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  1. grj

    Radioglide and BARCS AGM 2018 – 26th/28th May

    For BARCS members, the late bank holiday weekend is synonymous with Radioglide, this being the 39th running of the event. Unfortunately bank holidays are also well known for poor weather and following a warm sunny week, it was almost inevitable that as we moved towards the weekend things would deteriorate. And so Saturday 26th May saw the BMFA National Flying Centre in Lincolnshire swathed in mist and low cloud with a stiff northerly breeze. The site is still developing but it has to be said has moved on a long way from the bare shell of things we saw last year. The camping field though flat and close mown, is still fairly basic offering cold running water and waste disposal but the flying area has matured well with a flat grass runway, a shelter and tables for model set up and other flying areas. There is a small toilet block in addition to the facilities within the conference building and the office and meeting rooms appear fully operational. I would recommend any member to visit and use the site, see http://nationalcentre.bmfa.org/ for more information. The venue is chosen to try and give a more central location to BARCS members and make it more attractive to competitors from a wider geographical area, a decision which seems to be vindicated given entries came from Scotland to Dorset. This year was to see a first, with no winch competitions scheduled, nonetheless there were to be four events, F5B, F3K, BARCS ELG and F5J. The F5B competition, which by the way was also being run as the British Nationals, got underway fairly early on the Saturday as, at least for the speed and distance tasks it can operate with a lower cloudbase. Because of the multi task nature of F5B, they were located to take full advantage of the runway to set up their course and enjoy the pits area for charging etc. BARCS ELG however is a standard duration event and so start was fairly leisurely as we waited for the improving conditions. Flown to 10 minute slots with a penalty applied for launches over 200 metres and a landing bonus, this makes for a fun, not too onerous competition, unless of course you are the CD and poor Pete Mitchell had more than his fair share of headaches with technology issues. Indeed, I think Pete was pleased to get to the lunch break so that some of the equipment could be swapped out and he had a chance to catch up with the scoring. For the competitors it was the blustery 20mph breeze blowing over the upwind line of trees which provided the challenge for the day. Lift was difficult to find and exploit and any hope of slope soaring the treeline was dashed by heavy turbulence. This then translated into a wicked rotor in the landing area causing planes to roll from wingtip to wingtip on approach and in many cases dumping the model in the long grass, well short of the ten metre tape. It was not a cold day and there was always the threat of sunshine throughout the day, though little actual evidence. Twenty one pilots participated, divided into four groups over the five rounds which allowed a drop score. Despite flying to these rules for the first time, eventual winner Steve Haley and son Simon, placed third, proving the adage that natural skill will out in the end. Equally gifted second placed Peter Allen was less than two points behind Steve. Despite the difficult conditions there wasn’t the carnage of models one might expect, a testament perhaps to the actual skill levels on show and the manoeuvrability of modern aileron/crow brake equipped machines. Unfortunately a deteriorating forecast persuaded the F3K contingent that their competition would be adversely affected and CD Mike Fantham took the difficult decision to cancel the event before too many had travelled. The night proved cold and wet with a heavy downpour in the small hours and flashes of lightening but the weather passed with little drama. Unlocking the gates to the site at 6.30am saw competitors for the F5J competition arriving with high expectation. In the event the conditions were similar to Saturday though the wind did increase and flying became increasingly unpleasant throughout the day. F5J is somewhat more demanding than the previous days ELG format, in that height limiters are not set for altitude, only motor run and penalties incurred for launches over 200 metres. This requires a level of experience that your scribe, for one, doesn’t have with my rounds having launch heights between 160 & 230 metres, I must do better. Peter Allen was our CD for this event and at briefing told us he was aiming at a ten round competition over two days with 6 rounds on Sunday and 4 more on Monday. The pilots from Saturday were joined by several more to give a field of 26. All the same challenges faced us regarding lack of lift, turbulence but of course made that much more interesting by having to guess at launch heights. Those that did catch lift were finding themselves downwind quite rapidly and then having to fight their way back with varying levels of success and many doing the walk of shame to retrieve models outside 75 metres. Flying continued till lunch when Peter used the break to compute the scores. As the afternoon session got underway conditions continued to deteriorate and some competitors consulted online forecasts which indicated that Monday would be much better and so a vote was taken to cut the competition to nine rounds and it was decided to complete five rounds and then fly four more on Monday starting at 9.30am. The distant rumble of thunder suggested that the right decision had been taken and indeed, later news reports of flash flooding around the country gave credence to the F3K group decision to cancel, though the rain never actually hit the field. The thunder continued throughout the evening and the small hours but when I went to open the gates in the morning the mist had once again descended and only lifted very slowly. Come 9.30, some people were ready to fly but launches into the clag were only recording heights to cloud base of 150 feet or less and given the contrast, overall visibility and topography of the site it was deemed unwise to fly. In the end the cloud didn’t really break until 11am and so flying didn’t commence until around 11.30am. But crucially the wind was far less strong and so the heavyweight models from the previous two days were retired and the lightweights were very much in evidence. By foregoing the pleasantry of a lunch break and speeding on through the rounds we were able to complete our schedule by a little after 3pm and then have a prize giving and clear the field. Most competitors now fly the same top quality models for all electric disciplines. One exception to this was Paul Wainwright who flew 2 metre in ELG and a Bitsa, flown to great effect and based around a very early F3J Corrado wing married to a T tail fus which performed so consistently that Paul took a very creditable third place in F5J. Always embarrassing for the CD but Peter Allen took top spot, flying his Tragi variants (one with an Optimus fus) with Steve Haley was in second (Pike Dynamic). So what models were flown during the weekend? Well, as has been said it was windy and turbulent for the first two days so it was often older design converted F3J models, out on the flightline. Xplorers, Shadows, Storks, Optimus, Pikes and Maxas were all on show. However once the wind dropped Optimus were joined by Pike Dynamics and Explorers plus two very interesting designs, the Infinity NG available through Flightech and campaigned by Graham Wicks and Claymore designed, kitted and flown by Rick Lloyd, son Josh and several other pilots. The Infinity NG is unusual in being a smaller 3.5metre design. It was only its second outing for Graham and he was using the competition as shake down in preparation for the Euro Championships where he currently plans to fly the model. Also, I believe, a Eurochamps model, is the Claymore designed by Rick Lloyd of Tracker fame. Sadly the Tracker is no more, following the loss of moulds in a fire at Rick workshop. Also lost were early incarnations of Claymore originally conceived as an F3J/F5J project but now configured as a totally dedicated F5J soarer. This hollow moulded airframe is beautifully constructed to a standard comparable with Eastern European produced machines. It has taken three or four years to develop but is now a very competitive and economically priced model, at around £1000 and has the distinction of being the only model, commercially designed and produced in the UK. More info available at www.liteflite.yolasite.uk. A full set of results for both competitions can be found on the forum page below One of the other advantages of using the BMFA facility is the large hall on site which allows us to run the AGM when there is already a large number of BARCS members assembled. These meetings are now little more than a formality with reports from the officers, accounts and elections of committee and none of the rule debates seen in earlier years. However, one very pleasant duty is the awarding of a Fellowship. This year the committee commended to the meeting that Pete Mitchell, our Membership Secretary, co-author of our GDPR and Compliance Manager be awarded the honour. Members will also know Peter for his CD duties and participation in numerous competitions. It was a pleasure to see the look of shock and then delight on Pete’s face. A copy of his citation and draft minutes from the meeting will be published in the members section of the website in due course. We did also invite members to participate in a Bring and Buy but there appears to be little appetite for this idea. So overall, a very successful and pleasant flying weekend. It would be good if we could get back to the huge entries of the early days. For a number of factors well outside our control, that will never happen. But for the band of dedicated pilots, the fun, camaraderie and banter will continue to hold appeal. It was great to welcome an injection of northern grit, straight talking and wicked humour into the proceedings. It also gave BARCS the opportunity to present the BARCS ELG League trophy to Brian Johnson, along with certificates to other league winners and placed pilots. Get the date for 2019 into your diaries.
  2. For BARCS members, the late bank holiday weekend is synonymous with Radioglide, this being the 39th running of the event. Unfortunately bank holidays are also well known for poor weather and following a warm sunny week, it was almost inevitable that as we moved towards the weekend things would deteriorate. And so Saturday 26th May saw the BMFA National Flying Centre in Lincolnshire swathed in mist and low cloud with a stiff northerly breeze. The site is still developing but it has to be said has moved on a long way from the bare shell of things we saw last year. The camping field though flat and close mown, is still fairly basic offering cold running water and waste disposal but the flying area has matured well with a flat grass runway, a shelter and tables for model set up and other flying areas. There is a small toilet block in addition to the facilities within the conference building and the office and meeting rooms appear fully operational. I would recommend any member to visit and use the site, see http://nationalcentre.bmfa.org/ for more information. The venue is chosen to try and give a more central location to BARCS members and make it more attractive to competitors from a wider geographical area, a decision which seems to be vindicated given entries came from Scotland to Dorset. This year was to see a first, with no winch competitions scheduled, nonetheless there were to be four events, F5B, F3K, BARCS ELG and F5J. The F5B competition, which by the way was also being run as the British Nationals, got underway fairly early on the Saturday as, at least for the speed and distance tasks it can operate with a lower cloudbase. Because of the multi task nature of F5B, they were located to take full advantage of the runway to set up their course and enjoy the pits area for charging etc. BARCS ELG however is a standard duration event and so start was fairly leisurely as we waited for the improving conditions. Flown to 10 minute slots with a penalty applied for launches over 200 metres and a landing bonus, this makes for a fun, not too onerous competition, unless of course you are the CD and poor Pete Mitchell had more than his fair share of headaches with technology issues. Indeed, I think Pete was pleased to get to the lunch break so that some of the equipment could be swapped out and he had a chance to catch up with the scoring. For the competitors it was the blustery 20mph breeze blowing over the upwind line of trees which provided the challenge for the day. Lift was difficult to find and exploit and any hope of slope soaring the treeline was dashed by heavy turbulence. This then translated into a wicked rotor in the landing area causing planes to roll from wingtip to wingtip on approach and in many cases dumping the model in the long grass, well short of the ten metre tape. It was not a cold day and there was always the threat of sunshine throughout the day, though little actual evidence. Twenty one pilots participated, divided into four groups over the five rounds which allowed a drop score. Despite flying to these rules for the first time, eventual winner Steve Haley and son Simon, placed third, proving the adage that natural skill will out in the end. Equally gifted second placed Peter Allen was less than two points behind Steve. Despite the difficult conditions there wasn’t the carnage of models one might expect, a testament perhaps to the actual skill levels on show and the manoeuvrability of modern aileron/crow brake equipped machines. Unfortunately a deteriorating forecast persuaded the F3K contingent that their competition would be adversely affected and CD Mike Fantham took the difficult decision to cancel the event before too many had travelled. The night proved cold and wet with a heavy downpour in the small hours and flashes of lightening but the weather passed with little drama. Unlocking the gates to the site at 6.30am saw competitors for the F5J competition arriving with high expectation. In the event the conditions were similar to Saturday though the wind did increase and flying became increasingly unpleasant throughout the day. F5J is somewhat more demanding than the previous days ELG format, in that height limiters are not set for altitude, only motor run and penalties incurred for launches over 200 metres. This requires a level of experience that your scribe, for one, doesn’t have with my rounds having launch heights between 160 & 230 metres, I must do better. Peter Allen was our CD for this event and at briefing told us he was aiming at a ten round competition over two days with 6 rounds on Sunday and 4 more on Monday. The pilots from Saturday were joined by several more to give a field of 26. All the same challenges faced us regarding lack of lift, turbulence but of course made that much more interesting by having to guess at launch heights. Those that did catch lift were finding themselves downwind quite rapidly and then having to fight their way back with varying levels of success and many doing the walk of shame to retrieve models outside 75 metres. Flying continued till lunch when Peter used the break to compute the scores. As the afternoon session got underway conditions continued to deteriorate and some competitors consulted online forecasts which indicated that Monday would be much better and so a vote was taken to cut the competition to nine rounds and it was decided to complete five rounds and then fly four more on Monday starting at 9.30am. The distant rumble of thunder suggested that the right decision had been taken and indeed, later news reports of flash flooding around the country gave credence to the F3K group decision to cancel, though the rain never actually hit the field. The thunder continued throughout the evening and the small hours but when I went to open the gates in the morning the mist had once again descended and only lifted very slowly. Come 9.30, some people were ready to fly but launches into the clag were only recording heights to cloud base of 150 feet or less and given the contrast, overall visibility and topography of the site it was deemed unwise to fly. In the end the cloud didn’t really break until 11am and so flying didn’t commence until around 11.30am. But crucially the wind was far less strong and so the heavyweight models from the previous two days were retired and the lightweights were very much in evidence. By foregoing the pleasantry of a lunch break and speeding on through the rounds we were able to complete our schedule by a little after 3pm and then have a prize giving and clear the field. Most competitors now fly the same top quality models for all electric disciplines. One exception to this was Paul Wainwright who flew 2 metre in ELG and a Bitsa, flown to great effect and based around a very early F3J Corrado wing married to a T tail fus which performed so consistently that Paul took a very creditable third place in F5J. Always embarrassing for the CD but Peter Allen took top spot, flying his Tragi variants (one with an Optimus fus) with Steve Haley was in second (Pike Dynamic). So what models were flown during the weekend? Well, as has been said it was windy and turbulent for the first two days so it was often older design converted F3J models, out on the flightline. Xplorers, Shadows, Storks, Optimus, Pikes and Maxas were all on show. However once the wind dropped Optimus were joined by Pike Dynamics and Explorers plus two very interesting designs, the Infinity NG available through Flightech and campaigned by Graham Wicks and Claymore designed, kitted and flown by Rick Lloyd, son Josh and several other pilots. The Infinity NG is unusual in being a smaller 3.5metre design. It was only its second outing for Graham and he was using the competition as shake down in preparation for the Euro Championships where he currently plans to fly the model. Also, I believe, a Eurochamps model, is the Claymore designed by Rick Lloyd of Tracker fame. Sadly the Tracker is no more, following the loss of moulds in a fire at Rick workshop. Also lost were early incarnations of Claymore originally conceived as an F3J/F5J project but now configured as a totally dedicated F5J soarer. This hollow moulded airframe is beautifully constructed to a standard comparable with Eastern European produced machines. It has taken three or four years to develop but is now a very competitive and economically priced model, at around £1000 and has the distinction of being the only model, commercially designed and produced in the UK. More info available at www.liteflite.yolasite.uk. A full set of results for both competitions can be found on the forum page below One of the other advantages of using the BMFA facility is the large hall on site which allows us to run the AGM when there is already a large number of BARCS members assembled. These meetings are now little more than a formality with reports from the officers, accounts and elections of committee and none of the rule debates seen in earlier years. However, one very pleasant duty is the awarding of a Fellowship. This year the committee commended to the meeting that Pete Mitchell, our Membership Secretary, co-author of our GDPR and Compliance Manager be awarded the honour. Members will also know Peter for his CD duties and participation in numerous competitions. It was a pleasure to see the look of shock and then delight on Pete’s face. A copy of his citation and draft minutes from the meeting will be published in the members section of the website in due course. We did also invite members to participate in a Bring and Buy but there appears to be little appetite for this idea. So overall, a very successful and pleasant flying weekend. It would be good if we could get back to the huge entries of the early days. For a number of factors well outside our control, that will never happen. But for the band of dedicated pilots, the fun, camaraderie and banter will continue to hold appeal. It was great to welcome an injection of northern grit, straight talking and wicked humour into the proceedings. It also gave BARCS the opportunity to present the BARCS ELG League trophy to Brian Johnson, along with certificates to other league winners and placed pilots. Get the date for 2019 into your diaries. View full news and information
  3. grj

