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Jun 30, 2018, 12:52 PM
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The July Big Sky, Anyone can enter, Informal Soaring Contest


THE JULY BIG SKY INTERNATIONAL
LONGEST DURATION CONTEST FOR ALL ELECTRIC AND HAND LAUNCHED GLIDERS, THERMAL SOARING, AND SLOPE SOARING -
RULES AND INFO:

Contest will run from 12:01 am July 1st to 11:59 PM July 31st Eastern US time. The contest is for ALL electric or hand launched gliders or airplanes of all sizes, all materials and all controls. The contest is intended to help motivate you to develop your thermal and slope soaring skills. The contest is open to all gliders, e-gliders and, if you like, e-airplanes too. If it glides, it qualifies.

In Thermal Duration, the contest is split into three classifications; 2 Meter and under E Gliders, Open E Gliders, and Hand Launch Gliders.
You can post as many times as you like using as many planes as you like, but only one will be counted per pilot per category regardless of what kind of plane you are flying. You can replace a shorter time with a longer time any point during the contest. You can fly as many flights as you like.
Goal - longest duration thermal and slope flights without use of the motor.

THE PLANES
* Any electric motor system or unpowered hand launch glider. (No winches or Hi-Starts).
* Any wing controls and any wing span
* Any construction

ELECTRIC GLIDER SOARING
1) From a fresh hand or ground launch you can run the motor for up to 30 seconds, then you turn the motor off and you can not restart it. Reclimbs are not permitted. If you restart the motor the flight time is no good.
2) Motor time starts as soon as you apply throttle. This is an LMR, Limited Motor Run contest with a pretty long motor run allowed so that the motor run itself does not provide much advantage to anyone. Many will choose to shut off the motor in less than 30 seconds. No credit for shorter motor runs.
3) Soaring time starts when the motor goes off. Either you time the whole flight and subtract the motor run or you use two watches, one to time the motor run and one to time the flight. How you do this is up to you.
4) You can time your own flight if you wish. You are on your honor. Time is truncated to the second. No fractions and no rounding. Read the seconds only.
5) Landing must be within 100 feet of the original launch location or the flight does not count. Landing must be on the ground/grass or pavement. Landing in a tree, bush, structure or other elevated spot that would not normally be a landing spot does not count. There are no other rules around the landing.
6) Time stops when the glider comes to a rest. So the clock keeps running if you clip a branch, or go to land and bounce back into the air. When the plane stops, time stops.
7) You can launch as many times as you like but each flight has to be from a fresh launch from the ground/hand. No reclimbs permitted.
8) Report your best time of the day by posting here. You can post as many times as you like, but only the best one will count. You can fly as many days as you like to work toward your best time. The goal is to achieve personal bests in the fun atmosphere of a contest.

HAND LAUNCH SOARING
1) Soaring time starts at release of the plane.
2) You can time your own flight if you wish. You are on your honor. Time is truncated to the second. No fractions and no rounding. Read the seconds only.
5) Landing must be within 100 feet of the original launch location or the flight does not count. Landing must be hand catch or on the ground/grass or pavement. Landing in a tree, bush, structure or other elevated spot that would not normally be a landing spot does not count. There are no other rules around the landing.
6) Time stops when the glider comes to a rest. So the clock keeps running if you clip a branch, or go to land and bounce back into the air. When the plane stops, time stops.
7) You can launch as many times as you like but each flight has to be from a fresh launch.
8) Report your best time of the day by posting here. You can post as many times as you like, but only the best one will count. You can fly as many days as you like to work toward your best time. The goal is to achieve personal bests in the fun atmosphere of a contest.

