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The October BIG SKY Longest Duration Contest for all Electric Launched Gliders

THE OCTOBER BIG SKY INTERNATIONAL
LONGEST DURATION CONTEST FOR ALL ELECTRIC LAUNCHED GLIDERS
THERMAL SOARING AND SLOPE SOARING

RULES AND INFO:

Contest will run from 12:01 am October 1 to 11:59 PM October 31 Eastern US time.

The contest is for ALL electric launched gliders or airplanes of all sizes, all materials and all controls. The contest is intended to help motivate you to develop your thermal and slope soaring skills.

The contest is open this to all e-gliders and, if you like, e-airplanes too. If it glides, it qualifies.

You can post as many times as you like using as many planes as you like, but only one will be counted per pilot per category regardless of what kind of plane you are flying. You can replace a shorter time with a longer time any point during the contest. You can fly as many flights as you like.

Goal - longest duration thermal and slope flights without use of the motor. I expect to see themal times in excess of 30 minutes and slope times in excess of an hour. But you are welcome to post any flight time you wish. Get your name on the list and be famous!

First, second and third place finishers in each category will receive an artfully designed, high quality, custom made, one-of-a-kind BIG SKY certificate of recognition including your name and/or moniker and the flight statistics you provide with your entry (including photo, video, gps or flight profiles).

THE PLANES:
* Any electric motor system
* Any wing controls and any wing span
* Any construction


BIG SKY - THERMAL SOARING

1) From a fresh hand or ground launch you can run the motor for up to 45 seconds, then you turn the motor off and you can not restart it. Reclimbs are not permitted. If you restart the motor the flight time is no good.

2) Motor time starts as soon as you apply throttle. This is an LMR, Limited Motor Run contest with a pretty long motor run allowed so that the motor run itself does not provide much advantage to anyone. Many will choose to shut off the motor in less than 45 seconds. No credit for shorter motor runs.

3) Soaring time starts when the motor goes off. Either you time the whole flight and subtract the motor run or you use two watches, one to time the motor run and one to time the flight. I have multiple timers on my radio so I can do this with my radio alone. How you do this is up to you.

4) You can time your own flight if you wish. You are on your honor. Time is truncated to the second. No fractions and no rounding. Read the seconds only.

5) Landing must be within 100 feet of the original launch location or the flight does not count. Landing must be on the ground/grass or pavement. Landing in a tree, bush, structure or other elevated spot that would not normally be a landing spot does not count. There are no other rules around the landing.

6) Time stops when the glider comes to a rest. So the clock keeps running if you clip a branch, or go to land and bounce back into the air. When the plane stops, time stops.

7) You can launch as many times as you like but each flight has to be from a fresh launch from the ground/hand. No reclimbs permitted.

8) Report your best time of the day by posting here. You can post as many times as you like, but only the best one will count. You can fly as many days as you like to work toward your best time. The goal is to achieve personal bests in the fun atmosphere of a contest.


BIG SKY - SLOPE SOARING

1) From a fresh hand or ground launch you can run the motor for up to 5 seconds, if you need it to get into the lift. I would expect most slope flights will have no motor run but some sites need a boost to the lift.

2) Motor time starts as soon as you apply throttle and is subtracted from the total flight time.

3) Soaring time starts when the motor goes off. Either you time the whole flight and subtract the motor run or you use two watches, one to time the motor run and one to time the flight. How you do this is up to you.

4) You can time your own flight if you wish. You are on your honor. Time is truncated to the second. No fractions and no rounding. Read the seconds only.

5) Landing has to be within 100 feet of the original launch location or the flight does not count. Landing must be on the same level as the launch. Landing down the slope or up in the trees does not count. You must come to rest in a "normal" landing spot and be able to walk over and pick it up. I realize this can vary by slope site so you are on your honor as to whether this was a normal landing.

6) Time stops when the glider comes to a rest. So the clock keeps running if you clip a branch, or go to land and bounce back into the air. When the plane stops, time stops.

7) You can launch as many times as you like but each flight has to be from a fresh launch from the ground or hand. No powered reclimbs permitted. If you restart the motor the flight does not count.

8) Report your best time of the day by posting here. You can post as many times as you like, but only the best one will count. Try as many days as you like to get your best time of the month.


For either contest you report the results via post.

