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« on: September 06, 2009, 14:43:03 PM »
OK, how about a regional forum for some of us north of the border in the central belt of Scotland? I know all the guys who fly in the F3F and 60" EPP events up here but there must be more fliers?



George
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Re: Central Scotland
« Reply #1 on: September 06, 2009, 14:49:02 PM »
I'll reply to my own post!

We had hoped to have an F3F comp yesterday but low cloud and rain on on East Lomond put paid to that. We adjourned to a local cafe for coffee and cakes for an hour but when we returned to the hill conditions were no better. Some of us made the journey over to Perthshire and managed to get some flying at Kilspindie and although the wind was blowing 40MPH it was cocked off to the right bit. It would be difficult to lay out a 100 metre course there but at least we got some flying in.

George
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Re: Central Scotland
« Reply #2 on: September 06, 2009, 23:57:24 PM »
Nice one George, I think this is a good idea.

Thought it might be helpful let others know where and when we fly......

Competition dates (F3F and 60") and results are here - index
Some older information for general interest is here - Home

And the Hills we fly mainly are:
East Lomond - Streetmap - Maps and directions for the whole of Great Britain
Bishop Hill - Streetmap - Maps and directions for the whole of Great Britain
Kilspindie / Poll Hill - Streetmap - Maps and directions for the whole of Great Britain

Lets hope all the guys we fly with get RCMF'ed up and that we meet some other folks flying slopes in Scotland.
Cheers
Peter


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Re: Central Scotland
« Reply #3 on: September 16, 2009, 12:33:54 PM »
Just the two of so far then Peter!   $%&

I know there are others- I've seen them at the F3F and foamie comps!!

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Re: Central Scotland
« Reply #4 on: September 27, 2009, 13:03:47 PM »
We had a great F3F competition yesterday on our best slope in good lift.  :af

In some ways it made-up for the events cancelled because of poor weather. The results can be seen here. Well done Peter on his win and FTD; your Skorpion can still shift!

Yesterdays competition was a replacement for a cancelled event and there is another scheduled on the SAA calendar for next Saturday so I'm hoping the weather plays along again!  :co

George

Links to some pictures added to results page.
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Re: Central Scotland
« Reply #5 on: September 27, 2009, 20:41:31 PM »
I have not flown slope, ( don't do hills now ), yet I would like to know the access route for Bishops Hill.

I have often watched the full size Gliders flying along there.
No Rain, Light wind. Please :-)

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Re: Central Scotland
« Reply #6 on: September 28, 2009, 07:53:40 AM »
Access to Bishop Hill is from the village of Kinnesswood at the foot of the slope. Park at the top of Bruce Road and follow the path up the front of the hill but, be aware, this is quite a strenuous ascent (250+ metres) especially if you are carrying a couple of models and support equipment. There is also a waymarked footpath which is longer but less steep from Scotlandwell church. On competition days we can sometimes arrange access which allows less of a climb but note this is on private land and not for everyday use. Contact Fife Soarers for details.

If you get up there on a day when there is a good westerly blowing the lift is very strong. Landing can be fraught if you choose the wrong landing zone though! The full-size gliders and paragliders use this slope and it is wise to nominate someone as a lookout.

George
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Re: Central Scotland
« Reply #7 on: September 28, 2009, 16:24:51 PM »
We had a great F3F competition yesterday on our best slope in good lift.  :af
I'll second that.  Bishop's a bitch - and I spanked it :o

David

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Re: Central Scotland
« Reply #8 on: September 28, 2009, 21:26:45 PM »
A sub-40 with your Race M I believe David? Well done that man!  :af

Windmap hinting it may be a repeat this weekend.  :colm:

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Re: Central Scotland
« Reply #9 on: September 28, 2009, 23:11:14 PM »
and only my 5th run with the model!  This one's a keeper.

If I ever find out who was on the buzzer when it got 40.04 on the run before..... >:(

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Re: Central Scotland
« Reply #10 on: September 28, 2009, 23:32:22 PM »
Thanks George. I will never get to the slope there now, ochone.
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Re: Central Scotland
« Reply #11 on: September 29, 2009, 20:55:41 PM »
Saturday was a cracker, glad we managed to get up Bishop.

I hope we get up there again this Saturday, now that my skorp has a ding in the wingtip I can really thrash it :af

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Re: Central Scotland
« Reply #12 on: October 05, 2009, 22:18:11 PM »
Saturday's F3F was postponed until the Sunday because of forecast for very high winds. A good call as it turned out; I took my foamie out to a local hill and could hardly stand up- gusting to 50mph.

