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South West Slopers

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

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MooSey

20mph bang on oop the SW bowl. Doesnt get much better for Whitesheet :D

Only me and my daughter there though :o

Just as well as I had the whole slope to myself ^-^ Needed it mind, I had a new 2nd hand project to airtest. A 1/4 ASK 21. Dog rough but still it honked around and made me grin :af Even if only one airbrake worked!

Mike

geoffers

May 29, 2011, 20:50:00 pm #201 Last Edit: May 29, 2011, 21:02:39 pm by geoffers
Woohoo - my latest toy maidened this arvo  :ev
One of these (X-models blade 1.9m, off eBay) ....
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Maidened at Draycott Sleights (S. of Cheddar) on the edge of the Mendips, which is an excellent slope for a maiden. A small rocky cliff on the slope with loads of lift, a good slope below if you need to land out, and plenty of space behind to land - you do need to be careful of a few thorn bushes & some hidden rocks, but the northern end of the slope is pretty clear for landing.
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Yes - that is snow in the pic, and No it wasn't there today  :D
Cheers, Geoff

geoffers

Blaster-fest on the downs tonight (well 2 anyway)  ;D 

Pete's B2  & my B3 - a bit blustery for DLGs really (Filton showing 10kts) so we were punching the wind most of the time, but there was some lift coming through. This was my best, considering the conditions....
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I'd made up a ballast rod by wrapping electrical solder round some carbon strip, inserted into the B3's ballast bay - the extra 16grams made a heck of a difference: consistently higher launches & felt much more solid in the turbulent conditions - so much for building it light  :''
Cheers, Geoff

bennyh

What is the 'North Face' at Crook Peak like in a NE? Safe for a mouldie maiden?

JonnyST

The NE at Crooks Peak is ok, I may pop to ' the wrecker' if I get up early enough, now that is definitely ok in a NE, possibly the crest too which isn't too shabby :af
John.

Yoyo

Quote from: JonnyST on June 03, 2011, 18:20:26 pm
The NE at Crooks Peak is ok, I may pop to ' the wrecker' if I get up early enough, now that is definitely ok in a NE, possibly the crest too which isn't too shabby :af
John.


Worth the trip, but a bit clenchy for a  first mouldie first flight...
Doing what you like is Freedom
Liking what you do is Happiness

geoffers

June 03, 2011, 18:57:29 pm #206 Last Edit: June 03, 2011, 18:59:12 pm by geoffers
Quote from: bennyh on June 03, 2011, 14:06:48 pm
What is the 'North Face' at Crook Peak like in a NE? Safe for a mouldie maiden?
When're you maidening the Ocelot Ben?
Crooks North slope is OK in NE - I'll probably be up there with my new Blade over the w/e.
If you were thinking of Sand Point: it works best when the with the wind NW thru N and a little NNEish: if there's a bit too much East (but not too much :)) then Brean Down may be a better bet
Cheers, Geoff

bennyh

Maiden on sunday by my calculations. All balanced out and ready to go now. Lots of nice flappy bits wiggling on the trailing edge!

Looks like NE. I'll be guided by how you get on with the Blade, wherever it is you're flying Geoff!
:xx :xx

geoffers

Blade was excellent today NE @ Crook's  - worth walking back/left a bit (leftish towards the peak - flattish area) for landing, as nasty rotor just behind the "pits" - blimmin cows had chosen to sit just there though, so another thing to factor in to avoid on approach ;)

May head up again tomoz if the weather's OK: drop me a txt - WMSA should be there too, so you'll have an audience  ^-^
Cheers, Geoff

MooSey

Anyone up Whitesheet NE tomoz??
Don't be put off by the gentleness of the slope and lack of edge. If it's sunny you get monster thermals booming up from the valley and with a nice glider it's easy to speck out. You can also try to keep it up and land near your car. I've only got 1/2 way but I'll be trying tomorrow AM :af

bennyh

 heading down to Dundry - Maes knoll this afternoon, hoping for some combat. I believe Geoffers will be joining us after work too.

geoffers

June 16, 2011, 20:21:45 pm #211 Last Edit: June 16, 2011, 20:23:01 pm by geoffers
Was blowing 30mph plus when I arrived up Maes this evening  :  bags of lift - slightly too much west in it to be purrfick ???

