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South West Slopers

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

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geoffers

Quote from: geoffers on April 14, 2012, 11:44:56 am
Shaping up nicely for a trip down to Brean tomoz maybe  :af

Could be up for more of the same tomorrow, if anyone's interested (before the storm hits Saturday night  :o )
Cheers, Geoff

bennyh

How was it Geoff? Blimming cold out!

geoffers

Scary  :o - flew the blade fully ballasted and it was screaming.(I'd been playing with the CoG and found I could add 2 more slugs without affecting it  :af

A little beyond my comfort zone at the moment however as it was travelling so fast, landing was a doddle under crow though.
Cheers, Geoff

bennyh

sounds greet!
I've cracked my Ocelot fuse under the wing seat by lawn-darting at Maes on thursday. Just been ordering some materials to make a repair that's less obvious than my last one!

geoffers

Quote from: bennyh on April 29, 2012, 16:53:42 pm
...cracked my Ocelot fuse under the wing seat by lawn-darting at Maes on thursday ...
Doh  ^-^ ... carbon spiral wrap then ??
Just seen the weather on the beeb - looks like tomorrow eve. could be nice on the Maes SE slope...
Cheers, Geoff

bennyh

or perhaps lockleaze for less driving. See what time I escape the BRI....

mambo.alan

Hi South West Slopers,

I've just started flying wings (scratch build, blue foam version beta 2) at Maes Knoll.
I was introduced to the forum by geoffers, who I met on the Knoll last Sunday.

I thought I should post my first stupid question, how do you get to the SE slope on the Knoll?
I've seen geoffers google map locations but can't figure out where the path is. I've flown the SW and NE slopes!

Cheers

JonnyST

Hi Alan,
Welcome to the South West loonybin :af
IF you've flown the SW slope you can park in Norton Lane as usual and walk across to it from Maes Knoll following the fence, then the hedge, about 200m. I think it's a paragliders slope primarily but use it if it's empty, as for the NW slope it's not big but flyable, you can park in one of the small laybys almost next to it on East Dundry Rd.

See you up there some time.

John.

geoffers

May 17, 2012, 21:24:50 pm #288 Last Edit: May 17, 2012, 22:31:03 pm by geoffers
Quote from: mambo.alan on May 17, 2012, 17:32:13 pm
Hi South West Slopers,

..., how do you get to the SE slope on the Knoll?
I've seen geoffers google map locations but can't figure out where the path is. I've flown the SW and NE slopes!

Cheers

Hi Alan - good to meet you Sunday: Benny & I were up there again Monday eve in some ace wind  :af

There are 2 options getting to the SE - the blue is through the fields, parking by the humpback bridge. (Farmer has cows in the fields now) or the red up the normal path, but turning right at the 1st gate (the fence was down where I show a peck) - you're near the trig point here, on the other side of a barbed wire fence
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(doh  - just noticed I've drawn the start of the red path 1 field too far west)

Would have been good there tonight with the SEish wind - I was flying my Speedo at Lockleaze, the small slope with the obelisk you can see from the M32, and the lift was great  :ev
Cheers, Geoff

bennyh

Knew you'd go to locckleaze Geoff! Had to do a run instead. Lets get some combat organised for next week after work...Tuesday or Thursday best for me...

mambo.alan

Thanks for the info on the SE slope of Maes Knoll.

I'll be on the NE slope around 5.00pm this evening, dog walking ... well that's what I tell the wife!

geoffers

Quote from: bennyh on May 17, 2012, 22:43:18 pm
Lets get some combat organised for next week after work...Tuesday or Thursday best for me...

Sailing on Tue, may go surfing at Rest on Wed, so Thurs could be on if wind plays ball (could be E though)
Cheers, Geoff

bennyh

Might be interested in a surf too,  if work plays ball. Can't play Thursday unfortunately:'(

geoffers

Quote from: mambo.alan on May 18, 2012, 10:18:20 am
Thanks for the info on the SE slope of Maes Knoll.

Orbifly is currently showing 250@19Kts so should just be OK for MK

Just out of interest, I plotted these wind directions on the SW slope of Maes
Cheers, Geoff

bennyh

good work Geoffers!
I have a 4 hour pass out of work, poss this pm. depending on what's on in theatre.
Maes is my only hope!
Still no word back from my letter to Castle Farm and the W slopes....

geoffers

Quote from: bennyh on May 17, 2012, 22:43:18 pm
Knew you'd go to locckleaze Geoff! Had to do a run instead. ...
Gonna give the SE obelisk slope a try again - should be working as Orbifly is showing 130o @ 9KT for Filton airport
Cheers, Geoff

bennyh

Lift for an Alula was 'iffy' at the Sea Walls, so on the advice of James (another friendly Alula pilot) I slermalled a small rise in the ground further back in the field. Quite satisfying flying, but never got away. Need a true DLG.
James - hope to see you at Maes Knoll  in the next SW'erly

geoffers

Quote from: bennyh on June 26, 2012, 08:12:12 am
Lift for an Alula was 'iffy' at the Sea Walls, .... Need a true DLG.

