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Oct 08, 2017, 11:08 PM
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Building and Flying Balsa Model Sailplanes


All are invited to South Bay Soaring Society’s next program at 7:45pm 10/11/17 at the main Saratoga Fire Station or join us on GoTo Meeting (see instructions below).

Bob and Stephen will share their love of building and flying balsa model gliders. Bob builds the king of all balsa gliders, the Bubble Dancer designed by Mark Drela. Bob has built numerous of these gliders and he is probably the best balsa builder in our area. Stephen is not a builder, but loves to recover old balsa planes, bring them back to life with new electronics and fly them. Come hear about:

• Building in balsa, tips and tricks - Bob
◦ Design yourself, or building from plans, short kits, and kits
◦ Building light vs sturdy
◦ Thoughts on repairing balsa
◦ Enhancing with carbon fiber and/or fiberglass
• Favorite balsa builds (i.e. Bubble Dancers) - Bob
• Joys of balsa flying - Stephen
• Favorite balsa sailplanes collected so far
• How to retrofit old sailplanes to make flyable again

The South Bay Soaring Society Program is held every 2nd Wednesday of the month at the main Saratoga Fire Station at 14380 Saratoga Ave, Saratoga, CA 95070. The business meeting starts at 6:30pm and the program begins sometime after 7:45pm. Anyone is welcome to attend either meeting and you can bring friends.

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Oct 10, 2017, 12:59 AM
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Yankee Soar @ October Meeting?


Hello!
Given the topic of recovering old balsa gliders/aircraft I thought I might bring my 46 year old 16 ft. Yankee Soar glider to the meeting (a picture can be found on my blog, username pricedempler). Let me know if this is appropriate or given the program, an unnecessary distraction. Either way is fine!

Price
Oct 25, 2017, 04:53 PM
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Originally Posted by pricedempler
Hello!
Given the topic of recovering old balsa gliders/aircraft I thought I might bring my 46 year old 16 ft. Yankee Soar glider to the meeting (a picture can be found on my blog, username pricedempler). Let me know if this is appropriate or given the program, an unnecessary distraction. Either way is fine!

Price

Price did bring his plane, one of the biggest we have had in the room. Here is a picture and pointer to his blog - Thanks, Throwbot
Oct 25, 2017, 04:57 PM
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Using Flight Controllers in Vertical Takeoff Models


All are invited to South Bay Soaring Society’s next program at 7:45pm Wednesday, November 8th (11/8/17) at the main Saratoga Fire Station or join us on GoTo Meeting (see instructions below).

Bob Ormiston, a retired aerospace engineer, will be presenting his work in programming sophisticated flight software running on today's flight control computers. His test bed is his tilt-wing version of the Bell Aerosystems ducted propeller X-22A Tri-Service V/STOL research aircraft. This model has two rotating wings that are vertical during take off and tilt to horizontal for normal flight. He is a key contributor and user of the OpenAeroVTOL open source software project (see RCGroups Topics OpenAeroVTOL. This software is used by hobbyists, NASA and commercial R&D. Topics in Bob’s talk will include:

The development of full scale VTOL (vertical takeoff & landing) planes
What type of flight controllers are available and which one Bob selected
How to program controllers (Open Aero VTOL)
How to use open source software
How to debug Bob’s flight controlled plane
How flight controllers are used in drones and perhaps in sailplanes
Future plans for his research and modeling

The South Bay Soaring Society Program is held every 2nd Wednesday of the month at the main Saratoga Fire Station at 14380 Saratoga Ave, Saratoga, CA 95070 (except December and January). The business meeting starts at 6:30pm and the program begins sometime after 7:45pm. Anyone is welcome to attend either meeting and you can bring friends.

You may also join our 7:45pm program from your computer, tablet or smartphone at
https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/474283837
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See it fly at:

Bobs Bell Aerosystems Tri-Service V/STOL X-22A at Baylands (3 min 2 sec)
Last edited by Throwbot; Oct 30, 2017 at 01:38 PM.
Jan 04, 2018, 11:17 AM
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Annual Auction


South Bay Soaring Society Annual Auction
In Conjunction With Our First Meeting of the Year
South Bay Soaring Society
Annual Auction
January 10, 2018

Just got all the cool stuff you wanted for Christmas?

How are you going to find room for all of it???

There’s only one solution:
Bring all of your older/spare cool stuff to the Annual South Bay Soaring Society Auction and pass it along!

