Rob

16 August 2020

WELCOME BACK ROB

WE ARE DELIGHTED TO SEE ROB BACK AFTER AN ABSENCE OF TWO YEARS

 

Rob brought along his trusty 'old faithful' and demonstrated he had lost none of
his excellent flying abilities during his long 'sabbatical'.

TD43

Unfortunate

21 July 2020

VERY UNFORTUNATE FOR AN SBACH'S MAIDEN FLIGHT

I mostly post good news on this channel but alas, today is not one of those days.

Ian had his lovely 50cc Sbach along for a maiden flight but unfortunately things did not go according to plan.

After very carefully checking and re-checking the model, the time came to 'bite the bullet' and go for the maiden.

 

 

The take off was uneventful requiring only a couple of clicks of aileron trim but on the downwind leg the plane appeared to do some slow aileron rolls.  Looked as if Ian was doing the manouver as the rolls were tidy and slow.  But then the nose gradually lowered and in she went; crashed into the field.  Very, very sad.  Ian commented he "had no aileron or elevator control".

Ian will  examine the telemetary stored in the transmitter, and hopefully it may reveal what caused the accident.

We all have had a plane crash.  Some crashes are 'pilot error', but not in this case.  It is destressing and unsettling (especially with a model such as this) and if the cause cannot be determined, one's in for a few sleepless nights thinking, what could have possibly gone wrong!

The lads who witnessed the tragic loss of this lovely Sbach expressed their heart felt condolences to Ian.  Given time and a few stiff gins (?)  I'm confident the same man will bounce back with another 50cc'er.

TD43

Happy family

21 July 2020

IT'S GOOD TO SEE A FAMILY COME ALONG AND SEE WHAT WE GET UP TO

Yesterday Keith brought along his partner and the kids to watch he Yak and Tundra being put through their paces.

 

 

Young Kyle is a club member and 'had a go' flying the Tundra.  Cathrine and Page also participated and said "it was great"!

You guys can have two more trial flights and then it's 'make your mind up time'!

Hope to see you back soon and glad you enjoyed your day out at Kirkistown.

TD43

Kyle

19 July 2020

BIG WELCOME BACK TO KYLE

 

Kyle has re-joined and is hoping to get some practise in with his Dad's 'Grand Tundra'.

No better tutor than you Dad.  Hope you enjoy flying the Tundra.

 

TD43

Good turnout

11 July 2020

A GOOD TURNOUT WAS RECORDED TODAY AND LOTS OF FLYING TOOK PLACE

 

A total of fifteen pilots came out of lockdown and enjoyed a lovely day's flying at Kirkistown.  Social distancing protocols were in place as was the free hand sanatiser kindly gifted by the Area.

Today saw a variety of models put through their paces including petrol, glow, electric and a jet.

The 'Be Flyer' had his 'naughty' Dauntless along for a trial flight after Mark fitted vortex generators on the wings. 

 

The Dauntless would tip stall easily at the point of flaring so Mark hoped the VGs would help to tame the bird.  They appeared to have worked.  You can see the small red VGs on the leading edge towards the wing tips.

Video:           http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pOyFXlMmToM

 

 

 

 

TD43

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