Elmira NY: The 2012 Harris Hill Vintage RC Aerotow - July 6-7 - PHOTOS ADDED!!! - Page 2 - RC Groups
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Jun 19, 2012, 01:59 PM
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I wanted to cross-promote the other vintage event here in the East. The SKSS field is one of my favorite places to fly. The locals ain't bad either. Should be blast!

Go to SKSS. Join us in Elmira. Make a week out of it!

Retroplane Wood Wings at Silent Knights Soaring Society (SKSS)
June 29 - July 1, 2012 (3-day event)
Newark, DE

Vintage wooden wing gliders only

Club Site: http://www.skss.org/wordpress/

RC Groups Contacts: creeve; cooper998

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Jun 24, 2012, 08:01 AM
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Our planning update with the NSM and IVSM went great. They are so excited that we'll be there!

The International Vintage Sailplane Meet is held just once every four years - don’t wait until 2016 to see it!

Again, this is not a typical event. We'll be co-existing with full scale operations and only flying in select windows or if weather gives the advantage to RC guys over full scale (read: cloudy, weak lift). We'll see. The hallmark for everything we do is SAFETY! Planned flying windows for RC are as follows:

Thursday 7/5 = 5:00 PM - Dark for those early arrivals (We will be there ready to tow you!)

Friday 7/6 = 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM only if full scale conditions warrant, not very likely, and 5:00 PM - Dark

Saturday 7/7 = 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM and 12:00 noon - Dark (IVSM ends at noon, we need to work with Harris Hill full scale operations and their obvious right of way as to how we fly)

Note, the full scale pilot's meeting is at 9:30 AM each morning, so they will be flying by 10:00.

There is no registration or tow fee. RCAeroTowing.com is asking that all participants make an "Individual Membership" level donation to the National Soaring Museum of $35. If you are already a NSM member, we still ask you to make a finacial donation to the museum. Form is below, we will be collecting these at check-in.


Reminder, this is a 2.4G event.

We have participants from 9 states, Quebec, and UK. Should be a great group.

CAMPING: Camping is available on Harris Hill. $10.00 per person, per night. This needs to be set-up in advance between you and the NSM. They are providing this service primarily to the IVSM attendees. Limited availability.

LECTURES: Each day at 10:00 AM there will be a lecture in the NSM Community Room.
-- Wednesday = “John Robinson and the Zanonia: World’s First Diamond C” by Dave Raspet (10:30 start time)
-- Thursday = “Bonomi and Silva about Klemperer” by Vincenzo Pedrielli and Walter Klemperer
-- Friday = “60th Anniversary of the Madrid Internationals" by Phil Westcott and Kyle Schweizer
-- Saturday = "100 Years Ago: Soaring Starts around the World" by Simine Short

Don't forget your camera!!!!!!!!!!!


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Jul 06, 2012, 02:41 PM
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Greetings from the field. We had a great tow session yesterday 5:15 - 8:30 P and another this morning from 7:30 - 10:00 A. Folks are now doing full scale rides. We start up again around 4:30 with RC.

Photos are starting to populate here: http://www.rcaerotowing.com/forum/sh...ll=1#post12550

I'll try to post more here tonight if there is time...
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Jul 07, 2012, 06:35 PM
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A few pictures to share from this morning's (Saturday) session. We flew 7:30 A - 10:45 A following a session of epic ridge lift that went until dark on Friday night. The stars of the morning show were certainly the two stunning 1:3 scale IS-4 Jastrzab and the 5 meter Foka. We had a big crowd on the flight line all grinning. Note the later shots below with full scale operating in the background.

We deeply appreciate the folks at Harris Hill Soaring Corp (Mark & Mark!) and Ron Odgen at National Soaring Museum for making this weekend of RC possible!

I'll post some more -- out of sync when I get the Friday night session off my laptop computer.
Jul 07, 2012, 08:18 PM
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What a great event.I want to thank Steve and Len for putting it together and keeping us flying.It was neat to see all the vintage sailplanes flying.A couple that stand out were the two ASK 13'S and the Cherokee.The flying was great with plenty of lift.Friday evening the slope and thermals kept us airborn until it was getting dark and we had to bring the planes down.
Thanks Tom
Jul 08, 2012, 02:56 PM
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There is a bunch of photos beginning with post #http://www.rcaerotowing.com/forum/sh...ll=1#post12549

Also some here: http://www.facebook.com/RCAeroTowing


TG 2: http://www.rcaerotowing.com/forum/sh...ll=1#post12621

Hutter 17: http://www.rcaerotowing.com/forum/sh...ll=1#post12622

Slingsby T-31: http://www.rcaerotowing.com/forum/sh...ll=1#post12624

Slingsby T-53: http://www.rcaerotowing.com/forum/sh...ll=1#post12625

Pair of ASK-13s: http://www.rcaerotowing.com/forum/sh...ll=1#post12623

Olympia 2B: http://www.rcaerotowing.com/forum/sh...ll=1#post12626

Bowlus: http://www.rcaerotowing.com/forum/sh...ll=1#post12627

Once again, thanks to everyone who came to fly scale models with us, to NSM, to Harris Hill Soaring, the IVSM organizers, the Vintage Sailplane Association, AMA District II, Dave Gardner, and local AMA members who stopped by to watch!

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Jul 15, 2012, 02:27 PM
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The AMA just posted their photos from the event. Some nice new perspectives on the models and full scale action...


Aug 25, 2012, 07:39 PM
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An article and photos from The Harris Hill Vintage Aerotow at Elmira can be found in the September issue of RC Soaring Digest. The event owns pages 4-19

Oct 07, 2012, 02:03 PM
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Sharing the pdf attachment below from our friends at the Vintage Sailplane Association. Coverage of the International Vintage Sailplane Meet including the scale model activity...
Last edited by SPasierb; Oct 11, 2012 at 12:15 PM. Reason: The Bungee Cord - Fall 2012 Issue
Oct 07, 2012, 05:24 PM
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Excellent report Steve - thanks for the effort and for sharing!
Oct 08, 2012, 10:34 AM
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Originally Posted by Thermalator
Excellent report Steve - thanks for the effort and for sharing!
+1 Thanks
Oct 08, 2012, 12:23 PM
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Steve! Great job,thank you Sir. Paul

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