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#1 andelscott

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Posted 18 June 2010 - 01:33 AM

Kite Festival advert.jpg Kite Festival 043c.jpg Time is ticking and the festival will soon be with us.

The Flying Squad is one of the booked display teams - not entirely unsurprisingly but always popular. Last year they acted as the catalyst for a mini megafly at the end of the festival - who knows, there might be an opportunity again this year too? [Is that too blatant for a subtle hint?]

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Rev pilots new to the forum should know that this is a smaller festival as it runs on one day from 11:00 to 17:00 (Sunday July 18th). Organised on behalf of the National Trust, it is held besides the Chilterns Gateway Centre on Dunstable Downs and provides a great family day out. In previous years, it's been a great day out for the Rev family too! No admission charge, but parking is £1 for the day (free for National Trust members).

Kite Festival MegaFly3.jpg For more information, please see the festival website: http://www.dunstablekitefestival.co.uk
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Posted 18 June 2010 - 09:49 AM

Kite Festival advert.jpg Kite Festival 043c.jpg Time is ticking and the festival will soon be with us.

The Flying Squad is one of the booked display teams - not entirely unsurprisingly but always popular. Last year they acted as the catalyst for a mini megafly at the end of the festival - who knows, there might be an opportunity again this year too? [Is that too blatant for a subtle hint?]

Kite Festival MegaFly2.jpg
Rev pilots new to the forum should know that this is a smaller festival as it runs on one day from 11:00 to 17:00 (Sunday July 18th). Organised on behalf of the National Trust, it is held besides the Chilterns Gateway Centre on Dunstable Downs and provides a great family day out. In previous years, it's been a great day out for the Rev family too! No admission charge, but parking is £1 for the day (free for National Trust members).

Kite Festival MegaFly3.jpg For more information, please see the festival website: http://www.dunstablekitefestival.co.uk




Hi Andt, no surprise but I'll be there  :blue-grin:





You forgot to mention the availability of freshly cooked CLANGERS - no those pink  fluffy things from a children's TV series of the same name.




Great coffee & get there early for a Bacon roll  :blue-love:




Lets just ask for a sunny day this year !!


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#3 Felix Mottram

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Posted 18 June 2010 - 10:32 AM

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Lets just ask for a sunny day this year !!


Ah yes. Was it last year that it was very wet?

Seem to remember Ashley was flying while sheltering in a cabana!

Great view of the passing showers as I recall <grins>

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Posted 18 June 2010 - 12:42 PM

You forgot to mention the availability of freshly cooked CLANGERS - no those pink  fluffy things from a children's TV series of the same name.

Just to clarify, these not these.
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Posted 18 June 2010 - 01:35 PM

Ah yes. Was it last year that it was very wet?

Seem to remember Ashley was flying while sheltering in a cabana!

Great view of the passing showers as I recall <grins>

Felix





Yes very wet, I was the one out in the rain at lunch time all alone in the arena... then slowly joined by the rest of The Flying Squad.. who figured out that when fully Gortex'd up you don't get wet. :blue-grin:



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Posted 19 June 2010 - 05:50 AM

I will be attending this one,looking forward to it
All the best

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Posted 09 July 2010 - 11:49 AM

One week to go.....! :mf_party:
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Posted 18 July 2010 - 02:05 PM

I will be attending this one,looking forward to it





Daz, who else came with you today - The guy with the nice blue 1.5, didn't catch his name?





Thanks for flying in the Mega team.


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Posted 19 July 2010 - 02:58 AM

Daz, who else came with you today - The guy with the nice blue 1.5, didn't catch his name?


I'll leave the fine detail to Daz (Did you mean Colin ......?)

As if to ensure decent weather, I forgot to bring the camera yesterday - yes, had the fence posts as well as the canopy and kites that didn't even emerge from the car. Did anyone capture the team of 20 on celluloid (or electronic format)?