A couple of new faces heading up as I was coming down: SAS Wildthing & a Bee/Xit wing-thing - hope to see you again - if you're reading this.

Benny's got the troops alerted for some combat action Sunday arvo if the weather plays ball... watch this space. :ev
Cheers, Geoff

bennyh

Just as an idea, we could ship our team up to Frocester and get a real melee going....
But the 'piste' is also a good option and closer.
Forecast is decent too. I'll be tuning up the Bee this evening.

geoffers

Check the weather on the day, methinks - tonight's BBC weather showed Sunday to be quite SW, so Maes could be good.

If not: what's the score with parking at Castle Farm? - drove down to the end of the lane t'other evening - can we park in their entrance: should we give them a call etc etc..

Frocester would be good if they're all up for combat, but can't really turn up mob-handed at another group's slope & expect them to instantly get into a scrap  ^-^

Cheers, Geoff

Roger

Hi
Whats Maes Knoll like for parking now. Havnt flown there for 25-30 years stopped when the cars started getting broken into.
Roger
I dont have a short temper I just have a quick reaction to b%%%s%%%

geoffers

No problems as yet (touch wood) - tend to park S of the hill at Church Rd (off Norton Lane) but sometimes park on the top- East Dundry Lane if flying the NE slope. I guess this is the least secure parking :-\
Cheers, Geoff

Roger

Think we will be up there one night in the week, first place I flew slope up there. Back in the late 70s early 80s there used to be between 10 and 20 people flying there on an evening anyone still up there from those days?
I dont have a short temper I just have a quick reaction to b%%%s%%%

geoffers

Roger - I've only been flying there for 2 or 3 years, and it's mainly been a "Johny-no-mates" hill, though there's now a nucleus of  new fliers meeting up there quite often.
Having  heard about the spate of break-ins, I think that must have driven people away, which is a shame as its a superb location.

Hope to see you up there soon.... :af
Cheers, Geoff

geoffers

Great fun on the West Slope (nicknamed "The Piste") this arvo with some excellent combat, plus a bit of mouldie flying (and breaking in my case  :banghead: - only slightly: it turns out  :af )

Short video which sums it up  :ev A Rumble up Dundry
Cheers, Geoff

bennyh

terrible quality from my phone cam, but a fine event captured, with the Weasel in a flat spin and heading out to sea.... ;D


JonnyST

Nice one :af
As a matter of interest where do you park for the West facing slope?
John.

bennyh

made friends with the farmer at castle farm. he doesn't seem to mind at all, but we must keep him sweet!

JonnyST

Anyone fancy Woodspring show this weekend?, it's a good un...I'll probably head there Saturday depending on the weather, that ticket used to cover Sunday too.
John.

geoffers

Quote from: JonnyST on June 20, 2011, 20:02:11 pm
As a matter of interest where do you park for the West facing slope?
John.
Sadly the farmer has died, so his wife has sold the farm and will be moving soon. We've been asked not to park there as the new owners may not be happy, so will need to see if we can come to an arrangement with them .

On a happier note, tonights DLG action was postponed as the wind had picked up nicely, so I spent the evening sloping my Speedo at Battery Point, Portishead instead
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Wind direction was as per the blue arrow, and there was excellent lift along the front (in red),  competing with the local gulls   ^-^
Only slight drawback was the tight, pocket-handkerchief landing site (yellow cross) so a couple of landings were greasers on the tarmac path when I overshot  :''

Lovely spot though: I've flown there once before in a light onshore with my DLG, but tonight was excellent for a proper (small) slope plane : Speedo fits the bill nicely & I guess Tim's Weasel etc would be great. :af
Cheers, Geoff

geoffers

Quote from: bennyh on July 29, 2011, 09:21:24 am
What's happening at the weekend gents? need some sloping, but the weather may not play.


