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.
Competition: This Sunday (July 24th)
This Sunday will see a scheduled competition at Whitesheet. I have heard from Joe that the weather is due to be ok (perhaps not as hot as earlier this week) and good for flying. He has asked me to invite you all along as always and to note that there may be a change to the scheduled competition (Slalom) to the postponed event – Nominated Manoeuvres.
Please arrive at the hill around 1000am for an 1100am start
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.
Scale Fly in, Sunday July 3rd
From our Scale secretary, here is an update about tomorrow’s meet:
So, we have a light but predominantly SW wind, XC says dry, the teatime BBC weather forecast says the rain and drizzle should only give us a glancing blow…The White Sheet Scale Fly in is…ON! (Make sure you pack a floater if you have one.) Electric assist is permitted, but no E-hooners or hotliners!!!!
Beware the bovine at Whitesheet Downs!
A man slope soaring a bull yesterday
Went down to Whitesheet today to be confronted by the bull, full on snorting, slavering and raking the ground, thankfully he started before I went through the gate and he reminded me how nice it is flying roundway at this time of year. I know he’s normally ok but there is now another one on the other side of the track and they seem to be winding each other up. Maybe its worth letting people know. I’ve always wondered what the deal is with him, I thought if the land is used by the public only bulls under 10 months were allowed.
Rich Bull yeah I know, hilarious : )
What a glorious day, wall to wall sunshine, rolling country side bursting with spring life, full size gliders being tugged to stratospheric height, most of the Phillips house hold all the way from Eastbourne and a north easterly breeze to keep us cool.
What more could we have asked for?
Whitesheet members, that’s What!
I arrived at the top of the hill at 10.00 shortly to be joined by JP, Wendy and Olivia.
We exchanged pleasantries, loaded ourselves up and headed for the slope. I’m sure the NE facing slope moves further away each year! We set up base just as our esteemed chairman Chris arrived and that was it? No one else arrived, not a sausage!
Well, we had enough pilots, Trophies had been polished, points needed to be earned for the Tallis wining Vagabond, Vino needed handing out to the Victors and conditions were improving.
JP was up first flying his Wildthing and in the slightly iffey lift conditions he went for the further out approach to start his loops. John completed 9 loops and landed 11 mtrs from the spot.
Olivia was up next flying her Wildthing and obviously was going to follow Dads idea by flying safely away from the slope ( I think I need to go to spec savers). Olivia managed 1 loop and landed 10.5 mtrs from the spot.
Chris, flying his ELF dlg gallantly forced his model through the by now increasing breeze to pull 13 loops and land 16 mtrs from the spot.
Joe, Flying his trusty McMeekin Predator completed 16 loops and landed 1 mtr from the spot.
JP Now went for the ‘lets try high approach’ with 14 loops and 1.5 mtrs from the spot.
Olivia sticking to the (flying in the next county) approach upped her loops to 5 and landed 18.5 mtrs.
Chris beat us all in this round with the most loops at 18 and landed at 5.5 mtrs (actually he landed a lot closer but the wind caught his little Elf and flipped over before we could measure it)
Joe, managed to gain some great initial height before doing 17 loops and land at 2 mtrs.
JP, Now going for the ‘ lets see how low we can go and still recover to the top’ popping in the most loops for the day at 19. Then worked way back up to land at 2 mtrs
Olivia, Upped her loops to 8 and gracefully landed 3.5 mtrs from the spot.
Chris having now switch models to his Mark Drela Allegro (broken fin on the ELF) pulled 8 loops and landed at 10.5 mtrs.
Joe, trying the close in approach managed 15 loops despite landing at the bottom of one! And managed to land at 3 mtrs.
So there you have it, a great day socially, fending off inquisitive cattle, fresh coffee with shortbread supplied and served by Chris and we all agreed that trying to identify the various light aircraft that passed by during the day must be Spitfires!
- Joe Cubitt
- John Phillips
- Chris Lamming
- Olivia Phillips
Most improved pilot of the day has to go to Olivia Phillips, Well done!
Loops and Spot (the Whitesheet Members ;-))
And to top it all, we all left with a bottle of vino each.
WSRFC comp sec