What a day for flying on the Crest! with a good steady 25-30mph wind and the sunshine generating thermals which cycled through to keep things interesting- days don't get much better. Meeting up with a couple of good mates also gave me the chance to bench mark my Harrier and much flown Falcon against Andy's Freestyler 6 and the Pike of Les Wood. These 2 lads can really get their model's going, after a late night I wasn't sure that I could do the same but Welsh open training includes all aspects of the weekend.
My Harrier was the first to go, I kept the all up weight to 3.5kg, more from seeing the carnage on the slope the week before on landing than worry about the model in the air. I needn't have worried as I got the Harrier down safely each time- the last 6ft was quite rapid at times. In the air, if I didn't mess things up, consistent mid 30 runs were the norm.
A racing duo in perfect harmony.
Possibly the first time I've seen a Pike going this fast and set up this well in the UK.
Although no damage was sustained in the air my Harrier managed to crack a servo horn after a gust picked up some kit and dropped it on the wing. This motivated me to get the Falcon rigged and flying, as always I just wondered why I wasn't flying the Falcon all day. Again mid 30 second runs were repeated over and over again. Some fun video to show just how inconsistent my thumbs were.