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STILL on the Road...Slope Soaring the 2m B.O.T. at Oregon Inlet, Outter Banks, North Carolina

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STILL on the Road...Slope Soaring the 2m B.O.T. at Oregon Inlet, Outter Banks, North Carolina

Post  Kim on Fri May 12, 2017 8:32 am

Finally heading back home after a week's run out to the east.  Since I was parked so close to I-40 while at the Carolina Classic, I decided to knock off a Bucket List item and visit Kitty Hawk.  Got some stuff on that later, if I don't run you all off with these ramblings.

I camped at Cape Hatteras for a couple days...about 25 miles south of Kitty Hawk...then moved north a few miles to a Park Service campground near the Oregon Inlet.  This gave me some steeper dunes to try my hand at sloping the 2M Bird of Time.

Gonna crunch out some video of it and the Huntersville Meet once I get home and settled, but here are some photos of the little B.O.T. getting coated with beach sand:

My campsite at the Oregon Inlet Campground.



The 2M B.O.T. gets a charge before assaulting the beach.



All you need for slope soaring.  Actually, the camera bag and lawn chair are optional, but can come in handy...just don't stumble over them if your R/C Body English includes wandering about a bit as you fly (blame control line flying for that).  The GoPro, for me, is almost mandatory these days...I like to pretend I'm along for the
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Though still a BUNCH higher than my beloved levees back home, the shoreline dunes to the north were fairly low, with a big gap for an access road.  Even though I couldn't see the gap from where I was standing, the B.O.T. instantly let me know when it crossed in front of it...with a sudden drop as if it had just snagged a pound of lead.



There was another gap to the south, but also included a couple tall peaks that really gave the B.O.T. a huge boost of speed every time it passed by.  The glider looks like it's descending, but has just 'gotten the boot', and is accelerating (which will convert to altitude as soon as it's pilot puts down the camera and pulls in some elevator).



Riding the wave from the bigger dune, the B.O.T. climbs out.  Finding the peak of the lift (and the dead spots) is part of the fun/challenge and, unlike thermal soaring, tends to be pretty dependable as long as the winds stay constant.



Unfortunately, my GoPro camera was jolted back and downward a bit at launch, giving me a lot bigger view of my sand-covered wing than I'd wanted.  Still not too bad.  The tall cranes in the distant background are part of the construction of a new bridge across the inlet.



Nose low and booking down the beach.



Running low and fast and right up against the dunes is fun, but can really pile up a sailplane without the roll response of ailerons.  Luckily for the B.O.T., I got away with this for a few passes before thinking better of it.



Shows how poorly I'd cleaned the sticky castor oil from the B.O.T.'s wing.  Up at about the top of the lift wave, we cruise back down the beach.  The Assault Van and it's camper just under the right stabilator tip.



Some of the local residents were less than impressed with the clumsy intruder that seemed to have a problem understanding slope soaring ettiquette and right-of-way rules.  



I managed to get down to the beach without falling on my face...not wanting to trust my depth-perception to land the B.O.T. while looking down from the dune.



Out in front of the lift wave, the B.O.T. glides in for a fairly smooth crosswind landing (meaning: it didn't cartwheel when it touched down).



Yeah, gonna have to get the shop-vac after the B.O.T. when I get home...


So, that's it for the moment...nothing is bent or broken so far.  I ought to be rolling up the hill this evening, and will post more after I get after my yard which, I am sure looks like a hay field by now...

On The Road Kim


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Re: STILL on the Road...Slope Soaring the 2m B.O.T. at Oregon Inlet, Outter Banks, North Carolina

Post  fit90 on Fri May 12, 2017 8:39 am

Great pics! Really looking forward to the vids! Forget the yard. It will always be there. Keep having fun! Have a safe and fun trip home.
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Post  RknRusty on Fri May 12, 2017 12:30 pm

I saw this on your FB page first, mistakenly thought you were already back in Mo., as you can tell from my comment over there.
When you do settle in, we can collaborate on a Huntersville report since I've written pretty much nothing about it yet. I have a couple of notepad files from where I started writing and fizzled.
Take care, Bro. Be careful on the road.
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Re: STILL on the Road...Slope Soaring the 2m B.O.T. at Oregon Inlet, Outter Banks, North Carolina

Post  happydad on Fri May 12, 2017 1:16 pm

Kim wrote:Finally heading back home after a week's run out to the east.  Since I was parked so close to I-40 while at the Carolina Classic, I decided to knock off a Bucket List item, and visit Kitty Hawk.  Got some stuff on that later, if I don't run you all off with these ramblings.

