News

03 November 2019

Today the temperature peaked at 29 degrees and left everyone gasping, but it was beautiful almost windless day.  Dave and Don tried for some slope lift along the ridge to the south but the results were not clear.

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Don runs up and adjusts his motor.

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A willing helper as Dave trims out his Fox.

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Twenty minutes later, a satisfactory flight.


27 October 2019

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Although it flies beautifully, the DC3 continues to give trouble.  Last week the port side engine mount broke on start-up and today the throttle ceased to function. Full marks to Peter for persistence.

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Foreground, Roger’s latest impressive acquisition – yet to fly.

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Steve contemplates Peter’s efforts with the Dakota.

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Don launches his Colmato


20 October 2019

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The four engined aerobatic machine dominates.


15 September 2019

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Richard repaired the Georgia Cracker and it performed perfectly, smooth and accurate.

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John flew the recently refurbished ex-Dave, and if performed as good as it looks.

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08 September 2019

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A hive of activity. Snow lingers on the distant hills, but the days are warming.

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Steve prepares his Calmato for another aerobatic flight.

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Roger’s latest acquistion, a large Cub, predictably flew like a bought one.  Richard had a spot of trouble with his latest scratch-built model.

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But the old vintage job continues to perform well.

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Peter’s sport model is ace at aerobatics, but this low pass was too low – he wiped the undercarriage.


25 August 2019

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Peter has been struggling with the DC3 for months and asserts that it is the most disappointing kit that he has ever encountered. On completing the assembly he found balance to be a problem and to get the C of G to the optimum position necessitated 2lbs of lead in the nose! But it flew sedately.

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Roger assembles a recent acquisition which is powered by a petrol engine.  Predictably the Chipmunk is elegant in flight.  Another awaits it’s maiden in the van.

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Peter maidens a recent acquisition by the Collins brothers

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09 June 1019

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Beaver?

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Don preps his versatile electric model


27 April 2019

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Peter test flew Richard’s impressive new Mustang which proved to be a winner.  Richard took control and the model flew as if on rails.

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Dave (right) preps his sport model which ended in a tangled heap immediately on take-off.  Much head-scratching, but Dave believes that a switching problem on the transmitter the most probable cause. Kathy supervises.

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Peter’s latest

31 March 2019

A strange morning, starting with fog resulting in solid overcast at about 400 feet.  Several members flew and skimmed the bottom of the clouds.  Others concluded that discretion is…

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Richard’s scratch built WW1 Italian Alexandro the subject of scrutiny, will it or won’t it? It did, but balance problems meant that it flew rather edgely.


24 March 2019

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A new one…

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Pre-take off Checks
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Landing…

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17 February 2019

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Ouch!
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Family support
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Imperturbable

10 February 2019

It was hot, too hot for comfort but certain gentlemen solved the problem —

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Geof introduced his new Carbon Cub S from Hobbyzone which includes SAFE Plus GPS-enabled drone technology which enables AutoLand, Holding Pattern and Virtual Fence, foolproof for a tyro.

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20 January 2019

A beautiful morning with some spectacular cloud formations threatening wind, but it remained calm.

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Later, club members enjoyed a barbecue at the home of Dave and Kathy. Not the first such occasion, but certainly a rare event.

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13 January 2019

Dull and windy and only the brave or foolhardy diced with the elements.  Steve (background) and his Calmato were made for these conditions and he was untroubled.  Don chanced his luck with his light little bipe to be rewarded with a spectacular mid-air breakup. The rest wisely remained grounded.

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Don and the wreckage

9 December 2018

An ominous overcast, black storm clouds all around with evident rainfall over the foothills. But, at the strip it was dry with little wind. However, it proved to be a smashing day. First a battery failure at about hundred feet had Rogers sport model nose dive to the ground under power to become a write off.

Then, Bill essayed a flight with his Super Tundra. All was well for about ten minutes when he set up for a landing and seconds before touchdown the model became uncontrollable, cart-wheeled and smashed off the forward section of the fuselage. It happened so quickly that it was not possible to assign a cause.

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Geoff continues to progress and had successful flights with both his models.

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Another technical conference:

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11 November 2018

A fine, calm morning with half a dozen members present.  Richard relaunched and flew his pterodactyloid after rebuilding the wings and eliminating the warp.  It proved a little touchy in flight

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Bill rigidly secured the heavy 6S battery in the correct CoG position in his Grand Tundra and opined that it would take an earthquake to shift it! It proved to be more docile then expected and infinitely versatile.

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This week, Steve forsook the Stick and essayed several flights with his latest acquisition the Calmato which flew like a bought one, smooth, precise and aerobatic.

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4 November 2018

True to the forecast, Sunday morning produced a north-west gale which left three members flying the ride on mower. With no signs of any early abatement members present gave up and left

21 October 2018

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The Stalwarts in conference…

A good attendence for a holiday weekend.

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Bill reveals his latest. It flew but proved to be a powerful handful and restraining the battery to the CoG position proved to be an issue – back to the bench…

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With the guidance of Don, Jeff persists and is well on the way to becoming a competent RC pilot.


23 September 2018

Once again, the forecast was wrong and we enjoyed a pleasant morning. Dave and Bill had a spot of glider guiding and Jeff persists in mastering his foamie. Dave exhibited his latest acquisition, a beautiful Cherokee.

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Santa called early

09 September 2018

The first news post on the new website. Once again, the weather forecaster missed the target. What was slated to be a calm, sunny day remained overcast and chilly until early afternoon. Nonetheless, half a dozen members braved the elements and enjoyed flying in the calm conditions. The grey overcast made it a little difficult to observe the planes in flight. Peter left the Monster at home and put on a show with his sport aerobat. Steve put his corflute stick through its paces and mentioned that he was thinking about learning the regulation aerobatic routine. Bill lost power on his Storch and made a scrappy arrival, broke the prop.