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Old Mar 27, 2012, 04:15 PM
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Schedule for the remainder of 2014 in Arizona

Nov - 29th: F5J at Elliot Bowl
Dec - 6th: F3J in December at Schnepf Farms
Dec - 13th: PVSF TD in Prescott
Dec - 20th: ALES at Elliot Bowl


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Old Jul 15, 2013, 11:42 AM
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The location is 1/2 mile east of Ellsworth on Elliot Rd in east Mesa, on the north side of the road.


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Old Jan 06, 2014, 01:37 AM
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Jan 4th 2014 Results

Nice temps, calm conditions, and a great turn-out for our first 2014 event. 100-meter launch height with a separate "foamie" class.

1 Brad Juntunen 4000 - Xplorer
2 Charlie Morris 3981 - Radian
3 Lee Wolfe 3826 - Xplorer
4 John Irwin 3629 - O/D based on AVA
5 Sean Plummer 3628 - Maxa
6 Dan Vester 3486 - Radian (1st foamie class)
7 John Armstrong 3483 - Supra
8 Ed LaCroix 3203 - Radian (2nd foamie class)
9 Iain Glithero 3139 - AVA Pro
10 Jim Velleman 3113 -
11 Scott Todd 2820 - Radian
12 Marty Goldfarb 2820 -
13 Randy West 2798 - Optima XXL
14 Vern Phoels 2659 - Ascent
15 Jerry Bunger 1601 - Cloud Bound
16 Wally Kunkle - 424
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Old Feb 01, 2014, 08:00 PM
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Feb 1st 2014 Results

Still looking for the "official" ALES round drop rule, and have not yet located this. We just want to be consistent with the league and other major contests. F3K in 2014 has (1) drop after 5 or more rounds flown, but ALES has nothing defined. Results listed for both no drops and (1) drop after 5 rounds flown. It only affected 1-5th place.

No Drop Results
1st Sean Plummer 4955
2nd Charlie Morris 4827
3rd Iain Glithero 3986
4th Lee Wolfe 3814
5th Scott Todd 3700
6th Randy West 3543
7th Jerry Bunger 3285
8th John Irwin 3203
9th Dan Vester 2840
10th Marty Goldfarb 2651
11th Vern Phoeis 2625

One Drop Results
1st Charlie Morris 4000
2nd Sean Plummer 3973
3rd Lee Wolfe 3814
4th Scott Todd 3700
5th Iain Glithero 3444
6th Randy West 3171
7th Jerry Bunger 3096
8th John Irwin 2942
9th Dan Vester 2512
10th Marty Goldfarb 2457
11th Vern Phoeis 2366
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Old Mar 09, 2014, 09:56 AM
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March 2014 Results

1. Mike Roseberry 4275
2. Brad Juntunen 4177
3. Randy West 4084
4. Scott Todd 4040
5. Charlie Morris 3971
6. John Webb 3638
7. Jim Velleman 3521
8. Ed LaCroix 3051
9. Dan Vester 2997
10. John Armstrong 2957
11. John Irwin 2929
12. Iain Glithero 2095
13. Lee Wolfe 1994
14. Vern Phoels 1975
15. Jerry Bunger 1661
16. Al Lehman 832

There were several zero scores due to motor restarts to save off-field landings, one mid-air resulting in an off-field landing, and two damaged aircraft which caused withdrawal or other issues. Only one damaged model due to the wind conditions.
Wind was very variable with gusts up to 12mph, but otherwise a good day.
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Old Apr 06, 2014, 12:44 AM
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April 5th Contest Results

Conditions started out calm with nice lift, but a prevailing 6-8 mph wind combined with strong thermal suck produced many off field landings. The plane way out on the GM Proving Grounds was found with very minor damage as was the plane on the helicopter field. One of the big birds suffered major damage as it flew past the edge of vision and went in, and we did have a tree landing with very minor damage.

1st Charlie Morris - 4915 (Supra)
2nd Mike Roseberry - 4657
3rd Scott Todd - 4623
4th John Armstrong - 4106 (Supra)
5th Lee Wolfe - 3956 (2m Pulsar)
6th Randy West - 3946
7th Vern Phoels - 3880
8th Brad Juntunen - 3836 (Xplorer)
9th Steve Wilcox - 3665 (Radian)
10th Ed LaCroix - 3487 (3.2m Pulsar)
11th Ford Rollo - 3363
12th John Webb - 3010
13th Dan Vester - 2928
14th Jerry Bunger - 2925
15th Steve Willcox Jr - 2780 (Radian - FIRST in Junior division!)
16th Tim Logan - 2099
17th Iain Glithero - 1661
18th John Irwin - 902
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Old May 03, 2014, 08:39 PM
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May 3rd ALES Contest Results

Great weather with 3-4mph breezes, and we completed 5-rounds before the temps hit 90.

Programmed a few more of the Altis v4 controllers for dual ALES and F5J duty, and they worked extremely well showing us actual cut-off heights and when we cut-off in strong lift. There were several times when the cut-off height plus 10-seconds showed gains of 10-15 meters (strong lift at motor off).

In practicing for next week's F5J event, Sean probably had the record for lowest cut-off at ~40-meters. But we both quickly found out in several cases the low-level thermal did not maintain energy long enough to produce 10-minute flight times. Bailing out at low levels was frequent to find new lift (and we confirmed emergency power-up is a good feature to enable!)

The winner Scott, smartly stuck with ALES guidelines and flew to full 150-meter cut-offs and made all his times. Great landings Scott, and one DLG caliber low-level save to seal up the contest. Randy and Ed also flew solid rounds with only a 14-point spread between 2nd and 3rd.

