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  1. Eventually got a flight with Pete Beadle at the Beacon. Not quite the actual Solstice but the next day so not too far off in Geological calendar terms! The wind was set up for the SW bowl which involves quite a brisk walk to get to the flying area. With this in mind I decided to only take two models, my Ahi and a ~4m RES glider, plus my camelback (containing a packed lunch as well as the obligatory water), umbrella, wind/waterproof jacket, extra sun cream and of course a transmitter. Quite a load!!! We got to the flying area and I then discovered that I had omitted to bring any spare batteries My Ahi was bound to a different transmitter and refused to enter bind mode with the onboard 4.8v pack. The receiver is a combo telemetry unit and needs a 6.0v battery to bind properly. I should have asked if any of the other guys there had a 5S Nixx I could use but I got flustered and forgot. So after all that I was down to one model... It's a good job it stayed up! It may have a 4m wing but it's a heavy old lump and needs to keep moving or it gets wallowy and 'feels' like it's about to spin in if you get too rough with it. I had a couple of close calls but Ivinghoe was nice and offered up some usable thermals as well as the slope lift. Once or twice I was caught out and had to scurry back for a quick landing. One was even upslope round at the South slope. While on the subject of the South slope, a few of us decided that was the better area to be in. At about 1400 I was ready to pack up but Pete was doing well with his smaller glider and there was another ~4m jobbie staying up so I decided to have that "one last flight". Normally something of a mistake, not this time though, I launched on the SE slope and after scratching away I rounded the corner onto the South slope with some others. It ended up being my most enjoyable flight of the lot The South slope has a nice landing area but small. I had two fly throughs before I managed to get it down. Might have to make the airbrakes a bit bigger! Nice to get another site under my belt Tony
  2. pete beadle

    A first at Ivinghoe today

    Hi all I thought I might share a first with you all...... I have previously turned up at the hill to find only one other flier there........I have also turned up at the hill expecting to experience worsening weather conditions as the day wore on, but didn't, and in fact improved.......and, once, I brought the two models perfectly suited to the day which performed faultlessly all day......but NEVER a "three-in-one"..........it happened today The chap that was flying when I arrived at the hill went home at one-o-clock, leaving me on a completely empty-skied Beacon to fly on.......the weather, forecast as becoming overcast with gusty winds later turning to rain later, didn't....it got warmer, the wind stayed smoothly North-westerly with patches of sunlight and, eventually, blue sky........and lastly, the planes I couldn't fly on Nostalgia Day because they were moulded and "young" fitted theses conditions perfectly SO I had nearly three hours flying, in total, in gloriously perfect weather on a completely empty Beacon and it was BRILLIANT!.....just thought I'd tell you about the first really good flying day in 2018 Herewith the proof PS: A couple of lads (my oath you're quick!) asked what the yellow and green plane is - it's a Tragi 705X....they knew t'other which is one of my two Muller Esprits Regards Pete BARCS1702
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