Archive for March, 2005

LASS Speed 400 F5J Rules Draft!

LASS Speed 400 F5J Rules Draft!

Hey all — after a couple of weeks of discussion and revision, the LASS “F5J Crew” has completed the first public draft of our Speed 400 F5J Competition Rules. You can download the PDF of the rules here: LASS Speed 400 F5J Competition Rules, and that document is currently housed in our “Downloads” section. Also, click the “Read More” link below to just see the text-only version of the rules.

As Ed stated in his last President’s Log, the LASS F5J competition will be on August 7, 2005. In between now and then, we will hopefully have some “practice” contests to really test out the contest structure that we have proposed. So — make sure you have something Speed 400-powered to fly by August! (The Goldberg Endurance 400 Ed reviewed is a great example).

Finally, credit must be given to Perry Benningfield for really getting the ball rolling on doing an electric sailplane competition! He, along with me (Ben Wilson), Brian Kopke and LASS freshman David Gruneisen all contributed to this draft in one way or another.

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March 29, 2005

March 29, 2005

We have set our date for our speed 400 soaring event. It is August 7. This is a full week after the Nat�s have finished and does not conflict with any other soaring event in our area. I still have not met with the parks management but when I do I am going to ask to use Sun Valley Park for this event. It has more space for mass launches as well as multiple landing approaches.

Please look at the calendar Ben has up on the web for all the schedule soaring events in our area.

If you are going to the Mid-South near Atlanta in June you need to sign up NOW. Use this address to get to their web site and register.

http://www.midsouth.atlantasoaring.com

This coming weekend I will be in Toledo for the annual Weak Signal Show. I will be looking for some great bargains and a chance to see some of the new products coming out this year. If you want me to pick up anything for you let me know ASAP.

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Carl Goldberg Endurance 400 (Part 1: Initial Reactions)

Carl Goldberg Endurance 400 (Part 1: Initial Reactions)

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At our last club meeting I was asked several times if I had looked at the new 400 class plane be Carl Goldberg. This looked like the perfect plane for our Speed 400 class competition. To make a long story short I bought one to see for myself. This is my observations to date on the plane.

After reading this, continue on to Part 2: Building and Flying

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Gordy goes “Down Under” to get his LSF Level 3!

Gordy goes “Down Under” to get his LSF Level 3!

Our man Gordy was in Australia over the last week, under the pretense of “work”, but managed to get that all squared away to get some flying in. You might remember that Gordy flew with the same Sydney club (Heathcote Soaring League) club last year for the Heathcote Cup.

This year, Gordy was present for the Heathcote Cup Round 1 — and despite a couple of mishaps, still managed to get his LSF Level 3 done! Read on for his full account, and his account of his harrowing LSF Level 4 1-hour flight! Then check out the 2005.03 Gordy in Australia gallery!

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March 1, 2005

March 1, 2005

Below is a note from Hank Gullet. The Lexington club has been working very hard to establish a regular flying site. Especially one with public access. Here is our chance to help our sister club just an hour plus down the road. A good showing will show the local politicans that Sailplanes are NOT power planes and they deserve their own flying site. PR with the local elected officials has been a major sore spot with the soaring club for years . This was because of some incidents that originated from some of the power flyers in Lexington. This left, the powers within the city goverment, a sour taste for model planes in general.

Let’s plan on giving them a good showing from Louisville.


On behalf of the Bluegrass Soaring Society, I am asking the LASS for help to have a good showing of sailplanes for the BSS “Fun Fly” May 15 (12:00 to 5:00 PM) weather permitting at Jacobson Park. We are also planning on a second fun fly on Jun 12 same time and same place. With these two highly visible fun flys we hope to re-energize the membership of the club.


The flying site is the same as the Mid-Am so you can get some practice for our Aug 27-28 contest. We hope to have two winches and two high starts. We have a brochure to hand out and will advertise it on the local TV/newspaper/radio. We also have handed out flyers for all the Recreation Community Notice Boards in Lexington. I am also posting some in Frankfort.


The main theme of this fun fly is to talk to people and encourage public participation in our “recreation”. The Lexington Recreation Director (Jerry Hancock) is really enthused to share all kinds of “recreation” and we are something new…sorta. Let’s hope with a good showing we might even begin flying in the park on a regular basis…


Any and all the help you and the guys from Louisville can provide will be deeply appreciated.
Thanks
Hank

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