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#1 MrE Dec 24, 2011 01:58 PM

Pacific Northwest ALES contests 2015
 
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Im shamelessly copying this thread idea from Hand launch guys who have been running a thread like this for a while now.

The idea is to hopefully have one place where clubs and groups from BC, Canada through Washington state and Oregon can post their ALES contests for the up-coming year.

The basic idea being to help promote ALES and help get it going strongly in this area.

To the best of my knowledge, there is only one club that has been holding regular ALES events in our area. Id like to see many more this coming year.

So, any of you ALES flyers or potential ALES flyers that are planning to hold a contest in 2015, post the dates here and hopefully you can draw more flyers to attend than just the ones in your club.

If your club is like ours, only a few are on the band wagon so far. Getting flyers from other clubs to attend will make it much more fun.

Im looking forward to flying with many new friends this coming year!


Schedule for 2015:

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SASS

http://www.seattleareasoaringsociety...igs/ales.shtml

- two day event June 13 and 14. REMINDER!!!! The two-day ales event hosted by the Seattle Area Soaring Society is coming up in just a couple weeks !! It is two one-day events and is set for June 13 and 14.

This is the first Ales event to be flown at this terrific soaring site (Carnation, WA) and we certainly hope to make it a big one!

Whether you are an experienced pro or an absolute beginner, you should come on out to see what all the fun is about. Anyone with an electric glider can be competitive. The Ales format is not complicated. There is no one standing over your shoulder 'judging' you. The rules are simple and easy to understand. Our local comps have been won by $2,000 gliders AND by $150 foamies.

We call it a competition but, in reality, it's pretty laid back and it's terrific fun! Come check it out.
>Thom
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TCMAA contests for 2015....
I'll throw this tentative TCMAA schedule out for those who are interested but I can promise some changes after we mix in Gun Club schedules, holidays, special events, and such.
Sun Jan 25
Sun Feb 22
Sun Mar 29
Sun Apr 26
Sun May 24
Sat-Sun Jun 13-14. SASS Ales Carnation, WA
Sat Jun 27 -28 - CANCELLED
Sun Jul 26 - Most likely to be changed
Sat Aug 15
Sun Sep 27
Sun Oct 18
Sun Nov 15
Sun Dec 13

Pilots meetings at 10am... First flights to follow as quickly as conditions allow.
See ya there.
Thom
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Helena Flying Tigers 2015 ALES Dates
If you're in the Helena, MT area stop by and do some soaring!
All the Helena ALES info is up to date and located here:
http://tailwindgliders.com/ALES.html

http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showa...mentid=7423609

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Montana Summer ALES IV
The Helena Flying Tigers
Montana Summer ALES IV
22-23 August, 2015

Preregistration is required
55 Pilot Maximum.

Shirts will be available price TBD.

More details here.
http://www.tailwindgliders.com/mtsummerales.html

Curtis Suter CD
Rod Musgjerd co-CD

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PASS Preliminary Contest Schedule

The dates are not finalized.

Sun Apr 12
Sat May 9
Sun July 12
Sat Aug 1
Sun Aug 2
Oct 4

All with start times of 09:00

We will be flying off of a sod farm in the same area as last year.

I will send out a flyer once we have the site location locked in.

Lift,

- Bob -


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The Spokane club (IEQF)
The 2nd Annual Spokane ALES Classic will be held June 13/14.

This will be 2, 1 day events.

More details to follow.

Thanks,
Jim Frahm

#2 davidjensen Dec 24, 2011 02:22 PM

How does the ALES contst work? What are the tasks and how do you win? I understand the limited electric launch but is it MOM or open window? Is there a landing task?

#3 Mark Anderson Dec 24, 2011 04:05 PM

Dave
It is MOM. And there is a landing task.
Our club has had four contests in Littlerock (Just south of Olympia).
We have used a 10 second launch window followed by an altitude/time limited motor run. Each plane is equiped with a CAM unit. We have kept the time task within everyones ability to keep it fun. We are all new to gliders. The landing is a 10 meter tape 5 points per meter.
So far we have been having a ball learning some new skills. We run a contest every month. Now that we have a few under our belt we will be publisizing them more. I think this thread is a great idea. Thanks Larry!

Mark

#4 knormang Dec 24, 2011 04:42 PM

Ales
 
We are not in the real Pacific N.W., but we are active in ALES. We held two contests last year with about 10 entrants each time. We shall be holding monthly contests from May to Oct. Next year, and we would welcome any modelers from the Interior of Wa. State.Our field is in the village of Okanagan Falls, B.C. It is right in the village, close to cafes, stores etc.My club is the Penticton Model Aviation Club, and I would be glad to answer any enqiries about our events.Ken Gregory.

