Blue Skies Over Utah 2011, September 17-18
UTAH DLG invites you to the first annual “Blue Skies Over Utah” F3K contest, September 17-18 in Vineyard UT (just west of Orem). Sponsored by South Davis Modelers (AMA Club #1401). This is a beautiful sod farm field nestled between the shores of Utah Lake to the west and the spectacular 12,000’ peaks of the Wasatch Mountains to the east. Field elevation 4524’. Utah officially joins the “Blue Skies” series for 2011, making it a “4-corners” event with NM, AZ, CO, and UT.
With your participation, BSOUT will be a fully sanctioned two-day qualifier for both "USA F3K LEAUGE" Team Selection and "USA F3K TOUR" points. Experts and beginners alike are welcomed and encouraged. Full lunch and light breakfast snacks will be provided both days, plus coolers full of cold drinks throughout. Dinner will be provided at the field on Saturday evening for an additional charge (All you can eat Cajun feast! Local crawfish boil, corn on cob, shrimp, sausage, etc. $10 per head). 8:30AM pilot meeting with first flight shortly thereafter. Task list, taken from the standard FAI F3K tasks, shown below. Standard throwout rounds will be calculated in the preliminaries, with top finishers advancing to the flyoff rounds. Awards will be given to the top 6 finishers of the flyoffs, and the top finishing sportsman.
Entry fee $40 to cover costs of food & drinks, prizes, AMA sanction & insurance, portable restroom, etc.; plus some land owner gratuity for letting us use their lovely property.
Vineyard Sod Farm is the location (MAP) (GPS: 40 18’ 13” N, 111 45’ 15” W). Take I-15 to the Orem "Center Street" exit (#271). We apologize in advance for all the road construction in the area (I-15 core proejct). Temporary lane splits can be confusing and cause you to miss this exit. Be sure to stay in the RIGHT HAND lanes when they split so you will be able to reach the exit. HERE is a short video to clear this up. Overnight camping is permitted at the field (self-contained, no hookups), and we plan on having lots of fun evening activities at the field. Conveniently located near a major metropolitan area, there are also many affordable hotels/motels, restaurants, and services of all types nearby. The field will be available for practice and clinics on Friday September 16th.
UPDATED DIRECTIONS TO THE FIELD: It appears that the little section of 400 S between Geneva Rd and Vineyard Rd is under construction as well. So follow the detour signs around it. When you get back to 400 S turn right (east) onto it, then make a left turn onto Vineyard Rd, then proceed as normal (as shown on the map link above).
Please pre-register in advance by posting here or sending me a PM. Include your full name, state of residence, Tx frequencies, and competition class ('Open' or 'Sportsman'). Also please pay in advance via PayPal to UtahDLG@gmail.com, or PM me for other options. Nice to have that all done in advance to avoid the last minute hassle and money exchange at the field. Registration officially closes Sunday September 11th.
AMA membership required for all participating pilots. On-field signup will be available, but better to do it online (HERE) before the contest date. Be sure to bring your AMA number with you.
Please familiarize yourself with the F3K section (rules and tasks) of the 2011 FAI Sporting code (HERE).
NOTE: If you are using the "Airtronics SD-10G" transmitter within a certain serial number range, please have the RF-Board updated as per the Airtronics service bulletin HERE. No mandatory recall has been issued, and I will not enforce it either. Just strongly suggesting it for safety and peace of mind of those using that Tx.
Chairman - Utah DLG
Come fly with us!
** SCHEDULE ** (All times below, except "Pilot's Meeting", are approximate)
Friday, September 16th
- Field open all day for practice
- Sign-in and registration
- 2:00 PM Mark & Poach, and other games! (or a possible clinic?)
- 3:00 PM (reserved for possible clinic?)
- 4:00 PM New pilot clinic & mini-contest
Saturday, September 17th
- 7:30 AM Breakfast snacks, Sign-in and registration, warp-up
- 8:30 AM Pilot's Meeting (required)
- 9:00 AM Preliminary competition flights begin
- 12:45 PM LUNCH BREAK and HALFTIME SHOW (special VIP guest appearance)!
- 1:45 PM Competition flights resume
- 5:00 PM Competition flights end for the day
- 6:30 PM Dinner at the field! (Cajun crawfish boil - $10 all you can eat, live entertainment?)
