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Chris Barlow26/03/2018 00:43:00
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Cheers Andy.

Unfortunately I was out voted 3-1 and "they" want a club house for the evenings!

At least Dinarth is safe and I'm not risking getting banned due to rowdy wife and kids! surprise

Phil Cooke30/03/2018 10:38:16
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One week to go!! thumbs up

The Great Orme, Llandudno - 7th/8th April. More details on the PSSA Events Page.

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Mark Kettle 130/03/2018 10:57:36
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Cheers Phil.

Wing roundel size, why does the left wing roundel which is closer to the camera therefore larger, look smaller than on the right wing? Optical illusion or what?

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Phil May30/03/2018 11:14:55
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Fingers crossed for good conditions
Phil May30/03/2018 11:14:57
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Fingers crossed for good conditions
Phil Cooke30/03/2018 17:19:07
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It must be an optical illusion Mark as all 3 roundels in the shot are the same dia. It's Matt Jones' BAe Hawk T.1 of course, 100 Sqn Special scheme with markings from a Lancaster of the same stable...

steven kemp31/03/2018 17:41:17
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See you guys on the slope next weekend.Ive ,booked in Friday to Monday so fingers crossed for perfect conditions for 2018 first pssa event off the year....,ps,book me in for a seat on saturday evening phil,cheers😉

Andy Meade31/03/2018 17:45:54
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Will be good to see you again Steve, let's hope the weather holds.
Phil May03/04/2018 10:15:38
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Josh and I can only do one day, so we'll be looking for advice on the best day regarding wind direction etc nearer the weekend...
Cheers guys
Harry Twist03/04/2018 10:57:56
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Were all booked in, lets hope the wind and weather cooperate. Looking forward to meeting up again at the weekend.

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Phil Cooke05/04/2018 19:39:12
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A quick note about this coming weekends event at Llandudno which is proving difficult weather wise...

As always on the run up to any PSSA event we’ve been closely watching the weather forecasts in an attempt to best prepare or advise participants prior to our travel. This one really hasn’t been easy!

 

 

We all know the forecasts are never 100% - that’s all part of this great hobby. But on this occasion the forecasts have been almost unreadable, changing dramatically each time we look with huge variation in both wind direction and strength looking across the 2 or 3 most trusted sites. I’m led to believe this instability is due to 2 weather systems interacting, giving us buoyant, warm air from the South one minute, then cold blasts from the East the next. The weekend winds appear to be swinging from the East, through North to the West with Sunday (as I write) looking the most promising of the two days… but it continues to vary!

 

 

Due to the unpredictability and constant change evident, I’m led to a decision where the event will at least be hosted both days (so no proposed cancellation) in the hope that for some portion of each day at least, we will get some flyable conditions. It may well be disjointed and we might have to sit in readiness to pick our moment – remember the only wind direction we cannot fly on the Orme is South East.

 

 

We are of course fully aware that many folk travel great distances to fly with us on The Orme – and we understand the costs involved with travelling and staying over in the area. Any decision by individuals to stay at home and wait for better conditions on another weekend would be fully understood based on the forecast, indeed I’ve been contacted by two flyers today stating they reluctantly won’t now be travelling as planned…

 

 

For those already booked into hotels and preparing to travel and take part at risk, in the quest for at least some PSS flying over the weekend, I will see you there. Whatever the weather, Saturday nights plans are still all on, with a group meal in ‘The Cottage Loaf’ arranged from 8pm. Do please let me know if you are planning to join us still – I’ve currently booked sufficient seating for 20, if its clear due to weather we are only going to be half that number at best, I can amend my booking to maintain relations with the establishment (as we will no doubt eat there again later in the year!)

 

 

So the show goes on in the hope that the forecast variable conditions enable us at least some air time over the 2 days… I’m sure like me, you are keen to get some fresh air with a model in your hands after the long winter lay-off!

 

 

Phil Cooke

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Alan Gorham_05/04/2018 20:34:11
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Hi Phil thanks for that update. The forecast is a bit frustrating to say the least!

I was looking forwards to 2 days of PSS fun, plus I was looking forward to some grub at the renowned Cottage Loaf.

I'm going to reserve judgement at the moment and have a look at what the forecast says tomorrow night in the hope there's a change.Otherwise I'll be getting models ready for a trip to South Wales in May...

Flyer06/04/2018 14:49:03
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Hope the weather Gods are kind to you! Unfortunately I will not be able to attend this time, due to family circumstances beyond my control. I'm hoping that things settle soon and that I can get to the Bwlch in May.

Also need to get started on the Hurricane.

Have a great time all.

Ade

Andy Meade06/04/2018 14:53:19
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I have a feeling you won't be missing much Ade. See you on the slopes soon chap.

Bob Jennings 106/04/2018 14:58:52
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Just seeing all your ugly mugs is a joy.... the flying is a bonus!

LAUNCHING!!!!!!

Andy Meade06/04/2018 14:59:45
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Launching what? Another burger onto the bbq?!

Phil Cooke06/04/2018 19:53:38
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For those attending tomorrow the winds (although still fluctuating and varying depending on which site you look at!) do now seem to have an Easterly bias as we commence the weekend - suggesting we will be meeting at the Dry Ski Slope car park (instead of the more usual 'Tank Track' car park - which can be found up through Happy Valley just past the pier.

For anyone that hasn't flown with us there before, we tend to park in the car park to the left (furthest from the club house) then walk up the path behind the buildings, through the 'kissing gate', then up the stone steps - once 'on top' you then head out to the coast on your right.

Phil Cooke08/04/2018 21:20:32
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Well - what can I say!? Our opening event of the 2018 PSSA season didn't quite go to plan and we've been beaten by the weather - chasing what light winds we got all over the Orme! I think we saw breezes from all directions of the compass over a very 'mixed up' weekend and we found ourselves flying quiet electric assist and HLG models on at least 4 of the Orme's favoured slopes.

Alas, the windspeed never grew to anything enabling PSS flight, even the little foam Alpha Jets just couldn't quite get going in the 5mph winds...very frustrating!

That said we amassed a good size group of pilots, partners and families and if nothing else we have all had a good social weekend and a good catch up following the winter break! The meal on Saturday was attended by 26 people - I know a few of us woke with sore heads this morning after what proved to be a most enjoyable evening!

So not all was lost.

A few pictures from today, various locations - no flying shots of course, but some great new models on display!

Andy Meade with his new Dassault Rafale built for PSS from the HET EDF kit.
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Bob Jennings with his superb Me-109 built from the Cambrian Fun Fighter kit - the weathering on this model is something else!

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Steve Kemp proudly displaying his new decal set on the Windrider Airbus A380!

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Good to see Bob Jennings' Su-27 all repaired and ready to take on the new season - check out the weathering on those jet pipes!

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Alpha Jets patiently await their moment high above the pier on the NE slope.

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A 'Big Thanks' to all who attended in the face of an unreadable, ever changing forecast. Fingers crossed our following events are blessed with a bit more wind from a stable, more prevalent weather system!

Tim Mackey09/04/2018 00:05:03
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Yes sadly the weather could not have been much worse, for Saturday especially. A last minute slight increase of wind speed saw five of us have a nice few hours on the Easterly slope late evening Sunday. Thanks for the company and usual laughs to - from L to R...... Chris Barlow, Bob Jennings, Myself, Mark Kettle, and Steve Kemp on the camera phone 👍🏻

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Mark Kettle 109/04/2018 05:38:41
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Yes we managed to get 90 minutes of quite high soaring from 18.00, Steve had been there from 15.00 flying his Alula around all afternoon.

I was flying this:-

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