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20/02/2011 Blackheath

Posted by Felix Mottram, 20 February 2011 - - - - - - · 143 views

In contrast to the last two windy weekends today was a light wind day with intermittent fine drizzle. Saturated lines tend to magically bind together, locking tight, even without wraps so there were some interesting fire drills today on the muddy field.The seven fliers alternated between flying six and seven and re-visited some of the themes developed ove...

13/02/2011 Blackheath

Posted by Felix Mottram, 13 February 2011 - - - - - - · 96 views

The forecast was for rain all day but happily it held off between 10am and 1pm. The wind was stronger than expected so once again we had the opportunity to fly the Xtra Vent 1.5s today.I have speculated that given the right balance, low wind techniques could be applied to higher wind conditions and that 'long arm' methods could be beneficial in al...

06/02/2011 Blackheath

Posted by Felix Mottram, 06 February 2011 - - - - - - · 76 views

So the parcel arrived on Friday 4th February and the forecast for today was for 'up to' 25mph. The Rev 1.5 Xtra Vent certainly felt rugged and very well constructed (what do I know? <grins>) straight out of the bag. Having the chance to try it out 'for real' today was a very timely treat. The usual 90lb 120ft lines with 4 wrap spar...

30/01/2011 Blackheath

Posted by Felix Mottram, 30 January 2011 - - - - - - · 69 views

Another cold day with a variable NE breeze that just about justified the use of the mid vent 1.5s. Sometimes too light, at other times too strong. I was on 'long handles' so the light was easier to cope with than the strong.The 'not called' free flying is becoming more 'elegant' as the capabilities of the fliers increases. This wil...

23/01/2011 Blackheath

Posted by Felix Mottram, 23 January 2011 - - - - - - · 58 views

A grey day on the Heath but the low anticyclonic cloud did not deliver actual precipitation, just a damp chill in the Northerly breeze.4 standard JB 1.5s and 1 ex iQuad UL SLE, all with Race Rods flew spoked ladders and rotations and 'all kites benefit' (The Bigot) in the horizontal plane. We also worked on the leading ladder up/down vertically an...

16/01/2011 Blackheath

Posted by Felix Mottram, 16 January 2011 - - - - - - · 54 views

Driving to Blackheath today was uncomfortable due to the onset of a 'mild migrane'.On the heath the symptoms subsided and four fliers ended up flying silent following ladders up/down and spoked rotations.We also looked at the possibility of 'reversing' or 'inverting' a sequence of moves to very good effect.The wind got progressivel...

09/01/2011 Blackheath

Posted by Felix Mottram, 09 January 2011 - - - - - - · 61 views

A cloudless day on Blackheath today.Jacob led six fliers through parallel Leader's Benefits/Felix and threaded 180 linear moves. We looked at some developments to the 'Ladder Up' start move which leads directly into the threaded column moves. Starting from the centre seemed to be quite effective. I must remember to follow through to the equiva...

02/01/2011 Dunstable

Posted by Felix Mottram, 02 January 2011 - - - - - - · 129 views

Arriving slightly ahead of schedule we had to wait a few minutes before the Cafe opened at 10:00am for 'breakfast' for some and a quick 'expresso' for others.Out on the field there was one thing missing, as in, the 6-8mph breeze that had been forecast. However, in the circumstances a valiant effort was made by everyone and we did get to fl...

26/12/2010 Blackheath

Posted by Felix Mottram, 26 December 2010 - - - - - - · 49 views

On the Blackwall Tunnel approach the flags were static, as if frozen.There was a slight air movement on the heath, even at 'c1 degrees Celcius below' hard to discern but at least it was mostly consistent. Although the bright sun did have a warming effect prior to high cloud filtering the effect there was little or no rising thermal circulation.I g...

19/12/2010 Blackheath

Posted by Felix Mottram, 19 December 2010 - - - - - - · 49 views

Arrived soon after 10:00am to find Martin already beginning to feel the chill. It may only have been 1 degree below freezing but it was a lazy wind.Full sail 1.5s with Race rods were just about at their limit but we flew some neat 'wrong order' following moves after extensive 'free for all' flying.For the uninitiated 'wrong order'...

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