Posted - 08/11/2008 : 11:30:31 AM
| Eastern Soaring League Newsletter – July-August 2008
2008 OFFICERS AND STAFF
Tony Guide - President
David Beach - Secretary/Treasurer
Tom Kiesling - Contest Coordinator
Anker Berg-Sonne - Scoring Systems Coordinator
Jeff Steifel - Public Relations Coordinator
John Hauff - Clinic Coordinator
Phil Barnes – Winch Conditioning
Jose Bruzual – Web Master and Publisher
Ed Anderson – Web Site and Newsletter Content Editor
FROM THE EDITOR – Ed Anderson
What is it about the Eastern Soaring League that makes it fun and exciting for the Experts, the Sportsman and the Novice flyers alike? The obvious point is the common interest in flying sailplanes, but there is more.
So many of our members were born with the heart of a teacher. These are people that love to share what they have learned, to help the new flyers develop and advance in their skills. They seem to gain satisfaction in seeing a fledgling new flyer gain confidence at the winch. Many of our Novice and Sportsman flyers come to our competitions with limited experience at the winch. Even a flyer who has used a winch at his home field has to feel some pressure as everyone watches as he launches in competition.
Or maybe it is helping a new DLG pilot straighten out his launch. When that plane goes up straight and high for the first time, there is a shared feeling of accomplishment by both the teacher and the student.
There is understanding as Novice flyers struggle to understand the flow of the contest, the nature of the tasks or how things are scored. It is all very confusing at first, but a simple question will usually get an abundance of help. People seem to reach out to the Novice pilots to help them feel comfortable and welcome.
Whether it is a good score on the DLG field or coming back from the landing tapes with a clock that shows a full flight, there is nothing but glad hands and smiles to greet the developing flyer. And when a Novice steps up to Sportsman, there is a shared pride in that flyer’s accomplishment for it is likely that many have helped.
Have you watched the worried, nervous concentration as a relatively new sportsman is struggling to get that sailplane to come down near the landing tapes? Again, there is coaching and advice and positive reinforcement from other Sportsman and Experts. And when that plane hits the tape area for the first time, there is a shared feeling of satisfaction by all.
Or when a hand catch starts to come naturally on the hand launch field. That smile on the pilot’s face reflects the fact that they just did something they feared they might never be able to do. Chances are they will turn to see many smiles of approval.
Even in the heat of competition, so many are willing to help the very people with whom they compete. More experienced sportsman reach out to time for and to help the less talented. And experts are more than happy to offer tips, advice on flying, tuning sailplanes or simply some positive reinforcement after a poor flight. When you are a sportsman, having an expert time for you is better than all the articles read on soaring.
No one in the Eastern Soaring League carries the title of instructor for it seems unnecessary. So many are willing to take up that role readily. These are characteristics of teachers more than competitors. These are the gifts that are freely given at the flight line, while working the sky, while on the approach or back in the pit area. There seems to be no concern whatsoever that the student might some day outshine the teacher. Actually what I have seen is that the group takes great pride in feeling that they each had a hand in helping this new rising star.
To all of you who reach out to help the new guys, the developing flyers, the rising stars and those who continue to struggle, a heart felt thanks. Thanks to you, and that heart of a teacher that beats within you.
Clear skies and safe flying to all!
THE ESL CALENDAR -
Remaining Hand Launched
08/16 - 08/17 CASA (HLG) - Rockville, MD
09/13 - 09/14 SJSF (HLG) - Marlton, NJ
09/26 - 09/28 East Coast HLG Festival - ESL HLG EOS - Wilson, NC
Remaining Unlimited Sailplane – Winch Launched
09/06 - 09/07 CASA Open - Warrenton, VA
09/20 - 09/21 LISF 2 - Syosset, Long Island, NY
10/04 - 10/05 Reading ESL TD EOS - Reading, PA
If you were, or will be, a Contest Director this year, we ask that you file a contest report. In order to make this easy we have created a forum just for contest reports.
However if you are not a CD, you can still post a contest report. Tell us about your experience at the contests you attended. Just start a discussion in the same forum area. You can also post photos.
Why post a contest report? So others can learn about the great time you had, and consider coming to that contest next year. Reports can be totally personal. How you did, what you learned or what you enjoyed. Perhaps you had a day of personal bests, let us know. Maybe someone helped you, say thanks. Maybe you picked up a valuable tip, pass it along by posting it in a contest report.
Maybe you found a good deal on a hotel. Or maybe you want to tell us to avoid one. Put it in your contest report.
If you are not comfortable posting to forums, just send the report to me, Ed Anderson, firstname.lastname@example.org and I will post it for you. As web site content editor, I am happy to do this at any time.
THE NOVICE LOUNGE
Just a reminder that the ESL web site has a very rich content area called the Novice Lounge. While it was created with the new flyer in mind, we would welcome new articles on advanced topics as well. Please feel free to post your articles here.
THE AMA NATIONALS – THE NATs
Congratulations to all the ESL members that participated in the NATs this year. If you were not able to attend, you can read about the competitions here:
The Soaring NATs were reported in the July 28 to August 4 editions of Nats News.
RIDE AND ROOM SHARE
Just a reminder that we now have a ride and room share section in the ESL forums. Some have also posted information on local motels. You can find them here:
RC SOARING DIGEST JULY and AUGUST EDITIONS ARE AVAILABLE
RC Soaring Digest is a must read for anyone who loves soaring. Bill & Bunny Kuhlman do a terrific job of publishing it each month for our enjoyment.
