Strictly for RC Plane Soarers

  Times must surely have changed, in some areas at any rate, with respect to the zealous way in which slope sites are guarded from outsiders. I say this because, following my recent plea for information on Midlands sites, I have received two friendly and helpful letters—and not a word of abuse! The first is from Mike Pitchers, of Leicester, (designer of the Fauvel AV 22s in our March issue) who names three sites. One of these is Burrough Hill, south of Melton Mowbray, where “model aircraft” flying is actually prohibited by byelaw; licences may be obtained for flying gliders there, however, and his club, the Leicester MAC have one. Presumably individuals can apply for glider licences, too—though Mike didn’t specify this one. The site isn’t all that high—just 150 to 200ft. above the surrounding countryside so, as Mike says, it “hardly compares with Moe Fammau!” The other letter, from a Mr M. Element, of Shrewsbury, tells of two sites not too far from there. One, near Dudley, we are not at liberty to publish (though individuals may be informed, on sending sae) and the other we have published some mention of before—the Clent Hills, also in the West Midlands.

Wessex Association coming further south now, I have news this month of the Wessex Soaring Association. Under the chairmanship of Mike Withey, this group have secured the use of slope sites in the Dorset area, they tell me, and their “indoor” meetings are held on the first Friday of each month, at the King’s Head Hotel, Wimborne. They did not say if they have become part of the Dorset Federation of Model Flying Clubs (to which at least a further five Dorset clubs belonged, when we last heard from them) but if they have not yet made contact, they no doubt soon will. There cannot be that many slope sites in Dorset, though admittedly that county is better off than many in this. Anyway, those seeking further gen on this group should contact secretary Michael Huggins, 48 Pilford Heath Road, Colehill, ‘Wimborne (Tel. 883965).

“Overseas” sites?

A letter from Mike Elliott, of Grouville, Jersey, gives food for thought — especially if one is wondering about holidays (and I usually don’t start to think of these until the very last minute). He says that, having spent over ten years in “the power scene” in Jersey, he has now become very involved in soaring. “What I think we miss here,” he goes on, “is the stimulation from non-islanders, although we have some super slopes for all wind directions and our fair share of capable pilots. So, of course, any tic soarers coming over to Jersey would receive a very warm welcome”. I have asked Mike for more gen on the Jersey sites—with photos if at all possible, first for my own information and second to publish for readers’ benefit. I have added Jersey to my logging routine of wind direction and speeds, and will be interested to see how it compares with Luton, Heathrow and Gat-wick. Meanwhile, have sent for the pretty coloured brochures.

Further afield

Rather further afield than Jersey, I have an enquiry as to the possibilities for slope soaring in the Canary Isles. A. F. Mason tells me that he will be holidaying in Tenerife at the end of August, and would like to hear from anyone who has any knowledge of the area, from a sloper’s point of view. Now, I do know that John Whiteside, of the Preston area, who used to be a keen cross country soarer, used also to visit Tenerife regularly. But I seem to have lost touch with him. Maybe someone else who’s been to the Canaries would like to contact Mr Mason direct? His address is 18 Merrydale Road, Stapenhill, Bur-ton-on-Trent, Staffs. Don’t forget, though—we’d like to know too, for future reference!

Long foam wings

  1. Beetham, of the Par-lick SSA writes to say that a recent project within the club was a 10ft. soarer, basically for cross-country work, using a variable camber aero-foil section. Since he didn’t have too much time, he chose to use foam wings and, as there seemed to be no commercial cutter available for 6ft. panels, he constructed his own, as shown. As will be seen, this consists of a 6ft. length of 2 x lin. timber, with pre-stressed 6g piano wire set into each side. The cutting wire is the Nichrome type as used in the industrial cutting of foam. On the application of 25 to 30v a.c. to the cutter ends from a suitable trans-former, the wire heats to a good cutting temperature. Obviously the cutter is satisfactory—even though it would seem a bit basic—and no doubt others would wish to make

refinements such as variable resistances, in order to control the heat of the wire, and so on.

Repairing foam wings

From northern top-rank soarer Dave Worrall comes another in what has been a series of interesting little gems. This time it’s about repairing broken or creased foam wings. His method is as follows:

  1. Strip the veneer back from the break, both sides, top and bottom, and cut and clean at approximately 45deg. to i.e. Set the cores up straight and level—no warps or unevenness—and epoxy (5min) them together, ignoring any nooks, crannies and holes in the core.
  2. Cut a piece of veneer to fit over the joint and bond this in place with a contact adhesive (Copydex) on smooth areas of foam core (Use 5 minute epoxy over the joint area if very uneven).
  3. With a sanding block, make a 90deg. groove at the veneer joint position and complete the joint with 5min. epoxy. Apply the epoxy twice, first time to join and second to produce a smooth finish (using Sellotape if required).
  4. Turn the wing upside-down and repeat the process on the underside, making sure that it is properly aligned.
  5. Finally, complete the trailing and leading edge repairs in the normal manner. Dave says that repairs made in the foregoing manner seem to be as strong, if not stronger than the original and, if care is taken, the repair can be almost undetectable. An added bonus is that accidentally built-in warps in foam wing panels can be removed using a similar technique, by cutting narrow slots at 45 degrees across the skin, leading edge to the trailing edge, then loading the wing to remove the warp and filling the chamfered slow with five minute epoxy.