I camped at Cape Hatteras for a couple days...about 25 miles south of Kitty Hawk...then moved north a few miles to a Park Service campground near the Oregon Inlet.  This gave me some steeper dunes to try my hand at sloping the 2M Bird of Time.

Gonna crunch out some video of it and the Huntersville Meet once I get home and settled, but here are some photos of the little B.O.T. getting coated with beach sand:

All you need for slope soaring.  Actually, the camera bag and lawn chair are optional, but can come in handy...just don't stumble over them if your R/C Body English includes wandering about a bit as you fly (blame control line flying for that).  The GoPro, for me, is almost mandatory these days...I like to pretend I'm along for the
ride.


Though still a BUNCH higher than my beloved levees back home, the shoreline dunes to the north were fairly low, with a big gap for an access road.  Even though I couldn't see the gap from where I was standing, the B.O.T. instantly let me know when it crossed in front of it...with a sudden drop as if it had just snagged a pound of lead.





So, that's it for the moment...nothing is bent or broken so far.  I ought to be rolling up the hill this evening, and will post more after I get after my yard which, I am sure looks like a hay field by now...

On The Road Kim


wow am I jealous. I still haven't slope soared since my last surgery.  happydad
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Post  fredvon4 on Fri May 12, 2017 1:55 pm

Living vicariously through the eyes of Kim, Rusty and all other of my CEF buddies.... I Love This Forum!

Thanks brother, I am loving my down time between home and yard chores!!!
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Re: STILL on the Road...Slope Soaring the 2m B.O.T. at Oregon Inlet, Outter Banks, North Carolina

Post  rsv1cox on Fri May 12, 2017 5:00 pm

Another great pictorial Kim.

My wife and I camped on that very beach for a week back in the early '60's. Unfortunately we had the sister-in-law and her hubby along primarily because they had the camper, one of those pop-up things. Sand stuck to everything, mostly the sheets. Sad

One evening about dusk I swam out about a mile, maybe more in dead calm seas. Got to thinking about it and decided to make it to shore. It was long before Jaws the movie came out but those finned things were on my mind.

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Re: STILL on the Road...Slope Soaring the 2m B.O.T. at Oregon Inlet, Outter Banks, North Carolina

Post  Kim on Fri May 12, 2017 7:11 pm

RknRusty wrote:I saw this on your FB page first, mistakenly thought you were already back in Mo., as you can tell from my comment over there.
When you do settle in, we can collaborate on a Huntersville report since I've written pretty much nothing about it yet. I have a couple of notepad files from where I started writing and fizzled.
Take care, Bro. Be careful on the road.
Rusty

Well, we'll blow up that writer's block!

Yeah, I try to make it generally look like I'm home when traveling, at least on Facebook anyway. My brain is road-fried right now, but will start up with you over coffee in the morning...seems like we do a lot of our posting in the extreme am anyway !
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Post  Kim on Fri May 12, 2017 7:14 pm

fit90 wrote:Great pics! Really looking forward to the vids! Forget the yard. It will always be there.

'Tis true! But we shall be 'baling hay' tomorrow!
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Post  Marleysky on Fri May 12, 2017 7:51 pm

Kitty Hawk!! Oh man, soaring the same river of air that Orville and Wilber flew in. That's now on my bucket List! Can't wait to see your pictures.
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Post  RknRusty on Fri May 12, 2017 8:23 pm

Yeah, I'm starting to regain my muse for getting a story going. It just takes this ol' dude a while to recover from a fun expedition like this. So I think we can make it fresh and entertaining. I'm still stoked, reliving it in the dark caverns of my head, flying patterns and talking to my long distance friends.

I'm back in my shop, post-fighting the Tutor, and found it wouldn't likely have finished another flight without the long pushrod breaking out of its clevis. It was bent in two places and hanging by a thread with a split clevis. It was built with Half-A R/C hardware. Rolling Eyes I found a cool new way to attach ball links to CF rod that I'll talk about. And I've tightened everything up so it's ready to fly in next Saturday's Joe Nall Stunt Contest. Maybe I can make another appearance in the winners' circle... or maybe not, but I bet I'll fly better with some patterns under my belt. That's just a day trip for me, so I won't be so exhausted after it's over.

See y'all in the funny pages,
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Post  xplaneguy on Sat May 13, 2017 12:44 am

Awesome Kim! Looking forward to more rambling. Smile
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