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RESULTS & REPORT What a cracking days soaring it turned out to be with even the weather cooperating! With an entry of 28 pilots which dropped down to 25 on the day we looked set for a good days soaring. 25 entries ensured that it would still be one of the largest F5J comps held this year in the UK. Very pleasing for us the organizers as it makes all the considerable pre-comp work worthwhile. We are very lucky in that here in the SE corner of the country to have a lot of electric soaring pilots who are happy to support our comps. Over the past 2 years we have tried to steadily improve the organisation and equipment of our F5J comps and this time, if the comments we received were anything to go by, we have succeeded. The latest addition to the field equipment that went down a storm was a High Visibility flightline Countdown Timer that performed flawlessly throughout the day in unison with the automated computer comp running/scoring system. It also indicates what round and slot is about to fly next as well. A newly acquired high powered flightline wireless PA ensured that all pilot announcements were clearly heard on the flightline along with a separate remote PA unit facing towards the pits area from the organizers tent so that those by their cars could also hear announcements. For those that might be interested in building their own countdown timer everything you need to know including sources of the components required can be found at: http://www.gliderscore.com/Audio.aspx?DisplayBuild Onto the competition itself. The weather was overcast for the entire day but enjoyed light winds throughout. The conditions meant that launch height had to be carefully judged to suit the conditions at the time which were variable to say the least. We saw several attempts at very low launches, some of which succeeded but many failed. Such is the nature of F5J. What was obvious looking at the scores is that the pilots ability to judge launch heights had definitely improved overall compared to our last comp. I think this is down to people becoming more familiar with the class plus a bit of practice too! We saw some exceptional flying during the day from various pilots at distances where you could barely see the models. Thermaling/flying models smoothly at these kind of distances is not easy as we all know. The competition moved along at a good pace but one that still allowed for a relaxed days flying. We flew 6 rounds with a 40 minute lunch break finishing up around 5pm. It was great to see some old/new faces at the field with Alan Heber and Tim Lewis from the Isle of Wight taking the ferry over to come and visit for the day. Great to see you guys again after so many years. We look forward to seeing you two flying again rather than spectating! It was also good to see Chris Foss flying well to finish 3rd overall. Well done Chris. My thanks to the Tonbridge members who helped with the organisation. Full results, Round Scores and a selection of pics to convey the atmosphere on the day can be found below. Colin Paddon – Contest CD Tonbridge BMFA F5J League Event - Sunday 18 September 2016 Tonbridge club are hosting a BMFA League F5J competition at Leigh Park Farm, Nr Tonbridge, Kent on Sunday 18 September 2016. We will be running a relaxed and fun competition for both existing competition flyers and new pilots alike. Directions to the field can be found here: https://www.google.co.uk/maps/place/Leigh+Park+Farmemail@example.com,0.19327,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m2!3m1!1s0x47df4fda3f5fd36d:0xfd76d04136677dd9?hl=en The competition will be run to F5J rules with UK variations as published by the BMFA. Copy of the full rules can be found here: https://bmfa.org/DesktopModules/Bring2mind/DMX/Download.aspx?Command=Core_Download&EntryId=1060&language=en-GB&PortalId=0&TabId=219 The main points for BMFA F5J comps are: - Either Open or 2m may be flown, not both. - Motor restart may be used (results in a zero flight score), and therefore you need only use your eSoaring switch BUT you must reset the (200m) height limit to 300m this can often be done easily by using a reader, otherwise use a computer. - As in eSoaring, you must provide a reader, so that your timekeeper can check your launch height immediately after landing. - Minimum of 4 rounds to be flown. - CD will announce whether or not a Fly-Off will be flown before the start. - Book in from 9am. First flight’s at 10am Entry fee £10.00 (BMFA requirement) payable on the day. Proof of insurance (BMFA membership card is sufficient) required Closing date for entries is 6.00pm Friday 16th September In the event that there is any doubt as to whether the event will be run due to forecasted inclement weather, a final decision will be posted on BARCS and Esoaring websites by no later than 4pm on Saturday 17th September Please enter this event by posting here on this thread: 1) Your name 2) Class being entered - i.e. OPEN or 2 METRE 3) Preferred Frequency if on 35Mhz. 4) BMFA Number Entry list to date: 1. Graham Wicks, Open, 2.4, BMFA 052827 2. Colin Boorman, Open 2.4, BMFA tba 3. Kevin Dart, Open, 2.4, BMFA TBA 4. Colin Paddon, Open, 2.4, BMFA 073473 5. Mike Connell, Open. 2.4, BMFA 155649 6. Chris Foss, Open, 2.4, BMFA 7. Ricky Shaw 2.4 Open BMFA TBA 8. Phil Ramsey 2.4 Open BMFA TBA 9. Rod Potts, Open, 2.4, BMFA 002875 10. Keith Fisher, Open, 2.4, BMFA 060851 11. Simon Smith, OPen, 2.4, BMFA TBA 12. Bob Hope Open, 2.4. BMFA TBA 13. Alan Twine Open, 2.4, BMFA67979 14. Peter Mitchell, Open, 2.4 BMFA33859 15. Nick Jackson Open 2.4GHz BMFA 123273 16. Eddy Small Open 2.4GHz BMFA 063558 17. Ian Nicholls, OPEN 2.4GHz BMFA 39293 18. Terry Stuckey, Open, 2.4, BMFA TBA 19. Colin Lucas, Open, 2.4, BMFA TBA 20. Steve Knowles OPEN 2.4 GHz BMFA 70799 21. Ian duff, open, 2.4ghz, BMFA 018894 22. Peter Ley. Open, 2.4, BMFA 187230 23. Simon Conran: Open 2.4 BMFA. 195226 24. Ray Gadenne Open 2.4 052822 25. Tony Merritt 2M BMFA 142327 26. John Hovell, Open, 2.4, BMFA No.040572 Round-Scores.zip Height-Landing- Draw Results.zip