Report Format:

Your Name - Real or RCGroup Name - your choice
Glider/plane name:
Thermal or Slope:
Date and Time of flight:
Duration of flight:
Location: Nearest City and State or Country

Comments - You are welcome to report anything you like about the day, the flight. Pictures, videos, gps plots, etc are welcome but not required.


I will maintain the thread and keep the second post updated with the top 10 Thermal and top ten Slope reports. Only one flight of each type will be recorded in the standings for each pilot. A new better time will replace the original.


THREAD CONTENT -

This thread is for contest reports and for discussion about the contest only.

Contest Records

Thermal:

Palo Lishak (aka TENDER in RCGroups)
Glider name: supra Stork electric
Thermal or Slope: Thermal
Date and Time of flight: October 29th 2011, start of flight 15:50 CET
Duration of flight: 1:45:40 (11 s climb with motor)
Location: Oponice near Nitra, Slovakia

Slope:

Hunnerbunner
Duration: 2:33:14
Date: 4/26/11
Location: San Diego, CA
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Old Sep 28, 2011, 11:57 AM
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Palo (aka TENDER)
Glider name: supra Stork electric
Thermal or Slope: Thermal
Date and Time of flight: October 29th 2011, start of flight 15:50 CET
Duration of flight: 1:45:40 (11 s climb with motor)
Location: Oponice near Nitra, Slovakia

Forest Flyer
High Aspect 3.1 M
Thermal or Slope: Thermal
Date and time of flight: October 22, 2011 1:10 pm
Duration of flight: 63:43
Location: Terre Haute, IN
Set-up: AXI 2820/10, 12x6 prop, 3S 2600 lipo., AUW 56 oz
20 sec. motor run

Belem
Glider/plane:Radian
Date and Time of flight:11/30/2011
Thermal or Slope:Thermal
Duration of flight:48.08 with 30 sec motor run
Location:Roseville, CA

Leadchucker
Glider/plane: Top Model Avia
Thermal or Slope: Thermal
Date and Time of flight: 18 Oct 2011 @ 1410
Duration of flight: 41:10
Location: Club field in Pittsgrove Twp,South Jersey
Weather: Partly cloudy,+68*f,wind from 135* @ <5kts

Dee Wood
Plane: Helium (Stevensaero kit)
Thermal/slope: Thermal
Date: 10-11-11/11:00 A.M.
Flight time: 31:06
Location:Mesa, AZ (bowl on Elliot)
motor run 20 secs.

Pilottube
Glider name: Radian
Thermal or Slope: Thermal
Date and Time of flight: October 2nd 2011, start of flight 13:50
Duration of flight: 22:59 gliding (20 s of motor running time)
Location: Palencia, Spain

JumpySticks
Glider name: Radian pro
Thermal or Slope: Thermal
Date and Time of flight: 10/22/11 1300 hrs.
Duration of flight: 22:42
Location: Picard Park, Milton, Louisiana

Dee Wood
Plane: Mirage
Thermal/Slope: Thermal
Date:10/31/11 12 noon
Flight Time:19:43 flight 21 second motor run
Location: Mesa, AZ Bowl on Elliot

Ray (aka 320pilot)
Plane: Poly Pulsar 3.2m:
Thermal/Slope: Thermal
Date: Oct 12 , 1700 EST
Flight Time: 18 minutes 46 seconds
Location: Near Enosburg, Vermont
14 second motor run

Alexander K.
Glider/plane name: Hype fox 1.8m
Thermal or Slope: Thermal
Date and Time of flight: 2-10 2011 1400h local
Duration of flight: 17:59 with 40 sec motor
Location: Roermond Netherlands, outer space

Robert Hubbard
Glider name: Radian Pro
Thermal or Slope: Thermal
Date and Time of flight: 11 October 2011, 1130
Duration of flight: 14:07
Location: Rio Rancho, NM

Don Bourdon
Glider/plane: own design 100" scratch built
Thermal or Slope: Thermal
Date and Time of flight: 10/12/11, 4 PM
Duration of flight: 11min 52sec
Location: Caldwell AeroModeler Field, Hudson, NC

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Old Oct 02, 2011, 11:51 AM
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And here is my longest flight so far.

