June 2012

Monday 25th

Warm sunny day with light winds. Well it just had to be for a Monday!

Herr Baron Von Bishtoven, a distant Welsh cousin of our beloved Chairman paid a visit to test fly his new Triplane.

Bit on the twitchy side just as Paul G. predicted, gave him a bit of a wild ride. Made him wish he was wearing different colour underpants and had brought his bicycle clips. Two pairs for added safety!

Couldn't have been that bad as he managed to get a few shots into a passing Boeing 747 and sent it smoking across the sky. Old habits are really hard to break.

Kevin was really worried as the standard of the paint work was so good it put his professional efforts to shame.

The GMFC are ready to repel any invaders from across the border, so long as it's after lunch. The clubs "afternoon patrol" have been in rigourus training. Some of the pilots can now down twelve cans of Mangers cider and still programme a Spectrum DX 6, (I can't do it sober CB.) Next month they will move onto how to light a BBQ using only one boyscout..

Saturday 23rd - Sunday 24th.

The unsettled weather continues. The forecast for the weekend was not good more wind and rain. A few members were happy continue with the weekend as planned but a large number would be put off by the weather. Therefore the decision was made to put off the BBQ/roast but continue with other events as planned.

The weather was pretty much as forecast. Saturday was grey overcast with quite a stiff breeze, the rain started early evening and continued until just after sunrise. Sunday cleared to a bright sunny still breezy day the wind not abating until late afternoon. Sunday evening was perfect.

A brave few flew on Saturday and then retired to sit around the BBQ. Some camped overnight others went to a warm comfortable quite bed.

All but one had their sleep disrupted by what sounded like the running of a pulse jet close by. Chris H. slept soundly. 

Despite the weather and the lack flying all had a very good weekend. Bit like Glastonbury but without quite so much mud, a lot kinder on the wallet and less noisy until somebody started up the pulse jet.

Next time Chris H. will have his own private sleeping area along side the M5 where he can keep the lorry drivers awake.

The planned weekend will be rerun sometime in July.


Sunday 17th

Some concentration needed from Stan to hover so close to the camera man.

That helicopter does look familiar, where have I seen that before??

Help needed from members, does anybody know who's helicopter this is ? (Right)


Wednesday 6th

As the weather hasn't been the best, decided to get on with the Magnattila build, on closer examination of what I thought was a part finished project I found that nearly all the parts had only be put together not glued, so I started checking every joint and gluing it in place. For a partially build model there does seem to be loads of pieces still left in the box awaiting assembly, but am really enjoying it.....

I must admit I have been inspired to finish it by the chairman's progress on his rebuild.


Monday 3rd

A great flying day at last. Didn't make it down the field until late afternoon by which time many had departed. The wind had decreased all afternoon and only a slight north easterly drift remained. Clear skies and warm sunshine.

Actual got to fly one of my gliders, well electric self launching type, had a bit of a panic over the wing joiners but they were found thanks to Mr G. Ram 3 date logger fitted and it recorded my first soaring flight of the year.

Only seventeen seconds of motor run took the model to 150 M (500ft) where the motor automatically shuts down. Contacted a week thermal after a minute but it came to nothing and eventually drifted down to just over 100ft out over the barley field. Contacted weak lift 38 ft/min climb (that's weak) worked this for over 10 mins with little if any drift. Then the swallows arrived feeding on insects carried aloft while above a couple of seagulls marked the lift, the best part of the climb was 200 ft/min. The climb was stopped at just over 1800 ft due to neck ache of being overhead, opened the spoilers and brought the model down to around 1000 ft and moved back upwind.

Only one more patch of lift found and a landing was made with just over 41 minutes on the clock. All from one 17 second motor run. Great flight. Long soaring flights especially in difficult conditions are very tiring and a real exercise in concentration my personal best ever was 1 hr 58 mins only curtailed due to flat TX batteries I was very lucky to get the model down in one piece.

As I am sure I have said before thermal soaring has always been my great passion, wringing every last second out of a flight maxing out a 15 minute slot when everybody else has landed especially when a major trophy is yours for the taking, great, bloody great.

Chris B.

Sunday 2nd

Report from Tony Hickson, Tony has spent the last couple of months practicing his technique he's the guy throwing his model into the air. I am particularly pleased to see him taking part in National competitions especially Radioglide, I engraved my name on this trophy several years back.

BARCS Radioglide 2012 F3k competition

BARCS (British Association of Radio Control Soaring) organise an annual festival of soaring competitions on the bank holiday weekend at the end of May. There are various different competitions across the weekend, with the venue being Marsh Gibbon near Oxford. I participated in the F3k hand launch glider class, which was held on Saturday 2nd June.

We were to share the field with the Electric Launch Gliders. On arrival it was clear that the field was plenty big enough to avoid any congestion between the classes, and also that it was overcast and damp, particularly underfoot with long wet grass leading to wet feet which I enjoyed for the remainder of the day.

Turnout was relatively low for the competition with only 11 pilots. F3K competitions involve flying a number (in this case 8) 10 minute slots against other pilots, with a range of different tasks to be completed. The winner of a particular slot scores 1000 points, with the other pilots scoring a proportion of 1000 points equal to their proportion of the slot winners time. The winner of the overall competition is decided by the pilot with the most points, with their being one discarded round in this competition. 11 pilots meant we only had two slots and a busy day as I was either flying or timing for someone else back to back (that's why there are no photos!).

