Phil's news letter 30/04/2012

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The SCSA at Selsley 

Ornithopter from Bob

Is it A bird? Is it a plane? NO! It's an........... 


The Good News


The good news is the first batch of Pzazz Mk2 kits are now on the shelf with over half the batch sold. The first batch is priced at £64.95 plus P&P but unfortunately due material price increases and the time it takes to manufacture each kit the second batch will be £69.95 plus P&P. There is a bit more in the box than a pair of foam wings and a few sticks of wood! I personally get a lot of pleasure from flying models I have built. Call it self gratification if you like but it does give you a warm feeling inside, particularly if you know you have produced a half decent model.


Producing this kit has been both a pleasure and a huge learning curve. It is a more comprehensive kit than we have previously produced due mainly to the facilities we now have i.e. a CNC Router and Laser cutter plus Digital AO printer / copier. The full size Corel draw plan is similar in style to our previous plans but with a more professional look. .


The main differences between the Pzazz Mk2 and the original are, cross-tail instead of Vee tail, built up wing instead of foam veneer wing and twin aileron servos allowing the ailerons to be used as Flaperons thus significantly enhancing the models aerobatic performance. The Pzazz Mk2 will perform almost any manoeuvre that a glider is capable of subject to conditions


A Cautionary Tale


There was a serious accident at one of our local flying sites recently. An electric power model being flown on 2.4Ghz radio equipment decided to have a raw meat sandwich for lunch! Please accept my apologies for the ‘sick’ humour. It was not funny for the poor modeller who spent a number of hours at casualty and needed 28 stitches. I was not witness to the accident but from the tales recanted to me it seems to me it was the result of bad practice on two counts.


The story as told was the flyer took off, had his flight, landed, collected the model, parked it, switched off the transmitter and sat down. The model’s motor then went full power and buried itself in the flyer’s leg. The first mistake which could be conjecture on my part is that after setting up the controls on the model the  modeller did not re-bind / pair the transmitter and receiver with the throttle set in the low throttle position and hence set throttle fail-safe to low throttle. The second mistake / malpractice was not to disconnect the electric flight pack BEFORE switching the transmitter off.  As a result the Rx went into failsafe mode with, unfortunately, the throttle being set in failsafe at full throttle with the inevitable unfortunate result.  The procedure should always be the transmitter is the first to be switched on and the last to be switched off.


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Stan Yeo

Minchinhampton common

We have been receiving complaints regarding noise emanating from the use of model aircraft on the Common
It is worrying as the local Environmental Protection Officer is now involved and this could end up losing the facility. I don’t know the answer as it is apparently an individual causing the problem

A power flier on Minch overshot a landing and hit a small child, then proceeded to blame the parents for parking too close to the landing run.  Several of us were expecting that to appear in the local press, but luckily it didn't.  

The SCSA have permission to fly gliders including those using electric motors on the common.
These should be used so they do not make a noise, nuisance or cause danger to others using the common 

You need the permission  of the land owner to fly models on their property, this is a legal requirement

Malvern SA News 



 comp at Upton  

The  progressive time competition was held in breezy conditions. Although there was lift about it was seldom strong enough to justify allowing the model to go downwind so most flying was pointing into the wind and drifting across the wind when the air was buoyant.

Fortunately all pilots had finished their flights when it started to rain at 12:15.
No one managed to exceed 6 minutes in their attempts to complete the 8 and 10 minute tasks.

Results were as follows:
1st Mike Grantham 100
2nd John Freeman  90
3rd Geoff Carter  80
4th Phil Hayward  70
5th Steve Hannon  65
6th Barry O′Hara  60

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May Sunday 6th E Soaring 2 − Mass Launch, start 10:30 am Upton − Fish Meadow
May Sunday 20th Slope 2 − X− country, start 10:30 am Malverns − Table Hill area

Cotswold slopers
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Gloucester MFC News

See Blog 

Sunday April 29th. Spring BBQ postponed until the following Sunday.


13th May foamy pylon race, on the local slope

An evening of full sized glider flying will be arranged with reduced rates, this will take place in May or June
Please let Bryan know if you wish to take part, 

Next Club Meeting
The next Club meeting is on Wed 16th May 7.00PM,  a club flying session and fun comp, on the slope if  windy or Minchinhampton Common if the wind is light. This will be published here at 6.00PM on   Monday 14th

Slope Flying  


Selsley was very pleasant in the evening, a gentle breeze on the west facing slope with some light thermals, later the wind went a little to the south and it was challenging to stay up




Cam long down

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Selsley was not nice, very turbulent, Tim's Blade was going very fast


More photos at;O=D 

For sale 

Newly listed items 

Schulze 35 MHz FM receivers

The greatest FM receivers ever made, PCM reliability great for electric models I have never had a glitch with one of these. Use standard Futaba or similar crystal.

Top row Alpha - 835W vgc. £20.00 each
Botom row 835W & 835S damage to casing £15.00 each.

Contact Chris B; 07799 338517.

 Ultimate bi-plane, blendern tape, MVVS Petrol 26cc, RCV 91 4 stroke , OS 72 4 stroke, TX 2.4ghz,    Laser 100 4 stroke. Laser 70 4 stroke, Irvine 61 (Red head) 2 stroke  SC 180 AR 2 stroke. servo plug crimp pliers, 35 meg Receivers,, ,  325mm heli blades,   Crystals

 For Sale Page 

Some Events 

12 & 13th May   Long Marsdon airshow

Saturday May 19th  Blackbushe model Airshow

Also BARCS League Event. Hawling, Nr Cheltenham, Glos. Contact Martin Bell on or Mike Proctor on or see

May 12-13 Model Air Mayfly  Weekend at Old Warden.

All Models Welcome, Especially Vintage and Electric. Ebenezer Mass Launch. Dave Boddington Memorial Trophy. R/C under 10 kg. Camping and Trade. Old Warden, Nr Biggleswade. Contact Mike Reynolds on 07775 662955 or see

May 12-13 Old Warden C/L Aerobatics Events

Sat-SAM35 Events. Sun – Norman Winter F2B Memorial, Profile, Beginner and Expert. At Modelair Mayfly Weekend. Contact Tony Goodger on 01689 822683 or Paul Winter on 0208 958 6731

May 12-13 Old Warden C/L Carrier Deck

Basic Carrier Deck Plus Training. At Model Air Mayfly  Weekend. Old Warden, Nr Biggleswade. Contact Andy Housden on 0208 541 0186 or Carrier UK at 


May 13th South Devon Glider Day

Dartmoor SS Club. On Site Winch, Bungee and Aerotow.  Little Haldon Airfield, Nr Teignmouth, South Devon, off B3192. Contact Joe Spires on 01626 834014 or Stan Yeo on 01626 332287

Inc. SAM 35 Vintage Power Duration. Middle Wallop, Nr Andover. Contact Bill Longley on 01258 488833 or

May 19th          Blackbushe Model Air Show  Blackbushe

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