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Old Jun 02, 2007, 09:43 PM
GordySoar@aol.com
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"Gateway Open Today....They Cheated and I Had Bad Luck!"

So I hop on a SouthWest flight this morning at 7:45am, get to St Louis where
a great guy picked me up (thanks Allen!) at the airport and shuttle my butt
and Sportube to the field.

It was warm and mostly sunny with a light breeze. I brought Sharon and my
Im-Perfect along (no 790's :-).


Glaco announced at the Pilots meeting that only Sportsman would be allowed
one pop-off and since I feel pretty strongly about this kind of thing, I went
on record that for nearly $4 per gallon to get to a contest, having the
opportunity at a fair score wiped out by a moments misfortune was a bad rule.
Things have changed. since the good ole days...costs and time.

Off course you had the guys who yelped about 'that's the rules! Same for
everybody....etc' and the guys who implied that the rest of us would use a free
pop-off as an opportunity to cheat..you know. not them but one of us
scoundrels who'd do anything to get a plaque!

But the reality is that a win where another pilot got eliminated because of
a pop-off isn't a win. A win is where everyone has a good day in my opinion.

I got called for the first round and had a pop-off....to which some thought
was funny, others thought was karma (I'm not sure why trying to do a good
thing would deserve a bad thing?) and some realized that its a goofy rule.

Rob Terry pop-offed right after me and that was it for the day. That would
have been massive event killing two quick shifts over to the spare winch for
the day.

And no there won't be buttons that say " I proudly beat Gordy due to a pop
off at an OVSS event!" :-)

On to the interesting stuff ! Planes flown, you'll see exactly cuz they had
a slot to record them at the sign up! But Perfects, Supras ruled the air
today for the most part, and the Pike Superiors were hot as usual too.

Icon-Man Carl of Chicago was in the groove but got crushed in a round, local
Jeff was deadly with a V-tail, Junior Jeff Walter was in the top group to
the end, Rich Burnowski....likely won. Ben Roberto is serious and also in that
top group....It was exciting to see both Randy McCleave and Mark Nankivil in
there too.

Rain came for about an hour or so and then left some pretty good air. We
could have had a lot more rounds but the rain caused time to run away. My last
flight was more about me getting packed to catch my flight home than it was
about flying. I got stuff in some smeg, ate up about 3mins at less than 50'
and had some betting that I'd be swimming in the creek to get my Sharon, but
I brought her home with energy to spare, got packed and off to the
airport...to be home by 9pm.

For those of you who have not flown Gateway...it IS a premier event in the
midwest...the sod farm is huge and plush, easy to get to, motels with in a mile
and food too. The St Louis guys are all talented and enthusiastic pilots
and the event ran like clockwork! I pity the fool doesn't make a point of
making one of their contests. There is plenty of room to do simultaneous
launches F3J style and plenty of terrain diversity to make thermal hunting fun.

It was an honor to have shared the day with them all!
Wish you could have been there....at least for the rain part :-)
Gordy
next stop New Orleans, Gulf Port, Myrtle Beach, Orlando, Tampa, Ft
Lauderdale, Bahamas, Jamaca, Puerto Rico and home....you?



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Old Jun 02, 2007, 10:25 PM
AMA3655@aol.com
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Re: "Gateway Open Today....They Cheated and I Had Bad Luck!"

Gordy -

Sorry you popped off again. Seems to be a pattern here.

Have you ever considered a click or two of down trim in launch mode? You
might give up a couple feet of altitude every now and then, but consistency is
what contests are all about.

happy trails - Rob Glover




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Old Jun 02, 2007, 11:13 PM
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Re: "Gateway Open Today....They Cheated and I Had Bad Luck!"

"Pity the fool" that doesn't know how to keep from popping off.

