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Member postings for John Privett

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Thread: Heathrow Aeroplane drops deadly item
10/02/2018 21:59:16

I wonder how accurate the clock on the video is.

Flightradar24's 'playback' facility shows the expected stream of aircraft on final approach for LHR at around 9am on the 7th. Most fly a couple of hundred of metres or so to the north of this location - the aircraft are flying east-west, the CCTV camera is looking approximately north-east.

Then at shortly after 9:08 a BA flight flies on a significantly more southerly track, almost overflying (according to the FR24 data) this location at 2,000 feet. I guess the CAA are already on the case! smile

Thread: Best given the right of way
09/02/2018 22:05:28
Posted by Martin Harris on 07/02/2018 10:48:02:

Makes me rather glad that we only have the wind, rain and low cloudbase to contend with!

I was about to say much the same thing Martin!

I'm not sure if I've been lucky or unlucky, but in all my (almost) 60 years I've never seen a snake in the wild in the UK. And even on two trips to Oz (5 weeks in total) the most dangerous of their huge collection of "out to kill you" wildlife that I saw were a few bad-tempered kangaroos.

Thread: Single Channel Radio Control - RH Warring
03/02/2018 18:08:46
Posted by Peter Christy on 03/02/2018 15:05:47:

I've still got a copy of that book somewhere!

I have mine in front of me right now. It's the 1972 reprint, priced at 45p. I never did fly single channel, despite buying the book. At the time 'digital' proportional was becoming cheaper and reliable, and I started my r/c flying on Newcastle Town Moor around 1973/4 with Futaba M6 gear.

The Single Channel Radio Control book gives guidance on the process of obtaining the radio licence that was needed back then. £1 for 5 years from the GPO in London. The book even shows an example of the form you had to fill-in, stating name, address, type of model (Vehicle/Vessel/Aircraft) and your usual flying location. The example in the book is filled-in for a John Brown flying on Epsom Downs - where I fly now, though I've no idea if "John Brown" actually existed or was just a figment of Ron Warring's imagination! The address shown on the form certainly exists.

Thread: Super tigre
28/01/2018 14:41:06
Posted by Percy Verance on 28/01/2018 12:16:07:

I received a fair old chewing for using the wrong fuel when I most certainly hadn't!.........secret

I think that was the subject of most people's poison-pen letters. It certainly was with mine! It didn't help that as far as I can recall the instructions from Super Tigre themselves and from Mick had conflicting advice regarding fuel. Maybe I had used the "wrong" fuel, but there was no need for him to be quite so rude about it.

He was also unbelievably sarcastic when I phoned to check the arrangements for returning the engine to him and for payment. Maybe he thought he was being funny, but I very nearly hung-up the phone on him. He was certainly a "character" and undoubtedly very knowledgable, but I can't help thinking that ST engines did well in the UK despite, rather than because of him.

28/01/2018 01:11:14

Yes, just slightly loosen the two screws and the inlet assembly can then be rotated to point as Pete described. I had a .51 in an Acrowot (amongst other models) some years back and it ran fine on 5% nitro.

Thread: Swift 82
07/01/2018 23:23:53
Posted by Concorde Speedbird on 06/01/2018 22:36:04:

Note the allen headed servo screws- I just discovered these from ModelFixings and I adore them, they make installing servos so much easier. No more rounded out servo screws!

I thought everybody knew about those! I've been using them for years and wouldn't go back to ordinary ones. And if you think your bench needs tidying, you should see mine. No, I'm not going to post any pics! embarrassed

Keep up the good work!

Thread: Winters Here Who's Been Flying ?
07/01/2018 23:16:04

Geoff - that sounds like Dave_S. He's back in the UK now, and reappeared on RCMF for a short while. I think he has an account on here too, though he only posted a few times. I met him once - along with the late Jim Archer - at Wings n Wheels in about 2000 or 2001.

07/01/2018 20:57:00

Today was a bit breezy, but yesterday had seemed like a good day for the first flight of the year. Flat calm, or so it seemed in my back garden, but a little chilly. And so I headed out to fly with one other hardy club member.

Temperature was around 3 or 4C, but it was a lot windier than it had been at home, and felt a lot colder than it had been last week when I was in Canada - including 2 days on the ski slopes... What is about our miserable UK winters that makes them feel so cold even when they're not?

