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for last weeks
A skydiver has pulled off an astonishing stunt by
climbing out of a glider's cockpit, crawling along the wing and then
somersaulting underneath and
stepping onto the wing of a second glider flying below
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/worldnews/article-1265891/Hold-think-youre-going-
Computer nerd spot
Photos from the Blackbushe airshow
Great day at the show today, weather was a bit schizo first warm then chilly,
then some rain just for a laugh, then warm again.
Ali's jet powered Opus was mind bending - I can't describe what he did, you had
to be there. A few mid airs (well, two) and Ali planted one of his fast
gliders, not sure what happened there.
Some pics. Not many flying shots as the light was pants:
read more at http://www.rcmf.co.uk/4um/index.php/topic,65280.0.html
my photos are at http://www.glos-mfc.co.uk/shows/bush10/bush10.htm
tried to video ali's Jet powered glider but only caught glimpses of it Ali
Video in AVI or compressed http://www.glos-mfc.co.uk/video/ali.wmv to
The strip is looking great, flew on my own Sunday afternoon
been glider flying for a while because I got a nice birthday present, so
I've been spending my flying time at the Gloucester club.
it: Extra MX by Precision Aerobatics. Power train WAS as per
recommendations, PA Thrust 50 motor, PA Quantum 65 ESC, Vox 15 x 7
wooden prop and two Turnigy 2200 11.1V LiPos in series.
Wingspan is 58", weight 1.8 kg. unfortunately, the speedo had to
go back to Al's, now replaced with a cheaper Dualsky one, which works
fine most of the time.
everything I could think of with the Quantum ESC to get a satisfactory
range check (twisted servo leads, ferrites all over the place, routing
the aerial in different places, etc.). I flew it twice, total
time in the air less than two minutes, because as soon as it was off
the ground and more than about 50 yards away it started glitching like
hell and I had to bring it back. I came to the conclusion that
the ESC just wasn't compatible with 35 MHz.
so far so good with the Dualsky. Now, the Dingo is old hat and
I'm not frightened of it any more, which makes flying it much more
pleasant. I'm not really frightened of the Extra either, because
it's remarkably easy to fly - does what you tell it to do and no nasty
surprises. I've only flown it on the low servo rates so far, and
the cg is about 4 mm forward of where they say it should be (given to
+/- 2 mm) but eventually, look what it's supposed to be able to do!
Plenty of lift about, the seagulls were cruising by without flapping.
I bungeed my Starlight from the Gloucester power club
Some lift about on Minchinhampton common, the NE breeze was a little cold
Photo: Slingshot launching
A morning of good lift with a light southerly wind. In the afternoon a NE
breeze sprang up, the lift was good at times on Minchinhampton. Andy flew Selsley,
although the wind was a little easterly lift was good Andy's F3J got very high.
There was just enough slope lift to stay airborne when thermal lift was not
Good lift in the morning, I flew from the field near my house, the small birds
lift spotted for me.
Strong lift at Haresfield in the afternoon, I got my Zagi to a dot and flew it
into the bottom of a cloud, then lost sight of it, Guy spotted it as I was was
spinning down and took over until I could see it
good slope lift at Frocester and Haresfield
I arrived and flew the NW Tump at about 12.45 and it was all
very strong thermal lift or horrid sink.
I flew my ancient Centi Phase (with ailerons) and diving from great height
suffered massive rudder flutter. The rudder has laystrate control line wires for
the closed loop linkage. These had expanded/stretched in the warm weather and
slackened the whole thing off.
Quick landing to adjust, I thought but the air behind the tump was one massive
thermal and it took at least ten minutes to execute a fast landing/arrival.
A dark cloud passed by and the wind went to SW and after 30 mins or so settled
on WSW/W on the bowl and we enjoyed a couple of hours of very smooth slope lift.
Quite a crowd flying Andy George / Richard / Tim / Den and a few more locals but
two or three visitors enjoying the sunshine and chilly, yes, still chilly,
My MiraJ enjoyed it's first outing for 3 or 4 weeks.
We were buzzed (and our gliders had to take evasive action) for 30 minutes or
so, by a Police helicopter. Phil the Fridge was not flying, which was a bit
unusual. Perhaps they were looking for him?
(Blackbush show, perhaps?)
Steady slope lift at Frocester, a very grey day
Photo: Doug's Blanik
more photos at http://www.ebley.plus.com/photo/?M=D
Next club meeting May 19th, limbo comp on the slope 7.00PM, meeting
follows about 9.00PM at the Bear
Newly listed items
40 sized trainer for Stephen
For sale http://www.glos-mfc.co.uk/forsale/for-sale.htm
Thunder tiger 70
CMPro Cessna Skylane 182 83ins
Zippy 2200mah 25c 3 cell battery £20
Phil 07966 175193
2 no hl 400 gyros for sale £15.00 each
1 no hl 800 gyro for sale £20.00 new
Turnigy sentry 60amp speed esc £20.00 new
please ring Andy 07511947773
Phase 3 Edge;
Don’t Panic . Eindecker Foam,
Fokker DR1 and
0.61 FS engine.
Plane Sailings Infinity, Flair
Heron, Flair Volture, Phase 6, Unbreakable flying wing (cannot remember the
name). Also for sale JR X388-S transmitter, and Sanwa Vanguard transmitter
10 off 8” x 4” E-PRO props’
HELICOPTER PITCH GAUGE,
2200MAH 3S BATTERY,
1800MAH 3S BATTERY,
138MAH 1S BATTERY,
800MAH 2S BATTERY,
1300MAH 3S BATTERY,
HEX 900 9g/1.6kg/.12 SERVO,
10"X5"X4mm SERVO/GYRO TAPE
Zippy Lightmax 2200mah 20C lipo.
Suit 400/450 heli,
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