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dan gleballs
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21/07/2017 17:43  

Interesting to see a couple of members trying there hand at slope soaring yesterday at Thurham,  They seemed to be enjoying their selves as they both stayed for nearly four hours , having first mentioned they were only there to see what is all about. Welcome to the quiet and heart pulsating world of the slope. ;-).

I came from the noisy side, I love the quietness of the slope.


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franks
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29/08/2017 09:30  

I've also tried Thurnham recently, although with a wing rather than a glider. I normally go to Folkestone. We stayed probably 3 or so hours and it was interesting to see what other people were flying. I guess there were about 8  or so people, but not having been before, I don't know if this was a large turn out or normal. I'll be on the lookout for something that would be suited to Thurnham as the sloper wing that I have flew, but we needed to be near to the fence, which I felt possibly hindered other flyers, although I must say that we were positively encouraged (and possibly tolerated). I found it a really interesting and enjoyable alternative to motorised flying.


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dan gleballs
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30/08/2017 17:05  

Franks,

I am glad to hear that you have enjoyed the experience of Thurnham. It is so different from IC engines in that you only have your own ability to get a plane back to base without any help from an engine. It sometimes means a walk or two up the hills to retrieve it ,when you get caught out by any sudden drop of wind, but that’s all part of the game, (You don’t get many overweight slope soarer’s).

 

The number of people that I have seen up there varies from maybe just the solitary flyer to as many as maybe 14/15, this may seem a lot but normally your see only 4/5 flying and the rest talking or having their tea break. But overall I must have met some where in the region of maybe 50 different guys flying there since I have been using the place.

 

A flying wing is a good plane as it gives you so much experience when first getting started in sloping and being foam construction it can take a few knocks. There are a number of top notch flyers there, one even having won the Nations who still use foamies when the conditions are right and he just wants to let off some steam.

 

It is good to see that you were both given positive encouragement, there is always someone around to be of help, or tolerated as you said.;-), just remember that they all had to start some time. Some wont offer any advise if not asked as not everyone likes to impose their selves upon others, but take it from me I have not come across any miserable buggers there and I have and still do ask a few eyebrow raising questions at times.;-).

 

Hope you continue to enjoy this field of flying.

Dan

 

 

 

I came from the noisy side, I love the quietness of the slope.


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