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South West Slopers

Started by rumbey, November 25, 2009, 16:19:58 pm

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geoffers

coolio Benny - thanks for that (shame you missed the crash  :ev) - she'll be back!!!
Cheers, Geoff

JonnyST

Missed you guys again, looked good fun, shame to hear about the crashes but sound fixable,.

Benny you need that Pike you know you do :af, just ordered a new tail for the Viking, don't think Dundry will have ever seen so much plastic at one time ;D Gonna be a good summer...
John.

rumbey

Hey John wheres mae knoll. I am getting more weekday pms off lately and fancy a change of slopes
btw r u doing epp60 this year?

JonnyST

Hi Dave,
Blimey it's been a while, too long!! I will try and do the local EPP60 events and see what time I have for the others.
Missed it last year is such a laugh ;D
Maes Knoll is just south of Bristol on Dundry hill ( lulsgate flightpath for Bristol airport ) It is pretty good on most days but parking around is a pain. For the SW slope Maes Knoll I park just off Norton lane, there is a footpath directly to it.
Geoffers did this which is excellent:-
http://maps.google.co.uk/maps/ms?hl=en&ie=UTF8&msa=0&msid=101885999264229347213.0004604d20554e312a41e&ll=51.494944,-2.776151&spn=0.226571,0.694885&t=h&z=11
You'll find it easy enough.
If you think of coming over via the M4 West then M5 South you will go past my doorstep, let me know if you fancy it and we'll hook up.
i've decided to do more local stuff, coast etc and have a DS session at Brean. Also have been itching to get to Bossington which I think Moosey is too.
See you soon mate,
John.

MooSey

yo John!
Let me know if you go to Bossington. I can take a day off work if required.
Long time no see at wetsheep.

Mike

JonnyST

Hi Mike,
Yeah it's been a while but the house is now finished so flying time is back.
I was thinking in a few months of a 'Bossfest', fished out of Porlock a few times, it does look good as you look back at it. Would like it a bit warmer to spend a whole day possibly.
Possibly at Maes Knoll tomorrow pm, will check weather when I get back from work which involves opening a window and looking at it ;D
See you soon,
John.

geoffers

wind's picked up a bit Lulsgate showing 260deg 12kts- should be up there (maes) about midday
Cheers, Geoff

wildc4rd

Anyone flying a bit further South than you guys? I'm based near Newton Abbot, (so its going to be East {or anywhere within 50 miles, lol} Dartmoor mainly).

JonnyST

Hi Wildc4rd,
Sorry about the late reply, the closest to you at the moment that I fly is White Sheet. It looks like there maybe a few heading there this weekend if you fancy it. Generally just keep an eye on this thread which I will update or the Cotswold thread.
Cheers, John.

geoffers

Guys - wind looks S'ly tomoz - considering a trip down to Brean for some of that oh so smoooooooth lift  ;D
Cheers, Geoff

sparkyben

Goeffers, I'm not really into DSing but considering a trip down to Brean from Gloucester what's it like for landing and standard front side lift today?  Forecast I've seen is saying 10mph South so sounds good but a bit of local knowlege would be great.  Thanks. Ben

JonnyST

Brean is off, a bit light for me and also ESE, oh well hopefully White Sheet tomorrow.
John.

geoffers

Got my kicks over on the Obelisk slope at Lockleaze in the end this a.m (by the M32) - SE is ideal direction - reasonable lift with occasional super thermals coming through, so had some nice close-in flying with the local buzzards and sparrowhawks  :af
Cheers, Geoff

geoffers

wind's light E thru SE so M32/obelisk  slope should be good for floaters / DLGs
Off up there in a mo with my new Blaster B3  :)
Cheers, Geoff

geoffers

A cracking evening in light coastal slope-lift at Poet's Walk - Clevedon  :co
Mini-Fireworks DLG: Coastal slope soaring: Clevedon, UK
Cheers, Geoff

adge

Quote from: geoffers on April 06, 2011, 23:45:04 pm
A cracking evening in light coastal slope-lift at Poet's Walk - Clevedon  :co
Mini-Fireworks DLG: Coastal slope soaring: Clevedon, UK

