Archive for July, 2004

NATS Scores Now Online!

NATS Scores Now Online!

Hey all — just picked this up on the RCSE. Scores from the 2004 NATS are now online, and you can check them out here. So far, we've got Bruce winning the handlaunch competition, Ken Marks placing 14th out of 27th, and Ed Wilson and Ron Allen sticking together during the 2-Meter competition placing 43rd and 44th (out of 71) respectively.

Today they are starting the Unlimited competition, continuing through Friday and on Saturday they fly RES/Nostalgia class. Keep in my ol' Ed won the RES at the NATS a few years back!

Good luck, guys!
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Two New Planes in the Hangar

Two New Planes in the Hangar

Johnny B just sent me a new photo of his new Sailaire. Only 2 years, 7 months in the making, but it's finally done! Here's what he had to say:

Whew, it's finally finished! It sucessfully flew last Sunday in high wind conditions and did pretty well during it's 8 test flights. It is definately a floater and takes a lot of field to get it to land, (ground effect) Well I guess no airplane in it's right mind wants to be on the ground right?



Also, I (Ben) just finished my recovering and restoration of a Majestic I purchased in May from a former LASS-mate. I managed to scrape a couple ounces off her frame, and hope to fly it soon. I'm pretty happy with my new covering job, and a little intimidated with it's 3-meter wingspan!

You can view larger photos of both of these by clicking on the photos above, or browsing around in our Gallery.

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Bruce Gives the Low-down on the NATS HL Competition

Bruce Gives the Low-down on the NATS HL Competition

From Bruce's post on the RCSE:


Aaaah yea, hand launch at the NATS. One good thing is there WAS weather and
that makes for good contest conditions. Even though it was drizzling rain on
us most of the day Marc kept us flying through 8 rounds. Lift was scarce but
there was some light stuff to be found on nearly every flight. With
conditions like this I really try to focus on efficient flying and big launches.
Efficient flying means ONLY turning when you feel a bump and suspect lift and then
keep it slow and flat. Although I did get a lot of my times I did very few
fast turnaround launches. Mostly I was milking out every second so I did a lot
of picking it up off the ground. Big launches can make all the difference in
a light air contest and I was throwing extra hard yesterday. The downside to
big launches is you tend to find all the weak spots on the airplane:-) My
first break was an aileron pushrod in the middle of a round. Next I broke the
throwing peg in half on my backup and had to throw 2 more times just gripping
the wing tip! I managed to get things fixed and ready on both by the next
round.

Marc asked us to fly 5 two minute flights for most rounds. It was tough and
definitely the right task for the conditions. We did a couple of 3 three
minutes and 1 one minute rounds and the 1-2-3-4 minute round just to keep us
honest. The NATS is a fantastic contest and you shouldn't miss it. The field is
one great flying site and is always well groomed. The LSF crew and friends are
all over the place and take care of everything to ensure the pilots have a
good time. If you missed it, you really missed it.

It was great seeing everyone again and even better coming out on top at the
end of the day. Thanks again to Marc for taking the time to CD the event. And
a big thanks to all the LSF crew for planning and running such a great event!

–Bruce Davidson

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Bruce Davidson Wins the Nationals Handlaunch Competition

Bruce Davidson Wins the Nationals Handlaunch Competition

This just in from Gordy:

Congratulations to Bruce Davidson, now 'TWO TIME" Nationals Handlaunch Champion!

Way to go Bruce!
(Of course, credit has to go to his awesome timer/caller Ken Marks for providing expert strategy advice and allowing Bruce to concentrate on flying)

Ken flew also and came in about 14th out of 27, with a radio who's trims were going nuts due to rain water! Great job Ken!

Go Ed and Ron! They have 2 meter and RES, then all of us attending (Ed, Ron, Ken and me) go at it for open class on Thursday!

–Gordy

And from Jim Bacus:
Today in Handlaunch it was real wet, but they got 8 rounds in! I was just
soaked taking pictures and timing for Steve Meyer. Joe Wurts broke his
main model (broke the boom launching it) and dropped 500 points early
on. Bruce Davidson (another lefty) lent him a model and Joe went on to
capture 3rd place. Mike Smith placed 2nd and Bruce Davidson did it
again!!! Congrats Bruce!

