Archive for October, 2004

2004 DESS East Coast Handlaunched Glider Festival

2004 DESS East Coast Handlaunched Glider Festival

The 2004 Down-East Soaring Society East Coast Hand Launched Glider Festival was held in beautiful Wilson, North Carolina last weekend. Bruce Davidson, Brian Kopke and I (Ben Wilson) took the 10 hour drive down there!

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CSS Pumpkin Fly

CSS Pumpkin Fly

Hey all, and sorry for the belated report, but the 25th Annual CSS Pumpkin Fly was last weekend, and there was some heinous winds and 40-degree temperatures the first day, but Gordy managed to scratch out second place, being barely bested by Barry Anderson.

The second day the weather had improved slightly (10-15 mph winds, low 60s temperatures), Ron Allen drove up to meet Gordy. Gordy ended up winning the second day, and Ron finished in the middle of the pack at 11th. Combined with his first day, Gordy snatched “Grand Champion”! Despite the harsh weather, the LASS team fared well! Congrats guys.

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Photos and Video from Visalia 2004

Photos and Video from Visalia 2004

Our man Gordy headed out to beautiful Visalia, California for the 31st Annual CVRC Fall Fest, which is more commonly known as just “Visalia”, or if you aren’t into the whole brevity thing, “The largest model soaring contest in the whole of the United States of America”. Gordy sent back a couple of pictures and a couple of movies for your viewing pleasure. Check them out in the 2004.10.02 – Visalia gallery. I suggest watching the two movies (though they are not for the faint of bandwidth). They give you a good idea of just how huge Visalia is. Thanks Gordy!


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Ohio Valley Soaring Series 2004: Complete!

Ohio Valley Soaring Series 2004: Complete!

The Ohio Valley Soaring Series (OVSS) 2004 Final Standings have been posted, and for the second year in a row, Rich Burnowski has won it! As far as the LASS team goes, we made a decent showing, considering the relatively few number of OVSS contests we made it to. The total number of contestants in all OVSS contests this year was 110. Four of our guys competed in 4 of the 8 contests: of those, Gordy Stahl came in 17th, Ed Wilson came in 24th, Ron Allen in 27th place, Ken Marks in 28th place. Bruce Davidson managed 47th place with only two contests (once of which he won, the BSS Mid-Am), and lil' ol me (Ben Wilson) came in 97th with one contest.

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Jay and Kent: “Upholding the LASS Banner”

Jay and Kent: “Upholding the LASS Banner”

Back in September, Jay Burkart competed in the 2004 SAM (Society of Antique Modelers) Champs, and as he put it:

"[Jay] upheld the banner of the Louisville Soaring Society this year. I flew in 7 different events for electric powered old timers and placed high enough during the weeks events where I was awarded the 2004 SAM Grand Electric Champion."

"I flew my Playboys, Gypsies, and Clippers in the events and came in first place in 3 of the events and 3rd in 3 of the events.

So on now to build new airplanes and setups for next years SAM Champs in Las Vegas NV."

Jay also writes in to say that Kent Meglemry has been "upholding the LASS banner " as well:

"By the way one of our new LASS members, Kent Meglemry also flys SAM with
me and flew in his first contest this weekend down at the Lawrenceville MidAmerica airport. He placed second in the Limited Motor Run event in his first contest."

"You notice that flying in some of these events requires a good
chair, I guess we can look at some the SAM flights as being real
"arm chair" flying. By the way, this weekend the Texaco flights were
1 hour and over even to "place" in the event. The winning flight was 1 hour and 40 minutes. That is some mighty long thermal flights, I got
a second in the Texaco event with only a 1 hour 37 min flight."

Congratulations to both Jay and Kent! Thanks for representing LASS!

kent second

Update: Jay sent in some photos from the 2004 SAM Championships.

From Jay:
The first one is Kent and me during the SOS Event the second is a group of us lined up behind some Electric powered Wakefield models. Not only do we fly electric powered models that had been fuel power designs, but in several events we fly models that were rubber power designs. And it seems that at most every Champs we fly the rubber/electric events on the windiest days. These models weigh about 8 to 12 oz and we were flying them in 18 mph winds. Now that's a challenge!

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Muncie Fall Round-up / Thursday Night Photos

Muncie Fall Round-up / Thursday Night Photos

Greetings all — I've uploaded some photos from last weekend's LOFT Fall Round-up/OVSS #8 Competition in Muncie this last weekend (thanks to Ron Allen), and Bob Walker sent in some photos from this evenings flying meet at Charlie Vettiner Park. Bob also contributed some photos a couple of weekends ago, and I must say they are fantastic! He's an amateur photographer with a love of real sailplanes, and we'll probably be seeing more of him this fall.

You can check out the photos here:

2004.10.02 OVSS #8 Fall Round-up

2004.10.07 – Thursday Night

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End of Thursday Flying for this Season! / Gordy Goes Up a Tree

End of Thursday Flying for this Season! / Gordy Goes Up a Tree

We capped off another season's worth of Thursday-night flying last night with a short flying meeting at the field, and then retired to El Nopal for some tasty Mexican food. It would seem that just in the last couple of months, the club has grown by a number of new prospective members, many of them new folks itching to learn. Good times ahead! This weekend, Ed, Ron, Hank and possibly John B. are headed up to Muncie, Indiana for the final Ohio Valley Soaring Series competition at the LOFT/MIST Fall Round-up. Good luck to those guys!

As we head into winter, there are a number of club members looking to build new ships for the spring, and hopefully we'll get photos and updates from those folks building during the cold months. One guy who is considering a couple of planes for a build this winter is Perry. You see, he managed to get his Lil' Bird caught up in a 50-60' tree on Sunday. Luckily Gordy swung by to help him out. Gordy was a lumberjack in his past life, you see (I don't know what ever happened to his Big Blue Ox), so he helped out Perry by scaling the tree and retrieving the plane. What? You don't believe me that Gordy would do such a thing? P'shaw, friend, we've got photographic evidence! Check out the Gordy Goes Up a Tree gallery.


perry bird

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