Geoffers, that is a fab video. I think I may have bumped in to you on Sand Point a few months ago, you were flying a "Fox", I was walking the dog and stopped for a quick chat. I will be sure to pop in here more often and see who is about. I was up there on the South side last week with my foamie PSS Spitfire  :)

geoffers

April 17, 2011, 16:50:47 pm #176 Last Edit: April 17, 2011, 16:51:58 pm by geoffers
Quote from: adge on April 17, 2011, 08:29:56 am
...think I may have bumped in to you on Sand Point a few months ago, you were flying a "Fox"....

Hi adge - yep: I remember it - haven't flown the fox for a while...

Had a great couple of hours today flying my B3 blaster in excellent lift off the Obelisk Slope at Lockleaze (M32) - got some good thermals... the best flight was this one  :co
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Light breeze was on the slope, so there was good conditions for getting the fine trim sorted, as I could cruise around at eyeball level whilst tweaking the settings. :af
Cheers, Geoff

bennyh

Go Geoff! That's an impressive profile for Lockleaze park. Inner city soaring feels like a bit of a coup.
I managed a trip to Maes Knoll in the W on tuesday and returned with two non-functional planes. I'd tried my first DS circuits at the hump, which resulted in battery ejection from the Bee. I then snapped a control horn on the recently repaired Polecat when I flew it out of sight below the ridgeline because I was sitting down. Nothing a bit of tweaking and hot glue won't fix.
Looking forward to the next melee, but the wind probably won't play ball for a bit by the looks of things.
Let me know if you're going thermal hunting and I'll bring the Alula along.
Ben

geoffers

April 18, 2011, 21:58:18 pm #178 Last Edit: April 18, 2011, 22:13:16 pm by geoffers
Hi Ben - got your text re:Maes last Tues, but couldn't make it as I was out on the bike (~40mile ride) : same tomorrow too....

Ironically - I forgot my phone again tonight otherwise would have texted you, as it was another pleasant evening for lightweights at the Lockleaze Obelisk slope: had some fun with the mini-fwks, and there was still some thermal lift coming off the M32! Should be good there later this week according to XC

Even got to practice my tree-climbing technique too, as I was playing at landing circuits round the monument but over-estimated my margin for error  ;D
Cheers, Geoff

geoffers

April 20, 2011, 20:10:04 pm #179 Last Edit: April 20, 2011, 20:21:37 pm by geoffers
Thursday evening looks like it should be good for some lighweight SE slope action at Lockleaze obelisk
BennyH & Me are planning to be there for some DLG / Alula action after work...
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Parking is best at Duchess Way then walk under the M32
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Cheers, Geoff

bennyh


JonnyST

Come on then Bennyh did you buy the Calypso? You'll love it if you did. You might have trouble getting that around on a bike though. ;D

John.

bennyh

Hi John,
No I've bottled it. It's just doesen't turn me on enough! And a 4h round trip to collect. I will be saving my pennies for something moulded very soon (perhaps the Typhoon2/Schwing) though, I have already acquired a Cockpit SX for 4 servo wing duties.
We had a good time thermalling at Lockleaze - Blaster, Mini Fireworks and 2 Alulas out. Even a trainee paraglider!

JonnyST

I'll bring the Typhoon to Maes Knoll some time, you can have a go if you like, they are really good and worth every penny.

John.

bennyh

that sounds great john, thanks. What size mouldie suits maes knoll the best? in other words, if could only have one and only flew maes, which would you keep hold of?