On 6/2/07, AMA3655@aol.com <AMA3655@aol.com> wrote:
>
> Gordy -
>
> Sorry you popped off again. Seems to be a pattern here.
>
> Have you ever considered a click or two of down trim in launch mode? You
> might give up a couple feet of altitude every now and then, but
> consistency is
> what contests are all about.
>
> happy trails - Rob Glover
>
>
>
>
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Old Jun 02, 2007, 11:25 PM
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Re: "Gateway Open Today....They Cheated and I Had Bad Luck!"

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Old Jun 04, 2007, 11:18 PM
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<div>Gordy, I had just the right size round file in my flight box.&nbsp; Look me up at next contest,&nbsp;I think I can solve&nbsp;your problem.&nbsp; :-)</div>
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<BLOCKQUOTE style="PADDING-LEFT: 8px; MARGIN-LEFT: 8px; BORDER-LEFT: blue 2px solid" webmail="1">-------- Original Message --------<BR>Subject: [RCSE] "Gateway Open Today....They Cheated and I Had Bad<BR>Luck!"<BR>From: GordySoar@aol.com<BR>Date: Sat, June 02, 2007 7:43 pm<BR>To: Soaring@airage.com<BR>Cc: soaring@louisvillesoaring.org<BR><BR><FONT id=role_document face=Arial color=#000000 size=2>
<DIV>So I hop on a SouthWest flight this morning at 7:45am, get to St Louis where a great guy picked me up (thanks Allen!) at the airport and shuttle my butt and Sportube to the field.</DIV>
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<DIV>It was warm and mostly sunny with a light breeze.&nbsp; I brought Sharon and my Im-Perfect along (no 790's :-).</DIV>
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<DIV>Glaco announced at the Pilots meeting that only Sportsman would be allowed one pop-off and since I feel pretty strongly about this kind of thing, I went on record that for nearly $4 per gallon to get to a contest, having the opportunity at a fair score wiped out by a moments misfortune was a bad rule.&nbsp; Things have changed. since the good ole days...costs and time.</DIV>
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<DIV>Off course you had the guys who yelped about 'that's the rules! Same for everybody....etc' and the guys who implied that the rest of us would use a free pop-off as an opportunity to cheat..you know. not them but one of us scoundrels who'd do anything to get a plaque!</DIV>
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<DIV>But the reality is that a win where another pilot got eliminated because of a pop-off isn't a win.&nbsp; A win is where everyone has a good day in my opinion.</DIV>
<DIV>&nbsp;</DIV>
<DIV>I got called for the first round and had a pop-off....to which some thought was funny, others thought was karma (I'm not sure why trying to do a good thing would deserve a bad thing?)&nbsp; and some realized that its a goofy rule.&nbsp; <BR><BR>Rob Terry pop-offed right after me and that was it for the day.&nbsp; That would have been massive event killing two quick shifts over to the spare winch for the day.</DIV>
<DIV>&nbsp;</DIV>
<DIV>And no there won't be buttons that say " I proudly beat Gordy due to a pop off at an OVSS event!" :-)</DIV>
<DIV>&nbsp;</DIV>
<DIV>On to the interesting stuff !&nbsp; Planes flown, you'll see exactly cuz they had a slot to record them at the sign up! But Perfects, Supras ruled the air today for the most part, and the Pike Superiors were hot as usual too.</DIV>
<DIV>&nbsp;</DIV>
<DIV>Icon-Man Carl of Chicago was in the groove but got crushed in a round, local Jeff was deadly with a V-tail, Junior Jeff Walter was in the top group to the end, Rich Burnowski....likely won. Ben Roberto is serious and also in that top group....It was exciting to see both Randy McCleave and Mark Nankivil in there too.</DIV>
<DIV>&nbsp;</DIV>
<DIV>Rain came for about an hour or so and then left some pretty good air.&nbsp; We could have had a lot more rounds but the rain caused time to run away.&nbsp; My last flight was more about me getting packed to catch my flight home than it was about flying.&nbsp; I got stuff in some smeg, ate up about 3mins at less than 50' and had some betting that I'd be swimming in the creek to get my Sharon, but I brought her home with energy to spare, got packed and off to the airport...to be home by 9pm.</DIV>
<DIV>&nbsp;</DIV>
<DIV>For those of you who have not flown Gateway...it IS a premier event in the midwest...the sod farm is huge and plush, easy to get to, motels with in a mile and food too.&nbsp; The St Louis guys are all talented and enthusiastic pilots and the event ran like clockwork!&nbsp;&nbsp; I pity the fool doesn't make a point of making one of their contests.&nbsp; There is plenty of room to do simultaneous launches F3J style and plenty of terrain diversity to make thermal hunting fun.</DIV>
<DIV>&nbsp;</DIV>
<DIV>It was an honor to have shared the day with them all!</DIV>
<DIV>Wish you could have been there....at least for the rain part :-)</DIV>
<DIV>Gordy<BR>next stop New Orleans, Gulf Port, Myrtle Beach, Orlando, Tampa, Ft Lauderdale, Bahamas, Jamaca, Puerto Rico and home....you?</DIV></FONT><BR><BR><BR>
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Old Jun 05, 2007, 01:37 AM
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Harley Michaelis