    Entries are open for Radioglide 2018

    Radioglide 2018 returns to the BMFA National Centre near Grantham over the late May Bank holiday 26th - 28th. With the centre facilities now maturing, this year’s event should prove to be one of the most exciting with four action packed competitions, the BARCS AGM and the return of the popular Soaring Market Swap Meet. Saturday 26th will see the running of the prestigious BMFA F5B National Championships, sharing the field with a BARCS ELG competition. The latter is open to BARCS members only and offers the opportunity to fly a double entry of Open and either 2 metre or electric 100” at a discounted rate. BARCS members who enter both the ELG and the subsequent F5J event benefit from a further £5 discount for the two £25 down from £30. Sunday sees the F3K DLG’s take to the field alongside day one of a 2 day F5J competition run to UK variation rules. In the evening, the formal side of proceedings take place in the conference hall with the AGM, as announced elsewhere, commencing at 6.00pm followed at around 7.00pm with the running of a free bring and buy swap meet for you to bring along your pre-loved soaring items to pass on to new homes and pass the time chatting to fellow enthusiasts. On Monday, the final rounds of the F5J competition will complete. The on field activities are subject of course to the weather. Those who wish may camp on the field, whilst those who prefer more comfort should find plenty of local accommodation to suit their pocket. See BMFA National Centre for more information. Entries can be made online HERE Alternatively enter by completing the form below as per instructions on the form (F5B entries to be via BMFA website at BMFA F5B Nats). RADIOGLIDE Entry Form 2018.docx RADIOGLIDE Entry Form 2018.pdf
  4. Radioglide 2018 returns to the BMFA National Centre near Grantham over the late May Bank holiday 26th - 28th. With the centre facilities now maturing, this year’s event should prove to be one of the most exciting with four action packed competitions, the BARCS AGM and the return of the popular Soaring Market Swap Meet. Saturday 26th will see the running of the prestigious BMFA F5B National Championships, sharing the field with a BARCS ELG competition. The latter is open to BARCS members only and offers the opportunity to fly a double entry of Open and either 2 metre or electric 100” at a discounted rate. BARCS members who enter both the ELG and the subsequent F5J event benefit from a further £5 discount for the two £25 down from £30. Sunday sees the F3K DLG’s take to the field alongside day one of a 2 day F5J competition run to UK variation rules. In the evening, the formal side of proceedings take place in the conference hall with the AGM, as announced elsewhere, commencing at 6.00pm followed at around 7.00pm with the running of a free bring and buy swap meet for you to bring along your pre-loved soaring items to pass on to new homes and pass the time chatting to fellow enthusiasts. On Monday, the final rounds of the F5J competition will complete. The on field activities are subject of course to the weather. Those who wish may camp on the field, whilst those who prefer more comfort should find plenty of local accommodation to suit their pocket. See BMFA National Centre for more information. Entries can be made online HERE Alternatively enter by completing the form below as per instructions on the form (F5B entries to be via BMFA website at BMFA F5B Nats). RADIOGLIDE Entry Form 2018.docx RADIOGLIDE Entry Form 2018.pdf View full news and information
  5. mikef

    Radioglide 2017 F3K Report and Results

    Entries were well up this time on the past few years at 18 - we only had 8 in 2016. This trend has been there for all of the first three F3K events this season and is a very welcome sign. Not just more entries but an improving standard of flying across the board with several new names coming in and already flying at a good standard. We were all keen to see and try the new BMFA National Centre field and we were not disappointed. Driving up from London I met increasingly overcast conditions and a fair breeze from the west. The sky cleared during the day and the wind dropped off giving ideal conditions for a contest. F3K set up camp outside what will be the main carpark for the field with the box towards the south-western corner of the property. People were able to operate from their cars but the box was constrained by the newly seeded runways which we need to stay off until the grass is established. Once we can get on there, it will be an even nicer set-up. CD Michael Stern had set up 8 rounds of 3 slots to give a relaxed contest and make sure that the newer pilots could always get an experienced timer/caller to help them through the various tasks, which can seem a bit confusing at first. Everybody enjoyed the way the contest ran and we were treated to some spectacular flying from the top pilots who seem to able to conjure some help from the slightest waft of lift with their modern high performance airframes. Some of the tasks require pilots to make fast turnarounds – a tip catch timed to the second followed but an ultra-rapid re-launch – to maximise air time. We fly to a 10 minute slot for the 1,2,3,4 task. Here, you need to make four flights as near as possible to the maxes to win – you can do them in any order so you need to think on your feet. You cannot actually do the full times as they add up to ten minutes and you need to re-launch three times on the way. The eventual winner, Michael Stern (yes the CD!) did 0:57 1:58 3:00 4:00 making a total of 9:55 in 10 minutes! In the 5 x 2:00 round he also did 9:55 but this time with four re-launches making 2:00 1:59 2:00 1:59 1:57. That’s about one second for each re-launch given that times are rounded DOWN to the nearest second. As Team Manager, it was good to see this year’s Team of Michael Stern, Mike Challinor and Richard Swindells finish in that order in the top three places. 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; } 1 Michael Stern 7000 2 Mike Challinor 6950 3 Richard Swindells 7875 4 Marin M 7273 5 Phil P 7060 6 David P 7006 7 Neil H 6879 8 Carlos DS 6111 9 Simon B 6502 Full results are in the Forum post below Nick winds up for a big launch. Matt and Phil head out for a flight.
  6. Gary B

