Open slopes a success again!
Sunday May 13th saw the return of the Open Slopes events, with the second scheduled event of the year running in absolutely stunning weather.
A good showing of twenty pilots over the day, together with around fifty models between them meant that the sky was filled with models of all kinds all day.
Free bacon rolls for all were very well received as ever!
Why not come along to the next event, to be held on Sunday June 10.
After a few months of dreary weather, we are in for a good day tomorrow, with a gentle breeze and no rain forecast for our second Open Slopes event.
All are welcome (members and non-members) to join in and chuck something off the hill.
All flyers must have appropriate 3rd party insurance to fly as is the requirement of our National Trust license. All non-members will be asked to confirm this is the case and may be asked for evidence, such as a BMFA membership card.
Tomorrow is a hoodie-sticker qualifying event, so don’t forget to bring your membership card and get your first “I was there, man” sticker!
I will be there, setting up the bacon butty station from about 10:00hrs, as last year, these will be given away free of charge to as many as possible, until we run out!
Thames Valley Silent Fliers Joint Event
It looks like we are at that time of year again and Thursday 19th April will be our multi-club slope day out again… weather permitting. TVSF will publish on the TVSF.co.uk web site as to what location will be likely suitable for the 3 way club get together.. and hope fully see you there.
See here on BARCS for more details.
Scratchbuilt 1/4 scale Bergdfalke Mk 4
4.3m wingspan comes complete with all 7 servos .
This highly accurate model took 18 months to design and build and is is for sale along with the original scale documentation folder. It features the proven HQ 35 airfoil section, scissor action airbrakes and is a superb model to fly. In its day it won a number of national scale competitions.
The model has been stored for a little over 10 years since it last flew, as I turned to flying paraglides. There is some superficial discolouring on some of the surfaces but no more so than a full size glider would have, so actually looks quite realistic.
Contact Nick Somerville on 01749880579 & 07891921651
Weather call – it’s ONApologies, not quite noon, but near enough for jazz. Weather tomorrow looks pretty good – we might get a spot of the wet stuff in the afternoon, but perfectly flyable in the morning with a good SW breeze. Hopefully see you there – I’ll be the one in the tent, on bacon butty duty. Please note we are NOT on the flat field – we are up the slope!
Plan change – Now a Slope Event up the hillDue to the wind conditions and possibility of rain in the afternoon, this Sunday’s event has now changed to a slopeside event, either at Morgans or in the SW bowl of Whitesheet. A weather call will still be made around noon on Saturday, which will be mailed out, posted on barcs and put on the website here, but right now it looks like it will be a good day for the hill, if not for the original plan on the flat. I’m making this call early as this will give those who were kindly preparing food to bring a chance to change plans. I will be taking my camp stove up to Whitesheet as I did for the English Open, and will be supplying bacon rolls and tea/coffee.
Fly-in Event This Weekend (July 9th 2017)
Please come along to Whitesheet hill this Sunday and have a fly with like-minded pilots at the first of the 2017 social fly-ins.
All are welcome!
A weather call will be made on Saturday around noon, with the decision being posted both here and on BARCS: www.barcs.co.ukThe club has recently altered its rules with respect to power assist models – this means that only a gale or rain will prevent us from flying – just remember to pack an electric assisted model (motors are now permissible for altitude gain at the hill).
Please note that these events are taking the place this year from our usual competitions – the idea is just to get people together to enjoy the beautiful site.
The club and the hill looks forward to seeing you!
Chris Lamming WSRFC
Pete Evans’ Concorde takes to the skies
Proving that it takes all sorts at Whitesheet and following on from the success of the Princess flight at the May Open Slopes event, Pete Evans’ brought a Concorde of all things to the Scale Event that ran last week. Here are a few snaps of it on launch
AGM ReminderThe 2016 WSRFC AGM is being held this coming Saturday, November 12th at the Dolphin Public House in Gillingham. The meeting will start around 230pm. The Dolphin Peasemarsh Gillingham SP8 4HB 01747822758 All attending will be entitled to a free drink and food will be provided. So far I have received 5 apologies with proxy votes in the proposed vote on the handbook changes. Please make every effort to attend this important meeting or instead register your vote on the handbook changes. Please email your vote to me using… cpglamming*at*googlemail.com. Or call me on 07833 680723 if you prefer. If you wish to remind yourself of the wording proposed for the changes, the new version of the handbook can be downloaded here: http://whitesheet.org.uk/proposed-new-whitesheet-radio-flying-club-handbook-rules-2017/ For the AGM to be quorate we require 15% of the membership to turn up – please do your best to be there.
Proposed Rule book changes on Electric Assisted Flying
You may be aware that the club has been working on negotiating with the National Trust on new rules for electric assist (for climb-out) at Whitesheet Downs. The committee will soon be issuing the final draft of the proposed changes to the handbook, that will outline what these rule changes mean and how it will effect the way the hill is used.
In essence, we now have full support from both the National Trust and the BMFA to make a permanent change to our club rules, that will allow electric power for the purpose of height gain only. This has been possible on an on-going trial basis since 2009 and it is now time for the club to choose whether to incorporate the change to our handbook or to stop the trial and all electric flight from this year’s AGM onwards.
I am presently working on the final draft of the handbook and hope to send it out well in advance of the AGM in November. Full details of the AGM will also be issued in the same notice and you will be invited to express your views on the changes. Expect something similar to last year’s AGM, with an afternoon or early evening start, with a free drink and food provided.
For those not able to attend the AGM, which is now likely to be held on Saturday November 26th, there will be an opportunity to vote by proxy on this important change. Additionally, all members not attending the AGM will have the opportunity to make a statement, for or against the change, prior to the vote and there will be an organised discussion on the matter before we finally decide.
Please make every effort to attend the meeting (full details to follow) and to take part in the vote.
WSRFC Vice Chairman shares a bit about himself
Following various attempts at rubber-powered free-flight and chuck-gliders at an early age, I evolved to control-line at around 10 with a KK firebird and E.D. 246, prior to learning to fly RC at Ivinghoe with the inevitable Veron Impala at around age 12. This was using the MacGregor Digimac IV (ed:a what?!).
Various airframes followed, with the usual phases, algebras and an Alpina. I had a stint with the Hemel Hempstead MFC on power and also spent some time flying various Laser powered models with the Laser team (Neil Tidy) including a twin mosquito which was great fun! Have flown with the LMA and also put floats on an Acro-Wot.
My preference has always been for slope-soaring and it is a pleasure to be a member of WSRFC and fly at such a fabulous site.
My son, Jamie, is also a member and he improves each time we fly, having gone solo on power at Frome MFC site and working up to do the same at White Sheet.
The things that stick in your mind?
Ah, camaraderie, the smell of dope drying, balsa cement, fingers stuck together with cyano, the smell of castor oil from a four stroke, the nerves on the first flight of a new model, climbing trees to correct a bad landing, the dustbin bag of bits, the THWACK as they go in.