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Old Jan 22, 2012, 09:48 PM
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The february big sky international soaring contest

THE FEBRUARY 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 February 1 to 11:59 PM February 29 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.
In Thermal Duration, the contest is split into two classifications, 2-meter and under, and Open class.
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!

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 and wingspan:
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 (2 meter class) top 10 Thermal (Open class)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 Jan 22, 2012, 09:48 PM
Drifting off the reservation..
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Thermal Leaderboard:

2 Meter Class

Vegas Flyer
Plane: Radian
Date/Time:02-26-12 1:00 PM
Duration:53:48
Location:North Las Vegas, NV

RFK
Plane: Easy Glider
Date: 02-14-12 12:30 PM
Duration: 22:09
Location: Connecticut

Robert Hubbard
Plane: Radian Pro
Date: 29 Feb 12
Time: 1:45
Duration: 22:12
Albuquerque, NM

JumpySticks
Plane: Radian pro
Date: 2/21/12
Time: 1:30 pm
Duration of flight: 21:48
Location: Milton, Louisiana

Lance Brown (labrown)
Glider name: Radian
Date and Time of flight: February 18th 2012, start of flight 3:25PM Eastern
Duration of flight: 18:32 (30 sec / 200M CAM limiter)
Location: Farmer's market field, Raleigh, NC USA
Weather: partly cloudy, 0-3mph breeze at ground, faster above

Jim Hendershot
Plane: Radian Pro
Date/time:2 Feb 2012/13:26
Flight Duration: 17:47
Location: Legacy Park, Mountain Home IDJumpySticks

Tim Lynch
Graupner Elektro Junior S - with Thermal Scout & Eagle Tree Altimeter
Date/time: Feb. 15 , 1:00 PM
Duration - 10:32
Max Altitude - 1413' AGL
Weather - partly cloudy, 78, light wind.
Sportsplex @ Coral Springs, FL



Open Class

Forest Flyer
Plane: High Aspect 3.1M
Thermal flight
Date/time: Feb. 1, 2012/4:00 pm
Flight Duration: 30:18
Location: Terre Haute, IN

JumpySticks
Plane: HK Ventus 2.3m
Date: 2/5/12
Time: 11:00 am
Duration of flight: 3:27
Location: Youngsville, Louisiana


Slope Leaderboard:

Sonny
Plane: Radian Pro
Date: 2/24/12
Duration: 5:40
Location: Nipomo, California
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Old Jan 23, 2012, 01:50 AM
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Count me in!

G'day JS
I have been hoping you would do this again this year.
Just discovered the joy of thermal flight and this will be my first competion

Cheers
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Old Jan 23, 2012, 02:33 AM
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Thank you, thank you for adding a 2M class. Subscribed!

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Old Jan 23, 2012, 03:21 PM
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Count me in

Thanks Jumpysticks for doing this again. Adding the 2Meter should encourage more posts.

Looking forward to Feb.

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Old Jan 23, 2012, 04:50 PM
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Sounds good!

I'll probably fly in both classes. I just hope that the flying weather improves during February. The winter so far has been pretty bad for thermal flying.

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Old Feb 02, 2012, 10:58 AM
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Robert Hubbard
Radian Pro
Thermal
1 Feb 2012; 1200
12:09
Albuquerque NM

Well, at least it didn't exactly fall out of the sky this time.
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Old Feb 02, 2012, 11:07 AM
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It's on!
I don't expect Mr. Hubbard will rest on his laurels...
Good luck to all!
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Old Feb 02, 2012, 12:47 PM
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Thermal Leaderboard:

2 Meter Class

Robert Hubbard
Plane: Radian Pro
Date/time:1 Feb 2012/1200
Flight Duration: 12:09
Location: Albuquerque NM

Open Class

Slope Leaderboard:
Nice
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Old Feb 02, 2012, 04:20 PM
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Jim Hendershot
Plane: Radian Pro
Date/time:2 Feb 2012/13:26
Flight Duration: 17:47
Location: Legacy Park, Mountain Home ID

40 degrees and 3 mph wind. today was my longest and first true thermal ride.
I cut power at 30 seconds and she kept climbing for another minute, she was specked out and to be honest I kinda freaked out and started to bring her down. Thought I had a radio issue. Never been that high, what a blast
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Old Feb 02, 2012, 06:45 PM
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Thermal Leaderboard:

2 Meter Class

Jim Hendershot
Plane: Radian Pro
Date/time:2 Feb 2012/13:26
Flight Duration: 17:47
Location: Legacy Park, Mountain Home ID

40 degrees and 3 mph wind. today was my longest and first true thermal ride.
I cut power at 30 seconds and she kept climbing for another minute, she was specked out and to be honest I kinda freaked out and started to bring her down. Thought I had a radio issue. Never been that high, what a blast
Nice flight.
Yeah, can be scary when it's that high.
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Old Feb 02, 2012, 06:51 PM
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Forest Flyer
Plane: High Aspect 3.1M
Thermal flight
Date: Feb. 1, 2012
Time: 4:00 pm
Duration of flight: 30 minutes,18 seconds (after 20 second climb)
Location: Terre Haute, IN

I’ll start the ball rolling on the Open Class with this very beatable time of 30 minutes.

Yesterday was one of the few decent flying days over the past month. In fact, it was nearly perfect -- amazingly warm (60 F/16C), sunny, and calm. Despite being late in the day, there was still enough lift to eke-out a half-hour run. It was good to get the plane back in the air after much weather-imposed down time.

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Old Feb 02, 2012, 08:59 PM
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Nice flight.
Yeah, can be scary when it's that high.
I have the first 6 min on Video then the battery on the cam ran out......but lets behonest its a very small speck on the vid will post if ya want
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I have the first 6 min on Video then the battery on the cam ran out......but lets behonest its a very small speck on the vid will post if ya want
Sure, let's have a look!
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Old Feb 02, 2012, 10:11 PM
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I flew two of my scratch builds first and then THE RP

Great day at the field.wmv (8 min 42 sec)

Love flying my RP, I have 9 planes and thie Radian Pro is in my top 3.
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