05 July 2016

the perfect storm

This is a public service announcement-

If the forecast comes good and Saturday 9th July is flyable please beware-

The Kent County Show is on from the 8th to the 10th
Leeds Castle Concert is on the 9th

26 June 2016

super supra

A brief stop-off at the hill reveals
a shiny new toy ready for its maiden....

The Holly Hill Revivalists are upping their game. Moving on
from the classic, solidly performing balsa/film beauties of their
youth, their hangars are now graced with some glossy, moulded stiffness.

Having never before spent so much on a model,
Del's more than a little anxious so calms his nerves
with a quick 'in trouser tug-off' before the maiden.

But even with a clear head, we have to turn to Sir Bob
to sort the radio problems with a laying on of hands

and so we're ready to go!

What was all the fuss about? She flies straight off
the board (or should that be out of the mould?)
However, in all the excitement nobody notices Bob's
head slipping off his neck and down his chest.

The only other problem encountered is that she doesn't want to come down!

 In fact she stubbornly refuses to submit to gravity.... 

but finally......

she returns obediently to her owner.

the smile says it all!

the subsequent flight sees the crow settings fully dialled in

I see many hand catches in your future!

A wholesome glow of satisfaction masks the sadistic
schadenfrueudic smugness that since Friday
morning, the cost of a new Supra has increased
by a considerable order of magnitude!

23 June 2016

long time no see

Just take a look at who surfaced on Tuesday evening!
It seems reports of his passing had been greatly exaggerated!

21 June 2016


In or out?

We prefer up and down (with gratuitous use
of the slow motion button for good measure). 

16 May 2016

jeezuz peepers it's bopeep!

monster scalies in the pits and Mark ponders on whether there's been such
an epic day since (and I quote) the 'standing in front of a giant hair-drier session
of July 2013'

Phil (we'll call him Phil to protect his identity) of Glidermania
arrives to display some of his goods...

....which includes a nearly full-size DG303 Acro

Mark prefers to launch such mighty vessels from a semi-prone position

but this has the drawback of a grass/pube mashup 

so he moves onto the rock star / guitar hero toss
to avoid the give-away grass stains

too much inverted action

pilot sports 18 month to 1 year old childrens' outfits from Primani

winner of May 2016's name the glider contest 'Glidie McGlide Face'
second place was 'Auto-erotic-asphyxia-fetish Insert-knob-here'

footage to follow at some point.....just to clarify- of the sailplanes
rather than the 'knob-in-glider' action

19 April 2016

drone debate

More drone discussion in the national news on Radio 4 this morning.
Start the i-player at 1hr 17min 46 sec for a short, but well balanced item.

16 April 2016


A little dabble with the air from last summer, unfortunately they've got a while to go before they reach
synchronised public flying display standards....thanks to Eric for capturing it for posterity.

07 April 2016

from out of the gloom

Only two and a half months to go until the longest day!
As we crawl out of the gloom it's good to see a familiar band
of wastrels (some local some form further afield) up on the hill.

Let the season commence! 

Paul's flap equipped Fusion....footage to follow at some point.

Conditions were also just right for his other maiden;
we ogled at her black carbon sexiness



an interesting old skool ASW19

and what appears to be a hatch is in-fact a flap / spoiler / brake thing a ma jig


we were in danger of actually getting a flying shot here!

a lovely Purbeck Assassin

Valenta ASW 20

and we round up TVSF's varied and rich spread
of gravity defying machines with a
rather splendid Sean Bannister Algebra 7(?)

06 April 2016

shifting your old tat

'Bring and Buy' stall at the Soaring Society of America's annual convention;
now wish I hadn't left my wallet back at the hotel room.

03 April 2016

vintage voltage

It's all gone retro at the Goodwind hangar this weekend
with some steady, gentle old-skool electrons trickling into the packs.