Mid Florida ALES series - 2012 - 5 events during the year..
Central Florida Electric Sailplane Contests
The Mid-Florida RC Club and the Orlando Buzzards are each hosting ALES (altitude limited electric) sailplane contests during 2012. Five events are scheduled on our Calendar here. Two will be hosted by the Mid FL Club at Lakeland and three by the Orlando Buzzards in Oviedo.
The first event was held at the Buzzards Barr Street Field (Oviedo) on January 14, 2012 and the report is below. The second event will be held May 5th at Lakeland. ALES No 3 is scheduled for June 9th in Oviedo. ALES No 4 is to be in Oviedo also on Sept 15th and the final event in the series will be held in Lakeland on Oct 27th.
The Lakeland events will be held at the Fantasy of Flight flying site (1/4 mile east of the Museum.)
As these are all altitude limited contests, you must have an altitude limiting device installed in your sailplane. These are available from KennedyComposites.com and SoaringCircuits.com for about $50 each.
At the discretion of the CD of each event classes for 2 Meter and Unlimited will be flown and in some case special awards for Radian Pilots.
Events will be flown in a thermal duration format according to the ALES League rules which you can review here.
Entry Fees will be at the discretion of the host clubs and will be published on this thread prior to the events. Typically they will be around $15 per Class if lunch is included.
Detailed directions to flying sites are on each clubs' website. Please check this thread also for any last minute changes as we have more than one Oviedo flying site.
Mid Florida Club
If you are interested in joining us, or have questions, please feel free to contact Don of the Mid Florida Club at Dongrisham@hotmail.com
or Rick Eckel firstname.lastname@example.org or Raed email@example.com at the Buzzards.
ALES No 1. The Shootout at the Barr St Corral.
Rick gathered a small group of ALES enthusiasts together for the first of our 5 event series on Saturday. The event was held at the Barr St location which is becoming a most excellent venue for RC soaring in Oviedo when the traditional club field at the Seminole State College is not available.
Seven pilots were present for the contest and Rick kept it a real low key fun event with two flight groups to make timing easier. Limiters were set at 150M all day with a 5 minute max set. Rick flying a Radian was at a real disadvantage though when he discovered his limiter was limited indeed. In fact 100M was all it could do for him and this made his flights rather challenging. It was great to meet a new comer in Kirby Jones and he was a very enthusiastic pilot and put in some great scores for someone doing this the first time. Temps were in the low 60's but with the sun only partly obscured there was lift available in every round though models that could range further had a distinct advantage over the Radians.
One round in particular saw nobody max their flights but other than this one sink cycle it was a very nice soaring day.
The wind direction was perfect for electric sailplane with landing approaches across the open paddock toward the parking lot.
Conley Whiddon continues to impress with soaring skills and the ability to manage the energy of his sailplane. He flew beautiful veneer wing Art Hobby machine to 2nd place with 6557 points. Don Grisham peddled his Radian with a lot of skill and cunning too to see himself in 3rd with 5492. I had the big bird out there (SuperAva) and she made the most of the conditions with a 1st place on 7000 points.
It was a lot of fun with just enough wind to mix it up and make each of us work hard for the air. Looking forward to the next one in the series.
Gordon Buckland - 7000
Conley Whiddon - 6557
Don Grisham - 5492
Rick Eckel - 4877
Kirby Jones - 4520
Lewis Gray - 4109
Tom Galloway - 3933
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