Don’t miss it!
See you there for some great deals!

The club will take 10% of the take from the seller, Throwbot will bring bid forms and pencils.
Jan 12, 2018, 05:46 PM
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How to build and All Carbon Fiber DLG for under $200* has just been posted at

How to Build an All Carbon DLG Glider for Under $200* (59 min 10 sec)
Jan 17, 2018, 01:59 PM
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Ornithopter Design for Flapping and Soaring Flight


All are invited to South Bay Soaring Society’s next program at 7:45pm Wednesday, February 14th, 2018 at the main Saratoga Fire Station or join us on GoTo Meeting (see instructions below).

Steve Morris spoke to South Bay Soaring Society 4 years ago and has been making progress with his ornithopters (flying planes that use flapping for propulsion) since then. We are excited to hear about this progress, especially his achievement of getting his ornithopter to soar in thermals.

Ornithopters have been flying for over 100 years but few designs have achieved high efficiency in both flapping  and gliding flight. Steve’s talk will cover the development of a series of ornithopters that have demonstrated flapping and soaring flight using wing designs different from most previous ornithopters.  The models use electric propulsion and the largest weighs 6 pounds, has a 7.5 foot wingspan, and has a glide ratio of greater than 10 to 1. This model has soared in moderate thermals.

The South Bay Soaring Society Program is held every 2nd Wednesday of the month at the main Saratoga Fire Station at 14380 Saratoga Ave, Saratoga, CA 95070 (except December and January). The business meeting starts at 6:30pm and the program begins sometime after 7:45pm. Anyone is welcome to attend either meeting and you can bring friends.

You may also join our 7:45pm program from your computer, tablet or smartphone at
https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/474283837

You can also dial in using your phone.
United States: +1 (646) 749-3112

Access Code: 474-283-837

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See if fly at
Ornithopter #8, Test #7, Thermal Soaring! (1 min 38 sec)
Jan 17, 2018, 03:35 PM
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If we flap the wings by servos, and move the servos directly by stirring the transmitter stick, can we fly it at the "no motor" sites?
Feb 05, 2018, 07:25 PM
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John Montgomery Update


Happy New Year.

I was finally getting around to reading my Model Aviation magazine from March 1983 and I stumble across an article about another early American flyer Gustave Whitehead. It even mentions the contract the Smithsonian Institute signed to get the Wright Brother Flyer and to exclude all other aviators.

This inspired me to reach out to John Montgomery speakers from programs past and Craig Harwood, gave me this nice update:

Happy New Year to you too. Just to catch you and the other SSSB folks up to the latest Montgomery developments;

in 2015 Fogel and I co-authored a professional paper on Montgomery "Circulation Theory of Lift" (download it here: https://arc.aiaa.org/doi/abs/10.2514/6.2016-1159),

In 2015 I wrote an article for a San Jose State Organization (The Sourisseau Academy) focused on Montgomery and his South Bay area based peers ( https://www.sourisseauacademy.org/LA...ch2015LADS.pdf),

2017 saw the publication of a new biography on Montgomery ("Achieving Flight"by Bernard Burdick and John Burdick) and

perhaps most importantly in October of 2017 Montgomery was inducted into the International Aviation Hall of Fame.

Not a bad three years

Currently Fogel and are co-authoring a professional paper on another aspect of Montgomery's work which i will read in a lecture at the AIAA International SciTech conference in early 2018.

Craig
Feb 16, 2018, 10:32 AM
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Just Posted on Our YouTube Channel - Sean on Slope Soaring


Slope Soaring at Mission Peak's SBSS Hill (1 hr 0 min 2 sec)
Feb 28, 2018, 03:34 PM
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The History of DLG Discus Gliders and the International Hand Launch Glider Festival


All are invited to South Bay Soaring Society's next program at 7:45pm PST Wednesday, March 14th, 2018 at the main Saratoga Fire Station or join us on GoTo Meeting (see instructions below).

Gary Fogel has spoken to us before about John J. Montgomery's history, as well as the Altostratus I concept flying wing sailplane. On April 27-29 2018, the Torrey Pines Gulls will be hosting the famous International Hand Launch Glider Festival (IHLGF), the "granddaddy" of F3K contests. This year is an especially historic contest as its the 25th anniversary of the start of IHLGF. Gary will take us through the development of hand launch gliding as a facet of RC soaring including the efforts that led to the formation of the IHLGF contest and to the international FAI F3K format. Over 25 years the technology has changed significantly but the fun remains the same. In just one week, nearly 60 people have already registered for this year's event, with pilots coming from Germany, Brazil, New Zealand, France, China, Canada, and of course from all over the US. Join us in enjoying this history of hand launch and of course be sure to register and join in the fun this April in San Diego!

