Phil's news letter 02/07/2012

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I was going to write a little about telemetry this week, but I have been putting together an electric F5J Shadow  last week and have had very little time.

I have fitted a FRsky telemetry hub to this model to read height and vertical speed, it is fitted under the front canopy so I can disconnect or remove it for comps.
There is a wire connected to the flight pack that feeds into the analogue port to give on screen readout.
I would like to know how much the prop unloads during a climb, I hope to be able to estimate this from the pack voltage drop during a climb.

There seams to be three types of telemetry readouts:

  1. Transmitter screen
  2. Additional external screen 
  3. Ipod readout via blue tooth

All this new technology is little too much for me

 Video from Bob the builder making Mosquitoes 


Speed controllers can be a pain when you find the brake is not set.

On the Turnigy I have in one of my model it is set by plugging the battery in while on full power and reducing the power to zero within 5 seconds, very simple when you know, Not easy in the field as you listen to all those tones.

I have now written the instructions on the inside of my canopy

On some you can set the brake by leaving full power on one or two beeps, I have others where enter programming mode first then select off or on. On all controllers I have used the brake has always been the first item on the menu.
If all of this fails a good stall will often let the prop fold, an elastic band will also help it to fold , it is easier to do than describe

Malvern SA News 

Limbo comp 1/07/12

Only 5 entries for the limbo comp 

1st Steve Hannan
2nd John Freeman
3rd Phil Hayward


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MSA magazine June 



More photos at;O=D 

July Sunday 8th Thermal 4 − Regressive Times, start 10:30 am Upton − Fish Meadow


Cotswold slopers

Links added to compass 

Picture viewer completed 

or slide show 

new photos at 

The flat field duration local record stands at 1 hour 9 minutes for this year by Sqeela with his Electric Shadow. on Minchinhampton common from 150 metre launch.
My AVA did a longer flight but was flown by 4 people 

This is for hand launched, bungee or one short motor run on a flat field without the use of slope lift

The local height record for this year is held by Chris Bishop 1800 feet attained at Gloucester  MFC 03/06/12

Cotswold Slopers compass
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Gloucester MFC News

Urgent Notice effective 29th June
Temporary parking see web site details.

"Midsummer BBQ One month later"

Saturday21st-Sunday22nd confirmed

I have updated the for sale page 

See Blog for more photos


July 8th foamy pylon race, please arrive at 9.30 for a 10.00AM start

help will be needed with timing and flagging

Wednesday 20th June, we met at Minchinhampton,
 two rounds of glider golf were flown
1st Bryan Tucker , 2 mike Brinkworth, 3rd Pete Wolf & Phil Hayward

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, 

Club Meeting 
The next Club meeting is on Wed 18th July 7.00PM,  a club flying session and fun event, limbo on the slope if  windy or electric on Minchinhampton Common if the wind is light. A decision on the venue will be made 6.00PM 18th June and  published On the SCSA web sight at 6.00PM on  Monday 16th  

Non Members welcome 

Slope Flying  

Light lift on Selsley in the morning

  a murky afternoon at Haresfield but the lift was good and smooth.

After an hour drizzly rain came up the small bowl followed by mist reducing visibility to almost zero.

Mick's Alula at Haresfield 

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! was flying my Ava on minch when Steve Whitehead arrives launches and flies straight into my AVA, the Ava was sat stationary straight into wind. DH's very noisy EPP combat wing went straight at it, hitting it about 15 seconds after he launched, it was not an accident.
We worked out the odds of a random collision, they are about 1 chance in 200,000

An AVA is a bit like a big Gentle Lady, a 130inch balsa wood winged model very slow and totally harmless, anybody with any sense would keep well clear of such a delicate model


A strong breeze on Froceste


Dave's Hawk at Frocester

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 A strong breeze with showers at Frocester 

Frocester 14MPH

More photos at;O=D 

For sale 

Newly listed items 

2.4GHz 4CH Micro Receiver( V8R4)
new in Box

FrSky lightweight receiver is. Weighing in at a scant 2.6 grams, FrSky V8R4 with 2.4GHz ACCST technology.
Receiver specifications:

Operating Voltage Range: 4.8V-6V
Operating Current: ≤30mA
Specified Range: ≥500m
Weight: 2.6 g
Latency: 22ms
Number of Channels: 4CH
High-precision: 3072, error: ±1
Easy operation: Easy to bind, intuitive status
ACCST Technology

This RX is OK for small gliders at 500 metres a small models is just a dot
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Dual conversion:
4 quantity, 8−channel receivers, £8 each
2 quantity, 6−channel mini receivers, £8 each
5 quantity, dual conversion channel, 79 Rx crystals £1 each
1 quantity, dual conversion channel, 79 Tx crystal £1

Single conversion:
1 quantity, 4−channel receiver, £5
2 quantity, 6−channel mini receivers, £8 each
4 quantity, single conversion channel, 79 RX crysals £1 each

All in good condition. All the Hitec Rx's work on Futaba 35 Mhz systems, at least that what it states on the boxes.

Barry O'Hara, tel: 01905 421264, mobile: 07789355816, email:

Futaba CGY750 Flybarless Control Gyro

Brand new in the box, never used. £160
Contact Tony 07825 264729

Align 600 Carbon Fibre Blades 3G/Flybarless

Brand new in the box, never used. £35
Contact Tony 07825 264729

Align 550/600 Flybarless Head

Brand new in the box, never used. £55
Contact Tony 07825 264729

Align T-Rex 250SE

Align motor, ESC, servos and gyro all as per original Align combo.
Plastic main blades fitted, spare set of unused carbon blades. A few other spares.
4 Align 850mAh lipo batteries. Tired but still useable.
Canopy a bit scratched and a few splits.
Align aluminium carry case.
Note, receiver shown in photo not included.
Contact Tony 07825 264729

 Schulze 35 MHz FM receivers. Ultimate bi-plane, blendern tape, Protech Megastar, 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 

28th &  29th July Cosford  SatNav Post Code TF11 8UP 

Known as the biggest and best model show in the country. This show is also one of the biggest in Europe.
The range and scale of the aircraft flown is truly awe-inspiring.

This event shows many aircraft from the past which are not available at full size airshows anymore, they are flown and demonstrated in model form which gives a much better perspective of aircraft “down the years”. We also have a huge variety of trade stalls for all the family to have a look around, so If you want some modelling items or even fancy treating the missus and kids you will be very unlucky to not find what you need. We also have simulator rides and even a small fun fair.

  Why not come and stay for the weekend we have on site camping and caravanning available.

Public Show Saturday 28th & Sunday 29th July

Woodspring 2012 cancelled

You may guess that we are really disappointed that we were compelled to cancel Woodspring 2012 due to the fields being like bogs with no chance of recovering to a good usable standard by the show date. Our site of three fields is located on the North Somerset levels and the surface soil is a layer of peat up to 2 metres thick. This never completely dries out but forms a drivable dryer crust up to 3 feet thick during normal Spring and Summer months. At the present time the whole site is extremely soft with the worst areas looking more like a thick soup!

The weather pattern so far this year has meant that our low-lying site has had no real chance of drying out and this weather pattern is predicted to continue for several weeks more. Even the tractor used for grass cutting is leaving ruts of up to 15 inches!

Woodspring E -FLY 2012 - Don' Miss this Fly-in Day

Go to main Woodspring Wings Site

HELI FLY IN - 4th September 2011 - CLICK HERE



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