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Old Oct 29, 2012, 10:35 PM
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Congrats to the F3B Team!!!

Nice pictures, Ed. The Sunday volunteers pic is the best there-- especially with the 2 asians front and center in red! LOL

Thanks for the B experience, guys. Gimme a tranny! I'd fly that! hahahahah

Soar!
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Old Oct 29, 2012, 10:50 PM
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Monday Speed Task
After the duration rounds the teams broke for lunch. As the pilots were enjoying their lunch someone got the bright idea to push on through. So it was back at the course and of course speed was the task. The conditions were great if you wanted to stay up all day and had the opportunity to search the entire sky for lift. However speed just does not lend itself to what we want. It was a thermal lottery. The teams had to complete only 2 rounds of speed. This would give the contest 8 complete rounds total. Prior to the first launch the pilot decided to have the last round run in reverse order of placement. Round 7 speed had pilots waiting for the right conditions. Truly it was a great example of team work. As the pilot and caller stood at the ready line the winch man would call out conditions. 12 pilots selected the best conditions for their time and launched. The conditions were not great and the time reflected that. The times were in the high 18s to 26s depending on course conditions. Round 7 speed was complete. Now it was time for the order to be reversed based on the pilot position after 7 completed rounds. This would become a problem. The first 3 pilot were on team Delta. So it was decided to allow the retrieval of their winch lines before their working time was started. This decision was embraced by all of the pilots. The feelings were to give each pilot a fair chance to their last flight. The main reason this occurred was there were not enough volunteers to shag lines, help with line breaks, help with relights, and run the buttons on the A and B bases. All though each pilot and each team were in a Team USA Competition, to a man each one was willing to shag lines and even offer up their team winches when needed. All of this cooperation to help a fellow competitor. The end results had Tom Kiesling, Dave Klein, and Darrell Zaballos as the pilots who will represent the USA in the 2013 World FAI F3B competition.
Congratulations gentlemen.
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Old Oct 29, 2012, 11:00 PM
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Wow, Schwemmer...them photos and text are great. Many of the pilots have asked for the raw data scores, and Glider Score will provide that in .csv format. I have converted that to standard .xls format. I have attached them to this reply for those who need to see it.

I would like to offer my heartfelt thanks and appreciation to all of the guys and the gal who volunteered their time and efforts to make this happen. Truly without them, it would not have been possible. And I speak for each of the pilots as well. This was a learning experience for me as well, learning the inside story of F3B and the scoring software. Above all, it was an honor to be the Contest Director for this event. I wish the best to our 2013 Team. They showed skill, talent and experience on a superb level. Go TEAM USA!

Mike Lee

(okay, that failed to work! RC Groups files don't support Excel file uploads!)

(If anyone has an idea of how to upload Excel fiels, I'd be much obliged)
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Old Oct 29, 2012, 11:28 PM
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Many thanks to Mike Lee and his helpers to make the TS happen.

Congrats to Tom K, Darrel and Dave for making the team! Especially Dave showed some morale, after he was hammered on Saturday ( twice in distance by the big pimp) he rolled up the field from behind.

It was a nice display of great soaring skills, some amazingly tight speed runs (signals after turn was finished), some clever distance strategies that worked (or not) . Several 13.x speed runs and some 30 and more laps distance flights. Quite a show to watch.

Since I had no dog in this race I enjoyed flying B with no pressure. However after a safety penalty I found myself temporarily behind Cookie-WHAT? Now I had pressure. Luckily I could rectify the record with some tight runs in the last two speed rounds. Cookie proved that he can fly task A and B, just speed needs a bit improvement. Well done Cookie.

No back on my Odyssey to the east coast. On my way to Chicago, from there it will be sketchy, either flight to Norfolk or rental car.

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No back on my Odyssey to the east coast. On my way to Chicago, from there it will be sketchy, either flight to Norfolk or rental car.

Reto
Funny, see you in Chicago Reto, glad at least you got a flight.

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Old Oct 30, 2012, 12:22 AM
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I want to apologize for some of the photos that were not clear, and the way they are posted. But I hope you enjoy them just the same. The last two photos were just thrown in. The shorter fellow, well, let's just say the younger fellow lol, is Edward Stewart IV. Soon to be f3b or maybe just a T/D pilot. Works well on flight sim already. With help from this great group of guys, maybe sooner than later! Again, congrats to the new team. See ya all soon. Good luck! Ed Stewart
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Old Oct 30, 2012, 04:03 AM
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Great stuff guys.
B roolz!
You guys are so fortunate to be able to get that many helpers. Cherish them!


I don't think there will be a UK team at the 2013 WC
Maybe see you at the next one......
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Old Oct 30, 2012, 06:45 AM
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Cool shirt Reto
Congratulations to all.
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Old Oct 30, 2012, 10:31 AM
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Here is the USA F3B team going to Germany next year. Congratulations to all, amazing pilots and good friends.

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Old Oct 30, 2012, 11:46 AM
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Wow, what a weekend! My appologies for not getting anything posted until now, but honestly, after the 5:00 am wake up, 6:30am arrival at field, set up, then flying starting near to 8:00am, then flying solid until 5pm with a short lunch break X 3 nights with fitfull sleep, I just didn't have the energy to turn on the laptop.... I know, excuses, excuses!

