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Jun 25, 2009, 08:05 AM
Oleg Golovidov
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ECHLGF-2009, Wilson, NC, September 25-27

Down East Soaring Society is pleased to announce the 8-th annual
East Coast Hand Launch Glider Festival on September 25-27, 2009
in Wilson, North Carolina.

Contest Director - Richard Proseus (DProseus)
On-line registration: ESL contest site
List of registered people so far: Registered pilots

  • Fun fly, HLG seminar, one-on-one help clinic for beginners, and
    Pro/Am contest on Friday, September 25
  • F3K tasks with some modifications on Saturday and Sunday, September 26-27
  • Best pilots go into the Fly-Offs on Sunday
  • Free entry if this is your FIRST ever contest
  • Lunch provided on Saturday and Sunday
  • On-field dinner (possibly) on Saturday

Club web-site is here:
We will be posting more information as it becomes available. Watch this thread for more posts!

Here is a link to the Google map of the field: DESS field (Google map)
Use the link and the map to get directions to the field from your place!

Please, make your travel arrangements now and free up your last weekend in
September for this great event.

The preliminary plans include a seminar on Friday morning/noon time, then
likely a one-on-one help clinic with experts helping beginners with model
setup and flying, and then a Pro/Am contest to practice the contest tasks
for beginners! We may also try some other fun flying activities, like HL
cross-country, flying under the influence of beer, etc. Everybody is
invited to come and play on Friday
, even if you are too shy to fly in the
contest or don't have a flyable model. Come and watch the clinic.
Saturday and Sunday we will have our usual hard core competition with the
best pilots of the East Coast and hopefully several from the West Coast!
The Fly-Offs on Sunday are a huge spectacle for everybody.

Please, register early to reserve your frequency and show your
support! We would love to hear from you!

Post your thoughts, suggestions, expectations, etc. in this thread.
Last edited by olgol; Jul 06, 2009 at 09:20 PM.
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Jun 25, 2009, 08:51 AM
Bruce Davidson
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You guys have a great field to fly from and the contest always runs like a well oiled machine. I am looking forward to the last dance of the season. Count me in!

Bruce Davidson
Jun 25, 2009, 09:07 AM
Oleg Golovidov
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Bruce, here is an official invitation and request for you to assist us with the clinic on Friday. As usual, we would like to help all new pilots with the basics of HL flying and especially contest flying. You and Phil Barnes are very good at show and tell.

Phil, I hope you are coming also, and if you can, it would be great to have both you and Bruce conduct the clinic on Friday.

I have one idea of a new thing to do during/after the clinic. We can do 1-2 rounds of simulated contest flying where 2 experienced pilots fly a certain task (say 5x2min or 1,2,3,4) and they describe what they are doing at all times. An "announcer" (Bruce?) can also describe to the "public" what is going on continuously. Could be a great teaching technique.
Jun 25, 2009, 09:31 AM
Bruce Davidson
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What, you want me to talk about toy airplanes in front of a bunch of people...okay:-)

What ever I can do to help you can count on me. I like that idea of everyone watching you and Phil beat up on each other in a simulated contest while I give the blow by blow. I think a clinic that focuses on how to get the most out of a competition will be fun and informative for everyone.

Jun 25, 2009, 09:47 AM
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I'll be there, of course! This is a great contest for those who haven't been...

Jun 25, 2009, 10:21 AM
Chuck 'Em and Chase 'Em
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If it will be the same speach as at Polecat, have Paul send you the video to play so you could go and take a break! LOL
Jun 25, 2009, 10:27 AM
Tom Shupe
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ECHLGF 2007 was the first contest I ever attended. These guys did an excellent job of teaching the basics of contest strategy during the Friday clinic. They give you enough information to make it through Saturday and Sunday without feeling like a clueless n00b.

The biggest fear I had when I went to this contest wasn't that I would do poorly (I new I would.) It was that I would make a rookie mistake that would screw up one of the seasoned veterans. If you have never watched a contest before....the better guys tend to bunch up in a downwind corner of the field. This gives a lot of space for new guys to get away from the pack and concentrate on learning the tasks and rhythm of a contest. If anyone is new, and considering attending their first contest....ECHLGF would be an excellent place to start. ( is FREE for new guys )
Jun 25, 2009, 11:20 AM
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i really like olegs idea of is one thing to just watch,but having commentary would be great!
Jun 25, 2009, 01:10 PM
Walter Roos
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The Clinic

Now that Bruce has turned pro actor, I'm sure he has joined the Actors Guild and will be looking for some sort of compensation. I wonder if Paul is paying him in beer? Only after hours, of course, at the contest.

Jun 25, 2009, 01:15 PM
Bruce Davidson
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And keep in mind my 2 favorite brands of beer. Free beer and cold beer.

Jun 25, 2009, 01:20 PM
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Originally Posted by FredM
i really like olegs idea of is one thing to just watch,but having commentary would be great!
Actually, even better it would be if we'd film the two speakers (say Bruce and Phil) and we can then play them back side-by-side. I'd not go with 5x2 because those guys can just float around for 2 minutes - let's give them at least 3 minutes flights, so they have to sweat a bit and for us to learn something. I usually make my 2 minutes, but rarely the 3 unless I find a thermal. Also, the story telling should start before the task - do they launch a quick one before, to find it? Do they smell it? Signs? I'd so much love to see this one - it's so rarely that you get an expert to speak its mind out and so much to learn from it. Many thanks Oleg for the idea, and it would be great if Bruce and Phil will play along for the benefit of all of us.

Mihai, who looks forward to this contest!
Jun 26, 2009, 04:25 PM
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We have been kicking around some exciting ideas for Friday

We are thinking about having more of a one on one, expert to novice experience.
Not in a big group seminar but maybe one expert to two or three novice. In that group the expert can work directly with the novice to improve upon things like correct CG, throwing , trimming, contest planning, finding thermals, etc.
DESS would like to here your ides ! What would you like to see ( dangerous question) at a DLG contest ?
Jun 26, 2009, 05:40 PM
Bruce Davidson
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I would be willing to have an airplane inspection and repair/modification service. Then it would be great to do some flying and coaching on an individual basis if anyone is interested. Maybe just block out a couple of hours and get all the willing experts to shadow a novice while they fly.

Bruce, up for anything, Davidson
Jun 26, 2009, 06:31 PM
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I was thinking of making up a check list to use fof looking at planes. I,ll write it up and post it for discussion.

Jun 26, 2009, 08:02 PM
Blue Collar DLG Marshall
Dick and Bruce, That is a great idea. It all starts with an honest plane......

I also like the idea of having someone work with me while I fly because I know my plane know more about what it needs to do than I do.

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