BMFA F3F League 3 HoH 19th May 2013
How frustrating! Weather was windy all week, but just when you just want it most - none! Using the weather call now implemented in the BMFA League system, the competition was cancelled on the Friday evening prior to the event. Reason? all the major weather sites were showing wind speeds of around 3-4mph all day. Minimum speed for F3F is 7mph, and even that can be painfully slow.
Harrogate Model Engineering Show 10th / 11th /12th May 2013
Updated 14 May 2013
Managed to visit the show on Saturday this year. Very busy first thing in the morning, but gradually improved as the day progressed. Good display of Model Aircraft by the Harrogate Club, and a flight simm in operation on another. Crashed a few times on the simulator, then discovered the ailerons were reversed! Oh dear, should have checked!. Some big names missing from the show this year - hope this is not a sign of things to come?
Indoor Flying Dates added for 2013 / 2014
Details added 30 Mar 2013
Tykes Sports Hall has again been booked for Indoor Flying on a Sunday morning for the 2013 / 2014 season. Hopefully an evening venue will also be included in due course. Current Dates here
NYMRSC AGM on the 3rd March 2013
Annual AGM was once again held at Lockton Village hall. Thanks to all those who made the effort to attend. Remember, your current subscriptions will need renewal at the end of March.Subs remain the same as previous years, ie £20 for Full Members, £10 for Seniors, £5 Juniors and Students. Cheques made payable to NYMRSC and send to Jon Edison using the Renewal form here.
Final Round of the F3F Winter League now 16th Mar 2013
updated 16th March 2013
A terrific Winter League series so far. Two rounds lost due to weather, and both because the wind didn't blow hard enough! Reserve dates therefore kicked in, but the Weather Forecast for the 16th March was so dire ( Low pressure slap over the country, light winds from all directions ) that the event was cancelled. Actual weather at 9am on the day was a strong Southerly!. Ah well thats Sloping for you. Final results here
Fourth F3F Winter League 2nd Feb 2013
A great days flying. Occasional sunshine helped to take the edge off the biting NW winds, making the severe wind chill and snow covered ground more bearable. The last round in progress was to be around 3:30pm or 10 Rounds, whichever came soonest.
As it turned out, the 10 rounds were achieved relatively easily by the 14 pilots, allowing for an orderly retreat off the moors before the sun finally went down.
Some variable wind conditions made for a great scrap at the top, with Mark Redsell coming out the winner, just managing to hold off Richard Bago in second and Paul Garnett in the third. Mark also took FTD of 33.43. Well done guys. Full results here.
The final round will be on the 2nd Mar
Third F3F Winter League 5th Jan 2013
Well how keen can you get? By the time I arrived at 9:20 most of the Pilots were sat on the South Bowl waiting for the course to arrive! 18 pilots enjoyed the relatively warm conditions for a January day, on our favourite slope.
Slightly misty start, but with winds from the SSW and well above the legal limit, racing began at 10:15 and continue uninterrupted until R9 when a varying wind speed and direction cause a break in proceedings before the round was eventually stopped.
So, after 8 rounds, an excellent win for Mark Redsell, Simon Thornton second and Peter Gunning in third. Mark also took FTD with a 39.50 in R6. Well done Guys. Full results here.
Next round will be on the 2nd Feb
Second F3F Winter League 1st Dec 2012
Never trust a weatherman! Ok we accept when it says showers, they may be a bit longer and a bit wetter, but hey, not a Blizzard lasting several hours!! Just when things began look bleak, the snow suddenly stopped and we had blue sky for the rest of the day, well not quite, but good enough to get a 6 round competition in, on the NW slope with 15 pilots.
Martin Newnham took first place, with Paul Upton in second and Rich Bago in third. Fastest time went to Martin with a 36.58 in R1. Well done guys. Thanks to everyone for helping with today's proceedings, and look forward to seeing you all in the New Year. Next Winter League will be 5th Jan 2013. Full results from today here
First F3F Winter League 3rd Nov 2012
Great weather forecast which just didn't materialise. Thick fog persisted until midday, windless until around early afternoon, then light winds barely getting above the legal limit of 3 m/s. For a while it looked like we could achieve the required four rounds to be able to call it an official result, but after three very variable rounds and a slowly setting sun, the attempt at a fourth round was abandoned.
