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aeajr

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Posted - 10/13/2006 :  6:14:46 PM  Show Profile
From: Lucke, Steve
Sent: Wednesday, October 11, 2006

On Oct. 7 and 8th we had the Eastern Soaring League's end of season contest at the beautiful Daniel Boone Homestead near Reading PA.

Edited by - aeajr on 10/13/2006 6:30:20 PM

aeajr

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Posted - 10/13/2006 :  6:17:28 PM  Show Profile
From: Lucke, Steve
Sent: Wednesday, October 11, 2006 3:05 PM

On Oct. 7 and 8th we had the Eastern Soaring League's end of season contest at the beautiful Daniel Boone Homestead near Reading PA. This is a nice flying site with lots of open space as well as being ringed by the trees and forests all of us have come to know and love, some better then others. The contest on Saturday had gray skies, very cool with a breeze which gusted up to about 17 mph at times but only averaged about 7 or 8. Most folks were flying Agea Mantis or molded airplanes. I saw Supras, an Icon, Pike Superior, several Thermal Dancers and I think an Escape as well as one Graphite 2. There might have been an Opus in there too.

We were launching off 700 foot winch lines and launch heights were pretty impressive. Amazingly enough we did not have any winch line breaks on Saturday and just a couple of retrieve line breaks. I was very impressed by the number of people who helped with the set up on Saturday morning. I saw Jeff Steifel, Phil Barnes who supplied the generator, Luis Bustamante, Dale Hart, Anker Berg-Soone, Dave Walter who was the CD, Ed Anderson, Mike Lachowski, Terry Luchenbach who supplied a retriever and Jerry Zigenfuse who also supplied a retriever all pitching in, and I'm sure I missed a few folks.

I think we did 6 rounds on Saturday and I thought the conditions were challenging. I spent most of my flights going upwind trying to find waves of lift as I could not get a good read on the air. I think I saw Mike Lachowski spend a great deal of time downwind in good air because he could 'see' the air better then myself and some others. I think Tom Keisling 'saw' the air as well also.

On Sunday we got 7 rounds in and the conditions were amazingly different from Saturday. About as perfect a day as you could want. No more then mid 70s, deep blue sky with no clouds and no wind. We finally managed to break a couple of winch lines but those didn't slow us down much. Again I saw Agea Mantis, Supras, Pike Superior, a regular Mantis which was flown very well by Bill Vida, Thermal Dancers, Evos, and a Graphite 2. Since the wind wasn't a factor people were free to follow every wind shift to a thermal. Landings were very important on Sunday and it was fun to watch the approaches and landings people were making. You could really set up your approach and fly right to the spot, or in my case to some point near the spot.

After Sunday's contest it was great to see Dale Hart work with one of the new guys on sorting out his 2 meter Mantis and getting some launches in before everything was packed up.

I hope everyone has a great off season!
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From the editor - Ed Anderson

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Edited by - aeajr on 10/13/2006 6:23:10 PM
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