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Aug 01, 2017, 10:51 AM
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F5J in Sacramento

Below is a rundown of upcoming F5J events for SVSS members and guests.

F5J Clinic at Grasslands Park,Davis Ca Saturday Aug 5, 9-noon

We will be at the field Saturday conducting an F5J Clinic for club members and guests. We will be available to:

(1) help you set up your plane's limiter for F5J,
(2) discuss F5J rules, and
(3) help you do some practice flights using a few F5J landing tapes and a battery-powered speaker for F5J timing announcements.

Come on out and get up to speed on F5J! This is a Share the Air day so the field is open to all fun fliers.


Practice F5J at Davis, Sunday Aug 13

Pilot's meeting 9am, first flight 9:30, CD= Jerry Molnar, no contest fee, bring your own lunch, cold water will be provided

Pre-flight Huddles. This contest will be run a little differently. Before each flight we will all gather together and discuss F5J strategy. In each of these huddles the "Old Hands" at F5J will tell everyone exactly what they will be trying to do when they launch: will they go high or try for a lower launch, where will they search for thermals, and how will their past rounds affect their strategy for this next flight? This will be a great way to see how F5J strategy can be best used to your advantage.

2 classes: "Open class" and "F5J Newbie class." If you have never flown F5J, or even if you just feel like a newbie, then you get to compare your score against other newbies. Note that classes will not be separated when flying in each round: that's the way F5J is.

ALES limiters okay: If you do not have an F5J limiter (e.g. Altis or CAMf5j) then you can use an ALES unit. Set it to any height you want, on a flight-by-flight basis, and record your F5J starting height as your altitude cutoff setting + 8 mtrs.

This is also a Share the Air day so the field is open to fun fliers with the caveat that you will be asked to keep the LZ area clear during contest launch and landing periods.


F5J in Sacramento, 2-day event, Sept 16-17

This is a major 2-day contest that is part of the F5J USA Tour ( Our goal is to put on a fun and competitive contest on one of west coasts premier RC soaring sites. More details are coming but we urge you to put it on your calendar now.


Any questions please let us know.

The SVSS F5J team: Jerry M., Lou F., Chris B.

Ps edit. : Hi folks! It's ME again (Jerry) if you NEVER tried F5J, this is a PERFECT opportunity to try it in a relaxed fun casual environment ,, if you think F5J is all about 50M launches than think again,,our friend Aric took 2nd in the flyoffs at Visalia recently and I don't recall him ever launching below 150m the whole weekend, and most times he was over 180. It's really about judging conditions and launching to what's appropriate to make your time. The landing tape in F5J is TWICE the length of the one used in ALES,, even I ( the slider king) can occasionally make a 50pointer.
F5J is a TRUE test of soaring skills not landing skills.
many have said that F5J is probably one of the purest soaring events there is. Speed and power and landing skills are not factors in doing well in F5J. So come on out and see why this international soaring format is catching on like wildfire in the US.
It's also a great event to spectate at as you can watch the more daring pilots try and make time from a super low launch. See you at the field!
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Aug 10, 2017, 07:45 PM
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Just a reminder,, this Sunday 8/13 is our practice F5J ,, no contest fee,, but PLENTY of fun! I'll be your friendly CD, and I'll be bringing Cold drinks,, bring your own lunch. We will fly a minimum of 6 rounds with one throwout round.
We will have a newbie class as well as experienced class,, you decide what class you are. We probably won't use smartphone scoring to keep things simple. Before each round the experienced pilots will discuss what strategy they plan on using just before launch. If everybody agrees we might do 3 flyoff rounds using top 30-50%,, but we'll decide at the field about that.
Pilots meeting at 9am with first flights at 9:30am. If you don't have an F5J type limiter you can use your cam and set it for whatever altitude you chose and add 8m for zoom as your launch altitude.
Any questions email, text, or call me, Chris , or Lou your F5J team.
Weather looks to be near perfect for flying with temps in 70s when we're flying with light breezes. So come on out!

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