Posted by KurtMc |
Aug 20, 2009 @ 11:48 PM | 2,809 Views
My slope buds and I flew Davenport, and just like the classic scene from Apocalypse Now, we were amid the distinct drumbeats of far off copters running a bucket brigade. I was in the air doing speed runs with my Skorpion when the sounds grew much louder, and began to rumble the ground. The next 90 seconds were knee knockers as I tried to keep my plane below the horizon and out of the way of the three huge Heli's that were coming up behind me, right down the runway. There was no time to land and the flight of three headed straight over our heads, and right over my Skorp in the process. Like a radio hit, yet far worse, the downdrafts they caused nearly took my plane into the surf. 100 mile per hour downwards lift! I was just about to land when the Sky Crane flew over the top of Big Creek Lumber, over the runway, over my plane, and out to sea for a bucketful, creating mini tornados all along the ridge line. Eleven hours at the slope, with some great guys, in beautiful weather with 3 meter planes running laps? Just like those credit card commercials -- PRICELESS.
Posted by KurtMc |
May 10, 2008 @ 01:48 AM | 3,988 Views
With the International Slope Race coming up next weekend (Yeah!) I was fiddling around with my planes and ballast configurations and after weighing stuff out, came up with this spreadsheet to make the job a bit easier. Automatically calculates the all up weight of your plane with and without various ballast options and gives you max wingloading and a range of data that lets you zero in on target weights, and see if you're close to maxing out, etc. I think it's pretty cool.
All the user needs to do is enter the weights of the various items (your plane, the joiners, ballast) and the square inches, etc., from your plane in the grey boxes (in Grams) and the spreadsheet does all the rest, giving you columns of numbers for ounces, pounds, and wingloading, etc.
The files attached are in quatro pro, XLS, and PDF format and include a couple of my planes' data which you can modify to suit your own pretty easily.
BTW, there's still a few slots left for racers at the ISR -- weigh em and bring em! Lets race!
(P.S.: Looks like I better not use full ballast in both tubes on my Acacia, eh? )
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Paradoxes are really neat because both parties maybe contributing equally to a topic, yet disagree amongst themselves. That is scholarly. The point is to stack perceptions to build the science, and keep progressing. Making things personal can make a person sound more correct than the perception allows. Just the facts please, and thank you for the contributions. " --- 4/25/08 -- Indubitably