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Level 1 => Gliders & Gliding => UK Regional => Topic started by: rumbey on November 25, 2009, 16:19:58 PM

Title: South West Slopers
Post by: rumbey on November 25, 2009, 16:19:58 PM
I thought it was time that my area was on the map so to speak!

Anyone else wanna sign in that regularly fly in Wiltshire, Dorset, Berkshire and Hampshire regions?

Dave
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: Phil.Taylor on November 25, 2009, 17:01:25 PM
Devon & Somerset too?
or is that too far south west?  :ev
(and Cornwall is on another planet anyway  :))
Phil.
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: tired tim on November 25, 2009, 17:27:06 PM
I'm up for a bit of that. I live in North Bristol but regularly visit that way with work. Where do you tend to fly? I've been to Beacon Hill a few times  :af
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: Cactus on November 25, 2009, 17:55:42 PM
wash your mouth out, the SW stops at zummerzet  >:(

 ::)
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: rumbey on November 25, 2009, 18:28:51 PM
Devon & Somerset too?
or is that too far south west?  :ev
(and Cornwall is on another planet anyway  :))
Phil.


Somerset yes,  Devon seems along way away.  Maybe you should have a Devon and dartmoor region?
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: rumbey on November 25, 2009, 18:39:39 PM
I'm up for a bit of that. I live in North Bristol but regularly visit that way with work. Where do you tend to fly? I've been to Beacon Hill a few times  :af

Well we've a fairly good choice.

Wiltshire: I fly mainly Roundway and Milk/Knap Hill

1. Roundway (Olivers Castle- Nr Devizes) -  SW, W, NW
2. Milk Hill and Knap Hill - (Between Marlborough and Calne off the A4) - SW, S and SE
3. Westbury White Horse - (Bratton) - N, E, NW
4. Uffington White Horse - I beleive N, NE, NW
5. Martinsell (Nr Pewsey)  NE, E

Berkshire: (RobbieUK's neck of the woods)

Beacon (SE?)
Kingsclere (NW, NE + others??)
Ladle (can't remember)

Somerset:

Whitesheet - SW, N + others

I'm sure others will add to this list.






Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: geoffers on November 25, 2009, 21:02:27 PM
I'm up for a bit of that. I live in North Bristol but regularly visit that way with work. Where do you tend to fly? I've been to Beacon Hill a few times  :af


+1 for North Bristol - I'm now a member of WMSA flying at Crook Peak, but here's my map of locations round the > brizzle areal (sic) < (http://maps.google.co.uk/maps/ms?hl=en&ie=UTF8&msa=0&msid=101885999264229347213.0004604d20554e312a41e&ll=51.494944,-2.776151&spn=0.226571,0.694885&t=h&z=11)
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: MooSey on November 25, 2009, 22:54:37 PM
Oorah for the Wessex slopers!

I fly Whitesheet and Westbury.
Need to get around the locale more but busy, so busy this year.
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: tired tim on November 26, 2009, 21:34:01 PM
+1 for North Bristol - I'm now a member of WMSA flying at Crook Peak, but here's my map of locations round the > brizzle areal (sic) < ([url]http://maps.google.co.uk/maps/ms?hl=en&ie=UTF8&msa=0&msid=101885999264229347213.0004604d20554e312a41e&ll=51.494944,-2.776151&spn=0.226571,0.694885&t=h&z=11[/url])


Most excellent dude! I'm also a member of  WMSA and SCSA so will probably see you up t'hill.  :co
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: RobbieUK on November 28, 2009, 19:41:57 PM
wash your mouth out, the SW stops at zummerzet  >:(

 ::)

 Surely the SW stops at Lands End ???

Quote
Berkshire: (RobbieUK's neck of the woods)

Beacon (SE?)
Kingsclere (NW, NE + others??)
Ladle (can't remember)

 This can't be SW as its directly North of Southampton $%&
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: rumbey on November 29, 2009, 11:10:50 AM
I guess you must be on the border between SW and SE then?
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: JonnyST on November 29, 2009, 18:07:04 PM
Well done Dave, signed in :af
John
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: Eyeboy on November 30, 2009, 17:30:43 PM
How about Avon and Somerset slopers (and other areas as necessary)? Maybe just Brizzle and district glider guiders?
 :study:
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: JonnyST on November 30, 2009, 19:31:40 PM
Hi eyeboy,
 I live in Bristol but mainly fly wiltshire, Whitesheet etc, was going to start a thread for this area ( Avon+ ) and would of included the areas that Dave ( rumbey ) has included in his. Almost a South M4 corridor between Weston and Reading, sort of West country to South Eastish.
I think it's probably 'cause we're too laid back and slow on the uptake of starting a thread before now ;D
Have been talking to Moosey about maybe a few roadtrips next year down your way, possibly Bossington first, should be good.
John.
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: Eyeboy on November 30, 2009, 20:27:25 PM
Hi eyeboy,
Have been talking to Moosey about maybe a few roadtrips next year down your way, possibly Bossington first, should be good.
John.

I'm no longer "right down west" having moved to Gloucestershire about 5 months ago. Still head down to Gods County once a month and usually take a plane or two with me. There's a wealth of good slopes within an hours drive of here including some of the slopes you've mentioned. I just need to get out and about and enjoy them!
Good luck with the regional thread.
 :af
Talking of which, how about "The Brizzle and like surrounding area and that init" regional thread?
 :ev
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: JonnyST on November 30, 2009, 21:19:34 PM

Talking of which, how about "The Brizzle and like surrounding area and that init" regional thread?
 :ev

You hum I'll sing it innit yeah but no but. ;D

Your right though, Avon and Somerset, or Bristol and surrounding areas would be a good thread just surprised no-one has started one,  seemed to slot in with rumbeys started thread anyway.
I for one should use Bossington more as I'm only ten minutes from the M5 in South Bristol and used to fish out of Porlock :)
Catch up with you soon hopefully.
John.
Title: Re: South West Slopers - Nice day out...
Post by: geoffers on November 30, 2009, 21:43:34 PM
Too much chat : not enough flying  :ev

I was lucky to have today off work (after all the recent cr*p weather), and with the wind in the north a perfect day for Sand Point/Middle Hope flying my Venom & Fox.

The wind on the edge was 30++ so launching was a handful, to say the least  :o - two hands required to prevent the plane being ripped out of gloved hands, then a frantic grapple for the TX so several "interesting" launches (first one was a classic: landing 2 yards in front of my feet  :ev).

Wind gradually eased to the middle twenties, so some very pleasant flying in glorious sunny weather :)

This was also my first attempt at videoing with a head cam, so here's some pretty amateurish footage (turn your sound down, unless you like hearing the wind...)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C1DxaRRXINk
or on vimeo:Middle Hope video (http://www.vimeo.com/7903356)
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: JonnyST on November 30, 2009, 22:51:21 PM
Hi geoffers,
That was mint, lovely site too. Where are you in Bristol?, can't believe I haven't found that site yet. How is the access and parking? I must be less than half an hour away being in Southville.
Your right though, too much chat and not enough flying >:( Bloody weather ( and work)
 What do you reckon about an Avon and Somerset thread? A while ago I thought about Avon, Somerset and Wiltshire thread as is seemed to fill a gap just don't want to tread on Rumbeys toes now as he has taken the plunge.
Definitely let me know if you go there again though need to maiden a 'modified new stuff' Venom. Warped like buggery 'cause I didn't rear spar it :banghead: Black foam blues ;D Got rid of the body too, burying all in the wing.
Cheers John.
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: geoffers on November 30, 2009, 23:16:11 PM
Hi geoffers,
That was mint, lovely site too. Where are you in Bristol?, can't believe I haven't found that site yet. How is the access and parking? .......
Cheers John.


Hi John - yep: it's one of my fave sites: check out my >brizzle slopes< (http://maps.google.co.uk/maps/ms?hl=en&ie=UTF8&msa=0&msid=101885999264229347213.0004604d20554e312a41e&ll=51.494944,-2.776151&spn=0.226571,0.694885&t=h&z=11) link - Sand Bay's north of Weston super Mud. There's a National Trust carpark at northern end of Sand Bay  (with loos too - v. civilised): walk to the back of the carpark field (away from the sea) and you'll find some steps through the woods, leading up to the headland. Cross the field to the high point of the ridge. Sometimes sheep or cattle on the fields, but the farmer's happy for gliders on the NT land. I've met a couple of hang-gliders there too, but they seem a friendly bunch.

Maybe see you there sometime...

BTW - I'm in N. Bristol : Henleaze
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: JonnyST on December 01, 2009, 18:38:53 PM
Hi goeffers,
Cheers for that, I gather from the pic that the car park is near the end of Beach Road. Will see you there on a windy day :af
Nice route for me too being at the bottom of the 370.

If the weather looks good will post up on here to see who's around and fancies going.

If anyone else in the area is interested will be putting an order in with Leading Edge Gliders in the next few days, have a browse and let me know.

Leading Edge Gliders: Manufacturer of High Performance EPP Power Slope Scale Gliders (http://www.leadingedgegliders.com/eppGliders/index.php)

Looking at getting a Fat Albert ( ooh err missus ;D ) and a P-51.

Cheers John.
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: Eyeboy on December 01, 2009, 21:04:57 PM
If anyone else in the area is interested will be putting an order in with Leading Edge Gliders in the next few days, have a browse and let me know.

Leading Edge Gliders: Manufacturer of High Performance EPP Power Slope Scale Gliders ([url]http://www.leadingedgegliders.com/eppGliders/index.php[/url])

Looking at getting a Fat Albert ( ooh err missus ;D ) and a P-51.

Cheers John.


I bought a LEG P-51 60" over a year ago and am still to cover it! The build is relatively straight forwards but I'm not sure the hype that "The instructions have been called by many builders as the best foamie instructions they have ever read" lives up to expectations. Whichever model you opt for I would strongly suggest you go for a pre shaped Fuz.
 :af
If I were to buy a model again (which I'm seriously tempted to do), I wouldn't go for somethign as obvious as the P-51. I'm very tempted by the U2, the Skraider and the F6F Hellcat.
Do I need another EPP PSS model. HMMMMMMMM . . . . . . . . .
 :study:
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: tired tim on December 01, 2009, 22:18:57 PM
If I were to buy a model again (which I'm seriously tempted to do), I wouldn't go for somethign as obvious as the P-51. I'm very tempted by the U2, the Skraider and the F6F Hellcat.
Do I need another EPP PSS model. HMMMMMMMM . . . . . . . . .
 :study:

Now you tell me. I've ordered Ben a P51 from LEG for Xmas. Mind you, that was a month ago and no sign of it yet.
I have the plans for you for a U2. Tis a very nice model me thinks.

Do I need another EPP PSS model. HMMMMMMMM . . . . . . . . .   Hell yes  :af
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: tired tim on December 01, 2009, 22:23:25 PM
BTW - I'm in N. Bristol : Henleaze

Hi Geoffers,

I'm in Downend which isn't a million miles from you!
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: geoffers on December 01, 2009, 23:02:43 PM
Hi Geoffers,
I'm in Downend which isn't a million miles from you!

Tim - true, not so far away : have you ever flown the SE facing slope by the obelisk at Pur Down/Lockleaze (next to the M32) which must be your nearest slope ;) and actually does work quite well with the right wind

We'll have to get a brizzle slope sesh going at some stage... MaesKnoll (E.Dundry) could be a poss for Saturday  :xx
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: JonnyST on December 01, 2009, 23:14:52 PM
Looks like I may have to wait a little longer before I order then, happy days ;D
Come on lads never too many gliders in the fold! Not in a particular rush anyway, just pickin for next years epp 60 racin :co
 tired tim where do you mainly slope? Gonna have to get us all together sometime hopefully, I know its's not the best time of year with the cold and that but nice sunny day overlooking Barry :) nice
Thanks for the heads up about the pre-shaped fuz Eyeboy. At the mo am deciding whether or not to contact jack about buying 2 51's or parts of as I always fancied modeling the '82. Watch this space as they say. Be fun to launch if nothing else ;D
Also be handy havin some one local to show me how to put pics in :af
See you all soon John.
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: JonnyST on December 01, 2009, 23:24:54 PM
Hi geoffers,
Not so sure you can get up there anymore it was gated quite a while ago which was a shame. I work on Muller road and used to pop up at lunch every now and then, back in the day when our apprentices' thought it was a rally track ;D
As for Dundry your reference to maes knoll is excellent for the southerly, I used to fly probs less than 400m directly NW from there overlooking Hartcliffe etc, really smooth lift and excellent views over Bristol just always a pain leaving the car in Norton Lane. Am fairly close to gaining secure parking close by which is safe. Would be great as it's only 15-20mins at most. Will let you all know in due course hopefully.
See you soon, John.
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: tired tim on December 02, 2009, 07:26:26 AM
tired tim where do you mainly slope? Gonna have to get us all together sometime hopefully, I know its's not the best time of year with the cold and that but nice sunny day overlooking Barry :) nice


Hi JonnySixT. I tend to fly the South Cotswolds sites - Selsley, Froster picnic, Heresfield etc with Eyeboyor at Crook Peak. Mainly cos I don't know anywhere else (relatively new to this)  $%&
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: JonnyST on December 02, 2009, 18:04:59 PM
Hi tired tim,
Well I definitely need to get to South Cotswolds and you definitely need to get to Whitesheet. ;D
I think I've been close as I used to fly fullsize at Nymphsfield, always took a model and flew off the ridge at the closest car park to the club.
http://www.whitesheet.co.uk/   Whitesheet club, similar in scale to Crooks Peak, but you can park at the top and there is a decent pub at the bottom :af
I'll check the forecast Friday and post on here to see if, where and when people are interested in meeting somewhere.
Cheers John.
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: rumbey on December 02, 2009, 19:12:55 PM
I'm always up for a weekday afternoon flying session,  Whitesheet or Selsey way is only 45 mins from me.

Let me know when you plan on a flying sesh
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: tired tim on December 02, 2009, 20:05:12 PM
Hi tired tim,
Well I definitely need to get to South Cotswolds and you definitely need to get to Whitesheet. ;D
I think I've been close as I used to fly fullsize at Nymphsfield, always took a model and flew off the ridge at the closest car park to the club.
[url]http://www.whitesheet.co.uk/ [/url]  Whitesheet club, similar in scale to Crooks Peak, but you can park at the top and there is a decent pub at the bottom :af
I'll check the forecast Friday and post on here to see if, where and when people are interested in meeting somewhere.
Cheers John.