For additional info check out the IHLGF 2018 at: www.ihlgf.com

Also joint the discussion at RC groups at https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show...EB-15-TOMORROW

The South Bay Soaring Society Program is held every 2nd Wednesday of the month at the main Saratoga Fire Station at 14380 Saratoga Ave, Saratoga, CA 95070 (except December and January). The business meeting starts at 6:30pm and the program begins sometime after 7:45pm. Anyone is welcome to attend either meeting and you can bring friends.

You may also join our 7:45pm program from your computer, tablet or smartphone at
https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/474283837
You can also dial in using your phone.
United States: +1 (646) 749-3112

Access Code: 474-283-837

Log on a bit early, since online attendees are limited. New to GoToMeeting? Try a test session: https://care.citrixonline.com/g2m/getready
Last edited by Throwbot; Feb 28, 2018 at 03:41 PM.
Mar 01, 2018, 07:35 PM
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You also may want to check out Gary Fogel talking about the Torrey Pines Glider site.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_c...&v=-UCuZtLgNM4
Apr 11, 2018, 06:50 PM
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The Eagle Hunters of Western Mongolia: The First Controlled Gliders


All are invited to South Bay Soaring Society's next program at 7:45pm PST Wednesday, April 11th, 2018 at the main Saratoga Fire Station or join us on GoTo Meeting (see instructions below).

Kyle and Oliver visited the Eagle Hunters on Mongolia in 2017. The experience of witnessing the bond between the hunters and their eagle was beyond words. The tradition of the eagle hunters has not changed for generations. But recently, a young girl (Aisholpan) has changed the tradition. In a male dominated society, Eagle Huntresses are boosting the survival of the eagle hunter tradition. The techniques might be similar, the eagle might be flying the same, but there is a new aura with the eagle huntresses.

The joint presentation will touch on our journey into the Eagle Hunters territory. Also Kyle will provide his observations of eagle gliding from the perspective of an RC Thermal Glider enthusiast.

Oliver Klink is am award winning professional photographer featured in:

People’s Choice Award, Black and White Magazine 2017 - "Ancient Farming"
Spider BW Awards 2017 - 2nd Place
(Silhouette Category)
Seeing in Sixes Top 50 artists - 2017
(Book by LensWork)
Critical Mass Top 50 artists - 2016
• ”Best of the Best” Emerging Fine Art Photographers 2016 - BWGallerist

For more information contact:
oliver@incredibletravelphotos.com
www.incredibletravelphotos.com

The South Bay Soaring Society Program is held every 2nd Wednesday of the month at the main Saratoga Fire Station at 14380 Saratoga Ave, Saratoga, CA 95070 (except December and January). The business meeting starts at 6:30pm and the program begins sometime after 7:45pm. Anyone is welcome to attend either meeting and you can bring friends.

You may also join our 7:45pm program from your computer, tablet or smartphone at
https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/474283837
You can also dial in using your phone.
United States: +1 (646) 749-3112

Access Code: 474-283-837

Log on a bit early, since online attendees are limited. New to GoToMeeting? Try a test session: https://support.logmeininc.com/gotomeeting/get-ready

Images ©2017-2018 Oliver Klink, all rights reserved
Apr 29, 2018, 09:57 PM
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Silent Auction Plus Additional Entertainment


Next meeting we will have a silent auction for the first half hour of the regular meeting. A gentleman has donated about 20 unbuilt kits to the club. The minimum bid is $10 / kit. Please send me an email if you have questions. tellis1955 (@) gmail.com. All proceeds will go to the club.

The meeting is at the Saratoga Fire Station. When you enter the doors will be unlocked but there is no one at the front desk. Come in thru the door on the left. We are in the meeting room at the end of the hall.

The auction will start at 7:30P. Refreshments at 7.

Map to the fire station.https://goo.gl/maps/9jyESth2FE92
-tim
Last edited by Tim.Ellis; Apr 30, 2018 at 09:54 PM.
May 01, 2018, 09:36 AM
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More Details on Auction Night May 9th


I will also be showing a video about soaring technics. Hope to see you there.

Throwbot


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