|Sep 08, 2006, 11:17 AM|
For anyone checking in here:
Yes, it's Friday at 9 a.m. and we've had light rain move through early this morning. Tstorms are possible in the afternoon.
For the contest the forecast goes dryer: Partly cloudy with scattered afternoon Tstorms. Thank goodness!
With a little luck these isolated cells will move around us, and we won't even need to take a break.
A good thing for New Mexico. Though not all parts of the state have experienced drought relief, the central valleys and the whole Northern areas are well wetted.
On balance it's been another great flying year weather-wise, with the high cloud bases, long range visibility, and instability typical of New Mexico.
Here's hoping for great contest weather through the weekend!
Aradhana Singh Khalsa
|Sep 09, 2006, 10:24 PM|
Today was a good flying day. We started in light conditions, and then moved into strong conditions with a prevailing breeze. We flew straight through and completed 24 heats by 5 p.m.;10 minute windows with 10 minute breaks.
A comfortable pace, but not slow, especially if you were flying two classes. Some people travelled significant distances just to watch the event and get close to electric soaring. Wow.
Jon Padilla of Colorado is dominating Unlimited, winning all his heats, same as Dale Nutter is whomping through Limited class. I did pretty well and lead the Outrunner event, while Dennis Renner is leading Speed 400.
Anything can happen yet, and many contestants are still in the running to win their respective events. If any of the leaders open the door, there are several pilots just waiting to walk through. Tomorrows weather calls for partly cloudy and 5 mph wind. Moving the event to September seems to have been a good idea.
Aradhana Singh Khalsa
2006 Electric Soaring World Challenge
|Sep 10, 2006, 06:44 AM|
Getting ready to go out. CD Phil Gilbert is probably calling for 15 minute rounds today. Keep us on our toes.
From last round yesterday, gives an idea of the conditions. Shannon was waaay high between two overdeveloped Cumulo-Nimbus to the West.
|Sep 10, 2006, 11:08 PM|
Winning Unlimited Class and taking second in Outrunner, Jon Padilla is the Grand Champion of the 2006 Electric Soaring World Challenge.
Speed 400 - Lenny Keer
Outrunner - Aradhana Singh Khalsa
Limited - Dale Nutter
Unlimited - Jon Padilla
|Sep 11, 2006, 07:38 PM|
Winners and Scores
Here are links to scores and final results. Look for a full report with photos coming later.
Grand Champion: Jon Padilla
1st Place - Jon PadillaLimited Class
1st Place - Dale NutterOutrunner Class
1st Place - Aradhana Singh KhalsaSpeed 400 Class
1st Place - Lenny Keer
|Sep 11, 2006, 08:50 PM|
Joined Jun 2004
To all the wonderful people in the Albuquerque Soaring Association, you put on a great contest. This years weather was definitely a winner, all that New Mexico is supposed to be.
Your coordination and automated running of the rounds went very smoothly. The outrunner class caught on very quickly, and for all practical purposes was a one design motor contest with a real mixture of airframes to spice up the competition. The MOM contest format with simultaneous launching is the real beauty of F5J, and with minimal equipment, (basically enough landing tapes and a bull horn) can be duplicated by almost any club. Hats off to Aradhana for the automated tape which ran without stopping for all of Saturday and Sunday. 10 Minute Rounds, with 10 minutes between each round made it very predictable which is great for flying two classes.
We made it back to Kansas City despite a quick bout with a mini tornado which left 3" of hail on the road in west Texas minutes before we drove through the area. Trees were stripped of their leaves but no big branches broken. As in soaring, timing is everything.
Rex and Judi Burton
|Sep 12, 2006, 02:01 PM|
The Albuquerque guys did a great job of organizing and running this event. I'd like to add my thanks too. We had excellent weather and mostly very challenging conditions. Nice to get together again with flyers from other states.
|Sep 12, 2006, 10:28 PM|
Tulsa Jones, Oklahoma, United States
Joined May 2002
What about pictures? Who flew what in the various classes?
I need to get out to this meet and beat up on Nutter some. It's been awhile.
|Sep 12, 2006, 11:10 PM|
Hi Jeff. Thanks for asking. I'm waiting for a big batch of pictures to come on CD by snail mail. Then I'll finish a nice write up and post it on the web site.
|Sep 24, 2006, 11:19 AM|
Photos and contest reports are all in. See everything about the event at
Commentaries, Scores, and Photo Gallery
All who fly electric r/c soaring aircraft are invited to next years event. Dates for Sept 07 will be announced early in 07.
The Albuquerque Soaring Association
Here are a sampling of photos. Go to web site for complete report.
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