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Jun 19, 2015, 11:22 PM
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Hey Steve,
Agree with you on the weather, it has really limited my flying time also, hoping July and August are better.
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Jun 22, 2015, 09:26 AM
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Steve,
How many folks have attained levels in the SSP so far?

Marc
Jul 30, 2015, 08:21 PM
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If a guy wanted to pick up some SSP decals, how would one go about doing it? tried to send an inquiry to info@sportsmanssoaringprogram.com but it got kicked back to me.

Chris
Sep 25, 2015, 04:25 PM
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WOW, I had a real Homer moment today. Yesterday was close to a perfect day for me weather wise. My home built winch which allows me to full pedal my Riser 100 all the way up was humming right along, thermal activity was not very strong at my release height, I figure about 400 feet. Got out my Riser 100 electric with a Bird of Time wing, it has a CAM set at 200 meters.
On the first flight BAM !!! first into major lift, after crusing around for 20 minutes I forced it down in order to winch up my Riser 100 and take advantage of the lift for the SSP copper level tasks I'm working on, figured I could get atleast 1 30 minute flight.
Couldnt find any lift at the lower level. bummer.
Cut to today, while reading thru the Task Requirments, number 5 to be exact, that's when I had my Homer moment. Turns out E-Sailplanes are OK to use as long as you follow the guidlines....DOH !!!!!
All this time I've been restructing myself to the winch and hi-start when I could have been counting all my E Flights.
Oh well, got some great pratice in through the year.
Hoping to make Copper by the end of this season, and now that I can use my E-Sailplane....game on !!!!!
Oct 15, 2015, 12:20 PM
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I thought about joining but I have no interest in flying a distance and back. So I guess I will just fly a contest or two a year and be happy about that. I have no one who flies gliders with me so I would have to drive 2 hours to find someone to verify my flights.

Art
Oct 15, 2015, 12:35 PM
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Art,

Flying cross country is actually a lot of fun and can be done with about any plane. It is worth giving a try.

For SSP you can use a data logger to "witness" most tasks and a friend or relative can witness most others.

Ryan
Oct 16, 2015, 01:15 PM
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Thanks Ryan.

I have never used a logger. I have been trying to figure out what I can use with my DX9. Does anyone know of the site to find out how to site up on a DX9.

Art
Dec 06, 2015, 11:51 AM
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Quote:
Originally Posted by R.M. Gellart
Steve,
How many folks have attained levels in the SSP so far?

Marc

Aaron Steen is our newest aspirant brining us to 102 aspirants with 19 members that have made Copper at least.


Anybody have a form completed for number 20?




Joe
Dec 11, 2015, 03:18 PM
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Wish I did, 1 flight away. Dang weather and my days off refused to line up !!!!
Mar 24, 2016, 08:47 AM
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Even though I don't post much any more I still check in from time to time. I'm actually gearing up to start flying more again. I'm currently posting in the electric forum. I'm doing an "E" conversion on my TH Vista as a test for the conversion to the OLY lll.

Hope everyone has been enjoying the program.
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Mar 25, 2016, 03:42 PM
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It's 51* out with blue skies but the winds died. I decided to get some fresh air so I took the Radian out. On the first launch I caught a thermal and specked it out. Brought it back to where I could get an eye on it and specked it out again. This time I lost it for a few seconds. Decided to get it back to somewhere south of a grain of salt. The lift chose that time to die off. Isn't that how it usually goes? Landed with a 16:15. Not bad for the first try of the year. Too bad all I need is a 45min & 1K G&R. I had fun and that's the important part.
Mar 25, 2016, 06:38 PM
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I have huge expectations for this season coming up. Hopping to make the first level early this spring so I can get most if not all of the second level by season's end, weather permiting I will !!!!
Apr 09, 2016, 11:02 AM
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Decals


Joe,

How do I order deals?

Jeff Dailey
Apr 10, 2016, 07:10 AM
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PM Thermaler (you can find him a few posts up). He can take care of you. Sorry to have to cut our conversation short yesterday. As anyone who has ever talked to me knows, I generally will talk until you can't stand it any more. LOL
Apr 18, 2016, 01:50 PM
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I finally did my 45 minute flight!

It's been really calm & unseasonably warm here the last couple of days. With temps at around 80* and 0 wind except for the occasional breeze due to thermal activity and not a cloud in the sky, I decided to test the air. I wasn't prepared for what happened next. I skied out instantly. No searching for a thermal, no checking patterns, no getting ready to make the attempt. One second I was thinking about testing air, the next I was going for a long task. As usual the timer was started late because I wasn't going to do anything but test air. That mistake almost cost me in the end! Never, I repeat NEVER not turn on your timer!!!

Within minutes I was in trouble. My neck was killing me as I was directly overhead, no water, shade or chair. The wife was hanging out with me as always and saved my butt once again. Like a trouper, she dragged out my lounge chair, brought me water, helped spot, took pictures and cheered me on. You have to love a great wife!

At the 34 minute mark things started going south. I lost the plane while she was off getting a book and more drinks. Luckily I was flying with a Turkey Vulture and was able to locate my plane again. At 38 I was getting low as a cool breeze has started picking up. I knew there was a thermal over that way but I wasn't sure I could get there and the end was in sight. I decided to tough it out and not leave the little lift I had at the moment. This was the second time I almost cost myself the task. Always know when to bail. I'll never know if I would have been better off trying to make the thermal across field. I think now it might have been the safer bet.

At 43 minutes I was in a panic. I looked like a little kid doing the pee pee dance. I was begging the thermal gods for anything they could spare his old soul. I may even have promised the dog and extra treat if she would run out on the field and fart to give me a boost. I'm not sure, things were getting a little blurry at this point. At 44 minutes it looked like I was going to fail. With 30 seconds to go. I caught a little bump, then another and managed to make a slow circle at around 15' of altitude. I stalled her to a landing that was rough by my standards but way better than a moldie coming in and made my landing. Time? 45:06 minutes and 43" landing. I made it. Just barely, but I made it.

I learned a few lessons. Mainly TURN ON THE TIMER!!! Had a great time and finished up one of my last two tasks. I just need the 1K G&R and I'll be moving on. You may be wondering what fancy plane did I do this with. Well like all of this level, My glorified beer cooler. Yes, the original Radian. If the weather holds a few more days I may try the G&R with it. It would be cool to complete this whole level with the Radian. So if you're wondering if you can make a go of the program with a cheap plane, the answer is YES! Although, the next level I'm using something different.

Here's some pics of me kickin' it in the lounge chair making my time. Courtesy of my wife.


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