We actually had a pretty good Electroglide this past Saturday. Instead of having the predicted marine layer, we had clear skies at the ten o’clock launch. Winds were light from the West at 7 mph.
At first launch, four pilots took their gliders to the sky, three Radians and one Conscendo. Flight times were on the short side with Scott Vance having the longest flight at 4:44 minutes. Alex Sutton had the next flight time at 4:28 plus a 20-point bonus landing. Daric Knight brought his Radian back at 3:30 with a 200-point landing as well. I earned the Lucky Dog award at 2:40 minutes so my pitiful time score of 16 points was doubled to 32 points. Adding to that was a bonus landing of 10-points, leaving me a respectable 42 points over all. Successful target landings matter.
Second launch found us getting better flight times. Scott again found working lift to give him a flight time of 7:10 minutes with a 20-point landing. Alex was second with a flight of 6:47 minutes and a 20-point landing as well. Deric was third with a flight time of 6:32.
Third launch had Deric getting the long flight at 8:26 minutes. Scott came back at 4:19 minutes with a 20-point landing and Alex had a flight of 4:01 minutes and a 20-point landing.
Fourth and final launch had Scott fly the longest flight but unfortunately, he landed off field so that round was unscored. The longest scoring flight went to Deric at 4:30 minutes. I was second at 4:23 plus a 20-point landing. Alex earned the Lucky Dog at 3:45 for a score of 46 points.
Winners for the day, Alex Sutton at 200 total points earned first place. Second place goes to yours truly with 193 points and third place for the day goes to Deric Knight at 139 points.
Thanks to Frank Sutton for the pictures of the event!
We had a fun Electroglide this past Saturday. The weather could have been better but it is, after all, June. The sky remained overcast and winds were a bit spotty, peaking around 8 mph from the North West.
A total of eight pilots launched their aircraft at the first launch. Lift was hard to find but a little was available over the palm trees to the North West of the field. I ended up with the long flight at 4:22 minutes, plus a 10-point landing. Scott Vance came next with a flight of 3:22 and Baptiste Petit was third at 3:20 minutes. Neil Yihe Zhu picked up a 20-point landing.
Second launch was into very light lift, Scott had the longest flight at 3:50 minutes plus a 20-point landing. Alex Sutton came in second at 3:20 with a 30-point landing and Dennis LaBerge flew for 3:16 and also scored a 30-point landing. Neil Zhu picked up a 30-point landing.
Third launch yielded a little better flight times with Dennis now getting the long flight at 4:30 minutes plus a 30-point landing. Frank Gagliazdi flying an old Wanderer kit glider was second at 3:58. Alex came in second at 3:41
Neil had another good landing worth 20-points and both Baptiste and Stephen Treger had 10-point landings.
Fourth and final launch pitted new school Radians against an old school balsa kit Wanderer. It was fun to watch. A Radian flown by Alex had the longest flight at 5:57 and Scott, also flying a Radian was second at 5:35 plus a 30-point landing. Frank and his Wanderer were third at 3:48. I’ll point out that this was Frank’s first Electroglide. A pretty good performance Frank.
Winner for the day’s event was Neil Yihe Zha at 166 total points. Second place goes to Alex Sutton with 156 points. Third place goes to Scott Vance with 151 total points.
Next Electroglide will take place on July 17th, 10:00 first launch.
We had a pretty fun Electroglide last Saturday. The weather was on the cool side with overcast skies. A temperature of 66 degrees and winds from the west at 6 mph.
At the first launch, five pilots took their aircrafts to the skies, three Radians with one Phoenix 2 and a Twin Star piloted by Bob Anson flying in the open class.
Flight times were on the short side with Scott Vance scoring the longest flight at 3:10 minutes with a 10-point bonus landing. Alex Sutton came in at 2:56 and scored a 20-point landing.
For the second launch, most pilots found the lift and it was a fun flight. All the gliders were working a broad column of lifting air. We had to frequently dive our aircraft to stay within the 200 foot altitude limit. Stephen Trager lost the rudder from his Phoenix but managed to land safely. Scott and I had a brief mid-air collision, no damage or pieces falling off, so we kept flying. Bob’s Twin Star came back first, earning the Lucky Dog award of double the flight time score. Scott had the long flight again at 9:23 plus a 20-point landing. Alex came back at 7:20 and added a 30-point landing. I had a long flight but couldn’t make a runway landing, so I lost any time points.
On the third launch the lift proved hard to find. Alex found it and flew well with a time aloft of 5:24 and added a 20-point landing. Scott had the next longest time at 3:30 and added a 30-point landing. I was third at 2:40 with a 20-point landing.
For the fourth and final launch, we again found some lift. I managed the long flight with a time of 9:05 with a 20-point landing. Scott had a flight at 8:40 and Alex was close behind at 8:38 plus another 30-point landing.
I’ll point out that the winds not only made finding useable lift hard, it also created strong turbulence at ground level. This made field landings difficult and landing in the target circles particularly hard. Alex Sutton’s two 30-point and two 20-point landings on that day show good flying skills.
It was a fun day for all, thanks to Bob Anson for the competitive spirt in flying his Twin Star and to Frank Sutton for the event pictures.
The next Electroglide is scheduled for June 19th, 10:00 first launch.
The Electroglide has finally returned to Mission Bay after a yearlong absence. It was great to have this competition start up again at our flying site.
The weather conditions were great with clear skies and a westerly 6 mph breeze.
The event timer conditions however, were not so great. With a broken iPod causing a short delay in the first launch, Eileen Struthers rose to the occasion by manually announcing the launch start, motor off point, landing times and bonus points earned for each pilot.
We were not keeping flight scores on this first Electroglide competition since the Covid lockdown; however several pilots repeatedly found great lift just North West of our runway with some flights lasting eight to nine minutes in length.
Thanks to all the pilots who came out for the Electroglide last Saturday. The next Electroglide will be on May 15th, with a 10:00 start time.
I know, with self-quarantines, city park closures and this cold wet weather, it feels like we will never get our airplanes off the ground.
But take heart, these drastic measures enacted, seem to be having the intended effect. Infection rates of the virus in San Diego appear to be leveling off. So hang in there everyone and stay healthy.
If you haven’t done this already, drain all your batteries to the storage voltage (3.8 V/cell). Check your aircraft for any repairs needed and maybe start a kit airplane. The Electroglide, T-28 racing and general flying will start up again.
