HobbyKing.com New Products Flash Sale
 
Thread Tools
Old Aug 04, 2004, 10:11 AM
Chuck Anderson
Guest
n/a Posts
Soaring history

I made it to the Nats again this year. I have flown my sailplanes in every
Nats since even before there was an AMA event at the Nat except when my job
interfered. It all started 40 years ago when I flew in my first SOAR Nats
and I have not missed a Nats since I retired in 1994. The best part of the
Nats is meeting old friends and talking about the good old
days. Unfortunately, there are fewer old friends every year.

Many of the newer fliers do not know how soaring became an official AMA
event. I answered several questions about how AMA soaring came about and
decided to write up what I remember. I do have some notes and records from
the 1970ís so the following is not entirely from memory. This is the first
installment and tells how I became involved with thermal soaring and the
rules making process. If there is any interest, I will continue the series.

Chuck Anderson

AMA Thermal Soaring Ė Part 1

In 1964 Kraft and Controlaire began offering transistorized receiver
kits. They were small, light, and, best of all, cheap. The local hobby
shop sponsored a contest for the Jasco Thermic 50 and similar gliders using
the new receivers and powered by a Cox Peewee 02 reed valve engine. The
complete model including receiver, engine, and escapement could be built
for less that $25. You didnít even need to own a transmitter since the
receivers were all on the same frequency and it was easy to borrow one. It
was a thermal soaring event where the time started when the engine quit
with a 10-minute max. That was how my interest in RC thermal soaring began.

By 1966, superregin receivers became unusable because of interference from
the increasing popular CB radios. In 1970, I had progressed to a better
radio for my pattern flying and was looking for a use for my old
Microavionics radio. I remembered the fun I had with the power pod gliders
before CB made them unusable so I built a larger power pod model for the
giant Microavionics servos. A few other club members were also interested
in reviving the power pod contest so we decided to hold a power pod contest
in 1971. I had been reading about the new sport of thermal soaring being
flown in other parts of the country and decided to add a pure sailplane
class to the contest. That is how I became the CD for the first AMA
sanctioned thermal soaring contest in the Southeast and attracted the
attention of Jim McNeil, AMA District V vice president.

In 1973, AMA set up a Soaring Advisory Committee to establish soaring as an
official event and I was appointed District V representative on the Soaring
Advisory Committee by Jim McNeil. I attended an open Soaring Advisory
Committee meeting at the 1974 SOAR Nats to hear proposals to form a Special
Interest Group for soaring. The National Soaring Society was formed from
proposals submitted at that meeting. I traveled to Silver Springs Maryland
on November 23 and 24, 1974 to attend a meeting of the NSS to draft rules
for Soaring as an official AMA event. So began my adventures in helping
formulate the first set of AMA rules for our sport.



RCSE-List facilities provided by Model Airplane News. Send "subscribe" and "unsubscribe" requests to soaring-request@airage.com. Please note that subscribe and unsubscribe messages must be sent in text only format with MIME turned off.
Old Aug 04, 2004, 12:11 PM
Stephen Syrotiak
Guest
n/a Posts
Re: Soaring history

By all means, do continue.

If there is any interest, I will continue the series.


RCSE-List facilities provided by Model Airplane News. Send "subscribe" and "unsubscribe" requests to soaring-request@airage.com. Please note that subscribe and unsubscribe messages must be sent in text only format with MIME turned off.
Old Aug 04, 2004, 12:11 PM
Anker Berg-Sonne
Guest
n/a Posts
RE: Soaring history

Chuck,

Please, please, please keep it coming!

Anker

-----Original Message-----
From: Chuck Anderson [mailto:canderson37@charter.net]
Sent: Wednesday, August 04, 2004 9:32 AM
To: soaring@airage.com
Subject: [RCSE] Soaring history

I made it to the Nats again this year. I have flown my sailplanes in every
Nats since even before there was an AMA event at the Nat except when my job
interfered. It all started 40 years ago when I flew in my first SOAR Nats
and I have not missed a Nats since I retired in 1994. The best part of the
Nats is meeting old friends and talking about the good old
days. Unfortunately, there are fewer old friends every year.

Many of the newer fliers do not know how soaring became an official AMA
event. I answered several questions about how AMA soaring came about and
decided to write up what I remember. I do have some notes and records from
the 1970's so the following is not entirely from memory. This is the first
installment and tells how I became involved with thermal soaring and the
rules making process. If there is any interest, I will continue the series.

Chuck Anderson

AMA Thermal Soaring - Part 1

In 1964 Kraft and Controlaire began offering transistorized receiver
kits. They were small, light, and, best of all, cheap. The local hobby
shop sponsored a contest for the Jasco Thermic 50 and similar gliders using
the new receivers and powered by a Cox Peewee 02 reed valve engine. The
complete model including receiver, engine, and escapement could be built
for less that $25. You didn't even need to own a transmitter since the
receivers were all on the same frequency and it was easy to borrow one. It
was a thermal soaring event where the time started when the engine quit
with a 10-minute max. That was how my interest in RC thermal soaring began.

By 1966, superregin receivers became unusable because of interference from
the increasing popular CB radios. In 1970, I had progressed to a better
radio for my pattern flying and was looking for a use for my old
Microavionics radio. I remembered the fun I had with the power pod gliders
before CB made them unusable so I built a larger power pod model for the
giant Microavionics servos. A few other club members were also interested
in reviving the power pod contest so we decided to hold a power pod contest
in 1971. I had been reading about the new sport of thermal soaring being
flown in other parts of the country and decided to add a pure sailplane
class to the contest. That is how I became the CD for the first AMA
sanctioned thermal soaring contest in the Southeast and attracted the
attention of Jim McNeil, AMA District V vice president.

In 1973, AMA set up a Soaring Advisory Committee to establish soaring as an
official event and I was appointed District V representative on the Soaring
Advisory Committee by Jim McNeil. I attended an open Soaring Advisory
Committee meeting at the 1974 SOAR Nats to hear proposals to form a Special
Interest Group for soaring. The National Soaring Society was formed from
proposals submitted at that meeting. I traveled to Silver Springs Maryland
on November 23 and 24, 1974 to attend a meeting of the NSS to draft rules
for Soaring as an official AMA event. So began my adventures in helping
formulate the first set of AMA rules for our sport.



RCSE-List facilities provided by Model Airplane News. Send "subscribe" and
"unsubscribe" requests to soaring-request@airage.com. Please note that
subscribe and unsubscribe messages must be sent in text only format with
MIME turned off.


RCSE-List facilities provided by Model Airplane News. Send "subscribe" and "unsubscribe" requests to soaring-request@airage.com. Please note that subscribe and unsubscribe messages must be sent in text only format with MIME turned off.
Old Aug 04, 2004, 02:11 PM
Jeff Gortatowsky
Guest
n/a Posts
Re: Soaring history


--- Stephen Syrotiak <stephen.s1@comcast.net> wrote:

> By all means, do continue.
>
> If there is any interest, I will continue the series.



Agreed continue, please.

=====
---------------------------------------
Jeffrey D. Gortatowsky
La Habra Heights, California

"Madam, there's no such thing as a tough child -- if you parboil them first for seven hours, they always come out tender. " - W.C. Fields
"What wretched scoundrel stole the cork from my lunch?" - W.C. Fields
RCSE-List facilities provided by Model Airplane News. Send "subscribe" and "unsubscribe" requests to soaring-request@airage.com. Please note that subscribe and unsubscribe messages must be sent in text only format with MIME turned off.
 


Thread Tools