31 January 2011

snippet of summer

It's all been a bit cold and miserable round here recently, so here's a reminder of what it's like to fly in a tee shirt!

22 January 2011

I'm an inland soarer, get me out of here!

Deryck, Al, Bob and Paul hit the chilly coastal clime of Beltinge. We have intermittent drizzle and a wind that swings progressively NNE as the afternoon rolls on. You can't beat coastal lift for smoothness, but this contrasts strongly with the nasty rotor. It's working hard to claim a victim, but the only casualty today ends up being Paul's underpants following two particularly lairy landing approaches.

Deryck slips on by

the rotor lies in wait

Deryck's unphased

and continues his grooving on the lip

After all the roaring around these F3F wanna bees can take, they break out the foam and make best use of the northely blow heading off on a cross country to Reculver Towers. The cliffs have to be 'worked' a bit to get there, and by the time the elevation drops down to promenade level, both Paul and Deryck end up on the deck.

near miss with old briny

the bowl beneath the towers works well

but the light is fading

quit while you're ahead

On heading back to the cars, we bump into Janet Street Porter striking out across the cliff tops. A recent eye operation leaves her in a less than photogenic state. So despite the fact she'd love to be in close proximity to two grown men with their toy planes, she politely declines the opportunity to have a go on the sticks, or feature in the blog!

16 January 2011






09 January 2011

sunny 2011

Big Al enjoys the big blue, the thermals are out there...

we don't call him 'Big Al' for nothing...

see, absolutely no camera trickery

Trev's been chomping the Christmas balloons again
and turfs out a deflated specimen from trap two

'right, let's get some flying in'

Trev's on test pilot duty

a couple of Rutan Vari-thingies do a fly over
narrowly avoiding the Photoshop 'sharpen' filter

76 and still got a decent launch arm on him!

Mick dusts off his Lipo sack

he's planning to spend all of next week on the hill...

'is it just me or can you smell/hear/feel something burning?'

04 January 2011

new year gloom

They tell us the days are getting longer, but the first working day of the New Year sees many of the usual slacking suspects shrouded in dim cold clag on the brow of the Downs.

this morning's solar eclipse lasted until about 3.30pm at Thurnham

It's a day for floaters that can take a large moisture deposit on their wings and still keep scratching along. By the time we're all chilled to the core, the sun puts in a brief appearance that does little to warm our cockles, but at least it brings along a sprightlier breeze.

silhouette theme today

The patch is flat and fluid, and Deryck makes the most of the skid pan for long landing slides, model to temple impact concussion doing little to quell his fervour.

There is some thermal activity though, or is it just the dog turd bonfire behind the pub stirring things up?

I'll show you mine if you show me yours...

and then BOOM! the sun came out