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Spring 2018 is here...been flying?

Rejoice ! warmer weather is on the way

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Brian Cooper22/04/2018 08:27:13
356 forum posts
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My local club field is 2 miles from my door, and I have flown every day since last Monday. . It has been a miserable, soggy winter, and our runway has had standing water on it for weeks so it has only been possible to operate models with large wheels.

However, the ground is now about 95% dried out and it is now possible to operate models which have smaller wheels. . The sunny weather has also brought out some old buddies who have been in hibernation all winter.

Happy days. yes . . Fingers crossed for a good summer.


fly boy322/04/2018 12:58:52
3230 forum posts
11 photos

Having not flown for about 2years I thought my venerable super scorpion would get my fingers and brain together. On landing misjudged the distant fence and got off with no damage. This to me proves practice is every thing. Cheers. Am I correct ? Lol'

Andy G.23/04/2018 08:18:41
387 forum posts
215 photos

Having gotten through all the crummy cold and nasty winter and early spring weather without any ailments I went flying on the first 2 truly nice consecutive spring days only to come down with a real stinker of a cold! Having a long standing underlying health condition I have to be careful,so no no more flying for me for a week or so..

David Davis23/04/2018 09:06:01
3003 forum posts
506 photos

Test flew my Russian Baron yesterday. This was only its second flight in three channel mode which is obligatoire for the Coupe Des Barons competition! It's amazing how different it is to fly a three channel model when you've used ailerons for years. Two rather blurred snaps of it in flight attached. I will need to fit the engine cowling and a machine gun for the competition.

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Keith Sharples23/04/2018 09:38:41
87 forum posts
2 photos

I'm retired so time not a problem, weather in South Wales the last 4-5 days perfect flying weather, my lovely understanding wife is happy with me flying when the weather is good. A perfect combinationsmiley.

The let down, I have a stinking cough and cold so house bound!!!!!!!! cryingcryingangryangry

pete taylor23/04/2018 10:12:42
333 forum posts
148 photos

I finally got around to blowing off the cobwebs yesterday and nobody else was at the field surprise

In fairness, everyone else had been flying on Saturday and it was a tad breezy, but nevertheless, the Venom handled it with aplomb and I went home smiling.


Alan H23/04/2018 11:52:19
37 forum posts
1 photos

I ventured out to the club field for the first time this year last Friday. Weather was absolutely superb, warm with clear blue sky and light winds. I took an old favourite with me, my Sebart Shark, a delightful model to fly (sadly now discontinued from the Sebart range). Had a couple of flights with the Shark then enjoyed my picnic lunch, a few more flights then off back home. Today the weather is back to normal April, I hope that super weather last week wasn't our summer!


Colin Carpenter23/04/2018 12:01:40
495 forum posts
34 photos

Two of us out at 9 in dark deepest Somerset ! ! Can't believe the change in weather overnight ! Sweaty to cold damp ! We had three flights each and then the wind increased so packed up . Colin

GrumpyGnome23/04/2018 12:13:31
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145 photos
Had a lovely time flying my Wot4 on Friday afternoon. First ic flights in 3 years
Mixed bag Saturday - forgot wing strut bolts for Tiggy so could not maiden it.... Wots wot motor seems broken.... On the positive side, my ancient Nigel Hawes small flat plate wing Tucano flies better than ever under brushless and LiPo motivation!

Looks like Saturday May be it for a while though.

Cuban823/04/2018 13:52:45
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First day flying over the field yesterday since the winter (mud) layoff. Strip and outfield in superb condition. Half a dozen flights on the H9 P47 and a similar number on the Seagull Sea Eagle. Lovely day, great company as always but a tad breezy, with the wind getting stronger as the day progressed.

Got there at 10.00 left at 17.30 - left my sandwiches in the kitchen at home so pretty hungry come the end of the day.

Erfolg24/04/2018 12:12:14
10929 forum posts
1042 photos

It has been a long winter and a very disappointing spring here,

Just a week ago there was nothing much to be seen in my garden, all of the bushes and trees apparently dead or dormant. Then in the space of a few days and I mean a few days, everything changed dramatically. Suddenly the garden was full of daffodils, then just a day or two latter appeared the Tulips. Everything crammed into the space of less than a week. The earache I had suffered about "you should have planted a few hundred Daffodils ceased.

For three glorious days I spent half a day at the field, either morning, afternoon or both. Each day I loaded the car I was greeted by this sight.


In the space of just a day or two the blossom came, and now is being blown away by the very strong wind, winter has returned.

Each day I took at least 4 models. Yet even in heaven there is a cloud and that was the wind direction, directly across the field. The excellent news was that the field was now mowed, not once, but twice, in the space of just two days.