Shame really, as 21 pilots had made the effort from nearly all corners of the UK, but hopefully, judging by the banter and barracking that went on, they all enjoyed the day. Next Winter League will be 1st December. Full results here
BMFA 2012 F3F League Results
The final round of the BMFA F3F league was completed last weekend in Eastbourne. The results were an exact replica of the WC finishing order, with a great win for Martin Newnham, Mark Redsell second and Simon Thornton third. So the final BMFA league positions for 2012 are :-
1st Martin Newnham
2nd Rich Bago
3rd Mark Redsell
World F3F Championships in Rugen Germany 6th - 13th Oct 2012
The UK F3F Team consisting of Martin Newnham*, Mark Redsell* and Simon Thornton, together with Team Manager John Phillips took part in the first ever F3F World Championship held in Rugen, Northern Germany. Despite being on unfamiliar slopes, our guys showed their world class potential, finishing 12th, 13th and 14th respectively out of 52 pilots. More information can be found at the official WC Web Site here . *Club Members
Welsh F3F Open 14th / 15th / 16th September 2012
Ten members of the Club attended the annual Welsh Open event at the Bwlch in South Wales, accounting for nearly 25% of the entrants! With flying on all three days, it was probably the best weather at a Welsh event in recent years, although the last day did stop short due to some very wet rain! Martin Newnham won the event in convincing style, with Inaki Elizondo from Spain in 2nd and Mike Evans in 3rd
Club Member positions were :-
1 Martin Newnham
14 Richarg Bago
15 Tom Foreman
18 Paul Garnett
19 Keith Wood
25 Ronnie Lampe
27 Mark Treble
28 Frank Hulton
29 Dave Wright
33 Jon Edison
Great show guys and well done for three very hard days in challenging Welsh conditions! Report and full results here
More Club Members grab the Headlines! Sept 2012
Paul Upton and Tom Foreman travelled North once again, but this time for the Scottish F3F Nationals held at Bishop Hill in Kinross-shire near Perth. All their practice at Horcum paid off, with Paul winning the event and Tom coming third. Paul also took the fastest time of the day with a 34.58. Well done Guys. Full Report Here
BMFA Nationals, Barkston Heath 25th / 26th / 27th Aug 2012
Terrific day out! Sunday was absolutely packed with visitors. Not surprising really as this was forecast to be the best day of the weekend. Didn't look as many trade stands this year, and the swap meet was chaotic, being held totally outside. The hanger which is usually used looked full of full sized aircraft. Some great flying on the Show line and the C/L speed was its usual impressive mix of manic speed and noise. A day not to be missed.
Large Model Show, Elvington 11th / 12th Aug 2012
This years show was back at Elvington, and with the good weather forecast, was destined to be another great event. Shame the museum entry wasn't included this year, but a good selection of trade stands made for an enjoyable day or two. Some great models as well. A few photographs here to give a flavour of the event.
Club Members in the News Aug 2012
Pete Walkingshaw spent a very wet weekend at Barkston Heath attempting to defend his 2011 Bowden Trophy Title. Unfortunately the weather got the better of Pete, and the Trophy will have to wait for another year. However this is turning out to be a family affair, as Pete's brother Don managed a very creditable 4th place. Good report in the September RCM&E.
The F3F Champion of Champion's event held at Horcum at the end of March, features in the August edition of Quiet Flight & Electric International. Thanks to Ian Mason for a terrific report.
BMFA F3F Nationals 23rd / 24th June 2012
After the most dire weather forecast imaginable, we actually had a great weekend. As with all two day events, no weather call is implemented, so the show goes on regardless. Well Saturday turned out to be a stonking day, the early rain clearing to give a strong and blustery Westerly wind on Levisham, and as it turned out the better of the two days. 9 rounds with over 35 sub 40's, no doubt a few PB's, and the odd incident on landing ( well me actually! ). Sunday, again was a fairly rain free day, but with the wind swing from NW to W, we ended up chasing the wind and only managed to complete one more round. Shame, but did get some good exercise!
A great first win for club member Paul Upton, with another popular member Rich Bago in second, with an always happy Simon Thornton in third. Paul cemented his win by also taking the FTD with a 34.07
Full results here, with other Club Member positions as follows :-
1 Paul Upton Needle 124
2 Rich Bago Needle 124
4 Dave Wright Needle 124
9 Mark Redsell Freestyler
12 Ronnie Lampe Strega
14 Martin Newnham Freestyler
15 Paul Middleton Vikos
16 Keith Wood Freestyler
17 Tom Foreman Cyril
18 Frank Hulton Extreme
20 Mark Treble Needle 100
23 Egon Lewin Strega
24 Jon Edison Extreme
Thanks to Martin for his usual excellent organisation, and Rich, Mark and Simon for CD'ing, Ronnie for Buzzer Supremo, and everbody who helped with the kit and course setup.
The next round of the BMFA League is being held for the first time in Scotland, on the 14th / 15th July. See you all there. Now for a bit of repair work!
BMFA L3 12th / 13th May 2012
What a cracking day! Wind square on to Levisham all day, and speed to die for. Well not quite, but you know what I mean. Trouble was the lift was variable and the gusts made standing on the edge quite difficult, not to mention trying to fly at the same time! But for those who could do both successfully then it was ballistic. 26 sub forties, and several PB's to boot.
A great win for Club member Richard Bago, with Greg Dakin in second, and Peter Gunning in third. Fastest time of the day with a terrific 31.32 was Ronnie Lampe with his Strega.
1st Rich Bago
2nd Greg Dakin
3rd Peter Gunning
Other Club Members :-
4th Paul Upton
5th Ronnie Lampe
6th Mark Redsell
10th Frank Hulton
13th Tom Foreman
15th Jon Edison
16th Egon Lewin
17th Mark Treble
18th George Young
19th Paul Garnett
20th Bob Dickinson
22th Keith Wood
Full Results Here
Thanks to everyone who helped run the day and ferried equipment up and down the hill
BMFA L2 Cancelled. 29th April 2012
The prospects of a good weekend never looked good, but Saturday was to be the better day giving the 60" League at least a chance of being run.Wrong! Saturday just rained and rained. Apart from a brief respite around midday, it rained continuously. The racing was abandoned at 2pm and a very soggy group headed for home. The F3F had already been called off due to a poor Sunday forecast.
