Photo by Randy Wynant
Electroglide Pilot meeting
We closed out the competition for the year with a pretty nice day last Saturday. Sunshine and a light breeze coming across Sea World’s parking lot gave us some rising air.
First launch had six Radians and one Easy Star heading westward to catch the lift. It was there that five aircraft stayed aloft beyond eight minutes, with Roger Ball’s flight coming down at 9:48. New member to the Electroglide, young Alex Sutton, flew a great 9:38 time and picked up a 10-point landing. I had a 30-point landing, Dennis La Berge had a 20 point and George Sullivan had the other 10-point landing. A fun round for all.
Second launch proved more difficult to find the lift. Longest flight was Dennis at 8:16, Alex came back at 7:37, and the rest of us were in the 6 minutes or below. Rich Rogers, Jon Graber and I all had 20 point-landings. Roger picked up a 10-point landing.
Third launch had us all skunked. Myself and Alex had the long flights of 3:34 each. Dennis, Roger and myself had 20-point landings. Alex and Jon had 10-point landings.
Fourth and final launch was in pretty much the same conditions. The long flight was recorded by Roger at 4:01. The rest of us were in the 3 and 2-minute flights. Jon and I had 20-point landings. Dennis had a 10-point landing.
Winner for the day was Dennis La Berge with 296 total points. I came in second at 234 and Roger Ball was third at 177.
We had a brief ceremony and raffle to close out the year. The years point totals for first, second and third place were handed out to Roger Ball (1267 pts.). Scott Vance (1220 pts.) and myself (788 pts.).
Thanks to the club for sponsoring the trophies and raffle checks from our favorite local hobby shop.
The Electroglide will be on vacation for the next two months. 2018’s season starts on January 20th. Look for the new start time of 10 a.m. as we see if we can catch more favorable westerly wind conditions.
Calling raffle winner
Prize for Dennis
Prize for George
By Jeff Struthers
The Electroglide Competition has returned after two months of rain delays. The weather gave us a beautiful blue-sky weekend. Wind was nonexistent at the 10:00 a.m. start, when 10 pilots launched into the pretty San Diego morning.
The lift was hard to find on that first launch, perhaps because of the lack of any wind. Arthur Markie, who just joined the Electroglide Competition this year, had the longest flight at 6:15 minutes and picked up a 20-point bonus landing. Scott Vance had a good flight at 5:15 minutes, also getting a 20-point landing. The rest of us had flights in the three- and two-minute range. Alex Sutton picked up a 20-point landing, George Sullivan and Dennis LaBerge both got 10-point landings. Continue reading
This Month’s Event:
Don’t Spill the Beans!
Contest Starts at 10am, 2/23
Sweeping starts at 9:30. Bring your brooms!
By Ian Mckinlay
Jan 26th. Bomb Drop 1
Feb 23rd. Don’t Spill The Beans
Mar 23rd. Poker Fly
Apr 27th. Foam Frenzy
May 25th. Jet Day
Jun 22nd. Bomb Drop 2
Jul 27th. Umx Flea Circus
Aug 24th. Limbo
Sep 28th. Scale Day
Oct 26th. Airplane Derby
Nov 23rd. Warbird Day
The new event “Airplane derby” will be fun for everyone. Participants and audience. Dig out your old ugly planes and come out for the first airplane derby. The object is to try to midair anyone else in the air. It’s a crash up derby, but with planes. Streamers are optional. Will be harder than most people think.
Since we can’t score this event all participants will get a raffle ticket. Prizes will be the usual gift certs from DHW.
Please click on the bottom image to see the wonderful pics taken by Frank Sutton. The top image is from Randy.
This Month’s Events:
WARBIRD DAY and VOTING
Bring your warbird out, fly, and get your Raffle Ticket.
Details at the field, and even if your War Bird is beat, as long as you fly, you get a Ticket.
10 Equal Raffle Prizes
Flying starts at 10am!! We hope to see you there!!!
This month’s event is:
Just fly a foam airplane and get a raffle ticket. One per flyer.
Raffle items are coupons for Discount Hobby Warehouse.
Goes from 10 to 11:30. Lunch and meeting to follow.
By Jeff Struthers
It was a beautiful fall Saturday when we held the Last Electroglide for this year. The Santa Ana was still hanging around, 17% humidity, 81 degrees and a breeze from the west. That created some good lift conditions coming off Sea Worlds parking lot.
I took sick shortly before first launch. Club President Jim Bonnardel kindly took over giving pilots an entertaining banter while competing.
First launch had six pilots up and headed west. Scott Vance and Alex Sutton found the lift at the far western edge of our flight area. Alex had a flight time of 9:25 with a 20-point landing and Scott had a flight of 9:11 with a 10-point landing. Fred Daugherty, an experienced glider pilot, had the third longest flight time at 2:36. That hints of a tricky or tight column of lifting air.
Second launch had all pilots trying for the western lift spot again. Alex, Fred and Scott found a tight column and were working it well when an approaching full-size helicopter was spotted. Jim warned and then had to call all pilots back to our field. That created a “do over”. Jim reset the event clock and pilots relaunched with our flight area now clear. Alex Fred and Scott found the lift again and worked it well. Alex came back at 9:33 with another 20-point landing. Fred came back at 9:23 and Scott had a 9:15 aloft with a 20-point landing. Stephen Treger also picked up a 20-point landing.
Third launch was much shorter with flight times. The tight lift columns seemed to have disappeared. Scott had the long one at 2:35 with a 20-point landing. Alex and Fred both had times at 1:45, Fred picking up a 20-point landing. Stephen also getting another 20-point landing.
Forth launch also had short times. Scott had a 2:50 aloft with a 20-point landing. Alex had a 2:21 with a 30-point landing and Stephen had a 2:03 with a 30-point landing.
All told it was a nice way to finish up our 2018 season. I wish I was well enough to fly, the long flights in the first two rounds looked fun.
Scott Vance led the day in total points at 216. Alex Sutton came in second at 211 points and Fred Daugherty was third at 136 points.
Thanks to Frank Sutton for the pictures of this event.
The trophy awards and raffle prizes for the year will be awarded to Electroglide pilots at our next club meeting on October 27th.
See you there,
UMX Flea Circus
Come one, Come ALL to the SEFSD FLEA CIRCUS !!
Saturday, Sept 22 Events start at 10am
Bring your UMX or Ultra Micro Aircraft and play in this 3-ring CIRCUS!!!
There will be 3 different events scored, and the top 5 scores will win the appropriate Gift Certificate to Discount Hobby Warehouse
There will be 3 stations:
1- UMX Looper
2- UMX Spot Land
3- UMX Glide
Points for each flight, total high points wins.
Details at the pilot meeting.
Come on down and FLY FLY FLY
Meeting and Lunch to follow the event!!