Sorry I missed you yesterday Ben... miniFireworks: you know it makes sense :af
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James - hope to see you at Maes Knoll  in the next SW'erly
- looks promising for Saturday
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Cheers, Geoff

geoffers

Maes Knoll pretty much prefect this afternoon with wind at ~220o and a strange yellow thing in the sky.. :af

Good to meet Allan & Dave up there (shame about the mishap with the Sunbird - been there/done that  :'')

Hope you don't mind a polite suggestion NOT to  fly power at the slope (could hear it nearly 1km away at the car). Remember, we're flying on private land and the landowners have been supportive, but we don't want to jeapordise this arrangement on the best slope in the area.
Cheers, Geoff

bennyh

Quote from: geoffers on July 22, 2012, 19:18:45 pm


Hope you don't mind a polite suggestion NOT to  fly power at the slope (could hear it nearly 1km away at the car). Remember, we're flying on private land and the landowners have been supportive, but we don't want to jeapordise this arrangement on the best slope in the area.


+1
Have had a complaint from an aggressive farmer on the north side...

geoffers

Welcome back Ben - Bristol's entire Seagull population were in a mega-thermal over the house when I got home (hopefully post some pics later - shades of Hitchcock etc) - should be thermal-tastic over the seawalls - on my way now  :af  :af
Cheers, Geoff

bennyh

Goofing around on our local pimple this evening with Geoffers and another mate, Sim who is a novice but a fast learner. Lift was sketchy and Sim managed to buzz the tower, flying my alula into Geoff's forehead. the funniest friendly fire incident I've yet to encounter;D
I think he'll survive.

geoffers

 :D - made me lawn dart the Speedo too  :D - I suppose it was payback for almost parting Sim's hair with my mFwks  :ev

Lift at the Lockleaze Obelisk was possibly a bit too South of South-East, but still some reasonable soaring with several good thermals coming through  :af
Cheers, Geoff

bennyh

hope the concussion wasn't too bad Geoff. Thanks for the good humour, as ever.  :af

bennyh

Cracking combat session last night at dundry. only 3 up but about 8 nudges and two downs in the first ten minutes.

Ended up with a 3-wing mid-air pile- up. maybe even more fun than hooning around on mouldies....

geoffers

August 29, 2012, 21:23:07 pm #305 Last Edit: August 29, 2012, 21:27:07 pm by geoffers
Quote from: bennyh on August 29, 2012, 13:46:34 pm
Ended up with a 3-wing mid-air pile- up. maybe even more fun than hooning around on mouldies....

yep - pretty epic end to the sesh  :ev

Headed back up to Maes after work this evening: hooning around with the Blade - reasonable lift but slightly too much South in it.

Eventually got muscled off the LZ by a herd of inquisitive cows (they were pretending to munch grass, but I was sure they had designs on the Speedo  ^-^) - I was quite pleased in a way since...

  • As I landed I noticed a big storm which was heading up the channel, with two funnel clouds - one of which had a tail which looked like it had touched down, so presumably a water spout over the channel

  • I flew 2 different slope aspects on the way back

    • The edge of the top field (just before last kissing gate) - a bit too crowded by trees, but perfect for that wind direction (190o)

    • The top of the first field (after the gate), which was fine with the wind slightly west of S, but would be great in S to SSE wind and a pretty good LZ too





Cheers, Geoff

geoffers

August 30, 2012, 20:50:15 pm #306 Last Edit: August 30, 2012, 22:47:32 pm by geoffers
Continuing on with the new slope & animal antics theme ...
Just had one of the best slope sessions ever,  with the fully loaded Blade screaming round on an another new coastal slope:
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I want it to stay NW'ly forever  :ev
Slope is 70m high straight off the channel - lift was awesome  :af : so much so that it was difficult to get the plane down again (all slope-no flat LZ) :''

Animal antics included a couple of frisky horses galloping just feet away across the flightline which was a tad worrying/exciting - then some dog walker lost control of an Alsation which started attacking a herd of sheep  >:( - coincidentally the farmer had just arrived in his Landy so he went tearing across the field to sort the situation out. It meant I was eventually able to have a friendly chat with him, and he was happy with me flying there.

