Phil's news letter 20/08/2012
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year I spent several weeks working in America, covering the fins
of an airship. A year later it flies.
The U.S. Army's Long Endurance Multi-Intelligence Vehicle (LEMV) flew for the first time from Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., on Aug. 7. The air vehicle was airborne for more than 90 minutes during its initial flight. LEMV is built by Northrop Grumman with major subcontractor Hybrid Air Vehicle.
Carbon Fiber http://www.glos-mfc.co.uk/info/carbon.doc
From: jon evans
F3J World Championship report from the Thermal Doctor
The UK team has finally arrived home after a 2 week outing to
the World Champs in South Africa. Wow...what a ride. We had 2
mini-twisters come through, 2 days of really strong winds on and
over the FAI limit (12m/s +), early morning frosts and then a day
of snow flurries. Amazing weather. The talk in the bar was that
the weather was really sorting the men from the boys and whoever
placed 1st in the prelims was god.
Malvern SA News
good conditions for the thermal comp, a light breeze and only a short shower
1st Mike Grantham
2nd Steve Hannon
3rd Malcolm White
Photos: Mike and Steve
September MSA OPEN E-SOARING CONTEST
Upton − Fish Meadow
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New photos for July see picture viewer
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.
This is for hand launched, bungee or one short motor run on a flat field without the use of slope lift
NEW Adam holds the HLG record at 14 minutes
The local height record for this year is held by Chris Bishop at 2953 feet attained at GMFC
Saturday 11th August.
Photos: Ken's Control line and CB's Funtanna
public thank you To the committee.
what a extremely fantastic display put on by the GMFC at Dowty propfest, all
the comments that I heard from the people that attended was nothing but
positive, very good display set and what a great ending with the bombing of
the castle smoke and fireworks (perhaps if done again put a German
flag on the castle instead of the German blowing up ours) well done to the
committee for promoting the club, even the couple of mishaps helped the
Saturday 15th - Sunday 16th September
Urgent Notice effective 29th June
See Blog http://www.glos-mfc.co.uk/blog/blog12/ for more photos
Indoor flying starts 6th October 2012
Next meeting 19th September 8.00PM, heli flying
Due to the bad weather we did not have our heli comp against the full
sized crowd, we flew against each other, my little MCX did the fastest time:
41 seconds to take off, a 360 round the pole, under the limbo and spot land
Slope Flying & flat field
Adam's Middle Phase and Fusion, and Gordon's VoltiJ
Adams weasel and Tony's Speedo
Ravens can be seen at Frocester, only identified by doing half rolls, but occasionally they will do a full roll, some say to impress lady ravens
One of the birds below is Raven, look at the file properties to see
I went to Fish Meadow for an f3J comp, the lift was ideal
below one of my launches, 6 seconds on the line, the experts can launch in less than a second
Newly listed items
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Seagull E-Pioneer Trainer, Ava 3.2 Pro, .Multiplex 3030, Ava 3.2 Classic, HITEC RECEIVERS , Align T-Rex 250SE 2.4GHz 4CH Micro Receiver( V8R4), Schulze 35 MHz FM receivers. Ultimate bi-plane, blendern tape, Protech Megastar,
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Bristol Society of Model and Experimental Engineers - Exhibitions
This year's exhibition will take place on August 17-19th At Thornbury Leisure Centre
Kemble Best of British Show 2012 26-27 August 2012 http://www.bestofbritishshow.co.uk/
25-27 aug BMFA Nationals Barkston Heath BMFA
Fun Fly at the Nationals By James Gordon
When some people think of the B.M.F.A National Championships, they think of the country's elite competitors, seriously competing with expensive, state of the art models!
But, while this is the case with some events, there is one event that attracts flyers from the elite, all the way through to the average club flyer. This event is the Fun Fly.
Fun Fly was conceived at club level all over the country in the 1960's and in 1985, the BMFA Mid-West area, headed by Robin Jones, launched a national event that became an integral part of the August Nationals and has been going strong ever since. Robin worked extremely hard over the years in support of the Fun Fly and with his team, made
this one of the most enjoyable events at the Nats. The new team, now in our fifth year, is mainly made up of members of the Caterham & District Model Flying Club, with contest directors being myself and Nick Lester. Both of us have competed in the event for many years and we too, feel very strongly that the Fun Fly continues to grow and goes from strength to strength.
