This year’s weather wasn’t quite as kind as last year’s. Saturday started off with a cold North West wind; ideal direction for the gate. The problem for these large scale planes flying at the gate is landing particularly with most of the pilots not familiar with the site. The other problem is the restricted parking space.
Ant Jervis (event’s organiser) decided to fly from the pool site because the forecast said that the wind would swing round to a more westerly directing towards dinner time
Flying started about 11 ish with a non-scale model testing for lift. Shortly after that the big guys ventures out and although the lift wasn’t brilliant at the time, there were no land-outs and true to the forecast the lift got better and was quite good from dinnertime onwards.
At the pilots briefing, Ant said that Sunday’s weather forecast was going to be rubbish (2 to 4 mph) and could be a compete washout for flying. So he decided that the models would be judged for Best Static – Best Landing and the most Realistic Flight of the day today (Saturday) This proved a good decision on Ant’s part because on Sunday the wind sock limped round the pole 360 deg. several times and the only planes to fly had props on the front
Ant restricted the number of aircraft flying at the same time to 5 because of the possibility of mid-airs.
For a detailed review and report on this event, see Simon Cocker’s usual “On Silent Wings” slope article in the RCM&E December 2015 Magazine on page 102