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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

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 (, DerbySoar).



2015 Club Contest Dates Set in Stone!

2015 Club Contest Dates Set in Stone!

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Photos from the September 22nd, 2013 Two Channel Contest

Photos from the September 22nd, 2013 Two Channel Contest

More Pictures!

Again, these are just random pics of the fun.


























Photos from our July 7th, 2013 Two Channel Contest

Photos from our July 7th, 2013 Two Channel Contest

Here are some photos from the July 7th contest. These are just random shots when I could pick up the camera.

Summer 2011 Two Channel Contest Series

Summer 2011 Two Channel Contest Series


Louisville Area Soaring Society

Summer 2011 Two Channel Contest Series


The Louisville Area Soaring Society will hold its annual “2 Channel” soaring contest series at our home field, Charlie Vettiner Park in Louisville Kentucky. The concept of the contest is to foster and welcome participation by anyone at any level of soaring capability and to provide a starting point to any soaring pilot who wishes to participate in larger contests or the achievement of League of Silent Flight tasks. Any sailplane may be used, but only TWO functions are allowed. Please come out and join us!

Contests will be Simple Duration, Seeded Man on Man

There will be 3-5 rounds of 7- 12 minutes duration per contest to be determined by weather and the contest director, there will be a minimum of 3 scoring rounds to qualify as an LSF contest.

First round group placement will be by random selection and number of launch stations. Subsequent group placement will be seeded Man on Man by score.

If the pilot succeeds in achieving the maximum time in the round, an additional 2 minutes will be allowed, without further flight score, to land the model. Flight beyond the 2 minute landing allowance voids the flight for flight score. Warm-up and test flights will be allowed before contest and between rounds if the field is clear. Normally start gathering at about 11:00. Pilots meeting will be at 12:00.


Scores will be simple duration, 1 point per second, then the landing scores added. The scoring for all rounds will be normalized to 1000 points for each group (i.e. there will be 2 or more flight groups per round, each flight group is normalized by only the pilots scores in their flight group).


Landings will be scored with the club’s 100 point landing tapes.

If aircraft lands inverted or sheds parts during the landing the pilot receives a zero landing score.

Off field landing voids the flight score.

Launching Equipment

Club will supply launching equipment. Electrics are allowed with launches limited to high start altitude determined by timer or CD or altitude motor cut-off. Any further run of the motor disqualifies the flight.     ONE re-launch per pilot per contest.


There will be 5 contest dates.  May 1st, June 5th, July 3rd, August 7th, September 18th.

Entry Fee

An entry fee of $3.00 per pilot will be collected.


Any donations of items will be given out as prizes at the final contest.