Archive for June, 2004

LASS team wins the DARTS Handlaunch Contest

LASS team wins the DARTS Handlaunch Contest

Gordy writes in to say that Bruce has won the Dayton Area Thermal Soarers annual Handlaunch Contest!

From Gordy:

I am extremely happy to report that our own Nats Hand Launch Champ Bruce Davidson went up to Dayton (along with world class Caller/Timer Ken Marks) and bested the field in a Man On Man, Seeded (pure no holds barred, no excuses possible) contest format.

Phil Barnes (current International Handlaunch Champion) brought his best game and it wasn't even close to Bruces performance.

Ken is paying his contest 'dues' by finding thermals that suck him further down wind than his plane will return from and that makes zeros! All part of learning our planes and their capabilities at contests.

Congrats to our LASS Discus Hand Launch Team…again!

The DARTS site hasn't been updated with scores as of yet, so hang tight for the official word.
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June 26, 2004

June 26, 2004

This week has had its ups and downs.

On Fathers day I destroyed, not crashed but DESTROYED my unlimited class Nyx. To keep it short I think I had a failure with the elevator pushrod. The plane went into a tumble like a 3D acrobatic plane. It was over faster than what you just read. That one hurt.

Thursday evening was a lot more fun. I counted 9 club members flying during the evening. It was a good evening of flying just a little breezy as a front was going through. It did not slow the flying down any. Afterwards a group of us retired to Chubby Rays Pizza for some food and hanger flying.

I encourage more of the club membership to join us on Thursday evenings.

–Ed
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LASS Members at the CSS Memorial Contest

LASS Members at the CSS Memorial Contest

Gordy contacted me to say that the LASS team has fared pretty well up at the Cincinnati Soaring Society's Memorial Contest. Gordy placed 2nd, and Bruce Davidson and club president Ed Wilson placed in the top ten. "No one crashed!" he says. Sounds like a good time. More information later!

Also… Gordy managed to take home the "Thermal Wizard" trophy from the Seattle Soaring Society's TD contest back on May 15th.
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June 18, 2004

June 18, 2004

Last nights Thursday evening flying was a little short on flyers. There was only Ben, Brian, and myself flying. Eric paid his dues and joined the club last night and Ron Allen came out for a short visit. Although there were rain showers in the area we remained dry at the field.

I wish more guys would try and make it out on Thursdays. After bouncing around some ideals I am going to offer some short clinics on Thursday evenings starting next week (June 24). We will emphasize a single topic each week. Topics we are going to cover will be launching and how to set the plane up, landing – it's not all gravity, plane set up, thinking like a thermal, anything else we think there is interest in as we go along.

Ben Wilson last night completed his last landing for his LSF level 2.

— Ed

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June 15, 2004

June 15, 2004

May 16
We are going to try something different. Instead of trying to compose a newsletter I am going to keep this log. Ben will post it up on the web site whenever I send him an update. I hope to keep the news more timely and the club better informed. Let me hear your feedback.

Those of you that did not come out for the "Day after the Derby" makeup contest missed a good meal and a good day of flying. The team of Bruce Davidison, Ken Marks, and Hank Gullett won the flying part of the day. Everyone won on our hamburgers and hot dogs.

June 4
We started flying officially last Thursday (June 3) evening. We will try to have the equipment at the field by 5:00pm. Always check the weather before coming out. We are scheduled every Thursday evening until the last Thursday in September to fly from 5:00pm till dark. If you come out on Thursday's note we have been going up to the Louisville Pizza place after flying to eat and rehash the evenings flying. Everyone is welcomed.

June 15
The Nat's is right around the corner. It looks like LASS will be very well represented this year. I see Bruce and Ken are flying H/L on Monday. Bruce, Ken, and myself are flying 2-Meter on Tuesday and Wednesday. Ron Allen and Johnny B. are joining the same Bruce, Ken, and Ed trio, for Unlimited that is being flown on Thursday and Friday. Ron, Johnny B. and myself are also set to fly on Saturday in either or both RES and Nostalgia. I encourage any club member that can to come up and watch. By the end of the week we could all use some " friendly" timers. The soaring part of the Nat's run July 24 thru July 31. More information can be found at the LSF and AMA's web sites.

— Ed

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Ohio Valley Soaring Series #2 Report

Ohio Valley Soaring Series #2 Report

Our man Gordy gives us a report from Fort Wayne and the <a href="http://www.cincinnatisoaring.org/ovss_main.htm">Ohio Valley Soaring Series #2</a> competition, hosted by <a href="http://www.rc-aero.com/LOFT/steele/flier.html">LOFT</a> (the League of Flight by Thermals in Fort Wayne, Indiana).

