Picking up Signals with a few maidens
With the weekend showing westerlies for the Saturday
the decision was made to get up to Signal Hill and
swamp the AFC boys for a change, on their home site.
Chris Leal and myself were very much on a mission with a
3 Meter Lanyu and aVector to maiden.
Arriving nice and early at 11AM we were surprised
to find the hill deserted with a moderate West/North West
pushing through and were happy to get the maiden flights of the
Lanyu and Vector under our belts. With the lift smooth as silk but
lacking punch we were able to get set-up done and
the Lanyu proved to be a beaut to fly, but with it’s 3m wingspan
needed a bit more airspace that we are used to.
It keeps getting big on you rather quickly…
and is no slouch, while looking very graceful in the air.
Having originally set the CG on the spar, and with the CG calculator
telling us it was 20mm back at least, we erred on the nose heavy side,
but true to form the CG calculator was right and the extra lead was removed
for the second flight which lightened up the footprint somewhat
and made her lighter on her toes. Very nice toy this!
Landing at Signals is somewhat of a peach compared to what
we usually have to deal with down south, and throughout the entire day
landing after landing was graced into the super soft fynbos bowl
with nary a hint at any damage to any planes. Within the hour the rest of the
Toss crew arrived. Brendan flew out his Vector a few times
and giggled at the landings, Jeff got off a very successful maiden
of his brilliantly rebuilt Aldij, ( bagged wings-within grams of the original wings weights)
Malcolm maidened his beautifully repaired Impala for some formo with a foamie variant,
Chris spent the day practicing his landings and getting them bang on, most of the time,
and Steve, Christo, and Lionel all had goodies in the air,
all the while wondering where the heck the home crew were…
Bobby and Bruce eventually arrived with excuses about having
to get their hair done…or something along those lines…:-)
and the afternoon then saw a full crew from both clubs
up on the hill having a blast.
Thanks to AFC for tolerating us up there for the day,
and what great fun it was to slope up there with you guys again.
Lets do it again soon.
Regretfully I took few photos for the day, being just way too busy having a blast
and the DS area and with more planes than we could throw a stick at…
so if any of you have some pics, please let me have hem or post them please.
Steve, Steve, you there?