Where'dya fly Sunday in the end, Benny :'' .......  ^-^
Cheers, Geoff

bennyh

Holy smoke, Brean Down on sunday was the best flying I've ever had!
Felt almost still in the carpark but on top felt like 20mph. Tide was out providing a contrasting brown colour to fly against. The lift was great everywhere in a very large sky. So much confidence to try out silly and inelegant manoeuvers.
Got my mouldie fully ballasted for the first time. Goes like stink. Dialled in some hovering landings - crow is a great thing.
Another first was some attempts at dynamic soaring with the foamies. We found the shear layer and managed a couple of circuits, but still lots of work to do to keep them going....may work better in a northerly.
Amazingly, no other flyers out on a sunday. We were there for 3.5 hours and no-one came. Plenty of airspace for us then.
Good call Geoffers  :af

geoffers

Quote from: bennyh on August 02, 2011, 07:59:59 am
... Brean Down on sunday was the best flying I've ever had!
....
Good call Geoffers  :af

Yay - best slope sesh Breen on Sunday with Ben & his Ocelot, me and my Blade, followed by best DLG sesh this evening at the SeaWalls, Bristol with my B3 Blaster :ev
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Cheers, Geoff

slopeflyer

Hi guys, I was wondering what you used to create that graph. Ie what do you have in the plane and what software. Thanks. Jimbo.

geoffers

Quote from: pilot_jimbo on August 03, 2011, 22:16:32 pm
Hi guys, I was wondering what you used to create that graph. Ie what do you have in the plane and what software. Thanks. Jimbo.

Hey Jimbo - it's the very excellent OpenAltimeter (before I start I'd better say I'm not associated with it in any way  :co )

It's been developed by a Brit called John Hudson (JonyEpsilon) who's a keen DLGer - the product website is here http://openaltimeter.org/  (currently out of stock until September). It's a great device, with the software being developed under OpenSource, so there are loads of neat additions being added all the time by other developers.

The basic OA requires a bit of soldering - it acts as the power source for your plane so you can either set it up without a regulator for NiMH batteries, or include a Recom switching regulator to use LiPo (or use it unregulated with LiPo if your RX/Servos can take 8.4V).  You also need to get a USB/FDTI Serial breakout board to connect to your PC. Not a daunting as it sounds  :)  -  just something the OA plugs into with a USB connector for the PC.

It connects to your RX on a spare servo channel - preferably a 3-switch output (I use the throttle on ch-4 on my CockpitSX)  Position 1 is for in-flight monitoring - position2 (mid) will beep out your most recent height (configurable for launch height, max height etc) - position 3 will beep out the battery voltage (and can be used as a lost-model alarm). It also monitors the battery V. & will stop logging and start beeping frantically if your V drops below the threshold you set.

The data-logger logs altitude continuously, allowing you to download your day's flying when you get home. It comes with downloader software to extract and display the log data, which also doubles as a firmware updater for later versions of firmware releases.

Since the software is open source (using the Arduino environment) there are loads of interesting additions - Jony has added a GPS logger so produces superb 3-D  graphs of his flights; someone has interfaced to a GPRS module so can communicate with his smart-phone; someone else has interfaced with the Multiplex M-link telemetry, to download the altimeter readings to his TX. The possibilities are endless - you could get it to phone the wife when you hit a certain height, to put the kettle on  :ev

There's a very comprehensive thread on it here http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1342829 and Jony monitors it regularly and is open to help, advice & criticism:  it's now 50 pages, so I'd suggest selecting <ThreadTools>  click on "Show Printable Version" then select "show 100 posts on one page" as you get down to 8 pages, which is easier to scan.