Here it is:
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We started the day with rain. Light drizzle but persistant and the sky was black.
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Rich Burnowski, Karl Miller and Bill rolled in from Chicago area and Paul Siegel came too… I knew if the weather broke and we could fly it was going to between a few points again among the leaders.� Martin was back and Dave Cambell wasn't about to hand anything over.
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Man On Man ….is the only way to go for a series format.� Because its the truest form of rc soaring contest.� It makes every flight group a mini contest…and then provides a 'ladder system' of achiement.
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Pilots of like experience and practice end up testing their skills against each other…and in fact is the true form of determining pilot 'rating'…you know the always arguable, and vague "sportsman, expert, master" labels.
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At the finish of a MOM contest you can look at the board and pretty much determine where your personal experience and practice 'group' is….and gives you an idea of who to look towards for tips for skill improvements….
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Anyway, I wasn't wrong about the competition!� Rich and Karl and Paul and Bill and well pretty much everyone had brought their game thumbs and the air brought its crushability.
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First rounds were filled with air….and only air.� The high humidity and wind (about 15mph) made it nearly impossible to find anything that would keep you up more than 3mins without the steadiest of thumbs and hugest loads of luck….it was looking pretty clear that my consequtive run of wins or places since the end of last year was in jeopardy.
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But my VP Pike Superior really covered my poor decisions and sloppy thumbing to keep in the upper middle pack.� And Ken Marks my caller was brilliant again, providing feedback to help me cook up the right turns and opportunities.
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The best I can claim is that I fought for every point.
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Rich Burnowski is a champion.� He has all the right stuff to do what it takes when the real pressure is on and in fact his peformance is where the pressure comes from in that last round.� His practice determination and honed skills allow him to do what it takes, what seems like a gamble to us, but is really just correct.� He started on top and may have slipped a spot or two but in the end he showed what makes a true champion, the ability to pull out a max and a 95+ landing to seal the deal.
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The Ohio Valley Soaring Society's Series Sponsor, JR, came through to cap off another true 'contest', and will at each series event, by providing a pair of digital 368's to the Sportsman High Point and the Expert High Point Champs as well as some cool JR stuff like foam kneel pads, can cozies, T shirts etc.� They really ARE serious about supporting RC Soaring!
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Who flew what?� The only Icon today was Paul Siegel's green, Pike Superiors reigned supreme Sunday taking first and second and I believe third (Rich, me and Steve Siebenahler) I hope I got that right, seems like Paul should have been in their, he really flew well, but Steve hooked up in the last round and made a great landing too….so sorry if I got it wrong.� RES AVA's still flew great…but woodys still can win!� I have to tell you, if you don't want an ARF but do want to compete, you have to consider Ray Hayes' Big Bird.� That plane can do it all…and it looks gorgeous…and likely ends up ready to fly for under $200.
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I was exhausted at the end of that day.
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There were Extremes and Esteems! (for those of you who don't know the Esteem, Grand Esteem and Pelican,,,they are one of those sailplanes who marked a turning point in our hobby, created by Mike Popescu and still can whip some contest tail).
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A good time had by all.
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Gordy
Milwaukee till Wednesday
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Larry Jolly Takes Bruce For a Full-Sized Ride

Larry Jolly Takes Bruce For a Full-Sized Ride

Our man Bruce Davidson was out in the Mojave Desert on Saturday as he is going to be competing in the International Hand Launch Glider Festival (IHLGF) this weekend, and hitched a ride with soaring legened Larry Jolly for a full-sized thermal ride in an ASK-21. Here's what Bruce had to say:

I took a ride in an ASK-21 today over the Mojave (sp) desert today an in full size soaring. Local Larry Jolly took me up. We released from tow at 1500 feet and worked our way up to 10,000 over the course of the 1.5 hour flight. What else can I say but WOW.

I've posted the photos in the Bruce and Larry Jolly take a Full Sized Ride gallery. Check 'em out!

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Bruce Davidson Takes 4th at IHLGF 2004!

Bruce Davidson Takes 4th at IHLGF 2004!


Bruce Davidson has written in to report that he's won 4th place at the IHLGF 2004, hosted by the Torrey Pines Gulls at Poway Flight Center in San Diego. Here's what he had to say:

I thought you may wanna post this for all the boys. I managed to fight my way into fourth place at the big dance. I got all the guys in the top ten to sign my wing. I entered into the finals in first place and I think I was the most surprised. It was a 3 round flyoff and the wind was kicking. In the first round, first flight I landed out on a fairly long flight for a really low score. The next 2 rounds were pretty good but I flew to conservative thinking about that out of bounds landing and I got passed by 3 good buddies and great pilots. Still fourth place puts a huge smile on my face that will last a long time.

Headed to visit Tom Copp at www.f3x.com this morning to pick up wing rods for the Pike and then on to Parker Mountain for 2 full days of kick ass dynamic soaring.

Bruce

Congrats, Bruce!

Note: click on the photo to see a larger version of Bruce's "winning smile"!
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