How to repair an iPhone in Recovery Mode

If a serious error occurs with your iPhone,, the iPhone automatically enters recovery mode and needs to be repaired. This typically happens after an update to a new firmware or when you are trying to restore a backup. Recovery Mode is a mode in which the iPhone will not allow any access to any of the iPhone’s content or features until the device has been restored. Fully restoring the iPhone is the only way to move from recovery mode and access your iPhone again. Since recovery mode erases your device and restores it, it should resolve the issues that caused your iPhone to stop working. If you previously synced with iTunes or iCloud, you may be able to restore from your backup after recovery has taken place..

You might also make the choice to use recovery mode to repair your iPhone if:-

  • Your iPhone does not sync to any computer device:
  • You’ve installed an updateand your phone becomes stuck in a continuous
  • restart loop. This can happen when something goes wrong with the update, or when you have low battery life when installing the update:
  • iTunes doesn’t recognize your device and wont allow you to update your information or says it’s “in recovery mode”.
  • Your Iphone freezes and a logo remains onscreen for several minutes with no progress bar.
  • You can not backup your music, videos, and applications.
  • The Connect to iTunes screen appears.
  • You attempted to update the OS or restore the device from backup, the process didn’t complete

How to Enter iPhone Recovery Mode

  1. Turn off the iPhone off by holding down the sleep/hold button in the top right corner:
  2. Press the home button and connect the USB cable which needs be attached to your computer and to the dock connector. The iPhone will turn on and display the Apple logo.
  3. Keep holding the home button until the iTunes logo/USB cable appears on the screen. The iPhone is then in recovery mode.

When the phone is in recovery mode, a window will pop up in iTunes saying that the phone is in recovery mode and needs to be restored.

The process of repairing you iPhone in recovery mode is straight forward. After turning off your phone and connecting it to a P.C, you should be able to repair your phone with iTunes.

  • Ensure you plug the iPhone into the USB cable connected to your computer only. Hold down the device’s Home button as you connect the USB cable to it.
  • Make sure that you have the latest version of iTunes on your P.C. If you have a registry cleanup utility like Registry Mechanic or CCleaner run that program . Restart your computer if needed.
  • The connect to iTunes screen should appear which tells you that you can release the Home button. iTunes will detect your iPhone and tell you that you must restore the iPhone before it can be used with iTunes. Open iTunes and connect your iPhone . It may not recognise your phone immediately. Once iTunes recognises your phone it will prompt you to download the latest iPhone software, which you should do. At no stage disconnect your phone during this process as you will be left in restore mode.

All personal data, apps and settings will be removed from your iPhone or iPad and it will be restored to the most recent backup, so some data might be lost if you haven’t backed up for a while. If you started your device in recovery mode by mistake, restart it to exit recovery mode. Or you can just wait—after 15 minutes the device will exit recovery mode by itself.


Repair an iPhone that will not charge

Every iPhone is supplied with a USB cable and a power outlet adapter for charging. Any iPhone can also connect to any standard USB port for charging, If an iPhone fails to charge, it could be due to a range of factors such as a lack of power at the source, a software fault or a problem with the handset itself. According to manufacturing specification, the iPhone uses a built-in rechargeable lithium-ion battery. On average, it can last for up to seven hours for use as a phone, six hours for Internet use on the 3G network, 10 hours for Internet use on Wi-Fi, 10 hours for video playback, 40 hours for audio playback and 300 hours on standby.

Try each of these steps if your phone has charging difficulties to repair the issues with your iPhone:-

Firstly check to make sure that there isn’t a problem with your phone itself. Examine your phone to be sure it’s not overheating or damaged or that there is any other sign of hardware faults..
Charger Fault:- If a fault occurs with the charger the iPhone will not receive enough electrical charge to impact upon the battery. By changing power sources a charger can be tested for its effectiveness. If charging resumes after utilizing alternative power sources, then the fault is with the adapter.

Standby Mode:- If an iPhone is plugged into your copmputer you need to think as to wherether the  computer is on  standby mode.  This will stop charging your iPhone. If the computer is on hibernate, it has been completely shut down, and no power is provided to the USB ports. Keep the computer turned on if you want to repaie an iPhone that will not charge.

Authorized apps:- Apple requires accessory manufacturers to meet certain hardware specifications for iPhone chargers and speaker docks. Many unauthorized peripherals are prevented from interacting with an iPhone and will prevent it from charginging correctly. Cheap chargers also suffer from this difficultly and may not be as effective at charging your iPhone. Under these circumstances the iPhone blocks the charging supply at the 30-pin dock connector on the bottom of the device and won’t charge.

Software conflicts:- If problems have started recently look to what you have recently installed. Often a software issue is the reason an iPhone will not charge properly and can be easily resolved with a full power off and reboot.

USB Socket:- The USB cable is used to sucessfully sync and charge your iPhone with a computer iPhones have to detect that they are connected to a standardized USB port before allowing charging to begin. Faults can easily be checked by testing different USB cables to check what works best.

Other USB Devices :- If the is iPhone plugged into a USB outlet on your computer make sure that there are not  too many other USB devices plugged in. Overloading a computer with USB devices, may prevent an  iPhone from receiving a strong charge. Disconnect anything you don’t need to repair an iPhone that will not charge.

Restore the iPhone: -Often the operating system just stops working. This is often a result of software faults which  could cause the iPhone not to recognize a power input or that an authorized charger is in use. Restoring the iPhone using iTunes will allow you to see if you can repair an iPhone that wont charge because of a software fault.
There are many reasons why your iPhone will not charge correctly. There are also lots of ways to test out why this is the case. Solutions are often quick and simple to repair your iPhone.

Here is a video explaining the easiest way to replace the charging port on a iPhone 4.