Archive for August, 2005

2005 BSS Mid-Am Report!

2005 BSS Mid-Am Report!

Last weekend, the Bluegrass Soaring Society hosted the 29th annual Mid-America Soaring Championships in Lexington, Kentucky at Jacobson Park. Attendance was down a bit from last year (17 on Saturday, 16 on Sunday), but nonetheless a good competition was had.

Pictures are here: 2005.08.27 – BSS Mid-America Lexington, KY gallery.

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August 12, 2005

August 12, 2005

I am a little late getting this out but last Sundays F5j speed 400 contest was a blast. Congratulations to Tom Hall for dominating the duration event. Tom was perfect in the four rounds we flew. The surprise of the day was John Dobbins winning the all up last down event. This was Johns first soaring win of any kind. John won a 3D plane donated by Scale Reproductions. Tom Hall, Perry Benningfield, and Ben Wilson won their own Louisville Slugger Bats for their first through third placing. Pictures and a report by Ben Wilson are here on the web site.

Thanks again for the donation from Scale Reproductions. Looks like we will be doing this again next year.

With the speed 400 event behind us a fall event has been proposed for two meter and RES soaring class contest sometime in October. A discussion at the field last night was very positive so we will move on with the planning for an open date in October or November at the latest. Keep checking the web site for more information.

We are coming up on some heavy traveling time in the next couple months. Ben is posting the contest dates in the calendar so go to that to pick up on future contest. I personally will be going to the September contest in Tullahoma as well as Cincinnati’s Pumpkin Fly, and the final OVSS contest in Muncie. Anyone wanting to travel to a contest as a LASS team please gets with me. I recommend the Tullahoma contest the second weekend in September as a very relaxed contest for someone just starting to fly contest. Unlimited, RES are the classes flown. Herb, Chuck, Kendel, “fly’n Bryan, and the rest of the Tullahoma guys have a good time. Do you need LSF points? Good place to get some.

We do not have many Thursday evening flying sessions left. Don’t forget we go out in mass for Mexican after flying. Lots of hanger flying.

oops! I was out of town and forgot to post this President’s Log in a timely manner! — ben

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Speed 400 F5J Results!

Speed 400 F5J Results!

Pilots

We held our Speed 400 F5J Contest yesterday (Sunday) and it was a modest success! I had hoped to get anywhere between 6 and 10 pilots, and we got 8. We even had a few interested spectators who had heard about our contest via our flyers or the website. Good to hear that we are being heard.

In order to have enough people to time, we split into two flight-groups which were randomly shuffled. The task was a 10 minute thermal duration flight with an in/out landing worth 50 points (originally 100 points, but modified day-of contest).

There were many different models represented, from the Niagara Frontier’s Poly Pulsar, to the Polecat Aero Wind Dancer, to a pair of Goldberg Endurance 400’s, to the Multiplex Easy Glider.

We flew four rounds in about 4 hours (with some generous down-time in between rounds), and finally had an all-up, last-down “raffle round” for a Great Planes FlatOut 3D kit.

Winners

In the end, it was Tom Hall with his Pulsar that put a hurtin’ on us all. He was perfect the entire day. In second place flying a Wind Dancer was Perry Benningfield. In third place was Ben Wilson (me!) flying a converted Pro Dartar handlaunch plane. Winner of the all-up, last-down contest was John Dobbins flying an Ascent.

This contest was an excellent learning experience for us all and I hope this will become an yearly event for us. The Speed 400 F5J class is one that allows for many different models and levels of flying skill. And now that we have had the Speed 400 F5J “experience”, we will
certainly look to next year to make a bigger, better contest!

Thanks to everyone who attended!

Photos were taken by Ed Wilson and Tony Utley. You can find them all here: 2005.08.07 – LASS Speed 400 F5J Gallery.

Update: I’ve now posted the results: 2005 LASS Speed 400 F5J Results, which you can also find under the “Downloads” section. The results also includes a listing of each pilot and the ship he flew.

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LASS Speed 400 F5J Contest!

LASS Speed 400 F5J Contest!

Sunday! Sunday! Sunday!

Next Sunday, August 7th, we’re hosting Kentucky’s first-ever Speed 400 F5J Electric Sailplane contest! We’ll be holding this at Sun Valley Park in the South End of Louisville. Registration starts at 10 AM, contest starts at 11 AM! A suggested $10 donation would be appreciated.

You can get more info and the official rules here: LASS 2005 F5J Speed 400 Electric Sailplane Contest

For more information, contact Ed Wilson.

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