Hi John. We've probably already met then. I've been a member at Nympsfield since 1995 and have been flying sailplanes since 1987. When were you there?
Anyway, definitely up for a visit to Whitesheet. Just let me know when.
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: brownie on December 02, 2009, 22:21:20 PM
Paraglided off Milk Hill, my local hill for slope soaring are Liddington and Hackpen, I'm in the process of creating something to throw off them.   ???
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: JonnyST on December 03, 2009, 19:13:37 PM
Hi brownie,

Always meant to stop off I suppose around the Hackpen area as I visit my family in Surrey all the time. What wind directions does the hill/ridge support and how do you get there?
What are you building at the moment?
Rumbey and maybe Robbie-UK may fly there it's close-ish to them ( I think ).
John.
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: rumbey on December 04, 2009, 10:57:04 AM
Hi brownie,

Always meant to stop off I suppose around the Hackpen area as I visit my family in Surrey all the time. What wind directions does the hill/ridge support and how do you get there?
What are you building at the moment?
Rumbey and maybe Robbie-UK may fly there it's close-ish to them ( I think ).
John.

Never flown those slopes but would be interested in wind directions they fly and how to get to em!
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: rumbey on December 04, 2009, 18:42:43 PM
I'm planning on a morning /early pm session tomorrow at Knap Hill weather permitting
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: brownie on December 05, 2009, 01:28:46 AM
Regarding Liddington, a few minutes off junction 15 of the M4, excellent information on this site can be found at tvhgc.co.uk - Liddington Castle (http://www.tvhgc.co.uk/content/view/41/89/), flyable in a NW and SW.

Regarding Hackpen, you can find it HERE (http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=hackpen+hill&sll=53.800651,-4.064941&sspn=12.896204,39.331055&ie=UTF8&hq=hackpen+hill&hnear=&ll=51.471406,-1.814675&spn=0.003315,0.009602&t=h&z=17), the car park is just SW of the White Horse in the Sat Photo right on the top of the slope and a NW is straight on the slope. Haven't seen anyone else fly there mind, so I've no idea whether you can or not.  :-\
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: geoffers on December 05, 2009, 09:43:02 AM
We'll have to get a brizzle slope sesh going at some stage... MaesKnoll (E.Dundry) could be a poss for Saturday  :xx

... wind's SW'ly, sun's out (-ish), rain not due 'till this afternoon: so I'm off up to Maes Knoll shortly

Lulsgate's showing Wind  from the SW (220 degrees) at 12 MPH (10 KT) 
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on December 05, 2009, 12:19:29 PM
Any of you lot interested in having some Pylon racing fun at the Bwlch (no more than 90 minutes from Bristol) on Dec 19th. Any EPP nosed and leading edge model will do. Zagis welcome. come and have some fun. If you have a Flying Fish, bring it too as I will be holding a race or two for them if the numbers allow. PM me or email me
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: JonnyST on December 05, 2009, 13:28:15 PM
Hi clayts,
Sorry mate away that weekend visiting family, will be at the next one.

Hi goeffers, where do you park for maes knoll, Norton Lane? Was it any good today?

Hi brownie, thanks for the links, may check out Liddington castle on the way home at Christmas.

Catch up soon, John.
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: geoffers on December 05, 2009, 17:00:05 PM
Hi geoffers, where do you park for maes knoll, Norton Lane? Was it any good today?

Hi John

I turn off Norton Lane into Church Road (towards Norton Malreward) and park there: no problem at all.

Yep - it was really good this am. with the SW wind dead on the slope at 15-20mph. I shot some more vid here - all close-up stuff as the cam doesn't have a zoom, so if you get too far away you can't see owt  :co

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YpXioguf6zI
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: tired tim on December 11, 2009, 22:34:17 PM
Weekend looking NE or possible North, anyone out to play?  :ev
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: tired tim on December 11, 2009, 22:36:38 PM

Yep - it was really good this am. with the SW wind dead on the slope at 15-20mph. I shot some more vid here - all close-up stuff as the cam doesn't have a zoom, so if you get too far away you can't see owt  :co


Nice vid  :af

Will have to head over to Maesknoll soon  :ev
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: geoffers on December 13, 2009, 09:21:32 AM
Weekend looking NE or possible North, anyone out to play?  :ev


I'm heading down to Brean - Lulsgate is currently showing NNE @ 9mph http://weather.noaa.gov/weather/current/EGGD.html (http://weather.noaa.gov/weather/current/EGGD.html) and XC weather is forecasting winds of 15ish later. Current temp is 3o - brrrr :-\

Looks like there may be a few guys from the main forum heading that way too...
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: tired tim on December 13, 2009, 18:31:51 PM
I'm heading down to Brean - Lulsgate is currently showing NNE @ 9mph [url]http://weather.noaa.gov/weather/current/EGGD.html[/url] ([url]http://weather.noaa.gov/weather/current/EGGD.html[/url]) and XC weather is forecasting winds of 15ish later. Current temp is 3o - brrrr :-\

Looks like there may be a few guys from the main forum heading that way too...


Hope you had a good day Geoffers. I went to Cam Long Down a flew for a couple of hours with Eyeboy Andy. Most excellent  ;D
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: geoffers on December 13, 2009, 19:20:22 PM
Hope you had a good day Geoffers. I went to Cam Long Down a flew for a couple of hours with Eyeboy Andy. Most excellent  ;D


Hi Tim - Cam sounds good. Last time I was there was a glorious late summer day, flying my DLG in a light breeze but booming thermals, in formation with enough swallows to make Alfred Hitchcock turn in his grave. :af

I met up with Isoaritfirst, Andy_B & Mark(?) down at Brean - some impressive DS flying from these guys (some less than impressive video on the main gliding forum at >>Brean Down .. Any good..?<< (http://www.rcmf.co.uk/4um/index.php/topic,61484.0.html) )
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: tired tim on December 18, 2009, 22:14:20 PM
Anyone out this weekend? Looking like a Westerly  :af
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: chaz2b on December 19, 2009, 18:56:08 PM
Judging by the places people are coming from, we may have to rename this thread South West SLOPES! rather than slopers.
 I always regarded any where east of Brizzle as being South, our lot at West Blackdown may feel a little neglected here, as our primary site is just on the Devon /Somerset boarders, mind you the opportunities to fly from various sites is favourable as we are more or less in the middle of a circle of slopes all not more than 45 Min's away. Happy flying to you all, would be nice to meet you sometime.

chaz@2b :)
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: tired tim on December 20, 2009, 16:34:30 PM
Judging by the places people are coming from, we may have to rename this thread South West SLOPES! rather than slopers.
 I always regarded any where east of Brizzle as being South, our lot at West Blackdown may feel a little neglected here, as our primary site is just on the Devon /Somerset boarders, mind you the opportunities to fly from various sites is favourable as we are more or less in the middle of a circle of slopes all not more than 45 Min's away. Happy flying to you all, would be nice to meet you sometime.

chaz@2b :)

Being new to this hobby, I wouldn't mind heading out to other hills (only really fly at SCSA sites of CLD, Selsley, Froster etc and Crook Peak).
If folks are heading out, it might be an idea to say where you're heading to. I'll bring the tea and cake!!  :study:
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: chaz2b on December 20, 2009, 17:57:06 PM
Blimey! what a mate you are!! three sugars in mine...don`t cheat on the size of the slice neither, might even carry your models to the slope for you as well!! ;D

Hope you are enjoying your new found life style ( slope soaring aint a hobby really), you`ve just joined a huge family. Hope to meet up one day soon, what`s your bird? mines a Amythyst 2m, likes thermals best and will scratch well but will also handle a blow....just! Do have a Great Planes Spirit 100 to finish but saving it for better weather, lots to build as well...must get on with them.

chaz@2b :af
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: tired tim on December 22, 2009, 18:32:24 PM
Blimey! what a mate you are!! three sugars in mine...don`t cheat on the size of the slice neither, might even carry your models to the slope for you as well!! ;D

Hope you are enjoying your new found life style ( slope soaring aint a hobby really), you`ve just joined a huge family. Hope to meet up one day soon, what`s your bird? mines a Amythyst 2m, likes thermals best and will scratch well but will also handle a blow....just! Do have a Great Planes Spirit 100 to finish but saving it for better weather, lots to build as well...must get on with them.

chaz@2b :af

As I said, I'm quiet new to this, but I have been bitten by the PSS way. I have a Canterbury Sailplanes Aermacchi, a Zaggi thing and have just finished a Andy Conway BAe Hawk.


I'm also building a Avro Vulcan. Will think of a sailplane soon.  :af
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: chaz2b on December 23, 2009, 13:51:09 PM
Lovely finish! well done, I`ve always fancied Andy Conways plans, particuly the Tornado. where are you hoping to fly from? I hope to fly xmas day as my kids will not be with me till boxing day and I`m not a JW, but I don`t want to waste the day if the weathers good.

chaz@2b

PS, that was not an invitation for you to abandon your family on xmas day.
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: tired tim on December 24, 2009, 12:41:02 PM
Lovely finish! well done, I`ve always fancied Andy Conways plans, particuly the Tornado. where are you hoping to fly from? I hope to fly xmas day as my kids will not be with me till boxing day and I`m not a JW, but I don`t want to waste the day if the weathers good.

chaz@2b

PS, that was not an invitation for you to abandon your family on xmas day.

I've posted some video on the South Cotswold Sloper's page if you're interested  ^-^
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: tired tim on December 31, 2009, 18:08:52 PM
Anyone out tomorrow? Looks like it will be a nice day at Selsley for trying out those new pressies from Santa  :af
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: chaz2b on January 02, 2010, 20:03:05 PM
Brave souls at Culmstock Beacon west slope.  chaz@2b
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: tired tim on January 02, 2010, 20:44:52 PM
Brave souls at Culmstock Beacon west slope.  chaz@2b

Looks like a nice hill.
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: chaz2b on January 02, 2010, 21:06:52 PM
It`s not bad...west to south east, nice views towards the edge of Dartmoor and Exmoor,
`Twas a bit nippy and not much height to be gained,  there were a few Elans an Alula (great fun) a Fox EPP my Amythyst and a few `wings` all getting a good airing, how`s the Hawk? have you had much flying?

chaz@2b
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: strider2 on January 02, 2010, 21:42:15 PM
Glad to see that you were not put off by the white stuff    chas2b   :af
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: chaz2b on January 02, 2010, 22:11:14 PM
Just a dusting! the ice was more of a concern, not much wind but enough to start the new year with...bah! global warming.

chaz@2b
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: tired tim on January 02, 2010, 23:25:34 PM
It`s not bad...west to south east, nice views towards the edge of Dartmoor and Exmoor,
`Twas a bit nippy and not much height to be gained,  there were a few Elans an Alula (great fun) a Fox EPP my Amythyst and a few `wings` all getting a good airing, how`s the Hawk? have you had much flying?

chaz@2b

The Hawk has flown again and hopefully will taste the ait tomorrow  :xx

Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: chaz2b on January 03, 2010, 00:09:15 AM
Where are hoping to fly from? looking towards the tea and cake!!

chaz@2b
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: tired tim on January 03, 2010, 07:54:34 AM
Where are hoping to fly from? looking towards the tea and cake!!

chaz@2b

Heading to Rodborough. Directions are on the South Cotswold Soaring Association web site.  :af
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: tired tim on January 03, 2010, 15:44:25 PM
Where are hoping to fly from? looking towards the tea and cake!!

chaz@2b

Tea and Christmas cake had by all, though you didn't miss a great day. Winds were light an the lift was patchy. Nice to be out all the same - Back to work tomorrow  :'(
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: chaz2b on January 03, 2010, 18:42:15 PM
Glad you were able to get out, been doing my best to make my computor unworkable by `upgrading`! :banghead: tried to console myself with a go on pheonix `upgrade!` and now that`s worse!! :banghead: :banghead:, at least there is work tommorow to look forward too. :banghead: :banghead:

chaz@2b :'' just .... relax..
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: strider2 on January 04, 2010, 19:03:57 PM
Never mind, we now have a whole new year to play with,   :uk:
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: chaz2b on January 05, 2010, 19:10:38 PM
Yeah...if I can find my ruddy skies!! :'(

chaz`freezin bleedin cold` @2b
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: tired tim on January 08, 2010, 18:37:06 PM
Got any good suggestions for a North East?
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: chaz2b on January 08, 2010, 22:13:20 PM
Back of Crooks Peak possibly, otherwise no. Like the avatar, you?

chaz@2b
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: tired tim on January 08, 2010, 23:04:55 PM
Back of Crooks Peak possibly, otherwise no. Like the avatar, you?

chaz@2b

Is the back of Crooks Peak the Rocks? if so, not keen. Looks like Cam Long Down if you're kicking you heels.

Avatar is me on Pandy last year.  :)
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: chaz2b on January 09, 2010, 17:30:12 PM
What wing do you have? mine is a Team 5 Blue DHV 1-2, great flyer, previuosly my wings have been Firebird but having tried the new Pheonix I wasn,t convinced, they seem to cut it right back to bare minimum which doen`t give me confidence. What`s the flying like at Pandy? alyough I have been flying since 2003 I`ve not had much time to travel to other sites yet.

chaz@2b

Ps, landing site at the back of crooks peak is not bad, some gorse about but lots of open areas as well as a few rocks.
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: tired tim on January 09, 2010, 20:35:00 PM
What wing do you have? mine is a Team 5 Blue DHV 1-2, great flyer, previuosly my wings have been Firebird but having tried the new Pheonix I wasn,t convinced, they seem to cut it right back to bare minimum which doen`t give me confidence. What`s the flying like at Pandy? alyough I have been flying since 2003 I`ve not had much time to travel to other sites yet.


I fly at Ozone Buzz Z with a Gin Airlight harness. I did my CP in 1998 and flew a Firebird Barracuda for a while. That said, I don't get out that much. I generally have a week away somewhere in sping and then whenever in the UK. My big thing is full scale sailplanes. I have an ASW 19 based at Nympsfield which seems to take up most of my time.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0bp09PnMV9k

Pandy is lovely, one of my fav sites, that and Rhossili.
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: Eyeboy on January 09, 2010, 22:16:09 PM
Top video Tim!
 :co
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: tired tim on January 10, 2010, 09:54:05 AM
Top video Tim!
 :co


I can bore youto tears with my gliding videos  ;D

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IfGUaQJgm_s

Say when you've had enough  :nananana:
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: Eyeboy on January 10, 2010, 10:46:29 AM
Another top vid. I actually stayed on Youtube looking at loads of Nympsfield vids last night. Is it actually you flying in the vids?
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: tired tim on January 10, 2010, 22:35:40 PM
Another top vid. I actually stayed on Youtube looking at loads of Nympsfield vids last night. Is it actually you flying in the vids?


In both those movies, I'm in the back doing the filming and some of the fliying. All the exterior shots are done with my hand poked out of the DV panel which makes the flying a little more tricky.