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http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showt...48#post7574057



Now that Harley has sung his swan song on RCSE, I'd like to give a little
insight into Harley, his planes and his hospitality. I met Harley a couple
of years ago after sending him an email out of the blue about how much I
liked the looks of his Genie sailplanes. I really had no idea who he was,
how much he had accomplished, and how well regarded he was among the RC
sailplane community. I knew I liked the look of his planes and enjoy
building. How had I not discovered him before then?

Harley has been nice enough to put me up at his house several times when
I've driven over (5 hours' worth) for Tri-Slope six packs, NWSS contests,
and building sessions. He was instrumental in helping me complete my big
Genie, which was documented in a build log here:
<http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=219550&page=4>
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show...t=219550&page=4 He's always fed me
well both at his house and at the field, and treated me most recently to
teriyaki hot wings, and a gourmet breakfast to get the day started right.
His ex-wife is a wonderful jazz pianist, who is quite prolific with her
recordings. During my latest trip, he sent me home with several CDs of her
music.

If you've not looked at Harley's documentation on building planes or swapped
emails with him about building and problem solving in modeling, you've
missed out! He's very helpful and quick to respond. There were points during
the Genie build that I didn't think I was ever going to have a flying model.
With a young child running around and another one on the way and a new job,
well, you get the idea. Harley was always there to get me through a problem
and not scold me for missing the technique in the instructions. You may
think you can't build a Genie or an Orca, but you can if you follow the
instructions and stay with it. Even if you never build another Genie, his
techniques are applicable to many different models, and you'll have a lot of
practical knowledge to take with you to other projects.

And finally, the looks of the Genies are certainly one thing, but the way
they fly is quite sublime. It's hard to imagine that a 6 pound, 145"
homemade airplane can be so nimble and responsive. I was expecting a flying
truck with the big Genie, but got a Porsche Cayman. You'd never think of
standing such a huge ship on its wingtip and pirouetting around in tight
bubbles to climb out, but it can be done. The energy retention and legs of
these ships is really something, owing to the streamlined design with the
only external linkage being a pull-pull bellcrank under the rudder. With all
the wing servos in the center section, the tips are lighter and simpler,
contributing to the quick response to controls or thermal bumps. With the
slightest breeze, the big Genie can be launched with a hosemonster 3m
highstart and the LT/S can be modestly zoomed. They will zoom for several
seconds off a good winch launch. They are easy to repair and can be made to
look new again by following Harley's instructions. For their size, they are
light and are easy to land with generous flaps at 90o. In case you haven't
discovered the website, it is here: <http://genie.rchomepage.com/>
http://genie.rchomepage.com

If anyone in this forum is an RCSE subscriber, could you cross-post this for
me? I've tried and tried to post there without success.

Thermals,
--Byron.

 


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