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Old Jul 10, 2007, 08:32 AM
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The First Ever UK-AP Meeting in Wales 2007

Let’s get the show on the road then!

After many months planning our first National meeting was suddenly upon us, time to pack up our tents and planes and head off the North Wales around the town of Llangollan. I was to be taken to the meeting by ‘Chargenut’ Terry along with ‘English Electric’ Paul in a car sharing exercise. After a phoned warning by ‘Hogster’ David informing us of a road closure on the main motorway, we changed our route to arrive at the campsite much later than planned.

Once there we met up with ‘Swanlander’ Andrew and his wife, ‘Bearded flyer’ Richard, ‘Londoner100’ Ian and ‘Badllarma’ Andy who was going to record the event on video for us.

Once the tents were put up we were very kindly given permission to fly in a field close to the campsite by David & Judith the site owners.

We all had a fly around getting our first chance at AP before firing up the BBQ and were later joined by Hogster & Steffi. David did a panoramic picture for us no doubt he will post a link to it during the course of this thread.

We will be posting reports on the event in sequence by location to location visited. A very big thanks to Ray Jones and the flyers of the Clwyd Soaring Association for making these locations available to us.


Gray.
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Old Jul 10, 2007, 09:39 AM
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Awesome shot there Gray

I took 3 panoramas over the course of the 2 days, and they can be found in the Panorama Portfolio section of my website:

http://www.horizonimaging.net/panorama_portfolio.htm

The first one (5th on the website) was taken on the Aqueduct next to the B&B where Steffi and I stayed. The second was taken at the top of the hill which overlooked the second flying location. The third is of the campsite (with many members absent as they were 'down the pub'!)

Cheers,


David

PS. I didn't get any flying done as the weather on the Sunday was not HeliAP-friendly
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Old Jul 10, 2007, 11:01 AM
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Wonderful picture and beautiful setting! We all wish we could be with all of you. A great time of fellowship, flying, and eating! I noticed that several of you are wearing jackets, is it cold over there, or at least cool? The picture you posted above looks like a great picture to miniaturize, like the pictures posted on the forum a while back. I tried to do that but I don't have the software. Gray, I'm glad you are much better and that your leg has healed. Did it give you any trouble out there? Can't wait till everyone posts all their videos and pictures.
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Old Jul 10, 2007, 11:16 AM
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A big thanks to Grey for organizing the event had a great time I was a bit concerned the first day as this is the first time I tried to capture/video planes and there speed surprised me a bit but rest assured people some great footage is in the bag and looking forward to your contributions for the edit
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Old Jul 10, 2007, 12:02 PM
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I posted my efforts here: http://loolee.org/projects/aircam/in...y070710-080000

Gray: Beautiful scene. Impressed.
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Old Jul 10, 2007, 12:28 PM
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What a Fantastic Weekend!

It couldn't really go wrong as all the right ingrediants were present, a nice group of like-minded people, an amazing location, good weather when we needed it and a Pub.

Cheers Gray for all your efforts it making it happen.

Looking forward to a re visit at some point....

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Old Jul 10, 2007, 03:11 PM
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Link to the video I took at the field next to the Train Station.

Easystar flying over Carrog Station, Wales (4 min 17 sec)


Paul.

P.S. I seem to have gained a Green handled Tea Spoon over the Weekend!
If the owner wants to PM me their address, I'll post it to them!

I assume it's yours, Swanlander......
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Old Jul 10, 2007, 03:17 PM
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I don't know how you did it, but thank you for making the rain stop!
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Old Jul 10, 2007, 03:42 PM
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Well I have got to say that it was a great weekend away, it was good to meet everyone, putting some faces to names. There are so many people to thank Gray for organising, Paul for the loan of the camera mount, Swanlander and Mrs Swanlander for the tea, Terry for his sense of humor and Ray for his ability to find spots to fly and local knowledge. Despite crashing another plane (confidence outwaying ability this time) To every one else, cheersfor a good weekend and hope we do it again soon.

Ian
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Old Jul 10, 2007, 04:06 PM
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I can only echo the others comments on how well the meet went. Words cannot describe how well we got on from the first time that we met. It was enjoyable from the start until the time when we had to say our 'tearful' goodbyes.

Only ground photos from me for the Saturday. I was saving myself for the Sunday (and the delicious Steak and Stout Pie at the Pub in the Evening).

Richard
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Old Jul 10, 2007, 04:11 PM
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Wonderful picture and beautiful setting! We all wish we could be with all of you. A great time of fellowship, flying, and eating! I noticed that several of you are wearing jackets, is it cold over there, or at least cool? The picture you posted above looks like a great picture to miniaturize, like the pictures posted on the forum a while back. I tried to do that but I don't have the software. Gray, I'm glad you are much better and that your leg has healed. Did it give you any trouble out there? Can't wait till everyone posts all their videos and pictures.

Hi QB, thanks for the reply, leg is much better thanks. It was a bit nippy at times but the weather was generally kind to us.

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Old Jul 10, 2007, 04:23 PM
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Great pictures and it looks like you all had a blast. What great fun. Thanks for sharing.

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Old Jul 10, 2007, 04:29 PM
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I posted my efforts here: http://loolee.org/projects/aircam/in...y070710-080000

Gray: Beautiful scene. Impressed.
Thanks Dave.

PM sent for you to contact Ray Jones.

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Old Jul 10, 2007, 04:34 PM
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Great pictures and it looks like you all had a blast. What great fun. Thanks for sharing.

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Loads more to come Dan!!

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