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Chris Walby01/12/2019 07:16:41
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...Nearly light and will be heading out with the trainer later.

Edited By Chris Walby on 01/12/2019 07:19:19

leccyflyer01/12/2019 07:48:03
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Yep, good day in the winter sun yesterday and heading out this morning as well. Flay calm yesterday, so didn't feel all that cold in the sun even though it was minus 5 degrees. 5-8mph forecast today, so expect it to be really freezing cold and feeling like it.

GrumpyGnome01/12/2019 07:59:27
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Went yesterday morning - was -2 so didn't stop long. Couple of flights on the leccy WotsWot, couple on the SFM Fokker and a few on the UMX SSCub................

Warmer today but just started raining huge raindrops will have to potter instead


Chris Walby01/12/2019 14:08:33
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Only to be expected it was rather cold, but nice an bright to start with. Clouded over and sky was rather poor colour although still got four flights and three cups of tea in.

Last tow of us headed off just after 1 pm for some lunch and balsa bashing this afternoon wink


Martin Harris - Moderator02/12/2019 16:05:25
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Popped in to the club field this afternoon and what a delightful flying day - but rather cold on the fingers. My first flights under the new CAA regime and nobody pounced out from the bushes demanding to see my exemptions!

Edited By Martin Harris on 02/12/2019 16:07:57

Colin Carpenter02/12/2019 17:13:02
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Out at 9 am in zero degrees , brilliant sunshine, no wind. Lovely flying weather !🌞🌞4 out by 9-30 and no crashes. A new Roc Edge flies well enough but there’s a glitch which occurred 3 times on 4 flight so I got it down for its owner ! No damage but no idea as to what’s wrong from quick inspection ! He’s got a bit of detective work ! My new EFlite Mig 15 is a little beauty ! Colin

Erfolg21/02/2020 14:32:09
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Judging by the number of posts, not many have been flying, that includes myself.

The nearest i am getting at present, is walking daughter No. 1's dog, whilst her family is on holiday, escaping the UK weather. What in Sweden, I do not get it.

Yesterday i pondered how one of my anticipated flying sites has become out of bounds due to the 5 mile exclusion zone around airfields.

As I trundled along the beach looking out to sea, I could see that whatever the state of the tide, the wind would be unhindered.


the tide was on its way out, the wind deafening, supposedly at 50-70 mph, carrying the sound of the crashing waves.

A little further along I came to the sand dunes which I hoped may provide sufficient lift for slope soaring, as done at Sylt on the Baltic coast in Northern Germany.


the problem as I saw it was that the face of the sand dunes is undulating with a thick covering of rough grasses.

However I was really surprised to watch our local news that was reporting on completely flooded fields. I dismissed the item as something that was happening in the south, probably London, therefore really important to the rest of us. Yet it turned out to be just a few miles away(approx 3), at the end of the Fylde.

I had also considered flying from the beach, yet being right on the edge of the zone, I suspect i would be contravening some regulation, by someone or other.

So await the cessation of the rain, the wind and above all a degree of drying out of the track leading to the field.

Next week, once the dog has gone, I will start checking the charge of my models and TX, roll on "It's Spring, who has been flying".

Ah, I hope I have my registration number and the regs have not changed, life used to be so simple.crying 2

Glyn4421/02/2020 14:36:36
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Not me, far more sense, just got back from S Africa watching the cricket. Lovely warm, little rain. Ha Ha.

leccyflyer21/02/2020 17:30:32
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Haven't flown since before Christmas - the past month has been unflyable at the weekends and this weekend looks likely to be the same.

Paul Marsh21/02/2020 17:30:49
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Flying? what's that? crying

Martin Harris - Moderator21/02/2020 17:46:42
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Posted by Erfolg on 21/02/2020 14:32:09:

Yesterday i pondered how one of my anticipated flying sites has become out of bounds due to the 5 mile exclusion zone around airfields.

While by default, the standard zones extend up to 2.5NM radius from the centre point of the main runway along with the extended centre line stubs, ATC are empowered to allow flying within these zones on application and have to have good reason to refuse permission. It might be worth making an application or two if you have alternatives to your waterlogged field.

You'll be pleased to know that the pampered and privileged South has had its share of wet and windy weather since the New Year but we've managed to fly on a weekly basis with suitable models.

David Davis21/02/2020 19:13:25
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Flew this afternoon in central France. No wind, 10C etc. Flew my "Russian" Baron and road-tested the ARTF foamy electric trainer.

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john stones 1 Moderator21/02/2020 19:21:58
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Wet rain here, lots of it and it's wet. sad

ron evans21/02/2020 20:54:43
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Wet & windy here in S Wales and the only thing of mine to take to the air in the last week or so were three 6ft fence panels that did a bit of free flight. frown

Annoying, but nothing compared to the flooding that people have suffered lately, and sometimes more than once.


John Privett21/02/2020 21:51:36
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Posted by Martin Harris on 21/02/2020 17:46:42:

You'll be pleased to know that the pampered and privileged South has had its share of wet and windy weather since the New Year but we've managed to fly on a weekly basis with suitable models.

And in my part of the pampered and privileged South I haven't flown since the 8th Feb. That was the weekend of Storm Ciara, but Saturday was only dreary and dismal so I got a couple of flights, unlike the following day which was wet and windy.

The next weekend (Storm Dennis) was wet and WINDY both days, so no flying. This coming weekend (22/23 Feb) looks like being windy tomorrow (23mph, gustng to 41 at noon) and slightly worse with possible rain on Sunday.

I guess I did fly a fair bit in January!

Edited By John Privett on 21/02/2020 21:52:27

Stephen Jones23/02/2020 00:40:40
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James, has flown in Storm Dennis.

Lucky guy.


David Davis23/02/2020 09:33:21
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Went to the flying field yesterday afternoon. It was rather windy but ok for a heavily loaded model like my Harvard.

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There was a new member of our club there called Guy. He lives quite a way from us but prefers the ambiance of our club to those which are nearer. He had built a Baron, an iconic French three channel trainer.

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Guy had not flown for thirty-four years and had some difficulty landing the model in the wind but eventually he got it down alright.

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Edited By David Davis on 23/02/2020 09:34:34

Cliff 195923/02/2020 11:06:36
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Does indoors count, High Wycombe yesterday, wow!

David Davis15/03/2020 05:37:30
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Flew the Harvard again yesterday. It was quite breezy so chose to fly something with a heavy wing loading. Need to adjust the engine's slow speed running.

Got a session instructing trainees this afternoon. Light winds and no rain forecast for central France during the coming week. At last!

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Chris Berry15/03/2020 07:58:17
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Went out yesterday afternoon. Wind was on the limit for anything more than a heavy old ic sports model, had 2 flights and went home. 3 or 4 clubmates there.

At least it didn't rain.

Roll on spring!!

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