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Jun 25, 2011, 11:44 AM
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Google Earth is your friend. That's what we do at least. Since the G&R is a straight line you simply draw a line on Google Earth from your starting point out to 1 K. Launch and pass over your starting point and fly past your 1 K marker and return. Don't forget that you can wander around all you want to find lift. You just have to pass over the starting point, 1K marker and then the finish (starting) point again to complete the task. As an example. From my house I found the 1 K point. Then I zoomed in and found that not only is there a road quite close but a lone tree that I could use as a marker for the distance. It's amazing what you can find on Google Earth as you zoom in for markers. Does this answer your question?
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Jun 25, 2011, 08:46 PM
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yes it does. In Fact on July fourth we are going to set this up. we have a road at the flying field that is 1k out.. so Dennis is going to sit on the road and when my plane goes over him he is going to tell whoever is next to me (via Phone) that i made it and i can turn aroun d
Jun 26, 2011, 07:56 AM
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But you'll miss out on the fun of hanging out the window flying. Good luck! Hope to see that form soon.
Jun 26, 2011, 08:59 AM
Balsa breaks better
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Jun 26, 2011, 08:50 PM
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Who is that short haired guy. I forgot all about that pic. Thanks for posting it Joe. That day was a blast. Joe even got his 1K earlier that day from my van.
Jun 26, 2011, 10:17 PM
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Which one of them short haird guys you talking about? (>;

Jun 27, 2011, 04:52 AM
the answer 42 is
Second attempt for my second ladder :P the weather is not helping, I went with no expectations yesterday to my slope and there was no wind and lots of sink. On the bright side I made a brilliant 5 minutes flight I thought I will have to walk a kilometer to recover the plane but I hit a thermal and brought my NotaBubbledancer back :P the 10 minutes flight was as exiting and after that there was nothing to do than pack and go back home, horrible conditions not even the alula would make it for a toss and turn :P

anyhow hopefully the weather and wind will get better in the coming weeks


Jun 27, 2011, 08:00 AM
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I made an attempt at my thermal ladder last weekend. Since I had company here for the week it gave me witnesses and they wanted to see the planes fly. I didn't make it. I did however get to teach my dad to fly at age 73. He had a blast with the Radian. That was worth more than the ladder for me. This weekend looked good both days but I had too much work to do to even think about flying. The project list is getting smaller though. The pilots lounge is getting closer to done as well.
Jul 07, 2011, 09:19 AM
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Since my last post I have attempted the add em up 2 more times. Both times I used the Radian as I want to do some of the lower level tasks with it. It's silly not to use your best ship but the Radians fly great and I want to make a point that a "low dollar" ship will get it done. Once I was foiled by company showing up so I had to quit flying. The second attempt the thermals dried up. I just couldn't get the 5 min minimums to finish out. I was so close. At one point I considered making the 1K run as I had the altitude. It would have been all upwind in light lift though, so I opted to let it wait for a better day. I'm not even messing with the landings until last. They're not a problem for me to hit at L1 using a Radian.
The SSP home field is looking better. I started a lawn care initiative this year and it's starting to pay off. It's starting to look like a mini turf farm now. (way mini) DIE WEEDS, DIE Another over seeding is planned as well. The runway itself looks great as I heavily over seeded it last fall. "Sorry about around the house dear. I may have "accidentally" seeded the runway twice." Can you say, lush? There's even an area for tents. If it were a bit larger I would hold contests. If you would like to check out the site on Google Earth it's at LAT: 4129'26.26"N LON: 8631'32.40"W. This is an early spring photo before the grass really greened up. The new pilot's lounge can be seen jutting from the back of the house. Now you can even fly from the air conditioned lounge as well as the pool. Only the best for our members.
Jul 11, 2011, 10:23 PM
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well Friday morning the Sky was Clear.. The weather was warm and I was ready to make the 1k run out and back. I got my Dad and drove him to the 1 k mark with a air horn and a Walkie Talkie.
I thru it up in the air used the motor for 20 seconds(600 feet according to my aurora on board gps) and started on my way. The wind was Dead calm so I didnt have that to help or worry about. Well I was going and the Art hobby castor 2.5 was getting smaller and smaller and I gave up I turned it around and brought it back called my dad and he told me i was about 75 yard from him. So he talked me into a second attemp. This time I made It to him and on the return trip i got into a great thermal and this ended up being a 35 minute flight. I landed at the inside mark of the 1 meter mark on my tape. So as long as its not a out and back thing I made it. I didnt turn my motor on again so i dont think i did anything wrong since I caught a thermal and went with it... Let me know..

Also The ladder task sucks.. HAHAHAHA.. I can hit 16 mins on my first flight or practice flights. But when i need anything over 10 minutes I cant seem to get it.
Jul 12, 2011, 08:48 AM
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If you started with a legal launch, then passed over point "A" (starting point), flew past point "B" (turn around point), ended by flying over "A" again without restarting your motor, landed without shedding parts of your plane, and someone witnessed these points, you made it. Where you flew in between those points isn't relevant. The sticky points are: If dad was at "B" did he see you pass "A", see your plane cross "B", come back in time to see you cross "A" again and land? Now if "A" was in front of the release zone or power down zone and "B" was 1K from that zone he would know simply by the fact you left the release zone that you passed it. With electric it's a bit trickier as it's hard to tell from 1K away if you shut down in time. The better solution would have been for dad to watch you launch then drive to "B" and let you know when you could turn around and then come back in time to see you pass "A" and land. However, give me a time to call you and discuss this further. Then I'll make the ruling. Yes, I do check up on peoples sheets and witnesses randomly or in cases such as this where it's a close call on a ruling. The funny part is. The only times so far that a re-do was needed the person suggested it before me wanting to make sure there was never a question as to the legitimacy of the task or detriment of the program. You guys make my job easy and the program's integrity and standards high.

As far as the ladder tasks go. Well I personally never thought they would be this difficult. I can make the time when I don't need them and can't seem to get them all when I do need them. I have even blown one by being 3 seconds short. It makes me a better pilot and I'm having fun so I get over it with a groan and a laugh. I will get there and it will be all the sweeter when I do.
Jul 12, 2011, 12:54 PM
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Okay.. So I will rule against myself since my dad was at point B. As I know I didn't turn the motor on again after hitting the 200 meter(600 foot mark). Since I didn't have anyone to witness this I will Gladly do it again to make sure I follow all the rules. Plus this was a fun task for me to do. He was back at the field in plenty of time to see me land the plane.
Thanks again for setting up this program...
Jul 13, 2011, 12:36 PM
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Great work and try again. Have not been able to fly recently ( either too busy or weather) but always like reading about others ssp progress.

Jul 22, 2011, 06:19 PM
launch height can't fix stupid
Got a bit done with the Bronze program today. Got the thermal landings done and one of the thermal flights. Yes I am doing some of the thermal side just to get a bit of practice on non slope tasks.

Jul 25, 2011, 06:27 PM
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Hey guys,
I didn't get out to fly this weekend but I did get a couple of planes. I was given a 2 m duck(needs some tlc), I was given a original blaster that someone in the club won and never pit it together and I bought a supra.
Now I'm getting not the winch aspect of soaring. I have watched people use the winch and it scares me a little. I thought about getting a hi-start to launch my 2m until sat. Our club had a contest and one of the club members came out with his one winch
This takes the place of a bungee or hi-start. I got to launch his plane and it was cake walk. All you do is walk backwards about 15 feet and your up really High. I will be being one of these to launch my planes until I'm not so scared from the winch.
Just thought this was a really cool idea and wanted to share

So how is everyone doing n there tasks ?

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