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Old May 30, 2012, 07:48 PM
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I need to bring people out with me when I go out flying for fun. Or at least put the logger in. I went out Monday to fly my Supra to get better aquanted with it. First launch was just for tweaking trims. Second launch was into windy conditions caused by very strong thermals. An hour later I decided to land to check the batteries!! If I would have gone out trying to do that...

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Old May 30, 2012, 09:44 PM
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Can't Wait for a good sunny day. I just got my new DLG from RCBuilder A LightSpeed III
This thing just floats around without thermals.
First Flights LightSpeed III DLG (0 min 58 sec)

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Old Jun 05, 2012, 09:07 AM
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I know that this is a sportsman program, but if any of you would like to give contest flying a try at a great regional event, our club, the Long Island Silent Flyers, www.lisf.org , Syosset, Long Island, NY is hosting the Eastern Soaring League, www.flyesl.org , on June 23 and 24.

There are Expert, Sportsman and Novice groups flying.

We are up to 29 pilots and I don't expect it to stop there. A lot of people hold off to see what their personal schedule will be. 3 pilots registered in the last two days. So we usually get a burst around now.

For you Novice pilots, people who have never flown a contest, but who are competent in the air, you can fly for FREE. And if you are not talented with the winch, we are happy to launch the glider for you. In fact some of the experts and sportsman have someone else handle the winch, so there is nothing to be shy about.

We have 9 Sportsman class pilots 9 registered so far, so you will have a nice group to fly with in Sportsman class.

Is your plane good enough? Sure!

In Expert you see mostly moldies and bagged wing gliders.

In Sportsman and Novice you also see plenty of woodies and even foamies. I have seen some very nice flights with Easy Gliders, Bird of Time, Magics, Merlins, Sunbirds and Bubble Dancers are common too. I started my ESL flying with a 2M Spirit woody and a 2M Sagitta 600 woody, flying in sportsman class. In fact I flew in the ESL for two years on wood planes. Had a great time!

Registration -
http://www.flyesl.com/Contest.aspx?contestid=34

RCGroups discussion link
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1658968


Come fly with us!
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Old Jul 07, 2012, 11:56 AM
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UPDATE: Due to health issues with my wife and now myself I'm stepping down from the SSP. Joe (Thermaler) the vice-president will now be taking over the program as president. I had a blast starting the program with Joe and everyone here and I hope that it will continue to grow. If you have any questions about where to send forms contact Joe with a PM and he will help you out. He's a great guy and a great friend and I can't think of anyone that I would rather see take this forward. It may take him a bit to get things like e-mails set up so bear with him. I plan to leave all the old ones in place for a short time to help him out. If you send me an e-mail and don't hear from me PM Joe please. Thanks for supporting the program guys. I'll be checking in so you better not start slacking!
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Old Jul 07, 2012, 06:47 PM
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So sorry to hear you and your wife are both unwell. Hope u get better (and soon too.) We want you involved, Thanks for the fabulous effort you put into this program.
Stay in touch.
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Old Jul 08, 2012, 02:28 AM
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Dear Steve

I am sorry about those news, and I hope you two will get better soon. Again I wanted to thank you for your efforts and spirit, bringing something new to the community and to me.

And indeed I had been slacking but the weather really kept me away.

Please stay in touch, keep flying and keep smiling that is the best medicine

my best wishes for you and your wife

regards

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Old Jul 29, 2012, 06:53 PM
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Well Guys, by now you know that Steve is taking a time out to deal with life and that I am going to be at the stick.
I myself have been busy with way too much work.
I am just now starting to go through all the details that Steve took care of, boy do I have some catching up to do!
Anyway, until I figure out how to change the address for the SSP on the web site PLEASE send your request for and completed forms to me at:

Joe Hayes
808 West Front St #39
Buchanan, Mi. 49107

I myself got to do a little flying today. I got my second 10 minute, a short ladder and a 45 minute and my last two landings for my Bronze but alas the only witnesses were the few Turkey Vultures that ventured by.
So . . . let's keep practicing guys.


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Old Aug 18, 2012, 08:20 AM
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So who is doing what today?
I have dusted off my Falcon 880 and will be working on some ladders.

Joe
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Old Aug 18, 2012, 08:31 PM
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Joe,

Was great weather here in the Grand Rapids area. Hope you had the same.
I had a lot of family stuff going on today but got out a bit around 2:00 with the DLG. First toss was good for 8 minutes.

I'm disappointed with my lack of SSP progress this summer, but usually I don't bring the forms for lack of witnesses.

Tim
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Old Aug 18, 2012, 09:48 PM
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Joe,

Was great weather here in the Grand Rapids area. Hope you had the same.
I had a lot of family stuff going on today but got out a bit around 2:00 with the DLG. First toss was good for 8 minutes.

I'm disappointed with my lack of SSP progress this summer, but usually I don't bring the forms for lack of witnesses.

Tim
Hey Tim,
I have the witness problem myself but the form always comes with me.
I won't say what I practiced and accomplished today other than I had 5 hours of good flying time in before the batteries said time to go home.
It felt good flying the trusty ol' Falcon again. The 20 plus years of flying her came back on the third flight and well . . the Falcon and I always got along well aftert the first mishap that got her into my hands.
Now if I just had a wintness I could have finished my bronze today.

Keep it going guys, it is a way to improve your skills

Joe
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Old Sep 17, 2012, 02:58 AM
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Anyway, until I figure out how to change the address for the SSP on the web site PLEASE send your request for and completed forms to me at:

Joe Hayes
808 West Front St #39
Buchanan, Mi. 49107

So . . . let's keep flying guys.


Thank You,
Joe
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Old Oct 16, 2012, 07:40 PM
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What happened to all the flying activity, haven't seen a post from participating pilots for a long time. If Steve is checking this thread, I'm sure he is disappointed.

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Old Oct 20, 2012, 08:46 PM
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For me, it's just been a busy summer. Haven't flown much, period. And having an adult witness available continues to be a challenge. I hope to continue, though, as time allows.

Tim
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Old Nov 01, 2012, 08:02 AM
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I do still check in from time to time. It would be nice to see the program making more progress. However, as I can attest to, sometimes life has other ideas. Hopefully the program will survive and begin to flourish again.
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Old Dec 03, 2012, 09:30 AM
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Copper Level

I am new to the RC world and have taken a liking to ERES birds. The SSP caught my eye and I have been working on the copper level for about a year. Only 2-30 minute flights remain.

A question arises concerning witness to the flights. I am the only exclusive glider memeber of the club and prefer to fly later in the day than all others. Seldom is anyone available to sign my task sheet and I have had my wife sign when I got home. I expect this will happen more often in the future with longer and more difficult tasks.

Since the SSP is a way to guage my abilities, I would only be lying to myself by getting someone to sign without completing the task.

So, my question is: Without a witness (when one is not available) can I continue and earn a level badge?

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