Phil's News Bits 21.02.09

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Indoor flying

Every Saturday at Bentham Hall 6.00PM till 8.00PM, bar open after.
This venue is open to all with BMFA insurance, spectators welcome, criticism in the manor of Statler and Waldorf   especially welcome

Photos from the 18th session at    


Photo:- Tim's Bi-plane


The strip is to be moved to the next field, details later on the web site

The weeks flying at 



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 Electric planes for sale all new not flown, complete with all gear . 16.11.2008
  DINGO 49"  PC-9 ROULETTE 50" £150 EACH
Phone Don Jones 01452 531955 for full details

Futaba 6ex, Club 2000, OS75AX 
Hitec HFS-05MS Receivers). 
SEBART SUKHOI, wanted 40 sized trainer

Spektrum safety problems. please check the links 
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Club meeting 18th February. Bring what you are building. only two models were shown at the meeting, Geoff's small power plane and Brian's Muliplex glider 

SCSA Cross Country Comp

I had hoped we would get more beginners to do this comp, as help was available for novices and the nervous, but we only had 5 entries 
A simple course was laid out 3 flag to reach, circle then back out onto the slope, finishing with 10 loops in 1 minute and a spot landing
The wind picked during the morning making it hard to get back on the slope from the middle of the common.
This comp was just hard enough that no one completed the whole of the tasks


flag 1 flag 2 flag 3 loops spot total pos
Phil Hayward 3 6 3 6 2 4 10   3 7 33 1
Pete Wolf 3 6 2 4 2 4 10   2 8 32 2
Andy George 0 0 3 6 1 2 10   4 6 24 3
Mike Brinkworth 1 2 1 2 0 0 10   1 9 23 4
Brian Boucher 0 0 3 6 1 2 4   11 3 15 5
scores are in the yellow squares, see spread sheet for spot landing score, made after eating some funny mushrooms and involves reciprocals and squaring 



Slope flying

Monday p.m. Andy / Christine / Guy enjoyed reasonable lift. Some rare photos of my MiraJ to prove it, plus one of Andy’s Ash. They are rare because I just don’t seem to be able to fly through between the stone and tump and bank it for the photo shot. I completely forget what A & C were flying, except the Ash photo reminds me!


Thursday p.m. produced a light Westerly and A / C and Guy flew electric in some wonderful lift. Andy flew his Explorer as well and it loved the gentle conditions.

Friday p.m. at Selsley – a gentle Westerly breeze in the sunshine produced excellent lift for my electric Champion and Andy with his Explorer.  

Saturday p.m. at Frocester. 8 or 9 mph Graham (old floater) and Guy (MiraJ)  and quiz time….  

What’s very fast and blue and yellow? Yes, VERY fast? No, not my MiraJ 
What flies close to the ground (in the compression), pings turns and whistles? 
Next question: Who flies very fast, pinging and whistling blue and yellow planes?  

 Answers: Nyx  

And ANDY FREEMAN!! Great to see him back on the slopes out flying us all, as usual. He promises to be a regular again!  

Otherwise, the lift was reasonable but the sun was low in your eyes, which I struggle with.  

see for photos




Events & Shows

This isn't intended to be the definitive list of all the events and shows in the country, just one's that might be of interest to club members


every Saturday till spring Indoor flying Bentham Sports hall
6.00 till 8.00PM, bar open after  GL3 4UD Cheltenham map On Bentham lane no access from  the A417

22nd March Aston Down club is arranging a coach trip to the RAF museum at Hendon leaving Aston Down Airfield at 08.00,  the total cost is £20 all in. Members of the SCSA are very welcome if they would like to come. Please to contact Doug Garland on 01453 824903.
April 11/12 Aerotow  TVSA  Thatcham 
April 11 & 12th Vintage free flight 
Apr 18-19  South West Model & Hobbies Exhibition

Royal Bath and West Showground, Shepton Mallet, Somerset, BA4 6QN. Contact Hannah Langfield on 0117 907 1000 or

Apr 19  West Mendip SA Open Glider Cross Country Event Crook Peak, Nr Weston-Super-Mare, Somerset. Contact Graham Tolhurst on 07973 163490 or or see
May 16th Thames Valley Model Air Show    Blackbushe M3 Junction 4 or 4a. The local Post Code is GU17 9LQ.
June 20th/21st. Berkeley, South Bristol Club. Vintage
Jun 20-21  Weston Park  Model Show
Jul 4&5 Woodspring 



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