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  1. Ribs

    Whitesheet "OPEN SLOPES" '17

    Update: 9/6/17 Following on from the success of the first event last month, this Sunday sees the return of the 'Open Slopes' event - all welcome. Scale and sport and non-flyers alike. Weather looks great for Sunday - so I am calling it on! Hope to see you there. Second in a series of summer month open fly-ins at Whitesheet Downs, Wiltshire Please see the flyer below! 2017_Events_flyer.pdf
  2. Ribs

    Whitesheet "OPEN SLOPES" '17

    Update 13/5/17 As I will be busy all day tomorrow (Frome Chess Congress if anyone wants to come and spectate ;-) ) where I won't have access to the internet, I have decided to make the weather call for Sunday now. Crazy talk. It's ON! The weather looks suitably good for a jolly nice day's flying at Whitesheet, with a gentle to moderate SW breeze forecast. Some wet stuff may make an appearance later in the afternoon, but I wouldn't be too concerned about this if you would like to come along and have a fly. Fingers crossed for a good inaugural event! cheers, Chris Update 9/5/17 Please come along to Whitesheet hill this Sunday and have a fly with like-minded pilots at the first of the 2017 social fly-ins. All are welcome! A weather call will be made on Saturday around noon, with the decision being posted both here and on the club website: www.whitesheet.org.uk The club has recently altered its rules with respect to power assist models - this means that only a gale or rain will prevent us from flying - just remember to pack an electric assisted model (motors are now permissible for altitude gain at the hill). Please note that these events are taking the place this year from our usual competitions - the idea is just to get people together to enjoy the beautiful site. The club and the hill looks forward to seeing you! cheers, Chris Lamming WSRFC Open Fly-in Event at Whitesheet Downs, Wiltshire. Please see the flyer below! 2017_Events_flyer.pdf
  3. Ribs

    English Open F3F

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    Whitesheet Radio Flying Club brings the return of the English Open F3f Competition. Please watch out for details to follow at http://whitesheet.org.uk/english-open-2017/ Also here and on the thread for the event here on BARCS https://www.barcs.co.uk/forums/topic/6695-the-english-open-f3f-2017/#comment-141576
  4. Ribs

    Whitesheet "OPEN SLOPES" '17

    Fourth in a series of summer month open fly-ins at Whitesheet Downs, Wiltshire Please see the flyer below! 2017_Events_flyer.pdf
  5. Ribs

    Whitesheet "OPEN SLOPES" '17

    Third in a series of summer month open fly-ins at Whitesheet Downs, Wiltshire Please see the flyer below! 2017_Events_flyer.pdf
  6. Austin

    Peterborough Winter Series Open

    Location: Twywell Northants Entry to Alan Morton. glassflight1@talktalk.net http://www.glassflight.co.uk 07986 238172
  7. Austin

    Peterborough Winter Series Open

    Location: Twywell Northants Entry to Alan Morton. glassflight1@talktalk.net http://www.glassflight.co.uk 07986 238172
  8. Austin

    Peterborough Winter Series Open

    Location: Twywell Northants Entry to Alan Morton. glassflight1@talktalk.net http://www.glassflight.co.uk 07986 238172
  9. Austin

    Miller Cup (Tonbridge Open)

    Miller Cup (Tonbridge Open) (Multilaunch Class) Counts for league Leigh Park Farm, Tonbridge Simon Smith - wizzywhippet@yahoo.com
  10. Austin

