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Old Oct 29, 2011, 10:09 PM
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The November BIG SKY Longest Duration Contest for all Electric Launched Gliders

THE NOVEMBER 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 November 1 to 11:59 PM November 30 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 Oct 29, 2011, 10:09 PM
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Palo (aka TENDER in RCG)
Glider name: supra Stork electric
Thermal or Slope: Thermal
Date and Time of flight: November 9th 2011, start of flight 14:05 CET
Duration of flight: 1:44:37
29 s (climb with motor) +
Location: Oponice near Nitra, Slovakia

Sebastjan Hajnsek (aka seborossi)
Glider name: Elektra Super Light
Thermal or Slope: Thermal
Date and Time of flight: November 16th 2011, start of flight 13:05 CET
Duration of flight: 0:49:26
\Location: Middle of Slovenia
9 s (climb with motor)

Forest Flyer
Plane: High Aspect 3.1 M
Thermal or Slope: Thermal
Date and time of flight: November 23, 2011 3:30 pm
Duration of flight: 38:55
Location: Terre Haute, IN
Set-up: AXI 2820/10, 12x6 prop, 3S 2600 lipo., AUW 56 oz
25 sec. motor run

Leadchucker
Glider/plane name:Top Models Avia
Thermal or Slope:Thermal
Date and Time of flight: 8 Nov 2001 @ 13.30
Duration of flight: 35.50
22 second motor run to 200 metres
Location: South Jesey Golden Eagles R/C Club field,Pole Tavern,NJ

Pilottube
Plane: Radian RTF
Thermal/Slope: Thermal
Date: 11/7/11, 13:30
Flight Time: 26:45
30 second motor run
Location: Palencia, Spain

Robert Hubbard
Glider name: Radian Pro
Thermal or Slope: Thermal
Date and Time of flight: 10 November, 1030
Duration of flight: 16:06
Location: Albuquerque NM

Ray (aka 320pilot)
Plane: Poly Pulsar 3.2m:
Thermal/Slope: Thermal
Date: Nov 2 , 1430 EST
Flight Time: 10 minutes 08 seconds flight time: less 12 second motor run
Location: Near Enosburg, Vermont

Slope Leaderboard:

Mikegbogh
Date: 11/6/11
Slope: no motor run
Glider: Own design 2.5mtr span
Wind: light southerly
Venue: Tamatieberg Volksrust
Duration : 37 minutes
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Name: Ray (aka 320pilot)
Plane: Poly Pulsar 3.2m:
Thermal/Slope: Thermal
Date: Nov 2 , 1430 EST
Flight Time: 10 minutes 08 seconds flight time: less 12 second motor run
Location: Near Enosburg, Vermont

Getting cold, 50 F or 10 celsius. A pretty short flight, but this is fall flying!
Not much lift, but I did stretch out the glide a bit, carving back and forth above a ridge, with some wind aloft. I had to keep moving around on the field, there was a tractor going up and down stacking the last cut of hay into winrows!

I flew again later, as sun was setting, in a smaller field with a friend who flies nitro helis. After catching some lift above a ridge line, I dumped it down, to show him a full flap, high speed descent, so time in the air, was short.
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Old Nov 07, 2011, 06:27 AM
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Slope attempt.

Hi guys,
This last weeken I drove 300kms to a PSS slope event and on sunday with a shift in wind and calm conditions and as the light gliders were all flying , I decided to fit my little video camera and fly.
No motor was used at all , and I even managed to take some video of the top of the 200mtr high communications tower looking down from above.

Mikegbogh
Date 6 th November 2011
Slope: no motor run
Glider :Own design 2.5mtr span
Wind: light southerly
Venue: Tamatieberg Volksrust
Duration : 37 minutes

Good thermals and some patches of sink on the slope,, but an excellent days soaring, my batteries are recharged..
regards
Mike
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Old Nov 07, 2011, 02:25 PM
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Name: Pilottube
Plane: Radian RTF
Thermal/Slope: Thermal
Date: Nov 7 , 13:30
Flight Time: 26 minutes 45 seconds flight time: 30 second motor run
Location: Palencia, Spain

winds calm, sunny, warm weather.
Sometimes the plane just floats. My longest flight so far.
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Old Nov 07, 2011, 07:08 PM
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Finally....a slope entry! Thanks Mike.