Well, we had one flight each and I landed when - despite fingerless gloves - my fingers were beginning to ignore my briain. We both decided one flight had been enough to blow away the proverbial cobwebs, and it was time to beat a hasty retreat to warmer surroundings!

Thread: happy christmas
24/12/2017 22:09:51

Best wishes from me to everyone here!

Kiwi - my sister has lived in Perth, Australia for the past 6 or 7 years and still can't get used to putting up the lights and tree when the thermometer is reading in the 30's Celcius, rather than the 30's Fahrenheit! I guess if it's what you've always known then it doesn't seem odd...

I'm off to Vancouver tomorrow to have Christmas evening Canadian-style!

Thread: Longer Days.....
23/12/2017 17:21:22

Whilst it was the shortest day (in terms of daylight hours) on 21st Dec, sunset has actually been getting later since the 12th Dec. Sunset in London was officially at 15:51 every day from 8th to 16th December and today was at 15:54 - a full 3 minutes gained already. (Don't all shout at once!)

On the downside, sunrise continues getting later each morning until 30th December, after which it starts getting earlier - such is our slightly lop-sided day!

Thread: Fantasy Formula 1
26/11/2017 20:37:28

So here's how it all ended this season;

Championship Standings

Pos Team Manager Pts
1 iqon racing iqon racing 2640
2 Pitts Specials john stones 2630
3 VBT Racing Yorik 2575
4 Revers Racing Pete B 2523
5 AnyoneSeenBernie johnpflyrc 2488
6 Bernies Big Brown Envelope serepton PRO 2439
7 Team Webby Racing Simon Webb 2415
8 Norfolk Flyers Kevin Fairgrieve 2383
9 Mannschaft Carl Brotherton 2361
10 FalconFormulaOne Tony Hamer 2313
11 Flying Eagles Gary Goodfellow 2254
12 Essex Racing Tony Clark 2170
13 Slopeflyers F1 jimbo32010 2014
14 Team Charles Picd Charles Pic 1980
15 teewrex John Tee 1664

A big "well done" to Iqon for taking the win by 10 points! The rest of us trailled some distance back.

The only place changes today are between Team Charles Picd and Slopeflyers F1. Otherwise we all held our positions from last race.

Thanks all for taking part again this year. Hopefully we'll all be back again next year when the season kicks off - complete with new logo - on 25 March in Melbourne. The French GP is back on the calendar and 21 races are scheduled for 2018.

See you all then!

26/11/2017 20:30:57

Right then... THe results are in and here is how we scored today;

Results from Abu Dhabi

Pos Team Manager Pts
1 iqon racing iqon racing 134
2 FalconFormulaOne Tony Hamer 133
3 AnyoneSeenBernie johnpflyrc 133
4 Pitts Specials john stones 131
5 Norfolk Flyers Kevin Fairgrieve 122
6 Revers Racing Pete B 121
7 Mannschaft Carl Brotherton 121
8 VBT Racing Yorik 121
9 teewrex John Tee 117
10 Slopeflyers F1 jimbo32010 114
11 Bernies Big Brown Envelope serepton PRO 99
12 Flying Eagles Gary Goodfellow 98
13 Team Webby Racing Simon Webb 90
14 Essex Racing Tony Clark 87
15 Team Charles Picd Charles Pic 79

Iqon wins on the day by a single point from Tony and myself, with John S a further two points back. Close! So it looks like we know who the league winner is, and that's coming up in the next post.

26/11/2017 13:00:35

Indeed, Iqon... May the best man win - both on the track and in our league!

My first prediction has been proved wrong, let's see how the remaining ones go!

24/11/2017 21:25:26

RIght then, for the last time this season, your customary reminder;

Don't forget your predictions!

So, it's the final race of the year, and a Euro-friendly time of day too. Qualifying is at 13:00 UK-time on Saturday with the race at the same time on Sunday. P3 is from 10-11 tomorrow if the P1 and P2 times don't help you with the predictions, but don't leave it too late - enter some predictions now and you can change them tomorrow if you want as long as you do so before qualifying starts. There's live coverage on Channel 4 this weekend as well as on Sky.

Thread: Full size glider LiPo fire
13/11/2017 21:36:37

Sounds a good idea Chris, but I can't help wondering if it's possible to carry an extinguishing system capable of extinguishing a LiPo fire in a glider. The AAIB report notes,

"The airfield fire truck arrived promptly and an initial attempt was made to extinguish the fire using a CO2 gaseous extinguisher, but this proved unsuccessful. Aqueous film-forming foam (AFFF) was then sprayed into the FES battery compartment and the fire was extinguished."