Champion of Champions Event 31st march / 1st April 2012
Great weekend with some terrific flying by all concerned. Saturday being the more productive day, with eight rounds completed. Sunday we had to wait for the wind to make its mind up,finally settling on WNW. With the earlier finish of 3pm meant we only managed another three rounds, making eleven in total.
Final results gave a terrific win to Simon Thornton, with Martin Newnham in second followed by Club Member Paul Garnett in third. Paul also claimed the fastest time with a 34.40 in R4.
Tony Fu of Slope Racer fame, who kindly sponsored the event, was on hand to present the Trophies and draw the raffle. The Willow F3F kindly donated by Tony was won by Andrzej Tabero.
Many thanks to all who helped. Particular thanks to Ian Mason for his pre race work, and support with the raffle prize. Ronnie Lampe and Adam Richardson for their help during the day. Richard Bago and Andrzej for Cding, Keith Wood and everyone who helped carry all the kit up and down the hill!
Other Club Member Positions :-
4th Richard Bago
5th Mark Redsell
10th Keith Wood
12th Paul Middleton
13th Ronnie Lampe
16th Mark Treble
18th Jon Edison
20th George Young
NYMRSC AGM on the 25th March 2012
Annual AGM was once again held at Lockton Village hall. Thanks to all those who made the effort to attend. Remember, your current subscriptions do not run out until March 2013!
F3F Final Winter League Results for Saturday 10th March 2012
Fantastic spring weather greeted us at Levisham for our final winter league event of the season. A WNW wind forecast was a little disappointing as we know Levisham can be very bumpy with a northerly content to the wind. It didn't disappoint! Buckets of sink followed by the odd thermal all mixed together with rough air, made for a very challenging day. The 16 pilots hopefully managed some good air over the 11 rounds completed.
1st Peter Gunning
2nd Mark Redsell
3rd Paul Middleton
Fastest time went to Frank Hulton with a cracking 38.54. Full Results here
Team Trial Results 2012
What a great weekend end, and what a great result. Club Member Mark Redsell lead all the way to finish first, with Simon Thornton second and Martin Newnham third. These are the three Guys who will represent the UK at the World Championships in Germany, we wish them well. But some great flying by other Club members too, with Rich Bago as second reserve.
Final positions are :-
1st Mark Redsell
2nd Simon Thornton
3rd Martin Newnham
1st Reserve Peter Gunning
2nd Reserve Richard bago
Other Club Member positions:-
7th Paul Middleton
9th Frank Hulton
10th Paul Upton
13th Mark Treble
14th Tom Foreman
15th Jon Edison
Team Trials 25th / 26th Feb 2012
The final stage of the Team Selection process will be taking place at Horcum on the 25 / 26 Feb. This is in order to select the 3 man team which will represent the UK at the forthcoming F3F World Championships in Germany later in the year.If you took part in the first stage in Wales last year, you are eligible to take part in this final stage, but does require a commitment to attend the WC if you qualify! If you have not already done so, contact Martin Newnham (firstname.lastname@example.org) the BMFA League Coordinator to register.In addition to pilots, we would like volunteers to help with manning the buzzers. Even if you could spare just one day, that would be great help. Contact Jon Edison if you are able to help.
F3F Practice session Saturday 18th Feb 2012
A practice session has been called for Saturday 18th Feb, All welcome.
This was to have been a reserve date for the Winter League, but due to all the league dates to date completing, the reserve dates will not be required
F3F Winter League Results for Saturday 4th Feb 2012
With a temperature forecast of 1 degC and Southerly winds gusting up to 40mph, the prospects of being frozen rigid on the slope was a real prospect. And boy was it cold! Any exposed skin was to be avoided, and those flying without gloves soon realised that the 50secs or so stood completing their round was painful. Still, 18 pilots choose to brave the conditions, and completed a magnificent 8 rounds, before making a hasty retreat as the snow arrived.
1st Mark Redsell
2nd Simon Thornton
3rd Martin Newnham
Fastest time of the day went to Simon with a magnificent 33.24. Report Here
F3F Winter League Results for Saturday 7th Jan 2012
With a terrific forecast we thought we were in for a great days racing. The wind had other ideas. XCweather showed West, all the forecast were for West, even the flags along the A64 showed West. Was it West? well sometimes! Conditions swung from NW to W throughout the day, making the choice of slope impossible. We finally settled on the more Northern facing edge of Levisham, as the best we could do. After 6 bumpy turbulent rounds the 18 pilots had had enough.
1st Mark Redsell
2nd Greg Dakin
3rd Dave Wright
Fastest time of the day went to Mark with a terrific 34.42. Report Here
F3F Winter League Results for Saturday 3rd December 2011
Great forecast didn't disappoint. Westerly winds all day for the 20 pilots to do battle with. Conditions were variable throughout the day, but 8 rounds achieved before the cutoff time of Sunset (c3:30) was a good call, as trying to achieve another round would have been impossible.
