Great turnout

16 August 2020

ANOTHER GOOD SATURDAY TURNOUT!

The weather was favourable and I counted fifteen pilots preparing their models for flight.  In addition, two new members joined the club.

Steve and Stewart fired up their 'bipes' and enjoyed some close proximity flying!

 

Stewart managed to track down a nice scale pilot for the office in his 'Tiggy'.  Leather flying jacket, sheep wool collar and of course, the obligitory white silk scarf.

                                                   

Thinking about a name for him, Mark thought it would be a nice idea to call him 'Tubby' Dash.
Tubby was chief Flying instructor at the Ulster Flying Club and was a truely wonderful person.
He examined me for my PPL.

 

                                      

                         Tubby Dash, 73 years, former chief flying instructor, Ulster Flying Club, Newtownards.
                         In early aviator style kit, goggles and helmet, posing alongside a Tiger Moth at UFC.

                              

 

Rob dusted down his favourite model and flew it like a man demented.  Must see if I have a spare throttle servo to lend him!

 

Johnny had his new Messerschmitt 109 along for its maiden flight. (Sorry - no pic at this time.) 

Chief test pilot Brown put it through its paces and commented, "it flies beautifully".  A relieved Johnny went home a very happy man.

A most enjoyable Saturday was had by all.

My Mama told me, " there would be days like this".

 

TD43

New member

16 August 2020

WE ARE DELIGHTED TO WELCOME EDWARD TO THE SQUADRON

 

Photo to follow

 

 

In the past he used to fly  mainly IC but nowdays he uses electric motivation for his models.

Ed hails from Bangor and he hopes to be visiting us at Kirkistown very soon.

 

TD43

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

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