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Re: The South East Flyers Thread Part 2
« Reply #120 on: April 12, 2014, 21:38:19 PM »
Great day at Thurnham. I managed a slope height record of 717m (2350ft) and minutes later we were then buzzed by a full size motor glider...wing waggling and all!


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Re: The South East Flyers Thread Part 2
« Reply #121 on: April 12, 2014, 21:46:00 PM »
Had a propper Langman session today

The way I remember the Longman, models just would not slow up, just got faster and faster even a little scary at times  :af
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Re: The South East Flyers Thread Part 2
« Reply #122 on: April 13, 2014, 19:56:52 PM »
Firle tomorrow anyone?
Looks like it'll be easterly for most of the rest of the week...


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Re: The South East Flyers Thread Part 2
« Reply #123 on: April 13, 2014, 20:25:45 PM »
Sorry Mark, the office beckons tomorrow.

An excellent weekend's soaring - Thurnham was great on Saturday with the opportunity to fly my ASH 26. Had an interesting session there this afternoon with my 'Storm' making the most of the good thermal activity. The wind was constantly swinging between SW and WNW which at Thurnham means lift then no lift - luckily the Storm has a very efficient wing section - very challenging but fun and it was quite warm on the slope for a change but only one other soarer was enjoying the conditions with me.
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Re: The South East Flyers Thread Part 2
« Reply #124 on: April 13, 2014, 22:31:08 PM »
Firle tomorrow anyone?

I hope to be there.
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Re: The South East Flyers Thread Part 2
« Reply #125 on: April 14, 2014, 08:12:26 AM »
It does look like a good day for Firle - have a good session - I can't make it unfortunately because I'm here:

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Re: The South East Flyers Thread Part 2
« Reply #126 on: April 14, 2014, 20:59:33 PM »
I hope you packed a model Gary!
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Re: The South East Flyers Thread Part 2
« Reply #127 on: April 14, 2014, 21:30:27 PM »
I'm sure I can see a Duo Discus there somewhere...

Firle was great today, gusty at 10.30am then the slope lift went and we were left with just thermal lift...it was a case of hoiking your plane off the slope at the right moment and riding the thermal up. Last flight I was on the verge of landing out but mananged to tickle it back up and into some fantastic convergent lift at the rear of the slope where I could just hoon the ASH31 back and forth and making the paragliders jealous who (apart from one chap) couldn't get away!

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Re: The South East Flyers Thread Part 2
« Reply #128 on: April 15, 2014, 07:28:59 AM »
That sounds a bit stressful Mark - I was thinking about you at Firle when I was working yesterday and it was windy here so I assumed it would have been epic there.
This week I not working on Thursday and Friday so hopefully I'll get out  then

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Re: The South East Flyers Thread Part 2
« Reply #129 on: April 15, 2014, 08:05:38 AM »
I've got my eye on Friday....
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Re: The South East Flyers Thread Part 2
« Reply #130 on: April 15, 2014, 09:22:28 AM »
Looks like a bit of Bopeepery could be the order of the day, although as it's Good Friday, it could be busy.

I'm working on the Isle of Sheppey today and there's a nice NE blowing - I wonder what I'll be doing come lunchtime?
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Re: The South East Flyers Thread Part 2
« Reply #131 on: April 15, 2014, 10:09:51 AM »
I plan to have a Peep on Friday  :af
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Re: The South East Flyers Thread Part 2
« Reply #132 on: April 15, 2014, 10:42:07 AM »
although as it's Good Friday, it could be busy.


ahh yes, hadn't considered that potential fly in the ointment
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Re: The South East Flyers Thread Part 2
« Reply #133 on: April 15, 2014, 11:19:44 AM »
It will be busy if the Kent rable find thier way down, I thing you should stay home  :nananana:
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Re: The South East Flyers Thread Part 2
« Reply #134 on: April 15, 2014, 15:54:20 PM »
Yes, I was thinking Friday as well.  It was looking Firle-y - but now I think Allen is right, the forecast is changing slightly to be more Bopeep-y.  Also, the latest forecast is now suggesting slightly lower winds, i.e. pillowish.  If the wind is low enough for paragliders I bet both those sites will be absolutely heaving on Friday.  If that happens I might fly at the next bowl along, the one to the west of Firle where the masts are.  Or whatever - I guess I'll make a last minute decision based on fuzzy set logic taking into account all the variables.



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Re: The South East Flyers Thread Part 2
« Reply #135 on: April 15, 2014, 16:11:26 PM »
But we MUST make sure we all fly the same bowl as making a pillow sandwich could make for an even worst realtionship between us :af

The unwriten rule is that we all fly the west slope near the masts and I surgest on such a popular day that we stick to it  :xx
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Re: The South East Flyers Thread Part 2
« Reply #136 on: April 16, 2014, 07:35:08 AM »
Allen, have you ever flown this slope? Over the back of Long Man, it looks like a large northeast bowl overlooking Folkington:
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Re: The South East Flyers Thread Part 2
« Reply #137 on: April 16, 2014, 13:36:28 PM »
Hi Gary
You are right this is a good N/E slope, but as parts of the licence that the BMFA have for this hill we are asked not to fly there regularly.
Not to sure if that is still in the agreement, but it is a long walk from any of the car parks around the hill. I have not been there for about 5 years, was good flying though even if I was on my own. So if you need a hike to stretch your legs could be worth it, works from North to east so can cover a good wind range.

