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Posted by Indgroove | Jan 03, 2014 @ 08:31 AM | 1,693 Views
This Forum is great. I have learmed much from it and received much advice from
the pilots who contribute to it.
So far this off season I've been working on improving my skills.
I was having trouble with slow turns with my V tail Xplorer. Jody explained my
problem and BOOM, no more problems. There are few Sailplane pilots in
Knoxville so the expertise is limited. But, with this forum, expertise is at my
finger tips.
Keep up the good work,
Thanks,
Charles
Posted by Indgroove | Oct 26, 2013 @ 09:58 PM | 1,737 Views
The Contest season is almost over. One contest left.
I flew 3 TD contest and enjoyed them all. I hope to fly more next year.

The DLG season went well. My flying has improved greatly. Placed in a
few contest in Sportsman. Even finshed 2nd (or 3rd) in a fly off.
My last contest wasn't very good, had equipment malfunctions. I hope to
redeam myself in the next one.

I did win a Super Fr3ak that Mike Seid flew at the Worlds. Very nice ship.
Still working it out. Going to fit ballast in it before the last contest of the season.
Posted by Indgroove | May 20, 2013 @ 12:53 PM | 2,035 Views
Flew the SKSS contest. Great contest.
I finally understand what it means to ballast for lift, not wind.
My light Polaris can penetrate and come home.
I can fly without ballast.
I can fly behind the trees- just be careful, allow altitude to get back.
Getting in trees is not the end of the world.
I can repair a broken boom.
Posted by Indgroove | May 08, 2013 @ 09:30 PM | 4,580 Views
Flew the Unlimited contest in Tullahoma Sunday 5/5/13. The Tullahoma club and Don Cleveland showed me how to launch with the winch. Got plenty of practice. Had a fantastic time. Can't wait to get back and fly some more.
Now I'll practice the landing pattern the way Don demonstrated.
He put on a clinic instruting me then doing it in a contest setting!
Posted by Indgroove | Mar 24, 2013 @ 05:11 PM | 2,049 Views
Flew the York contest. The conditions were cloudy and mild Saturday and Sunday was rained out.
This was my best performance yet but still bitter/sweet. My score was 76 %
but I was still near the bottom in the rankings.
I delammed my Polaris picking it up when the nose was entangled in crabgrass. Bad luck. Should be an easy fix.
My timer pushed me to fly out far behind the trees. After being succesfull I didnt need to be pushed to go out. Succes overcame fear. It was thrilling to go out far and hit sink then find the lift.
Posted by Indgroove | Mar 02, 2013 @ 07:24 AM | 2,406 Views
I showed much improvement at the San Felasco contest in Fla. Most of the time it was cold and windy. Practicing in windy conditions paid off. Learned a couple of tips for the conditions.
I was hoping to finish in the middle of the pack. Didnt make it but still improved in my ranking.
Took my Satori and flew it Thursday and Friday. Did my 1st winch launch Fr. Wow!
Now to get ready for York.
Posted by Indgroove | Jan 04, 2013 @ 09:14 PM | 2,781 Views
Last summer I went to the NATS and watch the big gliders fly. I said I want to try it so several months later I got a used Xplorer and Satori. The week after Christmas Craig Brownlee help me set things up and he instructed me on hi start launches. Joe Sherran sold me a winch (he pretty much gave it to me for what I paid for it.) Thanks Joe.

Today, A week later I had the field to myself so I set up the hi start and launched. I didnt crash and no pop offs. So it went well. I will need to make some adjustments on launch setting. I just learned that I should hi start launch the Satori with no camber. Will try that tomorrow. I will concentrate on the Satori until I get comfortable. It reminds me of way the DLG Validol flys. It likes speed.

