Jump to content

Spring is here again - who's been flying?


Recommended Posts

Advert


Cheers. My 'go to' model. Also flew my Seagull Spacewalker.... not assembled when I took the photo.

 

My theory is now being tested as it's gone grey and cold, and the wind is increasing 🙁 but at least I had a few enjoyable hours.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

1 hour ago, Learner said:

The reality in the South, is the strong cold winds forecast seem to have been here forever and there looks to be no change in the foreseeable future.

 

The two local clubs to me have now been unflyable due to saturate ground for 5 months.

  • Like 1
  • Sad 2
Link to comment
Share on other sites

1 hour ago, PDB said:

The two local clubs to me have now been unflyable due to saturate ground for 5 months.

 

My main club said our winter goodbyes last September, and hopes we could fly again in March 2024, but due to weather and water logging, we have fingers crossed for April.

  • Sad 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

We've only been able to park on the field itself once or twice since October/November - the field drains nicely but the entrance gets a bit......  marshy!  Luckily we can park roadside (private road) and walk the 40 yards or so to the pits. Being unable to mow the grass has been more of an irritant.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Conditions on the west Wales coast just horrendous, Storm winds, lashing rain and sleet, ground saturated beyond. Bit of a respite today and saw the sun before the next round moves in.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

We're lucky to be at the top of a chalk hill so our field drains pretty quickly although the downside is we sometimes find the clouds forming at ground level.  Last Thursday there were actual puddles on the field and the drag through our well trimmed grass was enough for my Vampire to reach terminal velocity before flying speed was reached but by Saturday it had dried enough to reach flying speed rather more easily...although the "slight" increase in wind speed meant that the ground roll was negligible!

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Myst have rained heavily overnight as there are lots of puddles on the road....

 

Although we've never had a noise complaint, I have a self-imposed rule of nothing noisy (ic, Zago, old edf) before 10:00, so snuck put for somw leccy fun. Too windy for my little PZ SE5, runway too bumpy for my Sea Fury..... out with the Hawk that ignores wind! Well, to an extent.

 

20240410_090709.thumb.jpg.311c6d5fd87750937229cbb1285d565e.jpg

 

Doesn't look too dirty with my phone camera.

 

 

  • Like 2
Link to comment
Share on other sites

53 minutes ago, GrumpyGnome said:

 

Although we've never had a noise complaint, I have a self-imposed rule of nothing noisy (i

I was helping one of our members looking to find his crashed plane over 500 metres away from the runway

and was surprised to hear the prop noise of a small prop driven electric jet, whereas a bixler on FPV was flying around trying to find the lost plane was making little noise and could only be heard at less than 100 metres away.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Just gagging to fly today given the recent poor weather conditions. I was greeted at the strip by sparking sunshine and a nice steady 7-8mph SSW breeze. You can't wish for anything better so on with my varifocal over shades and off we go. 

 

IMG_1887.thumb.jpeg.ed1bd27ae37da212bfc5f006e34eb30b.jpeg

 

IMG_1888.thumb.jpeg.116617067c7f5a0b502c9d9c4fe28cbc.jpeg

 

When I was clearing up one of the full size flying boys came across for a chat. This time of year it's the RV8 MOT and service. Apparently, apart from the weather, they are grounded because of the delay in spares being delivered. Something that has never happened before. Their bad luck is my gain in the short term I guess. 😀

  • Like 2
Link to comment
Share on other sites

2 hours ago, Paul De Tourtoulon said:

I was helping one of our members looking to find his crashed plane over 500 metres away from the runway

and was surprised to hear the prop noise of a small prop driven electric jet, whereas a bixler on FPV was flying around trying to find the lost plane was making little noise and could only be heard at less than 100 metres away.

Anything with the prop near a flying/control surface (typically flying wings, pusher jets) seems very noisy. I had an early 3s edf model, an Edo Draaken I think, that was embarrassingly noisy.... I thought it even worse than my small petrol engines.  

Link to comment
Share on other sites

I agree, that on pusher models the relationship between the propeller and flying surfaces has a major impact on the noise. I have Four models with pusher props, non are noisy, even my small Dornier 335, in all cases the prop is some distance away from the flying surfaces, makes a big difference.

 

Yesterday the weather here was horrendous. I needed to go to Manchester, some 60 miles away. I was very, very, surprised that field after field on the journey, were partially flooded, in many cases with quite large lakes. I have never seen anything like it previously. One field my wife commented on, it was completely flooded, with just the rows of ploughed furrows to be seen. 

