2016 DerbySoar is in the bag!

2016 DerbySoar is in the bag!


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It was HOT, held at Hays Kennedy Park this past weekend of June 24,25,26. RES and ALES Friday then two days of Unlimited Mixed Launch TD. Awards included a Louisville Slugger engraved bat for the Over-all TD Champion and the famous and unique Louisville Slugger Home Plate award for the top landing two day scores.

Jerry Shape earned the Bat for the third year in a row







Tulsa visitor D.O. Darnell took the Home Plate home flying an E-launch ship.







Norm Potti took RES







I won ALES








The club members really stepped it up a notch to get the contest set up and run and packed up. Steve and Kathy Gammons really went above and beyond learning the scoring program, setting up the scoring tent, etc and doing all the work, plus creating the winners’ trophies!

Their son kept the event going by organizing the line retrieval system, then drove the cart and trained Wisdom, our other helper.27292365024_5101136db2_b






John took an amazing amount of great photos and worked his tail off from start to finish.  Click on DerbySoar2016 to reach the link to all his photos.


Ron Allen had cataract surgery but came out to do what he could almost straight from the hospital!

Shaun stopped by to see if he was needed both days.

AJ from Bluegrass Soaring came through to help as needed as well as supplying a turnaround.

Will we do it again next year? YES!



Here’s a list of OVSS contests in the MidSouth area.

Download it here: 2016 Mid South Soaring Contest Schedule



2, 3 Toledo Ohio Toledo Model Show

16, 17 Delmont PA ESL/OVSS Combined TD Contest

23, 24 Dayton DARTS Club TD

30 Iowa Misty Meadows OVSS TD (Second day May 1)

May 1 Iowa Misty Meadows OVSS TD


7,8 Tullahoma Coffee Airfoiler’s ALES (Mother’s Day)

14, 15 Dayton DARTS Club TD

28, 29 Greenville SC 29 Memorial Day Mid South 


4, 5 St Louis MVSS Gateway Open Mixed Launch TD

11, 12 Fairborne OH MOSS,DARTS Joint ALES #1

18, 19 USA Father’s Day

24,25, 26 Louisville LASS Derby Soar ALES, RES, Mixed Launch TD 


2, 3, 4 USA Independence Day Weekend

16, 17 Dayton DARTS Unlimited TD

27, 28 Muncie Unlimited NATS

30, 31 Muncie ALES NATS


13, 14 Dayton DARTS Club TD

20, 21 Lafayette IN Cloud Jockey’s

27, 28 Chicago SOAR Mixed Launch TD


3, 4,5 USA Labor Day

10, 11 Lexington Mid-America Soaring Championships

(F3K Team Select Muncie)

17, 18 Muncie Masters & Nos Muncie

24,25 Fairborne OH MOSS/DARTS ALES

24, 25 Shelbyville The Bruce F3K (DLG)


1, 2 Muncie OVSS Fall Roundup

15, 16 Dayton DARTS Club TD 

28, 29, 30 Ocala, FL Tangerine Soaring Masters, ALES & Mixed Launch TD

2016 Club Contest Series Off to a Great Start!

2016 Club Contest Series Off to a Great Start!

Photo from our first club fly, February

Photo from our first club fly, February (I’m the one taking the photo!)               LtoR – Shaun, Marc, he who must be un-named, Steve, Ron, Tom


Club contest CD’s Steve Gammons (2Ch) and Marc Marcum (ALES) stepped up and got things going as planned!
Steve kicked off with an ambitious 2ch start on March 13th but weather cancelled us.
But he brought home a home run for April with 5 pilots, 4 rounds and really good weather.
Marc started his season on April 2, and again good weather and 5 rounds!
Steve is in-it-to-win-it again this season, putting in lots of practice for both events and his scores so far show it.
(he dominated last season too!)
We will attempt 5 rounds per contest if possible.

2 Channels-you-can’t-use (spoilers or flaps) Series

Setup 9:00 am –  Pilots’ Meetings 10:00 am

CD Steve Gammon 

Sat 3/13 Cancelled due to bad weather

Sat 4/10    Big success! Good conditions, 5 pilots “Steve G dominates!”

