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  1. 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 have its consequences. Therefore it is recommended to pay appropriate attention to it. We identified that the affected devices are Altis v4+ delivered mostly in the first half of 2019 and the serial numbers are from the range 464912388 to 498073604. It is not excluded that some other devices are affected as well – you can check also other devices. We had also one report on Device Terminal cable affected by this but at the moment there is no further indication if it is a single case or if it is related to the same issue. It is recommended to check the cables according to following: • Test the device in plane on ground • Plug Altis between the receiver and ESC • Run the motor • Move the cable near connector in order to detect possible disconnection of the cable. • Other check consists of trying to pull the cable from its housing (disconnected from plane). Hold the housing and pull the cable with a moderate force. You can also try it separately with all three wires entering the housing. If the wires are loosen easily, you probably have one of the affected devices. If you detected that your device is affected by the problem or you have doubts about it feel free to contact us and send the device for replacement or repair for free. If you decide to repair it yourself, please contact us and let us know about your case. We are now in contact with the cable manufacturer so the issue does not occur again and we will extend the quality check during manufacturing steps. We would like to apology for the inconveniences caused by the mentioned issue and we believe you will stay loyal to our products. https://www.facebook.com/AerobTec/ info@aerobtec.com
  2. 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 maximum motor run time of 30sec. Scoring as per F5J, i.e. a penalty of 3 points per metre but for launching over 175 metres BARCS rules allow one re-launch in a Group, and for an emergency re start if necessary. N.B. a re-launch will be counted as a scoring flight. Motor re-start will result in a zero score for that Group. Entry £5.00 payable on the day. Please register your entry in this thread, I'll be the CD using GliderScore. Any cancellation will be advised by Saturday 2pm at the latest on this post. ENTRANTS all Open 2.4 unless otherwise stated Nick Jackson Eddy Small Ian Nicholls Mike Connell Bob Ryan Garry Matthews Alan Twine Keith Fisher Richard Harris John Postle Alan Harris 100" Pete Mitchell Mike Hodgkiss Brian Martin 100" David Yale Brian Austin Terry Letchford Bob Hope John Moyler Steve Knowles
  3. A firm called Designboom have flown a glider powered solely by an ION drive for the first time this year. The drive has NO moving parts and uses no combustible fuel, fossil or otherwise ‘It took a long time to get here,‘ said Ken Barrett. An MIT engineer in charge of the project ‘going from the basic principle to something that actually flies was a long journey of characterizing the physics, then coming up with the design and making it work, now the possibilities for this kind of propulsion system are viable.’ The original idea came from an episode of “Star Trek” Ken admitted….then the work began…. Search “designboom ion glider” on Google to see the video Barrett and his team at MIT have published their results today (22nd November 2018) in the journal “Nature”
  4. 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 competition will be run to F5J rules with UK variations as published by the BMFA. Two classes of model can be entered, either Open or 2Metre but only one entry permitted. 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. 6 rounds will be flown if conditions permit. Lowest Round score will be dropped after 5 rounds 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. Book in from 9am. First flight 10am. Trophy and prizes will be awarded on the day and points scored will go towards the National League. Please enter this competition by posting here or email the CD colin.boorman@btinternet.com ENTRIES (state model Class and if not 2.4) Colin Boorman Open Nick Jackson Open Ian Nicholls Open Eddy Small Open Mike Connell Open Kevin Beale Open Colin Paddon Open Brian Austin Open Alan Twine Open Peter Mitchell Open Richard Harris Open Keith Fisher Open Garry Matthews Open Ray Gadenne Open Tony Wood Open John Barrow Open Jim Hathaway Open Mike Hodgkiss Open Phil Ramsey Open Bob Hope Open Steve Knowles Open Rob Love Open
  5. You are invited to Kent Interclub Glider 4 Multilaunch competition to be held at the Invicta club field Sutton Valence. The exact field will be signposted on the day from the A274 running south from Sutton Valence. To enable a enjoyable day please could you add your name to this post no later than Friday August 17th with model class, and frequency if not 2.4 (Glider, Electric, Open, 100" etc) so a matrix can be set up? The Rules are BARCS Multilaunch as used last year where Electric launched gliders must have a Motor stop function set at 175m and 30 seconds. Random checks on this may be made so please ensure you have a reader for your device. For Electric launched gliders the Time Keeper must record the F5J launch height on the score sheet for CD’s information in addition to normal flight times We want to have a full day flying so please check in 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 Non Kent Interclub flyers Entry fee £5 payable on the day Enter by replying to this post Entrants Keith Fisher Open Electric Richard Harris Open Electric Greg Hayfield Open winch Iain Stingemore Open winch Mike Connell Open Electric Ian Nicholls Open Electric Nick Jackson Open Electric Eddy Small Open Electric Tony Wood Open Electric Brian Martin Open Electric Alan Harris Open Electric Keith Benton Open Electric John Postle Open Electric Alan Twine Open Electric Derek Collings Open Electric Bob Ryan Open Electric Gordon Loomes Open Electric Bob Hope Open Electric Phil Ramsey Open Electric Rob Love Open Electric David Yale Open Electric Brian Austin Open Electric
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
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    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
  11. 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.
