Sunday, May 31, 2009

Francois' new Verso. Had some good flights from the bungee.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Steve's DR1, a most realistic flyer.

The Transvaal Airforce.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Spot Landing

I was flying a Gentle Lady on Sunday. My daughter built it about twenty years ago. It is a veteran of many encounters with the earth and other objects. Once the bungee line caught on a Skywalker being flown by Andre, (may he rest in peace). The point is, this aircraft knows how to fly. It has forgotten more about the art than I'll ever know.

It was quite windy and as I was circling in some dodgy lift I lost sight of the aircraft. I though I would see it again after it had turned 180 degrees: but no, nothing visible. A few minutes later I heard the dread sound of an aircraft hitting something solid. 

I made a search of the surrounding area. After twenty minutes or so I called it a day and walked back towards the pits. At that point Howard called out asking me if I had lost an aeroplane. I replied yes, to which he suggested that I look on the clubhouse roof. 

I've always found Howard's suggestions useful and this one was no exception. There, on the roof was the Gentle Lady. It had landed, on it's own, perfectly, and without damage.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Flemming, Howard and Alex, Francois in the background.

Align Center
Basil and Adrian.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Jomac Pilots at the Sungazer

A group shot of the good glider turnout, at the annual Sungazer Scale slope event.

26 pilots entered ,to fly their scale ships, which ranged in size from a 1mtr Fox
to the 6mtr Lak with 4-4.5mtr ASW'S 27/28/29 being very popular. The vast majority
being scratch built locally.

Ken's Slingsby Sky being readied for flight.

As usual, Ken seen chilling out, had a good selection of world class scale models.

Saterday being a great day weather wise , sunday was cold and really blew a little strong initially improving later.Monday the wind dropped off and swung to the south slope.

The LAK 19 which had its wings featured recently in the vacumn bagging "how to" was maidened,and proved to be a great flier and structurally sound, so once again proving this is a good way to build composte wings. The aspect ratio is a very high 35.6 to 1 and the flex was a lot less than expected.

Saterday evening we had a big get together around the braai and shared notes on the days flying event. This is not a club event and is great to see pilots from Durban, Gauteng and even Welkom attended.

Monday saw Jomac's Howard and friends arrive to check out the scene and hopefully next year more of these guys will enter this social event.

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Francois with his new Blaster 2 DLG.