Sat 5/15

Sat 8/7

Sat 9/11

Sat 10/9
Club ALES Series

Set up 9:30am – Pilots’ Meetings 10:00 AM

Sun 4/3  3 pilots, 5 rounds

Sat 5/7

Sat 6/4

Sat 7/9

Sat 8/6

Sat 9/17

Sat 10/8


2016 Club ALES#1 and 2ch #1 Report

2016 Club ALES#1 and 2ch #1 Report

CD’s Steve Gammons (2 Channels-You-Can’t-Use) and Marc Marcum  (ALES) were both happily surprised to see the turn out at their first events.

Steve’s first date was an ambitious March 13th but the weather didn’t cooperate so it had to be cancelled.  And his second choice date in April threatened to be windy and hot but turned to be a really nice day,  He had  5 pilots and we flew 4 rounds.   Steve’s been working really hard to get his soaring skills back after a lot of years away from the hobby and club, and it showed last season and it looks like he’s going to dominate again this season as he won the series last season and took his season opener too.
Marc lucked out will a really good day all around but only 3 pilots came.  No worries because the day turned out to be really good soaring and even though Marc was very weak due to very serious and recent surgery, he provide 5 rounds!  He should have stayed home to recover but he wanted to insure you guys would have the events promised.
Steve was again the pilot most tuned up but I managed to edge him out by making all my times.
That day there were a lot of ground thermals, so landings were a challenge, I was flying the new Calypso foam ship, out of a possible 250 landing points I only managed 60! Steve did well to hit 100 points and Marc the guy who has been religious about practicing the 20 second landing pattern till its become automatic, racked up 115 points!
Guys, our two CD’s give up all the family, house, etc plans to put activities for us, at minimum reply to upcoming event posts so that they can plan how many high starts/landing tapes to set up.  Even if you can’t fly, we always need timers to help.
Take a look at the score sheets, I work hard to record and publish them.  Analyze the flight times and landings.  Better yet make sure that your scores on on the reports too! :-)  
2016 LASS 2CH #1
2016 LASS ALES #1

2015 Season in the Bag!

2015 Season in the Bag!


It was my first full year as Club President and its been a whirlwind season : 14 club contests, 6 Two Channel, 8 ALES contests, and the three day first ever Louisville Area Soaring Society “DerbySoar”  3 day event!

And for the first time in awhile 4 new member sailplane pilots!  And sport soaring activity at the field was at a level that it was common to see at least one pilot up on most good weather days…even some not so good weather days!

Electric Launch has been a quiet success at our flying site which is noise sensitive.  All of our members are now actively using Altitude Limit Switches in their E-launch Sailplanes and having a ball.

The pilot skill level is far beyond that of general members in the recent past years. Every single pilot can now land their models on a landing tape!  Its a big deal because it takes skilled pilots. I am especially proud of all our pilots who have traveled to participate in contests outside our club field.  I believe all have brought home trophies!

I’ll be adding results and more detailed news/photos later.
The LASS 2016 Executives:
Gordy Stahl Pres

Marc Marcum VP

Ron Allen Treas.

Steve Gammons Safety/PR


LASS 2 Channel Contest #2 in the bag!

LASS 2 Channel Contest #2 in the bag!

This past Sunday (17th) 6 club members met to do bloody soaring battle off high starts at our magnificent Charlie Vettiner club flying site.  It was WINDY!  But SSW winds are friendly to sailplanes, so we got the landing tapes up while a couple of our pilots agreed to check conditions aloft.  Steve uses a Taranis with taking altimeter and his Fling was hitting over 400′ consistently on the club winches!

Ron Allen flew a new Fling 2m, Lee flew his AVA Pro, Dave F his custom covered Fling 2m, I Shaun flew his Gentle Lady and I chose my old beat up Paragon.  Three rounds and a fly off of the top three pilots, seeded and MOM, it was Lee who dominated ending up with over 600 points over the group.  Steve was second and Dave third.

Every one helped roll high starts, and landing tapes.

All agreed a really fun day of flying together, smiles on all confirmed as they left the field.

Wish you all could joined us, but next month we fly again Saturday June 6 (ALES) and Sunday June 14 (2 channel).

Remember its “two channels you can’t use”, spoilers or flaps, every size and ever other control mix are welcome!  Electric Launch is also welcome in the Two Channel contest, Electric Launch ships launch last, and their timers tell the pilot to shut off when his model has reach the approximate same altitude as the high started ships.

