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Rocker22/02/2018 15:06:52
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Been flying all winter but just got back from our field today and am frozen stiff,with the weather turning colder next week ,me thinking it time to hibernate until at least April give the weather a chance to warm up and the field to dry out a bit came home today and look like I had been mud wrestling.( Might have been better if I had been !!! )

john stones 122/02/2018 16:29:49
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Things drying out in Yorkshire and suns keeps showing its face. hot

Tim Ballinger22/02/2018 16:38:42
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Yesterday was good...


Cliff 195922/02/2018 20:21:38
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The joys of flying indoors, here's a screenshot of my Microaces' Fokker DVII on its maiden last Tuesday, by the time Spring comes our skills will be well honed


Tom Sharp 223/02/2018 00:05:13
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I was out water flying on Monday. Perfect conditions quite warm for lipo's..

Robert Parker25/02/2018 16:51:44
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Managed to get some flights in today, first time since October what with all the rain and other issues that prevent us from flying.

Bitterly cold and blustery Easterly wind I was the only one flying today, I did managed a couple of hours before returning home, I finally managed to maiden my Cessna Skylane, that's one less to maiden. The ground conditions were better than I had expected.




Chris Walby25/02/2018 17:43:51
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Blowing a gale, freezing cold and out flown by the local birds of pray! But at least I left with as many bits as I arrived with.


trebor25/02/2018 17:52:09
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What a beautiful sky, I thought about it for 5 seconds. Back into hibernation mode for me laugh

Chris Walby26/02/2018 06:59:36
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Your are right the sky was superb, ground hard with frost and it was not raining, just an absolute bitter wind even with gloves on and wrapped up like an Antarctic explorer .

Good news I did manage a bit of slope soring at the end of the field with my Yeti (feels really odd standing at end of the field with the runways behind me!). That was until our feathered friends turned up, out flew me big style and even circled me as I was just holding station! I was clearly out numbered (4 to 1) and out classed.

I circled around, dropped height and flew back down the field with my feathers between my legs (so to speak) then positioned myself on my flight line paving slab (my perch) and had 3 or 4 goes to get it down smoothly!

The flight masters headed off looking for their dinner and I did the same for a warm drink and lunch. Worth the fresh air though.

Tim Ballinger26/02/2018 08:09:13
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Interesting to see your Skylane Robert , I am just starting a refurb of my 40 year old 172 that I never actually flew!

Need to choose an engine first as I gave my os 40 away.


Robert Parker26/02/2018 18:18:19
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Hi Tim,

I have got a Irvine 46 in the Global Cessna Skylane. It had plenty of power even in the blustery winds and an all up weight of 8.4Lbs.



RC Plane Flyer26/02/2018 18:39:34
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Hello Chris W reading your post about feathered friends would that be Kites ? At our strip you can take off and fly an electric for 5 mins an suddenly you have two of them circling with you and stay around while you put another battery in and fly around again . Have noticed they fly off after the third flight.

Edited By RC Plane Flyer on 26/02/2018 18:41:25

Kevin Fairgrieve27/02/2018 17:37:52
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Had a blast today in the snow.






Hope for more fun this weekend.


Martin Harris27/02/2018 18:52:54
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Posted by RC Plane Flyer on 26/02/2018 18:39:34:

Blowing a gale, freezing cold and out flown by the local birds of pray!

Hello Chris W reading your post about feathered friends would that be Kites ? At our strip you can take off and fly an electric for 5 mins an suddenly you have two of them circling with you and stay around while you put another battery in and fly around again . Have noticed they fly off after the third flight.

I know we have kites in the woods adjacent to our field Chris, but birds of pray? I don't recall seeing any nuns out model flying...angel

Tom Sharp 227/02/2018 22:20:21
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On Dad's Army the other week, they were on about Nazi paratroopers coming down disguised as nuns.

Edited By Tom Sharp 2 on 27/02/2018 22:21:53

Chris Walby28/02/2018 07:56:20
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Martin that's the second typo gaff in two days!

As for nun did you mean the chat use of the word? as in "nothing" and you would be right as there was nothing else up there apart from me and the birds! Not seen anyone up there for days and will we have a good turn out for Thursday as it only going to be 21 gusting 39 and feel like -11 ?

David Ashby - Moderator28/02/2018 10:15:39
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Park thumbs upsmile


Peter Miller28/02/2018 11:38:14
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How is this for a shot of kites Takenby Alan Wright witha Mobius camera on his Easter Eagledogfight with a buzzard (1).jpg

Edited By Peter Miller on 28/02/2018 11:38:54

Erfolg18/01/2019 14:43:08
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Its 2019, and it is now winter and today it feels like it.>>

I have managed to get a few days of flying in since the new year, alas, not today. Today I spent a short period sanding some wing tips, remarking on the bitter cold, sweeping in from the Irish Sea. I could not decided if It was sensible, possible to go flying. Then a snow flurry surrounded me, which sent me indoors once I had finished the tips. Now there is rain to add to the misery.>>

The three times i did manage to get out, the first day was dark, the colours of nature subdued and tending to various hues of the grey scale. Remarkably the wind was non existent. For me flying was difficult, no hint of colour to be assessed on the model, just a silhouette. Everything done by memory, of where it should be heading, pitch, was pretty much a guess. The relative humidity was high, as the town in the distance was fogged out.>>

The second time was better, although not by much.>>

The third outing was acceptable, still dull. A good crowd had gathered, some chatting, all with hands firmly thrust into pockets, all displaying various forms of winter head gear. I pondered was my fur hat faux, or real fur? I did wonder if it really matters, thinking of Poland and remembering that people were more interested in staying alive and warm, than if the coat and hats were real fur or not. More importantly I decided was the first flight of my Great Planes, Giles 202. Lat time out, it did not fly due to teething problems, the first being that the spun spinner was not running true, the second I had not charged the new Lipo. All the testing of current and revs using an old Lipo. Now the test pilot was satisfied, that all the checks, of Failsafe, balance (CG), surface throws and senses were acceptable. The Tx was set to high rates, timer started (for guidance only). The model was placed on the strip, the taps opened, the model initially zig zagging along, then it was in the air. It was quickly apparent all was not well, low rates was selected, all was still iffy, the model being particularly sensitive in pitch. The model was brought in to a successful landing. The debrief requires the CG to move forward by 12 mm and the high rates reduced to low, the low being 2/3 of the original setting.>>

For me the drive to and from the field is a continuous grind. Both United Utilities and Gas contractors are engaged in a never ending hole digging exercise. On one occasion I saw a group of 6 men staring into a hole, passing the next day, they were still in the same positions staring down into the hole. Now is that not dedication, standing there for a full 24 hours? Particularly when mostly the holes are dug and left, more often with traffic lights.>>

The fracking protestors, are still there, in fewer numbers. Their wood burning stove spewing part

john stones 118/01/2019 16:05:46
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Well did it get flown again, on reduced rate and more forward c.g, Erf I'm on tenterhooks here. wink

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