1st Mark Redsell
2nd Richard Bago
3rd Paul Garnett
Fastest time of the day went to Keith Wood with a 39.95. Report here
Hawk Club Rally on Saturday 26th Nov 2011
Do not fly at Horcum on Saturday 26th Nov. The Hawk Flying Club have requested exclusive use of the Horcum for their end of season bash, which we have agreed to on a one off basis. A meeting with the Hawk Club at the NYMPA Offices in Helmsley on the 5th December has been arranged to discuss this and other issues. In the meantime please do not use Horcum this Saturday.
Tykes Indoor Flying Dates Added
Dates updated 19 Nov 2011
Tykes Sunday morning Indoor flying dates are now available at the Sandburn Golf Club off the A64 north of York. This is a large heated hall, great for both Helis and Fixed Wing. BMFA insurance required for Helis, but fix wing is covered by our insurance. The hall is booked for 10:30 to 12:30. Remember that Burnholme School indoor flying has also started. Full Details here
F3F Winter League Results Saturday 5th Nov 2011
Poor weather nearly forced cancellation of our first Winter League. Low cloud and drizzle finally gave way to an overcast, but flyable day on the NW slopes. 14 pilots took part, completing 9 rounds before poor light stopped play.
1st Mark Redsell
2nd Paul Garnett
3rd Paul Middleton
Fastest time went to Paul Garnett with a 41.80 in R8. Report Here
F3F Practice Day scheduled for Saturday 29 Oct 2011
A final practice session, before the start of the Winter League Series, is planned for Saturday 29th Oct. All welcome. Remember there is a 2M class included in the WL, so you don't need a 'full house' F3F ship to compete.
BMFA League Final Results for 60inch
A terrific win for CLub Member Ronnie Lampe in the 60inch league. Great result after losing his Nationals crown earlier in the year. Well done Ron! Report Here
BMFA League 5 Results 10th / 11th Sept at the Long Mynd
Usual horrible weather forecast leading up to the event, but came good(ish) on the day. The 60inch Nationals on the Saturday saw Club Member Ronnie Lampe loose his 2010 Nationals crown by a whisker, but 5 club members in the top 10 aint bad.
The F3F on the Sunday saw 6 Club Members taking part with 3 finishing in the top 10. Mark Redsell taking fastest time of the day as well.
Burnholme Indoor Flying Starts Wednesday 14th Sept
Dates updated 11 Oct 2011
Burnholme indoor flying resumes 7pm to 9m on every other wednesday, starting on the 14th Sept. Tykes dates will be added later.
BMFA Nationals, Barkston Heath 27th / 28th / 29th Aug
The Silent Flight Nationals were held on the same weekend but at RAF Cottesmore. I managed to spend Saturday at Cottesmore and Sunday at Barkston. The weather stayed mainly dry apart from a shower on one day, but strengthening wind did make the flying a little tricky. At least most of the events took place unlike the previous year when the strong winds just about grounded everything! Several NYMRSC members we seen taking part in the SF Nats, I hope to have the results soon.
Large Model Show - Elvington 13th / 14th Aug 2011
This years show moved from Rufforth to Elvington. A great venue, plus entry to the museum was included in the entry fee, making for a good value day out! If the show stays at Elvington, I can see it becoming very popular. There was a fair selection of trade stands, and of course plenty of 'greasy spoons' to get your Bacon Butties! The Weather didn't misbehave too much either.
One hairy moment when a large Biplane slewed on take off, cleared the spectators along the flight line and then crashed in front of a trade stand! Scary or what? - I was stood in the entrance to the stand at the time! Fortunately no-one was hurt.
Car Parking at the Hole of Horcum
Report Added 26th Jul 2011
If you have visited the 'Hole' recently, you will have noticed that the North York Moors Park Authority are now charging for parking in the main car park. The good news is that these charges do NOT apply to members of the NYMRSC when flying at the Hole. We have agreed with the Park Authority that our Members will identity themselves by leaving their Club Badge on the dashboard of their cars.
Pete Walkingshaw Wins the 2011 Bowden Trophy!
Report Added 14th Jul 2011. Updated 30 July 2011
Just to demonstrate the many talents of our members, Pete Walkinshaw, a long serving member of the Club and one time supporter of PSS, has won the Bowden Trophy at the 2011 BMFA Free Flight Nationals held at Barkston Heath. Pete's report and pictures here
North of England Eurotour Open 9th / 10th July 2011
The trouble with this outdoor hobby is that the weather can make or break the best laid plans. It certainly tried hard again this weekend. Light winds and frequent showers nearly prevented the competition from even starting. But persistence paid off, and were eventually rewarded with 5 rounds over the 2 days.
There were moments of good air and great flying. Dieter Perlick demonstrated the technique on more than one occasion to win the event and take fastest time. Espen Torp also won a round to take second place, and Joel West, who had it not been for a cut during some stonking air, may have placed higher, but a creditable third all the same.
Team prize went to our very own trio of Richard Bago, Paul Middleton and Keith Wood, masquerading under some bizarre name of Dicky Hearts and the Pacemakers
NYMRSC Member positions as follows :-
6 Paul Middleton
8 Keith Wood
9 Richard Bago
10 Jon Edison
17 Frank Hulton
18 Paul Townsend
20 Alan Scupham
24 Ronnie Lampe
26 Mark Treble
BMFA F3F Nationals and WC Team Trials, 25th / 26th June 2011
The Welsh weather did its best to try and spoil the Nationals and our first ever World Championship Team Selection trials. Saturday was a complete washout, even the sheep looked as though they had had enough! But,Sunday was a cracker, and 29 pilots managed a magnificent 8 rounds in scorching sunshine, and near perfect conditions. NYMRSC Members had generally mixed results, but Mark Redsell once again showed his form, and apart from one slip, came in a magnificent 2nd.
