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Re: The South East Flyers Thread Part 3
« Reply #40 on: July 31, 2018, 11:47:38 AM »
Anyone up for an evening session tomorrow (Wednesday)?
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Re: The South East Flyers Thread Part 3
« Reply #41 on: July 31, 2018, 20:16:43 PM »
I'll be (back) there!   :co.  . . . . with Skippy!

I've got my Vario and altimeter working now, but not many of us will need to worry about the latter facility now, thank goodness!
« Last Edit: July 31, 2018, 21:12:37 PM by EricF »
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Re: The South East Flyers Thread Part 3
« Reply #42 on: July 31, 2018, 21:50:11 PM »
I'd like to join you if I may. I'm having a few days holiday, staying in Battle, from tomorrow. I've packed 4 gliders in the car and hope to throw them all off a hill or three this week. I have BMFA membership.

Where will you be flying?

TonyM
Also, it takes much longer to get up North...... the slow way.


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Re: The South East Flyers Thread Part 3
« Reply #43 on: July 31, 2018, 22:14:01 PM »
The "SlopeHunter" site is brilliant Tony, here is a link http://www.slopehunter.co.uk

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Re: The South East Flyers Thread Part 3
« Reply #44 on: July 31, 2018, 23:49:34 PM »
I'm sure I can make it to thurnham. . Wind looks SW
On xc weather ..

Had another lovely afternoon at thurnham ..really helping me to relax and forget about work on my week off
With thanks to the chaps this afternoon for the education in thermals and helping me put it into practice .. spent 5+hours there ..the time just flies
A few more para's arrived in the evening so I watched them float about ila_renderedila_renderedila_renderedila_rendered
« Last Edit: July 31, 2018, 23:52:15 PM by Jiggz »


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Re: The South East Flyers Thread Part 3
« Reply #45 on: August 01, 2018, 07:31:51 AM »
I'd like to join you if I may. I'm having a few days holiday, staying in Battle, from tomorrow. I've packed 4 gliders in the car and hope to throw them all off a hill or three this week. I have BMFA membership.

Where will you be flying?

TonyM
Those of us who have to work will be at Thurnham this evening, but you should find someone there all day.
Have a good one!
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Re: The South East Flyers Thread Part 3
« Reply #46 on: August 01, 2018, 07:54:20 AM »
You probably be best off coming up Castle Hill and parking in one of the laybys Tony.

You can see some fellow aeromodellers parked up on Google Streetview...

https://goo.gl/maps/PeL7nvN4PyL2
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Re: The South East Flyers Thread Part 3
« Reply #47 on: August 01, 2018, 10:07:52 AM »
I hope to be there about 5pm

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Re: The South East Flyers Thread Part 3
« Reply #48 on: August 01, 2018, 10:33:30 AM »
Thanks ofej, been studying that for a few days, it is a fantastic source. If the weather forecast is correct for Sunday and/or Monday then Long Man Hill or Butts Brow are looking good for me.

Thanks for the parking tip paul w, I'm calculating if my Nissan Leaf can do Manningtree-Thurnham Castle-Tunbridge Wells (Nissan Dealer) in one charge :'' - change of charging station, now Nissan in Maidstone - sorted :) I may well drop in to the slope on my way to Battle, may see people there later.

Tony

Also, it takes much longer to get up North...... the slow way.


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Re: The South East Flyers Thread Part 3
« Reply #49 on: August 01, 2018, 10:39:26 AM »
I hope to be there about 5pm

Si

Me too!

Look forward to seeing you all later....
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Re: The South East Flyers Thread Part 3
« Reply #50 on: August 01, 2018, 11:44:36 AM »
Me too!

Look forward to seeing you all later....

Nimbus in the car...be there nearer 6pm

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Re: The South East Flyers Thread Part 3
« Reply #51 on: August 01, 2018, 21:44:36 PM »
Thanks ofej, ...