We had a pretty good time at the Electroglide last Saturday. The skies were clear, a light North West breeze was blowing for the 10:00 a.m. launch. This will be the second contest with a 10 second motor run time.
Eight pilots launched their aircraft on that first launch, seven Radians and one Phoenix II. Although the sun had been shinning for at least 60 minutes, it had not warmed up the local field area enough to produce any lift. As a result, the flight times were short.
Dennis LaBerge had the longest flight with a time aloft of 3:26 minutes. Dennis also picked up a 20-point landing upon returning. Scott Vance came in second with a flight of 2:50 minutes, also getting a 20-point landing. Bob Stinson was third at 2:44, with 20-point landing. Jim Shadwick also had a 20-point landing.
On the second launch, flight times indicated the sun had yet to produce thermal lift.
Bob Stinson had the long flight at 3:20, plus earning a 30-point landing. Scott Vance came in Second at 2:45 plus a 20-point landing. Alex Sutton was third at 2:40 with a 30-point landing. Dennis also picked up a 30-point landing, Jon Graber and Jim Shadwick both had 20-point landings and Stephen Treger picked up a 10-point landing.
Remember, with 10 seconds allowed for motor run, pilots tend to keep their aircraft close to the runway and can barely make 200 feet of altitude.
That said, the third launch proved we can still have a fun, competitive time flying gliders, because the sunlight finally lit up the lift.
Flight times jumped with Jon Graber staying aloft for 9:57 and getting a 10-point landing.
Scott was second at 9:48, with a 20-point landing. I came in third at 9:34, with a 10-point landing. Bob and Stephen both picked up 30-point landings. Alex picked up a 20-point landing. All pilots finding that lift column flew great. Avoiding a mid-air collision yet staying in a narrow lift zone is a challenge. It’s also a pretty sight to watch.
The North West wind had started to increase by the time the fourth launch took place and flight times now dropped.
Scott scored the long flight at 5:03 with a 30-point landing. Alex was second at 4:30 and picked up his second 30-point landing. Bob came in third at 4:15, with a 20-point landing. Dennis also picked up his second 30-point landing.
Winner for the day is Bob Stinson at 219 total points. Second place goes to Scott Vance at 214 points and third place was earned by Alex Sutton at 185 total points.
A fun contest enjoyed by all, that third launch was a real blast. Many bonus points were earned on the landings, proving pilots are mastering their skills at precision flying and “dead stick” landings.
Thanks again to Frank Sutton for supplying the event pictures.
Next Electroglide is scheduled for TBD, 10:00 a.m. first launch.
Woo Hoo! On Saturday the 18th, we had blue skies, sunshine and no wind. We also had a maximum altitude limit of 200 ft., so this event was a test of this limit’s effect on the Electroglide itself. I’m happy to report that we can still have a fun time flying within this altitude restriction.
Seven pilots were on hand for the first launch. Aircraft included four Radians, two Conscendos and one Easy Star. After a brief pilots meeting, with the announcement of a ten second motor run time, we started the contest.
On the first launch and such a short motor run time, pilots seemed to need more time to adjust to this lower altitude and yet still find some lift. Scott Vance had the longest flight at 3 minutes, 47 seconds. Daric Knight came in second at 2:30 and Alex Sutton came back at 2:22 with a 20-point landing.
For the second launch, pilots now were finding great lift. Daric had the long flight at 9:30, with Scott almost as long at 9:29 and picking up a 20-point landing. Alex came in third at 8:06 and picked his first 30-point landing for the day. All three pilots flying Radians. Neil Zhu flying a Conscendo, had joined Scott, Daric and Alex in that tight thermal column slightly north east of our target circles. Neil had a flight time of 7:46 plus a 10-point landing. As most pilots know, the Conscendo is not as good a floater as the Radian, yet Neil was keeping his aircraft aloft in a very competitive flight. Dennis LaBerge also had a 10-point landing and Bob Stinson picked up a 20-point landing for that launch.
Third launch had pilots returning to the same lift area, but the lift had diminished a bit. Longest flight was earned by Alex at 5:59 with another 30-point landing. Scott came in second at 5:35 aloft, plus a 30-point landing and Daric came in third with a flight of 4:00 minutes, plus a 20-point landing.
Forth and final launch had pilots finding strong lift again with Scott staying aloft the longest at 9:11, plus a 30-point landing. Daric came in second at 8:37 and Alex came in third at 7:44, while picking up his third 30-point landing for the day.
Winner for the day was Alex Sutton with 257 total points. Second place goes to Scott Vance at 250 total points and third place goes to Daric Knight with 153 total points.
To be sure, last Saturday’s weather made flying a glider a fun experience. The warm sunshine coupled with no wind allowed the thermals to form in several areas close to the runway. In the cool months ahead, we may have some days when no lift is generated, and the winning points will be made with the spot landings. As for the 200-foot altitude limit, it doesn’t seem to be a hindrance to us having a fun Electroglide competition.
Thanks to Frank Sutton for the event pictures. Next Electroglide is set for February 15th at 10:00 a.m.
The final Electroglide of 2019 happened last Saturday, and it could not have happened on a better day. The sky was a solid blue, wind was calm and the was lift just solid fun.
Nine pilots sent their aircraft aloft at the first launch shortly after 10:00 a.m., three open class gliders and six Radians.
The lift must have been still building over Sea World because all the flight times were somewhat short. Bob Stinson, flying a Conscendo in the open class, had the longest flight at 4:04 with a 20-point landing. Alex Sutton was second with a flight lasting 3:35, also with a 20-point landing. Eric Byrd came in third at 3:12 with a 20-point landing. Scott Vance picked up a 30-point landing. All the rest of the flight times were below three minutes.
All of the fun started two minutes later with the second launch. Most pilots headed west and found the lift just beyond the western edge of our runway. It was a strong lift and the flight times jumped. Stephen Treger, flying an Easy Glider, had the longest flight at 9:45 and picked up a 30-point landing, which Stephen noted as a personal best. Eric, flying a Radian, was second at 8:55, with a 20-point landing and Scott came in third at 8:21, also picking up a 20-point landing. Bob scored a 30-point landing, Alex had a 20-point and I had a 10-point landing. Most of the other flight times were in the six-minute range, confirming a big change in the flight conditions.
For the third launch, again pilots headed west. Now remember, we only have 20 seconds of motor run time. That is not much time to get your glider up high enough to find good lift, let alone to where you think the lift is located.