Final Members positions were:-
2nd Mark Redsell
10th Keith Wood
12th Frank Hulton
14th Richard Bago
16th Paul Middleton
20th Jon Edison
Thanks to the SWSA for hosting, Martin Newnham for the all his efforts in pulling it all together, and all the guys who helped and took part
HORCUM F3F Record Smashed!!
BMFA League 3 Results at HoH 21st / 22nd May 2011
What a terrific weekend. The 60inch racing on the Saturday was great fun. The South Bowl at Horcum with sunshine and good winds is the place to be. Some very close racing throughout the day, with Ronnie Lampe finally coming out on top, Mark Abbots second and Mike Evans third. Full Results here
Sundays F3F racing was awesome. With winds blowing at 50mph+ on the edge of Levisham, the scene was set for some very fast racing. With over 40 runs under 40secs, this gives some idea of the conditions. In the very first round Martin Newnham broke the Horcum record with a 32.00sec run. Not to be outdone Mark Redsell reset the record with a 31.30secs in R4 before finally nailing it with a 30.90secs in R5 making him the fastest UK pilot ever!! Mark won the event, Joel West second and Peter Gunning third. Full Results here
Harrogate Model Engineering Show 13th / 14th / 15th May 2011
Updated 16th May 2011
Managed to get to the Show on Sunday this year. Very quiet in comparison to last year, but I believe Saturday and Sundays are the quieter days. Maybe bargain hunters in the trade hall swell the numbers on the first day! Didn't find those wow factor exhibits this year, but still a lot of models and several NYMRSC Club members had exhibited items, plus a few Club members attending the show as well. All in all a good day out.
BMFA League 2 Results at Huddersfield 7th / 8th May 2011
The 60inch on the Saturday was cancelled due lack of the 'right' winds, but the Sunday F3F had a terrific day, which went totally against the weather forecast. Not a drop of rain and winds gusting over 40mph. In fact the gusty conditions caught a few flyers out, resulting in either penalty points for crossing the safety line, or in a few cases, model damage.
This all made for very difficult flying conditions, with the 24 pilots having their work cut out to make the most of their given conditions. So after 9 rounds, congratulations go to a very consistent Joel West in first place, with Mark Redsell in second, pushing Richard Bago into third place in the very last round! Joel also had the fastest time of the day with a 36.25. Full Results here
F3F Practice Day Saturday 2 April 2011
Mixed forecast, didn't really look promising, but guess what? an excellent day! The forecast obviously put some flyers off. However in true Horcum fashion, you never know just what you are going to get. Try 36mph on the South slope in the morning, turning to similar conditions on Levisham by the afternoon, and we had a great day's flying. Full results here.
Winter League Fly-off in Wales Abandoned!
The annual fly-off between all the various F3F Winter League Qualifiers in Wales over the weekend of the 26th / 27th March suffered from a severe lack of wind. Not one round was completed in the two days, before the competition was finally abandoned early Sunday afternoon. Still, we did come home with a suntan!
Winter League Final Positions
The final event was cancelled due to a poor wind forecast, so the final results for the 2010/2011 Winter League are :-
1 Mark Redsell
2 Richard Bago
3 Peter Gunning
For the Winter League Fly-off to be held in Wales on the 26 / 27 March, the following members have qualified to attend:-
1 Mark Redsell
2 Richard Bago
3 Peter Gunning
4 Keith Wood
5 Jon Edison
Good luck Guys, and lets hope the weather gods play ball
Annual AGM 13th MARCH
Annual AGM was once again held at Lockton Village hall. Thanks to all those who made the effort to attend. Good news is that the Subs remain at £20 as per previous years, but for this year only, will cover members for 2 years!
Winter League F3F results - Saturday 5th March 2011
At last, decent weather conditions without any ifs and buts. A steady but chilly NE wind all day, some variation in the lift but you could hardly say it was thermal! The grey misty start to the day soon cleared, and flying got underway by about 10:30. 14 pilots made for a quick round time, and by 16:30 a halt was called after a strenuous 14 rounds.
With an exact re-run of the results of the January Winter League, Mark Redsell finally took 1st place after pushing a very determined Richard Bago into 2nd from top spot just two rounds from the end, whilst Peter Gunning chased all the way in 3rd.
Fastest time of the day went to Peter with a time of 41.59
1 Mark Redsell Freestyler 11680.82
2 Richard Bago Martinet 11498.89
3 Peter Gunning Cyril 11412.30
4 Dave Wright Zeus 11081.14
5 Keith Wood Freestyler 10955.18
6 Frank Hulton Extreme 10601.96
7 Dave Watson Vikos 10341.84
8 Jon Edison Extreme 10327.10
9 Jon Wells Espada 10106.15
10 Mike Mccracken Ascot 10077.89
11 George Young Vikos 9654.81
12 Egon Lewin Acacia II 9574.97
13 Mark Treble W. Compact 9381.67
14 Steve Kenyon Acacia II 8882.42
Thanks to Frank for keeping the buzzers manned, and to Mark and Richard for CD duties and to all the pilots who made for a terrific day
Final Winter League event is scheduled for the 19th March. The current positions will be published prior to this date so the top three pilots will be known as soon as possible after the event.
