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Re: North East Flyers
« Reply #320 on: May 01, 2011, 10:00:27 AM »
Cheers Bustergrunt.

Just been reading your Opus GT build, its a looker!

Any tips on whereabouts on Druridge Bay? Looking on google maps it seems the southern end is more Dune-y

Like the idea of Collingwood Monument also when the wind is a southerly?
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Re: North East Flyers
« Reply #321 on: May 01, 2011, 10:05:59 AM »
I've never flown at Drurige bay...only walked there wishing I had a plane with me ::)

Collingwoods looks good, but I'd only fly foamies there due to the public areas.
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Re: North East Flyers
« Reply #322 on: May 01, 2011, 10:15:22 AM »
Yeah think I'll head up to druridge tomorrow. 15mph gusting to 20, guess i'll quickly learn how to ballast a 160g wing using stickytape and lead shot (if i will need to?).

Should be good! (I've got a black punto if anyone sees a guy running into the sea after a foam wing)
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Re: North East Flyers
« Reply #323 on: May 01, 2011, 10:19:21 AM »
Cheers Bustergrunt.

Just been reading your Opus GT build, its a looker!

Any tips on whereabouts on Druridge Bay? Looking on google maps it seems the southern end is more Dune-y

Like the idea of Collingwood Monument also when the wind is a southerly?

I see there's an Opus for sale  on the forum :)
I must get out more...

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Re: North East Flyers
« Reply #324 on: May 01, 2011, 10:46:02 AM »
Its likely to be Seaton Sluice or off the cliffs next to the caravan park just south of Seaton Sluice today I think. I might go to the Sluice myself this afternoon if I can escape. So if you see an incredibly handsome bloke with a big nose ,bald head and a southern softy accent that will be me then :D


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Re: North East Flyers
« Reply #325 on: May 01, 2011, 11:21:51 AM »
I've flown a couple of times from the cliffs at the Brierdene car park in W/Bay.  Only chance of going for a swim is if the tide is in and it's a very high tide - otherwise if the worst happens there should usually be some beach to land on.  Landings (at the top!) are "interesting".  I land on the mini-golf course (when nobody is playing!) but due to the sharp cut off at the top of the cliff the turbulence can be quite bad. 

Probably best though to go and find the guys at Seaton Sluice - probably just south of Collywell Bay.  If you're a power-flyer having a go on the slope then landings are the bit you'll find challenging - I certainly did (still do!)  A bit of help from Patmac, Enrico etc. will be handy!
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Re: North East Flyers
« Reply #326 on: May 01, 2011, 14:58:05 PM »
Up till now the only thing i've done at the Briardene is get a round in! Cracking pub that.

Yeah I think it would be a good idea to head to Seaton Sluice, meet a few flyers and get some tips.

Aye power-flyer, though at least I've got a foamy wing and I can 'arrive' rather than land if I have to.
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Re: North East Flyers
« Reply #327 on: May 01, 2011, 16:18:50 PM »
Up till now the only thing i've done at the Briardene is get a round in! Cracking pub that.

Yep - used to one of our regular pubs 35 years ago.  Oops,  better make that 34 years ago... :''
It's changed a bit since then though.

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Yeah I think it would be a good idea to head to Seaton Sluice, meet a few flyers and get some tips.

Aye power-flyer, though at least I've got a foamy wing and I can 'arrive' rather than land if I have to.

It's taken me quite a while to get used to the idea that even with the "power" off,  these things don't just land - but keep on flying.  And I think the one thing I have learnt is to land positively.  Fly the model into the ground (not too hard though!) rather than trying to slow it up too much and gently flare it as you tend to with a power model.  There's often turbulence around the top of slopes, and it bites:o
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Re: North East Flyers
« Reply #328 on: May 01, 2011, 17:27:11 PM »
I've been out to a power flying site today so not been able to get to the slope.
According to the BBC forecast it's going to be 5/6mpht NE tomorrow am which is good for Collywell Bay. That's not a problem for landing out whether the tides in or out but the landing area is tight, though no problem for a foamy.
They say it's going to increase to 15mph & swing SSE by the afternoon.
OTOH according to XCWeather it's going to be a 13 - 16E all day. That means the cliffs immediately south of C. Bay. Google maps > Old Hartley caravan park.
That means flying over the sea if the tide's in or rocks if it's out but there's a big unused field to land in behind the path.
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Re: North East Flyers
« Reply #329 on: May 03, 2011, 22:48:28 PM »
Thought you guys might want to know how I got on...

All went smoothly...eventually!