So what is Fun Fly? Basically, at club level, a fun fly competition can be pretty much anything as long as it's simple and fun! I belong to the Caterham and Croydon clubs, bothof which have monthly fun fly competitions ranging from limbo, touch and go's or spot landing events, through to slightly sillier events like water carrying, balloon bursting
or even doughnut dropping! All these events are designed to entertain, both the pilots and the spectators. They can also improve pilot skills and confidence and they certainly add lots of fun to any club! The other thing about fun fly events is that they are all scored against the clock. There are no judges deciding how much they liked your flight – your
score at the end of the time is what you get - simple as that!
The models, too, can be very basic. At club level and indeed at the Nationals, most people use well proven designs such as the Limbo Dancer, Avicraft Frantic, Western Cougar, YT Magic or the Evolution Fusion. All of these models have the benefit of being relatively cheap, quick to assemble and easy to fly. But with the right set up, then virtually anything is possible from the transmitter sticks!
In the Nationals, we also like to encourage flyers to modify existing models or even design their own. Over the years, we have seen some wonderfully ingenious designs that have been incredibly successful and indeed, we are now looking at awarding a prize to encourage and reward such design flair. This, then brings another element to the competition,
for the model can't be just good at one event, it needs to be good at four or five very different events, so not only are the pilot skills being tested, so is the design of the model!
So, let me now briefly run through what the Nationals competition is all about. Basically, anyone with a BMFA 'B' certificate can enter whatever your skills at fun fly. The event is designed to introduce the average club flyer into competition flying, thus boosting confidence and skill levels. Many well known national and international pilots started in fun fly and have gone on to huge success.
The event is split into two classes. Class 1 is for the experts, where some of the piloting skills have to be seen to be believed and class 2 for anyone with a 'B' certificate who enjoys
a laid back approach to competition flying. There is, by the way, nothing to stop you entering both classes!
Class 1 models are basically unlimited, whereas class 2 models are limited on engine size or electric motor, with no tuned exhausts and no coupling (mixing) of control surfaces.
This is designed to keep the models to similar performance and keep them affordable to everyone.
Now, to the competitions themselves. Both classes include a Longest Glide task that requires the pilot to stay in the air for as long as possible, following a 20 second climb.
Also included is a Limbo competition that is won by the pilot that completes the most passes under the limbo gate as possible in two minutes. A Touch and Go task is also included in both classes, where the pilot completes as many touch and go's as possible in a large square, again in two minutes.
Class 1 only has a Triple Thrash task, that requires the pilot to complete three touch and go's, three loops, three rolls and another touch and go in the fastest time, where
class 2 has a Spins and Spot task where pilots perform as many spins as possible on the way down after a 30 second climb, then perform a spot landing for added points.
During the last few years, we have also added a mystery round for each class which is drawn at random at the start of the weekend. These events include Dead stick aerobatics,
Touch & Go Bang, Water Carrying and Doughnut Dropping! New for this year to also join the mystery rounds are Roop and Blackjack.
Well, I hope that's wetted your appetite for the Nationals Fun Fly. We are certainly great believers in this event, as we think the Nationals needs at least one low key event
where anyone can come along and have the experience of competing on a very low budget and have a whole load of fun along the way. It also shows the public the lighter side
of R/C flying, which can only be a good thing and it is also great fun to watch!!
So, go on, fill out the entry form in the June issue of the BMFA News and give it a go - I'll guarantee a fun packed and entertaining weekend! Copies of this year's rules are available
from the B.M.F.A office or from me at the following email address:
We both look forward to seeing you in August, either competing or just come to the line and say hello - maybe it will inspire you to give it a go next year.
Happy Fun Flying!
Aug 19 Woodspring Wings E-Fly
Aug 26 SAM 35 Vintage Power Duration
At SAM Eurochamps. Middle Wallop, Nr Andover. Contact Bill Longley on 01258 488833 or email@example.com
September MSA OPEN E-SOARING CONTEST
Upton − Fish Meadow
Much Marcle 1st & 2nd Sept
BMFA eSoaring – Hawling – Nr Cheltenham - Gloucestershire
arrow Vintage R/C Rally. Cocklebarrow Farm, Nr Aldsworth, off A40 Cirencester/Burford, GL54 3PU. Contact Bill Longley on 01258 488833 or firstname.lastname@example.org
1st 2nd Sept Much Marcle
Sept 8 BMFA eSoaring League
Sep 23 South Devon Glider Day
Teign Valley MFC. 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
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