Full report to follow
19th Feb Winter League Cancelled
Well we must have done something to anger the Weather Gods!! With Rain AND Snow forecast for all day Saturday, yet another round of this years Winter League bites the dust, or should that be sinks below the waterline!
5th Feb Winter League Cancelled
After a very stormy Friday ( winds speeds at Fylingdales recorded at 70mph ), the weather for Saturday takes a rather more benign phase with winds around the barely legal ( 8mph ) and variable amounts of rain all day.
The good news is that the reserve date of the 19th Feb kicks in, so fingers crossed for an event in a fortnights time.
Access to Levisham is very difficult!
Added 10th Jan 2011
Great care is needed on the path up the Slope at Levisham. Deep snow still covers the path near the top. Access across this snow is very precarious. The route to the right of the seat at the start of the hill was found to be easier, but still required a careful traverse of snow along the top
Winter League F3F Results. Saturday 8th Jan 2011
At last, the first scoring round of our Winter League! The weather forecast being spot on. The early rain cleared to give a cloudless blue sky for the rest of the day. The forecasted wind direction of NW turning W, gave Levisham as the only choice, but meant that the 14 pilots had a bit of a hike between slopes as the wind changed. Still 7 rounds were completed before the setting sun stopped play.
Once again Mark Redsell showed his mastery of the slope in first place, closely followed by Richard Bago in second, and Peter Gunning in third. Peter also had the fastest time of the day with a 40.83
1 Mark Redsell Freestyler 5865.13
2 Rich Bago Martinet 5598.20
3 Peter Gunning Cyril 5584.10
4 Paul Middleton Vikos / Skorp 5283.30
5 John Thornton Skorp 5261.31
6 Keith Wood Freestyler 5053.30
7 Mike McCracken Skorp / Ascot 4889.43
8 Jon Edison Extreme 4859.21
9 Mick Lideard Vikos 4630.68
10 Frank Hulton Extreme 4507.32
11 Alan Scupham Pike WR 4477.22
12 Egon Lewin Acacia 2 4237.72
13 Mark Treble Dragon 3907.09
14 Paul Garnett Xfire 2 881.11
Full report to follow
Next Winter League is scheduled for the 8th Jan 2011
Snow around Horcum has been thawing quickly over the last few weeks. Still a lot of slushy stuff about, so the moor will be very wet. Lack of wind and a poor visibility have been a feature at Horcum recently, so things will need to improve for us to get a Competition in this weekend. Note - additional dates have been added to the calendar in Feb and Mar to cover the lost dates so far
Horcum Winter League 4th December 2010 is CANCELLED
I don't remember seeing this much snow at this time of year for some time! Yes we have had a covering at Horcum before during the December Winter League events before, but this must equal the levels seen in January this year
Harrogate Model Show 27th / 28th November 2010
Don't know whether it is just me, but is the show loosing its appeal. OK the weather didn't help, with several inches of snow covering the county, the number of visitors were definitely down on last year, but also not so many traders. Still a good few hours spent there, mainly I think chatting over a coffee and bacon butty!
Horcum F3F Winter League 6th Nov 2010
Updated 10th Nov 2010
Unfortunately the weather gods didn't play ball, and whilst we had blue sky and lots of sun, we didn't have sufficient wind to run a competition. The rules require a minimum of 3m/s (approx 7mph) and in reality that is about as low as you would want to try and fly 10 laps of the course in. The wind was frequently below this figure, and after around 30 flights from the 20 pilots, we called it a day. However Some great pictures here from Dave Watson
Horcum F3F Winter League 6th Nov 2010
Item Added to Club News 2nd Nov 2010
A new 2M Class for Slope Racing has been added to the Winter League Series, so if you would like to take part in F3F but don't feel you have the right kind of model, then the introduction of 2M class ( any model up to 2 meter span), is for you.
There will be lots of help at hand, so if you don't know what is involved in F3F, then don't worry, just come along and give it a go. More Details Here
BMFA L7 F3F competition at Huddersfield on Sunday 24th Oct 2010
With Light, bitterly cold winds from the North making for a very challenging day, Club Member Paul Middleton topped the leader board and nine other members in the points, this was a terrific day for the Club. Report Here
Indoor Flying Dates
Item Added to Club News 30th Sept 2010. Updated 19 Oct 2010
Click on link 'Indoor Flying Updates Here' for details
Welsh F3F Open 17/18/19th Sept 2010
Three days of fairly hectic flying, in conditions that ranged from very variable to ballistic, certainly proved to be very challenging. A completely different style of flying to that used at Horcum is required, not to mention landing which can be tricky in the strong rotor that exists at the back of some slopes.