Apologies Tony.

ofej  =  Jef O

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Re: The South East Flyers Thread Part 3
« Reply #52 on: August 01, 2018, 22:38:22 PM »
Great evening at the slope!
 Dan and I left around 9

Most fun I have had flying for years ..and at one point the most crowded I have flown amongst ever.. thanks all

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Re: The South East Flyers Thread Part 3
« Reply #53 on: August 02, 2018, 20:59:37 PM »
https://youtu.be/MRS2NKgGcUQ

Hope this link works .. Thurnham wed evening
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Re: The South East Flyers Thread Part 3
« Reply #54 on: August 03, 2018, 16:01:16 PM »
As much as I enjoy flying and seeing flown all types of model aircraft, I do not believe that our Thurnham slope is the place to fly powered model aircraft as witnessed this week.

There are a number of good reasons for me saying this.
Like all model aircraft flying sites we are only able to use these sites as long as we don't upset our 'neighbours', that is, adjacent landowners, businesses and property dwellers.
At Thurnham there are all of the above and we must take care not to upset or annoy them.

For newcomers to the site, you may not be aware that below and to the left of the slope that there is a horse riding training facility and that we have already been asked not to fly our gliders over that area as horses are easily spooked. Just imagine the ramifications of a young rider being thrown off a horse being spooked by a model aircraft.
Also at that end of the slope is Thurnham Keep, which is a guest house with holiday cottages within its grounds. It has lovely terraced gardens with a swimming pool and beautiful views across mid Kent, and whilst the owners who I have met at the Keep do not appear to mind our gliders flying silently overhead, I am sure they would not take kindly to powered models flying above them.

There are also ten or more dwellings along the Pilgrims Way who would also be able to hear powered models.

Therefore I am asking that the only type of powered models to be flown from the slope are gliders with sustainer type motor installations which are only turned on when lift conditions deteriorate and to prevent a landing out situation. Flying with a continuous motor run should be avoided. Warmliner and hotliner gliders are acceptable as long as the motors aren't too noisy or the motor run too long.

If people insist on flying powered models at the site then I have previously asked that they are flown at the back of the field away from the slope so as not to annoy our neighbours below the slope and once they know the reasons for this request then generally this has been accepted.

My view is that there are over ten model clubs within easy reach of Maidstone and that powered models should be flown there.

The Thurnham slope is a unique facility with one of the best landing areas in the whole of the South East and to lose this site through some fliers thoughtless actions would be an absolute tradegy to many of our model flying community who have been using the site for quite some time. I have been flying at site since the summer of 1973 and I would like to be able to use it for summers yet to come, as well as autumn, winter and spring!!

Anyway these are my views on the subject and it would be great if others would help by reminding visiting fliers that we do only have the use of this great site by our 'neighbours' tolerating our presence.

Thank you.

Edit: Removed double negative in first sentence, typos and poor grammar. I was typing on a tiny smart phone as my PC has died!  :embarassed:
« Last Edit: August 04, 2018, 11:51:17 AM by EricF »
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Re: The South East Flyers Thread Part 3
« Reply #55 on: August 03, 2018, 17:08:19 PM »
Whilst I think it is really difficult asking fellow flyers not to fly something and looking like a real "party pooper", I agree with you completely Eric and it would certainly be a tragedy if we lost glider flying rights at Thurnham

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Re: The South East Flyers Thread Part 3
« Reply #56 on: August 03, 2018, 20:37:32 PM »
I am glad that you have written this, Eric. :uk:

On one or two, of the dozen or so, times I have used Thurnham, there have been screaming electric power models, their shapes resembling full-size fighter jets.

Whilst I found their presence completely inappropriate, I did not know about the neighbours, so just bit my lip and kept my thoughts to myself.

Thank you for enlightening us mere dabblers, so that we can do our duty in protecting Thurnham for all silent fliers, for the foreseeable future.

Jef

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Re: The South East Flyers Thread Part 3
« Reply #57 on: August 03, 2018, 21:56:13 PM »
Guys no need to bite your lip .. I wasn't sure as no one said anything ..please excuse my mid week action with the EDF .. I am not here to mess things up for the masses . I felt very welcome at the slope on all the occasions I have been flying there and only wish to gain a little knowledge of slope flying and I have gained a lot of advice and help so far from u kind chaps.. in fact I have felt more attracted to this side of the flying ..I think due to the many faces and like minded enthusiast's to natter to .

Pls guys tell me when I'm stepping out of line ..
As mentioned I don't want to ruin it for the masses ..