    Radioglide 2017 Report and Results

    Once again it is my pleasure to collate the reports from Radioglide 2017. Held for the first time at the BMFA National Flying Centre. Photo credits are Gary Binnie, Chas Dunster, Graham James and Neil Harrison (F3K). Saturday 27 May Two competitions were held on Saturday, a combined Open class/100S at the eastern end of the field and F5B just south of the main runway. The day started with light winds and a high, thin overcast allowing milky sunshine through, there was a light shower early on but the main problem was an ever-increasing wind strength which caused us to give up early. Open/100S Report by Peter Allen (CD) 18 entries, six of whom were doubling up with both Open and 100" models and all battling the wind! We were lucky to avoid the heavy showers that affected many areas but the wind strengthened enough to make flying unpleasant and more of an endurance test so we decided to curtail the preliminaries after 3 round and move straight to a four pilot fly off. Two of the contestants managed to land in trees so the result was an unexpected but very well deserved win for Alan Morton flying his trusty Tracker. F5B Report by Greg Lewis Round 1 of the inaugural F5B event at Radioglide at the NFC started with very calm conditions. Running up to the event the forecast had been for winds gusting up to 40 mph. A band of rain passed through as forecast and Alan Flockhart had the honour of being the first pilot to fly. Alan and the next pilot Steve struggled in the humid dense air. Next to fly was Greg Lewis who posted a more respectable flight of 46 legs. Josef Mouris was the last of the top flight pilots to fly and hit 48 legs. A number of pilots missed out on landing points or used motor on time to complete the duration. As forecast the wind increased and through Round 2 the forecast high windspeed arrived. Due to the close proximity of the F5B landing spots to the hedge landing became a dangerous task. Model survival became more important than going for the landing bonus. After Round 3 two planes had been damaged and we decided to call a halt to the event after a vote from the pilots. As usual the event was close with Alan Flockhart claiming first place, with Josef Mouris pipping Greg Lewis to 2nd place by .7 of a point. Tony Wilson with some excellent flying won top spot in the intermediate class. We all agreed the NFC is an excellent field and once the seeded areas are in use we will have more scope to get the landing circles away from the hedge. Sunday 28 May ELG Report by Pete Mitchell I am very happy to say that this ‘trial’ BARCS competition run to Bartlett’s rules was a success. We were lucky with the day, it was dry with light’ish winds, sunshine rarely, and cloudy. What more could you want, typical weather for the time of year. It was all a bit daunting for me as I had persuaded the committee to give it a try, so I felt under some self-imposed pressure. Added to that, it was one of the first comps at the NFC so I did not want to be the one BMFA spoke to if their property got damaged. For those who have not yet been to Buckminster, it is worth a visit. At the moment you can only see the terrific amount of preparation work and new build that has gone on since the lease was signed. The flying field is very large, not suitable for all classes of competition, but more than adequate for most. I am sad to read some of the comments made on other forums which say it is a waste of money. I think they are wrong and all model flying is going to benefit from it in one way or another as time goes on. The comp was a little late starting due to new equipment gremlins, but after a pilots’ briefing to clarify a few points we started first flights at 10.15. Conditions at first looked as if it was going to be an easy day, but this soon changed and it became more difficult to find and stay in good air. Most pilots had at least one or even two bad rounds, some had even more. Pete Allen was the worthy winner, and prizes were presented by BMFA Chairman Chris Moynihan. The old BARCS Electroslot trophy was presented to Peter, and it looks like the Electroslot name will be used for this new set of rules. Thanks to all who supported and took part, everyone seemed to enjoy the format. And also thanks to those who voted at the following AGM to approve the adoption of these rules as BARCS own. F3K Report by Mike Fantham Entries were well up this time on the past few years at 18 - we only had 8 in 2016. This trend has been there for all of the first three F3K events this season and is a very welcome sign. Not just more entries but an improving standard of flying across the board with several new names coming in and already flying at a good standard. We were all keen to see and try the new BMFA National Centre field and we were not disappointed. Driving up from London I met increasingly overcast conditions and a fair breeze from the west. The sky cleared during the day and the wind dropped off giving ideal conditions for a contest. F3K set up camp outside what will be the main carpark for the field with the box towards the south-western corner of the property. People were able to operate from their cars but the box was constrained by the newly seeded runways which we need to stay off until the grass is established. Once we can get on there, it will be an even nicer set-up. CD Michael Stern had set up 8 rounds of 3 slots to give a relaxed contest and make sure that the newer pilots could always get an experienced timer/caller to help them through the various tasks, which can seem a bit confusing at first. Everybody enjoyed the way the contest ran and we were treated to some spectacular flying from the top pilots who seem to able to conjure some help from the slightest waft of lift with their modern high performance airframes. Some of the tasks require pilots to make fast turnarounds – a tip catch timed to the second followed but an ultra-rapid re-launch – to maximise air time. We fly to a 10 minute slot for the 1,2,3,4 task. Here, you need to make four flights as near as possible to the maxes to win – you can do them in any order so you need to think on your feet. You cannot actually do the full times as they add up to ten minutes and you need to re-launch three times on the way. The eventual winner, Michael Stern (yes the CD!) did 0:57 1:58 3:00 4:00 making a total of 9:55 in 10 minutes! In the 5 x 2:00 round he also did 9:55 but this time with four re-launches making 2:00 1:59 2:00 1:59 1:57. That’s about one second for each re-launch given that times are rounded DOWN to the nearest second. As Team Manager, it was good to see this year’s Team of Michael Stern, Mike Challinor and Richard Swindells finish in that order in the top three places. 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; } 1 Michael Stern 7000 2 Mike Challinor 6950 3 Richard Swindells 7875 4 Marin M 7273 5 Phil P 7060 6 David P 7006 7 Neil H 6879 8 Carlos DS 6111 9 Simon B 6502 Full results are in the Forum post below Nick winds up for a big launch. Matt and Phil head out for a flight. AGM The AGM was held after flying in the restored indoor dressage building, there was a good attendance by members. In memory of Robin Sleight a pair of his gliders were placed either side of the projector screen and we held a short period of silence. A BARCS Fellowship was awarded to Colin Paddon and the Eppler Trophy was awarded to Colin Paddon and Kevin Beale for their Proglide design. Two proposals were carried with no opposing votes, a committee proposal to allow re flights in Open class competitions and a member’s proposal to update the BARCS ELG rules. Monday 29 May It had rained heavily during the night and the morning dawned foggy and damp with a very low cloudbase. We spent the morning chatting, a couple of pilots launched into the low gloom but at 12:00 the decision was taken to cancel the F5J competition. And there it was, all over for another year! Shame that the weather played a part in spoiling what is always a great weekend, my thanks to all the organisers and CDs. Gary Binnie
  7. It's Radioglide time again and this year we get our first taste of the field at the BMFA National Flying Centre! Please get your entries in ASAP. Unlike our normal events late entries can be tricky (sorry for highlighting this so late). Entries close on Friday 19th, this Friday! As usual, new entrants are very welcome and we will do our best to take care of you. Online entry link: https://www.barcs.co.uk/store/category/5-radioglide-entry/ Start time is 10am, so please aim to get there by about 9am to get yourselves set up to be ready. Please post below once you have entered so that I can add you the list. Entries: 1.Michael Stern 2.Martin O 3.Phil P 4. MikeF 5. Simon B 6. Mike C 7. Marin 8. Nikola A 9. Carlos 10. Jonathan Bennetto 11. Tony Beckett 12. Neil P 13. Richard 14. Neil H 15. Aubrey 16.Matt 17. Dave
  8. Austin

    Radioglide 2017 Entry Open

    Now in its 38th year, Radioglide will be the first organised event to take place at the BMFA National Flying Centre 27th-29th May at Buckminster near Grantham and is being held prior to the official opening in the summer. The field itself is huge and we will be running two flight lines each day which will allow a combined Open and 100S competition and an F5B (F3Be) event to be run on Saturday, F3K and ELG (run to the proposed new rules) on Sunday (see Bulletin) and F5J on Monday. In the Open/100s and ELG formats, a second entry is possible and this is being offered at a reduced fee to encourage participation. We are also hoping to have an introductory trial of F3RES over the weekend. For those who do not know F3RES uses 2m wingspan models launched using a bungee and is becoming very popular in some European countries. Exact details will be released on the BARCS website forum, so please keep an eye there for updates. A traditional paper entry form accompanies the Bulletin BARCS members and renewers will have received in the post. Online entry is available. Radioglide Entry Form 2017 Final.pdf Click here for online entry Updates will appear in this forum topic. This is the second year that our AGM will be held on the Sunday evening of Radioglide, 28th May, and will be held for the first time in the new hall at the NFC. The BARCS AGM is an important get-together and we encourage all members to come along, hear the officers’ reports, debate any change proposals and witness the award of a BARCS fellowship. There will be an opportunity to discuss the future of soaring classes in the UK. Camping will be available on site, with toilets and running water but no hook-ups are available at this early stage in the Centre’s development. For those seeking a little more comfort, there are several Travelodge, Premier Inn and other options in the local area, the site is close to the A1 and around 20 minutes from Melton Mowbray, half an hour from Grantham. Venue address BMFA National Flying Centre is in Sewstern Road, Buckminster, Near Grantham, NG33 5RW, Coordinates 52.7792 N, 0.7066 W
  9. Austin

    Radioglide 2017 Entry Open

    Now in its 38th year, Radioglide will be the first organised event to take place at the BMFA National Flying Centre 27th-29th May at Buckminster near Grantham and is being held prior to the official opening in the summer. The field itself is huge and we will be running two flight lines each day which will allow a combined Open and 100S competition and an F5B (F3Be) event to be run on Saturday, F3K and ELG (run to the proposed new rules) on Sunday (see Bulletin) and F5J on Monday. In the Open/100s and ELG formats, a second entry is possible and this is being offered at a reduced fee to encourage participation. We are also hoping to have an introductory trial of F3RES over the weekend. For those who do not know F3RES uses 2m wingspan models launched using a bungee and is becoming very popular in some European countries. Exact details will be released on the BARCS website forum, so please keep an eye there for updates. A traditional paper entry form accompanies the Bulletin BARCS members and renewers will have received in the post. Online entry is available. Radioglide Entry Form 2017 Final.pdf Click here for online entry Updates will appear on the Radioglide 2017 forum topic below. This is the second year that our AGM will be held on the Sunday evening of Radioglide, 28th May, and will be held for the first time in the new hall at the NFC. The BARCS AGM is an important get-together and we encourage all members to come along, hear the officers’ reports, debate any change proposals and witness the award of a BARCS fellowship. There will be an opportunity to discuss the future of soaring classes in the UK. Camping will be available on site, with toilets and running water but no hook-ups are available at this early stage in the Centre’s development. For those seeking a little more comfort, there are several Travelodge, Premier Inn and other options in the local area, the site is close to the A1 and around 20 minutes from Melton Mowbray, half an hour from Grantham. Venue address BMFA National Flying Centre is in Sewstern Road, Buckminster, Near Grantham, NG33 5RW, Coordinates 52.7792 N, 0.7066 W
  10. Gary B

