Sometime soon,sooner or later, we will actually get spring,
and even summer….possibly.
After a somewhat dry winter, spring has been a real wet push
with some serious rain pelting through as cold front after cold front
knocks the edges off the Peninsula.
And so we have spent more time in the last few weeks chasing Westerlies,
to North Westerlies when in fact we should be at Red Hill soaking up the South Easters.
We did try for an aerobatics comp this weekend, after racing out of Hout Bay
on the back of a North Westerly, only to find it was too north for Slangkop
and too west for Chappies. In the end it came good and
we were able to get the league under way only to have the
wind switch to SW and blow the slope out on a cross wind after the first two
guys in the first round had just managed to launch themselves.
So, maddeningly we waited it out, had a blast with virtual standstill/last man
in the air combat, in atrocious cross wind conditions
and “touch and goes: that had the laugh muscles well and truly tuned.
True as Bob, the minute we sent Kurt our judge home,
the west came back and was cooking by the evening
but by then the twilight and reflection off the sea
made orientation a somewhat tricky affair.
Pointy bit up lads!
And rock on Sunday, a day that was not even supposed to have flying conditions
ended up with ever changing Westerlies once again
and so back to Kommetjie we went
and in between rain, and hail storms ( did I say this was spring?)
we managed to have a complete blast with the BEE wings
while dodging the next approaching storm.
Keep an eye out later in the Week for the launch of the
TOSS AEROBATICS EVENT 2011
entries and PDF of the moves and shakes.
Well for those that made the trip to Chapman’s Peak on Saturday,
it was well worth the while as moderate westerly conditions
held for most of the day and a lot of airtime was had by all.
Noticeably Mally had the Aldij up on three occasions
and as per usual the thing just cruised without a worry,
Tim spent the day airborne, and who was the man who arrived with the Solo…..
sans the wings? aint going to fly like that I can bet.
Schalk arrived with the new club glider project that was built over a 2 build day period,
quite a feat to more or less complete a fuselage glassing, wing bagging,
tail surface creation and apply all together at the second build clinic.
Well done Hans!
Now Schalk took a bit of an ear beating as we convinced him to
set up the glider on Mally’s radio, despite much winging about
the incomplete state of the machine. OK, so one of the flap servo’s
had to be taped in place, but due to fact that we were not going
to utilise the flaps for landing, all was well.
So off to the front of the slope we went, lobbed it off
and boy was that a faultless maiden flight.
The thing just flew beautifully straight off the bat!
With the fully symmetrical Vector wing profile performing flawlessly,
even as the conditions lightened up there, was not even a hint of tail drag
and she stayed buoyant throughout the maiden flight.
Landed like a peach to, and so Schalk’s grin could be seen from Cairo.
Well done Schalk and Hans and does this look like a possible future club glider.
While we were in the car-park nattering away, we were approached by a young German couple,
Malta Grobbel and Anne. Turns out Malta is involved in slope soaring in Germany,
and going through their website does quite a few things in the slope, power and racing scene.
His notable envy at the Chapman’s Peak site tells a story
of just how blessed we are to live in something akin to a slope paradise.
Lets never forget that… Malta insist he will be back in SA, with the Erwin that he flies
just to suck up some of the slope scene. Website is as such:
Malta bungees up the Erwin back home in Germany
Erwin in glide state
Schalk and the Hanska – flies like a dream – very successful club build project
A Grade 1 Down Drop 2 Figure M 3 Horizontal Eight with 1/2 Roll 4 Four Point Roll 5 Rolling Eight 6 1/2 Square Loop with 1/2 Rolls 7 Four Point TOSS Roll 8 Twisted Loop 9 Rolling Loop 10 Sharks Tooth B Grade 1 Double Immelman 2 Cuban Eight 3 Slow Roll 4
To help ensure a positive and steady progression in our ability to fly slope aerobatic manoeuvres T.O.S.S. have made a change to the layout of our aerobatic league. Moving away from optional K Factor based manoeuvres to mandatory manoeuvres chosen to create a firm foundation of flying skills. The T.O.S.S. aerobatic league will now consist
Thanks to Jeff, we have a new sparkling quick and efficient website
up and running, with thank goodness all the Blog posts in tact.
Quite a feat to achieve with the over 200 posts being succesfully transfered
and a bit of Toss history kept firmly in the ether.
Thanks Jeff for all the hard work
Not long to go to Hermanus lads, and looks like Damian is hard at work
with at least 3 differing rubber planes that should be ready for the fly in.
When meeting terra firma up at St.James with my rubber Spitfire, after Damian kindly
ankle tapped me into the side of the hill, I too took on the duty of recovering this
fantastic little pane that is now at least 18 months old and has taken some kind of a real beating.
End result, a D-Day refit and she is back to cooking around the sky.
Something to be said for the original colour scheme,
although screaming around in front of the fynbos tends to make her visually disappear…
which, after all was the whole idea.
So theres still plenty of time to get any other rubber planes
you might have in mind complete by the event.
On topics of Hermanus, has anyone purchased one of the below at a nice scale size?
….and will it be ready to do a tour of duty at Hermanus?
Could be nice – very nice indeed snuggled up to the Mustang, Lightning, and Warhawk!
Safety Rules PRE-FLIGHT SAFETY CHECKS 1.Before touching your transmitter, first check the availability of your frequency both on the frequency beg board and verbally with those already flying. 2.Check the structural integrity of the airplane e.g. cracks on any part, condition of all hinges and any unacceptable movement or play on any part of the
TWO OCEAN SLOPE SOARERS CONSTITUTION 1NAME The name of the club shall be the TWO OCEAN SLOPE SOARERS, hereafter referred to as TOSS. 2OBJECTIVES To promote the flying, construction and knowledge of Radio Control Flying including but not limited to: a.Safety b.Fun c.Skills d.Education e.Availability of flying areas. f.Public awareness of r/c flying. 3MEMBERSHIP
Up and running guys, registration is open at: http://www.atlanticfc.org.za These are the guys who are up there already on the registration board Great to see Sean and Bakkies already in the mix. Good one PERF, see you there. C’mon Tossers, get up and register for what promises to be another awesome weekend up on the