- UFO Night flying & combat swarm
Sunday, September 18th
- 7:30 AM Breakfast snacks, warm-up
- 8:30 AM Pilot's Meeting (required)
- 9:00 AM Preliminary competition flights resume
- 12:45 PM (approximately) Preliminary competition flights end. LUNCH BREAK
- 1:30 PM FLY-OFFS
- 3:00 PM Awards ceremony
** TASK LIST **
1. Ladder (increasing times, 30sec to 2min, 15sec intervals)
2. All Up (3 flights, 3min max)
3. 5x2 (best 5 flights, 2min max)
4. 1-2-3-4 minute flights, any order
5. 3 of 6 (best 3 flights of 6 launches, 3min max)
* LUNCH *
6. Last flight only (5min max, 7min window)
7. Last two flights only (4min max)
9. All Up (3 flights, 3min max)
10. Last two flights only (4min max)
11. 5x2 (best 5 flights, 2min max)
12. 1-2-3-4 minute flights, any order
13. 3 of 6 (best 3 flights of 6 launches, 3min max)
14. All Up (3 flights, 3min max)
* LUNCH *
1. 5x2 (best 5 flights, 2min max)
2. 1-2-3-4 minute flights, any order
3. Last two flights only (4min max)
4. All Up (3 flights, 3min max)
# NAME RCG Handle ST Freq Class Paid 1. Mike Maurer like.2.fly UT 2.4 Open Yes 2. Jon LeMon JONBOYLEMON UT 2.4 Sportsman Yes 3. Greg McGill glidermang NM 2.4 Open Yes 4. Dave Jensen djensen CO 2.4 Open No 5. Jim Gibson Hanger Rash UT 2.4 Sportsman Yes 6. Jon Finch jfinch UT 2.4 Open Yes 7. Aradhana Singh Khalsa ASK NM 15/18 Open Yes 8. John Jonke gopherhunter CO 2.4 Open Yes 9. Gary Jensen gjensen CO 2.4 Open No 10. Jeremy Stott flyingj UT 2.4 Open No 11. Jim Arner Fishjunky UT 2.4 Open Yes 12. Mike Grindle LostVisual ID 53/17 Sportsman Yes 13. Charlie Morris cptsnoopy AZ 2.4 Open Yes 14. George Morris rcgeorge AZ 2.4 Open Yes 15. Jun Catacutan jcats CA 2.4 Open No (T) 16. Kelsey Jensen kjensen CO 2.4 Sportsman No 17. Adrian Dybwad extremewing UT 2.4 Open Yes 18. Ron Mendel quickee UT 72? Sportsman No 19. Bruce Twining Bruce T. NM 2.4 Open Yes 20. Sam Pendleton espe UT 2.4 Sportsman Yes 21. Frank Slaughter Frank S WY 2.4 Sportsman Yes 22. Tom Knudtson TomK CA 17/22 Open Yes 23. Matt Nelson MattN CA 2.4 Open Yes 24. 25.
#2 Jon Le Mon, JONBOYLEMON, UT, 2.4 SPORTSMAN "PAID"
PS, we have scheduled 3 days in a row of perfect DLG weather, so bring a jacket for the nights, "or a PARKA if you are from Arizona", and some sunscreen.
The site is hugemongous, and depending on the winds, you are gonna have to really earn a 2:00 flight.
For the Colorado guys.
Creole dinner O Love.
Pilot People Paid
1. Mike Maurer 1 Yes
2. Jon LeMon 1 Yes
3. Greg McGill
4. Dave Jensen
5. Jim Gibson 1 Yes
6. Jon Finch .782 Yes
7. Aradhana Singh Khalsa 1 Yes
8. John Jonke 2 Yes
9. Gary Jensen
10. Jeremy Stott
11. Jim Arner 1 Yes
12. Mike Grindle 1 Yes
13. Charlie Morris 1 Yes
14. George Morris 1 Yes
15. Jun Catacutan
16. Kelsey Jensen
17. Adrian Dybwad
18. Ron Mendel
19. Bruce Twining 2 Yes
20. Sam Pendleton
21. Frank Slaughter 1 Yes
22. Tom Knudtson 1 Yes
23. Matt Nelson 1 Yes
Mike - Our non-DLG buddies are always looking for the slightest excuse to do night combat. It is a possible entertainment value for the out-of-towners if you think it would be fun or wouldn't conflict with what ever else you have planed.
And Dave R, if you can swing it you're still welcome to pylon race with us the weekend before. Not sure what you'll do with all the time between weekends, but...
Speaking of bugs at the Sod Farm, last Saturday while I was there and other times as well, the mosquitoes seem to like to hang around the cars but I can't remember them being a problem on the field and I can't remember of ever coming home with a mosquito bite.
I don't think all the bugs flying around are mosquitoes, I think some are midges and other aquatic insects. By September most of the bugs should be gone; unless September turns out to be July, because it is still between March and April around here now.
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