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Old May 01, 2011, 06:16 AM
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WOW, that is beautiful. If you get a chance could you send me the full resolution pictures?
In fact anyone with pictures to share of their flying site, favorite plane, etc. can submit them to: gallery@sportsmanssoaringprogram.com
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Old May 01, 2011, 06:47 AM
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And I thought we had a beautiful spot at Red Hen Turf Farms.
EZ can have our wind if he wants (>;

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Old May 01, 2011, 09:58 AM
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Dear All

I finished my cooper level today, I was more than 4 hour in the slope and made the walk of shame many times, there was no wind and barley no thermals, finally around 3 ocklock (after I passed my bus back home) I go it it was a great flight jumping from thermal to thermal even got some air quality time with a bunch of falcons. I saw them playing, they just dive at high speed and the Zoom up again amazing thing to see.

@Steve I will send the pics in Full res

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EZ
who needs wind when there are thermals? and who needs aleirons anyway I love my BDZ
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Old May 01, 2011, 12:26 PM
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If you want to speed things up. Take a picture of your form and e-mail it to me. Just make sure the info is all legible in the picture.
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Old May 04, 2011, 12:13 PM
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Is this program still active? tried on-line application but it fails and it has been a while since any update on the web site. Am getting back into soaring and would like to participate if the program has continued.
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Old May 04, 2011, 02:35 PM
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the program is Up and running. I am just getting done with a Flying session today and about to fill out the Goals i met today.. today i dont think i made much of anything. winds are very wired and terbulant..Got my art hobby plane done.. castor 2.5 with thermatic wing 2.5

I do have a question about the rules..
I can use a Different Plane for the 1k out and back ?
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Old May 04, 2011, 08:34 PM
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Not only is the program up and running, we have a new member. Edwinzea just completed his Copper level becoming the 16th person to finish the copper level. We have 83 people participating from around the world. The web site only gets updated when there's a need. The stupid form is the sites biggest head ache. If I could find a better one I would use it. That's why we left the e-mail address for people to send their info too. Just send me your info and I'll take care of you.
As for plane choice. You can use any plane you want. Mix and match them it makes things more fun. In fact I would be a better pilot if I would stick to one plane probably. I can't do it though. I love to fly planes and the more the merrier in my book. I think I fly about 18 different ones in the program.
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Old May 05, 2011, 06:43 AM
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I have Small question regarding the "DOWN WIND PRECISION LANDINGS" this concept is a bit unclear in a SLOPE that means that I have to come with tail wind, flying against the slope with the plane?? it is doable but is the way I learned not to land on a slope :P too much risk of loosing control of the plane.

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Old May 05, 2011, 07:26 AM
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I know, it was strange sounding to me as well. However, when we were developing the program the slope guys suggested it. They thought it was a good thing to practice for those not so perfect landings. Being flat landers Joe & I went with what the slope guys came up with for us. It's also why the advanced slope program hasn't been drawn up. No one has helped us slope deprived flat landers figure it out. Are you looking for a second job? I know where ones available.
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Old May 05, 2011, 07:34 AM
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Are you looking for a second job? I know where ones available.
What's it pay?

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Old May 05, 2011, 08:43 AM
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OK then I will use my Alula in a day with 0 wind :P problem solved , on

one other question, on the 30 mins slope flights is written (A1,A2, A3) but the only reference to those letters I found is about Acrobatics, should I make this maneuvers during my 30 min Flight??

I would be glad to help, if you send me what you already have I will make a draft proposal, I just do not know when it can eb finished I am quiet short of time right now, but it can be an interesting project for my 50min daily train trip to work

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Old May 05, 2011, 05:58 PM
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Here's the relevant info from the SSP site:

Section 25 – Standard Aerobatics
Aerobatics are for the slope levels to keep them interesting. They will be noted as A1 and A2, etc. Unlike aerobatic routines the requirements have no order or flight pattern to be done in.

