It took 62 years but it was worth it cuz we got a SIGN!

It took 62 years but it was worth it cuz we got a SIGN!

Sailplane clubs WORK in public parks because we don’t fly our models there….we fly our models FROM there.
 
There can be 20 sailplane pilots  standing on a public park field and no one in the park …walking dogs, hiking, playing Frisbee, etc  would realize it unless they looked up.
 
When we fly our sailplanes you can hear…..birds, kids, the breeze, the trees, crickets, dogs.
 
Our field started as a power club flying site in the park in 1950 ish….adjoining the park is a small tree nursery and the owner lives on the property. The noise from the modelers flying  in the mornings as pretty annoying.  So he stopped by the club and asked them not to fly early on weekends.  They responded completely the wrong way and followed it by doing things to further annoy him….and that cost them the use of the park for RC powered models.
 
The glider guys were allowed to stay .
Our club the Louisville Area Soaring Society was later formalized in order to assure the park officials that they were protected from liability and so that use of rc models would continue to add to the park’s natural attractions.
Over the years, Ed and other club members did all the right things to show that RC sailplanes are good for the park, its neighbors and its other users.  At that same meeting many of the neighbors including the guy who mentioned that powered models were being flown again…all recounted how magical the sailplanes seemed, and how they’d seen hawks and buzzards fly with the models, and how they felt that the sailplanes actually added to the beauty of the park.
 
If there was a conflict between our members using the site (even with a permit for the time) and other users (little league, cross country events, picnic’rs), we’d pack up! 
 
We made it clear to members that we were ‘guests’ at the park, that its a privilege for us to use the site – not a right. We never left litter and we volunteered as a club to help with park improvement projects like mulching the playground area.
 
Ed made sure that permits were paid and in place, he kept in close contact with park management..and in the end we have been rewarded with a sign…. I saw it for the first time at our club flying Suday.
 
Ed called me over saying I had to see something…. When I realized what I was looking at I just dropped on my butt and stared…and grinned!
 
Its a big deal….and it only took 62 years.
Huge thanks to all the members who did the right things that gave the Parks Dept the confidence that the Louisville Area Soaring Society has maintained a character through their actions at the site which earned us… a sign!
The only official Public Park RC Soaring site in maybe the entire USA?  If not for sure in Kentucky :-)
WOW!
(Electric LAUNCH Sailplanes are welcome! One 30 second motor run per flight)
Gordy

Louisville Hosting the MidSouth Soaring Champs… AGAIN!

Louisville Hosting the MidSouth Soaring Champs… AGAIN!

This is a new era for the Louisville Area Soaring Society!  In with the new, out with the old…. Founding member and club president for life Ed Wilson has stepped down from club administration and so we have a brand new President (Allen Burnham).  We have some new young members who have really stepped up to help build the club too. Dion was a new member three years back but took up the job of CD of our brand new 2 channel club contest series (two channels you can’t use…spoilers or flaps, everything else is legal!).  That was in spite of being active in cycling, a dad, and very busy with career!

The MidSouth is a traveling contest, having been hosted by Memphis, Tullahoma, Huntsville, Wilson SC, Pensacola, Atlanta, and Louisville in the past. It is the major soaring event in the MidSouth region.  This year it was Louisville’s turn to accept or pass on….we held a club meeting, elected officers, and voted on the opportunity……YES was the unanimous vote!  We are proud to be the host and taking it VERY seriously. We have an excellent, tested site near the river at Hayes Kennedy Park.  We have already rebuilt 6 winches to match, we will have matched new batteries, line, full time chargers running, matched pedals with nice wood bases, new line too :-) .

We are planning on a golf cart to shag chutes to keep the pilots flying instead of walking.  You can find more info about the event as it develops on RC Groups Sailplane Events section.

Or send a note to GordySoar@aol.com

LASS 2013 Season is almost over,and it was a great one!

LASS 2013 Season is almost over,and it was a great one!

 

Where to start?
Well our Two Channel Contest Series grew as did membership.  I guess I never really appreciated how much fun simple sailplanes could be and how much we could improve our soaring skills by flying them again. Planes included Metrick, Saggitta, Paragon, Fling, Aquilla, Aspire, Gentle Lady, Vista, Handi, Spirit, electric launch Radians as well as a few amazing electric scratch builds from Dion….argh I can’t remember them all!
Allen took the years series title and easily was the most improved pilot…but he put a lot of work in to get those scores.
Dave Flanigan blew us all away with his amazing selection of prizes at the finals, it was a virtual cornacopia of rc soaring goodies! 
One neat thing that happened was kind of a coming of age thing for rc soaring guys, everyone got their own high starts (again thanks to Dave for doing the leg work and research to make it financially a lot easier for all!). Another huge thanks to Dave for holding and bringing out the club contest launch and scoring materials.

Ed Wilson, club co-founder and President for Life did some of the best contest soaring we’ve seen in a few years, LASS is extremely lucky to have him.

Ron Allen collected dues and keeps the money..still ;-) .

We also did a lot of slope soaring this season at Frankfort Kentucky. 
We have a LOT to be thankful for this past season and a lot to look forward to next season…very likely MidSouth Soaring Champs will be back in Louisville for 2014!  Maybe even an AlES event… Thanks to all and its been an amazing year of new friendships, skill development and soaring in general.
Gordy

Photos from the September 22nd, 2013 Two Channel Contest

Photos from the September 22nd, 2013 Two Channel Contest

More Pictures!

