Here are some pictures sent over by our erstwhile league co-ordinator, Clive Needham. It's quite interesting to see the models, fashions and indeed hairlines of yesteryear!
The bank holiday weekend of the 24th, 25th and 26th of August was the weekend the BMFA nationals were held at Barkston Heath. The silent flight nationals were held a few miles away at RAF Cranwell, due space restrictions at Barkston. Unfortunately the weather was not as good as it has been this summer and I arrived to a sea of umbrellas.
The decision was that we would drive over to Barkston heath to sample the delights of the trade stalls (okay food stalls) and make a weather call at 12:30pm. As it turned out the weather actually cleared up around 10am, but at 9am it had been incredibly wet and the chances of flying an hour later looked extremely remote. By 12:30 there had been no rain for a while we headed back to Cranwell and setup the course. Unfortunately only one round of duration was completed before the rain returned. I would advise against leaving your car door and window open if there is a strong chance of rain.
Despite some parts of the day being as wet as the proverbial otter's pocket, it was a fun day out with the F3b guys and we will fly the nationals on the reserve date.
Further to my entry on f3b electro set-ups, I had chance to fly my Extreme today with the electric set-up. Below is a graph of the power, which shows that peak power is over 1.5kw. It's a bit hard to interpret the graph as castle creation speed controllers logging is continuous. With soaring gliders the motor is only on for very short periods relative to the length of the flights. By way of example I had a 25minute+ flight with my Xplorer 2 electric off under 20 seconds motor run. Needless to say the graph of the log from the ESC is not that useful. It would be much nicer if the ESC only logged data when the throttle was actually on. The downs on the graphs are more to do with the speed controller settings which brake the motor quite slowly.Anyway, I did a couple of short test flights to get some figures. These show the peak power is 1.5kw on a 17x13 prop, with a castle creations 100amp esc and sloperacer geared inrunner. The Hub is 28mm IIRC.
Other photos from a fun afternoon.
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Simon Thornton has kindly sent me these pictures from the 1997 WC. GB won a team silver that year flying Cobras. DP used the Cobra to win the next WC.
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FrSky has recently released its new taranis TX into the wild. Essentially this TX is made from a plastic case that virtually the same as the JR 9x2. The software is OpenTX which has been around for a while on some modified hobby king hardware. The greater processing power of the taranis has allowed the OpenTX developers to increase the software functionality. OpenTX is an open source project.
The first obvious characteristic of the transmitter is the price, which is about £140-00, including charger, metal case, neck strap and so on. An 8 channel receiver is under 25 pounds and high sensitivity vario is about 18 pounds. Clearly low prices are not synonymous with f3b due to the programming complexity that many pilots employ and the top end transmitters they use. E.g the graupner and jeti range.
Where the Taranis might be of interest to f3b pilots is its software features. People familiar with the multipex profi 4000 will quickly get to grips with the Taranis. It employs the same principle of mixing with each servo having a number of inputs of its own. Switch assignments etc. are user choice. Unlike the 4000, the transmitter is fully integrated with modern telemetry sensors and using the vario you can flick a switch that will tell you your height (it can function as a normal vario, of course). This is a very useful feature for launch practice, obviously. Especially as you can also log the data on SD card. Compared the 4000 the Taranis also has more powerful functions in terms of logical switches and custom functions. For example, you can make the TX respond to telemetry data - You could make it switch off the motor at set height, using data from vario. The Taranis has a built in speak and headphone socket which can be used for timers, telemetry data, voice outputs and so on.
The Taranis has 9 flight modes - that is a good number for us f3b pilots who really have at least 4 different modes and usually more. However, where I feel the Taranis is still somewhat lacking is in its flight modes as unlike a lot of radios you cannot alter many settings in each flight mode. You can use 5 global variables that can be used to alter settings per flight mode. You can also switch off/on mixer inputs in each flight mode. So you would need one mixer line for camber and one mixer line for reflex and switch them off or on in the relevant flight mode. It would be simpler to change the mixer setting for each flight mode. However, I have heard that this functionality will come in later software releases.
It seems clear the OpenTX software will develop much faster than proprietary systems due to the nature of open source projects. You can actually log feature requests with the development team, which have a good chance of being implemented if they are beneficial.
With regards to the actual TX box, the ergonomics are not that great, with the switches being rather hard to operate. However, there is the prospect of an improved TX from Frsky called the Horus, which doesn't have a realease date yet.
I have programmed one of my f3b models on the Taranis and am waiting for a trimming session before I can use it an actual competition. I will post more on the Taranis in due course. Maybe with some logs of my super low launches. Not that we need a graph to see how rubbish they are!
If you look at the list it includes some well known figures and absolute soaring legends. And Dave Worall and Steve Haley!