    Radioglide 2016 Report and Results

    Once again it is my pleasure to collate a report for this year’s Radioglide event. Held at the now familiar Tudor Farm near the village of Edgcott in Buckinghamshire, the winch launch competitions were held in a new field adjacent to the previously used one as this has been ploughed and planted with crop. The weather stayed dry for all three days, a touch windy at times (some might say more than a touch!) and a great time was had by all. Please find the individual discipline reports below, I hope there are no glaring errors but it is difficult sometimes as a competing pilot to take in all that is going on. Saturday 28th May F5J – Gary Binnie Colin Boorman. Radioglide F5J winner 2016 The day dawned fine with a hazy blue sky initially, cumulus developed in the early afternoon with a North Easterly wind up to 12 mph but it was quite calm at times, probably due to thermal influence. It was fairly chilly in the morning requiring light jackets to be worn but warmed up to 19°C later. The air in early rounds featured weak lift with the best pilots making the most of it and flying the slots out. Pilots flew together in groups of four or five with seven rounds flown with a dropped score applied. Timing and spotting in F5J is a responsible job and you can often be paired up with a pilot that you’ve never worked with before. A lighter moment for me was during a launch with Al Lipscombe, he became unbalanced somehow and launched the model awkwardly and in a downward direction instead of nose up. I heard a faint click which was his right hand coming down to the transmitter to accidentally turn the motor switch off with the model now climbing! The model landed about 50 metres upwind and we walked over to record the flight, time was 11.8 seconds (I couldn’t bring myself to round it up to 12!) with a launch height of six metres. We handed the score card in which bagged him a mighty 13 points, this was handily voided with the drop score applied and we all had a chuckle. Peter Allen launches his Tragi with Ian Duff on the watches (Photo Graham James) Everybody has their own preference for motor switch position, my own method is to use a latching switch on the left back of the transmitter which operates towards me during motor run with my finger holding it in the on position just in case. A useful break was taken every couple of rounds to enter the scores with a longer lunch break. The local red kites showed the way as usual, I joined a circling seagull once, I don’t usually trust them but it was going up! Final positions were Colin Boorman winning, Dave East as runner-up with Graham Wicks in third place. F5J Results Rank Name Score Pcnt Raw Score Rnd1 Rnd2 Rnd3 Rnd4 Rnd5 Rnd6 Rnd7 Drop1 1 BOORMAN, Colin 5904.4 100 6676.7 959.2 1000 975.8 992.2 1000 977.2 772.3 772.3 2 EAST, Dave 5874 99.49 6409.8 995.7 960.7 1000 935.8 535.8 1000 981.8 535.8 3 WICKS, Graham 5844.5 98.99 6757.5 940.1 1000 956.9 990.4 971.9 985.2 913 913 4 DUFF, Ian 5827.6 98.7 6196.9 961.6 913.6 369.3 1000 1000 1000 952.4 369.3 5 ALLEN, Peter 5774.5 97.8 6283.2 508.7 994.6 1000 906.6 1000 873.3 1000 508.7 6 RAYBONE, Mike 5343.1 90.49 5690.8 1000 996.4 621.6 921.2 347.7 803.9 1000 347.7 7 AUSTIN, Brian 5139.7 87.05 5448.9 1000 309.2 1000 959.1 521.2 739.1 920.3 309.2 8 BEALE, Kevin 5104.7 86.46 5118.9 423.3 999.1 747.2 1000 935.9 999.2 14.2 14.2 9 PADDON, Colin 5076.2 85.97 5502.9 426.7 954.6 601.8 1000 891.1 976.5 652.2 426.7 10 GADENE, Ray 5054.9 85.61 5496.9 442 966 632.9 967.8 627.9 1000 860.3 442 11 BINNIE, Gary 4983.1 84.4 5345.4 530.6 949.5 918.3 741.3 922.9 362.3 920.5 362.3 12 DICKENSON, Bob 4973.3 84.23 4973.3 1000 1000 498.5 998.3 0.0001 476.5 1000 0 13 LIPSCOMBE, Al 4059.4 68.75 4073.3 13.9 372.6 690.8 736 945.2 906.3 408.5 13.9 14 PHILCOX, Cengiz 4007.2 67.87 4007.2 830.2 0.0001 530.5 886.3 970.9 789.3 0 0 100S – Graham James Kevin & Peter Newitt. Radioglide 100s Joint winners 2016 (Photo Alan Morton) The 100s competition was flown concurrently with the F5J in the adjacent field, Alan Morton was invited to CD. We had 13 entries in pre-allocated teams, on the day only 12 turned up so Alan juggled them around to give us four teams of three and flying started around 10.40am. Five rounds and two fly-offs were matrixed. The warm air and gentle breeze created some good workable lift throughout the day and all but one of the 15 slots flown during the first five rounds were flown out. Up until round three all models apart from one out of field had landed inside the landing zone, during the 3rd round. John Hullet misjudged and landed out and Neville Warby making his final turn, was grabbed by an innocent looking tree! It was later recovered by the farmer’s cherry picker with no damage. During the rest of the first five rounds we had excellent flight times including one from Dave Leech at 7.54 he came off the line early but still managed to fly out the slot. After a very enjoyable five rounds the top four pilots entered the fly-off, Kevin Newitt, Fozzy Devall, Peter Newitt and Graham James. Nesting Tracker (Photo Graham James) All pilots launched and were soon into decent air; Graham lost out and had to settle for 6.45 while the others continued to fly the slot out. Following a misunderstanding in the second fly off, in which a model was relaunched when it shouldn’t, there was an unfortunate mid-air which resulted in Peter Newitt having to land prematurely. It was apparent that but for this he was likely to have taken a clean win of the event, so in the spirit of good sportsmanship it was decided to award Peter and Kevin Newitt joint winners. The day ended with everyone in high spirits after what was an excellent day's flying, it was good to see pilots still enjoying a good old fashioned 100s competition. Results Rounds Pilot Name Rnd 1 Rnd 2 Rnd 3 Rnd 4 Rnd 5 Final Score %Score Position Kevin Newitt 1000 1000 1000 1000 998 4998 100.00 1 Fozzy DeVall 1000 996 1000 1000 1000 4996 99.96 2 13. Peter Newitt 1000 1000 861 1000 1000 4861 97.26 3 Graham James 970 967 955 976 988 4856 97.16 4 8. Alan Morton 1000 1000 628 1000 1000 4628 92.60 5 David Leech 647 696 984 961 1000 4288 85.79 6 Robin Sleight 467 850 1000 704 988 4009 80.21 7 Neville Warby 998 752 0 988 1000 3738 74.79 8 Ken Goddard 776 998 996 478 435 3683 73.69 9 John Hullet 994 688 512 515 900 3609 72.21 10 John Shenstone 915 996 675 0 0 2586 51.74 11 Dave Fogg 0 657 0 0 0 657 13.15 12 Final Positions 1st 13. Peter Newitt 1997 100.0 1st 11. Kevin Newitt 1997 100.0 3rd 4. Fozzy DeVall 1652 82.7 4th 5. Graham James 1057 52.9 Thanks to Alan for running the competition and all the regular 100s pilots who assist in laying out the field and in particular the inimitable Neville Warby. Sunday 29th May Multi-launch – Graham James Multilaunch Fly-Off Pilots (Photo Graham James) Sunday’s weather was a bit of a disappointment by comparison, overcast with a chilly North Easterly breeze turning to broken cumulus later in the afternoon. Five preliminary rounds were flown plus two fly-off rounds. There was a fairly even split of winch and electric launch gliders and one DLG flown by Mike Fantham. The ‘sailboat start’ meaning that all flights are timed from the start of the slot (or end of the individuals launch phase) and electrics set to 175 metres leads to a very level playing field and some long flight times the best of which being a 9.59 by Al Lipscombe. This parity was further borne out in that the four pilots in the fly-off used a 50/50 mix of winch launch and electric gliders. Good air in the first fly off slot saw flight times of 14.53 for Peter Allen (Electric) and 14.46 for Kevin Beale (Winch). In the second round, with the lift not so good Peter and different winch launcher, Colin Boorman produced times of 11.25 and 11.07 respectively. But in the end it was Peter Allen (Electric) who proved triumphant followed by Kevin Beale (Winch), Colin Boorman (Winch) and Colin Paddon (Electric). As well as the presentation of the FACCT Trophy to the overall winner, prizes were given for Best Winch, Electric and Hand Launch competitors. We were delighted to be visited by the legendary Geoff Dallimer, BARCS No. 1, who showed a keen interest in the model development over the years since his days of designing models such as the Zephyr 100s design featured in RCM&E. Multi-launch Fly-Off Results Rank Name Score Pcnt Raw Score Rnd1 Rnd2 1 ALLEN, Peter 1964.4 100 1964.4 964.4 1000 2 BEALE, Kevin 1934.7 98.49 1934.7 1000 934.7 3 BOORMAN, Colin 1728.2 87.98 1728.2 752.7 975.5 4 PADDON, Colin 1544.3 78.61 1544.3 606.9 937.4 DLG Pilot's Perspective of Multi-launch – Mike Fantham I entered Multi-launch partly out of curiosity and partly because I had helped Jef Ott to prepare a rule change proposal aimed at getting more hand launch pilots out to ML events - so I thought I'd better try one! The first thing I noticed was that I was quickest into the air on arrival at the field. The model was fully assembled in the car when I arrived and I just had to step out onto the field and throw. That was to be the only advantage I had because the weather seemed a bit breezy for hand launch to be the best option for me to win the event. Chas Dunster kindly volunteered to time for me and he wasn't flying himself so I had a dedicated helper. I soon got into the swing of things except the 'finding good air' part. The hand launch flyer gets four flights added together to make up the slot score and a two second bonus for each re-launch. I hoped to 'get away' on one of these and fly out the slot each time. However, from a 35 metre launch in the breezy conditions, I only really got any help on a couple of flights all day, making about four minutes each time. It was a bit galling seeing the others making 200 metres and having plenty of range and time to find air. In the end, I was pleased to see that I was 12th out of the 14 at the end of the day and I took home a bottle of wine as the best (only!) Hand launch entrant. I need to practice my spot landings. I can easily catch the model on most flights normally but I can also easily change my position to meet the model! When you have to stand still and land at your feet, it gets much harder! The best part was meeting and flying with some of the 'names' from the 'big glider world' - nice bunch of chaps and I was made welcome and to really feel part of the event. The top Hand launch pilots, launching almost twice as high as I can would be competitive in this class. I was 7th of the 8 the next day in Hand launch.... Come and try F3K flyers. Monday 30th May F3K – Mike Fantham We had a low entry of eight - one original entrant had to drop out because a long struggle to finish his model had not worked out. He still came out to help and time on the Monday which was very welcome! We were pleased to see Liam Hawes out again and to welcome Jason Bioletti at his first F3K event - he retired early but said had a good time and that he'd be back. The forecast had been dire all the previous week and I had posted a warning of cancellation the BARCS forum on the Saturday promising a decision by midday Sunday. On Sunday morning, I was busy with the MLG contest but checking the weather as well. Rain looked unlikely and the wind was high but below the limit so I decided to go ahead with F3K - we had the minimum eight required for a league-counting event and would need four rounds for the score to count. Monday morning saw me on the field at 08:45 choosing a site for the launch and landing 'box'. It was fairly near the chicken farm edge of the field to try to keep the F3J field downwind, ensuring a 'friendly' area for any land-outs. In the event nobody dared stray that far downwind. The wind was strong but it was flyable and I could range upwind on my test flights - helped by 84 grams of ballast in my already-heavy 'Bonus' – a 400 gm total weight! I had some problems with the sound gear but we got going soon after 10:00 with an initial aim of completing four rounds. Pilots soon found that there was 'help' over the edge of the field - possibly slope lift from the trees/hedge. Michael Stern only dropped 20 seconds in the 5x2 in round 1. He would hope to drop around five seconds in perfect weather so it was an excellent score in the rough conditions. There was turbulence of course but we coped and I wasn't aware of too much in the way of damage. After three successful rounds, I had decided to go to five rounds before lunch and before I did any scoring because a fifth round means that there's one dropped round score available to pilots. The usual suspects were building a lead and Richard Swindells was ahead at lunch with Michael Stern second and Simon Barker third. Conditions still seemed pretty much the same so we decided to press on after lunch and see what happened. I started the sixth round and it soon became apparent that conditions had become more turbulent and the wind had increased. I saw some flights upset badly and only some fast –reaction piloting got them safely back on the ground - usually 'in the box'. After slot two of that round, I called it a day. Nobody complained! As to models, the top four all used a Stream NXT for at least some of their flights. The trend continues to solid core moulded wings and lighter models with lower wing areas. Full slot-by-slot results are available in the F3K and Hand launch section of the BARCS forum. 1. Richards Swindells 4994 2. Michael Stern 4905 3. Simon Barker 4599 4. Liam Hawes 4347 5. Alex Holswilder 4330 6. Lorry Green 3142 7. Mike Fantham 2661 8. Jason Bioletti 1404 F3J – Gary Binnie/Graham James Neil Jones. Radioglide F3J winner 2016 More overcast still than the first couple of days and a stronger NNE wind requiring thicker jackets than Saturday (motorcycle jacket for me!). The forecast was to be dry all day which it was but moisture could be felt in the air but not seen. With the strong wind most pilots used the technique of hanging into wind and ‘bouncing’ any lift with the occasional circle. Conditions improved and more and more people were venturing further afield. I noticed from the lunch break scores that I was doing quite well and decided to ‘go for it’ in the next round by circling off merrily down wind, unfortunately my plan failed with my trusty Xplorer not quite making it back to the field against the headwind, c’est la vie! Landing itself quite neatly in the next field I have at last broken my duck of landing ‘au vache’ and plan to risk it more in future. Kevin Beale with Spotter Colin Boormann The familiar Xplorers, Maxas and Tragi's dominated the models used but Pike Perfects, Shadows and Xperience Pros were also in evidence and still very competitive. Also on show were a couple of the new Optimus machines which look very good and are likely to prove popular in the future. Five rounds were flown followed by two fly-off rounds, all under the familiar, watchful eye of BARCS President, Sydney Lenssen. The preliminary rounds saw the top four pilots going onto the fly offs. Appropriately, Neil Jones with a maximum 5000, Kevin Beale and Mark Devall, who comprise the UK Team for the forthcoming World Championships, all made it through along with Colin Paddon who is a helper on the team. Neil didn’t have it all his own way, with Kevin winning the first slot but by only 6.3pts. In fly-off two however, the roles were reversed and Neil came out on top overall. And so to prize giving. Neil Jones took the Humbrol Trophy for F3J. Additional Radioglide prizes also went to Colin Boorman for the highest place competitor over the whole three Days (Victor Ludorum) and to Jason Bioletti as the Best Newcomer (Lillienthal Trophy). F3J Fly-Off Results Rank Name Score Pcnt Raw Score Rnd1 Rnd2 1 JONES, Neil 1993.7 100 1993.7 993.7 1000 2 BEALE, Kevin 1786.9 89.63 1786.9 1000 786.9 3 PADDON, Colin 1522.4 76.36 1522.4 848 674.4 4 DEVALL, Mark 1515.7 76.02 1515.7 979.5 536.2 Rounds Rank Name Score Pcnt Raw Score Rnd1 Rnd2 Rnd3 Rnd4 Rnd5 1 JONES, Neil 5000 100 5000 1000 1000 1000 1000 1000 2 BEALE, Kevin 4457.1 89.14 4457.1 1000 782.6 1000 674.5 1000 3 DEVALL, Mark 4432.6 88.65 4432.6 780.3 1000 975.2 1000 677.1 4 PADDON, Colin 4415.2 88.3 4415.2 968.5 498.6 948.1 1000 1000 5 PHILCOX, Cengiz 4411.2 88.22 4411.2 991.2 798.9 905 1000 716.1 6 DUFF, Ian 4260.1 85.2 4260.1 1000 688.7 717.5 862.2 991.7 7 OSBOURNE, Ozzie 4168 83.36 4168 864.8 821.5 892.4 796.3 793 8 DICKENSON, Bob 4034.5 80.69 4034.5 850.5 690.4 652.4 993.2 848 9 BOORMAN, Colin 3961.1 79.22 3961.1 942.4 810.1 582.6 822.6 803.4 10 BINNIE, Gary 3719.9 74.4 3719.9 785.1 1000 934.8 0 1000 11 JAMES, Graham 3560.3 71.21 3560.3 888.2 657.2 694 920.7 400.2 12 SHENSTONE, John 3542.9 70.86 3542.9 730.5 972.7 511.9 489.4 838.4 13 DUNSTER, Chas 3517.1 70.34 3517.1 483.7 1000 694.1 788.2 551.1 14 EAST, Dave 3305.3 66.11 3305.3 1000 938.5 632 0 734.8 15 ALLEN, Peter 2990.9 59.82 2990.9 998.5 992.4 1000 0 0 16 RAYBONE, Mike 2676.1 53.52 2676.1 861.8 814.3 1000 0 0 17 LIPSCOMBE, Al 2449.4 48.99 2449.4 666.1 643.2 0 692.8 447.3 18 SLEIGHT, Robin 661.7 13.23 661.7 661.7 0 0 0 0 "Uncle" Sydney Lenssen Congratulations to all Winners in the four events over the weekend. We hope everyone enjoyed themselves. Many thanks go to all the CD’s for running the event and to the organisational team behind the whole weekend. Long may Radioglide continue.
  11. Austin

