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September 13th Autumn Barbeque,
Helicopter linesman from David
This a video I took last year on a warm summer's day, there was very little wind or thermal lift, so I was not able to get much height. The model was my 4 metre Pegase, French copy of an ASW19
Slope & soaring
Re. NE winds, we regularly visit the eastern edge of the Black mountains near Pandy. There is an excellent 2000 ft NE ridge which extends several miles from Abergavenny to Hay on Wye. It is unobstructed from the NE and is long enough that any drift must only gp over it, not around the sides - it works well even in very light winds. Med and myself went there on Sunday, the lift was very strong and smooth and I took these aerial pics. The downside is that it is a long drive (>1hr from Bristol) plus a harsh 800ft climb to the top which takes another 1/2 hour.
Phil and I arrived at Selsley at the same time and it was obvious that there was a lot of East in the wind making it un-flyable.
After a few taunts from Phil about excursion and laziness Ė I said OK itís CLD then.
It was warm and after a relatively easy trudge to the top (Phil stopped en-route, claiming he had a phone call but I knew he was sneaking a quick rest!
We were treated to a NNE wind (10 mph?) bang on the slope.
Phil made an interesting comment: After flying in a gale at Haresfield with his Zagi he had to add some clicks of down trim at Cam Long Down. I chucked my slipstream off, having last flown at Haresfield in the same gale and had to do the same. Just goes to show that wind speed and lift are unrelated from slope to slope.
Phil went on to fly his (no engine any more) Mini Ellipse and it was
screaming, literally. He was praising itís thermalling ability but it seemed
to tip stall after the second or third tight banked rotation. Strange.
I flew my Miraj and it went well, the lift is so smooth at CLD. Landing is a bit difficult, as you mostly all know but there is a nice soft wall of bracken just in front of the slope edge, if all else fails.
The wind was blowing west at 9.00AM, while driving back from Wotton Under edge I spotted the wind was blowing NW at 10.30.
I went home and got a model and flew at Selsley from 11.00AM till 1.00PM, during that time the wind had picked up and gone NE. I had managed to get a good height and was able to fly between the areas of lift without needing the slope lift
Saturday afternoon I ventured out to Leckhampton.. There were a lot of PGs there spread out over the best part of the LZ. I tried further to their left and flew the Easy Glider in some good lift, eventually the wind dropped off and all the PGs packed in. EG still soared around quite well. Finally I plucked up the nerve to throw my new scale model, the 2M Fauvel, over the edge. She soared better than the EG, quicker response to the controls, a joy to fly. Parking it was still very awkward though so gently placed it in a handy little birch.
more photos at http://www.ebley.plus.com/photo/?M=D
it's NNW Selsley, North or NNE Cam Long Down, NE Leckhampton, ENE Rodborough
We flew at Selsley, the lift was very poor early on, odd bubbles were found but mostly a walk down the hill, we think the mist delayed the thermal activity.
Sunday I went in search of another slope with lift in the NE wind. I
ended up in Kingsclere. Strong wind, occasionally blustery, No problem for the
Fauvel though, spent a very happy afternoon there. Renamed the
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Events & Shows
This isn't intended to be the definitive list of all the events and shows in the country, just ones that might be of interest to club members
|Sept - 12 & 13||AEROTOW||at Middle Wallop|
|September 13th||Autumn Barbeque||http://www.glos-mfc.co.uk/|
Oxford model show
||OUR ANNUAL SHOW IS ON THE AND HAS ALL TYPES OF R/C MODELS. THERE WILL BE ALL DAY FLYING, TRADE STANDS, PYROTECHNICS, ON SITE REFRESHMENTS, INSIDE AND OUT, LICENSED BAR, CHILDREN QUAD BIKES AND MUCH MORE.|
|Sept - 26 or 27||AEROTOW||at Siege Cross Farm|
|25-27th Sept||3D heli championship J8 M5||http://www.3dchampionship.co.uk/|
|3rd October||Indoor flying at Bentham 6.00 - 8.00PM||http://www.glos-mfc.co.uk/|
|11th Oct||XC West Mendip||www.slopesoaring.org.uk/wmsa/|
|Oct - 17 or 18||Aerotow||at Siege Cross Farm|
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