See you next month!



The New Big Louisville 3 Day Event! DerbySoar 2015

The New Big Louisville 3 Day Event! DerbySoar 2015

The MidSouth was a huge success for the club and its attending pilots, Hayes Kennedy proved to be an outstanding venue and its neighbors came over to cook lunch for the group….pretty cool stuff, so we figured “hey our equipment is tuned up, we now have more active members by about 10 that we did during the MidSouth last year, soooo we decided to start a new LASS Contest tradition, the DerbySoar. This year it is June 26,27,28.  ALES and RES on Friday, Two days of Unlimited Mixed Launch soaring Saturday and Sunday.

Mixed Launch means Electric Launch Sailplanes with their motor Altitude Limit switches set a 150m/30 seconds.  Nothing different than years before but todays electric motor/battery technology makes it all even.  We are excited that this event will be the second in the country to include Mixed Launch, making the DerbySoar more welcoming and inclusive than any other TD event East of the Mississippi.

You can find out more or pre register at http://www.rcflightdeck.com/event_details.cfm?event_id=4365. (RCFlightDeck.com, DerbySoar).



2015 Club Contest Dates Set in Stone!

2015 Club Contest Dates Set in Stone!

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Louisville Hosting the MidSouth Soaring Champs… AGAIN!

Louisville Hosting the MidSouth Soaring Champs… AGAIN!

This is a new era for the Louisville Area Soaring Society!  In with the new, out with the old…. Founding member and club president for life Ed Wilson has stepped down from club administration and so we have a brand new President (Allen Burnham).  We have some new young members who have really stepped up to help build the club too. Dion was a new member three years back but took up the job of CD of our brand new 2 channel club contest series (two channels you can’t use…spoilers or flaps, everything else is legal!).  That was in spite of being active in cycling, a dad, and very busy with career!

The MidSouth is a traveling contest, having been hosted by Memphis, Tullahoma, Huntsville, Wilson SC, Pensacola, Atlanta, and Louisville in the past. It is the major soaring event in the MidSouth region.  This year it was Louisville’s turn to accept or pass on….we held a club meeting, elected officers, and voted on the opportunity……YES was the unanimous vote!  We are proud to be the host and taking it VERY seriously. We have an excellent, tested site near the river at Hayes Kennedy Park.  We have already rebuilt 6 winches to match, we will have matched new batteries, line, full time chargers running, matched pedals with nice wood bases, new line too :-).

We are planning on a golf cart to shag chutes to keep the pilots flying instead of walking.  You can find more info about the event as it develops on RC Groups Sailplane Events section.

Or send a note to GordySoar@aol.com

LASS 2013 Season is almost over,and it was a great one!

LASS 2013 Season is almost over,and it was a great one!


Where to start?
Well our Two Channel Contest Series grew as did membership.  I guess I never really appreciated how much fun simple sailplanes could be and how much we could improve our soaring skills by flying them again. Planes included Metrick, Saggitta, Paragon, Fling, Aquilla, Aspire, Gentle Lady, Vista, Handi, Spirit, electric launch Radians as well as a few amazing electric scratch builds from Dion….argh I can’t remember them all!
Allen took the years series title and easily was the most improved pilot…but he put a lot of work in to get those scores.
Dave Flanigan blew us all away with his amazing selection of prizes at the finals, it was a virtual cornacopia of rc soaring goodies! 
One neat thing that happened was kind of a coming of age thing for rc soaring guys, everyone got their own high starts (again thanks to Dave for doing the leg work and research to make it financially a lot easier for all!). Another huge thanks to Dave for holding and bringing out the club contest launch and scoring materials.

Ed Wilson, club co-founder and President for Life did some of the best contest soaring we’ve seen in a few years, LASS is extremely lucky to have him.

Ron Allen collected dues and keeps the money..still ;-).

We also did a lot of slope soaring this season at Frankfort Kentucky. 
We have a LOT to be thankful for this past season and a lot to look forward to next season…very likely MidSouth Soaring Champs will be back in Louisville for 2014!  Maybe even an AlES event… Thanks to all and its been an amazing year of new friendships, skill development and soaring in general.