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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