    Radioglide 2016 Entry

    Entry is now open for Radioglide 2016. The event will take place from 28th - 30th May at Tudor Farm, Marsh Gibbon Road, HP18 0UA. BARCS Membership is Mandatory for 100s and Multilaunch events. Double entries will be accepted for Multilaunch event, so you might fly any two different classes of model in the one event. As F5J, F3J and F3K competitions are BMFA League Events, BARCS Membership is not necessary. Camping There is NO camping available on the field. Arrangements have been made at Gubbins Hole Farm which is a Caravan Club registered site about half a mile away (post code OX27 0AN). This provides toilets and hook ups for Caravans at a cost £10 per night, Tents £5. There are also fields available at the site for evening flying. The number of power hook ups is limited, so bear in mind it is Bank holiday and book early, ring Joe or Jackie Taylor on 01296 770259 quoting GLIDING BARCS Members entering F3K or F3J Team Trial events can enter one Saturday event Free. To obtain the free Saturday event online you must add F3K or F3J to the basket first. You can enter online here You can enter by post by downloading the Radioglide Entry Form 2016 Directions to the flying site are available here
  12. Radioglide 2015 report by Garry Binnie is now on the main website. https://www.barcs.co.uk/home/news-and-information/radioglide-news/radioglide-2015-report-and-results/
  13. 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
  14. Austin

    Radioglide 2014 Results and Report

    I was asked if I could collate the results and happenings at Tudor Farm for this year’s Radioglide competition so here’s my attempt! Saturday 24 May Two competitions were held on Saturday, F5J in one field and 100S across the road in the other. The day started with heavy rain and did not initially look promising so I held off at home until lunchtime, on the drive over from Brackley the weather improved greatly. The F5J started around 1:30, very ably directed by Bernie Jones. This was my first F5J competition and I found it very interesting in comparison to F3J, lots of tactics involved, do you use a short or long motor run etc. or in my case who do you follow! There was a soaring weather window of a couple of hours then light rain returned to end the fun. Eleven pilots took part, I was pleased to come eighth but the winner was Colin Boorman (pictured below and also his first F5J competition) closely followed by Colin Paddon and Kevin Beale. 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: #4297C9; color: #FFF; font-weight: bold; } Position Pilot Score 1 Colin Boorman 3975.7 2 Colin Paddon 3926.6 3 Kevin Beale 3674 4 Terry Pelling 3198.2 5 Colin Lucas 3133.7 6 Terry Weeks 3098.3 7 Graham Wicks 2693.3 8 Gary Binnie 2601 9 Peter Mitchell 2588.9 10 Kevin Dart 2483.9 11 Peter Allen 2050.7 Across the road the 100S guys directed by Alan Morton were launching regularly and we had a grandstand view of one Tracker’s demise on the line! 12 pilots competed in the 100S with John Shenstone a very worthy winner, Alan second and Neville Warby third. A joint F5J/100S prize giving was held after the 100S fly-off. 100s Scores 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: #4297C9; color: #FFF; font-weight: bold; } Pilot Rnd 1 Rnd 2 Rnd 3 Rnd 4 Rnd 5 Final Score % Score Position 11 Alan Morton 1000 998 1000 1000 1000 4998 100 1 5 Neville Warby 966 976 1000 1000 1000 4942 98.9 2 1 Mark Deval 1000 1000 910 954 990 4854 97.1 3 9 John Shenstone 610 983 952 1000 994 4539 90.8 4 3 John Stanswood 861 1000 849 803 1000 4513 90.3 5 4 Graham James 885 896 979 746 989 4494 89.9 6 2 Gengiz Philcox 956 1000 904 902 718 4480 89.6 7 8 Robin Sleight 837 682 839 982 829 4170 83.4 8 7 Ken Goddard 666 757 994 641 715 3773 75.5 9 10 Bob Dickinson 610 774 842 523 668 3417 68.4 10 12 John Hulet 961 967 879 601 0 3408 68.2 11 6 Alan Lipscombe 1000 375 1000 953 0 3327 66.6 12 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; } slot 1 Time Bonus total running total Points Final Positions total % 1st 9 John Shenstone 1000 100 11 Alan Morton 5.5 50 400 400 825 2nd 11 Alan Morton 825 82.5 5 Neville Warby 5.37 50 387 387 798 3rd 5 Neville Warby 798 79.8 1 Mark Deval 5.2 50 370 370 763 4th 1 Mark Deval 763 76.3 9 John Shenstone 7.15 50 485 485 1000 5th 3 John Stanswood 0 0 3 John Stanswood 0 0 0 6th 4 Graham James 0 0 4 Graham James 0 0 0 7th 2 Gengiz Philcox 0 0 2 Gengiz Philcox 0 0 0 8th 8 Robin Sleight 0 0 8 Robin Sleight 0 0 0 9th 7 Ken Goddard 0 0 7 Ken Goddard 0 0 0 slot 2 11 Alan Morton 0 0 0 5 Neville Warby 0 0 0 1 Mark Deval 0 0 0 9 John Shenstone 0 0 0 Sunday 25 May Sunday dawned with much better weather, a glance at various forecasts before I left home said that it would be breezy which it definitely was! Again, separate competitions were run in each field, Multi-launch and F3J (Day 1 of the team trials). F3J started promptly after briefing by Sydney Lenssen as the field had been set up on Saturday, blue skies and fluffy cumulus clouds had most people flying the slots out (but underestimating the wind strength and not making the landing tape in my case!). We could see the multi-launchers launching and I was puzzled why they seemed to stop very early. As there were only seven competitors they had whizzed through the four-round matrix, CD’d by Terry Weeks there were six electric flyers, one winch launcher and no DLG entrants. The result was Terry Weeks first (with a perfect score of 4000 points), followed by Ray Gadenne and Terry Pelling. Back to the F3J field we were all having fun with the challenging conditions, the slots seemed to alternate with good air and bad air, I did spy a few gliders being retrieved from adjacent fields! Mid-afternoon the whole grid of full-size gliders (from the Nationals at Lasham) filled the sky. They were on a 380 km cross-country task so their task setter had confidence in the conditions (300 k tasks are set on good days, 500 k tasks on ‘mega’ days). Sunday’s F3J ended after six rounds and plenty of sunburn! Monday 26 May Monday morning’s weather was almost the same as Saturday, steady light rain but the winds were much lighter. We had been asked to arrive early to help set the F3J field up which we did and then moved it again after some debate about what the wind direction was actually going to be. While we were moving the field around the F3K guys got off to an early start and could be seen staying airborne on nothing in the other field (and quite happily flying in the rain). The rain stopped and off we went with Round 7 of the F3J, I removed all the ballast from my Cluster and wondered how I was going to stay up for 10 minutes! My winch line bunched badly and my first ‘ping’ did not work as I think power had been cut and I was stuck on the line, second ping worked to nearly get me up with the rest of the gliders in that slot. We all floated about at minimum sink and managed to find ‘good air’ that was probably coming off of the chicken sheds (the smell was not so good however!). Fascinating to see the true glide performance of the models. Light rain returned halfway through Round 7, we hung around optimistically hoping that it would stop but it became obvious that the game was up. Round 7 slot scores were voided and there could be no fly-off. The F3J result (which was taken as the placings after Round 6) was Dave East first (5,744 points), Kevin Dart second and Neil Jones third. 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: #4297C9; color: #FFF; font-weight: bold; } Rank Name Raw Score Rnd1 Dur Rnd2 Dur Rnd3 Dur Rnd4 Dur Rnd5 Dur Rnd6 Dur Score Pcnt 1 East, Dave 5744 1000 941.9 929.8 988.6 955.7 928 5744 100 2 Dart, Kevin 5724.9 1000 768.6 1000 1000 974.7 981.6 5724.9 99.67 3 Jones, Neil 5690.9 977.2 981.7 1000 776.6 955.4 1000 5690.9 99.08 4 Boorman, Colin 5641.7 996.1 959.5 856.2 1000 1000 829.9 5641.7 98.22 5 Paddon, Colin 5478.7 978.9 1000 1000 992.2 1000 507.6 5478.7 95.38 6 Allen, Peter 5433.7 998.7 614.6 1000 930.8 1000 889.6 5433.7 94.6 7 Glover, Chris 5394.3 721.5 1000 993.5 1000 716.4 962.9 5394.3 93.91 8 Wicks, Graham 5323.3 772.4 923.8 986.5 1000 752.3 888.3 5323.3 92.68 9 Beale, Kevin 5310.5 988.9 1000 998.7 687.6 790.3 845 5310.5 92.45 10 Osbourne, Ozzie 5198 756.4 1000 953.3 655.4 832.9 1000 5198 90.49 11 Johnson, Brian 5163.5 1000 607 1000 793.8 762.7 1000 5163.5 89.89 12 Devall, Mark 5010.2 843.6 954 981.4 673.4 1000 557.8 5010.2 87.22 13 Philcox, Cengiz 4990.6 846.1 1000 781.5 560.3 817.2 985.5 4990.6 86.88 14 Binnie, Gary 4939.3 734.6 620 863.3 863.6 991.7 866.1 4939.3 85.99 15 Duff, Ian 4923.1 996.2 736.2 711.2 985.7 493.8 1000 4923.1 85.71 16 Borowski, Andre 4893.6 1000 663.9 763 1000 466.7 1000 4893.6 85.19 17 Dickenson, Bob 4640.6 966.2 514.2 974.5 483.2 989.8 712.7 4640.6 80.79 18 Stanswood, Jon 4600.5 790.9 678 864.5 549.7 767.7 949.7 4600.5 80.09 19 Shenstone, John 4165.7 407.1 807.2 759.1 875.9 619 697.4 4165.7 72.52 20 Raybone, Mike 4097 0 854.7 813.3 572.6 1000 856.4 4097 71.33 21 Dunster, Chas 4096.5 1000 0 682.4 505.4 945.3 963.4 4096.5 71.32 22 James, Graham 3672.9 786.6 82.1 478.5 802.2 618.3 905.2 3672.9 63.94 23 Lipscombe, Al 3025.9 747.4 0 365.1 577.7 637.2 698.5 3025.9 52.68 24 Lloyd, Rick 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Meanwhile over in the other field the F3K chaps were still flying. CD’d by Lorry Green the result was first Richard Swindells, second Darius Zibikas and third Vytautus Zibikas. And there it was, all over for another year! Shame that the weather played a part in spoiling what is always a great weekend, my thanks to all the organisers and CDs. Gary Binnie. Radioglide results from the other classes. Radioglide 2014 F3K results and report Radioglide 2014 Multilaunch results and report
  15. Terry Weeks