 

Driving was surprisingly easy, very few cars and trucks on the M6. Not that you could see them, as all was enveloped in spheres of spray. I was doing a steady 50 mph, probably 50% of the vehicles, including trucks were at the same speed. Of the remainder 25% were fractionally faster, whilst the remainder where in the +70-80 miles per hour, leaving a linear wall of spray.

 

The better halves golf and bowls competitions have been postponed, on after another. Many of the golf courses have been closed here, although those on sand (links), generally remain open. Those open (the one I see from the bedrooms) is not often been played as the members are nesh, so it would seem. Much to my wife's annoyance her first match at this course has been put back.

 

Enquiries with respect to my club (as a member, not by ownership) is open, although for hand launch models, waders, and being prepared to move the ducks and geese on, the Gulls just laugh at you. Ah, yes, a 4*4 is advised to actually get down to the club, the puddles on the various roads, can be navigated with a little care.

 

I will have the start of a problem in a few weeks time, road works are scheduled to start at the end of this month, to last a a few months on four of the three roads out of this two horse town. Surprisingly our new link road although still on programme for completion, will now be delayed for 3 months, due to the rain. It was to open at the beginning of April. Only taking 4 years by the County Council, of a two year programme, whilst meeting the all programmed date for completion, costing almost exactly the same as the cost of a Motorway (including all bridge infrastructure etc.)per mile. Much to my surprise it is a standard two lane road. The question of how long will it take to get to the club field, will it be doable. 

 

 

Link to comment
Share on other sites

25 minutes ago, Erfolg said:

I agree, that on pusher models the relationship between the propeller and flying surfaces has a major impact on the noise. I have Four models with pusher props, non are noisy, even my small Dornier 335, in all cases the prop is some distance away from the flying surfaces, makes a big difference.

 

Yesterday the weather here was horrendous. I needed to go to Manchester, some 60 miles away. I was very, very, surprised that field after field on the journey, were partially flooded, in many cases with quite large lakes. I have never seen anything like it previously. One field my wife commented on, it was completely flooded, with just the rows of ploughed furrows to be seen. 

 

Driving was surprisingly easy, very few cars and trucks on the M6. Not that you could see them, as all was enveloped in spheres of spray. I was doing a steady 50 mph, probably 50% of the vehicles, including trucks were at the same speed. Of the remainder 25% were fractionally faster, whilst the remainder where in the +70-80 miles per hour, leaving a linear wall of spray.

 

The better halves golf and bowls competitions have been postponed, on after another. Many of the golf courses have been closed here, although those on sand (links), generally remain open. Those open (the one I see from the bedrooms) is not often been played as the members are nesh, so it would seem. Much to my wife's annoyance her first match at this course has been put back.

 

Enquiries with respect to my club (as a member, not by ownership) is open, although for hand launch models, waders, and being prepared to move the ducks and geese on, the Gulls just laugh at you. Ah, yes, a 4*4 is advised to actually get down to the club, the puddles on the various roads, can be navigated with a little care.

 

I will have the start of a problem in a few weeks time, road works are scheduled to start at the end of this month, to last a a few months on four of the three roads out of this two horse town. Surprisingly our new link road although still on programme for completion, will now be delayed for 3 months, due to the rain. It was to open at the beginning of April. Only taking 4 years by the County Council, of a two year programme, whilst meeting the all programmed date for completion, costing almost exactly the same as the cost of a Motorway (including all bridge infrastructure etc.)per mile. Much to my surprise it is a standard two lane road. The question of how long will it take to get to the club field, will it be doable. 

 

 

Need one of these.

HobbyKing™ Skipper XL All Terrain Airplane EPO 864mm (PNF)

  • Like 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

19 hours ago, J D 8 said:

Conditions on the west Wales coast just horrendous, Storm winds, lashing rain and sleet, ground saturated beyond. Bit of a respite today and saw the sun before the next round moves in.

Back to normal today, wind, rain and now heavy missel. Not much fun being born today. Just a few hours old this calf but mum is doing a good job feeding and now tucked into hedge for a kip.

Beauty ans calf.JPG

Calf April 24.JPG

  • Like 2
Link to comment
Share on other sites

All continental breeds, Cow is a Belgian Blue x Simental and dad a Charolais bull. 

Despite the rubbish weather calf is ragging it around the field this morning. Cattle are tough.

  Sadly local sheep farmers suffering many lamb losses, this time last year we were into a mini heat wave. Crazy weather and no flying for me yet.

  • Like 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

Guest
This topic is now closed to further replies.
 Share

×
×
  • Create New...