Archive for August, 2004

2004 Mid-American Soaring Contest – Days One and Two!

2004 Mid-American Soaring Contest – Days One and Two!

The first day of the 2004 Mid-American Soaring Championship has been completed, with Bruce Davidson taking 2nd in the "Expert" unlimited class, and Ken Marks taking 2nd in the "Sportsman" unlimited class. The rest of the LASS crew made a good showing as well, and most importantly fun was had by all (despite the funky air and a testy winch).


gordy pointyron allendumpster dive


butchpaul launchres

I have posted some photos in the 2004 Mid-American gallery. Check 'em out.

Update! – I have posted the Day Two photos, and Bruce has uploaded a number of videos. Those will be forthcoming!

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Launch Video, etc.

Launch Video, etc.

Bruce Davidson sent in a little clip of Ken Marks launching his Pike off the winch last Sunday. We've broken new ground (for the LASS website), and proudly display our first-ever video:

ken launches

(click to view, size: 850k = 2.5 minutes @ 56k)

I've also created a gallery just for video! If you have any photos/videos you'd like to send in, drop me a line at info@louisvillesoaring.org and I'll give you instructions on how to access our FTP site. Also, I've uploaded a PDF of Gordy's "Interrogation of a Sport Soarer" into our downloads section.

Update: Gordy sent in a video from Jo Grini of www.f3x.no with he and Jo from the 2004 F3J Worlds in Red Deer (previous story link). You can check it out here: 2004 F3J Worlds with Gordy and Jo.

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August 17, 2004

August 17, 2004

We have been blessed with several weekends in a row with perfect weather for soaring. This past Sunday was awesome with light winds and huge lift all day.

I took great pleasure in helping get Eric back into the air this past Sunday. After crashing his BOT, a couple of weeks ago. I was able to get Eric a used BOT. He flew the wings off the new plane all day Sunday. It was his batteries being used up that finally grounded him. I also signed Eric up with the LSF goal program early on Sunday and before he had to stop flying, he had done one of his level 1 thermals and had two landings already on his sheet.

Take note Ben Wilson, flying his Majestic, is hitting the center of the landing zone on a regular basis. Someone else to watch for is Johnny B. He really likes to spec out his Sailaire.

Speaking of LSF, several members need contest to move on to their next levels. Here are the dates for the remaining area contest. I will pass on more info as I get it on some of these. A FYI Tullahoma and Muncie are both 3 hour drives and Cincinnati or Lexington are both just over an hour away from Louisville.

Lexington -August 28-29 – Unlimited and RES with Expert and Sportsman class in both classes. Free lunch on Saturday – $15 for one class per day, $20 for two classes per day. (web link to announcement)

Tullahoma Tn – Sept 18-19 – Unlimited and RES (I am unsure but I think there is a sportsman class) (Coffee Airfoilers website)

Muncie – Oct 2-3 – Final OVSS event and championship ( There is a sportsman class here) (LOFT Contest Schedule)

Cincinnati – Oct 16-17 – Pumpkin Fly (Pumpkin Fly 2004 @ CSS Website) Note on all the two day events each day is a separate contest. If you can not make it on Saturday you can still fly on Sunday. On the other hand if you can make both days of a contest you can have two LSF contest scores.

–Ed

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August 11, 2004

August 11, 2004

A belated congregations to Bruce Davidson for his second Hand Launch Nat's win. Bruce has developed a reputation from coast to coast as a skilled hand launch flyer. When Bruce moves into his new home near Shelbyville he will be able to practice nearly every day on his own acreage.

At the Nat's I was able to continue to place well with the bent wing birds. I placed 5th in RES and 3rd in Nostalgia class. Ken Marks, Ron Allen, and Gordy Stahl all attended and competed. We all had small cases of Natsitis, as we all had incidents that put us out of the running. Ron and I both took a walk in the "bean fields", Gordy had an ill timed circle in the landing zone, and Ken had a non-launch all giving each of us a zero for our score in that event.

Scores are posted on the LSF web site at www.silentflight.org. There is also a link to Steve Meyers web site and his Nat's pictures. Ben has posted my pictures elsewhere here on our web site.

This past Sunday (8/8/04) was one of the best lift days we have seen all year. I loaned Johnny B. one of my thermal sniffers for his new Sailaire. He proceeded to use it to get his LSF 15 minute thermal flight by flying twice the required time for a thirty-minute flight. Later on he did another flight where he recorded an altitude of 2500 feet. The Sailaire looked really small at that altitude.

Ben Wilson had invited out several friends that fly park flyer planes. I think there were about 20 total flyers at the park Sunday flying both sailplanes and electric park flyers. The weather this coming weekend is looking good. A cool night with rapid temperature rise should provide strong lift.

Upcoming activities include Lexington's Mid-Am Championship August 28-29. This contest is part of the OVSS series. I enjoy and plan on attending the Tullihoma contest in early September and Pumpkin Fly in October.

— Ed

note: I have put a link to the President's Logs all by themselves over in the left-hand menu! Now you can easily read them all! –ben

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F3J Championships in Red Deer, Alberta, Canada

F3J Championships in Red Deer, Alberta, Canada

Gordy has been hanging out at the F3J World Championships up in Red Deer, Alberta, Canada (and apparently showing the Norwegians how to eat ribs!). Check out the F3J Worlds Diary, and note our man mowing down some ribs with the friendly 'wegians.

F3J seems terribly popular in Europe, with there being teams in Norway, Denmark,Czech Republic, and Germany to name a few. I'm not terribly familiar with it, except to know that it's all hand-towed instead of winches or high starts. Pretty neat stuff. Doing some "Googling", I found the Torrey Pines Gulls site has a great Introduction to F3J Hand Towing (written by Mike Lachowski). Recommended reading for those of you scratching your heads out there.

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NATS Roundup

NATS Roundup

First off, we've got some great photos from the NATS from Ed, and you can check them out in the 2004 NATS gallery!



Secondly, the NATS Scores are finally totally posted over on www.silentflight.org. Our guys did a great job in Muncie with Bruce Davidson's 1st place win in the handlaunch competition, and Ed Wilson taking 3rd place in nostalgia and 5th place in RES. Ron Allen, Ken Marks and Gordy Stahl all made great showings in a number of categories as well. In fact, I think if you average all of our placings together, we are solidly above average. Not bad for a little club in Kentucky!



And since some of the crew was back in town on Sunday, we had a flying session and Ed was on-the-spot with his cam to catch a few images of mine and Johnny's new planes (the Majestic and Sailaire). You can see those images in the 2004.08.01 – Sunday Flying gallery.

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