This time, the lift was easy to find. It stretched from the field’s driveway just west of our runway, to above the palm tree line. The lift seemed to start around 250-300 feet, and it was quite strong. Like one large block of rising air.
Both Scott and I have altimeters in our Radians and we quickly found our aircraft flying through 500 feet. This was crazy fun; it was hard to keep our aircraft below 400 feet.
Flight times were all above eight minutes with the longest flight recorded by Jon Graber flying a Radian. He almost landed just before time expired at 10 minutes, but was forced to abort his landing to avoid people on the field. As a result, his time came in at 10:15, and could not be counted. We’re so sorry about that, Jon, and we thank you for being such a good sport.
Stephen had the next longest scoring flight at 9:40. Alex came in after that at 9:20 plus a 30-point landing. Scott came back at 9:15, also picking up a 30-point landing. Bob and Dennis LaBerge both had 30-point landings.
I’ll also point out that Bob flew the shortest time and earned the Lucky Dog award flying a Conscendo. His flight time was at 8 minutes, 15 seconds. Yeah, there was lots of lift!
The fourth and final launch was pretty much into the same conditions. The wind was now starting to pick up, but the lift was still there. Stephen beat his second launch flight time by six seconds, coming back at 9:51 and scoring a 10-point landing. Jon came in second at 9:40 and picked up a 20-point landing. Alex was third with a flight of 9:20 plus a landing worth 30-points. Neil Zhu also earned a 30-point landing. Bob, Dennis and I all had 20-point landings. Scott also picked a 10-point landing.
Winner for the day? Bob Stinson, flying in the open class scored the most points overall at 319. Second place in the open class goes to Stephen Treger at 236 total points. Neil Zhu came in third at 148 points.
In the Radian class, first place goes to Alex Sutton at 278 points. Second place was earned by Scott Vance at 269 points. Third place goes to at 184 points.
It was a very fun day to close out the Electroglide season for 2019. We will resume the Electroglide on January 18th, 2020.
We also had a prize drawing for all the Electroglide pilots and a trophy ceremony for the total point winners this year.
In the open Class, first place went to Stephen Treger with 781 total points. Second place went to Bob Stinson at 466 total points and third place was earned by Vince Gonsowski at 125 points.
In the Radian Class, first place went to Scott Vance with 1757 total points. Second place went to Arthur Markiewicz with 1439 points and third place was earned by Dennis LaBerge with 1144 points.
A Special thanks goes to Frank Sutton for being our photographer this year.
I would like to close with a request. There are several club members who fly gliders other than the Radian. Perhaps those folks may feel that they can’t compete against the float of a Radian or don’t want to buy an airplane just for competing in the Electroglide.
On this last Electroglide, Bob Stinson proved Park Zone’s Conscendo is a competitive glider. This is also a full house aircraft that can do stunts and general flying. So, if you have a non-Radian Glider, come fly in the open class next year. Like all the club’s contests, it’s about fun and honing your skills as a pilot.
Next Electroglide will be January 18th, 2020. First launch will be at 10:00.
We had a nice Electroglide competition last Saturday, the 21st. Clear skies greeted us at the 10:00 a.m. start. Winds were around 5 mph from the North West, temperatures were 73 degrees.
On first launch six Radians and two open class gliders took to the sky and headed west. Arthur Markiewicz, Scott Vance and Alex Sutton found the lift to the far western edge of our flight area. Getting one’s aircraft to a good lift zone is a hard thing to do in the 15 seconds of allowed motor run time.
Arthur had the longest flight at 9:52 minutes plus a 10-point landing. Scott had a flight lasting 9:32 with a 20-point landing. Alex had a flight at 5:47 with a 20-point landing. Stephen Treger flying an open class Phoenix 2, also picked up a 20-point landings and Bob Stinson flying a Conscendo, picked up a 10-point landing.
Second launch had vastly different flight times. Arthur, having the long flight again, came back at 4:21 with a 20-point landing. Scott came in at 3:57 with a 10-point landing and Stephen came in at 3:50. Alex and Bob Stinson both picked up 20-point landings and Dennis La Berge had a 30-point landing.
The lift was still allusive for the third launch as flight times were all below five minutes. Dennis had the long flight at 4:30, with a 20-point landing. Scott was second at 3:50 and Alex was third at 3:38 with a 20-point landing. Arthur picked up a 20-point landing as well.
Fourth and final launch was again into weak lift. Dennis again found some lift coming back at 4:53 with his second 30-point landing. Arthur came in second with a flight lasting 4:31 plus a 20-point landing and Scott had 4:25 aloft with a 30-point landing. Alex picked up a 30-point landing and Stephen Treger also picked up a 20-point landing.
To bad the lift was so fickle, first launch yielded some great flight times. Everyone tried their best and the extra points earned from landing within the target circles helped keep the contest competitive.
High score in the open class was earned by Stephen Treger at 94 points. Second place was Bob Stinson at 83 points. In the Radian class, highest score was Arthur Markiewicz with 198 points. Second place goes to Alex Sutton at 194 points and third place finish goes to Scott Vance with 192 total points.
We all had a fun time under a beautiful San Diego sky. Thanks to Frank Sutton for the photography.
The final Electroglide for 2019 will be next month, October 19th. 10:00 a.m. first launch.
At the end of the contest I will be passing out the trophy plaques for the top point earners in both Open and Radian classes. We will also have prize drawings for all Electroglide pilots. You do not need to be present to win but please be sure to write your e-mail or phone number on your score sheet.
We had an enjoyable Electroglide this month. Lindbergh Field was reporting a South West wind of 6mph at the 10:00 a.m. start time. The skies were clearing, and it was 68 degrees.
Seven pilots took to the skies shortly after 10:00, four Radians, two Conscendo’s and one Easy Glider. Most of the gliders were sent westward, yet Arthur Markiewicz flew his Radian to just north east of the FPV area. That paid of well with the longest flight of 6:20 minutes. Eric Byrd had the second longest flight at 4:07 and picked up a 20-point landing. Alex Sutton came in third at 3:58, also with a 20-point landing. Scott Vance picked up a 30-point landing, Bob Stinson and Vince Gonsowski both picked up 10-point landings.
