Phil's News Bits 11.01.2010 Gloucester cooker

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New direction Compass

Most of us have struggled to fly at Selsley when the wind goes a little East, the point at which it becomes unflyable depends on the lift and the model you  are flying.  .If you fly PSS you would be better off at Cam Long Down in a north wind, thermal models can still fly round to NNE but it is not pleasant. 
We can fly as far as west, anything south of this and the wind clips Penn woods and give sudden sink. The new SCSA compass logo now shows Selsley stopping at north. We could of course argue over directions till the cows come home

Paul has put a lot of work into this. I have spent a lot of time measuring wind directions. to determine the point at which the lift fails

The old logo shows Haresfield stopping at SSW we can still fly past SW, although the wind is not on the slope it still gives lift as it rises up the bowl and is often smoother

Rodborough shows the limit at NE, this is wrong, 70 degrees east is about the limit for this slope

Cam Long Down may be flyable for NW but I have never tried as Selsley is easier. If the wind goes round to NE it is very turbulent. This slope is at its best with the wind 10 degrees east  

If the wind is NE you have a choice: struggle at Rodborough or CLD or travel to Lecky for a good fly, shame about the landing Zone. 

Book mark for access to the new compass which may be updated as we take better readings of the wind directions



Indoor flying  
Number were down due the cold weather

Photos; A Christian Eagle and Doug's Blade


 Every Saturday 6.00 till 8.30 at Bentham, bar open till 9.00PM
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very light lift on Selsley but smooth with some thermal lift 


As good as it gets, a light westerly with a touch of north in it, not a cloud in the sky and not feeling too cold.

more photos at dated 07 - Jan

The Wind was NE, I tried Rodborough, It was very lumpy

Saturday at Cam Long Down
A very good day, smooth lift. Andy's Bevoltion went well seemed faster than a Zagi.
Photo is Andy's Mustang. 

Sunday at CLD

Not as good as Saturday, the wind was square onto the slope, with some light snow, but not as cold 





For sale 
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 325mm 400/450 fibreglass heli blades 5 per pair
8.4 volt 650 ma Ni-mh pack  for Twister 5
Sanwa TX, starter, gyro,   91 4 stroke,   Battery, 35 meg Crystals

some forthcoming events for 2010

Jan 20th Paper plane comp SCSA
Jan 22-24 London Model Engineering 
Alexandra Palace, North London. Contact Davinder Rai on 01926 614101 or or see
Feb 7 Telford MAC Swapmeet. 10 am to 12 noon. Shifnal Village Hall, Nr Telford. Contact Graham Thomas on 01952 583960 or 07528 669837 or
Feb 28 OFMAC Sunday Indoor F/F Meeting F/F Only. 10 am 6 pm. Flitehook Attending. Castle Leisure Centre, Wallingford, Oxon, OX10 8LP. Contact Dave Dobson on 01491 837789








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