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Old Mar 01, 2004, 03:01 AM
GordySoar@aol.com
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[RCSE] How to qualify as an "Elitest" in RC Soaring

In order to be labeled as an Elitest, you have to think sleep and dream about
reading air, and gaining precision control of an rc sailplane.

You have to be willing to get up at 5am to travel hundreds of miles in the
rain, to get to a contest in time for the pilots meeting, with your fingers
crossed that the rain will break.

You have to have the balls to be willing to put an incredibly dear model
sailplane up in strange environs, with the knowledge that the chances are pretty
good something can go wrong.

To have the strength to be able to take the frustration of having practiced
day in and day out, only to get skunked on a round, or doing something dumb
thumbed at the landing zone....then drive home for hours.

Elitest live and die for wood....not we live and die for hanging with guys
who enjoy soaring as much as we do. We work hard and play hard. WE know that
we can't 'beat' anyone in soaring, we can only attempt to do the task.

As far as us only being to land with precision by sticking our sailplane's
noses? Funny I managed to take wood in Canada and Australia without skegs
against pilots who never use skegs

Elitest is someone who practices in order to gain precision control of their
sailplanes and fly with the goal of learning to recognize the air hints.

If it wasn't more fun that just floating around all day, we wouldn't have
bothered to take up the gauntlet.

Elitest hang together some exclusive cult, acting like we know something
others don't....that's cuz we do. but we do because we worked to learn it.

Elitest spend lots of time teaching and helping newbies, because we leaned
and know things that will help them learn faster and how to keep their
sailplanes safe.

Elitest know that contests aren't fun if you haven't prepared to step in to
the arena.

Elitest urge new flyers to get involved in contests...because Elitest enjoy
the company of other sailplaners and want to share the amazing fun that contest
flying can be. We're not just there to fly sailplanes, we're there to share
the experiences.

Elitest spend weeknights cutting lawns and bussing tables in order to afford
our sailplanes and to be able to fill them with the best possible component.
Getting up, traveling hundreds of miles, hundreds of hours of practice...all
make $2,000 for equipment 'worth' it.

If it wasn't FUN, I wouldn't carry sailplane with me where ever I go and
spend most of my afternoons looking for fields to fly in. :-)

Gordy
Soaring Tullahoma TN Tuesday! No contest, just a great bunch of Elitests to
fly with....well maybe a little bit of a contest...landing for quarters...I
love the sound of Tennessee Elitest quarters :-)

Old Mar 01, 2004, 03:01 AM
Bob Pope
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Re: [RCSE] How to qualify as an "Elitest" in RC Soaring

Except for the first 14 of those Gordy, Im exactly like that. :-) Were
not even going to talk about what I dream about, don't want to start any
Super Bowl controversy
BP

GordySoar@aol.com wrote:

> In order to be labeled as an Elitest, you have to think sleep and
> dream about reading air, and gaining precision control of an rc sailplane.
>
> You have to be willing to get up at 5am to travel hundreds of miles in
> the rain, to get to a contest in time for the pilots meeting, with
> your fingers crossed that the rain will break.
>
> You have to have the balls to be willing to put an incredibly dear
> model sailplane up in strange environs, with the knowledge that the
> chances are pretty good something can go wrong.
>
> To have the strength to be able to take the frustration of having
> practiced day in and day out, only to get skunked on a round, or doing
> something dumb thumbed at the landing zone....then drive home for hours.
>
> Elitest live and die for wood....not we live and die for hanging with
> guys who enjoy soaring as much as we do. We work hard and play hard.
> WE know that we can't 'beat' anyone in soaring, we can only attempt to
> do the task.
>
> As far as us only being to land with precision by sticking our
> sailplane's noses? Funny I managed to take wood in Canada and
> Australia without skegs against pilots who never use skegs
>
> Elitest is someone who practices in order to gain precision control of
> their sailplanes and fly with the goal of learning to recognize the
> air hints.
>
> If it wasn't more fun that just floating around all day, we wouldn't
> have bothered to take up the gauntlet.
>
> Elitest hang together some exclusive cult, acting like we know
> something others don't....that's cuz we do. but we do because we
> worked to learn it.
>
> Elitest spend lots of time teaching and helping newbies, because we
> leaned and know things that will help them learn faster and how to
> keep their sailplanes safe.
>
> Elitest know that contests aren't fun if you haven't prepared to step
> in to the arena.
>
> Elitest urge new flyers to get involved in contests...because Elitest
> enjoy the company of other sailplaners and want to share the amazing
> fun that contest flying can be. We're not just there to fly
> sailplanes, we're there to share the experiences.
>
> Elitest spend weeknights cutting lawns and bussing tables in order to
> afford our sailplanes and to be able to fill them with the best
> possible component.
> Getting up, traveling hundreds of miles, hundreds of hours of
> practice...all make $2,000 for equipment 'worth' it.
>
> If it wasn't FUN, I wouldn't carry sailplane with me where ever I go
> and spend most of my afternoons looking for fields to fly in. :-)
>
> Gordy
> Soaring Tullahoma TN Tuesday! No contest, just a great bunch of
> Elitests to fly with....well maybe a little bit of a contest...landing
> for quarters...I love the sound of Tennessee Elitest quarters :-)



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