Second launch had Jon Graber’s repaired Radian joining the group as most pilots headed west again. Arthur again had the long flight of 8:18 working the eastern end of our flight area, plus getting a 10-point landing on the return. Scott came in second at 4:31 with a 20-point landing. Alex again came in third with a time of 3:59 and placing a 30-point landing. Eric picked up a 30-point landing, Jon got a 20-point and Bob Stinson placed a 10-point landing.
We had to pause the third launch countdown as a full-size helicopter passed overhead, but soon eight gliders rose up into the now blue sky. Arthur was bringing his Radian back over the runway after about a 4-minute flight when his glider suddenly flew through a lift zone. With a quick turn, he reentered the lifting column gaining some altitude. By keeping a sharp turn going, Arthur stayed with the narrow lifting air and extended his flight time to 8:44. Scott had the second longest flight at 8:14 and Alex was third at 3:47. Stephen Treger picked up a 30-point landing and Bob picked up a 10-point landing.
Fourth and final launch again had Scott and Arthur battling for the longest flight. Arthur had a 9:48 aloft with a 20-point landing. Scott had 9:04 aloft with a 20-point landing. Alex, came in third again with a flight at 3:58, also with 20-point landing.
I’ll point out that Jon Graber had at least a 7-minute flight on that last launch but landing off runway produced no score situation. Still, this was Jon’s longest flight thus far in the Electroglide.
Winner for the day was Arthur Markiewicz at 230 total points. Scott Vance was a close second at 225 points and Alex Sutton came in third at 165 points.
Nice flying everyone, I hope you all had a good time.
Thanks to Frank Sutton for being our event photographer.
Next Electroglide is set for September 21st., 10:00 a.m. start.
The Electroglide for July ended up being pretty fun. We had good lift at times and some long flights. At the start time, Lindbergh field was reporting North West winds of 8 mph and 70-degree temperatures under partly cloudy skies.
A few of us had our gliders up before the 10:00 o-clock start time. We found solid lift in the North West section of our flight area, in line with our runway and the Sea World tower.
The Electroglide is now allowing a 15 second motor run time to limit our maximum altitude to 400 feet. This appears to be working as both Scott Vance and I have altimeters in our Radians; we were noticing altitudes of 420 feet at motor cut off.
On the first launch seven pilots sent their gliders aloft and we soon found that 15 seconds of motor power is good for altitude but maybe not for ideal position. Finding the lift needed a bit more searching time. The longest flight was 2:39 minutes, recorded by Scott with a 10-point bonus landing. Arthur Markiewicz had a flight of 2:33 with a 20-point landing. Dennis LaBerge came back at 2:20, also with a 20-point landing.
Hmm, this is going to take some strategy to get a longer flight time.
Second launch got under way 2 minutes after the first. Scott was able to get the long flight again, coming back at 9:00 minutes with a 30-point landing. I had the second longest at 8:50 and Jon Graber came in third at 6:39 with a 20-point landing. This was much better.
Third launch saw Dennis get the long flight at 9:20 with a 20-point landing tacked on. Scott had a flight of 6:38 and Stephen Treger had a flight of 5:11.
Forth and final launch Saw Arthur with the long flight at 9:45 plus getting a 30-point landing. Scott had a flight of 9:11 minutes with a 20-point landing and Jon came in third at 5:10 minutes.
The winner for the day was Scott Vance with total points of 226. Second place goes to Arthur Markiewicz at 208 points and third place was won by Dennis LaBerge with 186 points. Nice flying gentlemen.
So, what is the winning strategy with this shortened motor run time? For most of us it’s having a nicely trimmed aircraft. A half ounce weight in the tail of a Radian helps, and a having a high discharge battery is good too.
Paying close attention to your aircraft and staying off the controls as much as possible will also reward with a long flight. Add up the small things and they start to make a difference.
Thanks to Frank Sutton for taking the event pictures.
Next Electroglide is scheduled for August 17th, 10:00 a.m. first launch.
One would assume that this being June in San Diego, the weather would not favor a glider competition. With overcast skies, a south-west wind of six mph and 67degree temperatures, nine pilots launched at the 10:00 a.m. start.
Arthur Markiewicz flying a nicely balanced Radian had a flight time of 7:12 with a 30-point landing. Scott Vance came in second with a flight of 5:54 and a 20-point landing. Eric Bird was third with a flight of 5:39. Alex Sutton picked up a 20-point landing and Neil Zhu had a 10-point landing. Not bad, considering the gloomy sky.
On second launch, pilots again found the lift with Arthur having the long flight at 9:55 plus a 20-point landing. Scott had a flight of 7:14 with a 10-point landing. Eric came in at 6:54, also with a 20-point landing. Alex Sutton and Jon Graber both picked up 20-point landings, and Stephen Treger had a 10-point landing. I’ll point out that Alex had a flight of 6:20 minutes and five other pilot flight times were at least five minutes long. So, the lift was there, we thought.
Third launch took place two minutes after Arthur landed and flight conditions had dramatically changed. Alex had the long flight at 4:20 with a 30-point landing. Scott came in second at 4:17 with a 20-point landing. Eric came was third at 3:31, also with a 20-point landing. Stephen and I both had a 20-point landing. There was no clear understanding of why the lift conditions so quickly disappeared, perhaps the wind.
Fourth and final launch was into pretty much the same conditions. Arthur had the longest flight at 6:34 with a 20-point landing. Scott came in second at 4:31 with a 30-point landing and I came in third with a 3:58 flight time and a 10-point landing. Neil, Stephen and George Sullivan all had 30-point landings.
Landing in the target circles is certainly a way to pick up extra points when the lift gets hard to find. So, congrats to the pilots who manage to land their aircraft in the circles at the end of each flight.
First place winner for the day goes to Arthur Markiewicz who earned 235 points. Second place goes to Scott Vance at 214 points and Alex Sutton came in third at 186 total points. Nice flying guys!
Thanks to Frank Sutton for taking such great pictures of the event.
In closing I want to remind both glider and powered pilots to be aware of full-scale aircraft crossing through our flight area. The FAA is the boss of our airspace and will take it away if they see us as a threat to aviation. Just the way it is.
The Electroglide Competition will now have a spotter to warn of any approaching aircraft. This person will order all aircraft to quickly descend and land on the runway. We will then restart that launch when the airspace is clear.
Next Electroglide is scheduled for July 20th at 10:00 a.m.