This is all you get hands free.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KwHF5X70O2Y
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: Eyeboy on January 10, 2010, 22:49:37 PM
Inspirational. These glider vids are the dogs danglers.
 :af :co
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: tired tim on January 10, 2010, 23:02:24 PM
Inspirational. These glider vids are the dogs danglers.
 :af :co

Well, as soon as the sun comes out for more than a few minutes, we'll have to strap you in and go visit the clouds  :af
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: Eyeboy on January 10, 2010, 23:31:51 PM
Well, as soon as the sun comes out for more than a few minutes, we'll have to strap you in and go visit the clouds  :af


 :co :af :co
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: tired tim on January 22, 2010, 16:44:43 PM
Never mind, we now have a whole new year to play with,   :uk:

Any of you boys up for a bit of PSS action in April on the Bwlch?  :af
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: JonnyST on January 22, 2010, 19:05:01 PM
Yes, definitely, does depend on LEG at the mo.  They are currently doing a prototype EPP model of the P-38 Lightning which looks to be very nice, but I still really would like to make one of these-

F-82 Twin Mustang - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/F-82_Twin_Mustang)

When I get my act together I'll e-mail Jack as to the cost of two fuz' and whether he would cut me a centre section, just deciding which size to go for as the larger version he does would almost be 100" :af

Will knock something up PSS soon anyway.
John.
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: tired tim on January 22, 2010, 21:12:58 PM
Yes, definitely, does depend on LEG at the mo.  They are currently doing a prototype EPP model of the P-38 Lightning which looks to be very nice, but I still really would like to make one of these-

F-82 Twin Mustang - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia ([url]http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/F-82_Twin_Mustang[/url])

When I get my act together I'll e-mail Jack as to the cost of two fuz' and whether he would cut me a centre section, just deciding which size to go for as the larger version he does would almost be 100" :af

Will knock something up PSS soon anyway.
John.


What a fantastic project. Looking forward to seeing that fly  :af
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: geoffers on January 30, 2010, 18:51:47 PM
Hmm .... light N - N.Wlys forecast : what to fly? where to go? C.L.D.? Crooks Peak? ... In the end I chose Sand Point with my Sonata, plus a little Swinger action ('till a heavy reconnect broke the elevator snake  :'( )

An excellent choice though  :af - met Ben (?) with an Alula & maidening a Windrider Bee : great stuff. And Gary(?) with his paraGlider.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yOMlPm-l73E
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: JonnyST on January 30, 2010, 18:58:02 PM
Are you flying tomorrow goeffers?
I was thinking of going up to the 'wolds, looks like Frocester could work well.

Excellent video again :af
John.

Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: tired tim on January 30, 2010, 19:46:42 PM
Are you flying tomorrow goeffers?
I was thinking of going up to the 'wolds, looks like Frocester could work well.

Excellent video again :af
John.



may see you at Froster tomorrow, but won't be there until the afternoon  :study:
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: chaz2b on January 31, 2010, 11:59:26 AM
Hi Geoff, that looked marginal! if you see gary? flying his paraglider again..tell him to raise his hands a little, he was flying with too much brake, he looked a little nervous on take off, is he a newbie? Safe flying.

chaz@2b
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: strider2 on February 07, 2010, 11:44:08 AM
We had a good days flying in Salibury yesterday, but seem to have brought back most of Wiltshire's countryside, on the side of my car.................. :uk:
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: bennyh on February 19, 2010, 22:30:29 PM
hi Geoffers, was nice to meet you at middle hope a few weeks back. Hope your ships repaired ok. You didn't mention that the praglider guy was not only heavy on his brakes!
I was well pleased with the bee and ended up trimmed out lovely so it flies inverted with only a little down stick.
Some older dudes with a hang glider arrived and were doing little hop flights off the top. I had to watch out for being knocked over. What a terrible spot to urine about on a hang glider in a NW!
I returned a week later in a NNE but froze solid in only 20minutes. Lovely spot though.
I checked out your very helpful map, thanks. Good to see i'd sussed a few myself.
Cheers for now, see you about.
Ben
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: MooSey on March 26, 2010, 20:15:22 PM
Hi chaps. Flew at Whitesheet rifle range S/SE bowl this week. The wind was about 10ishmph SSE-SE. It was pretty good. Lift all the way to where you stand. Only had a combat wing to test it but landing was easy enough as long as you did'nt go too far back!
How does this slope rate to the SW and NW slopes in a good blow? I know it's the para slope so would'nt want to waste a journey.

Also regarding the blinkin' huuge puddles at the top. Anyone know if they are deep enough to stall an engine after it's rained? I was slowly trundling through and the last 2 (just before the resevoir gate) looked ominously deep.  I bottled it and reversed back then walked, which was very enjoyable.

Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: Wingtech on March 27, 2010, 15:35:51 PM
Hi Moosey not had a problem with the puddles in my car but slow is definately the way to go!
I have flown the rifle range a few times in a good blow and found the lift superb you can push forward away from the slope for an awfully long way and still be in strong lift!


Steve 
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: MooSey on March 27, 2010, 22:03:09 PM
Wotcha Steve

I really enjoyed walking over but am forward planning in the event of a good blow and armful of gliders.
i've not been able to ge up there all winter for various reasons but am rearing to make up for it this spring.
Catch you up there.

Mike
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: geoffers on April 11, 2010, 18:49:57 PM
hi Geoffers, was nice to meet you at middle hope a few weeks back.
 ......
Cheers for now, see you about.
Ben

Ben/Dave : shame I didn't have my Venom up on Dundry NE slope this arvo, to mix it with your BEEs. Looked like fun  :ev

Looks like the wind's going to be NE for the next few days, so could make use of the light evenings for some combat action one day this week maybe?

I'll PM you my phone number - give us a call if you're heading up there..


 Geoff
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: geoffers on April 13, 2010, 22:15:54 PM
Looks like the wind's going to be NE for the next few days, so could make use of the light evenings for some combat action one day this week maybe?

Great stuff, and a first for me :co : 4-way combat up Dundry NE slope this evening (2 Venoms versus 2 Bees) - surprising how difficult it is to have a mid-air when when you're actually trying

Looks like there's a going to be some fun flying in the coming weeks  :ev

JohnnySixT or tired tim fancy joining us sometime...
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: tired tim on April 13, 2010, 22:20:47 PM
Great stuff, and a first for me :co : 4-way combat up Dundry NE slope this evening (2 Venoms versus 2 Bees) - surprising how difficult it is to have a mid-air when when you're actually trying

Looks like there's a going to be some fun flying in the coming weeks  :ev

JohnnySixT or tired tim fancy joining us sometime...

Funny enough, I had to drive to Pilton today and was wondering where Dundry was what it's like.
Point me in right direction and I'll see you there  :af
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: geoffers on April 13, 2010, 22:39:31 PM
....and was wondering where Dundry was what it's like.
Point me in right direction and I'll see you there  :af


Tim - I've updated my Brizzle soaring sites >here< (http://maps.google.co.uk/maps/ms?hl=en&ie=UTF8&msa=0&msid=101885999264229347213.0004604d20554e312a41e&ll=51.494944,-2.776151&spn=0.226571,0.694885&t=h&z=11) : zoom in and you can see a number of sites on Dundry
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: tired tim on April 13, 2010, 23:00:52 PM
Tim - I've updated my Brizzle soaring sites >here< ([url]http://maps.google.co.uk/maps/ms?hl=en&ie=UTF8&msa=0&msid=101885999264229347213.0004604d20554e312a41e&ll=51.494944,-2.776151&spn=0.226571,0.694885&t=h&z=11[/url]) : zoom in and you can see a number of sites on Dundry


 :af :af
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: Monday on April 27, 2010, 14:04:25 PM
Hi all, do you have to be a member of any club to fly from these site? I was thinking of going down to Dundry - Maes Knoll or NE slope...
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: tired tim on April 27, 2010, 15:49:23 PM
Hi all, do you have to be a member of any club to fly from these site? I was thinking of going down to Dundry - Maes Knoll or NE slope...

I don't think you have to be a member of a club (though I could be wrong) but you should have some sort of insurance i.e. BMFA or similar.
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: geoffers on April 28, 2010, 21:59:16 PM
... do you have to be a member of any club to fly from these site? ...

No problem flying here: no active clubs and only occasional fliers, it seems - though you might find a few peeps flying combat (so beware of getting ambushed  :D ) Just respect the farmer's land & livestock: it's private land, but the owners seem mellow.

Just come in from a pleasant hour flying the SW bowl at MaesKnoll... :af
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: bennyh on April 30, 2010, 20:15:44 PM
Yeah, the Maes Knoll SW is a really nice small slope and lots of fun for combat etc. It takes a westerly reasonably well too and has a lovely view over N Somerset. Some kids came to watch us on monday and nicked a coat from our pile of gear when we moved round the slope a bit when the wind swung a tad. So watch your stuff as this place borders on a fairly deprived area of Bristol. They dropped the coat when we ran after them at least. There apparently is a history of car vandalism that you might want to know about too, and very limited parking. I usually park at the bottom of the hill and walk up.

The North side really needs a NE and is a bit ropey when it goes too North. Not such a good view but the lift has been really good over the last month. Watch out for the killer trees on the hill crest - took 2h to get a model down a few weeks back. Great stuff.

Definitely need to keep the land owners sweet.

See you all there!
Ben
Dave
Pete
Tim
& Geoffers
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: geoffers on May 07, 2010, 20:53:39 PM
.....The North side really needs a NE .......
.......but the lift has been really good over the last month. Watch out for the killer trees on the hill crest.........

Epic lift on the NE slope this evening - wind must have been >25mph on the crest: chuffing chilly though.  :o
 
Landing was interesting to say the least: those trees looked hungry but didn't bite - seemed the easiest way in that lift was to crab in below the lip & try to splat it into the slope as gently as possible  :''
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: bennyh on May 11, 2010, 18:40:19 PM
Geoff, we were up there (Maes Knoll) bank hol monday and the wind was too Northerly, so we crossed the road and went into the field facing the wind. The slope looked really unpromising as too shallow, but in fact we had lots of fun as the flight envelope was smaller. Probably had 10-15mph gusty. Might be worth trying if the direction's a bit out. I'm also keen to try Cam Long Down in a Northerly (as listed on the South Cotswold soarers website). - maybe not much longer than Dundry to get to from N Bristol
Ben
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: geoffers on May 12, 2010, 18:00:07 PM
Geoff, we were up there (Maes Knoll) bank hol monday .....

....I'm also keen to try Cam Long Down in a Northerly....
Ben

Ben

I've flown CLD several times - last time I was there was one evening last year. A glorious late summer day, flying my Mini-Fireworks DLG in a light breeze but booming thermals, formation flying with enough swallows to make Alfred Hitchcock turn in his grave.  ;)

When the winds in the N, it's always a toss-up between CLD & SandPoint (which normally wins ) as they're about the same distance for me, so I was actually down at SP on bank hol monday re-maidening my new improved "Venom-It", which is now minus the fuselage and much more agile.


Have been up MK NE slope a few time recently....

I'll PM you my mobile number so we can message next time anyone's heading up there



Title: New Central Bristol Slope/Soaring site :-)
Post by: geoffers on May 16, 2010, 21:18:15 PM
Had my eye on this for a while, and it came up trumps this evening....

A clearance came through about 6:30 & the wind was west with a little north, so I thought it would be ideal to attempt soaring the Avon Gorge cliff edge on the Circular Path on the Downs, with my mini-fireworks DLG.

I figured that with the DLG I'd get enough height on the launch that if it all went horribly wrong I could easily get back to land, before losing it into the Avon or onto the Portway!.

Did a few trial chucks and there seemed to be lift there, so eventually plucked up courage to head well out into the gorge and was well pleased  ;D.  As well as the wind-lift coming up the cliff, the fairly low sun was clearly heating up the rocks and throwing up pretty solid thermal lift, so I was managing flights of 10-15 mins (estimated) - excellent stuff.

Only downsides were: setting sun quite low, so flying straight into it; quite turbulent at times for landing; a group of chavs came & started kicking a football right behind where I was flying which made landing a bit awkward  :''

(http://www.rcmf.co.uk/gallery/../RCMFLive/albums/userpics18145/circularPath.jpg) :
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on June 04, 2010, 20:16:45 PM
Just in case you guys missed this everywhere else :ev
Bring your mates :af

The third round of the 2010 BMFA EPP60 Pylon Racing season is just around the corner on the 12th of June at White Sheet Down with thanks to the White Sheet Radio Flyers Club.
For a map of the area, please check out  http://www.whitesheet.co.uk/html/location.html (http://www.whitesheet.co.uk/html/location.html)

Could all competitors please advise me of two frequencies (unless 2,4gHz) and their BMFA number by email (clayts at landells dot com dot au), PM (clayts75 on RCMF and RCGROUPS) or message on our yahoo group http://groups.yahoo.com/group/EPP_PYLON_RACING/ (http://groups.yahoo.com/group/EPP_PYLON_RACING/)  by 9pm Wednesday 9th of June. Entry is 5 pounds. We will meet at the main White Sheet Down parking area at 10am with the aim of racing starting at 10.30am. I will let you know of any frequency clashes as they occur and finally by 10pm on Wednesday when I will publish the pilots list. I’m really looking forward to an exciting and action-packed event on another spectacular site, hopefully with more wind and higher numbers than HoH.

Please pass on this information to anyone you think might be interested.
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: bennyh on June 08, 2010, 08:53:37 AM
Nice one Geoff!
I've been trying to pluck up the courage to lob my Alula over the rail there too. Very tempting now. How about fixing an abseil rope ready for retrievals?

Like the Venom mod, I've been trying to get Pete to do the same.

Had the Polecat out at Maes on sunday in about 20mph square on. Frighteningly fast. We had to leave when the cows decided the grass was tastier where we were.

Keep your phone handy, I'll text you when I'm heading out to play next time.
Cheers
Ben
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: geoffers on June 08, 2010, 23:18:42 PM
Nice one Geoff!
....Had the Polecat out at Maes on sunday in about 20mph square on. Frighteningly fast. We had to leave when the cows decided the grass was tastier where we were.
...
Yep - those cows seem a bit frisky this year: they've only come out slopeside recently. ??? I was up Crooks on Sunday afternoon with the Venom - boy was it windy: eventually plucked up courage to get my WR-Fox airbourne and had some great flying.

Met your bro' last Friday at the Lockleaze slope - SE'ly - flying my DLG with some really great thermals coming off the M32

Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: bennyh on June 09, 2010, 15:40:03 PM
We're planning a combat 'meeting' if the forecast NE arrives on thursday. Maes Knoll backside, 5pm anyone welcome but might need to be prepared for collateral damage if you don't want to join in.....
Ben
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: MooSey on June 18, 2010, 16:42:03 PM
lads I've never flown coastal lift before. i live in warminster so the nearest looks to be Brean down (N/S) where would you go for Westerly?
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: geoffers on June 18, 2010, 19:04:21 PM
lads I've never flown coastal lift before. i live in warminster so the nearest looks to be Brean down (N/S) where would you go for Westerly?

