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Oct 28, 2012, 09:00 AM
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ALES contest results, October 27

CD, Tom Hoopes

Hi All,

We had a fun little ALES contest today. The weather cooperated with
spectacular blue skies, a very light breeze, and a whole lot of thermals.

I was afraid that we might have a light turn-out, so I threw my
Dragonfly in the car just before I left for the field this morning
thinking that I could conceivable fly it in the contest. I know that
you are probably reading this and thinking what a knucklehead.

Scott Hinckley, Allan McKay, Dave Mumford, Dale Arrington, and Robert
Arrington were at the field. The Arringtons had come to fun-fly so we
had a field of four to fly in the contest. We decided to self-time
thus allowing us to fly in a single flight group with 10 minute rounds.

Everyone was flying a Radian, except for me with my Dragonfly. I've
never seen a Radian fly before, but in 30 seconds of motor run, they
consistently reached an altitude several times the altitude of my
lowly Dragonfly.

Dave Mumford flew very well as he buried the rest of the field
landing after a 9:50 flight. Scott finished second, Allan third and I
safely finished in fourth place for the first round.

In the second round, Dave took the round again, flying 9:54 with a 10
point landing. Allan was nipping at Dave's heels flying a 9:36 flight
with a 20 point landing.

In the third round, Scott experienced some severe radio interference
with his Radian executing a high-speed vertical dive. Although he
lost all of his precious altitude, he was able to safely recover and
land. Allan took the round flying a skilled 9:50 with a 50 point
landing (perfect). Dave finished second with 4:42 flight. After the
round, we re-positioned Scott's antennas that had been placed under
the CAMs switch to see if the CAMs may have been causing the interference.

In the fourth and final round, Scott flew without any radio issues.
He gained some serious altitude putting the hurt on the other Radian
pilots. After 6 minutes of thermalling next to the sun, he left to
join up with Allan on the opposite end of the field also at a
spectacular altitude. The Radian doesn't range out as well as a
traditional 2m glider even though it thermals nearly as well. By the
time that Scott reached Allan's thermal, he was scratching at a
dangerously low altitude. He skillfully flew down the ridge and
caught a juicy thermal allowing him to gain sufficient altitude and
fly to 9:46 with a 45 point landing. Allan finished second in the
round with a 9:41, but missed his landing.

Allan took first place in the contest with a score of 3475, Dave took
second with a 3097, Scott took third place with 2352. Oh, and I
safely finished in fourth place with a score of 1005.

The contest ran so smoothly. The scoring software worked perfectly.
The CAMs worked perfectly. When was that last time that you flew in a
contest with four rounds that were ten minutes long and were able to
get home in a couple of hours? I was so impressed with the Radian
that I stopped by MRS on the way home and bought my own Radian.

Thanks for a fun day!

Tom Hoopes

Note: A Radian PnP (minus battery & receiver) will be the grand prize at the Christmas awards dinner on December 11. Last time to pay Everett is November 1.
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