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Sunday, September 27, 2009

Tsotsi’s take's over BERG field !


Mark and Megan with his recently build Tsotsi.



My E-Tsotsi (in fore ground) my normal Tsotsi (in the middle) and Mark’s Tsotsi (the furthers away from camera)

On Sunday we maiden yet another two Tsotsi's, and with most of the club members at the Nat’s in Durban we and our Tsotsi’s were the only one’s there until 1.30 PM.


Both Marks Tostsi and my own flew straight away with no problems at all,. Mark manage to home in on 2 powerful thermals that were driven down wind quickly in the strong wind we had. But the Tsotsi prove to have just enough penetration to come back overhead on both occasions.

Congrats to Mark on completing 4 flights lasting from 10 to 15 minutes each ,but that maiden flight that went straight into thermal land was really something to see.
( at last your perseverance to complete the Tsotsi have paid of and I wish you many more flights like we had on Sunday)

Friday, September 18, 2009

Solpe weekend at Estcourt!

Wolfy and I arrived at the Blue Haze lodge on Friday afternoon. The trip was quite uneventful, besides the million and one speed cameras that have been hidden in all sorts of placed, at Villiers at the toll-gate when the speed limit changes from 100 to 80km/hr, there is a camera hidden behind a shield that catches almost every car!!!
Saturday, a brilliant, sunny warm day, with good NNW wind 15-20km/hr just what we needed to start a great weekend.
Wolfy and I were expecting the group of the Durban Guys to arrive at the slope but no sign of them (?).
So the two of us we carried on and enjoyed the day. Soon after our arrival at the slope, we were joined by a group (6 or 7) of youngsters, shepherds from the nearby village. They were interested about our planes and watched eagerly the planes flying and whistling through the air.

Maybe watching too eagerly!!!!!!

Wolfy unpacked his planes, an Eish (not sure about the spelling), the ASW20 (3m) his DG-1000, the Zagi and all assembled he left them behind the trailer. He then flew the DG first and then attempted to launch his Zagi, however the wind was a bit gusty and not enough lift. The Zagi landed a bit below the edge, immediately one of the youngsters proceeded to retrieve the plane , very nice of him ....... and a 5.00 Rand reward!
I had a little hard landing with my DG and had to perform a little field-surgery. Wolfy and I where involved in the repair when I spotted one of the youngsters running away with great speed. I got up and inspected the area. I then asked Wolfy to see if he is missing anything. About 20 min later, after a nice lunch prepared by the Lodge-Chef, Wolfy went to fetch his DG and he noticed that his radio transmitter was gone, so his 4m Eish, so his 3m ASW, so his big leatherman knife, so his cigar lighter, so his cigars, so is LiPo charger .......all gone and the youngsters gone as well.

We got robbed!

I immediately checked my equipment and possessions but nothing was missing. We called at the Estcourt police station, within the next hour a police van with two policemen arrived at the scene. After compiling a thorough report (and that is without skepticism) they were really thorough in their investigation.
We then left with the idea the we would get back the next morning to investigate our-self about the whereabouts of the planes. It would be unthinkable for these kids to carry two big planes all the way to their homes, they must have hidden them nearby.

The next morning after having visited the police station at Estcourt (they promised that we could go along with one of them to investigate the robbery, but being Sunday I didn't think that this would materialize!), we decided to get one local chap at the Lodge, Cedric (waiter and tour-guide) to come with us as an interpreter . We arrived at the slope, no one in site (obviously!). Cedric had a brilliant idea, to ask some of the locals the whereabouts and where these shepherds boys are living. We got some very good information, there is a gang of these herds-boys that are involved in cattle theft and other illegal activities and they are harassing the local community. We got lucky, Cedric apprehended e youngster, about 12 years old, and after inquiring about his whereabouts on Saturday, he confirmed to have seen the whole scene, he cam up with the name of the main instigator and where he was living. Not long after an other 4 youngsters joined in the investigation. One of them, actually saw the thieves and knew about their hideout.
They even told us that the instigator comes from a family of gangsters that rules in the township and that he is responsible for many of the thefts and robberies in the area.

We found Wolfy's planes alright, the fuselages and wings all smashed, they only took the batteries, they didn't know what to do with servos and other equipment. They just vandalized the planes, took the radio control, knife, LiPo-charger (?maybe the green luminous color attracted them?), lighter, cigars and batteries.

Te same day, Wolfy went to the police station in Estcourt with all the information the we gathered during the day, the station captain was very pleased and would immediately start the investigation and apprehension of the culprits.

On Monday we got confirmation that the guys have been arrested, all the goods had been found in their possession and that on Tuesday they will appear in front of the court, other thefts and robbery matters have been discovered and additional charges have been laid against these thugs.

The local community was very pleased on our investigating success. The Lodge-Owner promised us that next time he will make sure that an armed guard will be present while we will be busy flying.

This is AFRICA, we must be aware all the time what goes on behind our back, make sure that you are in good numbers and that someone always is watching while the others are flying. Remember when you fly you attention is to the plane and anyone can take even your purse out of your pocket!!!!! Even if you think that a shepherd-boy could have no interest in your plane he will steel it just for the matter of steeling..........fun!?!?!

We will be back again and will still fly at this wonderful site, the wind, the lift, the landing is fantastic., the grass is short and thick, just GREAT!

Have a good one!

Michel aka amzimmy, Zimmy etc etc

Friday, September 11, 2009

RC Gliders for sale

Tony Roberts is scaling down on his flying activities and has the following models for sale.
If you are interested please contact Tony  on one of the flowing numbers.

082 5770072 any time
011 793 4036 after 7 P.M.
011 609 8610 office hours.

E-mail tonyr@dfc.co.za
or pant@iafrica.com


GWS Foamy ME 109 complete with motor and prop.
R400.00
Fomie Spitfire - unflown complete with 3 servos and battery
R400.00
Paragon 40 Trainer w/s 1600mm new and un flown.
Super tiger 45 - 1/2 hr Run time with 3 servos.
R2200.00

Tuesday, September 01, 2009

B.E.R.G. from the sky

I fitted a micro video camera on the DG-1000 (foam jobby) with a nice clean result, quite a lot of fun! It is just a 1min13sec video. Unfortunately the quality had to suffer for the upload! If you wish I can make a CD (.AVI file) with the full 18min of the video.

Enjoy,

Michel
video