Sunday turned out to be the best conditions for F3F comp we have had for a while. Good wind on a great slope; Bishop Hill again; brilliant.

Report http://www.lowflier.plus.com/f3f609.html

Congratulations to Ron, Peter and Ian.

George
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Re: Central Scotland
« Reply #13 on: October 19, 2009, 15:49:50 PM »
We had our final F3F race of the 2009 summer season on Saturday 17 October. An interesting day on East Lomond with the wind threatening to drop below minimum a few times but it never did. A challenging day trying to get decent times in light lift. Report and placings for the summer season here
This is the first time in a while we have had to compete in light winds and it was fun; especially for me because I seemed to fair quite well in the thermal lottery stakes ;D.

Well done to Peter Gunning for winning on Saturday and also congratulations in winning the summer league.

Winter league starts next month so we better start looking out our cold weather gear. :D

George
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Re: Central Scotland
« Reply #14 on: October 21, 2009, 17:16:03 PM »
hey up,

hope someone can help me here. i'm thinking about getting myself an SAS Fusion for some fun on the slope but there lies the problem. i live in erskine, just north of glasgow airport. i know of slopes on the campsies, at neilston pad, and down at fairlie but i would like to know if there is anything closer to home that i could pop out to for a fun slope fix. i have had a look around and have come up with the hill/slopes in the link below. has anyone flown here or know of anywhere fly an epp wing in this area??

http://www.multimap.com/maps/#map=55.91813,-4.82309|15|4&dp=os&bd=useful_information&loc=GB:55.95917:-4.81688:14|

if people have flown here, where do you park??

thanks in advance

nick
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Re: Central Scotland
« Reply #15 on: October 25, 2009, 11:49:17 AM »
Hi Nick,

Promising looking site and well worth checking out. Some of the guys I know are in the Glasgow area and I will draw their attention to your post. The Campsies site is the only one I know off. Helpful guys in Paisley Model Centre may be worth a chat to.

Regards

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Re: Central Scotland
« Reply #16 on: October 25, 2009, 12:12:55 PM »
hi george,

i know Wullie, Carole, Colin & Alan (aka PMC) quite well. they are not really into Sloping so only suggested the campsies. they werent even sure if neilston pad was flyable  :)

i may well take a run out toward loch thom and see what i find. it might even sway the decision to get an EPP machine again  :D

cheers

nick
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Re: Central Scotland
« Reply #17 on: October 25, 2009, 12:16:47 PM »
Hi Nick,

I've flown that slope a couple of times, but not in the last 18 months.  There's definitely a group of guys fly there, one of them an old pal of mine Drew Taylor.  I've only ever flown the SE slope, which certainly works pretty well, but there's horrendous rotor in the obvious landing zone.  Not a big deal if you're flying a foamy, but that's the main reason I haven't been back.

I'm in Bearsden which makes the Campsies at Lennoxtown my favourite.  In a northerly, there's also decent flying at Queen's View on the road to Drymen. Have a look here, but beware there's a power club fly nearby Wednesdays and Sundays.  You can see their field easily from the top of the hill.

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Re: Central Scotland
« Reply #18 on: October 25, 2009, 12:20:40 PM »
Re Neilston pad.

It was certainly flyable last time I was there at the beginning of this year.  I guess I've been up there 4 or 5 times in total, but I never seem to find it worth the trouble.  SHould work in W to NW.

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Re: Central Scotland
« Reply #19 on: October 25, 2009, 12:38:07 PM »
small world. i know drew too   :D   he is a member of my power club CVF. next time i see him i'll pick his brain
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Re: Central Scotland
« Reply #20 on: October 25, 2009, 13:41:58 PM »
Well, if you see Drew, tell him David Loomes was asking for him.

Some better info on the Qyeen's view site
is the car park, follow the footpath visible at the SW corner

About 3/4 mile further north along the road, where the power guys park.  You can see there's acar there whent he photo was taken...

Less than 100m from there, here is the power field (Embedding disabled, limit reached) and you can just about pick out the guy flying!

David

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Re: Central Scotland
« Reply #21 on: October 25, 2009, 20:22:32 PM »
i may well take a run out toward loch thom and see what i find. it might even sway the decision to get an EPP machine again  :D

cheers

nick

EPP models are always useful as "bait" to try out a new slope before launching a model which doesn't bounce when it hits the deck!

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Re: Central Scotland
« Reply #22 on: October 26, 2009, 22:07:56 PM »
Nick

Ballageich Hill South West of Eaglesham works for a north west. Not a large or steep  slope, its a long time since I used the site but I remember it being good for landing.

