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24/01/2010 Blackheath

Posted by Felix Mottram, 24 January 2010 - - - - - - · 29 views

Following on from last weekend but in lighter conditions (2-4 mph) we flew parallel moves, 5 fliers on Rev1 3/4/3-3/3 90lb 120ft and just for fun had Jacob calling from the middle of the team for a while. He was not entirely happy about this which is understandable as callers do like to have an exit strategy rather than being 'locked in'.Parallel...

17/01/2010 Blackheath (Interlaced parallel team flying)

Posted by Felix Mottram, 17 January 2010 - - - - - - · 29 views

We had a very creative few hours on Blackheath today.The sub-title says it all. There were also plenty of parallel 180 degree wing-tip turns, both forward and reverse in the equation.One of the key considerations for grid flying was to keep the individual fliers in the centre of their wind window. The next step is to expect them all to be able to deliver...

10/01/2010 Blackheath

Posted by Felix Mottram, 10 January 2010 - - - - - - · 21 views

Last year on Saturday evening, the second weekend in January, I tripped and fell, badly bruising my left elbow. Last night I slipped on ice and fell, badly bruising my right elbow. The symmetry is spooky <grins>Anyway the weather on Blackheath was relatively benign today compared to what was forecast. A few inches of snow underfoot (and a smooth n...

03/01/2010 Blackheath

Posted by Felix Mottram, 04 January 2010 - - - - - - · 23 views

David Ellison did the Devon/London/Devon trip in order to attend today. "Kudos" Thanks David...Most of us were on the Heath at 10:00am and the light breeze was OK for the standard 1.5 sails with UL or Race spars. David led us into some slow reverse ladder up/downs to great effect, either wing tip or double kite width. Jacob joined us a little late...

27/12/2009 Blackheath

Posted by Felix Mottram, 27 December 2009 - - - - - - · 41 views

Another blustery day today. Jade observed that we were getting into some 'treacle flying'. 'Very slow' 360 degree rotations in c20mph takes some confidence in fellow fliers at close proximity. Some of us flew yesterday as well but as the ground was muddy on Blackheath (again today) I did not get out the new JMH sails. I did take a close lo...

20/12/2009 Blackheath

Posted by Felix Mottram, 20 December 2009 - - - - - - · 25 views

Thanks to Ben, Bazzer and Lolly we are now testing a set of vented 1.5s in a new JMH design:-  It was a bit cool on Blackheath today...FelixPS thanks to Jade, Ashley, Martin and Maggie as well... FJM

13/12/2009 Blackheath

Posted by Felix Mottram, 13 December 2009 - - - - - - · 35 views

No let-up in the wind today so another vented 4 wrap morning.  Great cloudscapes in the northerly breeze but we were blinded by the sun at times.I think that the 'precise stop' (no wobble) is going to be the key factor in team flying in the near future.  Many fliers are making the effort hit the mark...I understand that Berck 2010 may have a Rev c...

06/12/2009 Blackheath

Posted by Felix Mottram, 06 December 2009 - - - - - - · 31 views

After a very wet cloudy start to the day the sky cleared from the west and we arrived on Blackheath with a clear sky soon after 11am.  The ground was not as waterlogged as last weekend and the Canada Geese have still not invaded.The wind was changeable but predominately strong so we flew vented with 4 wrap spars.  I was very interested to see that the oth...

29/11/2009 Blackheath

Posted by Felix Mottram, 29 November 2009 - - - - - - · 25 views

Some of us (Felix, Ashley, David) had a great weekend at Ainsdale last week.  The weather was tough but a bit of extra 'brake' was sufficient to keep us flying.This weekend was our team meet event.  A short fly on Saturday, late afternoon, saw the other 4 ex iQuad SLE kites checked out.A succession of squally showers were the theme today.  I will...

15/11/2009 Blackheath

Posted by Felix Mottram, 15 November 2009 - - - - - - · 26 views

A glorious day after yesterday's storms.  There were showers marching eastwards on the southern horizon, maybe over the South Downs or on the Channel coast?On Blackheath we were joined by a new flier.  Rowan was taking a break from his usual Sunday lessons.As an 'almost' first time flier I set him up on a short set of lines with the 1.5 Annive...

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