It's an excellent bit of kit, and good to support a local "cottage industry"  - you know you want one :af
Cheers, Geoff

bennyh

Oh dear... joined Geoffers at Poet's Walk, Clevedon yesterday.
Mid-air collision 10 seconds into flight  :'(
My moulded Ocelot came home in 2 pieces and Tim's Weasel had to be audaciously rescued from clifftop vegetation.
Spent 2 hours TRYING to collide last week with 5 planes up and got only a handful of hits.
What's going on?

geoffers

Benny - the trees are hungry for your Alula down Lockleaze  ;D

On my way for some B3 action  :af
Cheers, Geoff

JonnyST

Middle hope is looking good for Sunday, anyone around for a session?
Need to wrap up warm I reckon.

John.

bennyh

Yes, count me in Jonny. I'd like some experienced company for a maiden of BigBird. I'll call to arrange on sunday am. Hope to get Geoffers too.
If the weather's no good I'm going to try my hand at mouldie repair - took delivery of epoxy/carbon t'other day.

geoffers

Yep - I should be up for it (though running a bit low on planes at the mo, as I've been having a few "Yoyo" moments, if you know what I mean  $%& ):

....unless of course you fancy Breen to try a bit of DSing
Cheers, Geoff

Yoyo

Quote from: geoffers on November 04, 2011, 18:19:10 pm
I've been having a few "Yoyo" moments, if you know what I mean  $%& ):


I do read this one too, you know  :co :'( :'( :'(  :-\ :embarassed:
Doing what you like is Freedom
Liking what you do is Happiness

JonnyST

Excellent, I'm looking forward to this as both times I've been the wind was just a bit too off.

Benny I'll bring the Viking, you can take your nerves out on that first although you shouldn't worry the BigBird is an awesome machine.
Hmmm DS'ing, may pop down the back into Sand Bay if it's not too busy, we'll see...
If the weather is good I'll aim to leave about 10.30-11 maybe earlier, I'll check in on here first.

See you then, John.

geoffers

Quote from: Yoyo on November 04, 2011, 18:26:13 pm
I do read this one too, you know  :co :'( :'( :'(  :-\ :embarassed:


Sorry mate -  thought you might bite though  :nananana:  :ev
Cheers, Geoff

Yoyo

Quote from: geoffers on November 04, 2011, 19:41:53 pm
Sorry mate -  thought you might bite though  :nananana:  :ev


Nah, you're right. I'm just about to go and do some more fixing now.  :embarassed:

Still, at least I crash because I try and do things that are too difficult for me yet. If you haven't got ambition and don't challenge yourself, you may as well just lie down and die...

However. Once they are all flying again, the concept of "fly it like you stole it, land it like you borrowed it" will come to the fore.

Ambitious landings aren't a good way to go.
Doing what you like is Freedom
Liking what you do is Happiness

geoffers

Quote from: JonnyST on November 04, 2011, 18:40:48 pm
If the weather is good I'll aim to leave about 10.30-11 maybe earlier, I'll check in on here first.

See you then, John.

Johnny - I'm on my way (with some light-wind tools): Ben & Tim are heading that way too

CULater
Cheers, Geoff

bennyh

Hooray! Mouldie maiden successful  :)
I would definitely have wussed out if Jon hadn't not arrived and told me to lob it. The wind was quite crossed so there were definitely up and downwind legs. Not enough lift for daft aeros but very smooth for cruising and getting to grips with a new ship. In fact she was a doddle to fly, once I'd got over the nerves. Also great to have experienced hands around during the landing.

Shame about Jon's F3F Viking wiring otherwise between three of us we would have flown most classes of glider:

Foamie wings and planks (Alula, Weasel Evo, Venom)
DLG (mini Fireworks)
Chuck glider with RC (Multiplex Fox)
Traditional built up balsa/film rudder/elevator (Sonata)
80's woody aerobat (Middle Phase)
Fully moulded composite F3F (ish) (Big Bird)
ok, no scalies in there. Nevermind.
Hope to see some vid soon.