And thanks to Stephen and Stuart for sacrificing a flying opportunity to act as caller/commentator and ground crew for us respectively. Stuart's help was invaluable, efficiently sorting out the pre-performance crash and burn...
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Posted 19 July 2010 - 03:44 AM

Daz, who else came with you today - The guy with the nice blue 1.5, didn't catch his name?





Thanks for flying in the Mega team.



Simon

That is my mate Colin,we fly together at Holland Haven near Clacton.As for the mega team,it was fun,considering it was the first time for me.
All the best

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Posted 19 July 2010 - 03:46 AM

As if to ensure decent weather, I forgot to bring the camera yesterday - yes, had the fence posts as well as the canopy and kites that didn't even emerge from the car. Did anyone capture the team of 20 on celluloid (or electronic format)?


I was mooching around behind the practice and got a couple of snaps and some short video which I'll sort out later tonight. I also had a tiny video camera on my rev which has resulted in some interesting if nauseating footage! Posted Image I was trying to film the FS practice from up there, but sadly the complex attachment device (rubber band) meant the alignment was not where I though it was and I got lots of cars instead Posted Image (Myself & g/f were flying 2 B's at the top end around midday...)


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Posted 19 July 2010 - 06:25 AM

(Myself & g/f were flying 2 B's at the top end around midday...)


Awww - you should have joined us!

The "fence" was unofficial and only there to make sure passing cars, bicycles, pushchairs etc. didn't drive through the lines. They see the kites, but only the experienced kite festival visitors realise there's anything attached to them! :kid_brooding:
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Posted 19 July 2010 - 08:57 AM

Small bunch of pics up! http://picasaweb.goo...iteFestival2010

Video may take a while to upload on my rubbish connection :(

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Posted 19 July 2010 - 10:07 AM

Daz, who else came with you today - The guy with the nice blue 1.5, didn't catch his name?





Thanks for flying in the Mega team.



Hello Simon, hand's up that was me ( Colin ) unless I did something wrong in which case it isn't, a day of 1st's for me, 1st time at Dunstable, 1st time in the arena and 1st 20 kite mega fly, thankyou for keeping everyone calm and for sorting out the mess during the practice when the power kite wanted to join in !! congratulation's to all I had a great day Posted Image

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Posted 19 July 2010 - 11:23 AM

Hey Ant ... Sorry you didn't come and join in ..more the merrier and all that ... Good pics as always .. Makes it look sunnier then I remember which probably explains the sunburnt head I woke up with this morning!

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Posted 19 July 2010 - 01:06 PM

Hey Ant ... Sorry you didn't come and join in ..more the merrier and all that ... Good pics as always .. Makes it look sunnier then I remember which probably explains the sunburnt head I woke up with this morning!



Yeah, sorry... we're not very social Posted Image We left about 3:30 and it was definitely brightening up by then...

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Posted 19 July 2010 - 01:41 PM

Here's the videos as promised...

http://www.vimeo.com/13460367

http://www.vimeo.com/13463554

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Edited by Ant-, 19 July 2010 - 01:42 PM.


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Posted 20 July 2010 - 08:03 AM

Here's the videos as promised...

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[meh - can you not embed videos here? ]

I quite see the challenges of video from a kite! Nice footage all the same

Now, i would really love to get a camera on a kite during a team routine and then blend it in with footage from a more traditional view point.

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Posted 20 July 2010 - 08:28 AM

I quite see the challenges of video from a kite! Nice footage all the same

Now, i would really love to get a camera on a kite during a team routine and then blend it in with footage from a more traditional view point.

Stephen



It's definitely do-able - these things are literally the size of a key fob. I'm just knocking up an attachment bracket that will hopefully give a more steady picture. You could have one looking from the leading edge (as above) and one looking back down the lines to cover all your bases... so to speak.

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Posted 20 July 2010 - 09:53 AM

I've spun this off into its own thread...

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