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Jun 07, 2019, 08:46 AM
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Building and Competing With Cross-Country Model Sailplanes

Building and Competing With Cross-Country Model Sailplanes (1 hr 10 min 6 sec)

All are invited to South Bay Soaring Society's next program at 7:45pm Pacific Daylight Time Wednesday, June 12, 2019 at the main Saratoga Fire Station or join us on GoTo Meeting (see instructions below).

We are all completely thrilled that Greg Norsworthy has moved back to the Bay Area since he was so instrumental in developing our DLG and Cross-country build and competition talent.

Way back in 2009 Greg approached our other ace-builder Dominic and asked for help building a large cross-country model sailplane with a polyhedral wing This was the eighth plane Greg built in a series since the late 1980s. It was a fiberglass polyhedral model to keep it very simple, low cost, and no servos in the wing made it stronger. The third of the #8 series was made in carbon and is still competing. They never had any failure in the air, but they did hit a few fences and telephone poles along the way.

Other planes in this series are the XC#9 which is the Bill Curry Super Supra, The XC#10 and XC#11 are Philip Colb’s designs (XC#10 has a fat Gordon Gennigs fuselage). The XC#12 has a Maple Leaf Design - ROYALE wing repurposed for this cross-country sailplane.

Once these planes are built they are flown by an excellent ground team including Mike Palrang as a driver, Tim Copp as driver and spotter and Bill Curry as mentor. In Wednesday’s Program you will hear about:
  • Why fly cross-country events
  • How to get started in cross-country contests
  • How to design and build a cross-country model sailplane
  • What special electronics or equipment is needed
  • What kind of ground team to assemble, how can you get involved
  • What kind of chase car/truck can you use
  • What is a good strategy for these contests
  • What other resources are available
Please join us to hear about this fascinating branch of our hobby.

The South Bay Soaring Society Program is held every 2nd Wednesday of the month at the main Saratoga Fire Station at 14380 Saratoga Ave, Saratoga, CA 95070 (except December and January). The business meeting starts at 6:30pm and the program begins sometime after 7:45pm. Anyone is welcome to attend either meeting and you can bring friends.

You may also join our 7:45pm program from via the Internet at
With optional telephone audio by dialing in (646) 749-3112, access code: 474-283-837

Log on a bit early, since online attendees are limited. New to GoToMeeting? Try a test session:

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