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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

2006 NATS Wrap-up

2006 NATS Wrap-up

Another year, another NATS. This year, the LASS crew were represented in every event except for cross-country and F3B. Bruce Davidson landed 2nd place in the Handlaunch Event, Gordy Stahl ended up 12 out of 84 in the Unlimited Event, and Ed Wilson took 6th place in the RES event.

Some very good placings for this National Competition, but the “big” winner here might as well be our junior pilot, Lee Atchison. He flew in his first-ever NATS in the 2-meter, Unlimited and RES competitions. So impressed with his dedicated and excitement to soaring were the LSF brass that they decided to award him the 2006 LSF “Spirit of Soaring” Award. Marc Gellart presented Lee this award, and gave a very nice speech giving the entire LASS team a big “attaboy”! Both Lee and his big brother MJ both volunteered for “Turnaround Troll” duties and helped out quite a bit shagging chutes all day long. Mom Reba was also in attendance to see her kiddos getting the whole soaring experience.

NATS Galleries:
2006.07.26 – NATS Unlimited and RES
2006.07.22 – NATS Cross-country
2006.07.21 – NATS Handlaunch

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.

Bruce Gives the Low-down on the NATS HL Competition

Bruce Gives the Low-down on the NATS HL Competition

From Bruce's post on the RCSE:

Aaaah yea, hand launch at the NATS. One good thing is there WAS weather and
that makes for good contest conditions. Even though it was drizzling rain on
us most of the day Marc kept us flying through 8 rounds. Lift was scarce but
there was some light stuff to be found on nearly every flight. With
conditions like this I really try to focus on efficient flying and big launches.
Efficient flying means ONLY turning when you feel a bump and suspect lift and then
keep it slow and flat. Although I did get a lot of my times I did very few
fast turnaround launches. Mostly I was milking out every second so I did a lot
of picking it up off the ground. Big launches can make all the difference in
a light air contest and I was throwing extra hard yesterday. The downside to
big launches is you tend to find all the weak spots on the airplane:-) My
first break was an aileron pushrod in the middle of a round. Next I broke the
throwing peg in half on my backup and had to throw 2 more times just gripping
the wing tip! I managed to get things fixed and ready on both by the next

Marc asked us to fly 5 two minute flights for most rounds. It was tough and
definitely the right task for the conditions. We did a couple of 3 three
minutes and 1 one minute rounds and the 1-2-3-4 minute round just to keep us
honest. The NATS is a fantastic contest and you shouldn't miss it. The field is
one great flying site and is always well groomed. The LSF crew and friends are
all over the place and take care of everything to ensure the pilots have a
good time. If you missed it, you really missed it.

It was great seeing everyone again and even better coming out on top at the
end of the day. Thanks again to Marc for taking the time to CD the event. And
a big thanks to all the LSF crew for planning and running such a great event!

–Bruce Davidson

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