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Misceleanous / A flashback to 1939 in Phoenix Park
« on: April 02, 2020, 16:41:25 PM »
Here's a shot film of a flying event in the Phoenix Park in 1939. Think we could attract crowds like this today?

Does anyone recognise any of the fliers? I started flying 11 years after this and could have met some of them, but don't see anyone I recognise.

Club talk / Re: Well, I never knew that.
« on: November 16, 2019, 14:14:09 PM »
This was a major event in model flight.
Noel Barrett and Joe Dible were the official FAI representatives who verified the flight. John Molloy and Ronan Coyle worked on the project also.

The flight was live streamed, with updates on shown on a satellite map.

Here are a couple of links to the trip.

John O'Sullivan

Slope Soaring / Re: Visiting Ireland
« on: August 08, 2019, 23:58:20 PM »
It's that time of the year again and I'll be in Ireland from Aug 11th to Sept 2nd. I have a couple of resident models which I hope to fly, slope or flat land. Anything going on?

Slope Soaring / Re: RIP Noel
« on: April 24, 2019, 12:57:44 PM »
I remember Noel from his days in the St. Finbar's Flying Club (1951)  which amalgamated with Cork MAC about 1953.
Noel and his teammate Sammy Lake were the top C/L Team Race fliers  of the time and were always head to head with the late Stan Cussen and Alastair McConnell. 
Around 1955 The Cork Gliding Club was formed and Noel backed away from model flying to become one of its leading members.  He later returned to model flying and quickly  established himself as an international expert.
I learned a lot from him back in the early days. His witty humour and friendship I will always treasure.

John O'Sullivan

Events / Re: 2018 ISR events
« on: June 10, 2018, 12:15:35 PM »
Thanks to everyone for a wonderful day's flying at Tountinna.
Especially liked the Canadian Flag windsock, although at times it hung vertically.
Some more pictures

Slope Soaring / Visiting Ireland
« on: May 31, 2018, 17:18:02 PM »
I'll be visiting Ireland from June 1 to 20th and would like to get some flying in. I have a Wrait 48" sloper and a 1.8m Pulsar e.
Slope or flat land.   I'll be drifting between Dublin and Cork.
John O'Sullivan  IRL 26

Scale / Re: Something different... Lilian Bland Mayfly - Static model
« on: August 04, 2016, 18:20:54 PM »
Hi Fred;
A beautiful tribute to Irish aviation. Thank you for bringing this very significant part of history to our attention.
I had never heard of the Mayfly and  all you get on a search on aviation history in Ireland starts with the Vimy crossing in 1919.
I've spent the day going through all the links

What a wonderful and groundbreaking woman. Too bad she did not continue with her aviation  interests. However, she was also a pioneer in many other rapidly developing interests of the early 20th century. it appears to have had some unique  control  surface features which had not been used previously. We could do with more like her.

It would indeed be a great thing to develop an electric RC version of this model of about 1/12 scale. It would be a knockout. if you are not interested, I'll take up the challenge and you can do the cutting from my CAD drawings.

I have not flown in Ireland since 2 years ago at Mt. Leinster. I was over in Aug/sept last year with my daughter and grandson, but did not get flying. I will be back from Sept 13 to Oct 7 and will have a couple of models with me. Planning on getting to the Mt. Leinster fly-in on Sept 25.

Regards to all,

Slope Soaring / Re: The Micro Quark.. For when a Quark 2M is too big!
« on: April 04, 2016, 22:58:24 PM »
Well Done Fred;
I read your article in Radio Controled Soaring Digest and it was excellent. I hope that you get flooded with orders for your wonderful design.
John O'Sullivan
Nova Scotia
IRL 26

Slope Soaring / September fly in at the big L
« on: September 28, 2014, 09:54:59 AM »
I had a wonderful day on Saturday meeting a whole bunch of people who had only been names on the forum and spending time flying with them. There were also a few people I had not seen since the mid 70's.
A couple of mishaps, forgot my wing joiner for my small slope model and 1200mah batteries for my 2m electric. I did manage to get in a few good flights with 300 mah batteries in the electric model ( which ensured I did not cheat with motor use).  
The turnout was great and the atmosphere was excellent.
I topped the day off by purchasing a 2m Mouldie and now face the prospect of getting it back to Canada on Tuesday.
Thanks to everyone

Slope Soaring / September fly in at the big L
« on: September 18, 2014, 21:59:39 PM »

Looking forward to getting some flying done at the Mt.Leinster Fly-in
Had some very nice thermal flying with this in a park in Stillorgan today.

Slope Soaring / Hi from Eastern Canada
« on: September 16, 2014, 09:06:27 AM »
Anyone flying at Kilakeel  or Phoenix Park during the week. I'll be heading to Cork for C/L on the weekend. Call me at 0877218492.
John O'S

Slope Soaring / Hi from Eastern Canada
« on: September 03, 2014, 14:55:13 PM »
Models arrived safely in Dublin. I would like to get to  tountinna I know the area well from way back. Thanks for the offer. I lived in Dromineer on Lough Derg in 1962 and in Neenah from 1963 to 1966.  Used to attend weekly ballad sessions in   balina/killaloe. No R/C soaring back then as I flew Free Flight and C/L exclusively.
Would like to try the slopes there, but I may not be able to make it this trip.

I may get out with the Cork guys this weekend.

Slope Soaring / Hi from Eastern Canada
« on: September 01, 2014, 15:51:15 PM »
I'll be in Cork that weekend and until after the 13th (can't miss the C/L Nationals).
I've flown in the long past(1997) at Kilakeel and had a model there three years ago but it was blowing a gale. On the last few trips I've flown in the Phoenix Park.
I have not met the Quebec Aerotow guys as I'm over 1000 km away in Halifax Nova Scotia. We are fairly isolated here on the east coast and don't get much of a chance to fly with the central or western Canadians.

Slope Soaring / Hi from Eastern Canada
« on: August 31, 2014, 03:01:30 AM »
We had our informal annual Slopefest at our Lawrencetown slope today (continues tomorrow). This is a 98 foot bluff overlooking the Atlantic and is noted for steady winds.
Up to 10 am there was barely a puff, but as the day progressed winds built up to 47 kph. I am attaching some photos. We had 40  fliers and more than 60 models of all descriptions.  one of the highlights was a 1/4 scale Messersmith(SP?) originally built as a rubber powered model but now converted to R/C slope.

I will be heading to Ireland on Tuesday and will be bringing a couple of models with me, a 1.8m Pulsar Electric sailplane and a Hobby King Wraith 48" sloper. I am planning on attending the Sept 27 Mt. Leinster do and any other sloping I can get in, in Dublin and Cork.

My mobile number will be  0873964701
John O'Sullivan MACI IRL 26

Slope Soaring / Visiting Ireland need flying contacts
« on: September 10, 2011, 14:02:14 PM »
winds gusting to 30 kts. Will take a sightseeing trip up there anyway

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