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Posted by skye8070 | Jul 31, 2010 @ 09:22 AM | 5,337 Views
First off, for full disclosure I did not camp out at sailplane camp. I am what most people call a wus and I like to sleep in my own bed. So I was like one of those kids at college that commuted from his parents house: I drove from Columbus, Ohio to Muncie, Indiana for the two days of the 2 meter contest. I had hoped to get in more events and originally signed up for RES, Nostalgia and Unlimited too, but my eyes were bigger than my stomach. I actually had nothing to fly in nostalgia and nothing competitive to fly in RES or Unlimited. So 2 meter with a Mantis and a Sovereign as backup was all I brought to the NATS.

I made sure NOT to bring any big wads of cash, lest I be tempted into buying a sweet plane such as the one shown in the link. These are my buddies from New Orleans looking over a professionally built original batch Shadow which looked to be in pristine condition. http://picasaweb.google.com/skyemalc...eat=directlink

I nearly didn't have anything to fly in 2 meter. I ripped half the v-tail off the Mantis a couple weeks ago and didn't epoxy it back on until a couple days before the NATS. My backup machine had 72 MHz in it and I needed it to be on 2.4 GHz as I'd signed up for. So I managed to covert the Sovereign over to 2.4 GHz the evening before 2 meter but I had zero flights on it. Not a tremendously big set up on a 2 channel machine, but still not the ideal way to go into a contest, much less the NATS.

Driving to Muncie in the dark hours of the...Continue Reading