Archive for the 'Slope Soaring' Category

It’s slope season!

It’s slope season!

Earlier this week, LASS Prez Ed sent out a note:

“Just a brief note. Guys the warm spell we are experiencing right now is a perfect time to visit the slope in Frankfort. Dick Weidner and I went up there yesterday (Thursday). The air was some of the best I have ever seen. You could roll or loop to your hearts content with NO loss of height. The lift band went very far out from the hill.”

And then on Sunday (12/17) we put out the notice that LASS was heading out for a full-frontal attack on the Frankfort slope!

10 pilots from all over showed up. Tom Hill from Tennessee even made the trek to fly with us and showed us some great DS maneuvres with his Moth 60. Gordy brought out his trusty RnR Synergy 5 and whipped some DS doughnuts. I finally had my Polecat Hammerhead in a groove and made it squeal through some DS turns. Dave Smith was flying a slick Halfpipe.

Tony Utley experimented with some aerial photography with mixed results – more info on that to come, for sure! Ken Marks showed up with his trusty Bowman’s Hobbies Scooter and his mountain bike for a little excitement afterwards on the Capital View Trail.

Photos were taken!

We went to the slope!

We went to the slope!

Today Gordy and I went to the slope!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wZgYHVNT1dQ

Here’s a photo Tony shot!

http://www.flickr.com/photos/nex12go/4222130431/

Gordy’s 8-Hour Slope Flight!

Gordy’s 8-Hour Slope Flight!

Gordy's 8-Hour LSF V Slope Flight Team (l-to-r: AJ, Gordy, Lee, Bob Summers and Frankfort-slope-discoverer Dave Smith)

Gordy's 8-Hour LSF V Slope Flight Team (l-to-r: AJ, Gordy, Lee, Bob Summers and Frankfort-slope-discoverer Dave Smith)

Two weekends ago, our own Gordy Stahl did what he said he could never do… the LSF Level V 8-hour slope flight. Not only that, but he did it TWICE in one weekend!  Gordy and a team of hardy individuals flew for 16 hours over two days at the Frankfort, Kentucky Slope, getting Gordy one step closer to his goal of finally becoming a League of Silent Flight Level V pilot – an honor only 124 other pilots have received in the last 30+ years. Gordy tells his epic tale after the jump:

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Frankfort Dynamic Soaring Video

Frankfort Dynamic Soaring Video

Our man Tony Utley has been video-crazy the past couple of weeks – this one is Bruce Davidson sloping his Pike WR(?) V-tail on the backside at the Frankfort slope. Tony has been putting together fantastic soaring videos out at the Frankfort Slope (and elsewhere) and you can check out more of his AU Video Productions here: http://nex12go.blogspot.com

Winter Slope Action from Knoxville

Winter Slope Action from Knoxville

Mike Lantz from down Knoxville, TN way sent in this video of him sloping his Mig-3, set to music.

Frankfort Sloping!

Frankfort Sloping!

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Last Sunday (December 17th), the LASS crew headed for the Frankfort Slope. A group of about 10 guys from around Kentucky, Ohio and even Tennessee sloped in light to moderate conditions. Tom Hill came up from Knoxville (I think) and brought along a bunch of DS machines. Dave Smith from Versailles cranked out his Halfpipe on the frontside and Gordy brought out his trusty RnR Synergy to rip some 3-meter DS laps. LASS’ own Tony Utley pushed the technological envelope with some aerial photography!

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Speaking of photos, there are some photos here: 2006.12.17 – Frankfort!

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LASS Bats Attack the Frankfort Slope!

LASS Bats Attack the Frankfort Slope!

A group of LASS'ers (and a couple of CSS'ers) made it out to the Frankfort slope Sunday, and we all just so happened to have our Windrider Bats! I, Brian Kopke, Hank from Lexington, Ken Marks (and son Sam), Bruce Davidson, and Paul and Rudy Siegel had a rip-roarin' time.

Check out the photo gallery!

The winds weren't spectacular, as the thermal activity was kicking up pretty well, so sometimes the Bats were floundering — I (Ben) nearly ditched mine in the field below, but Bruce's coaching helped me to send that thing sky-high in the approaching thermal. Hank didn't fair so well, unfortunately, as he did have to take the "drive of shame" a little later on. Hank, Brian and my bats all had their maiden voyages, and all survived to tell the tale. Young Sam Marks even got into the act with a buddy-box with dear-old dad. Both Ken and Bruce had their Milleniums out and Paul brought along his Icon and got their DS grooves on. Thanks to all that came out, and those that didn't — get there when you can!

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A Bat in Maui

A Bat in Maui

Bruce sent along a photo of his Bat flying in Maui, Hawaii.

Check it out along with the rest of the Bat Gallery.
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More Bat Photos, Bat Testimony!

More Bat Photos, Bat Testimony!

A group of LASS'ers made it out to the Frankfort slope yesterday, and did a little more BATting practice!

Gordy sez: "This thing holds energy, heck grabs energy, like a Wizard Compact.

Goof up a turn at the top of the DS groove and usually have to bail out, not with the Bat, it just attacks the backside and groooooves the thru the front!

Talk about light lift flying….we had LIFT, but winds only at calm to 5mph, near dark tonite and we were still flying the Bat on the front and back..

I had a DS groove going 10mph, maybe less at one point and it wouldn't quit!

There wasn't enough on the front to go back out, but the Bat holds energy sooo well you swear it creates its own.

Take a few turns to get your head on what you are flying but then no problem.

The elevons work just fine, never felt that I couldn't bring it around even when I had some heat going.

This thing is worth every single penny and more!

Lots of fun ahead guys."



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The Louisville Bats

The Louisville Bats

About a month ago, our man Gordy started a drive to get a bunch of Windrider Bats built and on the slope at Frankfort. Eventually, Gordy hyp-mo-tized a group of us with his salesman magic, and we had ordered something like 14 of these little beasts! Ming (the not-so-merciless) at Windrider also supplied us with nearly-full-span carbon fiber spars, so we could test out the dynamic soaring qualities of this relatively cheap kit.

Well, the Bats have been in for a while, and they are started to turn up built! Our man Bruce even had a chance to test one out on Monday at Frankfort. To quote: "WOW this baby really holds it's speed and flies like it is on rails."




click to go to the Gallery!

I'd like to get more photos of completed or in-process Bats, so if you've got 'em, email to ben [at] thelocust [dot] org!

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