Being new to glider flying and only my third competition I still have an awful lot to learn. Fortunately competitions are a great place to do that. The other pilots when timing for you can also provide advice about where the elusive lift is to be found. I've therefore been lucky enough to have the best pilots in the UK, and some of the best pilots in the world, stood right next to me coaching on the art of air reading.

The overcast day meant there wasn't much lift to be found in the earlier rounds, but the good guys always seem to magic some from somewhere. Whilst no one was cork-screwing skyward there was definitely some occasional lift to be found. I did OK in the first two rounds, and thought I'd done reasonably well in the third round which turned out to be the case as I'd scored 1000 points. This was all thanks to my timer making a good call on where decent lift was to be found that no one else spotted. However in the very next round I ended up timing in a round when I should have actually been flying! This meant I scored 0 and knew which one was going to be my dropped round. A silly annoying mistake, but a lesson learned.

At lunch time the call was made to fly only 8 rounds instead of a possible 10 that had been matrixed, mainly because of the slightly flat conditions. In the task F round, best 3 to count 3 minute max, I ended up too low, too far down wind and my glider disappeared from site behind a tall hedge in the next field. An apprehensive jog round for me as I don't have a spare glider and didn't know what sate it was going to be in. After a little time searching in the long grass I found it, thankfully still intact! I kissed my glider on picking it up after an arrival for the second time in a week! I'd run out of time to get a third flight in the round, although luckily I still scored reasonably well. Landing that far out was actually quite a positive thing for me, because it was the result of flying further out and pushing to find lift. It didn't work out this time, but if I want to improve my competition flying I need to range further and make it work, so at least I was trying.

After a great days flying the scores were totted up with the results being as follows:

1 Richard Swindells 6962

2 Martin Halston 6515

3 Simon Jones 6479

I finished 6th, with a score of 5559 and a got a nice certificate for being the best newcomer, as it was my first RadioGlide event.

If anyone fancies trying DLG I would definitely recommend it. Some people are perhaps a bit intimidated by the launch, but it's actually very easy provided you start off gently. Like the rest of DLG, it's very easy to get started, but incredibly challenging to do really well. Same goes for the competitions in my experience. Provided you can launch safely and land within a box that is roughly 25m square (most of the time!) you are ready to enter a competition. Be warned though, it is very addictive!

To find out more, try either the FlyQuiet or RCGroups DLG forums. I bought both my current models from HyperFlight and would highly recommend them. Of course, you can always feel free to have a nose at my model and chat about DLG if you see me down at the field.



Sunday 2nd

An historic day for the GMFC when at Upton St Leonards village hall the club put on a static display of model aircraft and later flew on the recreation ground as part of the villages Jubilee celebrations.

The event was historic as it is the first display by the GMFC. The last time the club performed to the public was I think back in 1997 (please correct me if I'm wrong) when it was still called the Pineholt Model Flying Club.

The intervening years have seen a vast decrease in clubs all over the country participating at local shows and events as the culture of health and safety plus an attitude of risk aversion has set in.

Not deterred the forms were filled a risk assessment completed and the Chairman put his signature to them. An extension to our insurance was dully granted to allow us to fly on the recreation ground on the 2nd of June 2012.

About a dozen members arrived at midday with vehicles crammed with models of all types to set up the display in a superb at the village hall. There were model than we had space for apologise to those that had models turned.

Forty five plus models were on display From Phil B's large turbine "Air wolf" helicopter to George F's diminutive little rubber powered free flight Monocoupe.

Models were arranged by types with War birds taking centre stage. In one corner a line up of helicopter types covering he whole range of sizes available. In the other corner as a complete contrast the models of yesteryear with a good line up of vintage types.
Paul W. demonstrated how a model works with his intriguing demonstration stand. Mean while the Chairman demonstrated to the lady visitors his dexterity with the iron as doing the course of the afternoon he covered three quarters of a Magnatila wing in Solartex.

The time finally arrived for the flying display, Sadly the weather had taken a turn for the worst and the wind had steadily increased throughout the day. This didn't seem to deter the crowds, steadily picking there seating positions around the cricket ground in anticipation of us flying !!! Must be easily pleased.....

Arriving at the display area the wind direction was checked on many occasions and found that the wind was dramatically changing direction every few minutes !!! The decision was made to fly the Helicopters first, with the Chairman taking the microphone in hand he announced Steve Parker and Jim Fairbain, Great flying from both in adverse weather conditions.

Next up was control line flying by the ford gang, The girls did some excellent flying really getting the crowds going with Nick and George having to duck rather quickly on a few occasions.

Next to battle with the turbulent winds was Jonathan Mills with his MX2 and Paul Gurr with a Seaplane, courteous of Paul Williams. The Seaplane wasn't suited to high winds and was a handful for Paul, he managed to get it back on the strip without incident. The MX2 coped better, having the power to punch through the wind it managing a few rolls and loops and returned to the ground safely. Paul G also took up a Foam Wot 4 but once again struggled with the turbulent winds and was glad to see it land undamaged. Andy Riley also took to the sky with his Foam P51, this model didn't seem to be affected by the wind as much as the others, Andy flew superbly pleasing the crowds with his loop and rolls.

Last to go was our Chairman with his IC Puppeteer, Conditions now raining with wind spinning around us he took to the air, after gaining some height it was apparent that it wasn't going to be an enjoyable flight, he struggled to keep the plane under control but still managed to perform some excellent manoeuvres, landing also proved testing but am pleased to report that all models were undamaged.

May I once again thank everybody that helped and gave there support to make a wonderful day.



Gloucester Model Flying Club