Archive for February, 2005

February 22, 2005

February 22, 2005

The participation at our winter meetings this year has been excellent. There were three different door prize winners at the February meeting. We gave away 2 videotapes and a Maui Hawaii Soaring Club T-Shirt.

It looks like we will run some type of Speed 400 electric event this summer. These inexpensive (under $10) motors mated to a sailplane type of plane will make for a different type of soaring event we can run during off years when we do not have the Mid-South. It has inspired some members to dig out old hand launch models that have been stuffed in the rafters at their homes. With little modification many of these older models can be turned into Speed 400 class models. Stay tuned for more information. We will set the exact date for our contest at our next meeting on March 13.

While I am on the subject of about bringing old planes out of retirement. I went out to Jay Burkart’s home, this past Sunday, to buy a 2-meter plane from Jay. Jay is building a new home this summer, not far from where Bruce Davidson is building his new home. Now Jay gave me some H/L fuselages, a wing, and a dedicated slope plane of about 100″ span. I am going to auction these planes at the next club meeting and all the money from their sale will go back to the club.

Jay is trying to sort out some more planes by the next meeting and will be offering some for sale. Kind of like a pre-moving sale. Make sure you bring some cash to the next meeting.

Make sure you go and open the calendar on our web site. Ben has installed a very good calendar with all the event dates in our area posted every month.

I need about one more week and I will have two 2-meter planes ready for the Nat’s. I will have to wait a month to fly one of the models, as I need special size batteries to fit in the nose. At the Toledo show in April I will get my batteries and will have a primary and back up for all the classes I fly. Several club members have expressed an interest in attending this years Nat’s. If you are thinking of attending you need to get your entry form in soon to assure getting the frequency you need. Go to the LSF web site and download Nat’s entry forms. Go to http://www.silentflight.org and look for Nat’s information.

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F5x / Speed 400 Class Competition

F5x / Speed 400 Class Competition

Lately, thanks to the spurring by Perry Benningfield, interest in Speed 400 electric sailplanes has been on the rise here at LASS. During our last club meeting we bounced around more ideas for a contest format for Speed 400-class powered sailplanes. It would seem that as long as we don’t get too terribly restrictive on the rules, we should have a fairly well-attended contest come this August.

Brian Kopke pitched in a did some research into the subject, and he has found some pretty good info regarding F5b/speed 400 contest structures and limitations. For your reading pleasure, I submit these links:

So, in short, find yourself a Speed 400 motor, a 7 cell battery pack and plane that can tote it, and get it ready!

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February Winter Club Meeting

February Winter Club Meeting

This coming Sunday (the 13th) is our next Club Meeting!

What: Club Meeting
Where: McMahan Firehouse, Taylorsville Road.
Time: Doors open at 12:30 PM, meeting starts at 1 PM, should be over by 3:00 PM.

Agenda:

  • Club contest with handicapping system.
  • Contest Dates
  • Mid-South Info
  • New Club Shirts
  • Advertising Club

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Warm February Flying

Warm February Flying

storkenstein
storkenstein

Some LASS members crawled out of their caves last weekend, shook off the cabin fever, and headed to the field for two back-to-back days of great soaring weather.

A good number of folks showed up both Saturday and Sunday, some with new planes in tow! Gordy with his “Storkenstein” and Tony with something that looks like a Lil’ Bird with a pod-and-boom setup!

Tony sent in some photos, I’ve uploaded them into the 2005.02.08 – Sunday Flying Photos. Check ’em out.

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