31 March 2015

good weather's a comin'


It's now officially spring, so with the promise of another fine British summer just
around the corner, let's relive a few previously unpublished highlights from last year...  



With the thought of glorious sunshine
and thermals, Mark prematurely shoots his filthy load
(of ill applied sun cream)




Paul out on the pull (by Pete)





...and aren't we all looking forward to seeing the sun shine through
the wings of Eric's elegant 'Silent Dream'?

Probably not because that'll mean firstly- there's no wind,
and secondly- he's the only one of us airborne! 




Simon had the vertebrae in his neck surgically removed to allow
sufficient head clearance for launching Mark's ASG





Mark then attempted to non-surgically remove the hide from a cow
on this landing approach. 




Luckily for the cow, he'd greased the underside of his fuz just that very morning.




Make haste for the cow shed....that is if Paul
and his bovine belle aren't still busy in there!


09 March 2015

last knockings of winter


Here we go again! Will this repetitively nonsensical monotony ever end?



sperm tailed con trail



Mark's so pleased with himself having 
finally found a
Nick Cotton lookie likie to pair up with his Dot.
Mark can now be contacted to supply the pair for openings, weddings
and bar mizvahs. The more eagle eyed amongst you will of course recognise
this swarthy skinned visitor as Deryck C's stunt double.



Nick / Deryck has his self cleaning dog in tow 




'Don't panic....if he sinks his teeth into your right buttock it means he likes you'




...or that he has rabies





Simon on Foxy finals




consistent quality landage from the man (it has to be said)



let's get him on launch duty then...













Mark treats us to some rather wapid, but wobbly winged speed wuns



"LANDING" warns Mark




he didn't bother calling the handbrake turn



04 March 2015

one in a billion

I was looking out over the Goodwind airfield yesterday and couldn't quite believe what I saw!
Luckily I had my camera close to hand.....




29 January 2015

tossing off.....big time


Last season was all about large scale glass....looks like this year's trend
is going to be 1:1 scale vintage ships...


Paul steadies the strut for Simon whilst Adolf checks for paragliders

12 January 2015

fe fe fe fe fe fridaaaay!

Team Turnigy in attendance...




Eric takes up the challenge of 'Man vs Glider' with a sprint
down the strip to see if he can beat a full size from Challock
on a low pass. Full size just pips him to the line as shown in this photo-finish. 






Foxy coming in for a touchdown



Charlie, a little worried it may scamper off into the bushes, shuffle steps up
to the Fox hoping it won't notice him getting closer




meanwhile Alan tests out his flap servo mounts against air resistance....




....and ground resistance



Simon's mid size ASG on finals....




.....landing!!



and a instant, feline pounce is his favoured capture approach.




Here comes Eric.....or at least here come his ASH 26. Let's see how this
seasoned citizen of the slope prefers to immobilise his roosting aironautical
implement..... 



ahhh! the ASH 26 is a carnivore, so with the wisdom of age Eric takes a wide tangential
line prior to swiftly getting the muzzle on it from the rear.







10 January 2015

a year further on....

From the archives, a day from this time last year. Can't quite remember what happened, so feel free to make up your own story line involving grown men, rubber and long stiff things.... 



a higher calibre of rubberiness












V-bat



The TVSF chaps brought some nice kit along....


 pristine Ellipse




pristine Luna




Gulp DS 2 (just in-case you were wondering)




Wabbit tucked up and toasty in its survival blanket.
It didn't think much of the choppy air atop Castle Hill.








 '28 went well though




 Jim (blue overalls, wetsuit and snorkel) waits expectantly for the forecast rain,
meanwhile Eric (right) sports a fur lined willy warmer to help stave off the chill.




07 January 2015

Happy New Year

An inauspicious start to the New Year sees the Goodwind data banks infected with a virus.

As a result, there now follows a short intermission....




It is hoped that normal service will be resumed shortly.
Failing that, volunteers will be required to help launch my PC off Beachy Head.

11 December 2014

scraping the bowl


Birthday celebrations in the Goodwind hanger....



Ms Thunderflies' scratch built wing, mainly starch / glucose / lipids composite construction.
Maiden ended with a successful belly landing.


Without a doubt, the most useful birthday gift
 for years.....Diamond tape is a sloper's best friend.



Just to clarify.....that is actually a finger.


02 December 2014

In memory of...


Sad times.....the 'Hols' is no longer with us, and flying
opportunities have gone the same way. Let's reminisce with
some images from our recent past when all was different....  



The vintage beauty in her final hours 





hmmmm! balsa, fabric and sunlight; food for the soul.




The Hols and her maker, little did we know she would
soon meet her maker.....for good!







perhaps the pilot's lack of digital dexterity was to blame?




Alas we shall draw a veil over the ending and enjoy
her in completeness


meanwhile the birds have the right idea
and bugger off for the winter


we watch them with envy as dew forms on Solarfilm



Duke's not fussed, the long evenings mean more
opportunities for the most time consuming phase of
the build/crash/repair cycle



Back at the cars, Mark also has repairs on his mind.
However it turns out that the Ebay spray gun / compressor
bargain of the century's former life was in a tanning salon.
Come next season, all his scalies will be glowing
a healthy pastel shade of 'Tango' to aid visibility at altitude.