    Radioglide 2015 report and results

    Once again it is my pleasure to collate an overall report for Radioglide, thanks to Alan Morton and Mike Fantham for the 100S and F3K reports. I hope my memory of events is correct, it was certainly a busy three days! Full results are available on the forum in their respective sections. Photos are either mine (F5J/F3J/Multi-launch) or Graham James (100S). Saturday F5J This increasing popular electric glider discipline attracted 12 competitors, I believe it was eight last year. The weather forecast predicted light winds, staying dry with an overcast sky, which was pretty much what we had. Despite the overcast the air felt warm and there was usable but fairly weak lift in every slot. Under the very able direction of Kevin Beale we got started, imagine my surprise when I checked the score sheet at the lunch break after four rounds to find that I was in the lead (but it wasn’t to last)!! We found that four minutes preparation time between slots was not quite enough so the computer timing programme was often paused. Another four rounds were flown after lunch and a dropped score came in to play. Following the weak lift downwind over the 100S field was the way to go and there were some squeaky final glides back but as the wind was light it looked more marginal than they actually were, most gliders making it back to the landing tape for a perfect landing. The majority of launches were around the 170-180 metre mark but a slot in Round 7 had everyone launching to a circling red kite at about 100 metres, this did not work well for me but it was a gamble that was worth taking. An amusing moment was timing for Dave East who did a lovely landing on the end of the tape, ‘100 points’ he announced, ‘I’ll give you 50’ says me with a chuckle, it’s easy to get confused! Models used were Maxas, Xplorers, Shadows, Tragi Clusters, an Ava and my Ray X on its second competition outing. The Ray X is a very stable model that ignores my overcontrolling flying style!! So…who won? In first place was Colin Paddon, second was Dave East and third was Peter Allen. Thanks to Kevin Beale for a smoothly run competition and a very enjoyable day out. F5J Results 100S Report from Alan Morton The 100s Radioglide competition took place on Saturday 23rd May 2015 I was CD for the day but had help from Graham James and Robin Sleight as well as my usual team mates, so not much left for me to do! We had the usual 5 rounds and 2 fly-offs and the day was enjoyable with light lift in a cool breeze. 11 of us flew most of which attend the regular Mike Lucas 100 inch competitions. The air was up and down as were the scores, I started with 2 bad scores but then came back to 4th and into the fly-off, others started well and lost out later on. Graham James flew very well throughout the comp and finished in top position before entering the fly-off. Kevin also flew well during the rounds and only lost out to Graham in round 2. John Shenstone was defending his title from last year and put on a good show finishing 3rd in the rounds. So into the fly off went Graham, Kevin, John and Alan. The round before was nothing special so with a 12 minute slot I was not going to rush, I decided to wait until someone else tested the air. Kevin had other ideas and launched on the buzzer. My mistake, he went straight into lift, I launched and was also in lift but now trailing his score. John had also launched early and Graham had waited with me. I was doing ok and Kevin was losing out, I continued to do well and Kevin continued to drop. With 5 or so minutes left he was very low and I was very high, I was confident that the only pilot threatening me now was John who was not as high as myself. Kevin however had other ideas, he held on at low level for the rest of the slot to win the 1000 points, unbelievable. The second slot started and we all launched simultaneously, I did manage to win by 1 second but we all flew it out so the positions didn’t change. A successful days flying and a well-deserved win from Kevin. RG-2015-100s-Results Kevin Newitt 100s Winner 2015 Radioglide 2015 100S Fly-off pilots. Alan Morton, Graham James,John Shenstone and Kevin Newitt Sunday Multi-launch The forecast for Sunday was not so good, similar to the previous day but with a promise of rain showers and possibly even the whole afternoon being affected by prolonged rain. There were some showers while we were setting up and one half-hour downpour which produced a natural lunch break but generally it stayed dry and we managed to complete four rounds. There were 18 competitors this year, over double the number for last year which was low due to the clash with F3J happening the same day. The mixture of launch types appeared to be roughly two-thirds using winches, a third flying electric models and one DLG flown by Maria Freeman (a fourth third?!). Tudor Farm has a large population of red kites and buzzards and they have become quite used to us invading their space and were very useful allies in enabling most slots to be flown out. Four preliminary rounds were flown, followed by a two-round fly-off. The top three were Peter Allen first (also best winch launched pilot), Graham Wicks second and Cengiz Philcox third. Kevin Beale was best placed electric glider in fourth (notable for the fact that he was flying an own-design prototype machine) with myself in eight place, which I was quite pleased with. Thanks to the joint team of Robin Sleight (CD) and Graham James/Peter Mitchell (chief number crunchers!) for a smooth competition. The field ropes were reset for the expected wind direction for Monday’s F3J competition. A planned EGM was held on the field after flying to formalise the proposed new arrangement of holding the BARCS AGM at Radioglide instead of at Oadby in December, this was carried unanimously. Peter Allen Radioglide 2015 Multilaunch Winner Monday F3J Up with the larks and back to Tudor Farm for the last day of Radioglide for the F3J competition (also a BMFA League Event and part of the British team selection for 2016). Weather was set to be the best day of the three, overcast sky again but fairly warm with a stiff breeze at times, plenty of lift available. 