MooSey
Have a look at my >brizzle area sloping< (http://maps.google.co.uk/maps/ms?hl=en&ie=UTF8&msa=0&msid=101885999264229347213.0004604d20554e312a41e&ll=51.494944,-2.776151&spn=0.226571,0.694885&t=h&z=11) map - yes: Brean is excellent in N or S.

I was flying Sand Bay(Middle Hope) last night in a NE-ish wind, which was not quite "on" the slope (best NW to N), but still a superb location. Most of the other Bristol Channel slopes nr. Brizzle are mainly NW-ly (though you can fly the dunes on Weston beach & Brean beach in a strongish westerly).

You could try the WainsHill (Poets Walk) site south of Clevedon in a Westerly - quite a small slope but fun, and works SW thru NW.

I guess the best site suiting a W-ly might be Bossington, near Minehead (overlooking Porlock) or over SouthernDown / Nash Point way in S.Wales (near Porthcawl)
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: MooSey on June 18, 2010, 19:23:38 PM
Geoff I've checked out your site. Good stuff :af
Brean downs look superb but N/S seem to be rare these days. What does Bossington do?
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: geoffers on June 18, 2010, 19:54:17 PM
MooSey - flies W thru N:  I've flown there once and it was brill :af

Look at http://www.wbmgc.org.uk/flying-sites/bossington (http://www.wbmgc.org.uk/flying-sites/bossington) for details from the West Blackdown club
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: MooSey on June 18, 2010, 19:58:19 PM
Thanks Geoff.
Bossington is a bit further than I wanted but it's got to be quicker to reach than the Bwlch.
I'll hopefully try them out this summer.
 :af
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: geoffers on June 19, 2010, 18:36:01 PM
I've never flown coastal lift before ... ... but N/S seem to be rare these days.....

MooSey - sorry to do this to you  :nananana: but the lift at Sand Point was epic this arvo - a little east of perfect, but still great at 15-20mph NNE-ish.

I was flying at the usual spot - the grassy knoll at Middle Hope (ST330663 on the map), but also gave the point itself a go (just west of the trig point) and even had a few tentative attempts at DS-ing my Venom. I'm sure this would be feasible here for someone who knew what they were doing  :''
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: MooSey on June 19, 2010, 20:05:12 PM
Oh thats harsh. You must have sensed my frustration at being family and diy bound all day.
My frustration was complete when I took the dog and kids for a walk at Westbury White Horse. I told myself there would be too much E for decent lift or the jellyfish would be rife. So imagine my horror when upon rounding the horses head onto the north ridge I was assulted by the shreik of an Acacia barreling by. I had to walk past the regulars who looked puzzled at my lack of models then enlighted by the anklebiters in tow.  :banghead:
Im hoping to get a quick fix tomorrow morning since it is fathers day ::)

Im going to coincide a family picnic to Bossington to recce the slope.  If I have the odd model in the car it must be coincedental :''
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: bennyh on June 24, 2010, 21:27:49 PM
Can't believe I've missed the amazing weather and westerlies this week! Am free friday pm so looking for flying pals. Wind is forecast to change (no doubt for the worse) but I was thinking of Frocester, depending on direction. Drop me a pm to meet up if you're free.
Regards
Ben
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: geoffers on July 25, 2010, 22:48:22 PM
Thread needed a bump  :'' , so seeing as I'm in Speedo mode at the mo. I thought I'd post some vid. from its "proper" maiden this morning at Draycott (SE of Cheddar) which is a lovely slope, taking winds from the SW thru NW.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3a72b5cmOpo
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: bennyh on July 27, 2010, 07:40:16 AM
looks a nice spot, and the speedo certainly goes well. Did the rudder do wot it oughtta?
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: geoffers on August 15, 2010, 20:54:51 PM
Well - what a great day, with the best part saved 'till last  ^-^

Wind was northish with a bit of east, so I started off at Sand Point which was good, but a bit too much East to be brill. So I decided to bite the bullet & head off down the meandering roads to Brean Down where the direction was absolutely perfik. I had a superb couple of hours in ace coastal lift, alternating between the WR-Fox & Speedo, until the wind died & I headed back to the carpark and a cornetto  ;)

However, sitting on the sea wall I realised the wind was back, but now in the west and hey - those seagulls are cruising the wall with no flappy-flappy. Hmm - nasty looking boulders in the wall: shall I/shan't I? Well the feathered experts can do it, so why not me?

Launch out with the Speedo.... a few test flights (landing out on the sand) until I found the "sweet spot", then finished the arvo cruising the wall, until my transmitter low-battery warning called a halt. What an epic blast... :af
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: Monday on September 06, 2010, 16:27:45 PM
Thanks Geoffers - I visited your site at Dundree last week and had a fantastic couple of flights with my Ripmax Spitfire, lovely views with a gentle breeze, I'll certainly be visiting there again, hope to see you some time!

Thanks for the link! ;D
Title: Dundry combat squad
Post by: bennyh on September 10, 2010, 13:28:10 PM
Had a couple of excellent sessions at Maes Knoll, east Dundry this week. For a time we had 5 planes up and some brilliant antics going on.
We'd love it if more people came down to play, more targets the better.
All a bit hit and miss on timings at the moment, I'll try and find a way to alert folk - perhaps via this thread to start with so do subscribe.
Maes is a great bowl in S to W winds and has a back side that works in NE. Look for east dundry lane on google maps, terrain switched on and you'll find it.
Cheers
Ben & the squad.
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: geoffers on September 16, 2010, 18:35:01 PM
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Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on September 16, 2010, 19:09:34 PM
What,The Bwlch?Didn't see ya there :ev
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: bennyh on September 16, 2010, 21:05:29 PM
Got to be the Dolomites. Right?
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: geoffers on September 16, 2010, 22:51:19 PM
Yep - view of SassoLungo on the way up the Sella Joch out of Selva - awesome :af : map of road trip on R1200GS >here< (http://maps.google.co.uk/maps/ms?hl=en&ie=UTF8&msa=0&msid=101885999264229347213.00048f075711bd82e585f&ll=46.997114,11.867981&spn=1.08275,3.100891&t=h&z=9)

Title: Re: Dundry combat squad
Post by: geoffers on September 18, 2010, 22:31:17 PM
Had a couple of excellent sessions at Maes Knoll, east Dundry this week  .....

....All a bit hit and miss on timings at the moment, I'll try and find a way to alert folk - perhaps via this thread to start with so do subscribe.

Looking good for MK tomoz...
Title: Re: Dundry combat squad
Post by: geoffers on September 19, 2010, 17:47:42 PM
Looking good for MaesKnoll tomoz...

It was :af ... one of the best slopes in the area with smooth ~15 wind & loads of lift and there's no-one else there :banghead:
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: Gary on September 25, 2010, 21:58:29 PM
Went down to Sand bay, Weston Super Mare today, met geoffers there and had a very pleasant few houres gliding.
Here are some pics of geoff's speedo
(http://www.rcmf.co.uk/4um/MGalleryItem.php?id=25348)

(http://www.rcmf.co.uk/4um/MGalleryItem.php?id=25347)

(http://www.rcmf.co.uk/4um/MGalleryItem.php?id=25346)

(http://www.rcmf.co.uk/4um/MGalleryItem.php?id=25345)
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: geoffers on September 25, 2010, 22:29:58 PM
Hi Gary - nice to meet you today, and thanks for posting the speedo pics ;)

Sand Bay's a nice spot, ain't it : did you try any of the other slopes later...?

Had a great afternoon surfing at Rest Bay, Porthcawl : wind wasn't perfect (being a bit west of North, so crosss/onshore) but some nice waves & warm water so made a great finalé to the day  :af
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: Gary on September 26, 2010, 09:00:42 AM
Hello Geoff

I did not try any other slopes, I ended up breaking a wing bolt and did not have any spares so i went to Clevedon to do a bit of photography
Sand bay is a very good spot, i'll certainly be going back
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: bennyh on September 26, 2010, 10:19:33 AM
Surely it's illegal to spend Saturday both soaring AND surfing? I spent the whole day studying :'(
Could be tempted out later today though....looking like a thermal day at the mo
Nice pics BTW
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: geoffers on October 17, 2010, 19:05:18 PM
Calling all Brizzle DLG owners: on an day like today get yourselves over to the SeaWalls on the downs... epic lift (slope & thermal) over the gorge until the sun dipped below the horizon  :af

I was joined by James(?) flying a powered wing, who was using the lift to great effect...

Benny, have you chucked your Alula out over the gorge yet???

(http://www.rcmf.co.uk/RCMFLive/albums/userpics18145/circularPath.jpg)
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: bennyh on October 18, 2010, 19:38:14 PM
Nope, but done a lot of 'looking'. Very interested!
I suspected northerlies would reduce the lift at that spot. Guess there was barely any wind at all yesterday.
Anyhow, how does thursday look for combat? THere is a call out for a fight.
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: geoffers on October 18, 2010, 21:44:35 PM
.... Guess there was barely any wind at all yesterday.

A lightish breeze had set in mid afternoon, so there was plenty of lift - you wouldn't want too much as even in light winds the rotor can be a bit difficult for landing
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.....Anyhow, how does thursday look for combat? There is a call out for a fight.

wind looks a bit iffy on XC for Thursday - probably couldn't get across Bristol in time before it's getting dark unfortunately >:(

woohoo : Sunbird arrived today..... :ev
(http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_N2ZN5KOa2i0/TB4LGmvsp5I/AAAAAAAAAH8/_gPooYWX7_A/s400/DSC_0128.JPG)
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: bennyh on October 19, 2010, 14:17:36 PM
Exciting stuff Geoff.
That looks like the one from the Sloperacer blog. What colour is your Sunbird?
I've got foam for a Swinger...
Didn't get the job this time, so cheap planes for me!

Would North Nibley be easier to access from work? I think this is our last week of post-work flying before the clocks change and we'll need lights.
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: geoffers on October 20, 2010, 21:54:38 PM
That looks like the one from the Sloperacer blog. What colour is your Sunbird?
Dat's ma colour ... :af
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Would North Nibley be easier to access from work? I think this is our last week of post-work flying before the clocks change and we'll need lights.
Currently off work, suffering a dose of Man Flu - but a miraculous recovery may mean I could make tomorrow arvo, possibly.

Text me with your plans, if you're combatting : MK should be OK, with Lulsgate predicting 10mph SW-ly. or Staverton predicting 13mph if you're thinking of NN or maybe Frocester - maybe post a challenge on the Cotswold Slopers thread if you're heading North :)
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: bennyh on October 24, 2010, 12:19:46 PM
howsabout some DLG off the downs cliff today? Too chicken to go by myself!
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: Nightfighter on October 28, 2010, 20:32:19 PM
I live in Marlborough and consider it Wessex rather than West country.

I fly Knapp Hill , Milk Hill, South and South west/west. Pewsey Vale white horse good for a Northwest.
Liddington Hill near Chiseldon good for North and West.
Just east of Shalbourne Berks there is the best North and South ridge short of going to the coast.!
There are some other little Nirvana's as well but they are too difficult to access if you arrrnt local.
I would say see you there but Ive never seen anyone other than me on all of the above.  :af
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: geoffers on October 28, 2010, 22:35:50 PM
Nightfighter - I've done the Wessex 100 bike ride a few times (Salisbury - Bath - Salisbury) which turns left at Alton Barnes...

I'd spotted the slopes at Milk Hill / Knapp Hill and marked them down as a "must visit" sometime. :af
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: Nightfighter on October 29, 2010, 12:21:16 PM
You wont be disappointed, especially if its coming in from the south.
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: thermaled on November 10, 2010, 23:37:25 PM
I live in Marlborough and consider it Wessex rather than West country.

I fly Knapp Hill , Milk Hill, South and South west/west. Pewsey Vale white horse good for a Northwest.
Liddington Hill near Chiseldon good for North and West.
Just east of Shalbourne Berks there is the best North and South ridge short of going to the coast.!
There are some other little Nirvana's as well but they are too difficult to access if you arrrnt local.
I would say see you there but Ive never seen anyone other than me on all of the above.  :af

I fly most of the hills you have mentioned, rarely see anyone either. I live in Pewsey so maybe our paths will cross one day.

Mark
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: geoffers on December 05, 2010, 16:22:23 PM
Calling all Brizzle DLG owners: on an day like today get yourselves over to the SeaWalls on the downs... epic lift (slope & thermal) over the gorge until the sun dipped below the horizon  :af

At the risk of being boring - ditto the aboveÈ   
Even though the air temp was only 2 - 3oC the sun was heating the cliffs & producing excellent thermals (plus the slope lift from the light wind). Lift was still good even when the wind decided to blow offshore(ish). :af

The Cotswold lads were doing the same at Froscester with their Alulas & Blasters - where are all the Brizzle lightweights... ;)
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: bennyh on December 09, 2010, 08:31:34 AM
At the risk of being boring - ditto the aboveÈ   
Even though the air temp was only 2 - 3oC the sun was heating the cliffs & producing excellent thermals (plus the slope lift from the light wind). Lift was still good even when the wind decided to blow offshore(ish). :af

The Cotswold lads were doing the same at Froscester with their Alulas & Blasters - where are all the Brizzle lightweights... ;)

Geoff, as one of the Bristol lightweights, may I request a brief text message next time you're going gorge soaring please? I'll do the same.
Cold, innit? ANy Sunbird action yet?
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: geoffers on December 09, 2010, 16:54:41 PM
Sorry Ben - gross negligence on my behalf, I must admit... $%& 

Wasn't sure if it was going to be working when I set off, then when it was I found I'd left my mobile at home so "no contacto" I'm afraid. However, I think the Sea Walls equation is (Light SW thru NW Wind + Afternoon Sun) = Liiiiiiiiift

Yep - Sunbird maidened at Middle Hope end of November...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mx2upuuYl0A

Then took yesterday off for more of the same - wall-to-wall sun and purrrfect 15++ at M.H , (virtually zero wind at Avonmouth when I left )  - absolutley 'brill ......