JonnyST

Ben that is a hard question. I suppose it is all down to what you would be comfortable bringing in to land at Maes Knoll and what strengh winds you would fly in.I think when you see crow/butterfly braking working well you'll realise that it is possible to fly pretty much any mouldie there, although a large scale would be a bit trickier.
The Typhoon is a cracking model and packs down very well for transport BUT once you've had a 3m ish F3F you will probably always have one.
Hopefully my Viking tail has turned up which I will know shortly, if it has I will bring both along and you can make your mind up.
You'll soon have both ;D

John.

bennyh

I'll keep my eyes open on the second hand F3F market I think!

geoffers

XC is looking good for a combat sesh on Dundry NE slope on Wednesday, if anyone's up for it?
Can you gather the clan, if you're around Ben?
PS CLD was the place to be this arvo: awesome lift (Speedo & Fox) ... only way back down was deploy full spoilers and pray. Managed one perfect rolling greaser-landing with the Fox  :co, then broke the nose off on the next (again) - all fixed and ready to fly again
Cheers, Geoff

MooSey

Hoping to get up Whitesheet tomorrow for the 1st time in ages. Looks like it's going NE so not the best.
Hoping to maiden my refurbished Teakle ASW-17, so if anyone's around to chuck it I'd be grateful :af

JonnyST

Would do Mike but NE at White Sheet just isn't worth the trip from Bristol. Are there any better sites for a NE near you?
Good luck with the maiden mate.
John.

MooSey

The Wrecker!

Would'nt want to chuck an untrimmed, untested 5m maiden off a cliff though!
Whitesheet NE is no good for howling F3F passes and aeros but it has a massive lift band so I reckon should be ok for a scaley.

Catch you soon John.

JonnyST

Quote from: MooSey on April 29, 2011, 11:58:21 am
The Wrecker!
Would'nt want to chuck an untrimmed, untested 5m maiden off a cliff though!


Catch you soon John.

I'll do it  :ev Have a good one and don't forget piccies.
John.

bennyh

Hey Geoffers, you know that tree that ate my plane today? I needed the long ladder, and fishing pole to get it back, and belayed on too! It was a blimmin long way up but with a full complement of kit (including wife) we prevailed. New standard slope kit will now include harness, rope and roach pole. I wonder whether prussik loops might come in useful next time!  :af

geoffers

Benny - managed a good hour at the obelisk this evening, and it was superb at times: varying between SE & E, but side-arming the m-fwks to a good launch height managed to get away from the slope into some superb lift. Got out well beyond the yellow house, so it was geting a bit small at times (ooer-missus) but there was some great lift out there.... ;D
Off to Stubai Alps tomoz, so resume next week....
Cheers, Geoff

MooSey

Whitesheet scale day tomorrow if anyone fancies it.
Well worth a look to see some stunning gliders. :co
Looks like it'll be on the SW bowl with luck.

(This is the reserve date following the cancellation due to bad weather on the 1st May)

Mike

fpljohn

Thinking of heading to the small sea slopes/cliffs near Clevedon this saturday, do's any one know if there are any problems flying these slopes
been there some time ago (years ago) did not have a problem then but thought better ask first.
JP

geoffers

Quote from: fpljohn on May 12, 2011, 13:29:29 pm
Thinking of heading to the small sea slopes/cliffs near Clevedon this saturday, do's any one know if there are any problems flying these slopes
been there some time ago (years ago) did not have a problem then but thought better ask first.
JP

Hi JP : No problem flying there: It's called Poet's Walk at the S. end of the Clevedon headland - works any direction from SW thru NW, so Sat looks good for you.

If you look at post #174 on the previous page there's some vid of my mini-Fireworks DLG flying there in the sunset a few weeks ago...
Cheers, Geoff

fpljohn

thanks goeff
not to sure now if i can make it but will try
JP

MooSey

Anyone up Whitesheet tomoz?
Forecast SW swinging W later. If it does go West can always head over to the Whumpcrump :D

JonnyST

Away this weekend, hoping to fly Moel Famau Sunday, only an hour from where I'm staying :af

Have a good one.

John.