23 August 2016

spotted in Germany pt 04

In terms of aeronautical references, this is the best that Hamburg had offer!

Though next time it may be worth packing a little something
as this bit of river frontage looked eminently soarable!

21 August 2016

spotted in Germany pt 03

Finally made it up into the mountains today, checked out
the access to a couple of great looking slopes,
the only problem being the paragliderists....

I started rethinking the wisdom of my chosen
location when I saw these two in trouble
lower down on a rocky outcrop...

luckily for them, they were only about 60cm from safety

19 August 2016

spotted in Germany pt 02

spot the glider.....

it's there somewhere....

perhaps he has an E-Flite UMX ASK-21
packed in the topbox?

rider of the air and the tarmac!

18 August 2016

spotted in Germany 2016 pt 01

Today we find the Goodwind inbox bursting with an email from our
erstwhile viewer Mrs Trellis from North Wales. She writes-

"Dear Mr Foss, I have so enjoyed the previous accounts of your soaring
adventures on the west coast of the United States, having spent many
happy years as a wing bender in the Hobie Hawk factory during the seventies.

Even if I may say so myself, I was held in very high regard by my fellow
workers, managers and husband due to my hyper mobile joints and
taut, tanned thigh muscles. I also worked briefly as a bending consultant at the
E-flight factory to help set-up the Radian production line, though it has
to be said that the newer EPP foam is no substitute for firm wood pressing
hard against one's thighs.

Anyway, I digress...but look forward to hearing more about your travels
from over the pond sometime soon"

Well Mrs Trellis, I am pleased to report that it is that time of year
again and as such, here is the first instalment of this year's gripping
'Spotted in Germany' saga......enjoy!

In the UK, one has to tolerate knackered fences, rows of leylandii
and shabby sheds. In North Germany you only have to tolerate
this glorious beauty and take time to imagine what might lie within!

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.