Glenluce & Galloway Flyers Autumn Fly In

Author: Ally Young | Date: September 2016

For the second year in a row our Autumn Fly In was blessed with excellent weather. It was warm all day and there was a very gentle breeze from the north straight down the strip. At times this calmed away to almost nothing. The sun was out most of the day and we had clear skies and excellent visibility.

As ever we had a pretty relaxed start to the day that in education we would describe as a 'Soft Start!' ..people arrived, mingled, chatted , drunk tea etc and eventually more and more models, vans and people rocked up.

The standard and quality of the flying was as good as I have seen at any shows this season. I think that people were getting very comfortable and familiar with their models and this showed in the way they were pushing the envelope.

Simon McNeil was on particularly good form with his H9 , DLE powered , JR guided Extra. Simon's 3D and freestyle flying is very entertaining and was greatly appreciated by the punters. Similarly Chris Currie is now getting much more comfortable with his 3DHS Extra, again DLE powered and JR guided. Chris was also doing some excellent 3D. At one point Chris and Simon did a synchro routine that was great fun to watch.

I did my best with the big Katana to chuck it about a bit too. It is as slippery as an eel and needs the CG a bit further back to squeeze some more 3D out of it, it is more set IMAC at the moment.

Richard Copeland had his big H9 Sukhoi, DA powered and Futaba guided. Richard also had his Eurosport jet.

Chris and Simon had their Excaliburs and they went really well off the grass strip.

Tom Laird flew his 50cc Pilot Extra JR again, and brought his new H9 100cc Extra to do some prep work on it with the JR Xbus set up. We got that sorted out no bother and Tom is looking forward to completing that model soon.

14 year old Murray Young flew his DLE powered Pilot Extra 260, again JR guided. People commented that he was landing it better than his dad! We had many guys down from Ayr and District club and they had a great day spectating and some were flying. New models were tested etc. Thanks Chris for that.

For many the highlight was the catering! ....we had bacon rolls, soup and tea, coffee throughout the day. Thanks must go to Richard and Nigel for the majority of the food preparation and cooking. This was appreciated by everyone. This fly in will probably be the swan song for this season so it was good to end on a high. Let's hope next season brings some great weather and excellent flying.

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