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Another fine aircraft built by Joe waiting fine weather for a maiden. This Sunderland is from a Tony Nijhuis plan / kit. I would have thought the current weather would be ideal for a float plane.
A package arrived from Sarik yesterday. 3.2 m ASK 11 motor glider. Two sheets of plans and a magazine (qefi?) build article. Chris has also given me a link to download additional photos and build notes. It looks big! So I have measured my build board and phew, it is 3 inches longer than a wing. Should keep me occupied for a while. I may start a build log on SSUK to remind me of the fun and problems solved.
Fingers crossed for some decent flying weather.
And a reminder that our Aero Tow day at Little Haldon is scheduled for 19th June. Steve and Graham are available to tow, so thanks to them both. Again fingers crossed.
We also have an early summer evening meeting at Kingsteignton Village Hall this coming Monday 6th at 7pm. This is due to an unexpected booking for us by the Village Hall. With limited gliding opportunities so far this year this will be a good opportunity to catch up on those winter builds waiting their maiden flight.
I have added a few pics to the Gallery page from today up Little Haldon. Although the breeze was onto the slope, there were few decent thermals about but flying and meeting up was still very enjoyable. 400 to 500 feet was about the limit today. Once Monday’s rain has passed through the rest of the week looks hopeful so Tuesday (fingers crossed) could be another opportunity up the slope.
After two years intermittent building, The time had come to take the plunge and give my e-Duster (from a Chris Williams plan) a maiden flight. I was hoping our field would have been little less gusty Tuesday but as rain was forecast for today, I decided to go for it. The Duster was quite sensitive on the controls so I decided to keep the flight short. A bit of pilot error landing into the rough grass but no damage done. So hopefully Thursday or Friday will be a little calmer for some longer trials. On reflection, I need to check the control throws as they appeared quite limited on the plan and I remember thinking of increasing them to ensure I can turn her back home. I will make sure duel lower rates are as per plan or a little less. Still, I am a relieved and a happy bunny the flight went that well. There are a few unfinished items that I can progress now I know it flies.
Our events calendar has been updated to remove the BMFA centenary event to try for a world record for the number of RC aircraft flying at the same time. 15th May will now be our normal Electric aircraft day at Little Haldon. Sorry for any disappointment this may cause.
Hi all, unfortunately we have decided to cancel this Sunday’s event due to unfavourable conditions. As OMFC is holding their monthly aero-tow next Sunday we will not use it as our reserve date. Our next event at LH is scheduled for 15th May, and Electric Fly In, no aero-tow.
NB Club meeting and Spring Raffle Draw on Monday 25th April, tickets available on the night.
Our events calendar has been amended. 17th April DGD is now the 24th. We forgot the 17th was Easter Sunday.
Also added. 2nd and 3rd July …..Dartmoor 2 Day Glider Cross Country organised by the Meon Valley Club
The 2022 Aerotow and Electric Glider events have been added to our website events page. We are currently checking how to get involved with the BMFA Centenary ‘World Record Flying’ event on May 15th.
I have also taken the opportunity to update the website banner to use the one from our last newsletter and and made a few changes to the Home Page and pictures. Hopefully this year there will be many more opportunities to capture some great shots of our growing fleet.