For my small models this is really good news, as the bad habit I had entered into of holding full up in, to avoid a nose over, right up to take of was no longer necessary. Take offs were no longer a case of leaping into the air at take of followed by a hefty dose of down elevator. In my case the take off was ugly, and could end up with a near stall or worse still a stall. Even the issue of the model racing across the ground, zig zagging, this way then that, as the wheels ricochet from one tuft to the next.

The landings are a real pain in a cross wind, not just drift, but due to turbulence from a coppice of trees, played havoc with my lack of skill and the models. As a smooth decent, would suddenly have the model veering this way and that, as I fought to get back on the intended track. Not withstanding the slight difficulties, no model suffered any damage. nor revealing any need for repair.

All to soon, I am back here, typing about what has been,

Erfolg27/04/2018 16:05:03
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1042 photos

The weather has really turned for the worst here, Wednesday, then Thursday and now today, all un-flyable for one reason or another. Unlike many local areas, that reported torrential downpours, here on the coast just drizzle. Other days have been blighted by +20 mph wind.

Now that my wife has retired and became a Golf widow, I am awakened by the the light from a mobile phone, as checks are made as to which course are open, most importantly her own, followed by those of her playing partners. Most courses in this neck of the woods have been closed due to ground conditions. Although the course next to us, a true links, is apparently always open. But with a joining fee of several thousands, and equally high annual fees, it is beyond what most people will or can pay. Even the courses with very much lower fees are now struggling for members. That is just like uscrying 2

Last Friday should have been a warning to me. I was chatting with other members, when I spotted a bird of a genus which I did not recognise. Being a glider guider for many years, I have always been looking out for typical birds such as Gulls. Are they gliding between places, worse still flapping, better is their a ball of them thermalling in a boomer. Then there are the swallow, House Martin type, are they swooping past my ankles, or high in the sky chasing those horrible midges. More recently, it has been Buzzards, much easier to tell what is happening by watching them. In this case it was non of the above, although it seemed to be a Raptor, no hovering like a Kestrel, non of the efficient flight patterns of a Buzzard and no sign of a mate, that is so typical. This bird was quite a bit lower, but not at ground level, as the Sparrow Hawk, that from time to time flashes through my garden. Pointing the bird out, our resident ornithologist, said Hmm, yes, a Hen Harrier, see the white tail? No baring as with a Buzzard. Normally they only come down to the coast and the marsh in winter. I would have thought it would have headed back into the Trough of Bowland by now. How stupid I am, never thinking, Spring has not really sprung yet, defiantly no Summer, and now 4 months into the year. So much for Global Warming, no 0.2 degree increase in average temperature around here.

Even as I bumped my way back up the dirt track, it was only a fleeting thought, in spotting a Rabbit some way up the rack, that I had seen no sign of the apparent infestation of the blighters that I would cheerfully observe in previous years. No kits, nothing.

Now as I await what Tomorrow or Sunday will bring, I can only reflect what an awful year it has been for us RC Flyers, local Golfers, Farmers with waterlogged crops and also the local wild life so it seems.

Here's hoping, that I will soon be bragging about my wonderful skilful flying.smiley


Edited By Erfolg on 27/04/2018 16:06:24

Edited By Erfolg on 27/04/2018 16:07:34

Tom Sharp 227/04/2018 17:55:06
3024 forum posts
16 photos

touch of frost tonight N England, Scotland, snow on Scottish hills on Sunday

Ronaldo27/04/2018 20:02:14
169 forum posts
14 photos

Water water everywhere, .......... I'm sure I saw salmon leaping on my flying field ! ........ disgust

john stones 127/04/2018 23:36:34
9682 forum posts
1435 photos

Quack Quack, I've developed webbed feet. sad

wise owl28/04/2018 11:51:48
221 forum posts

Looks like we gone back into winter here in Lincolnshire .Wet windy and cold .Will the spring ever arrive .Mmmm thing we had our summer last week .That's it now back to wet, dull windy gloomy days crook

Dwain Dibley.28/04/2018 11:56:07
921 forum posts
917 photos

Rubbish weather, so I am indoors in the sports hall at work, in my Dinner hour of course, before you all yell Skiver........cheeky, with some depron (4site) and some plastic (micro helis)


Might even get some pics and footage for a laff, EH??


Ronaldo28/04/2018 12:09:11
169 forum posts
14 photos

I'm indoors in my nice warm and dry workshop, I've started my 'winter project' model early. Too wet to fly here, even the moles that invade our club field are coming up for air and wearing snorkels !!

Peter Miller28/04/2018 12:18:33
9190 forum posts
1062 photos
10 articles

As I have said many times.

I just wish that I was back in Aden in 1961

Dwain Dibley.28/04/2018 14:29:42
921 forum posts
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The Year I was born Peter....


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