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Old Apr 21, 2011, 05:02 PM
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Mid-winter ales contest

MID-WINTER ALES CONTEST

HOSTED BY MID-FLORIDA RC CLUB

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*** THE LINKS FOR EARLY ENTRY FORMS ARE AVAILABLE ON THE MID-FLORIDA RC WEBSITE: http://midflrcclub.com ***
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The Mid-Florida RC Club will be hosting a 2-day Mid-Winter ALES Contest on Saturday, February 25, 2012 and Sunday, February 26, 2012. The contest will take place at the Mid-FLorida flying field, located near Fantasy of Flight in Auburndale, FL. The field is north of I-4, at exit 44. Detailed directions to the flying field are available on the Mid-Florida RC website.

There will be 2 Meter and Unlimited classes flown. Prizes will be awarded to first through third places, plus a high point grand champion.

Dry RV camping and tents will be allowed on site. No water or electricity available on site. No fires allowed on the ground, but grills are okay. A full service RV park is less than one mile away. (Le Lynn RV Resort 800-736-0409) If you desire to stay there, I suggest you make reservations early. There are 2 other RV Parks in Davenport, FL, in the vicinity of I-4 and US 27. Also located less than one mile away, is a large Love's truck stop with dumping facilities and diesel fuel.

We are working on hotel recommendations in nearby towns.

Vendors are welcome at no charge.

The average daytime high temperature for central Florida in February is 73 degrees F.... a nice respite for our Northern friends!

If you have any questions, please contact CD at dongrisham@hotmail.com
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Old Jul 20, 2011, 10:10 AM
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Hotel Information

Following is information on hotels near Fantasy of Flight:

Hampton Inn
1 (863) 420-9898
44117 Hwy 27, Davenport, FL 33897
http://m.google.com/u/m/dmzR1m


BEST WESTERN PLUS Auburndale Inn & Suites
1 (863) 551-3400
1008 us hwy 92 w, Auburndale, FL 33823
http://m.google.com/u/m/xLxgyO

There are many other places to stay here in Central Florida. If you are going to search on your own, the closest cities are: Auburndale, Winter Haven, Haines City and Davenport, and of course, Orlando has unlimited choices.

While you are in Central Florida, there are almost an unlimited number of attractions for you and your family to visit. Go to
http://www.visitcentralflorida.org to more information.
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Old Jul 20, 2011, 01:47 PM
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ALES Contest


Notice: The dates have been changed: February 25 & 26, 2012


Sorry, guys, I do not fly hand launch and was unaware of the conflict until after it had already been coordinated with Fantasy of Flight and sanctioned by the AMA. These events are located over 140 miles apart and are two distinctly different events. I don't think that our ALES contest will distract from your event. On the other hand, you may attract some of our potential participants.
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Old Aug 01, 2011, 08:44 PM
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Really looking forward to this event. I think its great to have a two day ALES event!
Cant wait.
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Old Aug 01, 2011, 10:10 PM
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Florida 2012 contests

I am always happy to post Florida Contest scheduled on the FSS website. FSS sanctioned event or not!

As the FSS website states: "Our goal is to have friendly get together's, for all to enjoy and to promote the art of soaring. Another goal is to encourage new participants to join us, as we are always willing to teach new members the wonders of Soaring!"

Last time I pondered it... ALES and DLG are both great fun forms of Soaring.

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Old Aug 02, 2011, 07:04 AM
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Lets not be too hard on Don, he is restricted by the Fantasy of Flight event schedule! Let us just support Don and his club as much as we can for putting on their great events, It is a tough choice we have to make, it is what it is.
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Old Aug 02, 2011, 06:15 PM
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MID-WINTER ALES CONTEST
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MID-FLORIDA RC CLUB

The Mid-Florida RC Club will be hosting a 2-day Mid-Winter ALES Contest on Saturday, February 25, 2012 and Sunday, February 26, 2012. The contest will take place at the Mid-FLorida flying field, located near Fantasy of Flight in Auburndale, FL. The field is north of I-4, at exit 44. Detailed directions to the flying field are available on the Mid-Florida RC website.

There will be 2 Meter and Unlimited classes flown. Prizes will be awarded to first through third places.