A1
INSIDE LOOP
OUTSIDE LOOP
HORIZONTAL ROLLS – LEFT/RIGHT
VERTICAL ROLLS – LEFT/RIGHT
INVERTED FLIGHT 3- MINUTES DURATION
KNIFE EDGE PASS 5 M IN LENGTH
STALL TURN LEFT / RIGHT

A2
SLOW HORIZONTAL ROLLS LEFT/ RIGHT 1 SECOND PER 90* OF ROTATION
SLOW VERTICAL ROLLS LEFT/ RIGHT 1 SECOND PER 90* OF ROTATION
HORIZONTAL 4 POINT ROLLS LEFT/RIGHT ROTATION STOPPING EVERY 90*
VERTICAL 4 POINT ROLLS LEFT/RIGHT ROTATION STOPPING EVERY 90*
SNAP ROLL – POSITIVE LEFT / RIGHT
SNAP ROLL – NEGATIVE LEFT / RIGHT

LINKED MANEUVERS
Linked maneuvers are the next step in the learning curve. Now that you have shown you can do the maneuvers, it’s time to start putting them together. Each of these “links” are to be done as listed. If a direction is listed for a maneuver you MUST go that direction during the maneuver. If none is listed, then it’s the pilot’s choice. Each set of linked maneuvers is to be done during a single pass. The passes can be done in any order. The “>” symbol is used to show the “link” . Using INSIDE LOOP > HORIZONTAL ROLL as an example. The inside loop is done first then the horizontal roll. This would complete the “pass”. Whether it’s the first pass or not is up to you. As long as all the passes in the task set are completed during the flight.

A3 – (7 passes)
INSIDE LOOP > HORIZONTAL ROLL
1/2 HORIZONTAL ROLL > OUTSIDE LOOP > 1/2 HORIZONTAL ROLL
HORIZONTAL 4 POINT ROLL (RIGHT) > POSITIVE SNAP ROLL (RIGHT)
HORIZONTAL 4 POINT ROLL (LEFT) > POSITIVE SNAP ROLL (LEFT)
HORIZONTAL SLOW ROLL (RIGHT) > HORIZONTAL SLOW ROLL (LEFT)
NEGATIVE SNAP ROLL (RIGHT) >HORIZONTAL ROLL (LEFT)
NEGATIVE SNAP ROLL (LEFT) > HORIZONTAL (RIGHT)

A4 - ( 9 passes )
1 1/2 HORIZONTAL ROLL >OUTSIDE LOOP > 1/2 HORIZONTAL ROLL
4 POINT ROLL > INSIDE LOOP > POSITIVE SNAP ROLL
STALL TURN > 1/2 ROLL ON DOWNLINE > INVERTED FLIGHT 10m > 1/2 ROLL
CUBAN 8 > LEVEL FLIGHT > SNAP ROLL
HUMPTY BUMP > LEVEL FLIGHT > FULL ROLL
GOLDFISH > 1/2 ROLL > INVERTED FLIGHT 5M > 1/2 ROLL
1/2 ROLL > FIGURE 9 > 1/2 ROLL
1/2 CUBAN 8 > SNAP ROLL > OPPOSITE SNAP ROLL
ROLL > HALF DIAMOND LOOP >10M INVERTED FLIGHT >1/2 ROLL
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Old May 06, 2011, 02:30 AM
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sumarizing, I should make the acrobatics during the 30 min flight?

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Old May 06, 2011, 06:07 AM
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Yes. We didn't want you to get bored while flying for 30 minutes. The aerobatic A1 & A2 are to learn/practice individual maneuvers. The A3 & A4 aerobatics are to teach you to link 2 or more maneuvers together in preparation for the routines coming up in the Silver & advanced levels. In the routines you will be required to fly everything exactly as shown in the diagram.
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Old May 06, 2011, 07:39 AM
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OK that bit will be most challenging but I have a plane underconstruction that might be the right one. But the biggest chanllenge is to start liking acrobatics :P has never been a big fan :P bit as they say live to learn

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