    Radioglide 2014

    In spite of complaints that Radioglide 2013 did not provide enough events for the electric launched gliders, thus the staging of a Multilaunch competition this year, the entry level was very disappointing at only eight. Due to the poor forecast for the week end one of the eight did not attend, so cutting the final flyers to seven. This forced an, on-the-day re-matrix which was successfully implemented by CD Terry Weeks giving each flyer five fights and also ensuring that no-one flew against any other specific competitor more than twice. As it happened the weather for the event was good, a bright sky with some cloud cover but with a fairly stiff breeze which increased as the day progressed. Strong thermals were occasionally in evidence but they were few and far between so making for challenging flying conditions. Of the seven flyers six were flying electric launched models with only Robin Sleight flying a pure glider. No DLG flyers. Robin struggled with multiple line breaks due to the strong breeze and (as the only glider flyer) he had no back up winch available. However on the one occasion where the line held, he had the highest launch and the best score of the day at 9.45 plus 50. The electric launched flyers were very well matched and it was all pretty close with the result in doubt until the final flights allowing for one score to be dropped. With the dropped score, Terry Weeks (in addition to his CD duties) emerged the winner. With the difficulty of finding good lift, it was often the earliest electric re-launch which won the slot. The revised height limiter cut off of 175 (rather than 150M) worked well in practice. Robin’s one (no line break) launch, as mentioned above, was probably slightly higher but the electric launched models were able to penetrate much further upwind prior to the start of the timed flight so the multi-launch concept worked fairly. Regardless of the low entry, those who did fly, enjoyed the day but thought is needed for 2015 to ensure better support of what is, arguably a premier BARCS soaring class contest. Results: Terry Weeks 4000 1st Ray Gadenne 3938 2nd Terry Pelling 3919 3rd Jeff Ott 3826 4th Peter Mithcell 3690 5th Glyn Chambers 3581 6th Robin Sleight 2656 7th Martyn Wharrie DNF 8th Report by Terry Weeks & Robin Sleight
  16. lorrygreen

    Radioglide 2014

    Well yet again Radioglide provided a challenging days flying. A flurry of late entries meant we had 14 pilots entered with at least 5 of the usual suspects missing for various reasons. The original CD Simon Jones suffered a devastating family bereavement shortly before the event and obviously had much more important things on his mind than model flying at a very difficult time for the whole family. Our thoughts are with them as they struggle to come to terms with their loss. Tonk Hickson and the Mike’s (Stern and Fantham) were all on holiday, I hope your weather was better than ours, probably not that difficult in the circumstances given that they are in Corsica, Zimbabwe and Canada respectively. You don’t know what you missed. Last year’s winner Martin Halston and custodian of the Radioglide hand couldn’t make it, due to injury I believe. The addition of four first time entrants, Andrew Collier, Neil Harrison, Tony Butterworth and Mike Challinor, who made the not inconsiderable trek from a long way north, meant that in the circumstance 14 was a reasonable turnout. Also good to see Kevin Brown fit and raring to go after his winter health issues. It was nice to see we had exclusive use of the same field as last year which is just about ideal for F3K with enough features to generate some lift, but nothing that is obviously slope soarable, in keeping with the spirit of flat field soaring. The Great British weather kept everyone guessing with the forecast changing at least twice a day in the week before and to be fair I don’t think anyone had the faintest idea what we would be getting. Stiff upper lips all round meant everyone remained optimistic and seemed determined to get some flying done having already lost the first two comps of the year due to weather. The day dawned exactly as forecast, except that the sun appeared to be missing and it was raining hard in South Oxfordshire………….. Get to the field to find it was not raining and most people already there and test flying, oops CD one of the last to arrive – must try harder or spend less time in McDonalds. However it looks like I managed to bring the rain with me and as soon as we had the field and PA setup it started raining. After plenty of standing around we had a quick pilots briefing in light rain and managed to get the first round under way sometime after 10:30 I think. Round 1 was best five flights with a maximum of 2 min’s from unlimited launches. We managed to complete all three groups without interruption from the weather. Surprisingly, given that it had just stopped raining, there seemed to some buoyant air around with 32 maximums from 70 scoring flights. Richard Swindells won group 1 while Neil Harrison and Tony Butterworth made good starts by winning groups 2 and 3. Round 2, last 2 flights to count with a 4 min max.. Notable in this round was Richard making a 4 min max and a 2:44 to really hurt the scores of everyone else in his group, thanks…..I was in that group. I think we may have had a bit of a rain delay somewhere in round 2 but we eventually got it completed with Tony Butterworth and Darius Zibikas taking the 1000 in groups 2 and 3. Round 3, 1, 2, 3 & 4 min flight in any order. Richard again took the honours in group 1 with some very consistent flights, closer at the top this time with Darius not all that far behind. A cracking flight by Tony Beckett in group 2 saw him get a 4 min max to take the 1000, sadly I missed it as I was flying in the same group………..thanks again, I sometimes wonder why I bother. Group 3 was a much closer contest with the win going to Simon Barker by 6 seconds from Neil followed by Vytautas a further 31 seconds back with Tony Butterworth only 16 seconds behind him. Round 4 was poker……….. A tricky round for the newcomers as there is a lot going on and so easy to get a bit carried away and come unstuck. Looking at the scores consistency and not being overly ambitious were the way forward. Darius showed the way for a convincing win in group 1 with 3 x 1:35 and 2 x 1:40. I fear both Neil and Andrew Collier may have been a bit too ambitious in their first comp. Richard opted for the safe option as well and did enough to secure group 2 with 2 x 1:45 a 1:55, 1:50 and 1:40. There then followed a long rain delay which at one point looked like it might ruin the day with only one more group to fly to make it a valid comp. I lost track of time as trench foot and hypothermia were starting to set in fast but somewhere in there we decided that should we get the last group of round 4 flown then we would call it a day so Mike Challinor, having already flown in group 1, decided to make an early start back north, I don’t blame him and hope he had a safe journey home. Some time later we just decided to go for it despite the consistent light rain. Amazingly the conditions were not too bad and I managed to take the 1000 in group 3 with a 1:10, 3 x 1:20 and a slightly sketchy 1:40. I returned to the same little bit of buoyant air 5 times which had stayed exactly where I left it, which was nice. Not sure what drama befell Kevin but Tony Butterworth, another poker virgin, learnt a hard lesson about the tactics of Poker. Don’t worry Tony we’ve all been there and will no doubt all go there again. So after four rounds and with a valid comp in the books we called an end to proceedings at about 3:30ish, I guess it was a popular decision judging by the speed with which the field was cleared and packed into the boot of my car. A quick, if slightly moist, prize giving followed. 1- Richard Swindells with a perfect 4000 gets to look after the hand for a year. 2 – Darius Zibikas just 91 points behind on 3909 3 – Vytautas Zibikas on 3500 4 – Maria Freeman – 3442 5 – Tony Butterworth – 3405 6 – Mike Challinor – 3402 7 – Laurence Green – 3326 8 – Simon Barker – 3182 9 -Tony Beckett – 3012 10 – Aubrey Hack – 2994 11 – Neil Harrison – 2962 12 – Andrew Collier – 2508 13 – Andrew Green – 2383 14 – Kevin Brown – 2127 So congratulations to Richard on the win, I’m sure Hayley was impressed with the return of “the hand” and to Darius and Vytautas for second and third, well done all. Good placing for Maria in forth and Tony and Mike for fifth and sixth in their first comp. Quite tight from third to seventh with only a 174 point spread. Given the conditions there was a lot of great safe flying being done with no carnage as far as I could see. I think the worst damage was Aubrey loosing his launch blade. Thanks to everyone who made the effort to turn up for what turned out to be a damp but enjoyable days flying. It really makes it worthwhile putting the effort in to organise these things when we get a decent turn out even in less than perfect conditions. Nice to see some new faces and I hope poker hasn’t put you off too much and we will see you at some more comps this year. Having been “volunteered” at short notice by Mike Fantham to be CD following Simon’s understandable withdrawal I felt rushed and very underprepared to run this, but with help from a number of people it seems to have worked, thanks to Robin Sleight and Graham James at BARCS in particular. A big very thank you to Tony Beckett for stepping in and doing the scoring for me, I don’t think I could have done it without you, it really does make it less hassle to CD if someone else can take care of the scoring, also all at BARCS for their efforts in making the field available and making it happen. Lorry Green F3K CD BARCS Radioglide 2014 Download the official results below. F3K-Results-by-Round.pdf F3K-RG-2014.pdf
  17. Austin

    Radioglide 2013

    For those that may not have received forms or have not yet entered. Please enter as soon as possible to help the organisers. Details of Radioglide 2013 are on the main website.   http://www.barcs.co.uk/radioglide-2013  
  18. Austin

