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  1. You are invited to Kent Interclub Glider 4 Multilaunch competition to be held at the Invicta club field Sutton Valence. The exact field will be signposted on the day from the A274 running south from Sutton Valence. To enable a enjoyable day please could you add your name to this post no later than Friday August 17th with model class, and frequency if not 2.4 (Glider, Electric, Open, 100" etc) so a matrix can be set up? The Rules are BARCS Multilaunch as used last year where Electric launched gliders must have a Motor stop function set at 175m and 30 seconds. Random checks on this may be made so please ensure you have a reader for your device. For Electric launched gliders the Time Keeper must record the F5J launch height on the score sheet for CD’s information in addition to normal flight times We want to have a full day flying so please check in 09:30 latest and be ready for Pilots Briefing at 09:45 with the competition starting at 10:00 sharp. A minimum of 4 rounds and a maximum of 6 rounds will be flown Non Kent Interclub flyers Entry fee £5 payable on the day Enter by replying to this post Entrants Keith Fisher Open Electric Richard Harris Open Electric Greg Hayfield Open winch Iain Stingemore Open winch Mike Connell Open Electric Ian Nicholls Open Electric Nick Jackson Open Electric Eddy Small Open Electric Tony Wood Open Electric Brian Martin Open Electric Alan Harris Open Electric Keith Benton Open Electric John Postle Open Electric Alan Twine Open Electric Derek Collings Open Electric Bob Ryan Open Electric Gordon Loomes Open Electric Bob Hope Open Electric Phil Ramsey Open Electric Rob Love Open Electric David Yale Open Electric Brian Austin Open Electric
  2. In case others haven't seen Pete M's post below there will be a pre-season event at Little Bentley to prepare ourselves for the 2018 league onslaught :-) If enough pilots register we'll run slots and rounds otherwise we'll do the IRCMC all-up-last-down timed flight, landing target is near yourself, and no timer/helper. Register your interest and watch this space for a go, no-go on Saturday 24th March. If Sunday 25th March isn't good for flying will we roll forward to Sunday 1st April (go, no-go 31st March). If 1st April isn't good we'll roll forward to Easter Monday 2nd April (go, no-go on 1st April). If the 2nd is no good either we'll roll on to 8th April (go, no-go on 7th). The following Sunday (15th April) is the first F5J comp., a new thread will be started for that. Tony Tony Merritt - 2m Garry Matthews - Open Cliff Stone - Open Ray Gadenne - Open Paul Wainwright - 2m/Open Pete Mitchell - Open Randy Taylor - Open Richard Clouting - 2m David Jowers - 2m Simon Conran - 2m/Open John Hovell - Open Peter Ley - Open
  3. Guest

    Thermal or not?

    Hi guys, So i was out yesterday having a fly with my Elf and trying to set a good flight time for the challenge. Now the field i was flying from is very slightly sloped, is only slight but where we enter the field and usually stand to fly from is higher than the other end of the field. At the other end there are bushes/trees separating it from another field which are all level at that point. Yesterday while flying my Elf, it was a warm day with a nice breeze that kept picking up and dying, few big cumulus clouds about, i was flying upwind as we cannot fly downwind of where we stand, so the wind was straight on my face most of the time or slightly coming across from the lower end of the field. On one flight when the wind increased, i found a spot where the model was pushed to one side and when turning into it the nose pitched up so i started to circle and was getting some good height and would have got a good flight time out of it. But i didn't time it because i was unsure whether this could be lift from the sloping field? As still a newcomer to finding lift, i have never found lift upwind of myself as yet. The wind was directly on my face and the model directly in front of me and was going up pretty nicely, during turns i was able to hold in quite a bit of up elevator and the model would climb without stalling. In your opinion without seeing the field and being there, does this sound like genuine lift or lift off the field being sloped slightly? I was not able to climb as well again that spot for the rest of the session which makes me think it was really lift, also the higher the model was getting the stronger it seemed to be and i could turn less tightly, again leading me to believe genuine lift. I love the challenges on here and i'm a very honest person, i don't want to ever post a time, or even count it as a pb flight for myself if i haven't found a real thermal and the flight has been helped along by some other way. Mark
  4. Full details of this event can be found on the FlyQuiet forum
  5. isoaritfirst

    Interesting Reading Matter!

    http://blog.rodbailey.com/uploads/DennisPagen-UnderstandingTheSky.pdf lifted from RC Groups - read half of it earlier - seems pretty good and could sporn a few discussions topics. Mike
  6. Skip

    Slermalling

    I was noticing some advice being given elsewhere about using thermal lift and thought I would like to contribute some of my limited experience to the topic, just not on that site. I've put it here as I fly slope and use thermals to get me out of trouble on the odd occasion and the advice was given with regard to slope flyers not ever using thermal lift. One piece of advice that made me want to pipe up was 'to fly slow enough to recognise the tell tail signs of lift'. I quite strongly disagree with this and in my limited experience it is much easier to recognise a thermal when you hit it at speed. Secondly, the last thing I want to be doing is pootling around on the edge of a stall hoping that my plane will miraculously rise. You can search a much larger area at speed and the amazing thing about gliders is that they are much more efficient (don't know if that is technically true) at keeping a shallow glide angle at speed (it just may not LOOK like it). Another thing I try to do is think about the topography and landmarks of the place. Thermals are air warmed by the ground staying on the ground until they 'pop' off. At the Wrecker, that is normally out to the north and away from the slope quite a way. On Mickeys they seem to stay off the slope and travel up the valley. At Mickeys West they seem to go to the bowl to the left. Anyway, thermal lift at a slope is amazing and playing with it from height is a great confidence builder as trying to find it for the first time when you NEED it is quite scary and often ends in a long walk with a bin bag. I am not very experienced with slermal lift so would like to know if I am passing on incorrect advice and would also appreciate other's input. Looking forward to some reply's
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