Fancy Gliding ? – What models to get…

If your new to gliding  and slope soaring what’s the best first model to buy… you could try one of these – Link

The HobbyZone® Conscendo™ S motor glider features Horizon Hobby’s groundbreaking SAFE® technology. This technology provides a pilot with three flight modes, advanced stability, as well as bank and pitch limitations so you can teach yourself to fly with ease. Earn your glider wings behind the sticks of the HobbyZone® Conscendo™ S motor glider. Built from lightweight and durable Z-Foam™ material and equipped with a 1.5-meter wing the Conscendo™ S makes hitting max altitude easy and fun. This intuitive trainer gives you the freedom of 4-channel control and SAFE™ technology. With SAFE, you can progress through multiple flight modes and instantly return to steady flight with the push of a button using Panic Recovery Mode. Whenever you fly, the brushless Conscendo motor makes it easy to gain altitude while an extended range 2.4GHz connection keeps you searching for thermals, even from afar. Just launch and climb to your desired altitude, bring down the throttle, watch the propeller fold and you’re ready to catch thermal updrafts. It’s that easy.

Nick of Pendle – Access restrictions Sunday 6th September

There will be access issues on Saturday and Sunday, race goes over the “Nick” early afternoon on Monday so no access during Monday.

This is a big National event with fullsize helicopter TV coverage etc, Due to Stage 2of the Tour of Britain cycle race, Monday 7 September, Clitheroe to Colne
Monday 7 September sees Stage Two take place within the Ribble Valley and Pendle districts for a short, sharp stage with plenty of climbing through the Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. A winding route gives plenty of chances for spectators to enjoy the Start in Clitheroe, the action out on route and make it to the Finish in Colne.

Stage Two, the Ribble Valley and Pendle Stage from Clitheroe to Colne will head over several fearsome climbs in and around the two towns, but arguably none more famous than the Nick o’Pendle, the opening SKODA King of the Mountains climb of the day.
Last climbed by the Tour of Britain in 2004, this time the race will be taking on the climb from the easier southbound direction from Pendleton, although the two-kilometre climb still averages 7%! You can enjoy a preview of the route 

More details see their website –

PSS Great Orme – Fly in 13-14th June

I’m sure these look like Ian Benson’s Vulcan’s  from his plan being shown off .

End of another fantastic weekend on the Great Orme, sadly not enough wind for a full PSS itinerary but great to see a few Jet Provost, a T-33, a Mustang, a DH Swallow, an ME 163 Komet and a few Avro Vulcan braving the light winds.  The weather on both days started out dull but soon brightened up to glorious sunshine!  Fantastic time had by all and as a taster here’s a picture of the three Vulcan and their proud owners! — with Peter Garsden.


Cold day flying…

I had a quick fly in the cold on Pendle… and it was a beautiful day… I could see Dave, John and Ian down at the Wall with the wind direction NNW-N – But it was more than flyable at the Bomb-Hole and my radio set scans for frequency clashes before hand and all was fine. I was only out for a brief visit and I didn’t have time to walk down to the wall.

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PSSA confirm the following dates for their 2-day ‘Fly for Fun’

The PSSA can confirm the following dates for their 2-day ‘Fly for Fun’ events in 2015;

PSSA Fly-In 1 – GREAT ORME, Llandudno – April 11th/12th

PSSA Fly-In 2 – GREAT ORME, Llandudno – June 13/14th

PSSA Fly-In 3 – LLEYN MAC, Abersoch area – August 8th/9th

PSSA Fly-In 4 – GREAT ORME, Llandudno – October 10th/11th

For more details visit the PSSA website Events page


Out for a fly on Pendle…. filming from the DJI

So I managed my first flight of 2015 on a glorious morning, it wasn’t with a glider though as the very light breeze to almost calm would’nt have let me have a flight so I filmed around the Bomb Hole area with my DJI Phantom quadcopter…. probably the first quad to do so on the Pendle slope – LOL! I will add the film later when its been editied. So here are a couple of stills instead! Pictured it the newly erected  memorial to 2 Air Crashes during the WWII one was by the USAF on Pendle Hill 6th Feb 1944, one over towards Gisburn in 1942.

Its no New Year’s Day flying!

So its looking like the New Year’s Day flying session is not going to happen with the weather and rain closing in and a poor wind direction … may be tomorrow.