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The Hand Launch portion of Glider Camp has concluded after two brutally hot days and challenging weather conditions...

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The Hand Launch portion of Glider Camp has concluded after two brutally hot days and challenging weather conditions. Don Cleveland told me Muncie was either feast or famine and that held true depending on which group you flew in. Group A could have lift for days and Group B would struggle to hit minute air. We flew 11 rounds over two days with 40 pilots in 5 groups. The top 8 moved on to the 4 round fly offs where Gavin Trussell came out on top as the 2016 Hand Launch National Champion. Thanks to Tom Siler and crew for running a great event. We are looking forward to next year. Below is a video of the event and all the photos I took. Enjoy.

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Old Jul 25, 2016, 10:15 AM
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Jason, thanks for the video and pics!!!
It was great to fly with you again.
Really cool to see an RCGroups guy flying hand launch with us! and doing it well too.

I like the last picture the best.
I know there should be one more picture with results, but this one is better
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Old Jul 25, 2016, 12:07 PM
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best senior?


Who won Best Senior this year? I hope it was Barney Bauer. He is my hero.

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Old Jul 25, 2016, 04:34 PM
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I don't think there was a Best Senoir Award.
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Old Jul 25, 2016, 05:07 PM
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I don't think there was a Best Senoir Award.
I think Robert is kidding. From the AMA's perspective Seniors are people aged 15-19.

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Old Jul 25, 2016, 11:26 PM
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Ryan,

I think you have been in the sun a bit too long. Adults are 19 to 64, Seniors are 65 and older.

I just wish Poway would read the rule book.
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Old Jul 25, 2016, 11:34 PM
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Ryan,

I think you have been in the sun a bit too long. Adults are 19 to 64, Seniors are 65 and older.

I just wish Poway would read the rule book.
Not based on the AMA's definition.
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I think you have been in the sun a bit too long.
Gary,

I hope you are not a contest director.

I know it is a bit confusing because there are several different definitions of age groupings. The FAI has a definition of "Senior" (anyone over 18), the AMA has 3 different membership fee tiers for youth, adults, and older adults, AND the AMA has 3 age groupings for competition.

This is the AMA general competition rulebook: https://www.modelaircraft.org/files/...016General.pdf

Here is the section on age divisions from page 14:

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Age, for the purpose of classification, will be taken as of July 1 of each year.
Contestants under 15 years of age are classified as Juniors. Contestants 15 years
or older, but under 19 years are classified as Seniors. Contestants 19 years or older are classified as Open fliers.
If you still don't believe me, download this issue of Nats News:

http://www.modelaircraft.org/files/072516_Outdoor.pdf

Look at page 9 to see the picture of " Senior Nats Stunt Champion" and her father.




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Old Jul 26, 2016, 07:20 AM
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Nice coverage.
Thanks for sharing.
Old Jul 26, 2016, 07:50 AM
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Hey Jason, thank you for sharing!
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Old Jul 26, 2016, 09:38 AM
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Oh brother....

Nice coverage Jason! Are you going to the Bruce?
Old Jul 26, 2016, 10:11 AM
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Thanks guys. Yeah I'll be at the Bruce. Had a blast last year!
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Old Jul 26, 2016, 11:41 AM
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Good times Jason. I just posted my recap in the other NATs thread.

Sadly we had no "Senior" pilots this year per AMA definition, but we should have a couple next year if things work out.

As for older pilots, I think we have to look at defining a senior category. Some sports call that 50+, others 65+ etc. Some notable finishers were:

Tom Scully - 21
Richard Proseus - 23
Don Cleveland - 24
Barney Bauer - 34
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Good times Jason. I just posted my recap in the other NATs thread.

Sadly we had no "Senior" pilots this year per AMA definition, but we should have a couple next year if things work out.

As for older pilots, I think we have to look at defining a senior category. Some sports call that 50+, others 65+ etc. Some notable finishers were:

Tom Scully - 21
Richard Proseus - 23
Don Cleveland - 24
Barney Bauer - 34
If 55+ is the cutoff then shameless self promotion:
Mickey Nowell - 13


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