Electroglide Contest Results

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Electroglide Report for Sep 2022

 The summer sun did not bless the Electroglide this past Saturday. We had overcast skies and a moderately strong south wind at launch time. This forced us to launch from the northern edge of our runway, and then try to find some clean air for wind lift. Flight times became short, so landing in the target circles would now carry much more importance. 

 First launch had seven aircraft, four Radians and three open class aircraft, in a steep climb into the wind. After ten seconds, all motors were shut off and it was a challenge to find clean air. Bob Anson, flying a Conscendo, had the long flight at 1:45 minutes with a 10-point landing. Stephen Trager, with a Radian, was second with a flight of 1:36 plus a 20-point landing. Daric knight, flying a Multiplex Heron, was third with a time of 1:28. Alex Sutton, flying a Radian, picked up a 30-point landing.

 Second launch had a little improvement in the flight times. Stephen again had the long flight at 3:24 and a 20-point landing. Bob Anson was second with a flight of 3:08. Jeff Struthers, flying a Radian, came in third at 2:59 with a 20-point landing. Alex again had a 30-point landing, Neil Zhu and Fritz Logan both had 20-point landings and Deric had a 10-point landing.  

 Third launch had Jeff with the long flight of 3:56. In second place was Stephen at 3:32 and a 30-point landing. Third place was earned by Neil, flying a Conscendo, at 2:20 with a 20-point landing.

 Fourth and final launch had the flight time’s drop back a bit. Jeff had the long flight at 2:20 minutes with a 20-point landing. Stephen was second at 1:42, also getting a 20-point landing. Deric was third at 1:31 with a 10-point landing. Neil, also picked up a 10-point landing.

Winners for the day?

Radian Class,

1st. Place, Stephen Trager with 154 points.

2nd. Place, Alex Sutton with 108 points.

3rd. Place, Jeff Struthers with 96 points

Open Class,

1st. Place, Neil Zhu with 93 points

2nd Place, Deric Knight with 41 points

3rd. Place, Bob Anson with 40 points

 

 Yes, the flight times were quite short but we can’t control the weather. We can however, make up for poor flying conditions with our landings and many pilots were able to land within the target circles, despite the strong south wind. Good flying guys!

 Thanks to Frank Sutton for providing the event pictures.

Next and final Electroglide for the year will be on October 15th, usual start time of 10:00.

See you there,

Jeff Struthers

See the entire album of pics here.

Electroglide Report for Aug 2022

By Scott Vance

The August Electroglide had 6 pilots brave the overcast skies and a stiff south wind all day.

Round 1 had all pilots launching from the north weed line in a south west direction to avoid flying over the pits.  It was a challenge for all to find wind lift.  In the Radian Class, Stephen had the longest flight with 4:41 and a 20 point landing.  Dennis had a 2:20 flight with a 30 point landing.  Alex got the Luckydog.

Round 2 again had Stephen with the longest flight at 2:23 with a 20 point landing.  Bob had 1:54 with a 20 point landing.  Alex got the Luckydog with a 20 point landing.  In the Open Class, Daric had a flight time of 1:52 with a 10 point landing.  Neil had a 1:40 flight with a 20 point landing.

Round 3 saw the wind increase as did flight times.  Bob had the longest flight time in the Radian Class, 2:41.  Alex had a flight time of 1:59 with a 30 point landing.  In the Open Class, Daric had a time of 3:26 with a 20 point landing.  Neil got the Luckydog and a 10 point landing.

Round 4 had Dennis with a time of 3:49 and a 10 point landing that he really had to work for.  Bob had a time of 2:29 with a perfect 30 point landing.  Alex had a time of 2:19 with a 10 point landing.  In the Open Class, Neil got the Luckydog and a 30 point landing.  Daric had the longest flight time of the day at 7:25.

The big winners for the day are Stephen in the Radian Class with 133 points and Neil in the Open Class with 138 points.  Congrats to all of today’s pilots for flying safely in very challenging conditions.

Electroglide Report for July 2022

 We had nine glider pilots competing in Saturday’s Electroglide. The weather conditions could have been better, but the pilots made do with the marginal lift and tricky ground turbulence that caused a few “off field” landings.  

 For those unfamiliar with the rules of this contest, any landing not done on the runway will cause zero points to be earned for that launch.