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Photo of yesterday's "twister"
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Cheers, Geoff

bennyh

Mmm, I'd eyed up that slope on the map before. Good to know it works, and it's a tad more convenient than Sand Point by the looks of things. Pity it's not due direct west as it would be on more often.
Sad I missed it but I did get an epic kitesurf at Weston. There were waves good enough for longboarding. No sign of any funnel clouds (I'm pleased to say).

geoffers

Quote from: bennyh on August 31, 2012, 11:48:38 am
Sad I missed it but I did get an epic kitesurf at Weston.
Wow - kiting must have been mega with that wind, and such a great evening sunset etc too :af
Cheers, Geoff

sparkyben

Evening chaps, just wondering if any of you South Westers go over as far as Pewsey Downs?  I'd been considering it for ages and so when I got the chance I went to find Knap Hill yesterday.  It's bloomin' brilliant, I haven't had lift that smooth for ages up around the cotswolds.  I only had about half an hour flying but there was loads of lift even thought the wind was coming from the right of the hill.  Seemed like it would fly all kinds of directions with the different contours of the hills there.  I didn't get the chance to walk up Milk Hill but is that similar, I think slopehunter says there is a couple of miles of ridge! Is that right?  If so I'm going back!  Actually whatever I'm going back I had a right grin on my face after chucking a middle phase around.  Anyway any more info would be appreciated, and if any locals fly there then it would be good to meet up and get the local knowledge.
Cheers boys,
Ben :af

bennyh

Hi Ben,
I've also had my eye out for those sites, they look excellent. Never flown them however.
Just got back from flying at Rhosilli. One word. wow.

sparkyben

Rhosilli is definitely on my list of slopes I have to fly. Don't think Pewsey is quite on that scale but it is long, as is Marlborough downs (about 4 miles) so well worth more investigation I think! Cheers

bennyh

I can't help wondering what you would do if your pride and joy got caught in a funnel cloud!
Get the camera out is the best offer I can make.

Quote from: geoffers on August 30, 2012, 20:50:15 pm
Continuing on with the new slope & animal antics theme ...
Just had one of the best slope sessions ever,  with the fully loaded Blade screaming round on an another new coastal slope:
[attach=1]
I want it to stay NW'ly forever  :ev
Slope is 70m high straight off the channel - lift was awesome  :af : so much so that it was difficult to get the plane down again (all slope-no flat LZ) :''

Animal antics included a couple of frisky horses galloping just feet away across the flightline which was a tad worrying/exciting - then some dog walker lost control of an Alsation which started attacking a herd of sheep  >:( - coincidentally the farmer had just arrived in his Landy so he went tearing across the field to sort the situation out. It meant I was eventually able to have a friendly chat with him, and he was happy with me flying there.

[edit]
Photo of yesterday's "twister"
[attach=2]

geoffers

September 18, 2012, 21:28:51 pm #313 Last Edit: September 18, 2012, 21:32:04 pm by geoffers
Quote from: bennyh on September 18, 2012, 12:44:33 pm
I can't help wondering what you would do if your pride and joy got caught in a funnel cloud!
No funnel clouds there tonight - tee hee  :ev

Just oodles of creamy smooth lift at Margaret's bay: another plus point flying there is there's little problem flying into the late afternoon sun with the NW'ly aspect :af
Cheers, Geoff

bennyh

Figured our what was going on with the telemetry on Saturday. My 8ch receivers need a gizmo to transmit rx battery voltage. Curiously, the 4 and 6 ch ones do not and merily tell me the rx voltage as is.
There are a few iterations of the 8ch and I think I bought mine at just the wrong moment in evolution. A bit of soldering and some resistors will fix it. :-)

geoffers

Quote from: bennyh on October 02, 2012, 19:27:17 pm
Figured our what was going on with the telemetry on Saturday..... A bit of soldering and some resistors will fix it. :-)
Good to know .... did you maiden the Swinger today?
Cheers, Geoff

bennyh

Yes I did! Very  happy with it too. Think I did some new aero stuff and hung out with the old boys at frocester. Also took the ocelot for a spin when I realised the swinger tail boom was cracked. Needs a spar after all. The twisted tail is no big deal except that I can see it in flight. Had good  experience applying sign vinyl for trim, much better than tapes.

geoffers

October 14, 2012, 18:08:28 pm #317 Last Edit: October 14, 2012, 18:10:35 pm by geoffers
'bout time you made your mind up about that DLG Ben  :'' - superb energy over the Sea Walls this arvo.

I'll call that 700ft I think  :af : ... neck started aching after 1/4hr so came out with masses of height for some wicked aeros.

Cheers, Geoff

bennyh

Well done buddy! Very impressive. I don't think the hangar can take another one when I'm meant to be investing time in preparation for the arrival of Jr. Never out of the question though!
I'm down in Cornwall until weds then Braunton. Got a couple of ships -hoping to nip to St Agnes if the conditions look worth it.

OldSkool097

Just got back from Sand Bay, great afternoons flying with a Blaster 2 (when the wind arrived at about 1 pm).
Is anyone out flying tomorrow/ Monday, and if so, what site do you think would be best? (XC is predicting Easterlies for both days)
Have my Old Man down for the weekend and he really wants to get some stick-time in.

Would appreciate any advise and pointers

IC