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Cloud Tramp annual mass launch / Worldwide Postal (Read 3381 times)
Reply #8 - Aug 6th, 2016 at 10:00pm

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Five of us (two wives included) launched six Tramps at a sports field in Whitby, Ontario at noon.

Six ....   one dexterous and fearless individual somehow managed to release a Tramp from each hand simultaneously
 
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Reply #7 - Aug 6th, 2016 at 8:08pm

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Fantastic Pete...looks like you got in some great flights and had a wonderful day!
Thanks for sharing the pictures and inspiration!
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Reply #6 - Aug 6th, 2016 at 5:55pm

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It was getting close to 18:00, so, with a replacement shim in place and mindful of the wind, I cranked in 1275 twists and let 'er rip!  Starlings were active over the field (can be seen in some of the flight shots) indicating lift and I launched into a light thermal for a 2:47 flight - and the stupid pilot landed the plane in a closed off "Garten" Tongue!  Fortunately, it was close to the opposite fence, reachable with the aid of a 3 foot stick.
 

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Reply #5 - Aug 6th, 2016 at 5:53pm

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I did, and you won't regret having your own Cloud Tramp!

Conditions were fairly good for me.  Winds - light and variable (well, a bit stronger than "light") but quite flyable.  I hadn't flown this pup since last year and had made a few adjustments, so a test flight or two were in order.  First one went into the dirt even tho I had re-adjusted the CG.  Moved the wing all the way forward on the seat and she "flew" (850 turns), but didn't gain any real altitude (an incidence shim had fallen out) and landed in our field security net.

 

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Reply #4 - Aug 6th, 2016 at 3:58pm

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I participated! First time. I joined up with the "Brainbusters" out of Newport News, VA and we all launched at 1200 EDT sharp (that is New York Time). I don't have my own Cloud Tramp, but was loaned one. The fellow who loaned it to me said as he handed it to me, "...it probably won't fly very well."  And, he was right!

At least I got my picture taken with the group to prove that I was there. Though it was about 90F with a humidity that made it feel like 100F, the winds were light, and I had fun meeting and flying with other folks. Will likely have my own Tramp for next year's world wide postal.

Did anyone else participate?

Richard Smiley
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Reply #3 - Aug 6th, 2016 at 8:07am

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Don't forget, today's the day for MIMLOCT 2016.  Launch time is 1700hrs British Summer Time (GMT + 1 hour), or 1200 New York time (check to be sure for your time zone).

Weather here in Germany looks to be breezy (as usual Angry) with thunderstorms in the area.  I'll be making my first appearance at the field for this year Shocked with just my cleaned up Cloud Tramp in tow.  I was planning to change props from the original Guillow's black 8 incher to the Chinese orange one - didn't quite get it done...
 

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Reply #2 - Aug 4th, 2015 at 11:11pm

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Pete...sorry  to hear about the scratches but sounds like a  flight you'll remember for a long time!  All on 500 winds!!!! Amazing.  Thanks for sharing the event!

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Reply #1 - Aug 1st, 2015 at 1:06pm

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Just got back from the field and a short first aid stop at my neighbors, with a scratched up Cloud Tramp along with its ripped up motor and me with a number of scratches and "minor" injuries Lips Sealed...

It was a bit breezier than I would have liked and blowing towards the road, so I only wound in 500 turns on the OLD (like three years) motor and set up to launch way over on the Northeast side of our field boundary and launched as the clock struck 6 PM (CEST).  On 500 turns, my CT doesn't climb very high, especially with a worn out gummi, but this flight was obviously into lift.  The plane got nearly as high as when 1400 turns get wrapped in and the glide was noticeably flatter than  "usual", and the breeze...

Over the Eastern rough, over the (quite) active flying field and into the Western rough (that abominable area, home of the dreaded BLACKBERRY THICKET!).  A couple of zigs and a couple of zags, did the Cloud Tramp make before opting to overfly the one tree on our patch and lazily circle/drift toward that durned thorny bush that had messed up my RUTANGO a few months ago - AND THAT'S WHERE IT DECIDED TO PLANT ITSELF!!!

Getting to the model was not too hard - I was able to still "use" the path I had cut into the thicket, even tho it had started to recover - but the exposed and quite long motor had tangled up nicely in the thorny shrubbery and was done for.  I tripped while turning around, landing unceremoniously and painfully in the brambles - BUT THE CLOUD TRAMP SURVIVED!

I have NO idea how long the flight was, but it must have been over a minute.  One club member said it was up for a LONG time, and this guy has seen many of my CT flights.
 

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Jul 27th, 2015 at 7:12pm

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Just a reminder that the annual CT Mass Launch takes place this coming Saturday August 1st.      Launch time is noon Eastern, 9am Western – and equivalent corresponding time elsewhere in the world. Please email the organiser – Mike Kemp – to let him know of your participation; he would also appreciate photos and anecdotes  [email protected]  for his webpage report  http://www.mikedparker.karoo.net/

It may be timely to note that the 24th. WorldWide Postal Competition is presently up and running under the able administration of Gary Hinze – and this has an event for the Cloud Tramp  which might be conveniently flown at the same occasion as the Mass Launch.  Five flights  - participation and scores, etc.  can be submitted to Gary’s website “Endless Lift”    http://www.endlesslift.com/ ;   under the heading of  Postal Competition 2015/2016,  which also provides full details of the various postal events/classes and rules for same.

Hoping you will support both endeavours .....   Jim Moseley
 
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