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World traveller Bruce Davidson represents USA in German F3K contest, wins in St. Louis!

World traveller Bruce Davidson represents USA in German F3K contest, wins in St. Louis!

Bruce Davidson launching under stormy skies, St. Louis

Bruce Davidson launching under stormy skies, St. Louis

Our own Bruce Davidson just capped off a few weeks abroad in Europe, competing in the German F3K Open in Dresden – a huge, multi-national handlaunch soaring event. Bruce placed 35th out of a huge field of 94 pilots, and 2nd among all US pilots. Check out more conversation about the German F3K Open on RCGroups.

Bruce and his wife Christine then embarked on a week of sightseeing in Italy, making their way back home just in time for the MVSA’s Gateway Handlaunch Contest! Bruce battled with the ever-stronger St. Louis crew and ended up on top after two days of good flying. Read the MVSA contest report here!

Be sure to read Bruce’s German F3K Open report after the jump!

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Bruce Davidson wins the 2009 IHLGF!

Bruce Davidson wins the 2009 IHLGF!

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After 11 long years, Bruce Davidson finally nabbed “THE BIG ONE” in the handlaunch soaring world – the Torrey Pines Gulls’s International Handlaunch Glider Festival. Bruce beat out 60 of the best handlaunch glider pilots in the world to end up on top. It’s been a long time coming for one of the hobby’s greatest proponents and best pilots, and now he’s got his!

Bruce posted a great write-up on the contest over on the IHLGF 2009 thread @ RCGroups, or you can read it after the jump below. But first, don’t forget Bruce’s First-ever, First-Annual Handlaunch contest, dubbed “THE BRUCE” will be taking place August 28th-August 30th 2009 at his homestead right here in sunny Kentucky! Sign up now!

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We’re at the 2007 NATS!

We’re at the 2007 NATS!

That’s right, folks! It’s time for the 2007 AMA/LSF Soaring Nationals in beautiful Muncie, IN at the AMA Headquarters. There are 4 pilots from Louisville competing in this week-long marathon of RC Soaring! Handlaunch is Sunday, along with Nostalgia. Rudder/Elevator/Spoiler (RES) is Monday, 2-meter is Tuesday and Wednesday, Unlimited is Thursday and Friday and F3J is Saturday and Sunday.

Ben Wilson is covering the Soaring NATS for the AMA’s NATSNews daily publication.

View our 2007 NATS Photos (updated daily, hopefully!)

Live(ish) updates on RCGroups: The Road to the 2007 NATS

Update: Ryan Woebkenberg has made a report on the NOS NATS: 2007 Nostalgia Nationals.

Update: Unlimited Final Scores. F3J Preliminary and Final Scores.

2007 AMA/LSF Soaring Nationals Unlimited Winners

Handlaunch Hoedown Sunday!

Handlaunch Hoedown Sunday!

Bruce Davidson has grabbed a bunch of guys from around the region and we are going to have a Handlaunch (F3K) contest this Sunday, July 1 around noon at Charlie Vettiner Park – be there, or by a winch-monger!

A boy, a goat, and a Photon

A boy, a goat, and a Photon

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Seems that LASS regular and handlaunch enthusiast Brian Kopke got together with fellow DLG-flinger Bruce Davidson and flew out at Bruce’s “ranch” in Shelbyville a few weeks ago. One of them returned home one plane shy of a quiver.

Brian got his Photon II discus-launched glider caught in the tallest tree on the lot. Repeated attempts to extract the plane have been fruitless. Bruce has sent in some photos to attest to it’s predicament as his goat (“Nickolas”) and his pygmy donkey (“Lucy”) stand guard.

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LASS at the ECHLGF

LASS at the ECHLGF

Ken and Bruce at the 2006 ECHLGF

LASS members Bruce Davidson and Ken Marks represented Louisville at the East Coast Handlaunch Glider Festival in Wilson, NC from October 20-22. The brand-new XP-5 DLG from Polecat Aero was unveiled, and Ken and Bruce had a grand old time.

In the end, Bruce placed 3rd and Ken was 14th out of 24

Results are here, pictures are here, and you can read all the war-stories you want over at RCGroups!

LASS Represented at German Handlaunch Contest

LASS Represented at German Handlaunch Contest

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Local boy Bruce Davidson recently competed in one of Europe’s largest handlaunch glider contests in Laucha, Germany – about 2 hours south of Berlin. Over 80 competitors from a dozen countries were involved. Bruce, along with US handlaunch hot-shot Phil Barnes travelled to Germany to represent the United States. Bruce ended up 13th in the preliminaries, with Phil in 3rd. Bruce missed the cutoff by just a hair, as only the top 12 pilots proceed to the final fly-offs. Phil ended up in 11th place.

The competition was of a very high level compared to our US competitions, and you can read Phil and Bruce’s reports of the contest here at RCGroups: German Championship F3K @ RCGroups.

We’re very proud of our teammate and are glad he was able to represent the US well!

Photo courtesy of Arne Asper

We’re at the NATS!

We’re at the NATS!

Hey All! We’re at the 2006 LSF/AMA RC Soaring Nationals this week – a.k.a “the NATS” up in Muncie, IN. We’ll be posting photos in the Competitions gallery, so keep your eyes peeled for updates.

Already, our man Bruce Davidson took home 2nd place in NATS Handlaunch!

More later. Until then, you can keep up with all the NATS news with the… NATSNews from the AMA.

2006 MidSouth Champs Wrap-Up

2006 MidSouth Champs Wrap-Up

The round robin had brought this special contest back to Louisville again for the fourth time. The Mid-South Championship has always brought some of the best from both the north and the south for a head to head meeting of some of the best pilots around. This year there were some challenges for the pilots to work through besides trying to meet the usual flying task. The biggest change was the new site for the ’06 contest. Leaving Tom Sawyer Park behind, where all the previous Louisville MidSouths have been flown, A polo field inside of Hayes Kennedy Park was chosen to use for this years contest. This field was adjacent to the Ohio River. The micro weather effect this great body of water could or would challenge the pilots was a great unknown. This included the local club as no one had ever flown there before.

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MidSouths are this Weekend!

MidSouths are this Weekend!

All the winches have new line, new landing tapes are marked, trophies are in order, and the LASS crew members are restless! The 2006 MidSouth Soaring Championships are only a day a way and we are excited!

The weather looks to be excellent for this weekend with 10-15MPH southwest winds and sunny/partly cloudy all weekend.

Walk-up registrations are more than welcome – but get there early to avoid the rush. Plenty of frequencies are still open – but bring an alternate just in case!

See ya there! Watch the website for photos and scores.