Individual - Houlberg Trophy
|1977||RSA-Verwoerdburg||Skip Miller (USA)||Fricki Roos (RSA)||Sean Bannister (GBR)|
|1979||BEL - Amay||Anton Wackerle (AUT)||Ralf Decker (GER)||Roy Spavins (RSA)|
|1981||USA - Sacramento||Dwight Holley (USA)||Sean Bannister (GBR)||Schaefer (GER)|
|1983||GBR - York||Ralf Decker (GER)||Helmut Quabeck (GER)||David Worall (GBR)|
|1985||AUS - Waikerie||Ralf Decker (GER)||David Worall (GBR)||Karl Wasner (AUT)|
|1987||GER - Osnabruck||Reinhard Liese (GER)||Peter Hoffmann (AUT)||Samuele Vilani (ITA)|
|1989||FRA - Melun||Nic Wright (GBR)||Peter Hoffmann (AUT)||Joris ten Holt (NED)|
|1991||NED - Terlet||Joe Wurts (USA)||Daryl Perkins (USA)||Stephen Haley (GBR)|
|1993||ISR - Kefar Sava||Denis Duchesne (BEL)||Joe Wurts (USA)||Klaus Kowalski (GER)|
|1995||ROM - Brasov||Daryl Perkins (USA)||Denis Duchesne (BEL)||Joe Wurts (USA)|
|1997||TUR - Ankara||Daryl Perkins (USA)||Pasi Vaisanen (SWE)||Joakim Stahl (SWE)|
|1999||RSA - Rustenberg||Daryl Perkins (USA)||Dieter Perlick (GER)||Roland Hofmann (SUI)|
|2001||CZE - Chrudim||Daryl Perkins (USA)||Joe Wurts (USA)||Stefan Knechtie (SUI)|
|2003||GER - Kirchheim||Andreas Bohlen (SUI)||Pasi Vaisanen (SWE)||Reinard Liese (GER)|
|2005||FIN-Lappeenranta||Andreas Bohlen (SUI)||Andreas Herrig (GER)||Reinard Liese (GER)|
|2007||SUI - Emmen||Martin Herrig (GER)||Andreas Herrig (GER)||Fidel Frick (LIE)|
|2009||CZE - Brno||Martin Herrig (GER)||Peter Hubbertz (GER)||Christian Müller (SUI)|
|2011||CHN - Laiwu||Andreas Herrig (GER)||Martin Herrig (GER)||Andreas Kunz (GER)|
|2013||GER - Nardt||Andreas Herrig (GER)||Martin Herrig (GER)||Thomas Dylla (GER)|
|2015||NED - Deelen||Martin Herrig (GER)||Andreas Herrig (GER)||Andreas Bohlen (SUI)|
Teams - Challenge Baron Mike Donnet
|1977||RSA - Verwoerdburg||USA||UK||AUS|
|1979||BEL - Amay||South Africa||Austria||Germany|
|1981||USA - Sacremento||Germany||USA||South Africa|
|1983||UK - York||Germany||UK||Austria|
|1985||AUS - Waikerie||UK||Germany||Austria|
|1987||GER - Osnabruck||Austria||UK||Germany|
|1989||FRA - Melun||Austria||Netherlands||Germany|
|1991||NED - Terlet||Germany||UK||USA|
|1993||ISR - Kefar Sava||Germany||Austria||USA|
|1995||ROM - Brasov||USA||Germany||Austria|
|1997||TUR - Ankara||Sweden||UK||USA|
|1999||RSA - Rustenberg||Switzerland||Germany||France|
|2001||CZE - Chrudim||Switzerland||Germany||Sweden|
|2003||GER - Kirchheim||Switzerland||Germany||Sweden|
|2005||FIN - Lappeenranta||Germany||Sweden||USA|
|2007||SUI - Switzerland||Germany||Switzerland||USA|
|2009||CZE - Brno||Germany||Switzerland||Austria|
|2011||CHN - Laiwu||Germany||USA||France|
|2013||GER - Nardt||Germany||Austria||USA|
|2015||NED - Deleen||Germany||Switzerland||Sweden|
Here is an Olympic style medal table for the Individual results. 3 points for 1st, 2 for 2nd and 1 for 3rd. Germany includes results from FRG (West Germany). In the case of draws I separate by most gold, or most silvers if golds are even. I include the number of medals won.
Medal table for teams.
No doubt there are plenty of pictures and stories to come from the people who were lucky enough to be there. The team pages from Spain and USA etc are worth a look. Germany takes first, second and third in the individual standings and first in the team standings. You can't really argue with that!
Right back to normal f3b - 24/08/2013 - the Nationals at RAF Cranwell :-) Time to show how it's really (not) done.
Tomorrow (Friday) is the last day of the 2013 World Championship in Nardt, Germany. I have thoroughly enjoyed the live coverage with the excellent Martin Webershock commentating. Check it out if you haven't done already.
The Germans are in an incredibly strong position with their pilots filling the top 3 places at this point. It could come down to the final speed run to separate the Herrig brothers, with only about 60 points between them.
Top 3 after round 7:
Andreas Herrig / 100%
Martin Herrig / 99.66%
Thomas Dylla / 99.21%
Top Three Teams are:
Germany / 52323.63
Austria / 51489.42
USA / 51184.03
Note the steam also plays from the live score site (linked above). It seems they are having a few issues with it still, but hopefully normal "service" will be resumed.
News from Germany - the live stream tent at the WC was damaged over night by a thunderstorm and the equipment got wet.
The video stream is down, but hopefully they will get it back up.
Picture from Team Germany facebook page (link above).
Link to download the entry form is here. This a league date also. You have to make an official entry to the BMFA and an entry to Clive as normal.
The form is for f3b,f3j,100s, f5b etc. Entry fee is higher if entry is made after the 9th of August.
Back to UK F3b news, here are few photos from round 4. The first few photos are of "Operation Remove Pike From Tree," which was successfully concluded before the f3b contest. I don't know how many landing points were scored for landing in the lake or at what point the timer stopped counting. I think a body of water constitutes "an object in contact with the ground" as far as the soaring rules are concerned.
Thanks to Simon for the photos. Please click here to see the photos if you don't have adobe flash on your device (e.g iphone).