I’m published – Flying at Fairlight Firehills

I was flying my RC slope soaring glider at Fairlight Firehills once with Bob & Amos and got chatting to this Irish guy about flying.  He pottered off but came back later asking if I fancied writing an article for a local online paper.

I did, here it is: Flying at Fairlight Firehills

 

Amos’ Skill Update

My son Amos has been improving greatly over the last few sessions.  Last weekend we flew in dodgy conditions at Fairlight and he was loving it!

The wind was 20mph gusting 30mph, coming over the hill in front causing occasional slope wide sink.  I wasn’t especially enjoying it but he was fooling around very well – see the video.

 

Fairlight Southerly Sloping Sunset Splendidness

Had a good session with John & Jim during which time The Legendary John Ruck successfully disabled my Wildthing by removing my fin, man it was hard to control after that!  Plenty of looking later & the fin was found and taped back in place.  Amos got a few good wacks in including knocking his dad out of the air!

An hour later Ric & Mike turned up and all hell broke loose.  The wind caused lots of annoying mis launches and plenty of retrieving of gliders – Amos must have walked miles today! Continue reading

 

Slope Soaring @ Galley Hill, Bexhill

2015-10-26 15.27.06This brings back memories, slope soaring into a S/E wind off of Galley Hill in Bexhill.
Bags of lift near the hill, big turbulence behind the slope, nowhere to land but worth it.
Only fly there in rubbish weather as you get crazy numbers of people walking through when it’s warm. When the weather grim like today the only thing to look out for are cars in the ‘landing area’. Continue reading

 

Doing the Limbo Hastings Style

04 gliders on scooterLast week we played with our new limbo sticks in Eastbourne and that was kinda fun but you know it’s all better in Hastings so we gave limbo a whirl on the posh side of the marsh!

Amos had sorted all of our flying stuff before I’d even got out of bed and we were up there by 11am to a rather chilly overcast morning at Fairlight.  The wind was about 20 mph, fairly southerly and looking good so we lobbed ’em off and had a fantastic fly for at least an hour in brilliant lift and enough wind for hovering & kiting! Continue reading

 

Limbo-a-go-go & a floaty day @ Butts Lane, Eastbourne

IMG_4041Pics & vids from Sunday’s light breeze at Butts Lane!  We turned up around midday to a lovely breeze and proceeded to get some combat in for about 30 mins until the wind dropped off.  From then there was just enough wind to scratch around (unless you brought a floaty then you were fine!) and by 2pm it was time to throw the hat in and give up. Continue reading