23 competitors rigged and set out their winches, with the competition starting just after 10 o’clock after a briefing from the CD, Sydney Lenssen. There was good lift available, marked by many birds, and like Saturday’s F5J, the best technique for staying airborne was to follow it downwind. This led to some very low landing approaches. Colin Boorman won a special prize for putting his Shadow in a tree trying to glide home, twice!! A two-round fly-off was held after five preliminary rounds with Neil Jones, Colin Paddon and Peter Allen taking the top three positions. At one stage I was fifth but dropped to tenth after having to relaunch in Round 7, still pleased though. My thanks to Sydney and team. Radioglide-F3J-2015-Overall-Results.xlsx Radioglide-F3J-Fly-off-Results.xlsx Colin Paddon Radioglide 2015 F3J Winner F3K Report from Mike Fantham. Ten pilots took part in the F3K contest on Monday 25th in conditions which varied from sunny and almost calm with strong lift to cloudy with a cool breeze and virtually no lift. The CD, Hayley Styche, had chosen tasks with the emphasis on fast ‘turn-arounds’, where a pilot needs to land at precisely the right moment and re-launch as quickly as possible. In the ‘Best 5 flights’ task, flown to a two minute max in a ten minute slot, Richard Swindells (the eventual winner) made 9:46 in what were less than ideal conditions. That’s an average of over 1:57 per flight – and remember he has to re-launch four times in the ten minutes! F3J was being flown at the same time as F3K and the ‘big’ models were often sharing the lift with us and the local Red Kites and Buzzards. As the start of my slot of ‘Last flight only’ was being counted down, a stack of Kites and F3J models was coming right at us in lift. I looked at the well-marked thermal and picked my spot. I launched on the hooter and was soon climbing rapidly in the core of the lift. The task here is to score over 5 minutes on your last launch of the slot. Three of us achieved the ideal solution in that slot – do 5 minutes on your first launch and make that your last one too! Sadly that was my only ‘ten minutes of fame’ and I returned to my normal form for the other rounds…. GBR Team Members Richard Swindells and Michael Stern came out on top with the Team reserve, Darius Zibikas in third. (Our third Team Member, Simon Jones, couldn’t make this event.) In only his second F3K contest, Carlos De Santos was fourth – a man to watch for in the future. It was a good contest in interesting conditions – thanks go to the BARCS committee for organising Radioglide and to Hayley Styche for getting us through ten rounds in smooth style. F3K Results A good launch sequence and model-on-approach shot by Vytautus Zibikas of brother, third-placing Darius Zibikas and his model. The model is the Lithuanian Stream, flown by the Zibikas Brothers from that country. Richard Swindells markets this model in the UK and also won the event flying one. THANKS TO CD'S AND ORGANISERS Would like to finish by thanking all the organisers and CD’s on behalf of the competitors, apologies if I missed anyone, it was a bit of a blur!! Overall it was a great weekend, lots of flying to be had, great camaraderie and banter. Congratulations to all competitors and in particular to Russell Mexome who took the Lilienthal Trophy for his first Radioglide and Peter Allen who took the Victor Ludorum for top placings in three events. On a personal note I was very encouraged by my half-time F5J result, still very much learning the ropes and benefited again from sage and calming spotting advice from Chas Dunster, the phrase ‘you can do this!’ works wonders. Slightly off-topic but something I’d like to add is that I rechecked my glider set-ups after the competition as I was not convinced that the poor handling I was seeing was all down to my fingers, sure enough the centre of gravities were too far aft and some of the control settings were way too sensitive. ‘Get there but get there smoothly’ I read recently (Mark Drela possibly), very true and I’ll try to keep that thought in my head. Cheers Gary Binnie
  11. This year's Bromley Open has been cancelled in favour of the rerun of the earlier postponed Tonbridge Mulilaunch. Below is the message found on Flyquiet Forum Hi I am taking entries for this years Tonbridge Open, re run, to be held at the usual site, Leigh Park Farm near Tonbridge Kent. As last years multi-launch was a success we shall be running it again the same this year...only this year to stick with what everyone else is doing hight limiters on electric will be set to 150m as per BARCS rules (2m or Open) and a max 30 second motor run Please reply with entries (Multiple Entries are allowed) plus your frequency, if you fly in a club, let me know and I will try to sort the Matrix that you do not compete with your club mates. £5 per entry. Please post your entry in this thread or email me at simon.smith@wykamol.com or keith.fisher@asprea.co.uk
  12. Austin

