View Poll Results: Do you plan to fly an electric sailplane contest in 2016? - click all that apply.
Yes 25 71.43%
No 7 20.00%
Friends having a casual contest - any rules 10 28.57%
Club contest - any rules 11 31.43%
Regional or League contest under formal rules 15 42.86%
National Contest other than AMA Nats 6 17.14%
AMA Nats 2 5.71%
Other 3 8.57%
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Feb 06, 2016, 11:58 AM
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Do you plan to fly an electric sailplane contest in 2016?

I haven't done a survey in a while and I am always interested to see how the community has changed over time.

I am looking for two responses:

Do you plan to fly any form of electric sailplane contest in 2016.

This could be 4 guys who get together and have a friend contest of any kind.

This could be a club contest under any rules.

And, of course, it could be a contest flown under any of the AMA rules.

I am just interested to see who finds contests fun and interesting and who does not.

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Feb 06, 2016, 12:05 PM
Proud member of LISF and ESL
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I belong to a club, the Long Island Silent Flyers.

Sometimes we have a bunch of guys at the field and we declare a contest for anyone who would like to join. Could be longest flight, a landing contest, or some other made up fun rules.

We have 5 ALES contest for club members

We host the Eastern Soaring League for one Regional contest. I am co-CD.

And I typically travel to fly ESL contests at other fields.

I find contest flying fun. I don't win much but that is not the point. It is fun to fly with friends. No different than a pick-up basket ball, flag football or stick ball game.
Feb 06, 2016, 02:25 PM
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Yes, if I can find some nearby....
Last edited by 320pilot; Feb 06, 2016 at 03:01 PM.
Feb 06, 2016, 03:12 PM
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Anyone fly the Big Sky Longest Duration Contest? I started that one years ago. That one is lots of fun. All the others make you come down to land or hit a time. But with that one you can stay up as long as you like.
Feb 06, 2016, 03:56 PM
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I like the Big Sky contest.
I fly "by the rules" with my Pulsar 3.2 REF or Xplorer 3.8 electro. So in the Open Soaring class, I have won (in a few months) for that class.
I fly with a RAM 3 altitude recording device in both sailplanes to record my flying time and altitudes..

I live in Northern Vermont, so I can't get to contests very easily. I don't like long drives. My nearest AMA filed is 1.5 hours away, in Essex Vermont, and not much sailplane flying there.
Feb 06, 2016, 05:56 PM
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Signed up for one already, will fly in two or three others this year.
Feb 07, 2016, 10:23 AM
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First contest of the year, F5J done, next contest is next weekend, again F5J, then the next two weekends are ALES/TD contests.

It is going to be a busy year!

Feb 07, 2016, 12:02 PM
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I want to try the Radian contest that I missed in Illinois last summer.
Feb 07, 2016, 07:46 PM
Mesa AZ, it's a dry heat!


Our club typically flies 1 ALES and 1 F5J contest per month for 10 months of the year. July and August are generally too hot to be out all morning.
In addition, we fly ALES at the SW Classic and also host an F5J contest in December.
Some of us travel to ABQ for their September ALES contest, and to Riverside CA for their ALES event.

Yes, we contest a lot in Arizona!

Feb 08, 2016, 10:55 PM
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Yes July and August sizzle here in Arizona.

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