Category: 2018

Fantastic Start to a Bank Holiday Weekend

Fantastic start to a Bank Holiday weekend and with the weather forecast being for blue skies, low winds and the highest recorded temperatures for a bank holiday weekend in recorded history so i was expecting crowded flight lines, loads of people out and a packed parking area.

This turned out not to be the case, there was a steady breeze blowing up the dirty runway all day so we were all parked on the main runway so no over crowding! The breeze made it comfortable and the clear skies ensured that you got sunburnt (at least i did!!).
I was somewhat shocked that there weren’t more members out, it was really just the usual culprits! flight lines were therefore not busy and there was lots of flying.
Not much more to say really, below are some snaps from the day.
Enjoy.

Adrian seems to prefer flying his heli’s this way up for some reason! Guess it saves buying a lawnmower!!!

A Busy Day on the Flightline…

A busy day on the flightline, despite a troublesome wind from the south east.

It turned out to be something of a jet meeting with Richard Taylor having a successful maiden flight with the A10 Warthog

and Richard Bowler bringing a whole car load of jets, including a Grumman Panther fitted with a Wren 80 turbine.

Sadly the wind prevented a test flight, limiting him to taxi runs.

Ah well…..something to look forward to next time.

Mick

Finally a nice day in April…

The Weather forecast all week has been changing from sunny to torrential rain to gales and then back to 20 degrees with sun so who knew what we were going to get on Saturday!

Well as it happened we got most of the above (well not the rain anyway).

For such a nice day there wasn’t the size of turnout that you would expect, the morning started off overcast and dull with a thick cloud layer which meant that it was on the cold side but it wasn’t too windy.

As the day progressed it didn’t lighten up and the promised sunshine looked like it was never going to arrive, but after lunch the sun broke through and the wind dropped to next to nothing and i managed to run through a few batteries with my 4mtr span Hyper Ava.

Inky had a maiden flight with the above plane, this picture really doesn’t do justice to how PINK it actually looks (which was a good thing as the cloud made visibility a bit of an issue). Plane proved to be a bit twitchy at first but this turned out to be a setup issue which was easily resolved, notice the amount of up elevator!

Richard flew his EDF Hunter and brought his turbine plane along for some taxi testing but due to time restrictions we didn’t get chance to do this, all in all it was a great if quieter than normal saturday!

March Madness or Cabin Fever More like…..

Well the Beast from the East has gone and the Pest from the West only lasted a couple of days and finally we have had a day that was perfect for flying.

The wind was light not blowing more than 5 mph all day and it wasn’t too cold, these great conditions managed to flush out a good number of members and a few interesting models

As April is just around the corner and we have historically always seen a spike in “incidents” in April it had been decided that today the theme of the day was to get someone else to look over your model before you fly to check that everything was ok.

Danny and Joel brought along a new plane and Frank obliged by giving it a once over before its maiden flight, don’t know too much about this plane apart from the fact that if looked great in the air! Hopefully Danny will pen us a couple of lines about it for the next issue of Propwash? what about it Danny???

Steve got some air time in with his new plane and Richard flew his ducted fan plane too (sorry didn’t manage to get a snap of that).

I unfortunately had to shoot off so couldn’t get any pictures of the afternoon session but as the weather brightened up I am sure that fun was had by all!

Saturday February 17th

Just a few photos for the website.
Saturday started very gloomy with light rain, Once on the airfield however the rain stopped and the wind was light and quite a few members turned up and by 1.00 the sun was peeping through.

Ian had his “new” (30 years in the build ! ) aerobatic model for a test flight but was thwarted by a broken throttle arm.
Richard had his EDF L39 Albatross with a new fan/motor combo which demonstrated a stunning climb rate.
I had excavated my old EDF Supermarine Attacker from the recesses of the shed and fitted new lipo packs… I had forgotten what a fun model it is.
Steve Rickwood has now put his starting problems behind him, the DLE 55 was really on song and the model really performing well.

Regards
Mick

Didn’t think January Flying was like this!

Didn’t think it was possible to have a turnout like this in January!! Especially as it was still cold and there was still some snow on the ground.

Turned up at 10am at the gate to find Just Mick and Ian there, but soon were were joined by a few more and by the time we signed in we had a modest group and one potential new member who had been invited along for a demo flight.

The trusty club Demo Model was assembled, fuelled and tested and Matt had a couple of flights on the buddy lead with Mick, hopefully didn’t scare him off and he will be back!

After the first hour more members started to turn up and in the end we seemed to have more people on site than we do on some summer days, it was really good to see and i managed to hand out a lot of the BMFA renewals and membership cards to all those present.

Really great start to the flying year (although strictly speaking there has been flying days before this!!) check out more of the pictures from the day on the 2018 photos.