#5 MrE Dec 24, 2011 05:36 PM

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Originally Posted by davidjensen (Post 20224340)
How does the ALES contst work? What are the tasks and how do you win? I understand the limited electric launch but is it MOM or open window? Is there a landing task?

Mark answered your questions pretty well. For more details, proposed rules, video links to mass launches and landings, etc, here is a long thread discussing the contest format and various other details.

http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1330889

The altitude limiting devices we are using are the CAM units sold by Soaring Circuits.

http://www.soaringcircuits.com/

That device seems to be the preferred one here in the US. Thats the one our club is also going to use. We plan to order several at the same time. You can get a discount for group orders.

There is also a Yahoo group with lots of info, spread sheets on power systems, flight profiles and lots more.

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/RCALES/

I attended my first contest at Marks club back in October and was instantly hooked. Its a blast!

Our EFLAPS club is located in Port Orchard, but we will probably hold the contests at a private field in Gig Harbor. We need to clear that with the property owners first though.

Larry

#6 MrE Dec 24, 2011 05:38 PM

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Originally Posted by knormang (Post 20225164)
We are not in the real Pacific N.W., but we are active in ALES. We held two contests last year with about 10 entrants each time. We shall be holding monthly contests from May to Oct. Next year, and we would welcome any modelers from the Interior of Wa. State.Our field is in the village of Okanagan Falls, B.C. It is right in the village, close to cafes, stores etc.My club is the Penticton Model Aviation Club, and I would be glad to answer any enqiries about our events.Ken Gregory.

Thanks for the invite Ken! Thats a long drive for me, but you never can tell :)

#7 knormang Dec 24, 2011 09:42 PM

Ales
 
We are hoping that there may be somebody down around Wenatchee or Moses Lake who might be interested in soaring. Th closest American group at present doing ALES, is in Montana. That is also a looooooong drive !. Ken.

#8 Mark Anderson Dec 25, 2011 10:37 AM

How do we get this as a sticky so it stays near the top?

Mark

#9 GaryO Dec 26, 2011 08:39 PM

Should be some interested folks in Spokane and Pasco, WA.

There are two versions of the CAM available, 100, 150, 200 and 50, 100, 200. Anyone have any recommendations?

Gary

#10 Rayven Dec 26, 2011 10:02 PM

2012
 
Any body have a link to ALES contest schedules in the NW?

#11 MrE Dec 26, 2011 10:28 PM

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Originally Posted by GaryO (Post 20239567)
Should be some interested folks in Spokane and Pasco, WA.

There are two versions of the CAM available, 100, 150, 200 and 50, 100, 200. Anyone have any recommendations?

Gary

I think it depends on how you want to use if for practice mainly.

So far as I know virtually all contests are being held at the 200 meter altitude setting, so the lower settings are for use however you would like. The 50 or 100 meter settings would be good for landing practice for example.

of course, the contest CD can always set the altitude for any given contest to what ever altitude is desired. Im not sure why there would be the difference in the lower level settings though.

#12 MrE Dec 26, 2011 10:35 PM

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Originally Posted by Rayven (Post 20240219)
Any body have a link to ALES contest schedules in the NW?

You are in the right place to get that information - but so far there isnt any firm info to give you :)

My club - EFLAPS - will be meeting late Jan to set a date for our first contest. I will post that as soon as we have it firmed up. Im guessing late march, but we may start earlier.

The TCMAA guys are having one every month so far, weather be damned! Im sure Mark will be posting a date as soon as they pick one for January.

They have been pretty lucky weather wise so far. The Dec contest weather was outstanding for Dec this time of year. Sunny, dry, light winds and not freezing cold!

#13 MrE Dec 26, 2011 10:40 PM

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Originally Posted by Mark Anderson (Post 20229006)
How do we get this as a sticky so it stays near the top?

Mark

I have no idea Mark. Maybe ask a mod? Dont know how to do that either :(

Edit: Figured it out. Report a post in the thread and one of the options is to ask for it to be "stickied" I did that, so lets see if it works :)

#14 olythom Dec 27, 2011 12:03 AM

TCMAA's January ALeS contest
 
TCMAA in Littlerock (near Olympia, WA) is planning to run an event on January 14. Weather is obviously a factor but, as Larry said, we've been very lucky so far. Open to all AMA members. We have 'loaner' CAM units available if they are needed.
>Thom

#15 MrE Dec 27, 2011 01:17 AM

Our first event! Thanks Thom :)

You guys still planning to start about 11AM?


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