It was looking like we were going to have a terrific Electroglide this month. The weather consisted of clear skies, warming air and little wind. Nothing resembling the early predictions from Lindbergh Field. Scott Vance, young Neil Yieh Zhu and I had our gliders up about a half hour before the 10:00 start time. The lift was not hard to find.
Abundant lift was anywhere north of our runway, all you needed was about 150 – 200 feet of altitude. Scott and I noticed that even with moderate down stick applied, our Radians continued to go up. I watched Neil put his glider in a tight left turn and with wings banked, the glider maintained its altitude. This was looking like fun!
The 10:00 o’clock start time soon arrived along with, some western wind. Seven pilots sent their aircraft aloft, looking for that thermal lift and it was gone. With lift now disrupted, Scott Vance had the longest flight at 3:30 minutes with a 20-point bonus landing. Bob Anson came in second at 2:53 aloft, also with a 20-point landing. Dennis La Berge was third at 2:30 and a 10-point landing. Eric Byrd and Neil both picked up 20-point landings
This was looking depressing; the wind had blown away that great lift.
Second launch took place two minutes after Scott retrieved his Radian from the runway. Seven pilots again took to the skies with a slight change in the wind strength. Five pilots found the lift and with careful piloting were able to get long flights. Bob had the longest flight at 9:30 minutes. Eric came in second at 8:54 and Scott was third at 8:50 aloft with a landing bonus of 20-points. Dennis picked up a 30-point landing. Alex Sutton had a 20-point landing. Neil and Stephen Treger both had 10-point landings. This was looking much better.
Third launch now had eight pilots trying their best and the lift had vanished again. Scott had the long flight at 3:35 plus a 30-point landing. Second longest flight was from Eric at 2:30, also scoring a 30-point landing. Bob came in third at 2:26 aloft. Dennis picked up a 30-point landing and I picked up a 10-point landing.
Fourth and final launch was into pretty much the same conditions. Vince Gonsowski had the long flight at 5:00 minutes with a 30-point landing. Bob and Scott both flight times at 3:30, Scott getting a 20-point landing. I came in third at 3:07 with a 10-point landing. Neil picked up a 30-point landing, Dennis and Stephen both had 20-point landings.
Good flying to all involved in the Electroglide. The weather was frustrating, but pilots made the best of it. Kudos also to all who continue to score the bonus landing points. It’s a hard thing to do, placing your aircraft in the target circles so often.
Thanks again to Frank Sutton for the great pictures of the event.
Next Electroglide is set for June 15th at 10:00 a.m.
We had one fun Electroglide this month, beautiful weather and plenty of lift. The predicted weather was supposed to be partly cloudy with a south west wind of 12 mph and 67 degrees. What we had was partly cloudy with north west winds at 7 mph and enough sunlight shinning to create wonderful thermals.
At around 9:40 a.m., Dennis La Berge had his Radian up looking for potential lift. He found it just under 100 feet altitude and slightly north of our runway. The sun had been shining for a time, the winds were very light, so the thermal must have been generated by all the vegetation at our flying area. Hey, go green.
First launch was at 10 a.m. and ten aircraft took to the skies. Most of us headed to the western edge of our flight area. We didn’t have to search long as we quickly found solid lift. At least eight aircraft were working a very broad lift when a full-sized helicopter came roaring through from the west. We all had to drop altitude quickly and it was decided to restart the first launch.
The wind had started to pick up, and by the time we relaunched, the lift was no longer in the same spot.
Arthur Markiewicz had the long flight of four minutes plus a 20-point landing. Scott Vance came in second for that launch at 3:46 with a 10-point landing and Dennis La Berge had a flight of 3:17 plus a 30-point landing. I managed a 20-point landing and Alex Sutton picked up a 10-point landing.
Second launch happened two minutes after Arthur’s Radian touched down and the lift had returned. Flight times jumped with the longest recorded by Arthur at 9:36 with a 20-point landing. Next was Stephen Treger at 9:30 plus a 30-point landing and coming in third was Scott at 9:12 and a 20-point landing. Dennis also picked up a 20-point landing.
Third launch had only Arthur finding the lift with a flight time of 9:13 and a 20-point landing. Scott had the second longest flight at 4:54 with a 10-point landing and Dennis came in third at 4:41 with a 20-point landing.
Forth and final launch was much more fun with five gliders staying aloft beyond nine minutes. Arthur had the long flight at 9:50 and a 30-point landing. New to Electroglide, Eric Byrd had a very good flight of 9:48 plus a 30-point landing and Alex Sutton had a flight of 9:43 minutes with a 20-point landing. Dennis picked up a 30-point landing and Scott had a 10-point landing.
The weather gave us great flying conditions that was enjoyed by all. Landing conditions however were a bit tricky, so it was nice to see many pilots scoring extra points by landing in the target circles.
Thanks to Frank Sutton for providing wonderful pictures of the event.
Next Electroglide is scheduled for May 18th 10 a.m. first launch.
This month’s Electroglide found us flying in overcast skies and light wind from the west with a temperature of 70 degrees. No one was expecting any lift in the usual spots, boy were we all surprised.
First launch at 09:30 found 6 Radians and one Easy Star climbing out to the west. To our great surprise, 3 pilots found lift and plenty of it. Roger Ball came in at first place with a 9:45 with a 10 point landing. I came in with a 9:40 and a 20 point landing. Tom Erickson came in third with a 9:15 and a 20 point landing. Rich picked up the lucky dog and a 20 point landing for 48 points.
The second launch had 5 Radians and one Easy Star heading to the west looking for lift. Fred had to drop out do to aircraft issues. Flight times were shorter, lift was harder to find. Roger came in first again with a 6:36 and a 10 point landing. I came in a 6:32 also with a 10 point landing. Tom came in at 6:09 with a 20 point landing. Jon Graber captured the lucky dog and a 10 point landing for 58 points.
Launch number three had 6 Radians as Dennis LaBerg joined the party late. The wind picked up to 4-5 mph and the lift was there out to the west. At the eight minute mark, 4 pilots were high to the west and slowly began to head toward the field. As the clock counted down to the 9:45 mark, pilots were beginning to make their move and things got crowded around the landing circle. Roger got down at 9:56; I got down at 9:52. George Sullivan and Dennis missed the time limit and landed after the 10 minute buzzer. In our scramble to get down, landing points went out the window as none of the high timers had any landing points. Jon Graber captured the lucky dog and a 10 point landing for 36 points.