Dry RV camping and tents will be allowed on site. No water or electricity available on site. No fires allowed on the ground, but grills are allowed. A full service RV park is less than one mile away. (Le Lynn RV Resort 800-736-0409) If you desire to stay there, I suggest you make reservations early. There are 2 other RV Parks in Davenport, FL, in the vicinity of I-4 and US 27. Also located less than one mile away, is a large Love's truck stop with dumping facilities and diesel fuel.

We are working on hotel recommendations in nearby towns.

Vendors are welcome.

The average daytime high temperature for central Florida in February is 73 degrees F.... a nice respite for our Northern friends!

If you have any questions, please contact CD at dongrisham@hotmail.com


What height will the Limiters be set to for 2M and Unlimited and will it be OK to fly the same plane in both size classes ?? TIA

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Old Aug 03, 2011, 01:28 PM
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Ray:

Nice to hear from you. Right now, my thinking is 150 meters for the 2 Meters and 200 for Unlimited. We plan to fly 2 Meter on Saturday and Unlimited on Sunday. That will help to keep things simple and not require constant shifting of the cut-off altitudes. Certainly, you can fly a 2 Meter both days.

Regards, Don
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Old Aug 03, 2011, 01:38 PM
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Ray:

Nice to hear from you. Right now, my thinking is 150 meters for the 2 Meters and 200 for Unlimited. We plan to fly 2 Meter on Saturday and Unlimited on Sunday. That will help to keep things simple and not require constant shifting of the cut-off altitudes. Certainly, you can fly a 2 Meter both days.

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You sure you don't want it the other way around
150 for 3M
200 for 2M
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Old Aug 03, 2011, 03:07 PM
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You sure you don't want it the other way around
150 for 3M
200 for 2M
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Old Aug 04, 2011, 06:10 AM
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I haven't flown or been a CD for an ALES contest yet, but I have picked up on the buzz about what Limiter height to use.

The lower the launch height, regardless of sailplane size, the tougher the contest. Lower height requires greater flying skills to make a 10 minute max consistently. To some degree, the height limit could be used to set up a Novice and Expert class contest, the lower height for experts. But, if I would set up an Expert-Novice contest based on height, I wouldn't use the terms Expert and Novice or make the wing span a requirement, at least not in my first couple contests. I would like the contestants to be exposed (and me) to flying both heights and let them decide over time what was most enjoyable and most competitive.

I like the 150 M for 2m from the aspect it requires less $$$ to have a competitive plane/equipment which would likely draw more contestants.

As I said, I haven't been there yet, but it seems to me a 200 m launch height with a high performance UNL is more fun fly than contest. Especially, if the pilot is allowed to search 360 degrees during launch mode.

I have a finished OLY lll and Big Bird waiting for me to install the E equipment and a 2M Lil Bird with motor installed, but not the Limiter. Sky Bench keeps me in the " House painters Syndrome "
with my personal building and flying.

ALES is a very good thing for the soaring hobby, hope it really catches on.

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Old Aug 04, 2011, 04:19 PM
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Ray:

I really do appreciate your thoughtful comments. So far, our three contests have been limited to 200 meters. Our next event on Oct. 15 will be limited to 150 meters for all classes. We may also shorten the task times. We are still very much in the learning and exploring mode.

At our first event, we had an open fly-off for a special prize and it was won by a sub 2 meter Woody. I don't know what it was, but perhaps if Rusty Carver is watching this thread, he can let us know.

Again, thank you for your comments. They are always welcome. Are you planning to join us in February?

Regards, Don
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Old Aug 04, 2011, 05:32 PM
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Don,

I hope to be there, CH 56, will be happy to fly what ever heights, etc. are chosen. If I don't have my planes ready by then, I should probably take up bowling.

Are you expecting Leon Kincaid to attend ?

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Old Aug 05, 2011, 10:15 AM
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Ray:

Look forward to meeting you, but I'm sorry, I don't know Leon Kincaid. But he's certainly welcome to attend!

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Old Aug 06, 2011, 06:33 AM
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Leon lives in Port Richey, he designed several great flying sailplanes and is now flying them with e power. I hope he is into ALES.


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