SLOPE SOARING
1) From a fresh hand or ground launch you can run the motor for up to 5 seconds, if you need it to get into the lift. I would expect most slope flights will have no motor run but some sites need a boost to the lift.
2) Motor time starts as soon as you apply throttle and is subtracted from the total flight time.
3) Soaring time starts when the motor goes off. Either you time the whole flight and subtract the motor run or you use two watches, one to time the motor run and one to time the flight. How you do this is up to you.
4) You can time your own flight if you wish. You are on your honor. Time is truncated to the second. No fractions and no rounding. Read the seconds only.
5) Landing has to be within 100 feet of the original launch location or the flight does not count. Landing must be on the same level as the launch. Landing down the slope or up in the trees does not count. You must come to rest in a "normal" landing spot and be able to walk over and pick it up. I realize this can vary by slope site so you are on your honor as to whether this was a normal landing.
6) Time stops when the glider comes to a rest. So the clock keeps running if you clip a branch, or go to land and bounce back into the air. When the plane stops, time stops.
7) You can launch as many times as you like but each flight has to be from a fresh launch from the ground or hand. No powered reclimbs permitted. If you restart the motor the flight does not count.
8) Report your best time of the day by posting here. You can post as many times as you like, but only the best one will count. Try as many days as you like to get your best time of the month.
For either contest you report the results via post.

REPORT FORMAT
Your Name - Real or RCGroup Name - your choice
Glider/plane name and wingspan:
E Glider, Hand Launch or Slope:
Date and Time of flight:
Duration of flight:
Location: Nearest City and State or Country
Comments - You are welcome to report anything you like about the day, the flight. Pictures, videos, gps plots, etc are welcome but not required.

I will maintain the thread and keep the second post updated with the top 3 flight durations from each Class. Only one flight of each type will be recorded in the standings for each pilot. A new, better time will replace the previous one.


ALL-TIME CONTEST RECORDS

2 Meter and under E Glider Class
Andy Grose (dee-grose)
Glider name:Radian
Thermal or Slope: Thermal
Date and Time of flight:April 19, 2012 11:20am
Duration of flight:1:38:04 (after 30 sec motor run)
Location:Tanner, Alabama
Max Altitude: 3028ft AGL

Open E Glider Class
MrE / Larry
Sailplane: Bubble Dancer
Thermal or Slope: Thermal
Date and Time of flight: 13 October 2013 2:30PM
Duration of flight: 1 hr 52 minutes 37 seconds
Location: Club field in Gig Harbor, Wa
Weather: Mostly clear, +55F, light variable winds

Hand Launch Class
xStatiCa (Adam)
Glider Binary IV DLG (1.5m)
May 14th, 2015
Time 5:48pm
Duration 75:49
New Port Richey, FL

Slope Class
744Drv
Sailplane: Radian Pro 2m
Discipline: Slope
Date time of launch: 26 Nov 12:57
Place: Lookout Hill overlooking Discovery Bay, Hong Kong
Conditions: E 5-10kts
Duration: 3 hrs 2 mins
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Jun 30, 2018, 12:53 PM
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2 Meter and under E Glider Class

Curtis
1.5m Conscendo v.1
Thermal
Date and Time of flight: 7/30/18 @ 1835hrs
Duration of flight: 35:27 after 20sec motor run
Location: At home in the Piney Woods

fdsailor
Glider type: Radian
Thermal or Slope: Thermal
Date and Time of flight: July 15,2018 Around 10:30 am
Duration of flight: 28:15 (after 30 sec motor run)

Roger
Glider name: Airtonics Eclipse
Thermal or Slope: Thermal
Date and Time of flight: July 12,2018 Around 3pm
Duration of flight:21:28 (after 30 sec motor run)
Location: Connecticut (Southwest)

Open E Glider Class


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Last edited by Curtis in Texas; Jul 30, 2018 at 07:49 PM.
Jul 03, 2018, 12:32 PM
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2 Meter and under E Glider Class
Ernie b
Glider name:1.5 meter e-Sunbird (This is the Dave Thornburg Sunbird not the HK version)
Thermal or Slope: Thermal
Date and Time of flight:July 3rd 2018 09:35
Duration of flight:21:15 (after 15 sec motor run)
Location:Manville Park, West Chicago, IL.
Max Altitude: N/A
Last edited by ernie b; Jul 03, 2018 at 03:12 PM.
Jul 03, 2018, 09:42 PM
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A respectable flight Ernie.

