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Wellington (part deux)

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Pete and PeeWee and I planned a morning of DS at Ngaio. The forecast was for 23 knots but Pete measured over 90 kph at the ridge. I was the first up the hill with a hand cart full of gliders. I launched the JW for a test and found heaps of power but rough as guts on the back. Pete and PeeWee arrived soon after with a plethora of gliders between them.

Pete launched his Bat (original) and battled through the rough to get 184mph, upping the Bat record by 20mph. After a successful backside landing it was time for PeeWee to fly his JW

PeeWee’s JW was no where near strong enough but ballasted up was soon speeding about. PeeWee mucked about doing a couple of laps then flying it straight up to almost out of site. When PeeWee got down to business it was clear that the spars were not up to it as there was massive wing flutter !!! PeeWee still managed to get an outrageous speed of 178mph in spite of the massive flutter until it got the best of him and “arrived” into the hill to finish his flight.

Pete kindly launched my old beat up PMS and I quickly saw that there was speed to be had, if I could hold things together. The speed built until I had passed my PB, then there was a mighty flutter through the top sheer and I had no elevator at all. I grabbed for the flaps and was able to fly around for a couple of minutes trying to line up a landing. Unfortunately my flying using flaps for elevator was ok for gentle turns on the front but not a backside landing and 7kg’s of glider turned upside down and plummeted into the bush on the backside. I recovered it (a massive job ) and will be able to fix it but I need to build an new one at some stage. I finished up with 264mph, upping my PB that has been unchanged since January 2015 and taking back the site record from Alex !!

After my lengthy recovery I launched Pete’s AFP70 and Pete awed us with his flying through the rough conditions. At one point the AFP ducked down out of site for actual seconds while still going about 240. I don’t know where it was for all that time but it shot back into view and Pete laughed and before hooking it straight back into the circuit. Pete had nerves of steel flying in the conditions with 90% of the laps over 200 getting a max of 245MPH, just 2mph off his PB. I am looking forward to seeing the video

Jono

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Cool shot from up high, Jono :)

That was friggin wild day for sure. Looking back at those videos shows quite clearly it was as rough as guts and perhaps even rougher... In my mind my AFP70 seemed more stable than it actually was - it was all over the place. Glad i pushed the Bat record up a bit too as 164 (prev record) i felt was always a bit too slow.

That PMS of yours was looking hooked up! Much, much smoother than my AFP. There was at least 270-280 in there today if you didnt loose the elevator. Shame there was no video.

Bat video:

 

AFP70 video:

 

Peewee's JayDub

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I'm up your way this weekend, if anyone wants anything brought up. Fly in Friday early evening and out Sunday morning. Have a couple of carbon breakers for sale, windburners, and a crack waxa...

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Nah, there with workmates for the cricket. 

300 for my carbon breaker rtf which has done 197mph

Brand new carbon breaker airframe which Gaza wants 350 for. 

My red/white waxa rtf @ 1.7kg, which has seen better days but is still solid for over 200+ for 500

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Cool, I'll even leave the x8r rx in it if you don't mind paying the $16 for me to add baggage? You'll probably have to collect from me as I won't have transport

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I'll message you, I get into wellington  airport at 540pm Friday. Not sure on the location of the accommodation yet

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Hi lads

  Just having a saturday thrash with the Merlin while i have a pass from home.  Its the first time ive had all the lead in her for a good while- dam im rusty.

 

  Dont think the opus will be maidened today.

 

Ian

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Cool! Plenty of wind for it. Think me n Jono will be going flying tomorrow afternoon. Not sure whether we'll DS Ngaio or slope at Titahi.

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There is a small possibility that I will be going to  the wind  farm in Palmy on Sunday for some light air DS. Is anyone else interested

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18 hours ago, jonoashton said:

There is a small possibility that I will be going to  the wind  farm in Palmy on Sunday for some light air DS. Is anyone else interested

looks like too much rain :(

 

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Palmy bit too far to go for me for a short day trip. There looks like there may be a small chance tomorrow morning in Wellington without rain, but rain looks to be on its way by midday. light SE winds. Long gully perhaps? but i suspect it may be clouded out...

Wait n see if forecast improves...

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That was a fun light-air session, Jono. Good to get back and Fly at Long Gully (perhaps the last ever?) tho. The Destiny was (always is) fun to DS. The WeeBee too was a hoot!

Anyway - heres the vid i took of your square-tipped light Scratcho. Enjoy!

 

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So it looks kind of promising for Saturday DS session. Might be good chance to try the PMS 2...
Who keen?

 

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