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May 26, 2018, 09:10 AM
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Getting back to the Bimbo weekend. We now have a Corgi get together on the Sunday but am still available for the rest of the time.

Martin and Sue
28 Pembroke Corgis last year at the same event. Doggy heaven ................
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May 29, 2018, 04:14 AM
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Ivan's report on the May Fly-In at Chilliwack


Ivan has been in touch and has kindly let me use his text as the basis for this post, to bring us up to date with the scene at Chilliwack.

Weather is promising to be great, so we look forward to renewing ‘old’ acquaintances. Referring to the word “old,” the past three weeks I have felt as if I have suddenly added ten years to my age because of a bad bout of Labyrinthitis. If you don’t know what that is, you don’t want to know. The first week it was nausea and vertigo, the second week double vision and now dizziness. Maybe I will be able to fly again in another few weeks without feeling I am in a flat spin, but this weekend I will enjoy being a spectator.

So let's start off by wishing him well and a speedy recovery!

Greetings from Saturday.

It was the best turn out at the Lake since the grand opening four years ago. No rain, and average temperature for late May, but a keen S.W. wind kept quite a few planes on the ground. There were a good number of campers overnight and I believe they had some wonderful flying off the lake, starting at something like 5:30 AM. I was not there in time to see that part of the day, but heard glowing reports about it. During the time I was at the field I was really impressed with the high quality of the flying I saw. In spite of the choppy conditions I did not see a crash, or even something that looked like an accident about to happen. The forecast is for a light breeze tomorrow, so hopes are high for a great day.

It was great to see so many from afar, and the BBQ was great. Cheers the team of helpers!!! I believe it will be a pancake breakfast at 10:00 am tomorrow.

The pictures will tell the rest of the story.


And from Sunday

And what a morning it was; one of those beautiful days at the lake that we dream about. I believe the early risers were doing a pile of flying in the early hours on glassy water, and were still flying when I got there. I was not too early getting there and missed the first taxi trials of the 1/15 scale Mars when it inadvertently got airborne when the pilot was only intending to do some taxi tests. I think there will be something on the thread about that. Tim Horsfall was flying the prototype Catalina 600 and with the beach in such good shape was able to taxi into the lake from where shown in the first photo, and do his routine of taking off from the lake, doing a touch and go on the grass airstrip, then finishing the flight on the lake again. You will notice a change to some of the color scheme on it, but I was surprised to learn that it still flies on the original Magnetic Mayham brushed motors and Master Airscrew gearboxes. Not bad for 19 years. The mini cat was flying with a different owner who is new to me. He is a good pilot and is really excited about how it flies; even with those cheap GWS geared 400 motors.

Colin Dyck took the prize for best float plane with the original Solent 400, also still flying on the same GWS geared 400 motors and still in the TEAL green on white color scheme like the Minicat.. The other flying boat shown on the beach in the second picture is a very nice Sealand 480 built and flown by Terry Hammel of our club. At one point all four of those flying boats were in the air at one time for quite a while. The circuit was busy. Terry is well along building a Mosquito 600 which you might see flying sometime.

I should have added in the last message that when I arrived at the field on Saturday the plane doing a beautiful slow-flight close-in aerobatic routine was a KZ-4. As I guessed, it was Tim Horsfall who I thought would be the one person capable of flying a KZ-4 like that, and it seems that he is the owner of the prototype KZ-4 now. But the surprise was to find that it still has the original geared Jamara 480 brushed motors. The other plane Tim flew on Saturday was the DHC Buffalo that Hal build. It also still flies on the original Atomic Force racing car motors and superboxes that Hal had built.

Well past my bedtime now. No problem posting anything I write, or photo with my “walker.” Just shows I am human. Just as well we have that “walker” for Rosella. She has allowed me to borrow it temporarily.

Ivan
Jun 13, 2018, 12:33 PM
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I had arranged an impromptu trip to Longham, partly to buy some stuff at the Hobby Centre (well stocked, but not cheap) and partly to have a quick fly with my Skipper. I was surprised to find that Martin and Sue Hardy were already there with Martin's Piaggio and he got in a flight before it turned too breezy to fly. This was the first time I had seen it and it certainly is a superb model, beautifully finished and detailed and with a remarkably realistic sound when throttled back a bit. The landing in the gusty offshore wind was tricky but she survived without damage.

I only had my phone, so although the wide angle snaps are OK, the flying shots are only so-so.
Last edited by Sopwith Mike; Jun 15, 2018 at 07:42 AM. Reason: Azur, not Azure...je pense
Jun 14, 2018, 04:21 PM
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A beautiful evening today up at Market Harborough. I'm getting the hang of this Dragonfly now:
Dfly (2 min 3 sec)


2 things I've learnt: One, this is not a bank and yank plane. Rudder comes first. Two, use some power to keep the nose up when landing. She can easily lose height without gaining speed, unlike the DH Albatross - that goes on for ever.

Last edited by nickchud; Jun 14, 2018 at 04:26 PM.
Jun 15, 2018, 02:01 AM
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Very nice!
Jun 15, 2018, 07:43 AM
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Excellent landing! Did you make any changes to the CG?
Jun 15, 2018, 08:51 AM
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Thanks chaps, I moved the CG about 1/2" forward. The main change was to reduce the elevator travel to exactly what Ivan stated on the plan. Doh!



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