    Radioglide 2013 Report and Results

    What a weekend. Dry, bright and for the most part, warm weather, Radioglide hasn’t had it so good for many a year. Maybe it was the cross border hop into Buckinghamshire with the county trying to prove its supremacy over neighbouring Oxfordshire but whatever, our three days on Tudor Farm, just a couple of miles from the old Marsh Gibbon site proved to be a great success. A new site was required after the farmer at Marsh Gibbon decided to plough up and crop the old field. Peter Allen, ferried around the skies over Bicester by Gary Binnie in a Tiger Moth, spotted two superb fields and Peter made contact with the farmer. Saturday was a day of competitive contrast with one of the most traditional classes, 100s being contested on one side of the road, whilst concurrently the newest electric comp F5J, ran on the other. Due to some late drop outs, only 10 people flew in each. As usual, Neville Warby provided and along with Alan Morton and others, set up the facilities for 100s, with Chas Dunster acting as CD. Trackers were much in evidence though John Hulett continues to plough his own furrow with a developing line of traditionally built models, which are every bit as competitive. It was good to have a first time competitor in John Shenstone on the flightline, who took some slot wins and narrowly missed out on a fly off place. A lot of the slots were flown out in the light winds with lift marked clearly by a number of Kites and Buzzards resident on the farm. But still some managed to miss the landing box. Six rounds flown and it was time for the fly off. Mark (Fozzy) Devall, John Hulett, Alan Morton and Cengiz Philcox, stepped up for two, twelve minutes slots, launching on the buzzer each time. Moving to different parts of the sky, they made use of the lift with varying degrees of success with Fozzy and Alan in particular climbing to great height at huge distance. I’ll not name names but again some managed to miss the box on landing. The eventual winner and not for the first time, with a supreme display of mastery of these, not overly manoeuvrable machines was Fozzy Devall, with John, Alan and Cengiz taking the other places. Meanwhile, across the way F5J was being run by CD Bernie Jones, to whom BARCS is hugely grateful. Bernie had been working away from home in the days up to the competition and had persuaded Colin Lucas to act as chauffeur to get him up from the south coast for the day, thanks guys. Similar in many ways to its winch launch brother F3J, there is the added spice of reading the conditions to try and launch below 200 metres to maximise score. Models are pretty familiar too and we saw a mixture of Explorers, Clusters, Pikes, Storks, Supras and Maxas plus others but often with much lighter construction and less substantial spars producing all up flying weights below 2kg despite motors, batteries and the other electric paraphernalia. Again we welcomed newcomers to RG, Phil Hayward and Jason Burns Seven rounds, with one dropped score but no fly off was the format for the day. In the beautiful conditions, virtually every pilot managed a slot win but equally some were plagued with technical issues which marred their day and reduced their scores. Given the format, a consistent performance was called for to win and less than 300 points covered the top 3 places, with Colin Paddon taking top spot, followed by team mate Kevin Beale and stalwart of the electric scene Brian Austin in third. The day concluded with all pilots convening on the main field for prize giving. With the support of Easy Composites and donations from both Acemodels and West London Models, vouchers, modelling goods and glues accompanied the trophies, wine and certificates. Day two again dawned bright and if anything a little warmer for another day of interesting contrasts. This time two classes with international status, F3K and F3J and therefore the potential for pilots to make progress in securing places in the British Teams travelling to championships. F3K is quite a diverse competition format being made up of a number of different tasks. Unfortunately, I couldn’t be in two places at once, so I hand over to Simon Jones for a very comprehensive report. Radioglide was only the second F3K competition flown this year, with the first two being cancelled due to bad weather. F3K Eurotour was the first event flown in Lawford and although all 12 rounds were flown over the 2 days, conditions were very windy and several models ended up in trees or damaged. Radioglide was a complete contrast with sub 10 mph winds, sunshine and good thermic conditions. The field itself was excellent with short grass and plenty of space, and with enough boundary features to potentially kick off lift and make downwind returns interesting. 15 pilots took part, and it was the first competition for Chris Brain. 8 rounds were flown in 3 slots of 5 pilots with a different task in each round. The tasks were planned to give a mix of ‘turnaround tasks’, which rely on fast turnaround times to split pilots in good (max) conditions, and ‘max’ tasks where it is possible for multiple pilots to score 1000 in good conditions. Task flown were:- Round1: Best 3 flights, 6 launches only, 3 mins max Michael Stern was the only pilot to max this task in slot 2, although Chris Brain started with 2 x 3 min flights as the opening round of his first competition! Round 2: Increasing times 30, 45, 60, 75, 90, 105, 120 secs Tony Hickson and Michael Stern both achieved 120sec maxes in slots 1 and 2 respectively. Round 3: Best 3 flights, 320 sec max Michael Stern achieved best result in round 3 dropping only 6 seconds over 3 flights in slot 3. Round 4: Best 5 flights, 2 mins max Michael Stern again achieved best result dropping only 10 seconds over 5 flights in slot 3. Round 5: All up, 3 flights, 3 mins max Nobody managed to achieve 3 x 3 min flights but Chris Brain had the best time overall with 8 mins 6 secs. Round 6: Last 3 flights, 3 mins max Richard Swindells was the only pilot to max with 3 x 3 mins in slot 1. Round 7: Poker – 5 self nominated flights The love it or hate it round! A few pilots tried an ‘all or nothing’ big nomination to try and get away in good air and not have to re-launch. This meant flying a long way downwind and there were several land-outs in this round as a result. This really split scores and only 1 pilot in each slot achieved 5 nominated flights, all winning the slot as a result with ‘conservative’ nominations of around 1 min 30 secs. Round 8: Best 4 flights, 1,2,3 and 4 mins Richard Swindells and Michael Stern were both in slot 1 and both effectively ‘maxing’ the task. Richard only dropped 6 seconds over 4 launches to achieve 1,000 points and Michael dropped 9 seconds to score 994. Final Top 5 scores were:- 1. Martin Halston = 6,991 (100%) 2. Michael Stern = 6,734 (97.44%) 3. Darius Zibikas = 6,602 (95.53%) 4. Tony Hickson = 6,424 (92.95%) 5. Simon Jones = 6, 400 (92.61%) Congratulations to Martin for winning 5 slots and consistent overall flying to achieve 1st place. Martin didn’t put a foot wrong all day and came through the difficult poker round with 1,000 points to effectively seal the win. The prizes from our sponsors were much appreciated and the excellent field choice and conditions on the day made Radioglide 2013 a very enjoyable F3K competition! For further detail, pictures and comments, go to http://www.flyquiet.co.uk/smf/index.php?topic=3999.45 Over on the F3J field, things started off a little sombrely with a minutes silence to mark the passing of John Shaw, one of the founding fathers of the competition we were about to participate in. http://www.barcs.co.uk/forums/topic/4047-john-shaw/#entry106550 F3J had the biggest entry of the weekend with 22 pilots booked in but some late withdrawals. Many had flown in the 100s and F5J competitions from the day before. As mentioned above, this was a team selection event, along with Interglide and the British Nationals and as such ran over two days to finish on Bank holiday Monday. Also part of the national domestic league, it attracted many of the top British pilots. So was competition fierce? Well no. There was some excellent flying, some top hardware on display, Maxas, Explorers, Clusters etc. but the atmosphere was as usual, warm, friendly and low key. And this was further enhanced by the dulcet tones of CD Sydney Lenssen announcing the slots with a cheery ‘good luck, gentlemen’. The declared intent was to run a 9 round, one drop, competition, with fly off. On this the first day, the weather co-operated and given the company, as expected, many slots recorded times over 9.50 and 100 landing bonuses. But equally conditions were not easy. Yes the clouds and the birds indicated lift and on occasions the DLG’s in the upwind field gave competitors looking for low level thermals somewhere to aim for. However, different sides of the field gave different results. Some of the upwind lift stayed static and then broke away without warning leaving one circling on the spot in lift for five minutes and then frantically running from sink. Five slots of four pilots meant teams were fairly busy all the time and it took something around one and a half hours to run a round. Nonetheless, with no line breaks or reflights things were pretty relaxed and lines were dogged, scores handed in and a quarter hour lunch break allowed time to engage in more banter. Day one was completed with Colin Boorman sitting atop the pile having dropped just 12 points over six rounds, closely followed by Peter Allen, Mark Devall, Ian Duff and Bob Dickenson. In fact the top 12 places were all in the 90% range of scores. Day two promised slightly less pleasant conditions and although the rain was likely to stay away, the wind had backed and increased and the whole flightline needed swinging through 90 degrees, so thanks to Ozzie Osbourne and others who helped in relocating everything quickly and allowing us to get started promptly. Conditions were definitely more testing, the wind increased throughout the morning and it was cold, jumpers and jackets pressed into action. In conditions like these, the best pilots show their mettle, with people like Colin Paddon recording two 1000’s and he and Graham Wicks each completing a run of four consecutive slot wins. After round eight and with the wind still strengthening the competitors gathered and voted not to fly round nine and go straight to the fly off. As said before consistency is the name of the game in F3J and with four 1000’s and three 990+ scores Colin Borman retained first place with Ian Duff climbing to second, Peter Allen third and Bob Dickenson still in fourth. Colin Paddon had moved up the table to fifth but missed out on a fly of spot by just 0.5% Clocks reset to 15 minutes and the fly off began. All four pilots had varying degrees of luck over the two rounds but probably the unluckiest was Colin Boorman, who hit turbulence on his landing approach, resulting in an overfly, penalty and loss of landing point and knocking him down from top. So winner of the Humbrol Trophy for 2013 is Peter Allen. One unresolved result during the weekend was the winner of the Lilienthal Trophy for Best Placed Newcomer. There were a number of pilots competing at Radioglide for the first time but only flew one event. We ultimately had two contenders who competed in two but until the ratified results were available, their positions could not be confirmed. So welcome to Jason Burns, F5J and F3K and John Shenstone 100s and F3J and with scores of 149.82% and 157.31% respectively, John Shenstone is declared the winner Best Placed Newcomer, Radioglide 2013. For pictures of the weekend, courtesy of Phil Hayward, Jason Burns and Graham James http://www.glos-mfc.co.uk/phil/radio/1.htm http://s409.photobucket.com/user/jasonburns37/library/BARCS RadioGlide 2013/F3K 260513?sort=2&page=1 http://s409.photobucket.com/user/jasonburns37/library/BARCS RadioGlide 2013/F5J 250513 http://s1294.photobucket.com/user/GrahamJ01/slideshow/ All in all then, Radioglide was a huge success and we hope will continue to be so for years to come. Virtually everyone I spoke to felt we had the balance of the weekend about right. There were some suggestions we might try to get more events in and there is indeed a field free for one day but we need a few factors to come together to improve on where we are People to help with the organisation. We have asked all year for someone to represent the electric fliers but so far no volunteers. BARCS is your organisation if you want us to include your class into the committee’s thinking, participate. Competitors. Those that do compete tend to do so over more than one class, which means we might reduce the field if events conflict. It is after all the declared intent of RG to be a ‘Festival of Soaring’, so if 100s and F3J pilots will also fly F5J, then that will influence which events we choose to run. We look forward to continued debate on the subject and some support from the membership in making Radioglide better still. Thanks once again to all who took part. To Easy Composites, Acemodels and West London Models for their support. To all the CD’s and particularly to Peter Allen for securing the fields, taking entries, organising facilities, erecting signage, finding camp site, buying wine and clearing the site at the end of weekend along with Ozzie, Chas, Al Lipscombe, Neville Warby an others. A full set of results will be uploaded. Just awaiting F5J. See you in 2014. www.easycomposites.co.uk www.acemodel.co.uk www.westlondonmodels.co.uk Results
  19. thermaldoctor

    Radioglide 2013 F3J Team Trials

    Called in to Austin today (Acemodel) to get my preferred brand of towlines and some parachutes. Got the Maxas totally dialled and got overnight accommodation for Radioglide sorted at the Premier Inn. Looking forward to decent weather and a hard fought contest
  20. Hi Guys   I want to take part in the f5j event at Radioglide. What device should I get for my model, to enable me to take part?   A device that also functions as a height limiter would be good for practice and in case I ever take part in a height limited comp.   Cheers Tom  
  21. Austin

    Radioglide 2013 Information

    Radioglide 2013 is being held over the late May Bank Holiday weekend 25th – 27th May. Due to the ploughing up of our traditional field the event is moving to a new location just a couple of miles away at Tudor Farm, Marsh Gibbon HP18 0UA. The full schedule of events can be found on the entry form but they include 2 Team Trials for F3J (over 2 days) and F3K. This means that these events are open to non-BARCS members. We are grateful to the SFTC for granting us the honour of hosting these two important calendar dates. As a bonus to BARCS members, if you enter one of the two Team Trial events, you get free entry to either the 100s or F5J competitions on the Saturday, note these run concurrently so unfortunately it isn't possible to fly both. (That’s your annual subscription refunded right there!) You may not aspire to represent your country but you’ll find the competitors friendly, helpful and welcoming. Not only will you get to fly with some top pilots but remember your scores will count towards the BARCS Leagues. There are no camping facilities available on the field so arrangements have been made at a Caravan Club site close by at Gubbins Hole Farm OX26 0AN. This provides toilets and hook ups for Caravans at a cost £9 per night, Tents £5, there will be a cold shower available for tent users. There are also fields available at the site for evening flying. The number of power hook ups is limited, so bear in mind it is Bank holiday and book early, ring Joe or Jackie Taylor on 01296-770259 quoting GLIDING. We would like to acknowledge the kind support of Easy Composites Ltd. at Radioglide 2013
  22. Austin

    Radioglide 2012

    Radioglide takes place 2-5 June 2012. Details and Entry form on the main website. http://www.barcs.co.uk/radioglide-2012
  23. Austin