Again, these are just random pics of the fun.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photos from our July 7th, 2013 Two Channel Contest

Photos from our July 7th, 2013 Two Channel Contest

Here are some photos from the July 7th contest. These are just random shots when I could pick up the camera.

LASS Pilot Figures Out Slope Soaring!

LASS Pilot Figures Out Slope Soaring!

Frankfort KY Slope 4/29/2010The Successful Soaring Pilot:

He’s got the thermal AND slope bug since he’s had great days doing both. With a very short amount of time in the hobby, he worked through the usual dumb thumb newbie learning pains,  he stuffed his ego aside so that he could speed up the learning process and persued hi new passion – with passion!  RC sailplanes. He joined the LASS with a Radian, and quickly moved up to a Mini AVA (100″ version, electric launch).

He practiced, listened and learned and is working hard to learn to read air and avoid trees during landings.

This was taken at our Slope in Frankfort Kentucky.

We’ve been blessed with quite a few great days of slope lift… and he took advantage of most of them. We’re proud to have have had him flying with us.

(Pictured is Bob Summers, 71 years old, completing his LSF5 8 hour slope task!)

2012 Bluegrass Soaring Society’s Mid-Am Report

2012 Bluegrass Soaring Society’s Mid-Am Report

Sept 8&9 is past but its memory lives on in Ron, Ed, Jack and myself’s minds.  Saturday we woke up to monsoon type rain, pilots meeting was to be in Lexington about 9am…I called Ron and he decided to bail, not wanting to drive down to stand around in the rain, but I decided to anyway if nothing else I’d have breakfast with my daughter who’s a Horse Vet down there now.

By about 10 the rain stopped and AJ and Dave set up the winches and those of us there decided to fun fly. By about 11 the air got nice the ceiling raised and while the forecase was for up to 30mph gusts…the games began…and continued all day with us getting in 6 round of 10mins each.  The winds stayed near calm and Sunday was looking to be even better if that’s possible!

At the end of the day I man aged to eek out 2nd place in expert, Jack flew well and so did Ron.  Sunday was amazing, Ed flew but he was rusty, and taking it easy on his health…but Ron and I were doing well.  Jack decided not to fly but came to support the group.

Ron flew his Pike Perfect Extended Tip, I flew a much repaired Perfect and Ed flew his AVA. 

I had really spent some serious effort the week before getting my landing pattern back in the groove and it paid off, but on about the third round of the second day my ship was grooving to the spot when a ground thermal lifted her way up right at about the end of the tape and I had to make an ohcrap landing for only about 40 points when I was averaging in the 90′s….I’d been in about third place all day, but in the second to last round, Jerry Shape, Scott Shaw and Ron Mong (the leaders all flying really well) got caught by the same kind of weird ground thermal giving them near zero landing points and allowing me to sneak back up the scoreboard.

The last round was going to make or break things..I kind of blew it, hitting only 85…(100 would have put me in first likely) and the other guys did 90′s+.

Still in the end I’d moved up to 2nd with Scott Shaw in first. Ron flew a Supra, Ron a Tragi 801 and Jerry an Aspire.

Ron Allen also took 2nd place in Sportsman!

6 round of 6mins made a lot of sense since the air was big all day and most were maxing, so standing around waiting for the clock at 2,000 feet made little sense…a great idea by AJ.

Team LASS earned a little respect and some wood!

You?

Mid-South Soaring Championships 2012

Mid-South Soaring Championships 2012

NOTICE!   NOTICE!   NOTICE!

Everyone,

Due to multiple member issues, both health and personal, LASS has regrettably decided NOT to host the Mid-South contest this year (2012).  We regret any inconvenience this causes you.

We understand that Tullahoma may step up and host this event.  Please wait for an announcement from them before making any plans.

4/10/2012   by Dave Flanigan

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The Louisville Area Soaring Society is glad to welcome the 21st Annual Mid-South Soaring Championship back to Louisville.  It will be held on May 25th, 26th, and 27th.  For details click on Contests, then Mid-South Soaring Championships 2012.

It’s slope season!

It’s slope season!

Earlier this week, LASS Prez Ed sent out a note:

“Just a brief note. Guys the warm spell we are experiencing right now is a perfect time to visit the slope in Frankfort. Dick Weidner and I went up there yesterday (Thursday). The air was some of the best I have ever seen. You could roll or loop to your hearts content with NO loss of height. The lift band went very far out from the hill.”

And then on Sunday (12/17) we put out the notice that LASS was heading out for a full-frontal attack on the Frankfort slope!

10 pilots from all over showed up. Tom Hill from Tennessee even made the trek to fly with us and showed us some great DS maneuvres with his Moth 60. Gordy brought out his trusty RnR Synergy 5 and whipped some DS doughnuts. I finally had my Polecat Hammerhead in a groove and made it squeal through some DS turns. Dave Smith was flying a slick Halfpipe.

Tony Utley experimented with some aerial photography with mixed results – more info on that to come, for sure! Ken Marks showed up with his trusty Bowman’s Hobbies Scooter and his mountain bike for a little excitement afterwards on the Capital View Trail.

Photos were taken!

We went to the slope!

We went to the slope!

Today Gordy and I went to the slope!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wZgYHVNT1dQ

Here’s a photo Tony shot!

http://www.flickr.com/photos/nex12go/4222130431/