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Re: Central Scotland
« Reply #23 on: December 31, 2009, 22:05:26 PM »
A Happy New Year to all the Scots around here.  And here's hoping for some more favourable weather than we've had recently.

David

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Re: Central Scotland
« Reply #24 on: December 31, 2009, 23:11:36 PM »
All the best to you David

I am one of the Auld Codgers that fly down at the Glenrothes Club site at Coaltown of Balgonie and have only recently come into gliding.  The Auld Codgers meet on Tuesdays down at the field and I wonder if Scottish gliders have the same type of meet and where.

I am very , very lucky that I have field opposite my house where I can fly to a limited degree.  I have a plastic Laishing Thunderbird which is like a rubber ball as it is relatively unbreakable. Have my FlyCam on it and it provides me some real entertainment in the field.

I have recently acquired a "Secret Weapon" which looks like the real thing for gliding, however I need some guidance to  fly it or I will wreck it, so I would like any info as to where I will find experienced flyiers. 

Have a good new year

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Re: Central Scotland
« Reply #25 on: January 01, 2010, 01:33:28 AM »
HAPPY LANDINGS GUYS. and a GUID NEW YEAR.
No Rain, Light wind. Please :-)

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Re: Central Scotland
« Reply #26 on: January 01, 2010, 12:53:20 PM »
All the best to you David

I am one of the Auld Codgers that fly down at the Glenrothes Club site at Coaltown of Balgonie and have only recently come into gliding.  The Auld Codgers meet on Tuesdays down at the field and I wonder if Scottish gliders have the same type of meet and where.



If you're in Glenrothes, then you're in exactly the right place to meet up with us.

During the winter, there's an f3f comp scheduled every month, see the calendar at index, and most commonly we meet up at East Lomond car park (above Falkland).

As with any gliding, weather is always a problem, so e-mails typically go out on a Thursday evening and again on Friday to confirm what we're doing.  Best is to watch here and also the yahoo group at
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If the weather's not good enough to fly a comp, some of us will make the trip anyway just for some sport flying.   I can promise you'll be welcome whatever you bring along and the day is generally pretty light hearted, if cold!

Hope we'll meet you on the hill sometime soon.  Come to that, I hope we get some flyable weather sometime soon!

David

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Re: Central Scotland
« Reply #27 on: January 01, 2010, 14:08:21 PM »
A Happy New Year to all the Scots around here.  And here's hoping for some more favourable weather than we've had recently.

David


I'll go along with that excellent sentiment David! Best wishes for 2010.

Like some of the others in the "Cabin Fever" thread I am missing my flying fix. January already and no Winter F3F League events run yet because of the weather. Last time I was out is almost two weeks ago at Kilspindie and I was chased back to the car by approaching snow storm! Hoping for some luck over the weekend but access to the car parks could be an issue. Lots of snow still around  $%&

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Re: Central Scotland
« Reply #28 on: January 01, 2010, 16:39:00 PM »
George,

I'll be heading for Dundee this weekend, so if you fancy a spot of flying let me know.  Looks like Saturday will have a decent breeze, probably for the north side of east lomond if we can get up there.  It's going to be very cold though....

Drop me a line.

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Re: Central Scotland
« Reply #29 on: January 02, 2010, 15:26:59 PM »
George,

I'll be heading for Dundee this weekend, so if you fancy a spot of flying let me know.  Looks like Saturday will have a decent breeze, probably for the north side of east lomond if we can get up there.  It's going to be very cold though....

Drop me a line.

David

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Saturday hasn't worked out for me because we had an unexpectedly late night (5am!) and I've only just got my head in gear. Frequent heavy snow showers have not encouraged me to head for the hills either. Looks like north west for tomorrow which isn't a great direction $%& Might be tempted to try the slope near Craigmead if the snow doesn't get too bad :xx



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Re: Central Scotland
« Reply #30 on: January 02, 2010, 19:06:22 PM »
Possibly no the best idea I've ever had this.  The snow seems to be back with a vengence.  The Forth Road Bridge is closed (or rather the M9 approach) and I just made it to Dundee in time.  Common sense prevaled though and I left the models at home. >:(

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Re: Central Scotland
« Reply #31 on: January 02, 2010, 20:19:22 PM »
Possibly no the best idea I've ever had this.  The snow seems to be back with a vengence.  The Forth Road Bridge is closed (or rather the M9 approach) and I just made it to Dundee in time.  Common sense prevaled though and I left the models at home. >:(

