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Old Apr 26, 2006, 05:07 AM
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open/cross country soaring

whats the difference between "High Performance open" and "cross-country thermal soaring"?
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Old Apr 26, 2006, 06:00 AM
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Matt,
Normally, when you think of an "open class" contest, basically it is fly what you bring, any thing that is AMA legal (which also means FAI legal). Mostly guys are flying the bigger ships in the 3.2-3.7 meter wingspan range. Cross country soaring is just that, you are flying from a point to another point, on some closed course or out 'n back course, using a vehicle to follow the ship. Completely different world from TD flying. These ships are even larger than most TD ships and most try to have the weight up to the max, of ~11+ pounds.

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Old Apr 26, 2006, 08:48 AM
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sounds kool! what distance are these "cross country" races?
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Old Apr 26, 2006, 01:06 PM
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sounds kool! what distance are these "cross country" races?
For more information on cross-country soaring in the US, see http://xcsoaring.com

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Old Apr 26, 2006, 03:57 PM
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In the UK XC is usually a course set off, around and behind a slope site. You RUN to stay in touch with you model!!
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Old Apr 27, 2006, 05:02 PM
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XC courses can be from 6.2 to up over 60 miles. Longest I have been on is about 26 miles and it was way more fun then the LV course.

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Old Apr 28, 2006, 05:19 AM
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Sadly, in the UK its illegal to have a person in the back of a pickup. Ive been stopped while operating a Tx in the back seat of a 'ragtop'. The cop was concerned that the driver could be distracted and "what would happen to the model if you had an accident?" This a very crowded country and nowhere are you away from other road users. In rural areas roads are often one car wide with passing places only occasionly, all within high banks. So, up to the slope, park and run/walk round the course!
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Old Apr 28, 2006, 06:58 AM
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Make the trip across the pond and come XC at our Nats, not the best of courses but will give you hoot.

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Old Apr 28, 2006, 11:14 AM
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OBoss,
I'll be visiting my daughter in Palm Springs Ca next year. Can you move In. a little closer to her?
David.
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Old Apr 28, 2006, 03:49 PM
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You will be in the Mecca of XC soaring, the high desert is the place...
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Old Apr 28, 2006, 06:20 PM
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Paul Naton makes a nice CD that includes some X-country soaring. Lots of work...which means lots of fun.
Someday, I'll work my way up and try it...for sure!
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