Posted - 05/01/2009 : 6:52:35 PM
| Eastern Soaring League Newsletter – May 2009
2009 OFFICERS AND STAFF
President – Ed Anderson
Secretary/Treasurer – David Beach
Scorekeeper – Luis Bustamante & Anker Berg-Sonne
Contest Coordinator - Jose Bruzual
Web Master and Publisher – Jose Bruzual
Quartermaster – Steve Lucke
Newsletter Editor – Ed Anderson
ESL Historian - Anker Berg
Hand Launch Director – Doug Harnish
FROM THE PRESIDENT – Ed Anderson
The ESL season has begun at last! This weekend will open the season with the hand launched contest at BASS. As I look at the site I see 24 people registered. There can be no question that there is plenty of interest in hand launch in the ESL. I hope the weather turns out favorably and everyone has a great time.
In a couple of weeks we have our first winched TD contest at TMMS. I include Josh’s update announcement later in the newsletter.
If you are a CD of one of the ESL contests I encourage you to publicize your contest on the forums, the ESL forum and RCSE. And please send me a copy of your announcement and I will include it in the next newsletter.
It is May, and the ESL season has begun. I can hear the gliders climbing for height already. I am so looking forward to my first contest this year.
Clear skies and safe flying to you all! I hope to see you on the flying field and in the sky.
HEY MISTER, HOW HIGH CAN YOU THROW THAT DLG?
It is amazing to watch some of the ESL pilots launch their DLGs. I understand some are launching over 175 feet. But how high can you REALLY launch one of those birds? Well, according to this discussion, over 230 feet. Take a look.
THE ESL CALENDAR -http://www.flyesl.org/calendar.asp
05/02 - 05/03 BASS (HLG) - Baltimore, MD
06/13 - 06/14 Polecat Challenge (HLG) - Bloserville, PA
07/11 - 07/12 CRRC Hand Launch Classic (HLG) - Sudbury, MA
08/01 - 08/02 Long Island Hand Launch Classic - LISF (HLG) - Syosset, NY
08/15 - 08/16 CASA (HLG) - Rockville, MD
09/12 - 09/13 SKSS Hand Launch (HLG) - Newark, DE
09/25 - 09/27 East Coast HLG Festival (HLG) - Wilson, NC
10/17 - 10/18 SJSF: ESL HLG EOS (HLG) - Marlton, NJ
THERMAL DURATION – UNLIMITED SAILPLANE
05/16 - 05/17 TMSS - Isle of Wight, VA
06/06 - 06/07 SKSS 1 - Newark, DE
06/27 - 06/28 LISF 1 - Syosset, Long Island, NY
07/11 - 07/12 DBSF - Reading, PA
08/08 - 08/09 CRRC Soar-In - Sudbury, MA
08/22 - 08/23 ESL Mid-season @ DBSF - Reading, PA
09/12 - 09/13 CASA Open - Warrenton, VA
09/19 - 09/20 LISF 2 - Syosset, Long Island, NY
10/03 - 10/04 Reading ESL TD EOS - Reading, PA
TMMS IN TWO WEEKS
We are just about two weeks away from the kick-off of the ESL's 2009 unlimited competition season! The Tidewater Model Soaring Society (TMSS) MOM Spring Challenge will be held on 5/15, 5/16, and 5/17 in Isle of Wight Virginia at Heritage Park ( 36°50'56.94"N, 76°44'55.78"W). Please go to the ESL registration site below to sign-up. Also, there is a write-up from last year's event too. The "official" TMSS website url is also provided.
This will be our second year for hosting the ESL unlimited kickoff event and we have added some new things this year. For starters, the preceding Friday (5/15) will be an unofficial F3J practice session. We will have an automated F3J window timer setup as well as a series of winches and FAI landing tapes and fly most of the day. The plan is to run a bunch of flight groups and fly some F3J. In addition, we will also have some actual F3J launching gear and do some practice tows to ramp-up for this year's F3J NATS and F3J Team Selection.