    Radioglide 2012 Report & Results

    Radioglide was again affected by the weather, although we did enjoy 3 full days flying out of the four offered by the extended bank holiday. This was slightly frustrating because the normal time for the event, end of May weekend enjoyed beautiful weather. However this year the bank holiday moved back a week so we, along with much of the rest of the Nation, suffered a very wet Sunday, forcing the cancellation of the Multi-launch event. This was unfortunate as it removed an opportunity to see how the electric launched gliders (now with a 150 meter height limiter cut off) performed relative to the winch launched pure gliders. Saturday started off with low cloud and light drizzle but the rain stopped quickly and the cloud base lifted enough early on to allow a prompt start to the F3K league competition. This event shared the field with Electric Launched Gliders (ELG) which had to wait for conditions to improve and allowed us to marvel at the launch heights now being achieved by the DLG’ers. I can’t give a detailed report on F3K as I was on the other side of the field but 11 pilots flew 8 rounds of the various tasks available. One score was dropped for the final placings, with Richard Swindells inevitably taking the win with 6962 points followed by Martin Halston and Simon Jones. After the delayed start for ELG, good air was to be found and most slots flew out the ten minutes. Indeed almost uniquely for an ELG competition there were no re-launches whatever during the event. The entry was very low for a national status competition however the standard of flying was high – the winner Cliff Hannam returning a perfect score of 6000 closely followed by Peter Allen who might also have achieved a 6000 score if he had not, by mistake, touched his motor control on final approach so turning that flight into a zero score. All “Open Class” ELG entrants flew moulded models, Pike Perfects being much in evidence, used by the many of the competitors, including Cliff Hannam, with Storks, Supras and Pulsars in evidence. The shared field (with F3K) worked without any problems. ELG Prize winners L -R Robin Sleight (Restricted Class) Peter Allen (Open runner up) Cliff Hannam (Open Winner) Terry Pelling (Open Third) The F3J competition on Monday enjoyed the best of the Bank Holiday weather and also had the largest entry. The competition was one of the “National” status events for the BMFA F3J team selection league but the bulk of the entrants were the regular flyers in the BMFA Southern group of F3J events. With a modest northerly breeze, conditions were good albeit cold for June and virtually all slots flew out. The competition ran along smoothly and the scheduled five rounds were completed in good time to allow a two slot fly-off of the top five pilots going into the fly-off were Graham Wicks, Colin Paddon, Chris Glover, Peter Allen and Mark De Vall. As always the fly-off produced some outstanding flying and the old master of such events, Colin Paddon beat Graham Wicks by a small margin to once again get his name on the Radioglide premier trophy. Without exception as one would expect, all models were moulded. Neil Jones was campaigning the new Pike Perfection from Samba Models. Samba must employ someone well versed in English language superlatives as they have, with the Pike series, progressed from the Pike to Pike Plus, Pike Superior, Pike Perfect and now the Perfection! An interesting model with an ultra thin, tall fin and rudder, the latter being unusually large. The latest Xplorers, Tragi Clusters, Supras and Maxas were all on show, with a smattering of older Shadows, Graphites, Starlights and Experience Pros. F3J Fly Off L – R Colin Paddon (Winner) Graham Wicks (Second) ‘Fozzie’ Devall (Fifth) kneeling Chris Glover (Third) Peter Allen (Fourth) Colin Paddon, Winner F3J The forecast for the 100S event on the Tuesday was also far from promising with rain forecast in the early afternoon and a 12 to 15 mph southerly wind blowing. However, urged on by CD Peter Allen, a very prompt start was made to the flying and a light drizzle had only just started by the time of the final two slots of round five. These final slots were completed without problems but by then it was obvious that serious rain was on the way (the forecast was very accurate!) so the round scores were used to calculate the final positions. In spite of the overcast sky, many slots were flown out – primarily due to a wave type of lift rather than normal thermal and some of that lift was quite powerful but good penetration was essential to reach the area where the wave lift might exist. As usual with 100S competitions, Trackers were much in evidence but there was also a range of other models, all proving competitive including a couple of Eliminators as well as a Chieftan flown by Garry Binnie and Sagitta by Robin Sleight providing some ‘Classic’ competition. In the end however both the first two places were eventually taken by Tracker flyers with Radioglide newcomer Mick Thorpe taking first place and narrowly pushing Alan Morton into second spot. The many outings in the Peterborough series of 100S events obviously does help the scoring of flyers such as Mick and Alan, relative to many of the other competitors who only fly 100S models on an infrequent basis – could be that there is a message most of us could take from that; the more you fly a specific class, the better you will tend to be! So all in all not a bad weekends flying for the many, made possible by the efforts of a few. Peter Allen once again secured the field for us, along with toilet facilities, took in the entries, laid out flightlines as well as CD’ing 100s. Neville Warby and his magic van were there with equipment for the 100s comp. ‘Uncle’ Sydney Lensenn bought his quiet, polite and efficient tones to running the F3J event, matrixed by Mike Raybone and was very ably assisted by Gill Glover in the tent, scoring. Where would we be without the many ‘better halves’ who help out at competitions. Simon Jones CD’d the F3K event assisted on scoring by Tony Beckett. We hope this marks the return of F3K to the Radioglide calendar. And last but not least Robin Sleight, who ran the ELG event and kept an eye on everything throughout the weekend. ELG Scores *Flying a “Restricted Class” Model (2 M Span) Note all models flew with height limiters (no 200W/Kg models) All the Open models used the RC Electronics Height Limiters, CAM limiter in the 2M model 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: #4297C9; color: #FFF; font-weight: bold; } Pos Name Drop 1 Total RND 1 RND 2 RND 3 RND 4 RND 5 RND 6 RND 7 1 Cliff Hannam 6000 1000 1000 1000 1000 803 1000 1000 2 Peter Allan 5941 1000 1000 941 1000 1000 1000 0 3 Terry Pelling 5835 984 929 998 984 940 531 1000 4 Ray Gadene 5797 990 978 722 1000 881 1000 948 5 Glyn Chambers 5776 941 968 670 952 1000 926 989 6 Terry Weeks 5688 961 1000 1000 956 799 791 972 7 Martin Bell 5507 992 761 1000 932 649 822 1000 8 Graham James 5068 1000 566 732 586 1000 835 915 9 Robin Sleight 2M* 4699 636 829 921 670 672 663 944 F3J Preliminary Rounds 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: #4297C9; color: #FFF; font-weight: bold; } Pos Name Raw Score Rnd1 Dur Rnd2 Dur Rnd3 Dur Rnd4 Dur Rnd5 Dur Penlty 1 Wicks, Graham 4990.4 995.3 1000 1000 1000 995.1 0 2 Paddon, Colin 4973.5 1000 983 1000 995.5 995 0 3 Glover, Chris 4830.2 990.2 1000 986.3 999.9 853.8 0 4 Allen, Peter 4781.8 1000 996.9 993.8 1000 791.1 0 5 Devall, Mark 4760.3 984.1 1000 790.2 986 1000 0 6 Osbourne, Ozzie 4757.3 998.2 781.5 1000 985.3 992.3 0 7 East, Dave 4640.1 982.1 1000 796.5 994.5 867 0 8 Dart, Kevin 4638.6 1000 644.7 993.9 1000 1000 0 9 Beale, Kevin 4629.6 998.4 882.9 774.8 999.4 974.1 0 10 Guerrier, Austin 4555.9 1000 1000 865.4 997.8 692.7 0 11 Duff, Ian 4497.6 999 541.5 983.3 973.8 1000 0 12 Jones, Neil 4486.9 862.8 993.2 856.4 1000 774.5 0 13 Binnie, Gary 4472.7 979.7 949.2 1000 965.4 578.4 0 14 Dickenson, Bob 4419.7 867.6 894.9 657.2 1000 1000 30 15 James, Graham 4249.1 961.1 863.1 621.9 988.8 814.2 0 16 Warby, Neville 3981.2 862.6 723.6 782.5 923.1 689.4 0 17 Borowski, Andre 3972.5 1000 824.1 730.7 998.3 419.4 0 18 Philcox, Cengiz 3845.1 555.6 950 595.8 801.1 942.6 0 19 Pelling, Terry 3984.6 420.3 846.8 1000 879.5 838 300 20 Boorman, Colin 3612 979.6 578.9 553.3 993.7 506.5 0 21 Sleight, Robin 3426.1 540.3 814.4 864.5 559.3 647.6 0 22 Lipscombe, Alan 3358.9 648.4 562.3 776.4 731.7 640.1 0 23 Thorpe, Mick 3594.8 652.4 923.3 560.2 980.6 478.3 300 24 Goddard, Ken 2979.4 927.5 411.5 538.5 464.3 637.6 0 25 Satinet, Tom 2898.5 0 698.2 774.6 726.5 699.2 0 26 Hannam, Cliff 2664.3 0 673.4 990.9 0 1000 0 F3J Fly Off Scores 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; } Pos Name Score Rnd1 Dur Rnd2 Dur Penlty 1 Paddon, Colin 2000 1000 1000 0 2 Wicks, Graham 1925.3 982.4 942.9 0 3 Glover, Chris 1522.4 593.8 928.6 0 4 Allen, Peter 1494.9 614.6 880.3 0 5 Devall, Mark 1298.5 583.4 715.1 0 100s Scores 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: #4297C9; color: #FFF; font-weight: bold; } Pos Name Score RND 1 RND 2 RND 3 RND 4 RND 5 1 Mick Thorpe 4980.8 1000 1000 984.6 996.2 1000 2 Alan Morton 4946.1 1000 1000 946.1 1000 1000 3 Jon Hullett 4800 1000 1000 1000 800 1000 4 Ken Goddard 4783 1000 998.1 897.9 940.2 946.8 5 David Leech 4727.7 770.2 1000 1000 992.3 965.2 6 Al Lipscombe 4422.9 876.8 975 982.8 598.1 990.2 7 Nevillle Warby 4364.6 720.5 864.6 1000 893.6 885.9 8 Graham James 4221 806.6 886.4 1000 1000 528 9 Glynn Chambers 4048.7 666.7 1000 852.5 826 703.5 10 Robin Sleight 4044.1 807.7 646.2 942.2 1000 648 11 Mark Devall 3968.7 745.3 935.1 624.2 664.1 1000 12 Terry Pelling 3940.7 407.1 637.6 1000 1000 896 13 Bob Dickenson 3888 580.2 992.3 779.7 671.2 864.6 14 Robin Sleight (Classic) 3707.1 661.9 818.8 869.2 591.2 766 15 Gary Binnie (Classic) 3356.2 605.6 978.9 700 472.4 599.3 F3K Results
  24. Austin

    Radioglide 2012 Information

    Radioglide 2012 June 2nd – 5th BARCS FESTIVAL OF FLAT FIELD SOARING Marsh Gibbon, Near Bicester, Oxfordshire View Larger Map Get Directions View Bird's Eye BARCS annual flat field soaring event aims to be bigger and better this year with four days of competition plus an additional F5J trial event being held over the Queens Diamond Jubilee holiday 2nd – 5th June. Saturday sees two competitions run in parallel with Electric Launched Glider (ELG) to BARCS rules sharing the field with the F3K (DLG) flyers. The F3K event is a BMFA team selection qualifying league competition. ELG rules allow for two classes of models. The first is a “Restricted Class” (100 inch span max and flying functions of Rudder, elevator & Spoiler OR two meter span max with no limits on control functionality). The second ELG Class is for Open models – no restrictions other than a maximum span of 4 meters. ELG are written around use of a height limiter with a 200 metre cut off for the motor. It is hoped, to hold an informal F5J Trial Competition, open to all who would like to have a go, probably with two rounds following the ELG event and two more rounds on the following day. See Martin Bell during the day if you would like to participate. Sunday will feature BARCS Multi-launch. Any ELG model can compete as well as pure gliders (including DLGs). Thus models as used on the Saturday, are equally suitable for this event, although ELG height limiters will need resetting to cut off at 150 meters. Monday will be an F3J competition (one of the “National” status events for the BMFA team selection league). Again if a flyer uses his F3J model in Multi-launch it can readily carry on for the following day. Finally Tuesday will be an all-day 100S competition. With the extra day available there is no need to try to curtail 100S as has been done in previous years and, weather permitting, this will be at least a six round event this year plus fly-offs. Any 100S flyer could of course also use his model the previous day in F3J. The F3K and F3J competitions are open to all flyers who meet the BMFA league entry criteria, the other events are for BARCS members only. To encourage BARCS members to enter multiple events, a special maximum price is applicable to members, regardless of the total number of events which members enter. Download Entry Form
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