(until I cartwheeled on landing, so currently in the hangar for a bit of TLC  :o  )
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: bennyh on December 09, 2010, 18:26:22 PM
Good to hear you've bust it already!
I've not flown since I last saw you. Nor have I mended the Swinger, but now have some carbon to do just that.
Getting withdrawl symptoms now...
Trying to recruit new flyers for combat at work by luring them in with SSS which runs on Trust computers!
Ben
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: geoffers on December 09, 2010, 18:54:45 PM
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Good to hear you've bust it already!
Yeah-yeah-yeah...
Build 'em - Fly 'em - Bust 'em - Mend 'em - Fly 'em .... the cycle continues....  :''

Well : my nick-name IS Mr Spilly, after all  :ev

Never got on much with SSS - much prefer CRRCSim (http://sourceforge.net/projects/crrcsim/)
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: bennyh on December 10, 2010, 16:47:41 PM
Just seen your vid Geoff, it looks to go really well even in light winds. The flaps seemed to make it hover impressively at the end too. Perhaps I'll go moulded next year.....lets see what James Hammond comes up with next shall we? ;)
I tried CRCSIM and enjoyed it, but I like the races and combat in SSS. Are you around saturday for some Sea Walls action?
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: geoffers on December 10, 2010, 18:12:38 PM
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...it looks to go really well even in light winds
sure does shift too: can't wait for a bit of a blow, and get a bit of ballast on board :ev

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Are you around saturday for some Sea Walls action?
'fraid I'm away Sat.
Sun looks NE'ly - currently showing a bit light, but could be some combat up Dundry if it does pickup.
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: geoffers on December 12, 2010, 10:44:15 AM
Are you around saturday Sunday for some Sea Walls action?
Wind's currently not ideal for Sea Walls (E of North), but there's little or none of it, so there ought to be some thermal action off the cliffs this afternoon.

I'll probably pop over to check it out about 2-ish, so will ping you a text when I'm about to leave.
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: bennyh on December 12, 2010, 10:49:54 AM
Thanks Geoff, though I'm probably going to be entertaining guests round about then (unfortunately). Looking like a beautiful day to be up on the Downs. I might see if I can nip up at about 12 ish.
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: geoffers on December 12, 2010, 18:19:59 PM
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I might see if I can nip up at about 12 ish....

You didn't really miss much Ben, as it was totally offshore, so I didn't have the bottle to spend much time out over the gorge: some lift there though, and lift off the roofs in Sneyd Park (expensive lift, mind  ::) )

Might have found some new recruits too - Luke & Erin - seemed keen to get into some DLG/Slopeside action. :af
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: bennyh on December 12, 2010, 18:38:17 PM
Combat over the sea walls... now that would be very interesting indeed. Perhaps need to station somebody as spotter at the bottom. Don't see why not otherwise....
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: JonnyST on January 15, 2011, 12:24:17 PM
Looks good for Whitesheet tomorrow if anybody's about, should be there by 12 ish weather permitting.

John.
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: geoffers on January 15, 2011, 23:28:14 PM
Hey John - I see from the member map you're in Southville...

Unfortunately BBC weather looks pants for the afternoon (rain by midday :-( ), so I may try to get up for a local sesh at MaesKnoll SW tomorrow morning.

Benny & co - up for it....?

<edit> not actually raining, but looks pretty cr*p this a.m, so not bovvered - got another build to work on </edit>
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: JonnyST on January 16, 2011, 13:56:20 PM
Hi goeffers,

Just got back from Maes Knoll, fairly blustery but good fun. I only took my Moth which hasn't got a ballast tube,
think I might have to build another one.
I may get parking at the top soon, will let you know.

See you up there soon.
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: geoffers on January 16, 2011, 17:22:06 PM
Just got back from Maes Knoll, fairly blustery but good fun. I only took my Moth which hasn't got a ballast tube,
Hi Jon - afraid I wimped out, which was a shame as the weather perked up a bit in the morning & the rain didn't come 'till after lunch  :banghead:

I had my Sunbird all charged up plus my Venom in case the combat crew turned up so no excuses really. See ya up there, eventually...
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: bennyh on February 05, 2011, 14:19:37 PM
I was up on the Razor at Crook peak on thursday in a brisk SW and it struck me that now they've chopped the bushes down it could make a very decent DS spot.
Are there any restrictions as such? I want to learn with a foamie and I can't find anything on the WMSA site about DS. Wouldn't want to upset anyone.
Cheers
Ben
PS, Swinger back in action
PPS new recruits for Dundry combat presenting this spring
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: JonnyST on February 05, 2011, 14:52:38 PM
When I was a WMSA member there were a few guys who wanted DS only frequencies for the ridge (Razor)  behind the SW facing slope, they didn't get it!! Generally it was felt that there are too many walkers and riders about to be perfectly safe and at the time 2.4 wasn't about. They feel it would be better to all be on the same slope which is defo the best idea to stop any clashes.

Windknot on here may know more as I'm sure he's still a member.
Alternatively you could contact Peter Evans or Graham Tolhurst through the club they will tell you more.
A few guys on here DS Brean pretty good by the looks of it :)
John.
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: geoffers on February 05, 2011, 21:33:29 PM
...and it struck me that now they've chopped the bushes down it could make a very decent DS spot.
'fraid John's right Ben - combination of club site & National Trust ownership with lots of walkers etc, so unfortunately it's a no-no (combat's not really on up there either).

Only need one mishap with the general public to screw it up for everyone... :-\
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: bennyh on February 06, 2011, 09:58:33 AM
so who's coming out to play today then?
got to be good at Maes Knoll.
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: geoffers on February 06, 2011, 12:19:43 PM
yep - benny & me should be up MK - SW slope ~1:30ish  :af
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: geoffers on February 06, 2011, 18:28:07 PM
Ace afternoon, though not without mishap... :embarassed:
Phenomenal lift with wind steady 30-40mph on the lip, so first outing with ballasted Sunbird, and Ben with ballasted Polecat.

Also 2 homebrews (sorry chaps, mind's like a sieve so forgotten your names already ... Hugh???) - who improvised succesfully with ballast on his F20 lookalike
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UHHYy3cpzPg

Went a bit pear shaped later, as the Sunbird got blown back towards the hill & I tipstalled resulting in lawn-dart & broken fuse - ho-hum :banghead: then Benny landed to commiserate & got decked as well. :'(

So just had to resort to combat with Venom/Bee & the 2 homebrews - much fun. :af


Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: bennyh on February 07, 2011, 22:47:43 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C113Ra_OrSI

don't know why it squished it back to 4:3 from 16:9 when I spent ages rendering it that way  :banghead:
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: geoffers on February 08, 2011, 00:16:14 AM
coolio Benny - thanks for that (shame you missed the crash  :ev) - she'll be back!!!
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: JonnyST on February 08, 2011, 19:12:16 PM
Missed you guys again, looked good fun, shame to hear about the crashes but sound fixable,.

Benny you need that Pike you know you do :af, just ordered a new tail for the Viking, don't think Dundry will have ever seen so much plastic at one time ;D Gonna be a good summer...
John.
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: rumbey on February 08, 2011, 19:46:54 PM
Hey John wheres mae knoll. I am getting more weekday pms off lately and fancy a change of slopes
btw r u doing epp60 this year?
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: JonnyST on February 08, 2011, 19:56:15 PM
Hi Dave,
Blimey it's been a while, too long!! I will try and do the local EPP60 events and see what time I have for the others.
Missed it last year is such a laugh ;D
Maes Knoll is just south of Bristol on Dundry hill ( lulsgate flightpath for Bristol airport ) It is pretty good on most days but parking around is a pain. For the SW slope Maes Knoll I park just off Norton lane, there is a footpath directly to it.
Geoffers did this which is excellent:-
http://maps.google.co.uk/maps/ms?hl=en&ie=UTF8&msa=0&msid=101885999264229347213.0004604d20554e312a41e&ll=51.494944,-2.776151&spn=0.226571,0.694885&t=h&z=11 (http://maps.google.co.uk/maps/ms?hl=en&ie=UTF8&msa=0&msid=101885999264229347213.0004604d20554e312a41e&ll=51.494944,-2.776151&spn=0.226571,0.694885&t=h&z=11)
You'll find it easy enough.
If you think of coming over via the M4 West then M5 South you will go past my doorstep, let me know if you fancy it and we'll hook up.
i've decided to do more local stuff, coast etc and have a DS session at Brean. Also have been itching to get to Bossington which I think Moosey is too.
See you soon mate,
John.
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: MooSey on February 11, 2011, 17:31:09 PM
yo John!
Let me know if you go to Bossington. I can take a day off work if required.
Long time no see at wetsheep.

Mike
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: JonnyST on February 11, 2011, 18:24:35 PM
Hi Mike,
Yeah it's been a while but the house is now finished so flying time is back.
I was thinking in a few months of a 'Bossfest', fished out of Porlock a few times, it does look good as you look back at it. Would like it a bit warmer to spend a whole day possibly.
Possibly at Maes Knoll tomorrow pm, will check weather when I get back from work which involves opening a window and looking at it ;D
See you soon,
John.
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: geoffers on February 12, 2011, 10:53:05 AM
wind's picked up a bit Lulsgate showing 260deg 12kts- should be up there (maes) about midday
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: wildc4rd on February 20, 2011, 09:46:22 AM
Anyone flying a bit further South than you guys? I'm based near Newton Abbot, (so its going to be East {or anywhere within 50 miles, lol} Dartmoor mainly).
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: JonnyST on March 07, 2011, 19:48:28 PM
Hi Wildc4rd,
Sorry about the late reply, the closest to you at the moment that I fly is White Sheet. It looks like there maybe a few heading there this weekend if you fancy it. Generally just keep an eye on this thread which I will update or the Cotswold thread.
Cheers, John.
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: geoffers on March 11, 2011, 21:07:20 PM
Guys - wind looks S'ly tomoz - considering a trip down to Brean for some of that oh so smoooooooth lift  ;D
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IH77bYuRKa8
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: sparkyben on March 12, 2011, 09:21:49 AM
Goeffers, I'm not really into DSing but considering a trip down to Brean from Gloucester what's it like for landing and standard front side lift today?  Forecast I've seen is saying 10mph South so sounds good but a bit of local knowlege would be great.  Thanks. Ben
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: JonnyST on March 12, 2011, 10:22:06 AM
Brean is off, a bit light for me and also ESE, oh well hopefully White Sheet tomorrow.
John.
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: geoffers on March 12, 2011, 16:05:47 PM
Got my kicks over on the Obelisk slope at Lockleaze in the end this a.m (by the M32) - SE is ideal direction - reasonable lift with occasional super thermals coming through, so had some nice close-in flying with the local buzzards and sparrowhawks  :af
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: geoffers on March 24, 2011, 16:34:05 PM
wind's light E thru SE so M32/obelisk  slope should be good for floaters / DLGs
Off up there in a mo with my new Blaster B3  :)
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: geoffers on April 06, 2011, 23:45:04 PM
A cracking evening in light coastal slope-lift at Poet's Walk - Clevedon  :co
Mini-Fireworks DLG: Coastal slope soaring: Clevedon, UK (http://www.vimeo.com/22050199)
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: adge on April 17, 2011, 08:29:56 AM
A cracking evening in light coastal slope-lift at Poet's Walk - Clevedon  :co
Mini-Fireworks DLG: Coastal slope soaring: Clevedon, UK ([url]http://www.vimeo.com/22050199[/url])

Geoffers, that is a fab video. I think I may have bumped in to you on Sand Point a few months ago, you were flying a "Fox", I was walking the dog and stopped for a quick chat. I will be sure to pop in here more often and see who is about. I was up there on the South side last week with my foamie PSS Spitfire  :)
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: geoffers on April 17, 2011, 16:50:47 PM
...think I may have bumped in to you on Sand Point a few months ago, you were flying a "Fox"....
Hi adge - yep: I remember it - haven't flown the fox for a while...

Had a great couple of hours today flying my B3 blaster in excellent lift off the Obelisk Slope at Lockleaze (M32) - got some good thermals... the best flight was this one  :co
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Light breeze was on the slope, so there was good conditions for getting the fine trim sorted, as I could cruise around at eyeball level whilst tweaking the settings. :af
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: bennyh on April 18, 2011, 18:51:24 PM
Go Geoff! That's an impressive profile for Lockleaze park. Inner city soaring feels like a bit of a coup.
I managed a trip to Maes Knoll in the W on tuesday and returned with two non-functional planes. I'd tried my first DS circuits at the hump, which resulted in battery ejection from the Bee. I then snapped a control horn on the recently repaired Polecat when I flew it out of sight below the ridgeline because I was sitting down. Nothing a bit of tweaking and hot glue won't fix.
Looking forward to the next melee, but the wind probably won't play ball for a bit by the looks of things.
Let me know if you're going thermal hunting and I'll bring the Alula along.
Ben
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: geoffers on April 18, 2011, 21:58:18 PM
Hi Ben - got your text re:Maes last Tues, but couldn't make it as I was out on the bike (~40mile ride) : same tomorrow too....

Ironically - I forgot my phone again tonight otherwise would have texted you, as it was another pleasant evening for lightweights at the Lockleaze Obelisk slope: had some fun with the mini-fwks, and there was still some thermal lift coming off the M32! Should be good there later this week according to XC

Even got to practice my tree-climbing technique too, as I was playing at landing circuits round the monument but over-estimated my margin for error  ;D
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: geoffers on April 20, 2011, 20:10:04 PM
Thursday evening looks like it should be good for some lighweight SE slope action at Lockleaze obelisk
BennyH & Me are planning to be there for some DLG / Alula action after work...
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Parking is best at Duchess Way then walk under the M32
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Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: bennyh on April 21, 2011, 09:04:22 AM
arriving by bike  ;)
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: JonnyST on April 22, 2011, 11:14:02 AM
Come on then Bennyh did you buy the Calypso? You'll love it if you did. You might have trouble getting that around on a bike though. ;D

John.
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: bennyh on April 22, 2011, 11:52:39 AM
Hi John,
No I've bottled it. It's just doesen't turn me on enough! And a 4h round trip to collect. I will be saving my pennies for something moulded very soon (perhaps the Typhoon2/Schwing) though, I have already acquired a Cockpit SX for 4 servo wing duties.
We had a good time thermalling at Lockleaze - Blaster, Mini Fireworks and 2 Alulas out. Even a trainee paraglider!
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: JonnyST on April 22, 2011, 15:31:05 PM
I'll bring the Typhoon to Maes Knoll some time, you can have a go if you like, they are really good and worth every penny.

John.
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: bennyh on April 23, 2011, 00:51:08 AM
that sounds great john, thanks. What size mouldie suits maes knoll the best? in other words, if could only have one and only flew maes, which would you keep hold of?
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: JonnyST on April 23, 2011, 09:12:58 AM
Ben that is a hard question. I suppose it is all down to what you would be comfortable bringing in to land at Maes Knoll and what strengh winds you would fly in.I think when you see crow/butterfly braking working well you'll realise that it is possible to fly pretty much any mouldie there, although a large scale would be a bit trickier.
The Typhoon is a cracking model and packs down very well for transport BUT once you've had a 3m ish F3F you will probably always have one.
Hopefully my Viking tail has turned up which I will know shortly, if it has I will bring both along and you can make your mind up.
You'll soon have both ;D

John.
 