It's been so hot here I wasn't going to the field or even a nearby town park. I did contemplate flying from my driveway, in an easy chair with a fan blowing on me. Alas, with tight landing quarters that any unexpected wind shift could toss the plane into a car, house or barbed wire fence, that 100' landing zone from takeoff kept me from trying.
Jul 06, 2018, 06:15 AM
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Originally Posted by Curtis in Texas
A respectable flight Ernie.

It's been so hot here I wasn't going to the field or even a nearby town park. I did contemplate flying from my driveway, in an easy chair with a fan blowing on me. Alas, with tight landing quarters that any unexpected wind shift could toss the plane into a car, house or barbed wire fence, that 100' landing zone from takeoff kept me from trying.
Good Morning Curtis

The forecast for your area shows the heat way down today...perhaps you'll get some fights in this weekend.

Ernie
Jul 13, 2018, 06:24 AM
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2 Meter and under E Glider Class
Roger
Glider name: Airtonics Eclipse
Thermal or Slope: Thermal
Date and Time of flight: July 12,2018 Around 3pm
Duration of flight:21:28 (after 30 sec motor run)
Location: Connecticut (Southwest
Jul 13, 2018, 06:56 AM
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Haha

Just nudged me out of there, nice flight Roger!

Ernie
Jul 16, 2018, 07:48 AM
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2 Meter and under E Glider Class
Glider type: Radian
Thermal or Slope: Thermal
Date and Time of flight: July 15,2018 Around 10:30 am
Duration of flight: 28:15 (after 30 sec motor run)

Hot day for us, sunny with forming Cu. Should have put on sunscreen before sitting in the middle of a soccer field, but at least remembered my hat. Light N wind, quite variable in direction. Still learning, but found today satisfying as I was able to hop between two thermals for two climbs.

Chuck
Location: Macedon, NY
Jul 17, 2018, 04:37 AM
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Originally Posted by fdsailor
2 Meter and under E Glider Class
Glider type: Radian
Thermal or Slope: Thermal
Date and Time of flight: July 15,2018 Around 10:30 am
Duration of flight: 28:15 (after 30 sec motor run)

Hot day for us, sunny with forming Cu. Should have put on sunscreen before sitting in the middle of a soccer field, but at least remembered my hat. Light N wind, quite variable in direction. Still learning, but found today satisfying as I was able to hop between two thermals for two climbs.

Chuck
Location: Macedon, NY
Well done, 28:15 is a very nice flight!

Ernie
Jul 30, 2018, 07:47 PM
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Curtis
1.5m Conscendo v.1
Thermal
Date and Time of flight: 7/30/18 @ 1835hrs
Duration of flight: 35:27 after 20sec motor run
Location: At home in the Piney Woods

There was a thunderstorm hovering a couple miles away and the wind was dead calm. What does this anemic motor get you after 20sec, maybe 150' AGL? Within 2min she was probably 7 - 800' up and THEN the winds kicked up, straight out of the E which gives me a tail wind for the only direction I can land at home. Not gonna lie, that made me nervous and I almost brought it down but the plane is safer flying than trying to land at that time.

Between the thermals and wind surfing with a few vultures, it was my best flight yet. Oh, and the wind had let up at landing time.
Jul 30, 2018, 07:50 PM
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Originally Posted by Curtis in Texas
Curtis
1.5m Conscendo v.1
Thermal
Date and Time of flight: 7/30/18 @ 1835hrs
Duration of flight: 35:27 after 20sec motor run
Location: At home in the Piney Woods

There was a thunderstorm hovering a couple miles away and the wind was dead calm. What does this anemic motor get you after 20sec, maybe 150' AGL? Within 2min she was probably 7 - 800' up and THEN the winds kicked up, straight out of the E which gives me a tail wind for the only direction I can land at home. Not gonna lie, that made me nervous and I almost brought it down but the plane is safer flying than trying to land at that time.

Between the thermals and wind surfing with a few vultures, it was my best flight yet. Oh, and the wind had let up at landing time.
Very nice, way to go!

Ernie
Aug 01, 2018, 09:29 PM
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Thanks Ernie, it was nice to finally break the 30min mark.


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