White Sheet RFC Established 1960

August Newsletter

In this Newsletter:- Open Slopes – 6th September
– Scale Day – 13th September
– English Open – Report and Pics
– Awards 2020 – Can you do any better?
– AGM – 21/11/2020
– “A” Tests – a game of three halves
– Avon – update
– Projects
– RC Hotel – Corfu

Here goes …….
Open Slopes – Sunday 6th SeptemberSubject to a weather and Covid call on the 4th or 5th, we will be running this, the second, Open Slopes since lockdown
White Sheet Scale Day – Sunday 13th September. Subject to a weather and Covid call on the 11th or 12th, we will be running this, the first, Scale Day since lockdown
English Open – 23rd August 2020The Club purchased some new timing gear which worked well. Thanks To Nigel and Graeme for running this event – Really difficult for them to run and compete in the same event – Well Done! Report from Co-CD – Nigel Witchalls -Well, that was a good comp to start us off, though not the easiest introduction back into timed flights.  The forecast rain delayed the start till 11.30, but gave everyone a good chance to catch up.  The wind was westerly all day, so was 15-30 deg crossed on the far end of the NW slope.The first round started sluggishly, but then picked up by the end to give the later group of pilots a flying start.  Mark Redsell set a time of 43s, well ahead of the others.  This trend of one or two fast times per round continued across the day, with round wins by Mark Redsell, Mike Evans, John Phillips, Mike Shellim, Mark Treble (twice), Mark Passingham, and Dave Rumble.  These were all in the low to mid 40’s.  The spells of very poor air meant that all except JP scored times in the late 50’s or early 60’s at some point.  There were many flights where conditions changed partway through the flight.  JP flew very consistently and was only edged into the 50’s a couple of times.The standard of flying was good across the whole field, especially considering the long lay-off,, and 15 of the 20 pilots finished with more than 900 points.  The top 3 had made their dominance clear by round 5, with JP’s lead only being really challenged by Mark Treble’s FTD of 40.69 in round 6, and only 30 points separated the top 3 in the end.  The rest of the field was extremely close as well, and continued to trade places all day – there were too many ups and downs to pick any out.  Any cuts or missed opportunities had their cost.

Graham Woods has a fantastic video of highlights of this event on BARCS.

Club Awards 2020 These are traditionally awarded at the AGM.  Still time to enter with current leaders being:

Land-Out – Graeme – with his 28 – a long way away at the NE slope
Catch of the Year – Nigel Witchalls – F3F – (where is last years’ winner!  Come on Tim!)
New Award – FreeFlight – Pete Cushion – Ahi – disconnected RX power lead
Tech Support – not claimed yet
Annual General Meeting 21st November 2020 Definitely an early reminder on this.  Andrew will no doubt be sending out the required documents in due course, but if you want to have your say, be on the committee or anything else, you have time!
‘A’ Tests – a game of three halvesMike Bleathman (vice@whitesheet.org.uk) has been sorting this and will make a proper announcement on dates.  However it’s looking like:
– First half – A Midweek test day with Midweek and the examiner – please let him know if you can make it in the week
– Second Half – A Saturday session

Oh, and the third half?  Jamie passed his A – fixed wing – at the RC Hotel in Corfu last week ( Yes it had a spinny thing on the front) Note the new White Sheet Cap (£10, incl.  £4 to Air Ambulance)
Avon HGPGCThe club were kind enough as usual to offer us the sole use of the rifle range for the English Open if we needed it.  We didn’t as it turned out.  I have had no further reports of difficult interaction with Avon since my last note.  Please do make contact with me or Vice if there is anything worthy of note
ProjectsMembers projects seem to be a bit thin on the ground recently, even CW is uncharacteristically quiet!
Both Russell and I are upgrading the radio gear on Alpinas.  Midweek has built and flown a Dream which is superb. He has just finished a new pina 2501 and is contemplating the fit-out of a Stormbird.
There must be more out there ….
RC Hotel CorfuWorth a brief note to recommend this fabulous vacation.  Whilst predominantly for electric power aircraft we were also to fly Electric Gilders from the RC Hotel Fleet into the booming thermals.  Aero-towing is possible using the fleet glider and tug.  Any questions?  drop me a line