    Peterborough Winter Series 2012 Round 6

    The last round of the 2011/12 winter series took place on Sunday 11th March, we had 14 entries. After cancelling the February comp due to bad weather it was a real treat to be greeted with perfect gliding weather, not only sun but also very warm with a gentle breeze. Round 1 started at around 10.30 and we soon found lift, the lowest time during the first slot was 9.00mins!! We carried on flying and the only concern was losing site of models escalating into the blue sky. Round 1,2,3 and 4 proved very enjoyable indeed and many slots were flown out easily, we moved into round 5 and slot 1 started badly with Dave Varrallo losing his elevator control, the model was badly damaged as it hit the ground at speed. During slot 2 we had a mid air between Neville Warby and Simon Vaitkevicius both fighting for the same patch of lift, both models suffered damage but managed safe landings. Slot 3 and Mick Thorpe came into contact with David Leech’s Mini Ava on launch the result was an uncontrollable fuzz without tail plane followed by a scattering of wingtip parts, all fell to earth safely, Micks model managed a safe landing but also suffered damage. After 4 good rounds and a cruel 5th round the winners for the day were, 1st Chris Grant with his home built 100s model with 4786 points 2nd went to Peter Newitt with 4761 3rd went to Simon V with 4607 Top 100s went to 2nd place John Hullet as Chris took the overall prize for the day. Thanks must go as always to Neville Warby for all his help throughout the series making my job a lot easier. Thanks also to all competitors who took part and please keep coming. Full results for round 6 are below. To finish the day off I had a phone call during round 5 telling me my son David was being air lifted to Peterborough City hospital suffering a badly broken leg (football injury) I packed away the kit drove to hospital and spent all evening with him, I returned Monday morning and didn’t return home until 5.30pm. He is now comfortable at home but will be out of action for 6-8 weeks. He has broken both his tibia and fibula in his right leg. I think he should consider taking up a more gentle sport… say…. model gliding? The Mike Lucas 100s comps start on April 8th at Twywell so dust of those 100s models cycle the batteries and I’ll see you there. table.tableizer-table { border: 1px solid #CCC; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; } .tableizer-table td { padding: 4px; margin: 3px; border: 1px solid #ccc; } .tableizer-table th { background-color: #4196C8; color: #FFF; font-weight: bold; } Name freq Rnd 1 Rnd 2 Rnd 3 Rnd 4 Rnd 5 Final Score % Score Pos Chris Grant 100s 80 929 891 1000 1000 967 4786 100 1 Pete Newitt 64 983 1000 995 874 909 4761 99.5 2 Simon Vaitkievicus 66 1000 1000 995 924 688 4607 96.3 3 Fozzy 68 1000 459 997 1000 1000 4456 93.1 4 Kevin Newitt 64 1000 861 1000 577 974 4412 92.2 5 Ozzy Osbourne 2.4 617 861 940 970 1000 4388 91.7 6 John Hullet 100s 78 595 649 911 815 1000 3970 82.9 7 Alan Morton 100s 78 828 726 992 871 551 3968 82.9 8 Neville Warby 60/64 400 770 1000 1000 706 3876 81 9 Graham Gilliatt 66 468 944 882 616 956 3867 80.8 10 Mick Thorpe 2.4 518 632 1000 948 409 3507 73.3 11 William Watson 66 351 1000 804 391 754 3300 69 12 David Leech 100s 78 998 398 409 540 834 3179 66.4 13 Dave Varallo 2.4/74 921 588 762 485 0 2756 57.6 14
  13. Allowed models: Winch or towed – Open/F3J, 100S, RES, Classic, Vintage and tail-less Electric – Open and 2meter 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. Entry fee £4 – prizes for overall top 3 and for class winners. Please send your entries in by 8pm on Saturday 21st with your preferred frequency and a reserve or two if flying on 35MHz. Post your entry in this thread, on the FlyQuiet forum or email me at Please note: Height limit for electric gliders is now 150m – also entry fee reduced by £1. Tony Entry list here Wahhh! where're the tables gone? Only kidding Austin - but it would be nice to have them back if possible.
  14. Fozzie

