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Old Sep 10, 2012, 07:48 PM
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Kyle Clayton
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What did you do with your DLG today?

Hey guys, as a member of other internet forums, I came across a thread that I thought was genious and with a litte bit of modification could be used here as well. It asks a simple question that can have a million different answers, what did you with your DLG today? Did you fly it? Why did you fly? Practice? Fun? How was the weather? Did you repair it? Did it hold up? Was this a maiden flight? Maybe its your first time with a DLG ever? Are you a builder who flew a new design? What were the results? Did you win a conest? Did you have a mid air ()? Did you catch the ride of your life? Did you just stare at the planes hanging on the wall? Whatever you did, it doesn't matter, its something you did with your DLG, and thats the best part!

So to start it off, here's what I did with my DLG today. Today was the second day that I've started flying routinely again. I'm trying to practice up for the up coming ECHLGF, so this week I've decided to fly a specific regiment for the entire week. I need to brush up on two of my weakest skills, the AULD task, and turn arounds. In the AULD, I rarely ever make all 3 flights. I attribute most of that to indecision and getting myself flustered, and it typically happens on the third flight if I've made the first two. The pressure to make that last 3 is usually my downfall and why I often drop the ball. And turn arounds, well we could all use a good turn around practice, I mean look at the TS, you had to be sub-10 second in the 5x2, and in some cases well under that, to have any hopes of taking the round. So I came up with a task that I think will enable me to practice both at the same time. I decided I would launch and fly (try to) for 3 minutes. If I made the 3, I had to land and hold the plane for 1 minute before re-lighting. However, If I didnt make the 3, I had to tip-catch and relight as fast as possible. I felt this was a pretty fool-proof routine, because as the afternoon goes on, logically the air should get weaker and weaker, therefore the first half or so should be all about making 3's and reading air and later focus more on turn arounds. I tried the task for the first time yesterday, and I deicded it was good enough to focus on for the rest of the week. Today, I finally got out at around 6:15pm, and there was only marginal air despite how good it looked. I caught a couple of 3's, and they were hard work which I prefer over cake-rides, but most of the practice ended up being 2:1x's with tip-catch relights. I really liked my progress by the end of the session, I had really nailed down a smooth tip catch technique. Tomorrow, hopefully I can focus more on the AULD portion of the task if the air permits, and I will begin adding more power to my re-light.

I hope this ends up being a fun thread and I'd like to see how long we can keep the ball rolling! So thats what I did today with my DLG, what did you do with yours?
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