Will be bringing solely slope gliders providing I am still welcome
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Re: The South East Flyers Thread Part 3
« Reply #58 on: August 03, 2018, 22:17:21 PM »
Absolutely you are welcome Jeff - I think the only reason no one said anything is that there have been times when (Eric I think) had a well meaning chat with other visitors and was given a mouthful in return. 
We know you are not like that and we look forward to seeing you at Thurnham again soon .
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Re: The South East Flyers Thread Part 3
« Reply #59 on: August 04, 2018, 10:50:23 AM »
Thanks simon .

I popped into the model shop this morning to get some paint for my lightning and came home with a new box

I'm hoping this will get me started in the molded dept

Great planes siren . Carbon fibre fuzz ..wood built up wing covered .
As always with a new model I'm excited ..and can't wait to get her built and on the slope
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Re: The South East Flyers Thread Part 3
« Reply #60 on: August 04, 2018, 11:40:40 AM »
Thanks for your support chaps. I did post with some trepidation wondering how it would be received, but I felt it was time for the subject to be aired.

Jeff, There's no need for you to apologise, you weren't aware of, nor had you been informed of, the conventions at the site. It's great to have enthusiastic young guys like you and Dan flying with us.
Similarly we like to encourage pilots to stand either near to the 'pits' or down by the fence and not in-between as that's where other pilots like to safely carry out low passes.

I didn't want to spoil the day's flying session as it was excellent to see everyone enjoying themselves, but when people elsewhere on the site start to comment on the noise of the models, then it is time to do something about it ourselves.
The site is a Kent County Council facility to be enjoyed all sections of the community, not just we model fliers.

I also fly powered models occasionally but at the Barton's Point MFC where the club has use of an excellent Swale Borough Council owned and maintained model flying facility.

I admit that I did test fly my pink slow-flyer model, my wife calls it my 'girlie plane', at the site last week in preparation for the free flight event at the BMFA Nationals later this month, but I kept it 'our side' of the fence and there weren't any other people around. It is less than I metre wingspan, is powered by a tiny brushed electric motor and weighs less than 300 grams but won't be seen at the slope again. If you want to see its one and only successful flight, visit the Goodwind Soaring website.

I hope that I haven't offended anyone, but I only raised the subject to increase awareness of the fragility of our ability to use the site.

Here's to happy continued flying at Thurnham.  :) :) :)


PS: Jeff, Looking foreward to seeing your Siren, I always wanted one of those. :af
« Last Edit: August 04, 2018, 21:43:30 PM by EricF »
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Re: The South East Flyers Thread Part 3
« Reply #61 on: August 07, 2018, 13:51:02 PM »
I've not posted since last week as where I was staying there was barely a mobile signal and the internet was .2Mb/s  - and that dropped out regularly. To be cut off like that was brilliant, must do it again soon :-) Fishing

I dropped in at Thurnham Castle Wednesday afternoon, around 10 paragliders having fun in the breeze and occasional thermal, so no flying for me.

Called in again on my way home on Monday evening, only one paraglider there and he was struggling to get airborne as there was too much South in the wind. I had a flight with my ST Models DG-1000 with pop-up motor but couldn't sustain height, used the motor once to get back to a sensible position on the slope and again to get enough height to land safely.

Flew the DG-1000 at Butts Brow on Sunday, a couple of other guys flying light-weight models too as the breeze wasn't enough for anything big and wasn't directly on the slope as the forecast had indicated.

So several excellent days fishing, flying a bit so-so - hopefully better next time.

Hi Jef! :-) long time no see.
Also, it takes much longer to get up North...... the slow way.

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Re: The South East Flyers Thread Part 3
« Reply #62 on: Today at 09:03:33 »
Going past Thurnham today (about lunchtime)
Oops some planes fell in my car  :ev

Weather permitting  :xx
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Re: The South East Flyers Thread Part 3
« Reply #63 on: Today at 09:55:12 »
Going past Thurnham today (about lunchtime)
Oops some planes fell in my car  :ev

Weather permitting  :xx

Hope the weather is on your side Allen, I'm working today unfortunately.
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Re: The South East Flyers Thread Part 3
« Reply #64 on: Today at 12:08:49 »
Looking rather wet!...

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