  12. 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!
  13. Ipswich Multi-Launch comp. – Sunday 31st August at Little Bentley Park Polo Club. Allowed models: Winch or towed – Open/F3J, 100S, RES, Classic, Vintage and tail-less Electric – Open and 2metre fitted with a height limiter (150m/30sec. motor run) Hand Launch – max. wing span 1.5m, Mini-bungee – max. wing span 1.5m More details of the format can be found in the BARCS Handbook, please read section 4.2 from page 42 as there are a few changes from last year. Start time 10am, points count towards the BARCS leagues. Please send your entries in by 8pm on Saturday 30th Aug. with your preferred frequency and a reserve if flying on 35MHz. FREE entry - prizes for overall top 3, class winners and best newcomer. Directions and entry list here - http://www.flyquiet.co.uk/smf/index.php?topic=4652.0 Tony
  14. I bought several old balsa gliders from a guy that I think enjoyed building more than flying. The most interesting are two tailless gliders that are similar but not quite the same, one at 60" span (not flown) and the other just 36". They are around 20 years old (two Futaba FP-T5N Callenger Txs came in the lot), the method of mixing the elevons is mechinical at the servos. The link to the elevons are just rods out of the fuselage that sits between to rods out the end of each elevon.   I've attached some photos below, does anyone know what they might be? Name? maker? and where the CoG might be - or where I should start with one?   Hope you guys can help Tony  
  15. CANCELLED   Ipswich Multi-Launch comp. – Sunday 20th Oct. – TBC the Ipswich Club field at Gosbeck looks like it'll be too waterlogged. I'm looking at two alternatives, one near Wickham Market - north of Woodbridge, another at Little Bentley, Essex (about 3 miles from Lawford, just off the A120).   Allowed models: Winch or towed – Open/F3J, 100S, RES, Classic, Vintage and tail-less Electric – Open and 2metre fitted with a height limiter (200m/30sec. motor run) Hand Launch – max. wing span 1.5m Mini-bungee – max. wing span 1.5m More details of the format can be found in the BARCS Handbook, download the latest edition here – BARCS Handbook, please read section 4.2 from page 42 as there are a few changes from last year.   Start time 11am, points count towards the BARCS leagues.   Please send your entries in by 8pm on Saturday 19th Oct. with your preferred frequency and a reserve or two if flying on 35MHz. Entry £5 - prizes for overall top 3, class winners and best newcomer. Entry yo me at  Tony
  16. Ipswich Multi-Launch comp. – Sunday 1st Sept. – venue Ipswich R/C Model Club field in Gosbeck IP6 9SJ Allowed models: Winch or towed – Open/F3J, 100S, RES, Classic, Vintage and tail-less Electric – Open and 2metre fitted with a height limiter (200m/30sec. motor run) Hand Launch – max. wing span 1.5m Mini-bungee – max. wing span 1.5m More details of the format can be found in the BARCS Handbook, download the latest edition here – BARCS Handbook, please read section 4.2 from page 42 as there are a few changes from last year.   Start time 11am, points count towards the BARCS leagues.   Please send your entries in by 8pm on Saturday 31st August with your preferred frequency and a reserve or two if flying on 35MHz. FREE entry - prizes for overall top 3, class winners and best newcomer. Entry list on the FlyQuiet forum or email me at  Tony
  17. These are the dates for BARCS Multi-Launch competitions run by the Ipswich RC Model Club.   Sunday 24th March Sunday 31st March - reserve Sunday 5th May Sunday 1st September Sunday 20th October   Venue to be at Lawford unless field gets ploughed up! Possible alternative field at Gosbeck, IP6 9SJ.   Tony
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