The Firetrace system seems to CO2 "powered" which is probably great for extinguishing a cable fire, but it the CO2 extinguisher in the fire truck wasn't capable of putting out the LiPo fire then I'm not sure that something light enough to be carried in the glider would fare any better.

Thread: Fantasy Formula 1
13/11/2017 20:58:07
Posted by john stones 1 on 13/11/2017 18:15:49:

Ah I see, they've changed first to retire so scores have altered.

Yes I see they have... I must admit I did wonder how they worked out who retired first in situations where several drivers collide at the start...

So it appears that (from a quick glance anyway) two of our league members - John and Carl have 10 points fewer than initially reckoned. This does mean that John's 3 point lead has now turned into a 7 point lead for Iqon. Still very close at the top!

Here is the revised table;

Championship Standings

Pos Team Manager Pts
1 iqon racing iqon racing 2506
2 Pitts Specials john stones 2499
3 VBT Racing Yorik 2454
4 Revers Racing Pete B 2402
5 AnyoneSeenBernie johnpflyrc 2355
6 Bernies Big Brown Envelope serepton PRO 2340
7 Team Webby Racing Simon Webb 2325
8 Norfolk Flyers Kevin Fairgrieve 2261
9 Mannschaft Carl Brotherton 2240
10 FalconFormulaOne Tony Hamer 2180
11 Flying Eagles Gary Goodfellow 2156
12 Essex Racing Tony Clark 2083
13 Team Charles Picd Charles Pic 1901
14 Slopeflyers F1 jimbo32010 1900
15 teewrex John Tee 1547
13/11/2017 20:53:47
Posted by john stones 1 on 13/11/2017 12:46:49:

Cheers John.

3 predictions correct, tickled pink when Max talked them into new tyres.

Only 2 predictions for me - but Max's fastest lap was one of those for me too!

13/11/2017 01:09:52

And this is how the table looks tonight with one race to go...

Championship Standings

Pos Team Manager Pts
1 Pitts Specials john stones 2509
2 iqon racing iqon racing 2506
3 VBT Racing Yorik 2454
4 Revers Racing Pete B 2402
5 AnyoneSeenBernie johnpflyrc 2355
6 Bernies Big Brown Envelope serepton PRO 2340
7 Team Webby Racing Simon Webb 2325
8 Norfolk Flyers Kevin Fairgrieve 2261
9 Mannschaft Carl Brotherton 2250
10 FalconFormulaOne Tony Hamer 2180
11 Flying Eagles Gary Goodfellow 2156
12 Essex Racing Tony Clark 2083
13 Team Charles Picd Charles Pic 1901
14 Slopeflyers F1 jimbo32010 1900
15 teewrex John Tee 1547

And there's a change in the top 2 - John's Pitts Specials edge ahead of Iqon, but only by THREE points! The next two places remain unchanged, despite Pete's win today.

I move up to 5th, pushing serepton down to 6th. The remaining positions remain unchanged.

So it's still all to play for at the top - most likely it's between John and Iqon, but amajor slip-up from them and a good result from Yorik could see Yorik at the top. I think Pete's recent results have come a little too late though...

Abu Dhabi in two weeks, so don't forget your predictions!

13/11/2017 01:01:55

Right then - channel 4 coverage should be safely over by now, so here's how we scored today;

Results from Brazil

Pos Team Manager Pts
1 Revers Racing Pete B 152
2 Team Webby Racing Simon Webb 147
3 Pitts Specials john stones 142
4 Flying Eagles Gary Goodfellow 135
5 AnyoneSeenBernie johnpflyrc 134
6 VBT Racing Yorik 132
7 Mannschaft Carl Brotherton 123
8 Norfolk Flyers Kevin Fairgrieve 120
9 iqon racing iqon racing 118
10 Essex Racing Tony Clark 116
11 FalconFormulaOne Tony Hamer 111
12 Bernies Big Brown Envelope serepton PRO 102
13 Slopeflyers F1 jimbo32010 99
14 Team Charles Picd Charles Pic 99
15 teewrex John Tee 87
12/11/2017 23:32:35

OK - results are now in.

But I'll hold fire for now for the benefit of those who may be watching the race on Channel 4. I'll publish them in around an hour by which time I guess the coverage will be over.

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