The fourth launch found flight times typical for an overcast day with minimal lift to be found. I had the longest flight with a 4:40. Roger came in with a 4:27 and 20 landing points. Tom came in with a 4:20 to round out the top 3. Jon Graber captured the lucky dog again for 16 points.
Winners for the day: Roger Ball with a total of 220 points, I had 216 points and Tom came in third with 179 points. Jon Graber flying in the Easy Star class had 140 points with 3 lucky dog landings.
Jeff should be back next month to resume control of Electroglide, hope to see a bigger crowd of pilots next month. The September Electroglide will take place on the 16th.
The second launch had us all heading to the west, as high as we could get in the 20 seconds before motor shut off. The lift was there, brought to us by the breeze across Sea World. Flight times now jumped, the shortest time was Roger Ball’s 6:16, earning a maxed out 60 Lucky Dog points. Jim Bonnardel, flying the Radian Pro and Tom Erickson flying a standard Radian, battled it out towards the ten-minute time limit. Tom came in at 9:19 for first place, Jim a close second at 9:14 with a 20-point bonus landing. Really good flying guys. Scott Vance came in third at 7:53 with a 10-point landing. Dennis LaBerg also scored a 20-landing.
Can We Have a Club Chiropractor?
Third launch showed the lift was still available. I had a flight time of 9:29 plus a 20-point landing. Scott came in second with 9:02 with a 20-point landing. Dennis came in third at 8:30 with a 10-point landing. Fun stuff!
Jim on Approach
The fourth and final launch was into a stronger breeze that seemed to be effecting the lift patterns. Flight times reflected this with Jim earning the longest flight at 6:37, also with a 20-point landing. Scott came in second at 6:02, I earned third place at 5:37. Roger also picked up a 20-point landing on this round.
Jim-It’s still sliding
Winners for the day: Jim Bonnardel, flying in the open class had a point total of 238. All the other aircraft flown were in the Radian class. I had the highest point total at 233. Scott Vance came in second at 224, Dennis LaBerg came in third at 202.
Jim-Well it’s Still Worth 10 Points
I would like to point out that in the first launch, I had the shortest flight at 3:36 which earned me the Lucky Dog award. That award which when added to a 20-point landing bonus gave me a competitive 64 points for the first round. One does not need to be able to fly their glider a long time. Points are awarded for flight time and the target landings. Because of the Lucky Dog award for the first aircraft back on the runway, the flight points are doubled. Park your airplane in the target circle and you can pick up an additional 10, 20 or 30 points.
Jim, Jeff, Roger & Tim Heading Up
Come join us next month, the third Saturday. It really is fun and it makes you a better pilot.
The August Electroglide will take place on the 19th. I will be on vacation but Scott Vance will be hosting the event.
It was a tough Electroglide this month what with the Beach to Bay Marathon restricting access to our field until 10:00 and the strong winds from the North West.
Lindbergh Field was reporting winds of 8 to 10 mph during our competition, it sure felt stronger at our field.
First launch happened at about 10:40 and six aircraft took to the sky. Jon Graber, flying an Easy Star 2 got it high and held it there for the longest flight at 5:43. Scott Vance had the next longest flight time at 4:36 and scored an extra 20-points on his landing.
Second launch saw a bit stronger winds with only four aircraft flight ready. Roger Ball had the long flight at 4:50 with a 20-point landing. Scott Vance came in second at 3:50 and earning a 10-point landing. Those were the only extra landing credits earned.
Third launch found the wind was the only lift out there. Five aircraft were pointed North West at various altitudes, slowly descending while being blown in a South-East direction. The only way to stay north of our runway was to dive a bit and gain some airspeed. Scott Vance had the longest flight at 3:20. Also managing to stay near the target circles, scoring 20 points on landing. Roger Ball came in next at 3:12 with a 10-point landing.
Fourth and final launch saw the same windy conditions but we were getting the hang of it. Scott Vance again had the longest flight at 4:41 and a 20-point landing. Roger Ball came in at 3:52, I came in at 3:27. Stephen Treger scored the only other landing bonus with 10-points.
George Sullivan flew his DJI Mavic during the competition and recorded some video of us trying to land in the target circles. Notice the club’s wind sock.
Yes, the wind made it tough. It also made us learn to fly better. Don’t Spill the Beans, Bomb Drop, Pop Wing and Quad Copter racing, any competition that pushes us has the effect of making us better pilots.
The next Electroglide will be held on June 17th at 9:30.
Here is a You Tube link that contains video of a portion of the competition. Club member George Sullivan recorded the video from a DJI Quad-copter.
Second launch had short flight times as well. The longest time aloft again going to Steve and Tom at 2:50 and 2:32 respectively. Only Tom picked up a landing credit (20-points), for that round .
For the Third launch only Tom Erickson found the lift, staying aloft for 3:35 and scoring a 30-point landing credit. Rich Rogers had the second longest flight at 2:25 and picked up a 10-point landing credit. Fred Daugherty, flying for 2:08 picked up a 20-point landing. Stephen Treger flew for 2:11 and scored a 10-point landing.
Fred, Stephen and Rich
Fourth and final launch found Tom Erickson above and alone from all the rest. With a flight time of 4:40 his closest competitor was Fred Daugherty at 3:20. Fred being the only pilot of that round earning a landing credit, 20-points.
30 points for Tom
Winner of the day is Tom Erickson with total points of 137. Second place goes to Fred Daugherty at 85 points. Third place is Stephen Treger at 79 points. Kudos for the day go to Tom for finding lift when others could not and Jim for keeping at it when the motor in his aircraft was so weak.
Going for extra points
Next Electroglide is scheduled for May 20th. Until then let’s fix our airplanes, practice and hope for lift.
The first launch looked great as 7 aircraft took to the sky. Flight times were short, with most coming back down within 4 minutes. Roger Ball got the long flight working some ridge lift above the boat ramp, coming down at 7:38 with a 10 landing. Skip Babbitt got the Lucky Dog award at 1:10 and picked up a 30-point landing credit. Fred Daugherty and Jim Bonnardel also scored 30 point landings. Steve Gobel and Scott Vance picked up 20 point landings.
The second launch again had short flight times with only two pilots going over 4 minutes aloft. Roger Ball at 4:58 and Jim Bonnardel at 4:27. Roger Ball and Fred Daugherty both picked 10 point landing credits.
