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#1 goestoeleven

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Posted 26 April 2011 - 08:32 PM

I've lurked on the forums long enough . . . now I have a reason to post. I'm looking for some advice on places to fly my Rev in or near London. I'll have the afternoon of Sunday 8 May available for some flying time after I arrive at Heathrow in the morning, and possibly an evening after work (although the pub will beckon loudly, I'm sure). I won't have a car, so I'm probably limited to tube/bus/rail distance from the City. My client is located near Liverpool Street station, and I will probably stay at a hotel within reasonable walking/tube/bus distance from their offices. A quick look at the member map turned up Blackheath and Hampton Court. And . . . judging by the blog entries . . . Felix and the Decorators seem to turn up at Blackheath frequently on Sundays. Any additional advice and location suggestions welcome. Full disclosure - I've been flying revs for maybe 6 months now, so my flying skills are somewhere near "rubbish." I've found IKE here in Illinois and have practiced a bit with them (which is the reason I'm just near rubbish, not total rubbish). Thanks.

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Posted 27 April 2011 - 12:07 AM

I've lurked on the forums long enough . . . now I have a reason to post. I'm looking for some advice on places to fly my Rev in or near London. I'll have the afternoon of Sunday 8 May available for some flying time after I arrive at Heathrow in the morning, and possibly an evening after work (although the pub will beckon loudly, I'm sure). I won't have a car, so I'm probably limited to tube/bus/rail distance from the City. My client is located near Liverpool Street station, and I will probably stay at a hotel within reasonable walking/tube/bus distance from their offices. A quick look at the member map turned up Blackheath and Hampton Court. And . . . judging by the blog entries . . . Felix and the Decorators seem to turn up at Blackheath frequently on Sundays. Any additional advice and location suggestions welcome. Full disclosure - I've been flying revs for maybe 6 months now, so my flying skills are somewhere near "rubbish." I've found IKE here in Illinois and have practiced a bit with them (which is the reason I'm just near rubbish, not total rubbish). Thanks.


Hmm - the where can I fly question throws up some suggestions:
http://www.kitemap.org
http://aeolian.co.uk....html#HAMPSTEAD
http://www.royalparks.gov.uk/

...but the pertinent question may be "where can I fly with others on Sunday?". If you don't get a direct response here, I'd suggest PM'ing to check that there'll be someone there that day before making a special trip (in case they're involved with the Swindon kite festival).

There are a number of parks in London, but the "square mile" - City of London - is constrained with more formal (smaller) gardens, with trees but more important: horrible wind due to the surrounding buildings.
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Posted 27 April 2011 - 02:06 AM

Haven't been there in a long time, but I'd think Hyde Park has enough space to catch some wind.
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Posted 27 April 2011 - 05:50 PM

Thanks for the replies . . . I've been to the "square mile" quite a few times to work with this client (before I caught the kite bug), so I was not planning on flying inside the square mile. Judging from satellite views on Google, Hyde Park, Blackheath, Victoria Park, Regents Park and even some of the smaller parks might be OK. I've been to the Royal Observatory at Greenwich Park near Blackheath, and I remember it as being up on a hill, which would be a benefit for clear(er) wind. Hmm . . . . a Festival in Swindon . . . . maybe I should get a car after all . . . . I've not been outside London much as it's always work, work, work when I visit . . . .

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Posted 28 April 2011 - 09:13 AM

Blackheath itself is the place, it's the venue for the Decorators most Sundays (though not this weekend as I think they are in Cervia, Italy). Also the local site for Carl Robertshaw.

Get there on the train, look for Blackheath station, turn left out of the door, walk 1/4mile and it all opens up into the Heath.
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Posted 28 April 2011 - 01:50 PM

Blackheath itself is the place, it's the venue for the Decorators most Sundays (though not this weekend as I think they are in Cervia, Italy). Also the local site for Carl Robertshaw.

Get there on the train, look for Blackheath station, turn left out of the door, walk 1/4mile and it all opens up into the Heath.





Are the Decs in Cervia next weekend?





As for the Swindon Festival, there is no Multi Line arena, but Marla Miller is coming over form the US so if you know her or can contact her she may give you some advice about the festival I'm sure she's a regular.


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Posted 28 April 2011 - 08:15 PM

Are the Decs in Cervia next weekend?





As for the Swindon Festival, there is no Multi Line arena, but Marla Miller is coming over form the US so if you know her or can contact her she may give you some advice about the festival I'm sure she's a regular.



Thanks again to all for the advice. Given that there's no multi line arena at Swindon, I'll plan on Blackheath, probably early afternoon by the time I get into the city from Heathrow, drop my luggage at the hotel, hop on the train, etc.

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Posted 29 June 2011 - 07:12 AM

Any rev flyers out there who fly on Hampstead Heath, London ?

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Posted 07 July 2011 - 10:48 AM

Any rev flyers out there who fly on Hampstead Heath, London ?




No they are all up on Dunstable Downs ;0) .........( Festival next weekend 16/17 July)



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Posted 07 July 2011 - 11:51 AM

No they are all up on Dunstable Downs ;0) .........( Festival next weekend 16/17 July)


I flew on Hamstead Heath some time ago...

Blackheath is the venue of choice more recently!

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Posted 07 July 2011 - 12:02 PM

Someone was flying a yellow-gold and black B rev sometime this spring



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Posted 08 July 2011 - 12:05 PM

Someone was flying a yellow-gold and black B rev sometime this spring


I sometimes fly on kite hill (parliament hill) on the heath. I do have a standard yellow and black B . Could have been me.
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Posted 10 July 2011 - 12:31 PM

I sometimes fly on kite hill (parliament hill) on the heath. I do have a standard yellow and black B . Could have been me.


Maybe indeed if you were flying a regular old style B-series, which popped up on a TV show last month.

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Posted 10 July 2011 - 01:32 PM

Maybe indeed if you were flying a regular old style B-series, which popped up on a TV show last month.


Oh I missed that. Was the show called made in chelsea? They filmed me at sunset then asked me to sign a contributor form . Werhey fame at last!!! Yep that was me. Hope I didnt let the side down. I work in north London and get onto the hill if I get a free afternoon. The odd dog walker has approached me and asked if I know the other guy who flies "those kites" Guess thats you coffeebean. Hope I bump into you some time. My schedule is pretty full on at the mo so havent flown there for a few weeks .
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Posted 10 July 2011 - 03:19 PM

Just checked the episode on line. Got at least 2 seconds LOL Posted Image
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Posted 09 August 2011 - 02:49 AM

Just checked the episode on line. Got at least 2 seconds LOL Posted Image


It's a golden 2 seconds worth :D

It's repeated again tomorrow C4 @ 9.55am.

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Posted 10 August 2011 - 11:27 AM

It's a golden 2 seconds worth :D

It's repeated again tomorrow C4 @ 9.55am.


Sweet! Im there. Must try not to blink, set up the DVD recorder and call all my relations.Posted Image
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