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Aug 26, 2016, 12:38 AM
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MID-AMERICA SOARING CHAMPS (Mixed Launch TD!) Lexington Ky

September 10 & 11

(Its been pointed out that its not actually the middle of America, but its been called this since the beginning of rc soaring time :-)

If you have never been to the Bluegrass Soaring Society's flying site, you are missing out.

This ain't your dad's Oldsmobile location. Its not flat as a board, its not surrounded by trees, there are some tall thermal generators, you could hear horses in the distance if you weren't focus'd on reading your thermals.

There's a mix of terrain, topography, parking lots, walking paths, a creek and lots of open space.

The BlueGrass Club is renting a Golf Cart to shag chutes, so you'll be there to fly, not to get some exercise. ;-)

IF you are tired of rehashing the same old local series contests over and over and over, flying with the same guys over and over, here's an opportunity to experience more of the rc soaring world.

IF your goal is to go to the Masters in Muncie, this will be a really good tune up event. Low pressure, high fun.

Winches will be loaded with Gordy Gold Line (yes the stuff everyone who's used it raves about the stretch). It lets you load up the line without ripping the model from your hand...and plenty of "ping" power too!

The BlueGrass and the Louisville Area Soaring clubs have worked together in the past to insure you guys will have not only a contest but a really great experience. This year their key members are spread thin with family stuff, so they reached out to offer the event to us to run. The MidAmerica Soaring Champs has long history in Lexington, so we are excited to help keep it there.

You'll never get these days back, you almost didn't have this opportunity!

More details to follow as we get closer so stay tuned in!
Gordy (co-CD)
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Aug 26, 2016, 02:38 PM
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What days is this shindig?

Aug 26, 2016, 09:59 PM
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September 10 & 11


The Coldstream Research Park field is located off Newtown Pike (Exit 115 off I-75) opposite the Griffin Gate Mariott Resort. Turn right at Aristedes (light), and you will see a Embassy Suites to your right. Aristedes will dead end into McGrathiana Pkwy. At this intersection you will see a lone building that belongs to Coldstream Research Laboratories. Proceed into the parking lot, and the field is located behind on the right hand side of the facility

Camping on the field, (Porta potty on site, but lots of restaurants almost in walking distance)

FORMAT Unlimited Mixed Launch TD (Seeded MOM)





LOUISVILLE SLUGGER HOME PLATE (Land skills recognized and rewarded!)

Pilots meeting will be between 9:00 and 9:30 on each day and flying will begin shortly thereafter.

Golf Cart on Site so no needless walking!

Grass will be cut and groomed in the landing zones!

Fees will, be $25.00 per day.

Lunch will be provided on Saturday , compliments of the BSS. Drinks will be provided on both days.

Contact CD: Gordy 502-727-9595
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Aug 28, 2016, 07:57 PM
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This sounds like a great event. Count me in. I am excited to get back to flying at a contest after a summer of not being able to travel. We will see how an electric Aspire and a winched Aspire do head to head !

See you there,

Aug 29, 2016, 11:25 AM
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A lot of buzz about this one!

Looks like Paul is coming up from New Orleans, and guys from Ohio too.

They say build it and they will come, we're busy building!
Aug 29, 2016, 06:12 PM
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Aug 30, 2016, 05:31 PM
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Dewey is coming from Nashville!

Dewey M has contacted me and is in!
That makes, Ohio, Indiana, Louisiana and of course Kentucky representing!
Aug 30, 2016, 08:00 PM
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Wish I could make it but knee surgery has put an end to all my fall activities
Sep 04, 2016, 04:39 PM
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So far I think there's three or four of us coming from Chicago
Sep 04, 2016, 04:42 PM
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Can we fly on friday if we get there early enough? And what's the name of that horse place?
Sep 05, 2016, 08:11 PM
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Flying on Friday, YES

I hope to have things set up mostly Thursday evening.

Norm is staying on the field and its a really secure area.

Sep 05, 2016, 08:18 PM
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Kentucky Horse Park

Its very close by, Norm Potti almost made it there working downwind one year...and made it back ;-).

It will show up on your phone's map program.

Also check out Keeneland Race Track, very close and gorgeous too.

And here's a "driving tou"r of some of Lexington's amazing horse farms -
Sep 08, 2016, 12:03 AM
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The Louisville Slugger "Home Plate" Award for the Mid-AM!

Hi guys,

Too many glider pilots fear measured landings because they don't practice doing them.
They don't practice them because there's a LOT involved, piloting wize.

IF you don't have a skilled mentor or coach, its pretty hard to guess at a pattern, or even the need for one!

There is plenty of info on the 30 second pattern used for years, yet most of you never bother to study it or learn it, instead just 'sort of' driving around in one direction or another, not even taking into account wind direction, then are frustrated when the model "lands" a long ways away.

DP did a lot of videos showing the 20 second pattern and I did both an RCSD detailed article with drawings and sequential photos showing where your model should be every two seconds or so in the pattern to the spot. There's even a YouTube video on my GordySoar channel.

So those of us who do work at it (and it is work) look forward to seeing how our practice and piloting matches up with our friend's skills.

I always felt that the landing wasn't recognized! While scored up to 100 points, was it has been pretty much ignored or taken for granted.

In many conversations pilots who are envious of those pilots poking 90+'s all day long use derogatory comments like, "looks like its going to be landing contest:-(!"

I decided about 4 years ago to change that, to begin showing respect to superior piloting at the end of the flights when I saw the Louisville Slugger Home Plate award at the Louisville Slugger Bat factory and museum.

Here's the one I created for the Mid America Champs this weekend.
Will YOU be the pilot taking it home?

Sep 08, 2016, 08:11 PM
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Hitting it out of the PARK! The renowned Bat Trohpy

Here's a sneak peek at the BlueGrass Soaring Mid America Champs Two Day Over all Trophy!

You could go somewhere else this weekend and have a chance at a self stick tiny brass plate or you can get in the car to seek out new friends and flying experiences at the Lexington contest.

Nearly in the dugout Pat Crosby of Illinois soaring, the Battling Burnowski's, and the Rage'n Cajun Paul Peret is stealing bases toward home plate as we speak.

Look and lust boys!
Sep 08, 2016, 09:01 PM
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Looking forward to it . Hopefully doing some flying tomorrow afternoon. Are we going to be able to use the winches?

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