Headed to Druridge Bay on Monday, got some trimming balancing done and Rx Battery ran out  >:(

Thought I'd have a go after work tonight as I work in Cramlington so not too much further.

Excellent fun! Had about 1/2 hour before Rx battery ran out again (seems suspect?). Learnt a lot in a short period of time - quite different to power flying!

Anyway, couple of pics:

And the dune I flew from, tallest one I could find:

Wind moved round to SE from E which moved it directly up the above dune, helped a lot!

Cheers,
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Re: North East Flyers
« Reply #330 on: May 04, 2011, 21:07:37 PM »
Hill Top Posse down to 3 Musketeers today for what we thought would be a light S / Easterly at East hill.Wind 20-22mph ended up D/Sing the near vertical backside of West Hill ! John W with 48 halfpipe and me with pike extreme ( makes a grand noise :af ) Only one mishap when Minich got rotored behind !. see bent wing onpic!!

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Re: North East Flyers
« Reply #331 on: May 06, 2011, 14:26:09 PM »
Eric, you might want to know that lambing at Fawdon Farm is more prolonged this year and the ewes with their lambs aren't being returned to East Hill until this week. Mr Telford has reiterated that all flying activities, including model gliders and not just the hang-gliders and paragliders, do not take place during his lambing season which is normally April. He was aware you were on the hill and has asked that we keep away until after the 14th May. Check with him if you doubt this, 01665 578255.
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Re: North East Flyers
« Reply #332 on: May 06, 2011, 16:55:46 PM »
Saw farmer on Wednesday ,did'nt say anything . Will pass your message to other fliers.Going to Spain tomorrow, so am away until after the 14th, cheers Pete.

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Re: North East Flyers
« Reply #333 on: May 07, 2011, 00:05:47 AM »
As we are an itinerant bunch and don't move around en masse, it's very difficult to keep everyone informed as to the current situation at any given site. The understanding at this site was that glider flying  was ok as landing out in the bottom fields did not take place. However, as this seems not to be the case, perhaps it would be a good idea to simply put a sign up on the gate indicating the period during which any flying is forbidden.

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Re: North East Flyers
« Reply #334 on: May 18, 2011, 07:14:55 AM »
Any ideas for a W or SW slope for the weekend near Newcastle? Doesn't have to be massive, druridge bay dunes sufficed last time.

Anyone else out an about at the weekend?

Rich
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Re: North East Flyers
« Reply #335 on: May 18, 2011, 21:09:55 PM »
Titlington pike (South Westerly ) about 25miles from Morpeth, just before Powburn. We may be out Sat or Sunday as i work at caravan site there.

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Re: North East Flyers
« Reply #336 on: May 21, 2011, 20:59:20 PM »
21st may...what's happeneing?
p.m. West winds at approx 24-28mph
I'm heading up Weardale unless chaps are going elsewhere :uk:

Carbon Sword charged up and Opus to Maiden :af
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Re: North East Flyers
« Reply #337 on: May 22, 2011, 08:38:19 AM »
Good luck with the Opus! :af
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Re: North East Flyers
« Reply #338 on: May 22, 2011, 10:00:09 AM »
Cheers :uk:
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Re: North East Flyers
« Reply #339 on: May 22, 2011, 23:29:50 PM »
        As some of you may know Ian ,Gary and myself have made some large PSS Lancaster's.Today,after waiting six months for the right weather conditions,we finally managed to maiden two of them.The weather wasn't perfect with the wind off the slope and gusting up to 45 mph but the time had come!



           Below are a couple of links to some video footage of Ian's Lanc.
    The quality isn't very good and I've had to mute the sound but you can get the general idea.
            Unfortunately Gary's  Lanc suffered a little bit of damage to the forward fuz on landing but it will be easily repaired.
         Next step is to maiden mine and then get all three up together.
Hopefully we will be able to post some better footage when we can find somebody with a better camera.
         
Small | Large


Small | Large




                              Chris  :).
                         



                   
« Last Edit: May 22, 2011, 23:33:46 PM by tango »
Nothing's better than a calm,sunny Sunday afternoon.

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Re: North East Flyers
« Reply #340 on: May 23, 2011, 18:12:09 PM »
Tumbleweeeed :ev

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Re: North East Flyers
« Reply #341 on: May 23, 2011, 18:37:03 PM »
Goddamit!! I wish I'd known...I'd have been up to have a watch...and snap a few with my camera  :af
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Re: North East Flyers
« Reply #342 on: May 23, 2011, 21:53:38 PM »
The wind was gusting to 45mph which was a bit hairy for a maiden flight. Here is a better bit of video
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   :af. Chris, skip the box brownie ;D

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Re: North East Flyers
« Reply #343 on: May 23, 2011, 22:14:10 PM »
Chris, skip the box brownie ;D
                    Nice bit of footage,that will be Gary's handiwork then!
          Mine has a more sepia look to it,much more like it had been filmed in the 1940's.