Pilottube
Glider name: Radian
Thermal or Slope: Thermal
Date and Time of flight: October 2nd 2011, start of flight 13:50
Duration of flight: 22:59 gliding (20 s of motor running time)
Location: Palencia, Spain

I had the right weather, winds calm, sunny, and birds making circles around from time to time. Once up, I just moved around and the plane didn't want to come down!
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Old Oct 02, 2011, 02:47 PM
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Alexander K.
Glider/plane name: Hype fox 1.8m
Thermal or Slope: Thermal
Date and Time of flight: 2-10 2011 1400h local
Duration of flight: 17:59 with 40 sec motor
Location: Roermond Netherlands, outer space

After a while searching for some lift, suddenly my whole field became a huge thermal.. I was struggling to keep my plane in sight..
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Old Oct 02, 2011, 08:38 PM
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Glider name: Radian pro
Thermal or Slope: Thermal
Date and Time of flight: 10/02/11 1500 hrs.
Duration of flight: 10:01
Location: Picard Park, Milton, Louisiana.

Winds were a little strong, N at about 10mph. Nice and cool, clear, sunny.
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Old Oct 03, 2011, 09:17 AM
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No wind, no rain, no clouds.... only thermals around my flying field
Result isnīt my personal best, because from 1 h and 8 minutes voltage
in my transmitter became sinking and I must shoot my model down .

Palo (aka TENDER)
Glider name: Egida
Thermal or Slope: Thermal
Date and Time of flight: October 3rd 2011, start of flight 15:45 CET
Duration of flight: 1:09:22 gliding (plus 28 s before gliding was climb wit running motor)
Location: Oponice near Nitra, Slovakia
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Old Oct 08, 2011, 10:09 PM
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that Egida is beautiful...so that is how you get those long thermal rides..
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Old Oct 09, 2011, 04:56 PM
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Name: Don Bourdon
Glider/plane: own design 100" scratch built
Thermal or Slope: Thermal
Date and Time of flight: Noontime 10/09/11
Duration of flight: 9min 7sec
Location: Caldwell AeroModeler Field, Hudson, NC

Winds were variable at 8-10mph gusting 12-15mph. Mostly sunny and 72 degrees. Pleased with how well the glider handled the wind and a personal best with this plane.
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Old Oct 09, 2011, 09:35 PM
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This afternoon, I had time to make a couple of runs at that 69 minute mark set by Palo. The best time came-up short at 45 minutes 21 seconds. We may be competing for second place this month!

High Aspect 3.1 M
Thermal or Slope: Thermal
Date and time of flight: October 9, 2011 3:25 pm
Duration of flight: 45 minutes 25 seconds
Location: Terre Haute, IN
Set-up: AXI 2820/10, 12x6 prop, 3S 2600 lipo., AUW 56 oz
25 sec. motor run

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Old Oct 11, 2011, 04:27 PM
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Great Day

Name: Dee Wood
Plane: Helium (Stevensaero kit)
Thermal/slope: Thermal
Date: 10-11-11/11:00 A.M.
Flight time: 31:06/motor run 20 secs.
Location:Mesa, AZ (bowl on Elliot)

Beautiful day about 80 F and light variable winds. Played tag with a Hawk on my second climbout. I found the lift and the hawk joined me from below, it appeared to make one pass at my tailfeathers and then moved out and up.
Super day and fun with another couple of guys showing up to chase the thermals.
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Old Oct 11, 2011, 04:50 PM
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P.S. Didn't blow the landing this time
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Old Oct 11, 2011, 06:46 PM
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Glider name: Radian Pro
Thermal or Slope: Thermal
Date and Time of flight: 11 October 2011, 1130
Duration of flight: 14:07
Location: Rio Rancho, NM

Nice conditions; no big flights, but several over ten minutes.
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Old Oct 12, 2011, 05:43 AM
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that Egida is beautiful...so that is how you get those long thermal rides..
This isnīt about Egida or about my hands... This is about perfect thermal conditions in the begin of October

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Name: Ray (aka 320pilot)
Plane: Poly Pulsar 3.2m:
Thermal/Slope: Thermal
Date: Oct 12 , 1700 EST
Flight Time: 18 minutes 46 seconds flight time: less 14 second motor run
Location: Near Enosburg, Vermont

didn't find any real thermals, but stretched out the glide in calm evening air for over 18 minutes. Sink rate 57 fpm..Beautiful fall colors. Last few flights I've been flying with an on board video key cam. Reduces float, though, so this flight I took the cam off.
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