    Sheffield Winter Open 2012

    Twelve hardy pilots turned up for a very challenging days flying. Round one started aound 10.30am with the best time put in by Kevin Newitt of 8mins 9sec. Unfortunately in this slot also the only serious damage of the day when Cengiz 100s folded on the ping . Round two saw the times getting better and great flights coming from Alan Morton with his 100s & Cengiz who beat off very good pilots to claim 1000 points each. The fly-off pilots were Kevin Newitt, Steve Haley, Neville Warby & myself. Final Results. 4 Round Score Fly Off 1st Kevin Newitt 3637 1965 2nd Steve Haley 3957 1949 3rd Neville Warby 3645 1896 4th Mark De Vall 3317 1624 5th Bob Dickinson open 3243 6th Alan Morton 3102 7th Cengiz philcotts open 3028 8th Simon Haley 3027 9th Pete Newitt 2896 10th Bill Haley 2824 11th Clive Needham 2126 12th Cengiz Philcotts 100s 2099 13th Bob Dickinson 100s 1594 14th Mike Challender 0 scratched after round 1 damage. I’d like to thank all of the pilots for turning out for what became a good days flying & hope you all have a great and successful years flying. Cheers Mark De Vall
  15. alanmorton

    Peterborough Open 2011

    The annual Peterborough Open took place on Sunday 25th of September 18 pilots turned up to fly, we had 3 double entries for both open and 100s making a total of 21 entries. Neville Warby was CD for the day and soon had the field ready to go. We were greeted by a gentle NNE wind and the odd spot of rain, while we were all setting up the rain dried up and the wind speed increased, by the time the comp started the wind was around 10-15mph. We used a new automatic timing system similar to the F3J timers with a 5-minute preparation time and this worked ok. Round 1 got underway and Graham Gilliatt was the first to score 1000 points with a time of 7.50 and a 40-point bonus. Round 1 slots were not brilliant and it wasn’t until the middle of round 2 that times increased to the 9.50s, landing points were increasingly important as the day progressed. Jeff Stocking unfortunately had a wing tip come off during his first launch and this forced him to retire before he had even started. Chris Grant suffered damage during round 2 and he also had to retire early. The wind continued to blow and by the 3rd round was gusting 15-20 mph (guess). Up until this point I had been doing well and was actually on top of the leader board, I launched for my 3rd flight and everything was normal until I came off the line, it was as if my model had been switched of mid flight, absolutely no control whatsoever, the model just headed for earth and then buried itself. I later checked the batteries and they were still in the top green, the transmitter was used straight afterwards for my second model with no problems, the Ariel even after the impact was still attached to the receiver, the servos appear to have no gear damage. I guess I will never know the reason, which is annoying and scary. The model had flown twice that day and had been ranged checked before the comp started. I will be checking the wreckage thoroughly and will also check my other models for signs of wear or loose linkages, which could have contributed! By the end of round 4 the wind was still increasing and John Hullett became victim to the turbulence, he suffered slight damaged to both of his models. Neville called for the vote to move straight on to the fly off after round 4, this was agreed and 5 pilots entered the fly off for two 15-minute flights. The first flight was short with a winning time of just 6.58mins by Neville Warby, the second was better and was won easily by Kevin Newitt with 11.17mins. Overall winner for the day was Kevin Newitt, Second place went to Neville Warby, and third went to Peter Allen. Top 100s for the 4 rounds also went to Kevin but he chose open for the fly off and this allowed David leech to enter the fly off and finish top 100s. Well done to all fly off pilots, a challenging day. Neville did an excellent job ensuring the comp was a success and we all thank him for his efforts, thanks also to all pilots for making it a good day. More open comps to come with the start of the winter series on October the 16th, all dates and more information on web page. Alan Morton.
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