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The Lockdown Restrictions Have Been Relaxed. Who's Been Flying?

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Mr Chinnery22/05/2020 00:39:36
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Well - only managed to get an hour in just before lunch owing to family commitments today - couple of batteries through the FunCub and two through the Bogie - brilliant, got my fix and went home for lunch. Only three of us there, should have been four but someone left as I arrived. Again, everyone was following the rules ! I cannot for the life of me see why with equal parts of goodwill and common sense club flying is remotely risky in relation to C/19 - if somebody can't be trusted to keep at a safe distance etc. etc. they shouldn't be allowed out without a Carer. Also in the air today was a Twin Star, a Discovery, another Bogie and a Wots Wot. Mind you, we were a bit daring, there were a few opinions exchanged when we weren't flying regarding the Lockdown, the Weather, a bit of politics and also other but absent Wrinkley Fliers between flights - I hope this latter activity won't get us in trouble with t'authorities. It's darned hard not to socialise.

GrumpyGnome22/05/2020 06:29:44
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Have manged to be at field 4 times recently. First time, just me, and as we can just drive onto our open field, no gates or locks involved. Runway in decent nick.

Second time - 2 turned up just as I was leaving so chatted from our cars for a while. Runway trimmed so even better.

Third and fourth visit was just me socially distancing with the buzzard that likes the tree next to our (out of bounds) club hut. Runway now like a bowling green!

Have flown my Blade 150 and have space to do more than hover and gently pootle around. For me this means VERY basic stuff like circuits ..... Wrung out the Leccy Wots Wot; flown the EFlite PT17 some more; played with the 'unretired' Durafly Spit 24 before risking my newer Tiffy; wrecked my small Viking; had a few whooshes with the umx A10.

76 flights in total - luvverly! Currently hammering down with rain so an indoor day ahead i think. On the positive side, i won't need to water

Quite a few updates on our club pages....... seems to be working ok at moment. Touch wood.

GG (actually not so grumpy at the moment)

David Ashby - Moderator22/05/2020 06:46:12
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Posted by Mr Chinnery on 22/05/2020 00:39:36:

Well - only managed to get an hour in just before lunch owing to family commitments today - couple of batteries through the FunCub and two through the Bogie - brilliant, got my fix and went home for lunch. Only three of us there, should have been four but someone left as I arrived. Again, everyone was following the rules ! I cannot for the life of me see why with equal parts of goodwill and common sense club flying is remotely risky in relation to C/19 - if somebody can't be trusted to keep at a safe distance etc. etc. they shouldn't be allowed out without a Carer. Also in the air today was a Twin Star, a Discovery, another Bogie and a Wots Wot. Mind you, we were a bit daring, there were a few opinions exchanged when we weren't flying regarding the Lockdown, the Weather, a bit of politics and also other but absent Wrinkley Fliers between flights - I hope this latter activity won't get us in trouble with t'authorities. It's darned hard not to socialise.

Good to see you're still 'at it' Dave thumbs upsmile

Jonathan M22/05/2020 22:00:53
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Went out again today... change of weather, change of model and flying site. laugh

Had an hour late afternoon atop Liddington Castle near Swindon, wind from WSW 20 gusting 35mph, Middle Phase fully ballasted, but sweet spot was looking dead into the lowering sun! What with the glare and the pressure of wind on my unprotected eyeballs (sunnies don't cut the mustard in those wind-speeds), on one of my later flights I just couldn't get rid of the double-vision and found myself bringing a "P-38 Lightening" in to land!!

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kevin b22/05/2020 22:14:06
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Me !

Maidened my latest build from an RCME free plan.

It took off nice and smooth. Did about 4 circuits to trim it and landed straight down the centre of the strip (Short flight. The light was fading and grey skies).

Needs a bit of down thrust, but I'm very happy with it.

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john stones 125/05/2020 12:30:12
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Bank holiday, lovely weather, feel a afternoon session coming on, "Stay a Lert".

Brian Hammond25/05/2020 12:36:07
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Britain needs Lerts!

Dad_flyer25/05/2020 13:48:15
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I have now. Very little wind, but still alarming bumpy near the ground. Interesting landings.

Re-maidened Mayfly with its new tail and had four flights.

I also took up an old E-Fair to look for thermals. I could not work out why nothing happened when I put the battery in. No beeps. Took the wing off and not even a light on the receiver. Tried a different battery. Still nothing. I eventually remembered that it has a Jeti brushed ESC with a switch. It really has been a long time.

ken anderson.25/05/2020 14:48:54
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turn up,fly,go home...…………….no picnics are socialising. Just back from a trip to BVRMC site...had two flights in a bit of a windy afternoon....no one else there just me(must have known I was going)…. 1st flights for aprox 8 weeks....the electric in the lipos was from 2019....

ken anderson...ne..1...lockdown dept.

