Archive for February, 2004

February Flying

February Flying

Bruce sent in some photos from a little flying session today at Charlie Vettiner. The weather was fairly cool, but only slightly breezy. Excellent flying weather! Tom brought out his venerable Twinstar, Perry brought out his dueling Birds of Time (one a "Lil' Bird", the other a real-size), and Randy and Zach Elkins brought out a brand-new Zagi for its maiden flight!

Check out the gallery: 2004.02.22 – February Flying

Thanks again to Bruce for the photos!
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More Bat Photos, Bat Testimony!

More Bat Photos, Bat Testimony!

A group of LASS'ers made it out to the Frankfort slope yesterday, and did a little more BATting practice!

Gordy sez: "This thing holds energy, heck grabs energy, like a Wizard Compact.

Goof up a turn at the top of the DS groove and usually have to bail out, not with the Bat, it just attacks the backside and groooooves the thru the front!

Talk about light lift flying….we had LIFT, but winds only at calm to 5mph, near dark tonite and we were still flying the Bat on the front and back..

I had a DS groove going 10mph, maybe less at one point and it wouldn't quit!

There wasn't enough on the front to go back out, but the Bat holds energy sooo well you swear it creates its own.

Take a few turns to get your head on what you are flying but then no problem.

The elevons work just fine, never felt that I couldn't bring it around even when I had some heat going.

This thing is worth every single penny and more!

Lots of fun ahead guys."



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The Louisville Bats

The Louisville Bats

About a month ago, our man Gordy started a drive to get a bunch of Windrider Bats built and on the slope at Frankfort. Eventually, Gordy hyp-mo-tized a group of us with his salesman magic, and we had ordered something like 14 of these little beasts! Ming (the not-so-merciless) at Windrider also supplied us with nearly-full-span carbon fiber spars, so we could test out the dynamic soaring qualities of this relatively cheap kit.

Well, the Bats have been in for a while, and they are started to turn up built! Our man Bruce even had a chance to test one out on Monday at Frankfort. To quote: "WOW this baby really holds it's speed and flies like it is on rails."




click to go to the Gallery!

I'd like to get more photos of completed or in-process Bats, so if you've got 'em, email to ben [at] thelocust [dot] org!

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LASS Word Newsletter — February 2004

LASS Word Newsletter — February 2004

Hey all — Ed has written up the February 2004 LASS Word newsletter, so go and get it! And while you are at it — go and check out the rest of the documents available in the Downloads section.
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