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« on: September 29, 2019, 05:22:41 AM »

I have just been reading in an old Aeromodeller about this subject, which seems interesting. Does anyone still do this sort of thing, or have they been completely subsumed by RC? Are there any available, or do you have to make your own magnet unit?
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« Reply #1 on: September 29, 2019, 06:51:24 AM »

Yes it still goes on. It looks very tiring! Look at the F1E events on the BMFA Freeflight contest calendar and contact Ian Kaynes maybe
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« Reply #2 on: September 29, 2019, 06:56:51 AM »

Certainly, it's an active free flight discipline, and a fascinating one, certainly not subsumed by RC. It's F1E on the FAI World Championship schedule. As is usually the case with a free-flight query, the answer, plus a lot of other handy information, is in one or more of the Free Flight Forum Reports. There are articles on magnet-steered gliders in the 1990, 2001 and 2011 Reports.

A complete list of all the Reports' contents is here: http://freeflight.bmfa.org/forum-reports-contents  All of them are still available and prices are here: http://freeflight.bmfa.org/free-flight-forum

In the UK there are F1E contests on sites in the Peak District and near Melton Mowbray, so check the BMFA Events calendar in BMFA News or here: http://freeflight.bmfa.org/contest-calendar. Getting along and talking to the people who fly the class is a good way to find what it's all about, but you don't need a vast hillside to fly magnet; people use some of the slopes on Area 8 on Salisbury Plain for trimming.



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« Reply #3 on: September 29, 2019, 09:57:49 AM »

That was quick! Thank you both.
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« Reply #4 on: September 29, 2019, 10:51:47 AM »

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There are several papers about F1E gliders in past issues of  the National Free Flight Society's annual Symposium Report.

In the 2004 Sympo Daniel Petcu's "Building F1E Gliders" details construction of both the model and installation of the steering mechanism.

He also wrote another paper for the 2003 Sympo on testing an F1E.

There have also been papers in more recent Sympos on the use of electronic, rather than magnetic, steering.

The 1972-73 Aeromodeller Annual featured an article By Helmut Winkler on the techniques of magnet flying.

Back issues of Sympos are available from the National Free Flight Society (NFFS). The web site is www.freeflight.org

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« Reply #5 on: September 29, 2019, 12:42:54 PM »

@ jj

Have a look at here under F1E: http://www.freeflightnews.org.uk/wcup/WC19/WCP19F1.HTM

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