne & District Model Aircraft Club Kent see map below) 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 m
  8. ThermalBoy

    Tonbridge F5J BMFA League Competition

    Tonbridge F5J BMFA League Competition. Leigh Park Farm, Leigh Nr Tonbridge. https://www.google.co.uk/maps/place/Leigh+Park+Farm/@51.2091254,0.19327,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m2!3m1!1s0x47df4fda3f5fd36d:0xfd76d04136677dd9?hl=en
  9. Competition 28th is off. Sorry to disappoint - explanation below There will be an F5J competition Sunday 28 July at Bartletts Field, Rettendon, Essex. 9-45 briefing for 10am start, please. Scores will count for the BMFA League but this will be a relaxed competition suitable for new as well as experienced competitors, with plenty of help available for newcomers. The competition will be run to F5J rules with UK variations as published by the BMFA. 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 flig
  10. This is a 'BARTLETTS LEAGUE’ qualifier to be held on the EQFA's new 'Bartletts Farm' field . 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 F5
  11. COMPETITION IS ON Tonbridge club are hosting a BMFA League F5J competition at Leigh Park Farm, Nr Tonbridge, Kent on Sunday 16th June 2019. We will be running a relaxed competition for both existing competition flyers and new pilots alike. All are welcome with plenty of help available on the day for newcomers. 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.
  12. ThermalBoy

    PROGLIDE BF

    PROGLIDE BF For anyone thats interested here are a few pics and some brief details of the latest version of the Proglide that Kevin Beale and I (Colin Paddon) have been developing/building over the past 3-4years. We try to do something slightly different with each new Proglide we build in order to learn from it and so it is with my latest one. This is my 3.8m windy weather BIG FLAP (BF) version that is built with a strong layup/spar and our new slimmed down fuselage pod and boom. I've used a lot of 3D printed parts in this one. I was hoping for a finished RTF weight of around 1500-
  13. ThermalBoy

    Tonbridge F5J BMFA League Competition

    Tonbridge F5J BMFA League Competition. Leigh Park Farm, Leigh Nr Tonbridge
  14. I installed a new Altis4+ and new YGE 35 VLT ESC in my Explorer. Both had the firmware updated - just in case - and tested. The Altis was set for eSoaring rules, i.e. permit emergency motor restart. Every time I tried to restart the motor nothing happened. Power down and I could fly again. I tested with a RC Multi - fine, no problem restarting the YGE VLT in flight. Correct operation was verified by a friend using the Altis with another YGE (non VLT) - that worked fine, so the Altis programming is not at fault, but nor is the YGE VLT because it works fine with the RC Multi. For some
  15. COMP CANCELLED After reviewing the weather forecasts from various web sites, we have reluctantly decided to cancel this competition. Tonbridge club are hosting a BMFA League F5J competition at Leigh Park Farm, Nr Tonbridge, Kent on Sunday 28th October 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!1s0
  16. ThermalBoy

    PROGLIDE – Home Built Composite F5J Glider - Update October 2018

    In response to the call for some new website content here’s an update on what’s been happening development wise with the PROGLIDE since the last update (March 2017). Short answer, quite a lot! There has now been sufficient time and competitions since the last update to categorically be able to say that the PROGLIDE has shown itself to be a thoroughbred F5J design. I’m not going to list (boring for most people) the many comp successes Kevin and I have achieved with the PROGLIDE other than suffice to say there’s been quite a few of them. Kevin up till now has continued to champion ou
  17. 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 the
  18. Towner Trophy F5J Competition - Sunday 2 September 2018 ENTRIES MUST BE RECEIVED BY 6PM FRIDAY 31st Reminder Entrants can designate a helper when registering, or email whitstable.nick@outlook.com to designate a helper if already registered A BMFA League F5J competition to be held at *Sutton Valence Nr Maidstone, Kent. * field location may vary so please check this thread/site for directions before Saturday 1st September. Field location will be alternatives of Forsham Lane or Heniker Lane follow signs with " A Glider" nearest post code is ME17 3AU see map attached The comp
  19. Change of venue due to shooting club event at Bartletts Farm - now to be held at Little Bentley Polo Club, Rectory Road, Little Bentley, 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
  20. tonym

    BMFA F5J - Little Bentley, Essex

    Details on the thread here
  21. 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, eit
  22. 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
  23. 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
  24. 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 wi
  25. 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
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