Third launch again had short flight times with only Roger Ball exceeding 4 minutes with a flight time of 5:50 and extra a credit landing of 10 points. Jim Bonnardel and Scott Vance both earned 20 point landings. Steve Gobel and Fred Daugherty also picked up 10 point landings.
Lucky Dog Skipp
The fourth and final launch found all new conditions. We had lift and the flight times jumped. All flight times were above 5 minutes with Fred Daugherty first down and getting the Lucky Dog at 5:05. The longest flight went to Scott Vance at 8:45 with a 30 point landing. Jim Bonnardel, flying on one working aileron, came in second with 8:01 flight time and also picked up a 30-point landing. 10 point landings were earned by Skip, Roger and Tom Erickson.
Roger on Long Flight
Winners for the day were Roger Ball at 197 points, Jim Bonnardel at 187 points and Skip Babbit with 177 points. Yes, I checked the math. 1st, 2nd and 3rd are separated by 10 points each. That’s got to be a first.
T – 10 Seconds
It was a enjoyable start for the Electroglide and we all had a good time, again proving that the clubs contests are a fun and challenging way to enjoy our hobby. Next Electroglide is scheduled for April 15th.
The third launch proved even shorter flight times with the longest coming from Brian’s Multiplex Heron at 3 minutes, 18 seconds. Fred scored a 30-point landing, boosting his flight time score of 14 points to a respectable total score of 44 points.
The fourth and final launch yielded flight times in the 5 and 6 minute lengths. Perhaps the sun had finally heated Sea World’s parking lot enough for the thermals to develop. The lift was there to the northwest and we made good use of it. Fred had the longest flight of 6 minutes, 30 seconds, flying his Radian 29 seconds longer then Brian’s big open class Heron. Roger and I both scored 20 point landings, Tom picked a 10-point landing. This was a fun round and enjoyed by all.
Our Necks Get Sore
First place for the day goes to Roger Ball at 163 points, second place goes to Tom Erickson at 135 points and third place goes to yours truly at 121 points.
Next and final Electroglide for 2016 is set for October 15th, usual start time of 9:30. We will not compete in November and December. The Electroglide for 2017 starts up on the third Saturday in January, the 21st.
All the Electroglide pilots for 2016, please come down for the October Electroglide. We will have a free raffle for you thanks to the Club’s Board of Directors. The raffle will start after the fourth and final landings.
I also want to point out this year’s point score totals, at least those higher totals that may be worth a first, second or third place finish. In adding up the current scores from the collected score sheets we have:
Bob Stinson – 967
Scott Vance – 897
Vince Gonsowski – 738
Roger Ball – 597
Fred Daugherty – 589
Rich Rogers – 503
Jon Graber – 412
Dennis LaBerge – 333
One more contest will decide 1st, 2nd and 3rd place prizes to be awarded. Our Board of Directors has been very gracious in awarding these prizes so come out for the last flights in October and try to place in the top spots. It’s worth it.
The first launch looked great, with all nine aircraft charging up into a now westerly breeze. After “motors off “, most pilots headed west looking for the lift coming from Sea World’s parking lot. The wind made it tricky to stay in the lift however, with only Bob Stinson and Roger Ball staying aloft beyond 5 minutes. Bob had the longest flight of 5 min. 13 seconds and topped that with a 30-point landing.
The second launch was similar in flight times and conditions, but the landings for extra credit became really fun. Take a look at the enclosed pictures, that’s three of us parked in the bullseye and a forth aircraft halfway in. That round had three 30 point landings, two 20 point landings and two 10 point landings. Roger Ball had the longest flight of 5:10 and one of the 10 point landings. Really good flying guys.
The third launch found the wind a bit stronger and the flight times were mostly in the mid 3 minutes. Only Scott Vance and Brian McCune had times above 4 minutes. Scott had a 4:30 aloft and Brian had his Multiplex Heron working well for a winning time of 6:37.
The fourth and final launch had short flight times as well, the lift being hard to find. Scott Vance and Brian McCune again had the longest flights. Scott had 4:04 aloft and Brian had 5:14. Most of us managed to land on the runway, but only Scott (20 pt.) and Rich (10 pt.) made the target circles.
Placing first for the day is Scott Vance at 216 points. Second place goes to Bob Stinson at 170 points and third place goes to Brian McCune with 150 points.
Bob Stinson and I noted that, as far as we can remember, no one has scored four 30 point landings in one Electroglide competition. Scott Vance had three last Saturday, his final landing coming close with 20 points.
For those of you who do not know the rules for an Electroglide, we only allow 20 seconds of motor run time. During those 20 seconds we have to get our aircraft high enough (max of 400 ft.), so it can glide to where we think the lift will be. If we find some lift that’s great, because each minute aloft is worth six points and every ten seconds is worth 1 point.
We set the maximum flight time per launch at 10 minutes. If we fly beyond that, no score is awarded. If we land off the runway, again, no score is awarded. Extra points come from landing in the target circles, (30, 20 and 10 points). The first aircraft that lands on the runway gets a “Lucky Dog “award, which means the time aloft is doubled.
Remember, all this flying is done “Dead Stick”, the motor is turned off after the first 20 seconds. Like the other contests the club organizes, this kind of flying teaches you to pay close attention to your aircraft and that translates to good flying skills for any pilot.
Want to try? This is challenging and fun. The next Electroglide is scheduled for September 17th at 9:30.
It was a sunny morning for the Electroglide competition this month. No June gloom, just blue skies. We did, however, have some wind. At 9:00 a.m., Lindbergh Field was reporting 8 mph winds coming from the north. By the 9:30 launch time, the winds were shifting to the west and approaching 10 mph.
On the first launch, we had eight pilots start, but Fred and Scott had to drop out due to problems with their aircraft. All remaining aircraft being flown were Radians. Vince and Tom were able to find the lift to the west of the field. Vince stayed up for 8:53 and scored a 20 pt. bonus landing. Tom had a duration of 7:10 aloft and picked up a 10 pt. landing.
The second launch was into a north west breeze. It blew all the lift away that Vince and Tom had made such good use of in the first round. On my way back to the landing zone with the timer approaching 4 minutes, I found some ridge lift just east of the boat launch area. It was a nice little bump that turned my short flight into a pleasure of 7:08 duration. Hitting a 20 pt. landing bonus was the cherry on top. I should also mention that all pilots in the second launch scored bonus landing points, all of us. Has that been done before?