Never-the-less, 9 Members from Horcum braved the Welsh hills and joined the other 40 UK and European flyers to witness three great days, and an un-official World Record set by Iñaki Elizondo of 29.37secs. The event ran very smoothly, thanks to the SWSA organisation, with the final results here. Club Member positions after the 11 Rounds were :-
5 Mark Redsell 8694.69
9 Keith Wood 8513.46
14 Richard Bago 8300.40
21 Paul Garnett 8067.52
25 Frank Hulton 7909.22
26 Jon Edison 7903.64
30 Paul Foster 7857.16
34 Paul Middleton 7769.81
36 Dave Wright 7693.65
Congratulations to every body for a great showing after some terrific flying
BMFA F3F Nationals -Hole of Horcum 4/5th Sept 2010
A cracking 2 days. 29 Competitors started the weekend. 14 rounds completed by 4:30 on Sunday, with some quite variable conditions throughout.
Congratulations to Mark Redsell on a terrific win, Simon Thornton second and Joel West third. Fastest time went to Mark with a 32.34 in R9.
T9hobbysports provided the various raffle prizes.
Results ( All Club members shown in Bold )
1 Mark Redsell 11380.61
2 Simon Thornton 10840.39
3 Joel West 10824.77
4 Paul Middleton 10774.80
5 Peter Gunning 10752.16
6 Martin Newnhan 10545.48
7 Dave Watson 10464.94
8 Mike Evans 10376.28
9 Richard Bago 10285.49
10 Keith Woods 10181.61
Full Results Here. Report Here
BMFA Nationals - Barkston Heath 28/29/30th Aug 2010
What a disappointing weekend! Strong winds just about grounded everything. The Pylon Racer's and the odd Helicopter braved the elements on Sunday, but apart from that not a sausage, except from the food vans that is. The Trade Stands looked busy, but the Swap Meet in the Hanger looked decidedly thin on the ground. Oh well here's to next year!
F3F Practice Day Saturday 21st Aug 2010
Great day if you like seeing how many slopes you can fly in one day! Well two actually, Levisham and the South slope. But we climbed Levisham twice, once to discover the South Slope would be best, and a second time when the wind swung back to Levisham! We were all cream crackered by 4pm, but managed 11 rounds between slopes. Several sub 40's were achieved by Keith Wood, Paul Middleton,and Mark Redsell who had the fastest of the three with a 36.91. Well done Guys. Full Results here
Rufforth Show 14/15th Aug 2010
Weather on the Saturday turned out to be pretty good. The only issue was the strengthening North wind which made landings tricky for the more lightly loaded models on the East/West facing runway. Sunday I believe was similar but with slightly less wind. Good collection of Models and Trade stands made for a pleasant day out.
Club Member Ronnie Lampe is 2010 60inch BMFA Nationals Champion
Item added to Club News 9th Aug 2010
Congratulations to Ronnie for a well deserved win at the Nationals held in Wales last weekend. Ronnie's flying has been terrific all year, and with the BMFA League still to complete, this could be a double for Ron. Other Club members featuring prominently were Paul Townsend in joint second place, and Frank Hulton in fifth. Well done Guys, Report by Clayton Landells here
F3F Practice Session Saturday 31th July 2010
Weather forecast was more or less spot on, 10mph Westerly with a chance of a shower or two. Well we only had the one shower, which, coinciding with lunch worked out perfectly. Lift was mostly pants, but occasionally, stonking air would come through, and a number of sub40's were achieved. Paul Middleton was the first with a cracking PB of 38.14. Mark Redsell continued to dominate, claiming first spot after 14 Rounds. Richard Bago, Ronnie Lampe and Paul Mid battled it out for second, third and fourth respectively. Several other Club Members flew, but didn't take part in the practice session. Result Here
Horizon Hobbies Recalls Spektrum AR6250 Receivers
Item added to Club News 19th July. Updated 25th July 2010
If you own one of these receivers, you should stop using it immediately, and return the unit to Horizon for a free upgrade. Details Here
I sent my receiver off to Horizon on Tuesday 20th and the replacement arrived Saturday 24th Jul. The replacement is called the AR6255 and appears very slightly bigger than the old model. Be careful when re-attaching servo and power cables, as the polarity of the new connector is reversed. Polarity is shown on the side of the case if you are not sure. Also don't send back the instruction sheet that came with your original AR 6250. The new receiver has an addendum sheet with it only, and refers to the old sheet for installation details etc.
F3F Practice Session Saturday 10th July 2010
Well, not quite the day we were expecting. South winds, warm temperatures,
and thermals to die for? Well two out of three aint bad, but the thermals
just didn't arrive in any regular format. High cloud didn't let the sun
penetrate, and as a consequence, there was just no real energy in the wind. Whilst there was a steady blow all day, ballistic it was not!
Mark Redsell was once again able to handle the air consistently with top slot, Paul Foster coaxed his Skorp into 2nd place, with Richard Bago and his Vikos storming into third. Loss of a servo on his Martinet required a Rich to change to his back up model, but he still managed the fastest time of the day with a 40.88. Results here
BELI ZELL Glue
Item added to Club News 7th July 2010
If you haven't tried it yet, then I can thoroughly recommend it. It is described as a virtually odorless polyurethane adhesive which reacts with moisture to cure. It is a fairly thin clear liquid which will quite readily flow into gaps between components and expands as it cures. ( photo here ). I have used the 20min version and is available from T9Hobbysports.