1st Scott Todd - 4883.9
2nd Randy West - 4437.4
3rd Ed LaCroix - 4414.1
4th Vern Phoels - 3043.6
5th Lee Wolfe - 2933.9
6th Sean Plummer - 2513.0
7th Iain Glithero - 2227.5
8th Jerry Bunger - 1073.6
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Old Jun 21, 2014, 07:06 PM
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Great day today! Nice weather, low winds and a great crowd with no (major) carnage or loss of aircraft. We had one love tap between a Radian and a 3.2 Pulsar, and one run-away prop spinner assembly.

As a group we decided there would be 6-rounds with 1-drop. This is the first report listed below. As requested there is also a 6-rounds no drop, 5-rounds 1-drop, and 5-rounds no drop report. This does change the results quite a bit. If you fly consistent rounds each time, drops hurt your overall position.
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Old Jul 19, 2014, 07:10 PM
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Rain Delayed Elliot Bowl 19-Jul-2014 Results

OK...sprinkler delayed. Now we know to just turn off the valves when we arrive and not wait for the sprinkler cycle to complete.

The weather was actually overcast and pleasant, with the sun finally coming out in round 3. For rounds 1 and 2 we elected to have NO landing points, and the pilot could catch their plane or move to a dry area for landing. Landing points resumed in round 3. We had the tightest competition in recent memory, with 28-points separating 1st through 4th.

We did have a minor change in rankings. During round 3 there was a landing where I stretched the landing tape about 3mm to achieve a 20. Dan's tapes stretch Several pilots mentioned a reasonable stretch seemed OK, but Charlie's take made the most sense.

If you stretch the tape ANY amount you increase the distance, and artificially increase the landing circle size. So removing the slack and NO stretch seemed to be the right call. This reduced my landing by 5-points, and Charlie has been moved into 3rd by a 1.6-point margin. A gnats a## margin, and the actual linear measurement of a gnat's a##.

http://wiki.answers.com/Q/How_big_is_a_gnats_ass

Final Results
1st Mike Roseberry 3984.6
2nd Steve Willcox 3983
3rd Charlie Morris 3958.2
4th Lee Wolfe 3956.6
5th John Armstrong 3652.5
6th Dan Vester 3625.1
7th Randy West 3442.6
8th Philip Brister 3364.2
9th Jim Velleman 2561.4
10th Dave Moore 2455.8
11th Iain Glithero 2036
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Old Sep 20, 2014, 07:58 PM
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Elliot Bowl 20-Sep-2014 Results

Interesting weather including rain with no clouds overhead
We switched from 100-meter launches to 150-meter launches for rounds 4, 5, and 6. The results include 1-drop.

1 - Charlie Morris - 4998.5
2 - Steve Willcox - 4961.5
3 - Ed - LaCroix - 4669.4
4 - Scott Todd - 4645.3
5 - Dan - Vester - 4604.6
6 - Lee Wolfe - 4422.9
7 - John Armstrong - 4197.9
8 - Iain Glithero - 3961.8
9 - Philip Brister - 3752
10 - Randy West - 3592.5
11 - Steve Jr. Willcox - 2846.2
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Old Oct 11, 2014, 07:25 PM
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Elliot Bowl ALES Results 11-Oct-2014

1 - Steve Wilcox 4993
2 - Charlie Morris 4971
3 - John Armstrong 4916
4 - Vern Poehls 4763
5 - Lee Wolfe 4741
6 - Ed LaCroix 4641
7 - Randy West 4594
8 - Iain Glithero 4510
9 - Jim Velleman 3328 (did not fly round 6)
10 - Jerry Bunger 3022
11 - Scott Todd 2710
12 - Darwin Barrie 2502 (did not fly round 6)
13 - Brad Juntunen 1887
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Old Oct 11, 2014, 07:34 PM
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Elliot Bowl F5J 18-Oct-2014

Announcement thread here:
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2247946

Subscribe to this thread for ALES / F3K / F5J Elliot Bowl announcements.
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Old Oct 20, 2014, 04:13 PM
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Oct 25th ALES Contest in Prescott Valley

PVSF will be hosting an ALES contest on Oct 25th

Location: Our flying site on the Football field at Bradshaw Mountain High School East Campus (our normal site). Visit pvsilentflyers.com if you need directions.

I checked with the school admin a few minutes ago and confirmed that the football field will be available to us.

Pilots meeting at 10 am, first flight 5 minutes after the end of the pilots meeting.

Entry fee $5

Dan will have Hot Dogs and Sodas as usual, $2 for 2 hot dogs and a soda.

Set your CAM units for a 150 meter launch.

We will try to fly 7 rounds, time and weather permitting. 1 dropped round if we fly 6 or more rounds.

All pilots, regardless of skill level, are invited to come fly with us.

Please reply to this thread to let me know who is coming, so I can get the scoring program set up in advance as much as possible. Last minute walk-ons will be accommodated, but if as many of you as possible can let me know in advance, it helps reduce the confusion factor just prior to the contest.

Any questions, post here.

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Old Nov 15, 2014, 06:21 PM
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Nov-15th Elliot Bowl ALES Results

1 Armstrong, John 4180
2 Morris, Charlie 4175
3 Willcox, Steve 4173.3
4 West, Randy 4159.9
5 Vester, Dan 4158.3
6 Wolfe, Lee 4108.2
7 Willcox, Jr 4106.7
8 LaCroix, Ed 4105.6
9 Roseberry, Mike 3998
10 Juntunen, Brad 3970
11 Todd, Scott 3799.6
12 Poehls, Vern 3784.3
13 Bunger, Jerry 3689.2
14 Irwin, John 3047.7
15 Rollo, Ford 2247.6
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