Getting the F3J birds in the air is work. After 12 launches my arm was tired.
This flying with no motor does something for me. I like it!!!
Posted by Indgroove | Nov 17, 2012 @ 05:53 AM | 2,522 Views
Flew the Pumpkin Chunk. It was good. Flew the best I ever did. Finished in the middle 15th. Flew the light Validol most of the time. It has legs and I was more willing to take chances.
I teamed up with Don Cleveland. Great timer and flyer. I learned much from him this year. Thanks Don!!! (Now I have to remember it all.)

I timed for Frank in the finals. Learned alot by watching him work. Wow. I hope I didnt mess him up to bad. He finished 3rd.

I helped several new guys too. This is a great hobby and sport. Everyone helping every one even to the point where you help the guy do better than you.

Well, time to practice for next year. See you at next year in Fla.
Posted by Indgroove | Oct 10, 2012 @ 05:38 PM | 2,704 Views
Flew the ECHLGF. The weather was good. Cloudy and breezy Sunday. For the conditions I did good. Made a critical mistake by landing out. I tried to keep the plane level but 2 yards from line the nose popped up and I landed out. Oh, those hurt.
The Pro-Am was great. I've decided to get a couple ships with legs. The Pro-Am showed me the advantage of going far.

One more contest for the year. Then I will work on turn arounds and reading the air through the winter.
Posted by Indgroove | Aug 09, 2012 @ 12:50 PM | 2,998 Views
Flew the NATS. Fabulous field, wonderful contest. I watched different types of sailplanes in a contest setting and was amazed. Now I want a big ship to launch with a winch:-)
Met Skip Miller and talked with him. (One of the guys who made this hobby what it is today).
I did okay. I jokingly tell people that I am rated 35th in the nation. It is good to fly with my friends. I appreciate everyone of you! Thank for the fellowship, tips & fun. See you at the next contest.
Posted by Indgroove | Jul 03, 2012 @ 11:26 PM | 3,265 Views
Flew the Bruce. WOW!!! Great contest! Once again, I learned a lot. Flew good at times then not good at others. Got low behind trees and manage to save the flight by bring it back between a small gap only to land out after turning the wrong way in a low thermal. LOL
Watching the top pros fly at the Bruce was something to behold.
I didnt crash anything and had a great time. Looking forward to fly the Bruce next year.
Posted by Indgroove | May 21, 2012 @ 08:37 PM | 3,985 Views
To date I have entered 4 contest. Each one shows more improvement.
I have been extremely lucky to have great timers. I try to do what the tell me and I try to remember what they said.
Will attend the York contest and The Bruce. I hope to continue to improve and have fun.
Posted by Indgroove | Feb 23, 2012 @ 10:51 AM | 3,592 Views
Flew the San Felasco contest. Really enjoyed it. I learned a lot and had some lessons reinforced. Received instruction on flying in wind. The trip was worth that alone. Got tips on reading wind streamers. Each experienced timer imparted much wisdom. I appreciate it very much - Thank you!!!
Frank helped me tune my green Blaster 2. I am happy to hear that his infant is in good health.
I made new friends. Buddy & Walt Roos. Ivo Plachy & his wife. Ivo and I timed for each other often.
Had a midair on one of my best flights. Taped it up and flew the rest of the day with it. Got home and made the repair.
Looking forward to the next contest!!!
Posted by Indgroove | Dec 29, 2011 @ 08:23 PM | 3,849 Views
I'm thinking about going to the San Felasco Hand Launch glider Festival
in Fla. in Febuary. Looks like a big one. Many top pilots will be present. I know I will not be competitive but hopefully I will gain more knowledge. I will practice for it now and hope for the best. I'll try to improve. If I do that, all should be good.
Posted by Indgroove | Dec 12, 2011 @ 05:31 PM | 3,801 Views
Flew in my 1st DLG contest at Archdale, NC. Frank Dumas help me tune my Blaster. Jason, Eric and several others gave me good coaching and advice.
I learned more that Saturday then in 2 months of practice. I certainly want to fly more contest. I hope there are more through the winter.
The high point for me was when I found the lift everyone followed. Wow!!!