First and foremost, I have to thank the intrepid Mike Lee for his bravery or ??? for stepping up to CD and coordinate this Team Selects. This thank you extends into the Riverside RC Modeling club and the likes of Roger Clarkson (one of the founders of that field) and Robert Cavazos for arranging for us to have exclusive use of that field with the other 2 groups that fly there. the Freeflight contigent and the power and IMAC guys. This was kind of a perfect storm of Model Airplane Hobby support, and without it we would not have been able to fly on such a great F3B field. Dusty? Yep. Hot? Yep. Windy? Sometimes. But nearly unimpeded distance flying, and nice flat wide open terrain. Just what the F3B doctor ordered. Thank again you guys and organizations.

Right on the heels of those thanks are the hearty thank yous that go out to the many selfless volunteers we had all 3 days. Thank you all so much for coming out to help this group of B'ers. As has been said before, we could not have done this without you. Sherpa, Dennis, Ed, Jim, Tom, Jun, Steve Garland and Ed (on field security and great button pushing) the super nice father/daughter team whos names I didn't get, Dave Olson, Bruce, Glauco Lago (from St. Louis) and the gentleman with the tan hat and long hair...Thank you all so very much.

Like Reto, I had no skin in this game either, since I am a pilot on this year's F3K team. The idea of flying on two teams in the same year for the US is really cool until you realize that the two WC's are in Europe and one week apart from each other. Maybe if I didn't NEEEED a job and was independantly wealthy, I could just go spend the month over there completely saturated in world class competition soaring, but alas that is not me. With so little opportunity to compete at this level here in the states, and with it being so close to my house, I was compelled to fly in this team select. My teammates Darrell Zaballos, and Tim Traver, and Dave Olson did a fantastic job all weekend long of making sure that all of our equipment was ready for every flight. We had one line break all weekend long (which most likely means we were using heavier than necessary lines) and that line was beaten to death on the drum during wind down. We communicated very well together and after getting all the bugs out during the first day, we really started clicking. Tim really improved from flight to flight, and DZ found his grove and grew more and more confident as the flights progressed. After I fixed my Precision (whacked a SUSA flag finishing a winning distance flight and incurred a 300pt penalty) Saturday night, I resumed flying it for the rest of the contest and was very, very happy with its performance. I think I flew the contests fastest speed run (have to still confirm that) with a 13.54, next I think was Dave with a 13.65, and then a smattering of 14.xx and 15.xxs. Distance was really fun, especially since we flew so many distance flights consecutively. We could really get into a grove and execute our flights better each time. I stop short of saying we could execute our PLANs every time, because usually that plan starts with launching when you know where the lift is, and well, we never really knew where it was until we launched and found it on course. Hats off to DZ for flying some solid distance flying, and to Tim for getting his first 1000 in distance.

The Team Underdogs pilots were working well together as was expected, and Kyle was showing some of that freshly honed tuning he brought back from flying in 50mph winds in Germany at the first ever F3F worlds in Rugen. I still have never seen a lower, smoother finish to a speed run than Kyles. Nice job Kylester. Dave and Tom flew their asses off. Their asses might still be out there somewhere for all I know. Tom was very consistent all weekend, and Dave had a little more variation as shown in the results of his efforts, but still solid in all tasks and always a fearsome attitude. Very well flown Team Selects guys. Strong, fast, but conservative = Team Pilot Slot.

Team east coast, Mike L, and Reto, with Mr. Thomas Cooke looked to be working well. Just don't attempt a landing on top of Reto's glider while it is sitting on the ground. He doesn't really appreciate that very much . Thanks so much for making the trip out here to fly. Especially in light of the fact that back home, Sandy was about to hit hard. I truly hope you get home without too much hassle. It was great seeing you guys again.

Rounding out the teams was the team of Sceigle, Sherman and Murphy (aka Crittendon) These guys were the newest to F3B of the bunch, but even with some equipment challenges, I witnessed Paul Sherman fly his fastest speed run and take the grand for that round. I also saw Mike Murphy fly some of his smoothest speed runs yet, and do some remarkable early morning thermalling. And finally, Don Sceigle making about 7 minutes of a 10 minute duration flight from what looked like 100 feet!!! Some very clean speed runs were flown by Don too. Nice job Don.

I am so happy to have Tom Kiesling, Dave Klein, and Darrell Zaballos as our 2013 US F3B team. They will represent us well in Germany. Nice flying guys, I really enjoyed flying with you.

Best of luck to you all.

Mike Smith
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Old Oct 30, 2012, 03:39 PM
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After an unavoidable family commitment scheduled for Day 1 of the contest forced my withdrawal from this event as a pilot, I decided the next best thing was to just be there. So, spent Sunday and Monday helping out as a timer and course worker. F3B is personnel intensive, so the sting of being unable to fly in a TS contest less than an hour from my home was moderated by the satisfaction of helping to run the event. Mike Lee did a fantastic job of keeping everyone in line and on schedule...not bad for his first effort at CD for a multi-task contest. He was mumbling something about finding a rope and a tall tree on the last day.

I also enjoyed seeing the friends I have met over the last several years flying F3B, but do not get to see more than once a year or so, such as Mike L., Glauco and Reto. Dinner with the large group Sunday night was fun too. The non-contest highlight was watching the Sunday evening felony hookup and arrest of the two morons that decided to use a shotgun to blast the piss out of one of the porta-potties on the field. Hopefully they are still in jail.

All in all, an outstanding weekend. Congrats to the new team.

Tom
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