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: bennyh on April 23, 2011, 10:07:22 AM
I'll keep my eyes open on the second hand F3F market I think!
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: geoffers on April 25, 2011, 20:07:42 PM
XC is looking good for a combat sesh on Dundry NE slope on Wednesday, if anyone's up for it?
Can you gather the clan, if you're around Ben?
PS CLD was the place to be this arvo: awesome lift (Speedo & Fox) ... only way back down was deploy full spoilers and pray. Managed one perfect rolling greaser-landing with the Fox  :co, then broke the nose off on the next (again) - all fixed and ready to fly again
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: MooSey on April 28, 2011, 21:31:33 PM
Hoping to get up Whitesheet tomorrow for the 1st time in ages. Looks like it's going NE so not the best.
Hoping to maiden my refurbished Teakle ASW-17, so if anyone's around to chuck it I'd be grateful :af
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: JonnyST on April 29, 2011, 11:23:39 AM
Would do Mike but NE at White Sheet just isn't worth the trip from Bristol. Are there any better sites for a NE near you?
Good luck with the maiden mate.
John.
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: MooSey on April 29, 2011, 11:58:21 AM
The Wrecker!

Would'nt want to chuck an untrimmed, untested 5m maiden off a cliff though!
Whitesheet NE is no good for howling F3F passes and aeros but it has a massive lift band so I reckon should be ok for a scaley.

Catch you soon John.
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: JonnyST on April 29, 2011, 12:59:45 PM
The Wrecker!
Would'nt want to chuck an untrimmed, untested 5m maiden off a cliff though!


Catch you soon John.

I'll do it  :ev Have a good one and don't forget piccies.
John.
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: bennyh on May 01, 2011, 21:49:45 PM
Hey Geoffers, you know that tree that ate my plane today? I needed the long ladder, and fishing pole to get it back, and belayed on too! It was a blimmin long way up but with a full complement of kit (including wife) we prevailed. New standard slope kit will now include harness, rope and roach pole. I wonder whether prussik loops might come in useful next time!  :af
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: geoffers on May 03, 2011, 21:25:25 PM
Benny - managed a good hour at the obelisk this evening, and it was superb at times: varying between SE & E, but side-arming the m-fwks to a good launch height managed to get away from the slope into some superb lift. Got out well beyond the yellow house, so it was geting a bit small at times (ooer-missus) but there was some great lift out there.... ;D
Off to Stubai Alps tomoz, so resume next week....
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: MooSey on May 07, 2011, 18:10:33 PM
Whitesheet scale day tomorrow if anyone fancies it.
Well worth a look to see some stunning gliders. :co
Looks like it'll be on the SW bowl with luck.

(This is the reserve date following the cancellation due to bad weather on the 1st May)

Mike
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: fpljohn on May 12, 2011, 13:29:29 PM
Thinking of heading to the small sea slopes/cliffs near Clevedon this saturday, do's any one know if there are any problems flying these slopes
been there some time ago (years ago) did not have a problem then but thought better ask first.
JP
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: geoffers on May 12, 2011, 20:20:50 PM
Thinking of heading to the small sea slopes/cliffs near Clevedon this saturday, do's any one know if there are any problems flying these slopes
been there some time ago (years ago) did not have a problem then but thought better ask first.
JP
Hi JP : No problem flying there: It's called Poet's Walk at the S. end of the Clevedon headland - works any direction from SW thru NW, so Sat looks good for you.

If you look at post #174 on the previous page there's some vid of my mini-Fireworks DLG flying there in the sunset a few weeks ago...
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: fpljohn on May 13, 2011, 13:22:19 PM
thanks goeff
not to sure now if i can make it but will try
JP
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: MooSey on May 27, 2011, 21:08:13 PM
Anyone up Whitesheet tomoz?
Forecast SW swinging W later. If it does go West can always head over to the Whumpcrump :D
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: JonnyST on May 28, 2011, 12:44:48 PM
Away this weekend, hoping to fly Moel Famau Sunday, only an hour from where I'm staying :af

Have a good one.

John.
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: MooSey on May 28, 2011, 15:29:18 PM
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
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: geoffers on May 29, 2011, 20:50:00 PM
Woohoo - my latest toy maidened this arvo  :ev
One of these (X-models blade 1.9m, off eBay) ....

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.
Yes - that is snow in the pic, and No it wasn't there today  :D
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: geoffers on June 02, 2011, 20:31:08 PM
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  :''
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: 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?
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: 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.
Title: South West Slopers
Post by: Yoyo on June 03, 2011, 18:34:25 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...
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: geoffers on June 03, 2011, 18:57:29 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
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: bennyh on June 04, 2011, 10:18:03 AM
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
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: geoffers on June 04, 2011, 16:26:56 PM
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  ^-^
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: MooSey on June 04, 2011, 22:04:58 PM
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
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: bennyh on June 09, 2011, 14:07:03 PM
 heading down to Dundry - Maes knoll this afternoon, hoping for some combat. I believe Geoffers will be joining us after work too.
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: geoffers on June 16, 2011, 20:21:45 PM
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
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: bennyh on June 17, 2011, 11:43:19 AM
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.
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: geoffers on June 17, 2011, 21:02:05 PM
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  ^-^

Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: Roger on June 17, 2011, 21:15:03 PM
Hi
Whats Maes Knoll like for parking now. Havnt flown there for 25-30 years stopped when the cars started getting broken into.
Roger
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: geoffers on June 17, 2011, 22:49:47 PM
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 :-\
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: Roger on June 18, 2011, 09:22:39 AM
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?
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: geoffers on June 18, 2011, 10:28:25 AM
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
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: geoffers on June 19, 2011, 20:49:35 PM
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 (http://www.vimeo.com/25317035)
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: bennyh on June 20, 2011, 19:49:06 PM
terrible quality from my phone cam, but a fine event captured, with the Weasel in a flat spin and heading out to sea.... ;D

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6_0tnOnZOT0
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: JonnyST on June 20, 2011, 20:02:11 PM
Nice one :af
As a matter of interest where do you park for the West facing slope?
John.
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: bennyh on June 20, 2011, 20:03:37 PM
made friends with the farmer at castle farm. he doesn't seem to mind at all, but we must keep him sweet!
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: JonnyST on June 28, 2011, 18:30:46 PM
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.
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: geoffers on July 14, 2011, 20:35:21 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
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
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: geoffers on August 01, 2011, 21:42:38 PM
What's happening at the weekend gents? need some sloping, but the weather may not play.

Where'dya fly Sunday in the end, Benny :'' .......  ^-^
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: bennyh on August 02, 2011, 07:59:59 AM
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
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: geoffers on August 03, 2011, 20:38:47 PM
... 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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Title: South West Slopers
Post by: slopeflyer 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.
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: geoffers on August 04, 2011, 18:15:39 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/ (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 (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
Title: Quel disastre!
Post by: bennyh on August 30, 2011, 11:56:21 AM
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?
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: geoffers on September 01, 2011, 17:39:18 PM
Benny - the trees are hungry for your Alula down Lockleaze  ;D

On my way for some B3 action  :af
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: JonnyST on November 03, 2011, 20:12:41 PM
Middle hope is looking good for Sunday, anyone around for a session?
Need to wrap up warm I reckon.

John.
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: bennyh on November 04, 2011, 16:26:41 PM
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.
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: geoffers on November 04, 2011, 18:19:10 PM
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
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: Yoyo on November 04, 2011, 18:26:13 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:
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: JonnyST on November 04, 2011, 18:40:48 PM
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.
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: geoffers on November 04, 2011, 19:41:53 PM
I do read this one too, you know  :co :'( :'( :'(  :-\ :embarassed:

Sorry mate -  thought you might bite though  :nananana:  :ev
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: Yoyo on November 04, 2011, 20:00:57 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.
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: geoffers on November 06, 2011, 10:35:40 AM
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
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: bennyh on November 06, 2011, 16:56:17 PM
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.
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: geoffers on November 06, 2011, 17:00:24 PM
Not enough lift for daft aeros...
I thought some of my MPX Fox aeros were a bit daft  - particularly when I nearly got you in the 'nads :ev
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: JonnyST on November 06, 2011, 17:01:58 PM
Excellent little session this morning at Middle Hope with goeffers, bennyh and Tim, got there turned model on- no left aileron working, remove wing to find broken wire :embarassed:
Wasn't so bad as I heaved Ben's Big Bird towards the sea for his maiden, flew straight out and was fantastic, and I got to have a go, thanks Ben.
Then as we stood around chatting this guy just appeared above our heads
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No kidding it was 10 feet above my head :) He just plopped down
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Then pushed out again, looked like fun.
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Excellent fun, cheers guys.

John




Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: bennyh on November 06, 2011, 17:13:25 PM
He was only feet away from landing on my "pride and joy"..... (not the 'nads)
Looks like mobile soldering may be a good investment. What a daft hobby!

{edit} I've also found out that the Big Bird fits beatifully inside my kiteboard bag. The only worrying thing is the salty atmosphere in there from stashing wet boards.... Think I should rinse it out before keeping / transporting the ship in there?
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: timhowes on November 06, 2011, 21:06:18 PM
Yo dudes. 'Bout time I put in an appearance here.

What a great day at Middle Hope! Buggered off early to go climbing, only to be blown out by the other party. Should've stuck around  >:(

Been grappling with pretty awful Microsoft video editing software to trim down today's clips from the GoPro. Fisheye has rendered the horizon pretty concave, and it could do with a touch of zoom, but I'm pretty pleased.

Vimeo are busy uploading the first clip (foam combat), should be there by 21.30. See Untitled (http://vimeo.com/31693279)

Next up will be the Big Red Maiden - uploading as we speak. It's a larger file so may take a while.

Enjoy!
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: bennyh on November 06, 2011, 22:31:01 PM
cheers Timbo.
I think wide angle is better for biking than flying though!
We need Dave and his hexacopter to get aerial footage.....
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: JonnyST on November 07, 2011, 12:52:01 PM
Nice to meet you Tom, catch up again some time.
Like the video.

John.
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: OldSkool097 on December 24, 2011, 16:45:30 PM
Many thanks to Geoffers and his google map, have just managed to spend a cracking afternoon at MK ;D
Wind was constant 15mph with only a few spots of rain (v light).
Only problem was had my Dad in tow and he wanted more air for his pace VXH  :ev!!
Great slope though, had hoped to meet some locals, but may cross paths over the holidays? :xx

Has any one got other suggestions for SW slopes within 1 hr of Brizzle?
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: GordonP on December 24, 2011, 17:34:31 PM
Excuse my ignorance, but what, and where, is MK?
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: OldSkool097 on December 24, 2011, 18:34:15 PM
Maes Knoll - Iron age fort - East of Dundry
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: JonnyST on December 28, 2011, 19:42:25 PM
Hi oldschool,
About an hour from Brizzle would be White Sheet, pretty much opposite Stourhead country park.
http://www.whitesheet.co.uk/whitesheet%20on%20the%20web/detail_map.asp (http://www.whitesheet.co.uk/whitesheet%20on%20the%20web/detail_map.asp)

or Frocester in The Cotswolds, you can search the map here,
http://www.scsa.org.uk/ (http://www.scsa.org.uk/)

or just over an hour you have the 'Bwlch' (pronounced belch  ;D )- Mickey's slope.
http://mikey.rchomepage.com/bwlch.htm (http://mikey.rchomepage.com/bwlch.htm)

On Goeffers map there is Crooks Peak which is another good one.

There are more but this should keep you busy for a while :af
I live in South Bristol and find I spend most of my time in the Cotswolds as it is the quickest for me to get to.
Catch up on the slope some time.
John.
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: Yoyo on December 28, 2011, 20:08:57 PM
About an hour from Brizzle would be White Sheet, pretty much opposite Stourhead country park.
[url]http://www.whitesheet.co.uk/whitesheet%20on%20the%20web/detail_map.asp[/url] ([url]http://www.whitesheet.co.uk/whitesheet%20on%20the%20web/detail_map.asp[/url])

or Frocester in The Cotswolds, you can search the map here,
[url]http://www.scsa.org.uk/[/url] ([url]http://www.scsa.org.uk/[/url])

or just over an hour you have the 'Bwlch' (pronounced belch  ;D )- Mickey's slope.
[url]http://mikey.rchomepage.com/bwlch.htm[/url] ([url]http://mikey.rchomepage.com/bwlch.htm[/url])

On Goeffers map there is Crooks Peak which is another good one.


I'd go along with most of that.

- Whitesheet is fantastic.

- I haven't flown Mickeys Slope but the general area has huge potential so it could be fantastic when not clagged in (low cloud).

- Frocester is nice to fly off, but the landing is an acquired taste. You need to sideslip in to land in a smallish area on the corner of the hill. No problem if you're happy with crow though.

- Haven't flown Crooks Peak either, but it looks good.


I tend to fly Frocester but that's only because I live 15 minutes away..
.
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: OldSkool097 on December 29, 2011, 14:36:38 PM
Many thanks for the heads-up and links to potential sites, will hopefully catch up with you on the front-side in the near future. :xx

Ian
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: bennyh on December 29, 2011, 15:41:46 PM
It's surprising how good Dundry can be - I've had some really good sessions there, especially combat. The LZ is nice too - good for crunchy maidens. I wouldn't fancy maidening something posh at Frocester but the lift there has always been reliably good when I've been.
I live in N Bristol and can get to the Cotswold slopes in similar time as it takes to cross town at the wrong time of day. I'm trying to figure out if I can cycle to Dundry from work in the summer and avoid the terrible evening traffic.....
Title: MaesKnoll - SE slope
Post by: geoffers on January 15, 2012, 16:50:14 PM
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It's surprising how good Dundry can be....
Just thought I'd bump the Dundry reports, as I've just flown the SE slope for the first time, and it's a good'un.

Been looking at it for a while, and waiting for a South Easterly (not normally the best wind direction in this area, well until today). It features as a slope on the paraglider sites, and there were 3 PGs up there when I arrived - not flying as it was too much for them, poor things  :ev

Access is pretty easy: park just over the old railway bridge & there are 3 gates marked in blue on this pic.
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The LZ is nice too - good for crunchy maidens.
Plenty of nice soft green stuff to land on, with the odd brown squelchy stuff too...
       