In addition, we are now located at our new site (Heritage Park). While the field is a little smaller than our previous field (the Courthouse) Heritage Park is a good location. The lift is great and we have frequent full-scale sailplane visitors.
May 16th and 17th will feature Man on Man thermal duration with FAI tapes (AMA rules, no flipping or shedding parts!). We will have Expert and Sportsflyer classes for the MOM event. In addition, we will also have a simultaneous LSF-Ladder event. You can fly as much, or as little, as you like in the LSF-Ladder event and work on your LSF vouchers. There will be awards for both the MOM and LSF-Ladder events.
TMSS contest url:
ESL registration url:
Write-up from last year:
We hope y'all come out and join us!
CHANGES TO THE LEAGUE OF SILENT FLIGHT PROGRAMS
Jim Deck, Secretary of the League of Silent Flight, has posted a notice on all the major forums as to the proposed changes that are being considered by the League of Silent flight. The notice is here:
As part of this process, all LSF level 1 or higher pilots will be invited to voice their opinions on the changes. Make your opinions known. The notice can be found here:
EXTENSIVE 2.4 GHz RADIO SYSTEM TEST
According to this report, based on the EXTREME conditions to which these radio systems have been subjected, they all work, but some are more robust than others.
Thanks to ESL member Frank Strommer for providing the link – It should take you to page 92
SUPPORT THE F3B TEAM
These guys will be representing the US this year and there are ESL pilots on the team. I am sure it is a great honor to be on the team but a trip like this is very expensive, so help ‘em out. They have great shirts, jackets and other stuff. And there is a raffle for some outstanding planes, radios and more.
DAVID BEACH MAKES AN ATTEMPT AT HIS 10K WHILE TAKING A SHOT AS XC SOARING
The ESL Secretary, David Beach decided to combine two challenges into one this past April. He wanted to try and complete his LSF V 10K goal and return while taking a shot at cross-country soaring. A group of pilots gathered in North Carolina for the event. You can David’s report here. http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showpost.php?p=11976185&postcount=116
You can read all about the contest and how it got started here:
(L To R) Adam Propst, Dan Edwards, Dave Beach, Brady Baggs, Dick Proseus
David is the guy in the middle with the “little” plane.
The Renegades! - (L to R) Dave Beach, Gordy Stahl, George Oakey
Photos and captains posted by George Oakey on RC Groups.
ROOM AND RIDE SHARE
Just a reminder that we now have a ride and room share section in the ESL forums. Some people have also posted information on local motels.
RC SOARING DIGEST IS AVAILABLE - FREE
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. And consider making a donation to help support the magazine.
There is a member of the Long Island Silent Flyers who seems prone to ignoring conventional wisdom. Frank Strommer is an accomplished Unlimited and DLG pilot who flies in a lot of the ESL contests. But lately he has been getting his planes confused.
About a month ago, while trimming his AVA he hand threw the plane into some lift and posted a very nice flight of over 5 minutes. Pretty cool!
But Frank was not satisfied. So, a few weeks later he decide to hand throw his Supra into some lift. Almost 45 minutes later, he brought the Supra in for a landing.
We have recommended counseling for Frank, to help him understand that these are winched planes and he should not be throwing them into the air like that. But he is not listening.
Do you have one of the unruly pilots in your club? Someone who is performing unnatural acts. Send us a note so we can make this behavior public and maybe we can get them under control. #61514;
HERE TO SERVE YOU
I hope you have enjoyed the ESL Newsletter. If you have ideas or input for the next Newsletter, please feel free to let me know.
Perhaps you have a quick tip to share. These little gems can make a big difference in competition. Why not pass them on. Extended length articles are always welcome and I would love to include your photos.
Send your notes, photos, compliments or complaints to Ed Anderson, ESL Newsletter Editor, at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Long Island Silent Flyers
ESL Newsletter Editor
Edited by - aeajr on 05/02/2009 11:58:46 AM