What an Awesome days sloping at Chappies on Sunday
Started out a bit naffy and from the Northerly, but then cooled down
and started to pump from the North West. Just what the doctor ordered.
Most of the crew were up early in the day due to cabin fever after a no wind show on Saturday.
Awesome conditions saw the Lightning fly on 2 occasions sans mishap in this difficult to land zone.
Malcolm Riley got to test out the wing principle of strength vs elevator,
when doing a 200km/h run down the front of the slope with his Aldij.
At the very bottom of the run, deep in the valley, he applied a tickle of elevator and BOOOM…
the Aldij wing just explodes into a million little pieces.
The view was just awe-inspiring as the wing gave way and parts flew in every direction.
After a spirited fetch in the fynbos by at least 5 slopers(Thanks guys) to find all the pieces
it was determined that the wing had given on a previous fix area, so not entirely the wing construction fault.
It does however bring in sharp focus safety on the slope or field, and the need at all times to assume that
danger is not so far away … and things can go dramatically wrong with any form of RC glider/plane and due diligence, consideration of surroundings and other pilots is paramount in the hobby of RC.
It is important to notice that the Aldij’s we fly, really do an amazing amount of time in the air,
and are our work horses/journeymen that tend to take a bit of a beating on our rough slopes.
Great planes these, that I could heartily recommend to all and sundry looking for a good overall performance ship.
Just wish we could afford them while dicing the Rand with the Euro!
Our condolences Malcolm and here’s to a new wing sometime soon.
Till next weekend