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Re: The South East Flyers Thread Part 2
« Reply #138 on: April 16, 2014, 18:09:54 PM »
Interesting, thanks for the info John.  You're right, it's an awfully long way from the car park.  Maybe I'll try it some day when I feel like a hike.

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Re: The South East Flyers Thread Part 2
« Reply #139 on: April 17, 2014, 10:09:27 AM »
Hi Gary
You are right this is a good N/E slope, but as parts of the licence that the BMFA have for this hill we are asked not to fly there regularly.
Not to sure if that is still in the agreement,

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I have seen several references to agreements between the BMFA and the National Trust for glider flying. I searched the NT site and found a vague statement of principle, but no detail of properties which are included. A specific search on the property which includes the Long Mynd found nothing. A request for more information from the NT is still unanswered after a month. The BMFA website does not seem to have even the vague statement that the NT have. I might be searching badly of course, but I think I should have found something.

Can someone enlighten me please.

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Re: The South East Flyers Thread Part 2
« Reply #140 on: April 17, 2014, 11:03:20 AM »
You're right, I've never found anything, it all seems quite vague.  Possibly the agreements are relatively informal ones between the local warden and the local flyers, i.e. not official national body agreements. I've even spoke to local NT wardens at affected sites who have never heard of the agreements, so I suspect one warden makes an agreement and leaves, and the agreement is soon lost in time.

Perhaps the key thing is to follow the national statement, the one about not flying power models, and not doing anything to endanger birds, wildlife, other visitors.

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Re: The South East Flyers Thread Part 2
« Reply #141 on: April 18, 2014, 09:07:50 AM »
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Re: The South East Flyers Thread Part 2
« Reply #142 on: April 18, 2014, 09:24:22 AM »
Does anybody plan on going flying in Kent today or this weekend? Winds look predominately NE
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Re: The South East Flyers Thread Part 2
« Reply #143 on: April 18, 2014, 10:49:40 AM »
I'm thinking of going down to Boterny Bay on the cliffs.
any other suggestions?

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Re: The South East Flyers Thread Part 2
« Reply #144 on: April 18, 2014, 18:49:22 PM »
To all those at Bopeep today, thanks for good company and thanks to the weather God for some really good flying conditions  :)
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Re: The South East Flyers Thread Part 2
« Reply #145 on: April 18, 2014, 19:35:00 PM »
Champion tosser award goes to Allen:
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Re: The South East Flyers Thread Part 2
« Reply #146 on: April 18, 2014, 19:38:01 PM »
Here's Allen's excellent Artist F3F plane, with Pete's plane just visible in the background ... plus a closer pic of Pete's plane:
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Re: The South East Flyers Thread Part 2
« Reply #147 on: April 18, 2014, 19:57:03 PM »
Some pics my son Lucas took of my Prismaray:
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Re: The South East Flyers Thread Part 2
« Reply #148 on: April 18, 2014, 20:54:23 PM »
Few more...
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Re: The South East Flyers Thread Part 2
« Reply #149 on: April 18, 2014, 21:48:14 PM »
Gary, nice pics, well done.
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Re: The South East Flyers Thread Part 2
« Reply #150 on: April 18, 2014, 22:01:05 PM »
The pic of Allen's Fox on launch is BŁ**&Y EXCELLENT

Wish I could take a photo somewhere near as good.

Well done young fella!

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Re: The South East Flyers Thread Part 2
« Reply #151 on: April 19, 2014, 05:40:05 AM »
You're going to be in trouble Gary!.......

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Re: The South East Flyers Thread Part 2
« Reply #152 on: April 19, 2014, 07:47:00 AM »
Ain't that then fox Allan is selling?

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Re: The South East Flyers Thread Part 2
« Reply #153 on: April 19, 2014, 08:33:30 AM »
Rob, we couldn't possibly comment ;)
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Re: The South East Flyers Thread Part 2
« Reply #154 on: April 19, 2014, 09:58:55 AM »
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Re: The South East Flyers Thread Part 2
« Reply #155 on: April 19, 2014, 15:30:52 PM »
I'll delete that post this evening!

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Re: The South East Flyers Thread Part 2
« Reply #156 on: April 19, 2014, 15:33:38 PM »
It's a couple of days Paul.
I'm not old, I've just been young for a very long time!

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Re: The South East Flyers Thread Part 2
« Reply #157 on: April 19, 2014, 15:35:13 PM »
I'm thinking of going down to Boterny Bay on the cliffs.
any other suggestions?
Minster Slopes and Cliffs, Bob.
Does anybody plan on going flying in Kent today or this weekend? Winds look predominately NE
My weekend pass was only for 10 hours and I used it all up yesterday on the South Downs. :'(
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Re: The South East Flyers Thread Part 2
« Reply #158 on: April 19, 2014, 16:04:44 PM »
Tony Baker Royalist (not mine) for sale on Ebay ends today

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Looks like you've got a valuable antique on your hands, Ian.

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Re: The South East Flyers Thread Part 2
« Reply #159 on: April 19, 2014, 18:17:48 PM »
Got up early.

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