RC Soaring Digest is free. All you have to do is download the file. This is a reader-supported publication. That means that all the articles are written by soaring enthusiasts for soaring enthusiasts. No one is paid for their articles, they write them for the benefit of the community as a whole.
Perhaps you have something to share with the soaring community. Contact Bill and Bunny Kuhlman and let them know what you have. email@example.com We will all enjoy seeing it in the next edition.
WHAT DO F3J WORLD CLASS PILOTS DO WHEN THE DAY'S COMPETITION IS DONE? Apparently they pull out Easy Gliders and have at it again, for fun and bragging rights.
Date: Tue, 8 Jul 2008 10:11:57 EDT
From: Larry Jolly
Just got back from 3 weeks in Turkey and have a lot of good memories from the F3J Worlds.
The Multiplex Cup was the brain storm of Philip Kola and Murat Esibatir
while at Nuremberg last spring. The top 7 seniors and 3 Juniors as of Thursday
afternoon were given rebuilt EZ Gliders and sent off for an hours trimming
with the competitors own transmitter. There is a very popular 2meter in class
flown in Turkey that uses hi-starts for launching. This contest was modeled
after that category. With this type of equipment I am guessing a good launch
will get you 250 feet, about 3 minutes height for a 2 meter, less with an EZ
This proved to be an extremely popular spectator event and appeared to
be great fun for the flyers. Dave was way off the field in the second flight,
just a speck and managed to get home. Poor Cody learned you have to turn the
radio on :-) This type of event will prove to be a popular addition at
future large events where manufacturers will be given the opportunity to show case
their products. Kudos to Philip and the Turkish Organizers for having the
for site to offer this kind of promotion during the contest. And a big Hand to
Multiplex for supplying the Gliders!
Many of the photos and video links are to the Norway team's web site.
The photos can be seen here: http://www.f3jturkey.com/photogallery.php# under the
title World Chanpionship Day 4 and Multiplex Cup heading. The Easy Glider photos
are mixed in with some of the F3J shots.
Video of the Multiplex Easy Glider Competition can be found at this link. These guys had a great time with these foam sailplanes. Note that these videos are huge so forget trying to access these via dial-up. http://www.f3x.no/f3j/2008/wc/easyglider_contest2008.wmv
The Easy Glider is an amazing piece of foam that seems to be loved the world over. :D
Back to the main attraction, the F3J competition. This video link goes to video of the competition. http://www.f3x.no/f3j/2008/wc/finals/senior_finals_wc_f3j_2008_turkey.wmv
How does F3J differ from our ESL contests? What you will see in the video is that these are group launches. If you look way to the right, across the field, you will see the two man tow teams. They are hard to see. There are no winches in this competition, these flights are launched with people power.
The thrower pulls back against monofiliment line to stretch it. At the tone they throw as the towmen pull to launch the plane. I am told this is much more powerful than a winch launch. Likewise you will see them all coming in together to land just before the buzzer, assuming they have flown for the maximum time on their task.
Here is what an F3J style 2-man tow looks like from the towman's angle. This was not from the championships but it does show the technique.
FOUND ON THE WEB
Secrets to Contest Flying
DOES THE TAIL OF A GLIDER RISE WHEN YOU ENTER A THERMAL?
An interesting discussion by some talented flyers and engineers.
WHAT CAN YOU DO WITH A 3M PLANE AND A REALLY STRONG HI-START?
WHAT TO DO WITH YOUR DLG WHEN YOU ARE NOT AT THE FIELD
GLIDERS AS POETRY
SO, YOU WANT TO FLY GLIDERS?
WHERE DOES THE RUDDER GO ON A R/E AND RES SAILPLANES?
I attended the CRRC ESL competition held on August 9 & 10. At that contest I saw a large number of RES sailplanes in the competition. I left my full house on the sidelines choosing to fly RES instead. Based on the final standings, many pilots flying RES planes did extremely well.
And, if we look at the NATs registration we see a significant growth in the number of competitors flying RES. It seems that RES is making a comeback.
The topic has come up as to where the rudder control should reside on your radio when flying R/E/Spoilers. The fact of the matter is there is no absolute right answer for this question. However there are opinions and conventions that are common. In searching through the forums for a good discussion on this topic I found this one that goes right to the heart of the matter.
Some approaches depend on what radio you have and some on personal preference. I hope you find the discussion interesting and useful. It starts off talking about 2 channel gliders, which would raise the same question, but goes into RES later.
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HERE TO SERVE YOU
I hope you have found value in the ESL Newsletter. If you have ideas or input for the next Newsletter, please feel free to write. Perhaps you have a quick tip to share. Why not pass them on. Extended length articles are always welcome and I love to include photos.
Send your notes, comments, photos or complaints to Ed Anderson, ESL Newsletter and Web Site Content Editor, at firstname.lastname@example.org
ON THE LIGHTER SIDE
For those of you who watch what you eat, here's the final word on nutrition and health. It's a relief to know the truth after all those conflicting nutritional studies.
1. The Japanese eat very little fat and suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans
2. The Mexicans eat a lot of fat and suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans.
3. The Chinese drink very little red wine and suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans.
4. The Italians drink a lot of red wine and suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans.
5 The Germans drink a lot of beers and eat lots of sausages and fats and suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans.
Eat and drink what you like. Speaking English is apparently what kills you.
Long Island Silent Flyers
Edited by - aeajr on 08/15/2008 1:23:08 PM