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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).

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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.

Scoring

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

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.

Dates

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.

Prizes

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

 

 

Two Channel Contest FINALS!

Two Channel Contest FINALS!

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Two Channel Contest Director Dion Dunn is back with his final wrap-up:

Well, we finally made it to the end of the 2-channel contest series, and what a great ending it was.  Round 7 had a mix of everything today, and Mother Nature was once again kind to us and provided some good lift and signaling birds as a bonus.  10 pilots came out to enjoy the Fall weather

Let’s cut right to the chase this time – Gordy kicked our butts with the Gentle Lady.  But you know what the difference was besides the fact that he is tuning up for the big Texas contest next week?  Landing points, landing points, landing points.  For example, Tony and Gordy were only separated by 9 seconds of flying time yet Gordy won by 150 points!  7 out of 10 pilots scored landing points today, but it wasn’t consistent, and I was one of the 3 who didn’t score any.  I’ll admit, I haven’t been practicing and it shows!

More after the jump – and make sure to check out the end-of-season scores on the Club Contests page!

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Penultimate Two-Channel Contest Report!

Penultimate Two-Channel Contest Report!

Two-Channel Contest Directory Dion Dunn recaps today’s action! The next Two-Channel contest is OCTOBER 4th at NOON at the Charlie Vettiner field!

Thanks to all who came out and braved Mother Nature for today’s 2 Channel contest.  9 pilots were rewarded with a pretty decent day after a few rain drops before the start.  The lift turned out to be pretty decent, and as usual, I got a good burn on my neck and face.

Hey Gordy, how’s that old saying go?  If you can’t buy a better plane, find a better thermal?  Translated into ‘become a better pilot’?  Well what happens when you take a darn good pilot already, and arm him with one of the best RES planes in the World?  You get today’s winner – Tony and his AVA took home the honors in fine fashion.  Congrats!

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Two Channel Contest #5!

Two Channel Contest #5!

The Two Channel Contest Series rolls on with installment #5!

Contest Director Dion Dunn gives his report below:

Well after a pretty crappy week of weather, Mother Nature was kind to us today wasn’t she?  And if you were lucky enough to be at the field, it was a pretty good day too.  Lift was there, although so was a lot of mixed wind, draws, and downdrafts, so it was a tricky day at times.  A big thank you to everyone who came out.

Read on for more exciting details and check out the August 2 scores and series standings here!
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Two Channel Contest #4

Two Channel Contest #4

Contest Director Dion writes in with a report for the 4th installment of our ongoing “Two Channel” contest!

We had 5 pilots attend today’s contest with only 2 hi-starts strung out. John Forney and Dave Flanigan led the way with Dave bringing out his old, but still competitive Sagitta 600. Light to moderate lift was working it’s way through the field, and we even had an occasional hawk or two to show us the way. The first flight ended with John trying to land on the tennis courts by flying through the fence. I thought his day was over, but that old K-Bird was OK and ready for the next round.

Read on for more details after the jump, or check out the scores on our Club Contest page!
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Two Channel #3 Results are in!

Two Channel #3 Results are in!

Well what can I say.  This report seems a bit redundant because it almost felt like everyone in the club was at the field today.  A big thanks to all for showing up and giving us 15 pilots for our 2 Channel Fly What You Brung Contest!!!

Mother Nature really gave us a good one today.  The air was clear, the sun was hot, and the winds were stronger than the predicted 6 mph at times. However, there was also a good bit of lift making its way through the field.  Launches were pretty good and many pilots were popping right into lift off the line.  This also made for a rats nest of high start lines during the second group, so we decided to move them to try to compensate.  It sort of worked…..we still needed vigilant shaggers to catch the lines after release and pull them back in straight away.  Speaking of shaggers, we had a couple of people out there who weren’t even flying.  Thank you very much for you efforts.

Next contest is JULY 12th, 2009! Got a 2-channel (rudder/elevator) plane? Bring it out!

Go check out the final scores for the day or read on for more tantalizing details after the jump!

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MidSouth 2009 Final Scores

MidSouth 2009 Final Scores

Local boy does good! LASS’ own Ben Wilson wins the 2009 MidSouth Soaring Champs! St. Louis’ Michael Johnson takes top overall sportsman!

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Check out Gordon Buckland’s Saturday and Sunday reports at RCGroups!