                                             Chris.  ;)
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Re: North East Flyers
« Reply #344 on: May 23, 2011, 22:19:57 PM »
Goddamit!! I wish I'd known...I'd have been up to have a watch...and snap a few with my camera  :af
                  Cheers BG,interest noted.
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Re: North East Flyers
« Reply #345 on: May 24, 2011, 18:02:57 PM »
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Nice bit of footage,that will be Gary's handiwork then!
          Mine has a more sepia look to it,much more like it had been filmed in the 1940's.

Looked more like it was filmed through your tie dye shirt in the sixties. I think we will remember that first launch forever and not bother launching in a 45mph wind again unless its Garys :ev

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Re: North East Flyers
« Reply #346 on: May 24, 2011, 20:50:00 PM »
Was my footage of Gary;s maiden launch no good ? The pss Lanc;s made my 60inch sunbird look like a chuck glider !

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Re: North East Flyers
« Reply #347 on: May 24, 2011, 20:59:48 PM »
3 musketeers out today ,big air ,big hill, and loads of ballast,+ lead sleds!! Weather forcast slightly wrong ( 25-35 predicted, 40-50 even at half past five tonight) stonking days flying.

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Re: North East Flyers
« Reply #348 on: May 24, 2011, 21:04:51 PM »
I hope you guys are going to arrange for the wind to moderate a bit and change direction so I can fly at the coast when I come up this weekend. ???

I can't say the forecast looks too encouraging though... :-\
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Re: North East Flyers
« Reply #349 on: May 24, 2011, 22:29:52 PM »
 A few stills taken from the Lanc video's.







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Re: North East Flyers
« Reply #350 on: May 25, 2011, 09:45:03 AM »
Sorry John, looks like West to South West all weekend, i'll be up in the hills somewhere in Northumberland. Hope to catch up with you one day !

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Re: North East Flyers
« Reply #351 on: May 25, 2011, 18:49:20 PM »
Not looking good is it  :-\ - at least not for coastal soaring.  Not sure it's worth even putting the glider in the car on Friday.

Never mind...  I'll be up again, probably at Aug. B/Hol weekend,  and maybe a weekend inbetween as well?
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Re: North East Flyers
« Reply #352 on: June 02, 2011, 19:56:56 PM »
So what's this then? A day off tomorrow and no wind...bleedin' liberty...unless someone knows different? $%&
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Re: North East Flyers
« Reply #353 on: June 02, 2011, 20:47:32 PM »
Well you can't blame me this time BG! ;) 
I'm back in the SE after last w/end's visit to the NE was accompanied by a mixture of gales blowing in the wrong direction and flat calm. ::)
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Re: North East Flyers
« Reply #354 on: June 02, 2011, 21:11:21 PM »
Gales = Opus  :af Top Hooning :)

Utterly the best gliding experience thus far...OK 60" EPP racing comes a very close 2nd

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Re: North East Flyers
« Reply #355 on: June 02, 2011, 23:05:53 PM »
Im heading for some DLG/light soaring up Druridge bay way after work tomorrow bout 4.30 (SE 10mph). Monday is bang on easterly too :af top stuff!

I fancy trying out the two 'humps' on the Town Moor, dunno if anyones ever given it a go but it might give me some more local options. I can see them from my room window so they must be a reasonable size. They're not that steep though (does that matter?)

Good to see your Opus went well BG.
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Re: North East Flyers
« Reply #356 on: June 02, 2011, 23:22:01 PM »
Druridge is a little too far north tomorrow (I have some stuff to do mid day ish), I'll check out the forcast but may be reduced to an oily type tomorrow if there's no or little wind  $%&
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Re: North East Flyers
« Reply #357 on: June 02, 2011, 23:23:02 PM »
Good to see your Opus went well BG.

Double splendid...it's my 'Big Wind' toy  :uk:
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Re: North East Flyers
« Reply #358 on: June 03, 2011, 16:16:32 PM »
Well the gods of car suspension conspired against me today. I was left stranded on the way to work with a left wheel at a very odd angle and the right one going straight. No flying (or work) for me!

Glad I had RAC cover today. Might try again over weekend.
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Re: North East Flyers
« Reply #359 on: June 03, 2011, 16:58:23 PM »
As it was so calm, I tried power flying today...it didn't end well
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