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UK Regional / Re: The South East Flyers Thread Part 2
« Last post by pheasant_plucker on Today at 13:56:52 »
Locked and split off to part 3 to avoid technical difficulties!
The south-east flyers thread part 3

Gerry
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UK Regional / The South East Flyers Thread Part 3
« Last post by pheasant_plucker on Today at 13:53:11 »
Continuation of part 2  :af
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UK Regional / Re: The South East Flyers Thread Part 2
« Last post by paul w on Today at 13:00:48 »
Hope you got a good flying session in at Thurnham last night.

I won't be able to make it to a summer solstice session tonight - with the north wind I wouldn't be able to make it anywhere in time. For those living near the South Downs it should be a great evening for a fly.

We shall have to organise another evening session before the summer is out....
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UK Regional / Re: The South East Flyers Thread Part 2
« Last post by GP on Today at 11:50:16 »
Hope you got a good flying session in at Thurnham last night.

I won't be able to make it to a summer solstice session tonight - with the north wind I wouldn't be able to make it anywhere in time. For those living near the South Downs it should be a great evening for a fly.
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RC Model Flying Events / Re: Weston Park !
« Last post by Bad Raven on Today at 11:14:30 »
To revert to strictly comment on current RC Shows, and the "ice-cream lickers". And engaging "Devil's Advocate" mode..............

People go to Aquarium shops in Garden Centres - They have no intention of owning fish, its a free viewing and "pay to view" Aquaria are expensive.

People go to full size flying displays, they have no intention of or ability to buy a Spitfire or Eurofighter Typhoon.

RC Clubs are under more and more pressure to reduce their impact to the environment and public.

Huge models at shows, extremely noisy prop hanging Extras and space hungry screaming Jets spewing smoke everywhere (and fireworks at night long after usual planning laws would allow a club to operate) are so out of frame that I suspect (and have experienced) public who MIGHT get interested, led on by the expectation of similar exciting exploits, who then go to a club to be faced with a "tiny" trainer and hours of learning formal circuit flying IF an instructor turns up, the weather is right, the club trainer has not been broken, someone has remembered to buy fuel, etc, etc, etc.............................  Its tantamount to luring people in under false pretences.

SOMEONE has their sums wrong! Inviting (or expecting) trade to support these huge shows is IMO extremely unlikely to sell product capable of use by beginners in clubs. And savvy modellers will have their supply paths now well established for all normal purchases. There is a disconnect which needs addressing.

The Village Fete type "club model" show is far more likely to bring in new people to the hobby, and far less likely to encourage ice-cream lickers.

 
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RC Model Flying Events / Re: Weston Park !
« Last post by wunwinglow on Today at 08:54:35 »
Our club does something along the lines that Brave Dan describes. We have a member who is a teacher; each year he brings along five or six youngsters and a group of us get them flying various trainer and glider type models on buddy boxes as well as demonstrating some of the more sophisticated aircraft. Combine that with a BBQ and some decent weather and everyone has a good day. Apparantly the kids talk about it for weeks afterwards.
We do the same thing with the local ATC cadets, again very well received.
One of the problems is transport, getting the children interested is OK, but they then have to convince their parents to take them to the field, which with all the pressures of life is much harder!
Whoops, sorry I hijacked your thread Pete :co
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Kev,
I will make enquiries for you.
PG
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RC Model Flying Events / Re: Weston Park !
« Last post by Bad Raven on Today at 08:13:54 »
I suppose its a matter between using large models to enthuse people to participate or it being off-putting as "I can't afford, store, or transport that".

I have stopped going to shows. Used to enjoy Blackbushe, which appeared to me even to the end to be nearer than most to a "club show".  The mass "Habu" or "Wildcat" demos, etc were the best bits, Exciting and demoing something affordable. IMO shows now are largely irrelevant to encouraging participation in the hobby.

(I was the other side of the fence participating many years ago, 73-76, part of a team that used .40 and .61 sized models. As said, they'd look like toy micros now.)

However, a dying hobby? Only if we let it.  This summer holidays I will be running sessions for pairs of boys per day from my school engineering club. I will be using Mpx EasyStar and Bixler 2's initially, as cruising on 2200mAh 3S the duration is good. From past experience about a third of the boys will reach solo hand launch belly land status after three sessions.

I have boys building correx glides and BMFA rubber kits.  Last session was by THEIR request and I had ten attend.

Since I have ex-pupils at Uni still participating in RC flight (one is the President of the Uni RC Society!) it CAN be done, and just for once I'd like to see people put more effort into supporting and encouraging our youth than bemoaning their smartphone and playstation culture!
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System messages / Re: Forum a little bit broken? Jerry?
« Last post by paulinfrance on Today at 06:35:06 »
None of the youboob links work for me, and it's only on this forum.
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