Dwain Dibley.25/05/2020 15:01:55
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Posted by ken anderson. on 25/05/2020 14:48:54:

the electric in the lipos was from 2019....

ken anderson...ne..1...lockdown dept.

I like that Kenneth, I like it a lot..................made me laff.

D.D.

Brian Hammond25/05/2020 15:04:16
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The Electric was much better before the virus.

john stones 125/05/2020 20:16:48
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9 of us, lots of mickey taking, field like a bowling green. hot

Paul Marsh25/05/2020 20:52:14
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Went today, maidened 2 models, one being the Panic. Was the only one there, that afternoon, suppose it was quite windy and not everyone likes flying in the wind...

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john stones 125/05/2020 23:10:38
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Few picys for you, first ones a Lert, put a bit of weight on during lockdown, had a bit of Sun, is now a Redder Lert. crook

Picture of field, looks pretty good after 1 cut, Seaplane thingy rescued from our pond, I managed to get flying shot. face 1lerts 004.jpglerts 007.jpglerts 002.jpg

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Dwain Dibley.25/05/2020 23:32:32
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Patch looks nice John.

D.D.

john stones 125/05/2020 23:35:01
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It is D.D very happy with it.

Paul Marsh26/05/2020 08:44:05
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I've got an Icon A5, so best place for it...

Eric Robson26/05/2020 10:00:11
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Went to our strip yesterday morning ,great weather no body else turned up. Flew a VQ Hurricane which I have just converted to electric as the RCV 91 cd was marginal. It is a heavy aeroplane with the RCV it took a pound of lead to balance, I managed to et the battery right forward and it still needed 1/2 lb of lead. It now has a boost 60 power pack and it flys great on 5c.

Eric r.

Erfolg26/05/2020 18:31:59
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Planning to go the field involved some effort.

Firstly I charged my two transmitters, which had lost charge since last used to fly a model. Logically I also charged the Lipos in the models. I was then that I found that my Imax B6 had ceased working, a strange co-incidence. Then I checked the models carefully.

Driving to the field I could but not reflect on the changes, since i have been here, apparently approaching 4 years. If you would have asked me I would have said, 2, perhaps approaching 3. In that time I have moaned about suburban types roads that take for ever to go nowhere. Roads closed of, and so on. Passing the fracking site, I noticed the speed limit has gone from 20 back to 50. Speed camera still in residence. Am I thankful that both the frackers and the fracking protestors have both gone. Plus the roads and lanes I use are pretty much empty, that is other than a agricultural vehicle and trailer, the size of a semi, thankfully he missed me, just, not ruining my day, not yet.

Getting onto the track to the field is now more of a challenge, now what is that code? The track seemed so smooth compared to my memory, bone dry, pot holes and ditches filled in by the farmer.

Ah, yes, I had come to fly. As planned, I was Billy no mates.

I placed my model on the ground, checked the controls, opened the throttle, it promptly tippled over. So a hand launch was tried, flying this model is a doddle. It climbed away like a Typhoon on a scramble (they also now seem to be flying out of BAE again, seen two in the last week, mere dots in the sky). A bit of button pressing it was now flying level. Or is it? I push the throttle wide open, barely maintaining height. After a few scrappy circuits I had to land.

It was time to fly the Delta, firstly I checked all the controls and set the reflex for launch, zero timer. Start timer, opened throttle, toss model into the sky, switch of the launch reflex, start first circuit. Half way around there was a dull clunck, the model entered a flat spin. I was not to worried as closing the throttle, then pushing in down, would have it flying again. I assumed i had lost the canopy, although i could not understand how. Whilst I contemplated the situation, the ground caught the model. Gong over to it, just on the edge of the field, i found I had lost a fin, not the canopy. There was no sign of the fin.

After an eternity, My confidence was badly shaken, my lack of competence confirmed. I had been on the flight simulator for over a week, flown everything from big petrol jobbies, ducted fans, trainers and scale models. I had only crashed a few hundred times. In the end I knew I had to fly my third model, as I suspected if I did not, I may never fly a model for some time. Thank God, that this model flew without incident, all I can say is "I flew my model and landed".

I then went home, without incident, locking gates behind me.

At home I put my first model on the Internal resistance device. As suspected, one cell has a IR twice as high as the rest. Trying to buy a replacement, it seems that Lipos are now as rare as Hens teeth.

Ah yes, I did use my hand gel after touching the gates and lock, I just thought, surely this is over kill, it must be at least 18 hours since anyone else had touched the same. Then I remembered my daughters words on Sunday, or was it Monday, Dad, I see what it does to people, I worry, it takes a long time for those that do recover from a bout of the virus. Be careful, some people will see everything as excessive, that is there problem, do not let it be mums.

Paul Marsh26/05/2020 19:43:07
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3 test flights today and one old model flown. 8 now maidened, only 22 more to go...smiley

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