The third launch was into tricky wind and flight times were on the short side. New member Bryan Respess got the longest flight of 5:22. The rest of us were well below that. Only myself and Roger were able to hit the bonus circles on landing.
The fourth and final launch saw conditions not much better, with flight times under six minutes. Roger got the Lucky Dog award for a 47 second flight, but landed center circle for 30 bonus points. Nice save Roger. Again though, only two pilots scored a landing bonus. Vince being the other with a 20 pt.
Winners for June: Vince Gonsowski came in first with 175 points, I managed second place with 170 and Tom Erickson came third with 143 points. Mark your calendars for the next Electroglide, July 16th.
It was a windy, but beautiful, day to be outside on Saturday. At 8:00 a.m. the sun was peeking out of a broken cloud layer to the east. We had blue sky above the flying field and no marine layer!
The wind, however, would prove a challenge. At 9:00, Lindbergh Field was reporting westerly winds of 9 mph. By the first launch at 9:30, the westerly wind felt stronger and was straight down our runway. Eight pilots took to the sky with seven Radian’s and one Easy Star. All were quickly batted down by the wind, with the Lucky Dog winner at 1min. 10sec. The longest flight was 2:14. Bob Stinson was the only pilot to score a bonus landing of 20 points.
On the second launch the wind slackened a bit, with pilots powering hard and straight to a good altitude. Bob Stinson, Scott Vance, Dennis La Berge and Vince Gonsowski were able to make the altitude pay off with times above 4 min. Dennis found some lift with a round winning time of 7:30. The landings were better too, with Bob, Vince, and Scott all scoring an extra 30 points. Rich Rogers picked up a landing of 20 points.
For the third launch, the wind had picked up causing flight times to drop below 4 minutes. Ground turbulence was starting to be a problem as well, causing two off-field landings. Still, Rich and Jon Graber picked up 30 points on their landings. Scott picked up a 10 point landing.
The fourth and final launch had the same tough and windy conditions. Flight times were all below 4 minutes with only Vince scoring a landing bonus of 10 points. There was one off field landing.
Winners for the day: 1st place was Vince Gonsowski with 121 points. 2nd place was Bob Stinson with 116 points and third place was Rich Rogers at 113 points.
Thoughts for this tough day: The windy conditions pushed all pilots to fly their best. Landings were a pain and forced pilots to fly ahead of their airplanes to even make the field. Congrats to all of you who managed to get bonus landing points… that was hard.
We can’t do much about the weather, but we can develop our skills to handle the situations we get into. You all showed great piloting skills on Saturday and it was fun to watch it.
The flight conditions for this month’s Electroglide were not the best but were typical for this time of year. There was a breeze of 5 mph from the North East under a thinning marine layer, temperatures in the low 60’s and only two pilots!
I suppose the warmth of Lakeside and the swap meet at Weedwackers drew our otherwise stout pilots. But Scott and Fred showed up to add points to the year-end prize totals.
The times of the first two flights were on the short side, with Scott Vance getting flights of 3:50 and 3:10 minutes. Fred Daugherty picked up the Lucky Dog on his 2:20 and 2:15 minute flights, plus two 10 point landing scores.
The third launch found some lift coming off the bay to the north. Scott got a flight of 6:03, a landing in the bull’s eye for an extra 30 points, plus he was the first pilot down. This gave him a max score of 90 points. Can’t get any better than that! I was flying by that time and got a flight of 6:28 with 10 landing points. Fred had the longest flight of 6:50 with 20 landing points. Close flight times and good landings by all. That was a fun round.
The fourth and final launch found the lift moving south, closer to our field. Scott had the longest flight of 5:40, Fred had 4:40 and I had the lucky dog at 4:03, plus a 10 point landing bonus.
Scott and Fred tied their scores for first place at 166. I came in second at 123. Granted, there were only three pilots flying, but hey, it’s still second place.
The next Electroglide is scheduled for April 16th.
The Electroglide for this month went pretty well. Weather conditions were on the cool side with Lindberg field reporting a light easterly breeze at 3 mph. It seemed stronger at our field when the first launch started with seven pilots tossing their aircraft up into a cloudy sky.
Dennis LaBerg found some thermals against the odds, proving again the adage to “watch your airplane “, keeping his turns and stick movements to a minimum. Dennis had the longest flight of the first launch of 6 min. 30 sec.
On the second launch, Bob Stinson and Scott Vance both found some lift to eke out flights of 6 min. 17 sec. each with Bob adding a 20-point landing credit.
By the third launch, the sun had come out and it was back to Dennis with a flight of 6: 22 and a 20-point landing credit.
The forth launch into the improving sky found shorter times aloft with Scott Vance getting a time of 5:03.
The first place winner went to Bob Stinson with a total points of 174. Second place went to Dennis LaBerg at 145 points, third place was Fred Daugherty with 142 points.
Skip Babbitt flew in the open class with a slippery looking hot liner. All other aircraft were new and old style Radians.
As you know, this kind of flying is all about paying close attention to your airplane. It’s watching the wings for a telltale wiggle of a thermal just passed or sudden altitude change without the elevator input. It’s good training and takes concentration.
Remember, point totals will be added up at the end of our flying season with awards going to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place finishers. Next launch is March 19th, 9:30 a.m.
The start of the 2016 Electroglide Competition happened today at our soggy field. Only four pilots came, so let’s get a better turn out next month. The field was not that wet, but all of the pilots launched from close to the fence, anyway winds were very calm with rising air hard to find. Flight times were on the short side with the sun hiding behind some clouds. All aircraft were Radians, two new style, two older.
Bob Stinson displayed good flying style keeping stick movement minimal and eking out the longest flight time of 5:09 in an older style Radian. Scott Vance was close behind in a new Radian with a time of 5:03.
After checking the math ( sorry, I know we’re honest but mistakes happen ), Scott Vance wins the day with a score of 187 ( two 30 point landings sealed the deal ). Bob Stinson came in second with a score of 183 and third place goes to Rich Rogers at 169.
Just to keep things fun, I will be awarding Real Loot to the first, second and third place score totals at the end of the 2016 Electroglide season. These will be redeemable at our favorite local hobby store, so unless you want Scott, Bob, Rich or Vince to be the only ones to divvy up the prizes, get your lazy duffs down to the Electroglide next month ( Feb. 20th ).
Fly with those with a gentile stick and who can keep it up the longest. Hmm, that might make a good T-Shirt.