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: bennyh on January 18, 2012, 13:59:22 PM
Looks good Geoff. Is access ok regarding land owners etc?
The planes are flying the shed whilst it's so cold. Also my ocelot is doing weird things, wonder if the rx is damaged since the crash.
Roll on spring
Ben

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Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: geoffers on January 18, 2012, 20:28:28 PM
Hi Ben - seems like the PG community have got approval for this site
http://www.avonhgpg.co.uk/sites/maesknol.php (http://www.avonhgpg.co.uk/sites/maesknol.php) so may need to give them preference, or fly there when it's too strong for them... :ev

Another glider-guider turned up whilst I was flying.His airleon Y-lead had pulled out so he didn't fly, but I had great fun exercising his dog for him, making low passes but avoiding any teeth marks  ;)
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: geoffers on March 04, 2012, 18:03:09 PM
Excellent little session this morning at Middle Hope with Geoffers, Bennyh and Tim, .....
John
Should have been there this arvo Jonny  ;) - lift was awesome. The type you don't need to bother with yer glider : just stick your arms out and lean out from the slope and pretend to fly  :ev

However it did make it a bit interesting as I had 2 recently repaired mouldies to re-maiden, balance and trim
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I started with the Blade but realised it was going to need full balast, so trimming a screaming, ballasted rocket ship was interesting to say the least. Flew out no problem with no trim adjustment required, but any touch on the rudder put it into a dive so there was clearly more down than up in the ele- servos. Tried to adjust by eye, but ended up with the opposite situation (rudder = up) so left off the rudder and just screamed around for the rest of the sesh.

Decided I'd used up all my luck, so didn't attempt to re-maiden the S'Bird  :study:
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: JonnyST on March 04, 2012, 18:08:31 PM
How did the re-maidens go?
I would have come out but I really want to get my Mustang finished. Got my 15yo nephew up next weekend who would like to come flying. Maybe Saturday lunchtime/afternoon. I'll have to charge my Venom up and let him have a go.
See you soon
John.
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: geoffers on March 04, 2012, 18:10:23 PM
oops - I'd submitted the post before finishing the story, so have edited the rest back in  :'' :
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: JonnyST on March 04, 2012, 18:42:46 PM
Nice one geoffers, Sunbird next weekend then :af

John.
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: bennyh on March 05, 2012, 11:30:03 AM
Good to hear Geoff, I'm looking to get big bird out again soon. roll on spring and long evenings...
maybe next weekend

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Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: geoffers on March 10, 2012, 17:42:59 PM
Stonking lift up MaesKnoll SW slope this morning: Orbifly was showing 11kts @ 250deg at Lulsgate at 9 & it certainly delivered  :af

Good day for re-maidening the rebuilt Sunbird ... :ev
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: geoffers on March 17, 2012, 14:03:38 PM
XC showing N'ly tomoz, so could be a Middle Hope or Brean Down day... :af
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: bennyh on March 17, 2012, 14:55:34 PM
My hope is middling!

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Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: JonnyST on March 17, 2012, 15:15:13 PM
Let me know, was looking at Selsley but fancy another trip to Middle Hope or Brean. Forecast is looking great.

John.
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: geoffers on March 18, 2012, 13:28:53 PM
Benny, Geoff & maybe JonnyST are off to Middle Hope (WSM)

Orbifly is showing 350deg @12kts for Bristol Airport
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: bennyh on March 26, 2012, 14:22:56 PM
My wife bought me a weasel for my birthday! astonishing as I thought my sloping habit was a negative trait for marital harmony...
now I can ride to the slope!

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Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: JonnyST on March 26, 2012, 20:13:43 PM
Happy days :af and happy birthday ;D

John.
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: geoffers on April 06, 2012, 15:08:08 PM
My wife bought me a weasel for my birthday!
Ben - your Weasel will love it here ...  :af
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Just flown the Lido again with my mFwks & Speedo: loads of lift straight off the sea, all along the esplanade ;).
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: bennyh on April 06, 2012, 16:31:07 PM
I was holding out until Sunday/monday, but would have joined you Geoff!
Looks like a Maes session could be on in a day or two. I've pencilled it in.
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: geoffers on April 14, 2012, 11:44:56 AM
Shaping up nicely for a trip down to Brean tomoz maybe  :af
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: JonnyST on April 14, 2012, 12:11:49 PM
Love to Geoff but I am 'radioless' :'(
Have a good one if you go.

John.
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: bennyh on April 14, 2012, 16:54:50 PM
I could lend you a radio Jon. Spectrum dx6I. text me if you want
Ben

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Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: JonnyST on April 15, 2012, 12:06:13 PM
Thanks Ben, unfortunately I am 35mhz. Looks good today as well.

John.
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: geoffers on April 15, 2012, 18:31:25 PM
........Looks good today as well.
John.
Sorry to gloat John, but IT WAS   :D  big sky & big lift (if a tad chilly): Ben flying Big Bird & Weasel - me flying Sunbird & Swinger

Shame you couldn't make it, but there's always next time ... :af
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: bennyh on April 15, 2012, 19:45:41 PM
Yes, a very fine outing indeed.
VERY pleased with the Big Bird now, having settled into it and got her shifting round the sky really nicely.
Wish I'd just chucked in my ballast really. On the bench test this evening it seems the ballast tube really is on CoG, so all ready to go. I've also discovered the wings have 10mm ballast tubes at the roots. Maybe I'll get some wing ballast too for those massive days.
Is there any reason why wing ballast would be superior to fuse ballast, assuming all CoG issues are taken care of?
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: geoffers on April 24, 2012, 19:48:25 PM
Ace thermic activity over the gorge this evening with the B3  :D

Loads of lift hunting for the wispy clouds which hopefully indicated upcurrents, but the best was a launch into clear blue sky which just continued going up and up - didn't quite make 500ft  :embarassed:
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Steep drop-offs after the high points are due to getting bored & utilising the height for some wicked aerials  :af
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: JonnyST on April 24, 2012, 20:34:52 PM
Excellent,I was up painting my loft room and could see it looked quite stormy behind Dundry. Was surprisingly warm this evening so I opened a Velux to let some breeze in and spent longer trying to get my cat back off the roof than painting :banghead:
I will at some point join you at the gorge when I finish this little beauty. (http://www.blhandorra.com/funacro/funacro.htm) I will do a build thread too, amazingly complete kit for the money.

Hopefully some more flying this weekend. :af
I think Benny's forgiven me for Sunday morning, fortunately not too much damage ::)

John.
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: bennyh on April 24, 2012, 20:42:29 PM
Ha ha! I thought it was me that flew into you!
It opened up an old wound. Have Gorilla glued it this evening.
Keen to get the Alula back over the Gorge again....
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: geoffers on April 24, 2012, 22:58:55 PM
.....It opened up an old wound. Have Gorilla glued it this evening.
Spar's mended on me Swinger too  :af
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Keen to get the Alula back over the Gorge again....
Time for that DLG you know you want Ben  ;)
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: geoffers on April 27, 2012, 19:00:58 PM
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 )
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: bennyh on April 29, 2012, 15:56:56 PM
How was it Geoff? Blimming cold out!
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: geoffers on April 29, 2012, 16:25:31 PM
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.
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: bennyh on April 29, 2012, 16:53:42 PM
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!
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: geoffers on April 29, 2012, 18:29:43 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...
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: bennyh on April 29, 2012, 19:58:47 PM
or perhaps lockleaze for less driving. See what time I escape the BRI....
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: mambo.alan on May 17, 2012, 17:32:13 PM
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
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: JonnyST on May 17, 2012, 19:59:07 PM
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.
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: geoffers on May 17, 2012, 21:24:50 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
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: bennyh on May 17, 2012, 22:43:18 PM
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...
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: mambo.alan on May 18, 2012, 10:18:20 AM
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!
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: geoffers on May 18, 2012, 18:52:36 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)
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: bennyh on May 18, 2012, 22:38:56 PM
Might be interested in a surf too,  if work plays ball. Can't play Thursday unfortunately:'(
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: geoffers on June 09, 2012, 13:00:26 PM
Thanks for the info on the SE slope of Maes Knoll.

Orbifly (http://www.orbifly.com/member/metmap.php?region_choose=EUR&icao_choose=EGGD&mode=metar&lang=ENG) 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
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: bennyh on June 09, 2012, 13:26:12 PM
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....
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: geoffers on June 20, 2012, 17:49:20 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
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: bennyh on June 26, 2012, 08:12:12 AM
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
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: geoffers on June 26, 2012, 23:26:33 PM
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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Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: geoffers on July 22, 2012, 19:18:45 PM
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.
Title: Re: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: bennyh on July 22, 2012, 23:04:03 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...
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: geoffers on July 23, 2012, 17:41:32 PM
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
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: bennyh on August 13, 2012, 21:37:06 PM
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.
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: geoffers on August 13, 2012, 21:51:19 PM
 :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
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: bennyh on August 14, 2012, 07:18:29 AM
hope the concussion wasn't too bad Geoff. Thanks for the good humour, as ever.  :af
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: bennyh on August 29, 2012, 13:46:34 PM
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....
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: geoffers on August 29, 2012, 21:23:07 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...
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: 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:
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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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Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: bennyh on August 31, 2012, 11:48:38 AM
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).
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: geoffers on August 31, 2012, 18:15:48 PM
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
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: sparkyben on September 10, 2012, 18:30:45 PM
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
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: bennyh on September 12, 2012, 17:30:47 PM
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.
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: sparkyben on September 12, 2012, 18:20:52 PM
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
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: 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!
Get the camera out is the best offer I can make.

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:
(Attachment Link)
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"
(Attachment Link)
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: geoffers on September 18, 2012, 21:28:51 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
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: bennyh on October 02, 2012, 19:27:17 PM
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. :-)
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: geoffers on October 04, 2012, 18:47:23 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?
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: bennyh on October 04, 2012, 22:23:35 PM
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.
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: geoffers on October 14, 2012, 18:08:28 PM
'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.

Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: bennyh on October 15, 2012, 18:19:33 PM
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.
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: OldSkool097 on October 20, 2012, 17:17:42 PM
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

Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: bennyh on October 21, 2012, 21:04:58 PM
Easterly is difficult. You could consider
1. Crook Peak (see slopesoaring.org.uk)
2. Lockleaze park in Bristol (better in SE and v.small slope)
3. Rodborough common (see scsa.org.uk)
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: OldSkool097 on October 22, 2012, 07:50:49 AM
Many thanks for the pointers.

We tried Rodborough Common yesterday, but wind had moved to the NE so unfortunately no-go. That and the whole county seemed shrouded in mist! - C'est la vie.
Will try again today, hope that wind arrives and stays in one direction  ::)

Ian
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: bennyh on October 22, 2012, 08:42:06 AM
If it's north east you can go to East dundry south bristol. The slope is just north of maes knoll and has a footpath running along the top. We like the sw slope at maes best though!
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: OldSkool097 on October 22, 2012, 08:44:33 AM
Cheers, weather and wind dependent, we might give that a go later today.  :af
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: bennyh on October 22, 2012, 13:45:57 PM
Dundry is veiled in fog. I'd give it a miss today.
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: OldSkool097 on October 22, 2012, 13:48:28 PM
We have, back into the workshop for us  :uk:
Many thanks for the heads-up.

Ian
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: geoffers on October 22, 2012, 17:53:04 PM
Dundry is veiled in fog. I'd give it a miss today.
Paticularly if those hungry trees on the NE slope are hiding in the mist  :o

Saturday looks like it's shaping up for a good day at Brean Down - XC showing Northerly 13mph with full sun, so maybe a chance to check out the dark-side  :af
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: bennyh on October 23, 2012, 12:09:11 PM
ooh, that's tempting indeed. Could well be persuadable on that one but might need to bring the Mrs along for a stroll. Will charge up the polecat.
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: w8racer on October 23, 2012, 12:39:48 PM
Paticularly if those hungry trees on the NE slope are hiding in the mist  :o

Saturday looks like it's shaping up for a good day at Brean Down - XC showing Northerly 13mph with full sun, so maybe a chance to check out the dark-side  :af
I used to fly at Crook Peak in my youth. I was wondering why you choose to fly at Brean Down rather Crook Peak? Is access easier?
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: bennyh on October 23, 2012, 18:27:08 PM
Access is fine if coming from the South, but a bit of a pain from the North as you have to do a loop round Burnham. Coming from North to Crook isn't great either! The coastal lift at Brean is lovely in a N or S, whereas N isn't much cop at Crook. If there aren't too many members of the public around, we may even pop the planes down the back side at Brean....Not sure DS is possible at Crook, but would like to be told otherwise.
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: geoffers on October 23, 2012, 20:04:17 PM
The coastal lift at Brean is lovely in a N or S, whereas N isn't much cop at Crook.
Yep - it's the superb coastal lift which makes Brean such good value for N or S'ly.

Actually Ben - the N slope is excellent at Crook's (as are most directions, though the Easterly aspects are slightly less so). WMSA aren't happy with DS on the hill, as it's NT land with many general public walkers accessing the top.
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: bennyh on October 24, 2012, 10:54:09 AM
:-X
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: geoffers on October 27, 2012, 09:22:51 AM
Saturday looks like it's shaping up for a good day at Brean Down - XC showing Northerly 13mph with full sun, so maybe a chance to check out the dark-side  :af
ooh, that's tempting indeed. Could well be persuadable on that one but might need to bring the Mrs along for a stroll. Will charge up the polecat.
Looking even better now  :af
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Hope to get there 1ish: probably flying from the end of the headland, rather than the mid-point
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: bennyh on October 27, 2012, 19:49:48 PM
Cracking lift, Grommit!
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: geoffers on October 27, 2012, 22:12:34 PM
Noice  :ev
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: geoffers on November 11, 2012, 08:47:06 AM
'bout time you made your mind up about that DLG Ben  :'' - superb energy over the Sea Walls this arvo.
Looks like it should be good for some more DLG action on the downs this afternoon...
Title: SE Slope at Maes Knoll
Post by: geoffers on March 05, 2013, 21:35:30 PM
Quiet round here, innit  :''

Thought I'd get the ball rolling with some video I took a couple of weekends ago - the wind was in the South East, so thought I'd check out the SE slope at Maes again, and it was good :af
A couple of Jelly-fish were leaving as I arrived, as they reckoned the wind was a bit too S. for them (giving some turbulence over the trees), but it was excellent for the good ol' Speedo
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LEMBvcd2V4g
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: bennyh on March 06, 2013, 06:57:36 AM
Very nice Geoff. My flying has been on ice for so long I doubt I can fly like that now! I'm interested to know how you got such a wide angle on your camera and how you fixed it to your noggin.
Slope looks very promising.
See you out there soon!

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Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: bennyh on March 17, 2013, 10:58:23 AM
Well we went to this slope yesterday and in a comedy of disasters left without even switching on a transmitter. The storm arrived just as we arrived at the ridge and with it came some quite large hail stones. Geoffers had an incident climbing over a gate, surprisingly good planes escaped unscathed
Hopefully next time then, still not flown this year. :'(

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Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: J.smack on March 18, 2013, 19:47:11 PM
Good evening my lovely peeps. I feel like im in a catholic confession booth/thing. Its been a long time since my last post, but much to the horror of most of you, i feel the time is right to return to a season or 2 of slope soaring. I have to say it will be most delicious to chat with you guys again and i have missed dearly our lazy "put the world to rights" discussions. So, 1st up is this.........
1. i need a TX. currently have 35mhz rx in my Luna 2, is a Futaba 9cp still ok? i really need advice on whats what now. I looked at the 2.4 8ch but need to know if it has crow/butterfly and how the mixes are? Is the Spektrum still shite with sailplanes?
2. I may be purchasing a new mouldie. I always loved the scorps,(never owned one though) but if anyone has ideas/is selling a decent f3f, f3j type for a decent price.... let me know

Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: bennyh on March 18, 2013, 20:07:07 PM
Don't see any reason to move from 35mhz, the band just gets clearer every day! If desperate you could fit a frsky module to the futaba for quite low cost.