Congratulations on that personal best Pilottube.
Yeah, sometime these planes seem like they're full of helium....good fun.
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Old Nov 08, 2011, 08:34 AM
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Yeah, sometime these planes seem like they're full of helium....good fun.
There's an idea... a mylar covered, sealed fuselage and wings charged with helium... I wonder if anyone has ever tried that? Hmmm...
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Your Name - Leadchucker
Glider/plane name:Top Models Avia
Thermal or Slope:Thermal
Date and Time of flight: 8 Nov 2001 @ 13.30
Duration of flight: 35.50 on 22 second motor run to 200 metres
Location: South Jesey Golden Eagles R/C Club field,Pole Tavern,NJ

Fabulous weather for this neck of the wood this time of year with light winds, clear skies and *68*f air temperatures. No big boomer lift but many small wing wigglers, jus ride from one bubble to the next then the next......
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Your Name - Leadchucker
Glider/plane name:Top Models Avia
Thermal or Slope:Thermal
Date and Time of flight: 8 Nov 2001 @ 13.30
Duration of flight: 35.50 on 22 second motor run to 200 metres
Location: South Jesey Golden Eagles R/C Club field,Pole Tavern,NJ

Fabulous weather for this neck of the wood this time of year with light winds, clear skies and *68*f air temperatures. No big boomer lift but many small wing wigglers, jus ride from one bubble to the next then the next......
Nice to have a report on the capabilities of one of Top Model's planes, I've got my eye on one of those so it's nice to know they fly as advertised. I have an impromptu ALES contest coming up this weekend, maybe I will actually be able to post a time this month? Times are going to be hard to beat, but someone has to come in last, and it may as well be me!

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Nice weather conditions today: wind 0-1 m/s, temperature around 15C

Palo (aka TENDER in RCG)
Glider name: supra Stork electric
Thermal or Slope: Thermal
Date and Time of flight: November 9th 2011, start of flight 14:05 CET
Duration of flight: 29 s (climb with motor) + 1:44:37 gliding
Location: Oponice near Nitra, Slovakia
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Nice times everyone
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Old Nov 09, 2011, 12:09 PM
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That's it.....I'm going to Slovakia....

Palo, are there lots of RC Sailplaners in your area?
How long have you been flying?
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That's it.....I'm going to Slovakia....
You are welcomme... Best choice for your trip is August 2012. Five days from seven in the air :-)
August 18/19th - Dubnica - Open SVK national - F5J
August 21/21st - Dubnica - SVK FAI F5J - demo competitions and trainig
August 23/24th - Trnava - F5J (F5J tour - final)

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are there lots of RC Sailplaners in your area
Around 12-15 boys in my area, approx. 50 e-gliders competitors in my country. Not much, bud good quality :-)

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How long have you been flying?
I start flying with RC-gliders in the begin of year 1969 (one channel bang-bang radio) :-).
You can see my "personal chronicle": http://www.rivamodels.sk/chronicle_en.html
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Old Nov 10, 2011, 06:00 PM
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Wow, that's quite a history Palo.
So it's not just that Slovakia has the best thermaling in the world. It has more to do with experience than anything. Great planes help as well.
Glad to have you flying with us!
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Old Nov 10, 2011, 06:38 PM
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Andre Borschberg
Glider/plane name: solar impulse (63m wingspam)
Date and Time of flight: 8 July 2010, 5 am GMT
Duration of flight: 26 hours
Location: Payerne, Switzerland

Solar plane completes maiden flight (5 min 10 sec)


Sorry, I should have posted it in July... so I guess it is out of the contest.
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