David


Glad you made it ok. Frustrating weather this. 12 days off work and I had hoped for lots of flying but no co-operation from the elements $%&
I may get a play with my new Alula Evo tomorrow from the field opposite the house :xx
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Re: Central Scotland
« Reply #32 on: January 03, 2010, 17:38:26 PM »
Heard today that although the road to Kilspindie is passable there is nowhere to park because of the deep snow left on the verge by snowplough! $%&
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Re: Central Scotland
« Reply #33 on: January 04, 2010, 20:31:22 PM »
Happy new year guys

Its Mike here from the forth valley soarers. just thot i would pipe up and be part scottish contingent  ;D

seems you got as little flying in as i did. Ive got a vector 3 waiting to be flown for the first time.

Hopefully see you at a race sometime soon

Mike :af



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Re: Central Scotland
« Reply #34 on: January 05, 2010, 08:55:11 AM »
Hi Mike

Next F3F event is scheduled for 23 January so hopefully all this snow will melt and we will get a winter league event under our belts! I am an optimist! $%& I think the last competition I flew in was the first F3F Winter League at Hole of Horcum in November.

Vector 3 eh? I look forward to seeing it in the air. Peter is getting his Voltij ready to fly too so I am expecting some aerobatics. :af

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Re: Central Scotland
« Reply #35 on: January 12, 2010, 00:47:53 AM »
Fit likee ? (From sunny Stoney by the sea, almost Aberdeen but not quite)

Just getting back into the hobby, have a (cof cof) power model sitting in the garage unflown.
and a Graupner Stiletto on order for delivery when I get back from slaving away in the persian gulf.

Ordered the Stiletto as the usual dealer is an agent and he had a hoot with one, wanted a fullhouse glider as last time I was glider guiding from the sites I used to fly HG on the biggest problem I had was getting the buggers down (in one piece, re-usable) so wanted brakes.

was flying on Cairn "o" mount with some other slope soarers many many moons ago.

Know of anyone who actively flies slope up in the NE of Scotland?

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Re: Central Scotland
« Reply #36 on: January 12, 2010, 07:40:38 AM »
Hi Roy

Stoney eh? I was amused to hear the train conductor call it that quite recently ;D I'm about 10 mins south of Arbroath so not that far away from you.

I don't know any of these guys personally but they seem to fly in your neck of the woods. Aberdeen & District Soarers. It would be worth contacting them; from their website it looks like they have a lot of fun :af

There must be some great east facing coastal sites near you. Mmmm... :af

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Re: Central Scotland
« Reply #37 on: January 12, 2010, 10:10:16 AM »
Just getting back into the hobby, have a (cof cof) power model sitting in the garage unflown.
and a Graupner Stiletto on order for delivery when I get back from slaving away in the persian gulf.

Ordered the Stiletto as the usual dealer is an agent and he had a hoot with one, wanted a fullhouse glider as last time I was glider guiding from the sites I used to fly HG on the biggest problem I had was getting the buggers down (in one piece, re-usable) so wanted brakes.



Nice looking model the Stiletto although I suspect a bit pricey compared to Toplight equivalent. If you have any problems getting the Stiletto it may be worth looking at a Luna (245) or Typhoon (280). Only 2 metres span but wings with flaps and ailerons.
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Re: Central Scotland
« Reply #38 on: January 12, 2010, 22:14:13 PM »
Thanks George,
Had googled scottish soaring and failed dismally to find any evidence of any on the go.
The Aberdeen club website looks fun, that is a nice thing to see.

The Stiletto, was recommended by the dealer, who has been absolutely excellent with his recommendations so far.
He's a very experienced jet pilot and sends me exactly the right bits, which is so nice to see.
I see that the models you suggest are almost identical bar price, but the service from the dealer is too good to worry about a couple of quid here and there. I'm very short on time so the lack of fecheration is a great help to me.

Anyone in Scotland having a go at DS'ing?

I fly 1:1 gliders out of Aboyne and really want to have a go at DS'ing later on this year (once I have some idea how to fly properly again  :'')
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Re: Central Scotland
« Reply #39 on: January 12, 2010, 23:05:04 PM »
Anyone in Scotland having a go at DS'ing?
Very very interesting question.
Having trogged around quite a few Scottish lumpy bits I imagine that there are  locations that will knock the socks of the English and Welsh locations that are mentioned (sometimes in code though) on this forum. That leads me to believe that there is a strong probability that suitably skilled pilots (not me) prepared to invest in time in Scotland would reap the rewards.
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