F3F Practice Session Saturday 26th June 2010
Good day yet again. If the wind had been more Southerly, the South Bowl could have produce more cracking times, but Ronnie's terrific 37.62 was the fastest of the day, and the only sub40 to boot. The change of slope to cater for the more easterly content of the wind later in the day certainly felt better, but the times didn't appear to reflect that.
Another straight win for Mark, who coped with the variables better than most, but good to see Keith second and Ronnie third. Record holder Richard never found form today with his Martinet finishing fourth. Nice to see a couple of new faces taking part, Gary and Egon, who coped well with the South Bowls vagrancies.Results here
Hope the weather holds out for the Welsh event on the 4th July
NEW HORCUM F3F RECORD - Practice Session Saturday 19th June 2010
If you like your flying Rough, Rainy and Record breaking then you would have liked Saturday! Winds gusting to 55mph on the NW ridge ( never known for its smooth air ) frequent squally showers, but occasionally air to die for, then this was not going to be for the faint hearted. Only eight F3F flyers and two other Club Members braved it to the slope to witness some of the fastest flying ever seen at Horcum. Richard Bago's 32.07secs was a new Horcum record, and was flown in terrific style by Richard. Mark Redsell didn't disappoint either, with a similarly flown 32.38 one round later. Precision flying by these two was a joy to watch.
Casualties? only Ronnie Lampe's brolly which turned inside out in a fit of pique during a particularly gusty moment. Full Results Here
BMFA L2 60inch Competition on Saturday 22nd May
The weather forecast for light Southerly winds put a lot of people off, and in the event only 10 entries were received. But the South Bowl came to the rescue and not only were the winds stronger than predicted ( gusts up 18mph! ) strong thermals in the scorching sunshine gave some superb racing.
Thanks to Clayton for keeping to tradition and calling the comp ON, and for running the show. Special thanks to Tim Shaw for lending Jon Edison two models and a transmitter to enable him to compete- brave man!
Full Results can be found on our Competitions Review page
BMFA L2 F3F competition on Sunday 23rd May.
Terrific weather for lazing around in the sun and a doing a spot of thermal flying. No good at all for serious F3F flying. Competition abandoned after 2 rounds as the wind couldn't make up its mind which direction to blow from!
Full Results can be found on our Competitions Review page
Harrogate Model Engineering Show 7th- 9th May
I know I should have put this date up earlier for those of you who didn't know about it, but for those who went, it was very much business as usual. Busy first thing Friday. Folks must be thinking that getting there early will beat the crowds -wrong! Go later, it certainly appeared less hectic in the afternoon. I can't talk for Sat or Sun, but would expect them maybe to be busier?
Model of the show for me was John MacNamara's F-14. Twin jet, swing wing fighter. Was destined to be model of the show, but as it had origins as a kit, it didn't qualify. John says it was massively reworked, and it certainly looked like it. Don't forget to let us know John when its maiden flight is!
Sir George Cayley Sailwing Club added to Links page
Impromptu F3F Practice Day Saturday 24 April
With such a good forecast for the weekend, a quick call round to interested parties soon drew a gathering of 12 members for a practice session. The BMFA league event the previous weekend was scrubbed due to lack of wind, so some were keen to get a bit of flight time in before the next comp on the 22/23 May at Horcum. Results here
The good weather also brought out a few non F3F members. Hopefully we managed to slot them in to proceedings without them feeling left out!
In future practice sessions will be posted here, so those feeling like a whiz can come and join in
F3F Champion of Champions Results
A fabulous two days on the Welsh Slopes gave 23 pilots 16 rounds of close fought competition in challenging conditions on 2 different slopes. Congratulations to Mark Redsell on his terrific win, and also for the fastest time of a blistering 32.82 secs.( All Club members shown in Bold )
Many thanks to Ian Mason of SlopeRacer.co.uk for his generosity in organising and sponsoring the event. Report and Pictures here
1 Mark Redsell Freestyler 13012.16 2 Simon Thornton Ceres / Extreme 12959.83 3 Mike Evans Cyril 12688.41 4 Peter Gunning Cyril / Extreme 12575.98 5 Joel West Cyril 12548.93 6 Greg Dakin Tanga / Race Mx 12352.29 7 Adam Richardson Strega / Extreme 12342.47 8 Scott Ravenscr Wizard F3F / Artist 12019.17 9 Mick Walsh Ceres 11981.26 10 Paul Middleton Skorpion / Vikos 11955.78 11 Richard Bago Xenon / Vikos 11832.15 12 Mark Passingham Freestyler / Cyril 11677.61 13 Frank Hulton Extreme 11572.95 14 Paul Garnett Vikos / Airone 11489.40 15 Jon Edison Skorpion / Sting 11441.26 16 Zim Smith Strega 11430.46 17 Scott Edwards New Sting 11418.85 18 Ron Russell Strega 11222.71 19 Andy Burgoyne Ascot 11123.46 20 Mark Abbotts Acacia2 / Caldera 11069.78 21 Ian Stewart Ceres 10601.47 22 Ian Mason Airone / Wizard F3F 10586.15 23 John Phillips Falcon 4219.94
For a full results breakdown, click here.
Many thanks to everybody who supported the Winter League Series, and look forward to a great Summer flying season.
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