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July 23, 2004

July 23, 2004

The past week has been a week I have been going through the planes I intend to fly at the Nat's which is next week. Since I last wrote about the Nat's Bruce has had to drop out of everything except Hand Launch due to his upcoming move into his new home. Also his store was heavily damaged by last weeks storm which picked up his entire roof and slid it off into the parking lot. Johnny B. has had to drop out of the Nat's also as he has changed jobs this past week and will have to wait to accrue some vacation time.

This leaves Ken Marks, Ron Allen, Gordy Stahl, and myself to fly for the LASS club. We still are looking for some of you to come up and take in some of the Nat's experience. Contact me if you are coming we still will need some timers with a friendly face we know. I have been asked several times Muncie is about a 3 hour drive.

Some of the highlights of Nat's week will start this weekend with cross-country flying. This year there will be air towing of scale models on both Saturday and Sunday. Some of these planes will be HUGE with wingspans 4-5 meters and maybe bigger!

Monday will be Hand launch. This is cool to watch as a covey of planes are launched at the start of each round. Yes mid-airs do happen.

Tuesday and Wednesday is two meter. Thursday and Friday is Unlimited. It is not unusual to see up to 20 planes in the air at any one time during these four days.

Saturday is my favorite day. This is when the RES and the nostalgia planes fly. For most of my soaring life I have been flying these bent wing birds and I feel I have an edge here with the straight wing flyers dominating the soaring scene today. It takes a different style to fly a poly plane well. We will see.

Note with me gone to the Nat's, unless there is some one to take my place and get the winch, there will be no flying on Thursday July 29th. I will be back at the field August 1.

I really felt bad last week when Eric launch his BOT with the switch turned off. (pictures are on the web) It will never be known if Eric never got the switch totally turned on before launching or bumped the external switch on launch turning the plane off. In either case I never recommend having the power switch on the outside of the model. I feel it is more positive and safer to have the switch on the inside of the model.

Mounting the switch on the outside is a carryover from power flying where it is hard to get into the model for access to the switch. Sailplanes usually have canopies or nose cones that are easily removed to access the switch. Those planes that must have the switch on the outside it is recommended that they be installed where you will not bump them when launching the model. To test this hold your plane in your hand as if to launch or throw it. Does your fingers or thumb touch the switch? Could you bump it? If so you might want to consider moving it forward and away from your hand or fingers.
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Eric’s Bird of Time

Eric’s Bird of Time


Sunday was a sad day for our club-mate Eric. Having just a few weeks earlier bought and completed a Bird of Time, an apparent switch failure doomed his big bird and into the ground it went! A sad state of affairs to be sure, but Eric (quite literally) has picked up the pieces and vows to make a triumphant return.

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Bruce Davidson – Movie Star!

Bruce Davidson – Movie Star!

Greetings all — I just noticed that our boy Bruce has a bit of role in Radio Carbon Art's new "DLG Pro Clinic" DVD. You can catch him in an interview from the 2003 IHLGF at Poway. Other folks on the DVD's include Joe Wurts, Phil Pearson, and Dr. Mark "I didn't go through 8 years of engineering school to not be called Doctor by a bunch of hobbyists" Drela.

Then again, why not just come out to the field and get a one-on-one interview? He might even sign an autograph.

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July 2, 2004

July 2, 2004

Last night we had another large group flying at our regular Thursday evening flying session. Even though we occasionally could hear thunder way off we never got a drop at the field.

Ron Allen just bought a bundle of servos. He showed up last night with a 2-meter plane sporting some of these new servos. He proceeded to get it trimmed and got one of the longest flights of the evening. Over the next several weeks look for Ron to bring more planes to the field.

Eric showed up with his new Bird of Time. There was some field "assembly" to repair a rudder pushrod problem. After a team repair he preceded to put in several smooth flights followed by a grin from ear to ear. If someone is looking for a good buy in a great flying plane the BOT is currently on sale, going for about $120 in an ARF kit from Tower.

Ken Marks flew his new unlimited class plane last night for the first time. He had some pop off issues at first but with Bruce's help the two of them got it figured out. Looks to me that Ken has a great flying plane.

Bruce Davidison is buying some land and a house out near Shelbyville. His new "private flying field" is large enough to fly unlimited planes out of. Sometime in the near future we will have to test the lift at his field. Just be sure to BYOB.

The weather forecast does not look good for this weekend but we will try early Sunday morning if the weather permits. I will have to leave the park by 2. If you cannot fly Sunday try to make it next Thursday.

–Ed

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