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May be worth making this a sticky please Austin............. Invicta Model Flying Club will be hosting an Open F3B Speed Contest on the weekend of the 15th and 16th October in Sutton Valence. (For clarification, This event is organised by Tom Saitnet, Myself and in conjunction with Invicta Model Flying Club, and currently has no connection to the BMFA F3B League). Weather call nearer the date as to which day the contest will be on ! This is an open taster competition, to allow a wider audience the opportunity to view F3B first hand and also enter there F3J, F5J, Hotliner or any other glider to have a go at tearing up the F3B course. If you are interested in seeing what F3B is all about, please come let me know below. All welcome..... F3B is winch launched multi-task soaring model typically of a composite construction, roughly around 3 meters span. Full house controls, Rudder, elevator, Aileron and Flaps. Light weight versions of Typical F3F models, however in recent designs in F3F models are trending toward wing section specifically aimed at Speed on the F3F course. What is F3B Speed I hear you ask ? Speed is simply that you fly 4 legs of a 150 meter long course as fast as you can go, including three turns. Speed is generally flown in a 4 minute slot, with the pilot flying his/her model on the course one there own against the clock. Fastest time wins, simple as. Relaunches are allowed, providing that you haven't made and attempt (Entered the course.) Typically, F3B models are flown with ballast for speed course, and its not the case of full either, as you may not have the lift or wind to bite into during launch to allow you to carry the weight. Tactics are employed here, using the relaunch and trying to find that illusive thermal, to gain height before the attempt. I will update this thread when I have more details nearer the time. thanks for looking Jon
Hello All, I've been flying about on and off for quite a few years, mostly slope. I live near to Whitesheet in Wiltshire, so the slope was a natural place to fly. Recently I've got more into DLG (ok, actually I have an elf, but it is just amazing!), but want to move into larger model flat-field/TD flying, with half an eye on F3j in the future. I've owned and flown an Ellipse before, so I have a little experience with larger and molded models. So... where and when is a good place to find other pilots to chat about things and to learn a bit about winch launching? Where does all this F3j business take place? Can anyone recommend a good flat field club to get in touch with? Last I heard, Lord's Hill had wound up and was mostly an Aerotow field in any case. I've done a little bungee launching (some lessons learned there, for sure) and have now bought a s/h Graupner winch, which I intend to use with an Allegro Lite I'm building. It would be nice to get some good advice (especially re winch safety) before I attempt this. Any help/advice/directions gladly received. all the best, Chris