soaring

 

  • Gliding generally deemed as silent flight using just the wind and/or thermals to keep the craft in the sky.  A truly fascinating side to RC flight with many people just taking up this type of flying only.

    Depending on your geographical position or flying site the use of electrically assisted climb up is becoming very popular, especially now with the advent of powerful, light brushless inrunner, outrunner motors, although some classes still specify standard brushed motors.

    Without power asssitance to climb up the alternatives are off a windy slope (soaring), bungee launch and the aero to(towline) by a large, powerful aircraft.  The glider once up to height releases itself from the tow hook and seeks thermals to stay aloft.

    During the warmer months, usually April to September the club hosts many competitions from our flying site for electric-assisted climb gliding.  Once up to a preset height the pilot has to stay aloft for a set period to claim points.  It's harder than it looks!  But great fun.

    We are also associated with Wessex Aero Modelling where many members construct their own models from plans and scratch for the 600RES lowcost class timed flight.  This is a very popular class.

    Wimborne Model Flying club has lot's of experienced pilots to this hobby with years of flight without engines.  A slightly different skill required here from powered flight - no power out of a problem - you have to fly it out!  Maybe that's the fun of it!

    Too windy for general power flying?  Not a problem for WMAC members because it's of to the hills of Dorset for some fun.  Generally the initial meeting point at present is at Cashmoor field.  Then in convoy or car sharing members leave for either Wingreen or Gourds depending on wind direction.  Because this relys on the right weather always changeable the forum updates with  information.

    All updates and planning for slope soaring days is carried out on our forum! Keep your eyes open!  Follow the forum threads.

    Gliders and flying wings (Zagi's) only.

    Site Rules & Regulations

    All year round we fly on the slopes when the weather permits or is suitable.  However, even in high Summer the conditions can change suddenly therefore always come prepared with waterproof coat or jacket, hat and a waterproof bag to protect your transmitter.  Drinks too, hot or cold to stave off dehydration.

    All year round sport from dawn to dusk.  All we ask for is a favourable wind of over 13 mph.

    Join the Club and join us on the slopes.  Ideal flying for beginners and advanced combatants!

     

  • Seems just like yesterday that over a dozen of us were at the exclusive to WMAC, Gourds Farm slope for a Club Slope Soaring Day. But in fact it was 2010! Planning ahead for a sunny day in Summer with favourable winds would appear doomed. But the Weather Gods looked down on us and granted our wish for a great fun day. Included was lots of laughter and skillful combat flying.

    A Grand Day Out.  No sheep, penguins, rabbits, cheese or animations Gromit!

    The following years the Slope Day Out was planned again but never came to fruition due to poor weather, good ol' English Summers!  

    However, smaller "on the fly" trips out to this slope have been achieved and again great fun was had by all. Followed by a "debrief" over a beer at Compton Abbas Aerodrome Cafe.

    This video was created before the cameraman had access to 16:9 camcorder.

     

  • Unusually for this time of year the temperature was quite mild at 10 degrees C.  Wind was forecast as 18 mph to 35 mph WNW so a few of us grabbed the chance for a bit of slope soaring with flying wings and gliders.  The wind  was really winding up around midday so when Mike chose to fly he used his scratch built Phase 5 a Chris Foss design from quite a few years ago. The Phase 5 has fully symmetrical wing profiles so is quite happy with wild winds.  An hour or so later the wind started to ease off so then Mike chose to fly his Orcrist, The Orcrist design is heavily influenced by the French 'Excalibur' design but uses a traditional wooden fuselage and foam wings. .Scratch built although this was in reality a re-maiden as earlier in the week it was involved in a collision with a Wild Thing. However, all repaired and now to find out if it still flies well. It does!