Central Model Helicopter Club

Flybywire / Gary Townsend / Max Ewen / Mr Bee / Sheldrake

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The Central Model Helicopter Club was formed in January 2014. The CMHC aims to promote and develop model helicopter flying in central England. A group of helicopter flyers decided to take their knowledge base and resources to a full size venue to enable them to work collaborately with their full size counterparts.

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Sat, 11 Nov 2017
Gary Townsend
4 flights
After much consideration chatting on Facebook about the weather, we couldn't decide on Saturday or Sunday. The choice according to the BBC forecast was either today with the risk of the rain running into midmorning, thick cloud, but very low wind, or tomorrow with beautiful sunshine predicted but much more wind and lower temperatures. Well today it was and we made the right choice. We did get thick cloud for a while but overall the sky was very pleasant.

Bryan Evans! This young man learns too fast. Just his fourth session flying his Blade 360 CFX (2 bladed version) and he's hovering inverted, doing rolls, stall turns, all with good stability and control. I told him when he left not to get any better LOL :) How good could he be in a year from now, something to look forward to seeing.

We all love our better halves of course, but sometimes I wish we weren't so under the thumb, even just for 1 whole day :) Neale and myself were just getting fired up after only 3 to 4 flights each, increasing the RPM and generally speeding up our flying, and then it's time to go. Even so what a great session, wonderful company and excellent flying all around.
Sat, 28 Oct 2017
Gary Townsend
2 flights
Started the day with a very enjoyable two hour social in the café which included a full English breakfast at only £4.50

Breakfast Description: 2 Slices of toast, 2 Sausages, 3 Rashers of bacon, 1 Fried egg with a runny yolk, approximately 12 little mushrooms and 75 baked beans.

A bit too windy for me to try and fly as I normally like to. Even so at least I know now that after stripping down and rebuilding my elevator servo on the Logo to get rid of the squeak, it's had a test flight. And my Trex 550E has had its test flight after being rebuilt after crashing into a fence about a year and a half ago.
Sat, 23 Sep 2017
Gary Townsend
8 flights
Awesome! What a fantastic day.

I arrived expecting to fly in the usual spot but there were activities about to start involving a full-size heli, so perhaps heli rides or something like that.

After a good old chat in the café we made our way down the far end to fly, thankfully the sun (directly in front of us) was nicely obscured all morning. The cloud thinned at around midday and for the following two hours the sun was about half visible, nothing sunglasses didn't fix though.

The sky was quite busy with several gliders taking off and a few passing planes, but we had 4 spotters constantly looking out for traffic, so absolutely no problem whatsoever, and really nice to see them too as they flew by in front of us.

The Goblin 570 had its 2nd ever flight, or 1st really considering its only ever time in the air before now was just myself buddying Clare for a practice hovering around flight. Anyway it flies superb and I enjoyed it every bit as much as the Logo, but I didn't want to push my luck as I was feeling adventurous, so after only 1 flight I just left it standing pretty in the pits.

My friend Max admiring my Corned Beef sandwiches.

Sat, 2 Sep 2017
Gary Townsend
8 flights
A strange day for me really, so I'll rank it as below:

Social: 10 Cars in the parking bay of the flight line, loads of good chat, and a long 7 hour session finishing at about 4:00pm. Rating 5 Star.

Weather: Virtually no wind at all, sunny, warm, but not enough cloud to obscure the sun, which bothered me from about 12:00 to 14:00, the next two hours we faced the other way and it was getting increasingly better as the sun went around towards the back of us. Rating 4 star.

My Flying: There were moments when I felt very unsettled, struggling to concentrate well, and I don't know why, but it wasn't too much booze the night before because I was a good boy last night 😃 By the end of the session it was about half 😱 and half 😃 so just about okay. Rating 2 star.

So we have: (5 + 4 + 2) / 3 = 3.67 Star, hence my 4 stars given for the session.
Sat, 26 Aug 2017
Gary Townsend
11 flights
Wicked as we used to say.

I flew all morning with Mark and Andrew. I did as much flying as talking today, so I enjoyed quite a bit of each.

My Trex 150 can do quite tight tic tocs without bogging when at full rpm, significantly more so than the Blade 130S. Having said that, a moderate amount of collective management for either model is all that's needed to help smooth the flying. Perfect morning then for the little ones, especially the first 2 to 3 hours during which the wind was almost zero.

It was great to fly the Goblin 700 again for the first time in absolutely ages. I'm hoping to get stuck in with flying it much more often too. And the Logo 550SX, simply wonderful as always.
Sat, 5 Aug 2017
Gary Townsend
2 flights
I spent most of the morning talking and simply enjoying being outside.

The weather turned out really nice for pretty much the whole morning, but then all of a sudden thick black cloud came over and it pissed it down, but the last of us were already packing up by then so lucky timing really.

I'm liking my new Blade 130S quite a lot now and it's growing on me, and it looks really pretty too.
Sat, 8 Jul 2017
12 flights
A long morning doing BMFA tests at CMHC. Then through to MK for some SM and FS practice. Got to watch Duncan doing his prep for the World Champs and pick up some tips from him and Wayne. DavidS and I did some practice calling together. Hopefully we can make it a regular thing.
Mike put his Goblin in the big tree (again?) He managed to knock the body out but the canopy and boom are still up there.
Home at 8 for F1 qualifying.
Sat, 8 Jul 2017
Gary Townsend
3 flights
Had a really nice time with beautiful sunshine. Only a few flights today, as mostly enjoying watching a few of the guys passing their A and B Certs which was really nice to see.

Hello Richard for the first time in over a year, nice to see you again mate 👍
Sat, 10 Jun 2017
Gary Townsend
3 flights
A bit too windy for the 450X and 360 CFX. The Logo flew quite nicely though. It was just nice to be outside and chat with some of the lads.
Sat, 20 May 2017
Gary Townsend
5 flights
1st session in over a year but I can still fly 😃

The 450X what can I say, the same good little heli which is always a joy to fly. I flew this 1st just to warm up.

The Blade 360 CFX has loads of power, almost no bogging in tight tic tocs, and overall a great Maiden flight. Silly me, I forgot to Velcro the batteries before I left out, but thankfully Phil had a small piece which I used on one of my packs. It feels like almost double the power of the 450X when you bang the collective, very nice indeed and I'm very happy with it. I wasn't going to mention it but it's true that Horizon provide the same 2 blade foam support that pegs onto the boom as you get with the 450X, proper stupid considering this is a three bladed heli. Anyway I'm simply supporting the middle blade (when they're all folded back) out of the 3 by using one of the slots in the support, and then using a Mikado battery strap to gently tie them all together which actually works very well.

I finished with two flights on the Logo which was super smooth as always, which for that reason probably makes it my favourite, at least for now. I just changed the swash after noticing the last time I landed (spring last year) that the middle section was coming away from the outer swash body. Anyway all is good, but even though the old swash looked pretty dodgy I honestly couldn't tell any difference, it just flies great.

Next the rain came so we all packed up. Overall a very nice morning.

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