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Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: bennyh on April 12, 2013, 10:20:08 AM
Just picked up a second hand blaster 3. It's ready to fly so just need to get out and do some trimming before the sea walls are on! I also need to learn to launch the thing but Kevin helpfully gave me a lesson to get started. It's got 2s Lipo with regulator and sd150 servos. I'm planning to go without the reg but I seem to remember Geoff having problems with this. Any dlg tips welcomed

Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: geoffers on April 16, 2013, 18:24:07 PM
Sat looks it could be light SSE & sunny, so should be some lift at Lockleaze: plenty of space for spinning, and possible slope/slermalling too (Downs is probably still set up for footie on Saturdays  :-\ )
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planning to go without the reg - remember Geoff having problems with this
I run SD100s with unregulated 2s no problem, but have had both SD150s in my B3 give up on me, so I run them with regulator now (using a Recom reg. built into the openAltimeter)
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: bennyh on April 17, 2013, 20:48:55 PM
Funny that the Diddy ones do better than the bigger sd150. I'll put the regulator back in or go to 1s in that case. Hope for some action on saturday

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Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: geoffers on April 20, 2013, 14:17:34 PM
Shame you couldn't make Lockleaze this am. Ben : I just couldn't resist - booming lift (but brutal sink too)  :ev
Hopefully Seawalls will deliver later.
2nd chuck - 900ft...... :nananana:
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Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: bennyh on April 25, 2013, 22:42:01 PM
First sloping of the year today at Maes. Very fine indeed. Swinger flew, um, interestingly - have some issues to iron out there. Ocelot was fantastic, and only decided to shed her tailplane when I really was landing for the last time!

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Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: bennyh on May 10, 2013, 11:04:14 AM
Had some good slermal fun at lockleaze on Thursday. Got away in a boomer with Tim on the Alula, forgot to put my altimeter in though, doh!
We ended with the Alula in the top of a tall tree. Tim came back with climbing gear. Rescue involved jumar up a rope  and two avalanche probes!
The b3 is excellent for this spot, and it's only 5 mins drive away.

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Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: geoffers on May 27, 2013, 19:24:48 PM
Brean Down came up trumps again, in a good strong Southerly  :af.

Camera wasn't pointing up enough, but managed to edit out some footage

http://vimeo.com/67072533 (http://vimeo.com/67072533)
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: bennyh on May 27, 2013, 20:19:56 PM
Great stuff Geoff, you definitely had a better time than we did!
Love Zeppelin BTW.
Title: South West Slopers
Post by: slopeflyer on May 27, 2013, 22:46:41 PM
Nice Geoffers. So is the northerly slope as good?
Next weekend says northerly/nnw so I'm tempted... :D
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: geoffers on May 29, 2013, 06:57:02 AM
Yep - North is great too, not sure how far west of north it works though as the headland is oriented to favour slightly east of north. There's also Sand Point north of W.S.M which favours slightly W. of North
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: bennyh on May 29, 2013, 07:02:07 AM
Watch out for the man-eating goats!


Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: geoffers on May 29, 2013, 08:15:01 AM
Forgot to mention - park at the Bird Gardens (beyond the main Nat. Trust car park) & you can refund the cost of the £2 car-park fee if you spend more than £2 in their café when you come back
Title: South West Slopers
Post by: slopeflyer on May 29, 2013, 10:24:37 AM
Thanks, Bird gardens? Is that at bream or sand point? What's the LDZ like at sand point? Where do you fly from, is it obvious? How long is the walk up? Do you have any pics or vid of sand point?
Trying to convince the family they need a weekend at the seaside right now.
Cheers,
Jim.
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: geoffers on May 29, 2013, 18:04:14 PM
Bird gardens? Is that at bream or sand point?
What's the LDZ like at sand point? Where do you fly from, is it obvious? How long is the walk up? Do you have any pics or vid of sand point?

Doh - Bird Gardens is at Brean - there's parking on the beach (£3) then a large obvious National Trust capark at the end, but beyond that is the Bird Garden parking

I was flying at the 1st X on this image, but it's good at the far end too with DS possibilities as per the link below

This shows the car park & secret steps up to the peak at Sand Point (Middle Hope) - loads of lovely grass for landing on. You often get some Jellyfish / HGs here, but they're generally pretty friendly.

This is looking back at the peak from the point itself

Some vid of flying at Middle Hope here (not actually on the peak as it was a maiden, so more grass to land out on here)  http://www.rcmf.co.uk/4um/index.php/topic,82545.msg947424.html#msg947424 (http://www.rcmf.co.uk/4um/index.php/topic,82545.msg947424.html#msg947424)

And some DS action in a Northerly at Brean here http://www.rcmf.co.uk/4um/index.php/topic,61484.msg687514.html#msg687514 (http://www.rcmf.co.uk/4um/index.php/topic,61484.msg687514.html#msg687514)
Title: South West Slopers
Post by: slopeflyer on May 29, 2013, 19:26:34 PM
Thanks Geoff, nice report and that landing area looks huge. Hope to be there on Sat/Sun if weather plays ball.
Cheers,
Jim.
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: slopeflyer on May 30, 2013, 17:25:36 PM
Some toys packed, slopers and DS. Winds holding steady at NNW for Sand Point. First coastal slope soar of the year. Woohoo cant wait.
Not sure anyone you will read this before, is there enough room to land a scalie at the top of hope peak? Id need a flat bit out of the wind. Or should i stick to the spot you mention in X?
Hope some of you locals can make it for a fly.
Cheers,
Jim.
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: geoffers on May 30, 2013, 21:00:10 PM
Peak might be a bit tight, but it's only a few yards walk to plenty of flat ground behind.

Will try to make it on Sat - have PM'ed you with my mobile if you want to let me know when you'll be there .

Wonder if Benny can get a pass out from baby sitting  :''
Title: South West Slopers
Post by: slopeflyer on May 30, 2013, 21:15:43 PM
Look forward to it, the asw20 is on charge, will take it if there is space after the buckets and spades are packed. :D
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: bennyh on May 31, 2013, 13:51:42 PM
Definitely, maybe



Title: South West Slopers
Post by: slopeflyer on May 31, 2013, 20:28:34 PM
I reccied out the slope this afternoon. It did indeed seem like a very nice slope. It was windy too. Unfortunately the wind appeared to if been blowing from the west which was over the tip of the headland. I think xc said nnw which would of been straight on the slope. Is there a local slope to Weston that flys in a west if xc is wrong again tommorrow?
Am I right in assuming that middle hope is to the east of the trig point?
Cheers,
Jim.
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: bennyh on May 31, 2013, 21:12:18 PM
Jim, best bet would probably be crook peak near Compton bishop. West is a tricky direction in Somerset, but south west is good. See west Mendip soaring society website



Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: geoffers on May 31, 2013, 21:53:33 PM
Middle Hope is actually the small bay beyond the peak but "yes", we refer to the peak east of the trig as Middle Hope.

XC is showing 9 to 14 NNW for tomorrow, but if it's W you could try the church at Uphill at the southern end of Weston SM beach (nice big field to the right of the church), or as Ben said - Crook Peak is excellent:
(https://mw2.google.com/mw-panoramio/photos/small/24598767.jpg)(https://mw2.google.com/mw-panoramio/photos/small/22941898.jpg)
Title: South West Slopers
Post by: slopeflyer on May 31, 2013, 22:19:14 PM
Thanks chaps. I reckon you could prolly fly a W at middle hope, there seems a nice run up off the sea with a bit of a bump at the top. Won't be epic but should be enough for a stick waggle.
Compass says that NNW is straight on off the sea, so fingers crossed tommorrow will be good. Kids enjoyed the walk up, but wanted to see daddy chuck the M60 off the cliff, Maybe tommorrow.
I doubt I'll bother with crook peak, there's a beach here, and we have buckets and spades.
Jim.
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: bennyh on June 01, 2013, 18:32:23 PM
A trip up crook peak this afternoon solved all the light winds of the morning, finally got to get my moulded out in some big sky. Bristol airport was reporting north West but below the peak it was definitely west.
Good to meet you this morning jim. Hope you get some conditions tomorrow
Ben


Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: geoffers on June 01, 2013, 20:33:29 PM
Excellent day (including the DLG wing catch/launch attempt on my Sonata  :ev ) 

Crook's was a plus after a superb pub lunch in Wedmore, with plenty of air to get the fully ballasted Sunbird out in - short video to follow (when it's finished uploading).

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Bristol airport was reporting north West but below the peak it was definitely west

Yep - all the recent metars for Lulsgate show NW - even varying East of N more recently : so definately some local wind anomalies in the area.
CURRENT METAR :
18:50Z 33008KT

EXPIRED METARs :
18:20Z 340 08KT 310 V 010
17:50Z 340 10KT 310 V 010
17:20Z 330 09KT
16:50Z 320 09KT
16:20Z 330 10KT   
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: geoffers on June 01, 2013, 21:19:58 PM
As promised, a short vid of this arvo's Crook sesh

Crook Peak Slope Soaring on Vimeo (http://vimeo.com/67469737)
Title: South West Slopers
Post by: slopeflyer on June 01, 2013, 22:11:18 PM
I think the sea breezes affect the general wind direction. They pull the prevailing around to the west. I had a great evening at sand point, wind was about 8-10 and super silky smooth like treacle.  It was WNW but still nice lift. Perfect, first coastal of the season and it didn't disappoint.
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: slopeflyer on June 02, 2013, 18:48:46 PM
Guys,  Heres your vid of the hand catch race!

Hand Catch Race on Vimeo (http://vimeo.com/67503165)
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: geoffers on June 02, 2013, 21:37:57 PM
Excellent  ;D .... idea was good, but execution somewhat suspect...

Liked the sunset sequence over on the vids thread...
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: slopeflyer on June 02, 2013, 21:54:52 PM
Excellent  ;D .... idea was good, but execution somewhat suspect...

Liked the sunset sequence over on the vids thread...
Thanks, glad you like it. Is it repaired yet? :D I remember you saying you liked repairs.
Those cows are too friendly. I read someone got trampled recently. I gave them a wide berth, but they were a little too interested on my trespassing on their turf. :eek
Title: South West Slopers
Post by: slopeflyer on June 04, 2013, 17:46:54 PM
Some more light wind flying at sand bay.

Slope Soaring At Sand Bay on Vimeo (http://vimeo.com/67553457)

So what's the verdict on the easterly slope at crooks peak? Is that one of the better directions? What's the walk up like?
EDIT - Ignore this i checked out the west mendips site, and looks like east aint good.

Cheers,
Jim.
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: bennyh on June 05, 2013, 13:08:19 PM
Perhaps Brent knoll works in easterly?



Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: geoffers on June 06, 2013, 06:50:04 AM
Yep - sure does :af
Title: South West Slopers
Post by: slopeflyer on June 06, 2013, 09:02:02 AM
Any pics?
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: geoffers on June 06, 2013, 18:21:00 PM
Fraid not, but plenty of hyperlinks to pics on Google Maps

Parking can be an issue, but there's a small park at the "P" then follow the dashes to the top. Probably flies most directions, I've but only bothered with E.

Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: geoffers on June 30, 2013, 12:03:45 PM
Flew "the Piste" on Dundry yesterday (Saturday), for the first time in a while: excellent with Lulsgate showing 260 @ 15-19kts - it's the only slope which really works there when the wind is West or trending North, and Maes Knoll becomes pants.

We used to park at Castle Farm, but the ownership has changed and haven't spoken to the farmer about parking there yet, but there's a couple of pull-ins opposite the Ewell Farm houses, so it's actually just as easy to access from there

<edit> Sunday: Perfect wind direction & strength (much more on the lip!) again this afternoon...</edit>
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Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: bennyh on July 13, 2013, 14:22:13 PM
Just had a lovely dlg session at the downs in 30 degree heat. The juvenile peregrine falcons came and flew a few circuits with me, trying to scare me away. They managed to distract me enough to fly out of lift. I got a few decent thermals, gained 90m altitude. Dave now fancies a dlg... :-)
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: geoffers on July 16, 2013, 22:03:59 PM
A bit blustery tonight Ben, with wind all over the place, but some good lift out over the cliffs (though inevitably the best was always into the sun - actually logged 280ft :-) ) - young peregrine was out too, but not interested - maybe doesn't like the neon-pink.

Someone else was chucking a 'Lula around back up the "field", but didn't come near enough to chat (or maybe didn't fancy sussing out the gorge)
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: Eyeboy on January 06, 2014, 18:56:06 PM
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Thanks for the airtime.

Andy (Eyeboy)
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: geoffers on March 10, 2014, 22:37:24 PM
Let's try & get some life back in this thread in 2014   :''

Hopefully this may be of help to anyone sussing out good slopes in the area: IMO one of the best in the N.Somerset area for a Northerly or Southerly is Brean Down. Wind on Sunday at sea level was ~10kts but at the cliff edge it must have been at least double that with smooth and powerful lift, so a full load of ballast was the order of the day.

Best parking is at the Bird Gardens at the end of the road by the steps: costs 2quid but you can use your parking ticket to get £2 off a cuppa at the end of the day

Some unedited video of general hooning around yesterday...
http://vimeo.com/88681623 (http://vimeo.com/88681623)
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: MooSey on July 22, 2014, 14:22:52 PM
wotcher ladies!

After 2 years of zero sloping I'm coming back to dear old blighty. How are the likes of White Sheet and Westbury White Horse? No slopes closed I hope.
Since I flogged my hanger I have the fun of aqquiring a new one :af

Looking forward to seeing you up the slopes again and god I've missed those green hills!

Mike
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: slopeflyer on July 22, 2014, 16:50:36 PM
Get bored of all that sea, sand and sunshine? Or just had enough of the natives?
Title: Re: South West Slopers
Post by: MooSey on July 22, 2014, 18:22:39 PM
Better paid job, 6 weeks on abroad then 6 weeks off :af

Time for those green hills and shiny new toys!!

And despite there being a gorgeous warm wind all year round there are no decent sights to use it and getting gear over here means importing which costs $$'s. There is a power club. But squinting at the sun and dodging the cactus whilst getting sunburnt is not my idea of a nice day out flying.

With time more time at hand i'm hoping to get further afield so should meet up with some of you guys.