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Dec 01, 2018, 02:15 PM
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The Dec. & Jan. Big Sky, Anyone can enter, Informal Soaring Contest


THE DECEMBER & JANUARY 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 December 1, 2018 to 11:59 PM January 31, 2019 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
PunkerTFC
Thermal
Top Model Siesta 1.9m
1:57:54 after 28 seconds of motor run
Max alt 1463 AGL
8/27/2018, 2-4 PM
Wells, Maine

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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Dec 01, 2018, 02:17 PM
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2 Meter and under E Glider Class
2 meter and under E Glider Class
RFK. Roger
2 meter Mark's model Windard
6:24 30 sec motor run

Crashbound
Radian 2m
5:07 after 22 second motor run
12/29/18 2:00 - ish
Henderson County, NC


Open E Glider Class
Dingo/Jan
Art Hobby Castor - 2.5 m
31 Dec 2018, about noon
12:35 less 24 seconds motor run = 12:11
Czechia, Liberec

Hand Launch Class


Slope Class
Last edited by Curtis in Texas; Dec 31, 2018 at 08:57 PM.
Dec 29, 2018, 09:08 PM
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Well since nobody has posted anything..

Crashbound

Radian 2m
5:07 after 22 second motor run
12/29/18 2:00 - ish
Henderson County, NC

Ha! Beat THAT! Best I could do. I spent all afternoon flying a Yellow Jacket and X-RES off the high start and just took a break and sent the Radian up a couple times. No lift today, pretty windy. Maybe this flight will entice someone to post a flight to knock me off the pedestal before December ends.
Dec 31, 2018, 07:35 AM
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Dingo/Jan
Art Hobby Castor - 2.5 m
31 Dec 2018, about noon
12:35 less 24 seconds motor run = 12:11
Czechia, Liberec

Well, I could not resist that challenge, Crashbound . I spent 4 days in bed with flu and needed some fresh air badly. Quite nice weather with the sun appearing here and there, +3 C, wind 3-4 m/s. Had to leave that thermal due to tears in eyes .

All the best for 2019, and thanks Curtis for organizing it.

Jan
Dec 31, 2018, 04:17 PM
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Quote:
Originally Posted by DingoII
Dingo/Jan
Art Hobby Castor - 2.5 m
31 Dec 2018, about noon
12:35 less 24 seconds motor run = 12:11
Czechia, Liberec

Well, I could not resist that challenge, Crashbound . I spent 4 days in bed with flu and needed some fresh air badly. Quite nice weather with the sun appearing here and there, +3 C, wind 3-4 m/s. Had to leave that thermal due to tears in eyes .

All the best for 2019, and thanks Curtis for organizing it.

Jan
Well a big thumbs up to you Dingoll ! The weather has been bad here and the last couple days of flyable weather was overcast, cool, the ground is saturated from rain and snow... not exactly thermal weather. I've even seen very few turkey vultures circling. Good flight! At this point I'd be giddy with a 12 minute flight!
And yes, a big THANK YOU to Curtis for organizing this! Looking forward to some better flying weather!
Dec 31, 2018, 08:30 PM
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rfk
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2 meter and under E Glider Class
RFK. Roger
2 meter Mark's model Windard
6:24 30 sec motor run
Wilton, Ct.
12/31/18. Somewhere between 11 & 1
No great weather but, last day of 2018..... Always fun flying vintage planes...
Last edited by rfk; Jan 12, 2019 at 07:33 AM.
Dec 31, 2018, 08:55 PM
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I appreciate it guys and, you're quite welcome but let's be honest, it's hardly more than copy/paste.

I tried to get several timed flights in this month but like Crash, the conditions weren't there or, my timing sucked as usual. I'd do 30sec of motor and she'd fall like a brick so I'd motor up again just to keep flying only to a catch a thermal . . . or 4.

Happy New Years All !!!
Dec 31, 2018, 09:03 PM
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Quote:
Originally Posted by rfk
2 meter and under E Glider Class
RFK. Roger
2 meter Mark's model Windard
6:24 30 sec motor run

No great weather but, last day of 2018..... Always fun flying vintage planes...
You rascal, snuck in while I was distracted doing the previous post.

You left out date, time, and location and the rules say I have to dock you a hunert bux pay next month.
Jan 11, 2019, 05:36 PM
rfk
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I promise to have complete entries for 2019..... It has been cold and windy much of this month at least none of the white stuff!
Jan 16, 2019, 08:16 PM
rfk
rfk
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2 meter and under E Glider Class
RFK. Roger
2 meter Mark's model Windard
5:55 30 sec motor run
Wilton, Ct.
1/15/19 Somewhere between 12-1

Weather 30 's 8 to 12 mph wind


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