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Jan 19, 2011, 04:15 AM
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Longham Reservoir Model Flying Group

Great news for flying boat and floatplane modellers in the south of England: we have a new flying site! The aim of this thread is to act as a focus and discussion group for fliers using it.

With effect from 1 January 2012 permit holders will be able to fly at Longham Reservoir 2. This is a flooded gravel pit about 10 miles north of Bournemouth and four miles west of Bournemouth Airport, owned and managed by Semcorp Bournemouth Water Ltd (now Bournemouth Water). It has an on-site warden, toilets, a study centre for meetings and large car park. When there are no other users around (kayak and model boat clubs only at present) the flying location is only a short walk from the car park. The prevailing wind blows from the south west and is clean and smooth: there are some small marker buoys belonging to the model boat club that can be easily avoided. When the reservoir is being used by others, we have to fly further along the north bank and this does involve a walk of between 300 400 metres.

Only members of the Longham Reservoir Model Flying Group (LRMFG), part of the Christchurch and District Model Flying Club (CDMFC) will be permitted to fly. Permits to fly will be issued by LRMFG and all permit holders are to be BMFA members and must join CDFMC.

The land surrounding the reservoir, and the one to the north (Longham 1) are sensitive areas and in order to safeguard the continuing use of Longham 2 for model flying, permit holders without at least a BMFA A certificate must be supervised by a qualified permit holder in order to ensure that they fly from the correct flying location and within the designated flying area.

Flying started from 1 January 2012.

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Jan 19, 2011, 04:57 AM
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First Flights

This post is a record of all "first flights": just a photo and a caption of the plane you flew at Longham. PM or email me with a picture and the details.
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Nov 06, 2011, 03:53 AM
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Rules for use of the reservoir

The Site and Flying rules and the Permit Application proforma are available at the Christchurch and District Model Flying Club website here.
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Dec 20, 2011, 04:23 PM
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great news -
Jan 04, 2012, 04:43 PM
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Sunday 8 Jan and the following Monday are looking good for flying with light NW/SW winds and sunny weather. The only disadvantage is that it's going to be cold!

The model boaters will be there in the morning, but flying will be possible at FL2 at all times. I suspect that FL3 (the point nearest the car park) will be available from about 1pm.

See you there?
Jan 17, 2012, 10:48 AM
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Photoshoot for the MD on 17 January 2012, with Trevor's Lazy Bee doing the flypasts.

Mike's Scooper doing flypasts and splash-and-go on 17 Jan 12, video by Glenn Woodford

Trevor H's key-chain camera on his Lazy Bee. This gives a very good general view of the reservoirs and surrounding countryside, as well as being good HD quality.
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Jan 17, 2012, 10:59 AM
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At last a perfect day with glassy water and no wind at all (and the visit of the MD of Sembcorp Bournemouth Water, Roger Harrington, to see for himself what we were doing). We had eight flyers present. More pictures when they come in!
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Jan 17, 2012, 01:25 PM
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Perfect water conditions , in the netherlands we also had great wheather today , pitty i had to work.


Jan 25, 2012, 11:21 AM
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Official opening January 17th 2012

The perfect conditions brought us all out for a visit by the MD of Sembcorp Bournemouth Water Ltd, Roger Harrington. Trevor managed to fly his Lazy Bee into just the right position for at least four "just one more please".

Now that we have settled in the birdwatchers, model boat club and people out for a walk seem to have accepted that we will be there on nice calm days. The Reservoir must be one of the finest water flying sites in the UK and perhaps when we have a bit more infrastructure we will be able to invite fliers from the rest of the country to have a go.

The pic is by Andrew Diprose of Deep South Media
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Feb 03, 2012, 10:03 AM
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Man, that's far to many rules for this modeler. I'll find my own place to fly.
Feb 03, 2012, 11:04 AM
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Malcolm, Adrian and I had another good session today - temperature just above freezing but the sun was strong enough to keep us warm. Here's a few photos of Adrian's Sea Bee. Video of and from the Lazy Bee to follow.
Feb 03, 2012, 02:54 PM
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Originally Posted by canyon
Man, that's far to many rules for this modeler. I'll find my own place to fly.
If you live in the south of England, Canyon, and can find a fresh water flying site as good as Longham and without any inconvenient "rules" then let us all know about it!
Feb 03, 2012, 03:17 PM
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Lazy Bee Video

Okay, here is today's onboard video footage - rear facing camera this time to avoid the prop strobing. Mind you, I didn't see much of the scenery on first viewing - I was so mesmerised by that twitching rudder. Maybe a bit of expo is called for?


Lazy Bee at Longham - 2 (11 min 32 sec)
Feb 08, 2012, 09:15 AM
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7 Feb

A rather cold day with a slight NE breeze. We flew from FL1 which was a 5-minute walk, but good for the wind direction. Two models got almost first flights: Adrian's brand new Multiplex Fun-Cub had actually been flown once before, but this was the first time with witnesses. It's a very nice model, with flaps and full-house controls and a neat pair of floats with lots of buoyancy. It would not take much (just some paint, basically) to turn it into a very reasonable representation of a Piper Cub...I have a plan! Adrian flew 3 times before the cold got the better of him.

Malcolm flew his Drifter, now on it's 4th set of floats. They don't have much buoyancy but get the model up on the plane and away easily enough.

I flew the Ross Islander off water for the first time and after a bit of elevator trimming it seemed to fly really well.

As we were packing up Jon Morley came to chat and mentioned that the wooden platforms will be ready soon.

Most of the next few days look ideal for flying, with the minor drawback of icing at low levels...perhaps a good time to stay indoors!

Thanks to Glen for the excellent photos.

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