 First launch had us all looking for the lift but only two pilots found anything. Bob Anson flying in the open class had the long flight at 4:41 minutes. Alex Sutton, flying a Radian, was second at 4:15 minutes with a 10-point landing and Dennis LaBerge, also flying a Radian was third at 3:40 minutes with a 20-point landing. Daric Knight also picked up a 10-point landing.

 For the second launch, pilots found the lift to the west just beyond our runway. The long flight was earned by Dennis (Radian), with a time of 7:30 with a 20-point landing. Stephen Trager, (Radian) was second at 5:35 minutes and Jeff Struthers, (Radian) came in third at 5:30.

 Third launch had us all looking around for the lift and not finding much. Stephen, (Radian) had the longest flight at 2:35 minutes. Bob, (open class) came in second at 2:22 with a 20-point landing and third place is shared by Dennis, (Radian) and Neil Zhu, (open class) at 2:20. Neil also picked up a 20-point landing and Carl Cox got a 10-point landing.

 Fourth and final launch again had little to offer in the way of lift with the long flight earned again by Dennis at 3:20 minutes with a 20-point landing. Second place is shared by Daric and Neil, (both open class) at 2:30 minutes, with Neil again picking up a 20-point landing. Third place was earned by Alex at 2:19 with a 10-point landing.

 The flight times were on the short side of things but we all still had fun.  Next Electroglide is scheduled for August 20th.

 Thanks again to frank Sutton for the event pictures.

Jeff Struthers

Electroglide Report for June 2022

 For the Electroglide this last Saturday, we had a South wind at 8 mph, and a temperature around 64 degrees. From these conditions you would expect short flight times and few extra points earned by landing in the target circles.

 The pilots did much better than that with flight times up to 6:20 minutes and scoring several 30-point spot landings.

 After a brief ceremony of handing out 1st, 2nd

and 3rd place medals for last month’s winners,

the contest began.

 First launch had Scott Vance flying the longest flight with a Radian, at 4:25 minutes with a 30-point landing. Bob Stinson, flying a Conscendo, had a flight of 4:00 minutes with a 10-point landing. Stephen Trager, flying a radian, came in third at 2:30 with a 20-point landing. Neil Zhu also picked up a 20-point landing.

 Second launch had Neil, with the longest flight, at 6:23 with a Conscendo in the Open Class. He also picked up a 10-point landing. Scott came in second at 6:10 with another 30-point landing. Daric Knight, also flying in the open class, came in third at 5:30 with a 30-point landing. Bob Stinson also picked up a 30-point landing.

 For the third launch, the south wind picked up and disrupted the lift, so the flight times dropped. Scott had the long flight at 3:41 with a 10-point landing. Bob Anson, flying a Conscendo came in second at 2:30 and Stephen came in third at 2:20 with a 30-point landing. Neil and I both picked up 20-point landings.  Bob Stinson and Daric picked up 10-point landings.

 Fourth and final launch had Scott again with the long flight at 4:05 with a 10-point landing. Bob Anson came in second at 3:40 and Daric was third at 3:00 with a 20-point landing.

 Winners for the day:

Open class:

Neil Zhu, 167 points.

Bob Stinson, 148 points.

Daric Knight, 145 points.

 

Radian class:

Scott Vance, 192 points.

Stephen Treger, 79 points.

Jeff Struthers, 76 points.

 

 With the strong south breeze, there were several “off field” landings but as you can see from this report, also many extra point landings in the target circles.  

 Congrats to all the pilots for making do with the weather conditions, flying for good aloft times and getting extra landing points. This is what makes the Electroglide so fun.

Next Electroglide is scheduled for July 16th.

See you there,

Jeff Struthers

Electroglide Report for May 2022

 The Electroglide for May was held last Saturday and unexpectedly, was quite fun. The weather conditions didn’t look favorable; 61 degrees, a 10 mph wind from the Southwest and overcast skies. At the pilots meeting before the contest, we debated then voted to begin the contest anyway. A little after the 10:00 start time, seven gliders took to the skies.

  Surprisingly, the lift was there, high and slightly westward. The Southwest wind crossing the San Diego river channel, created some lift that the Radian gliders could make better use of.

 Scott Vance, flying a Radian, was able to get the long flight of 6:26 minutes. Neil Zhu, flying a Conscendo, had the next longest flight at 4:43 with a 20-point bonus landing. Dennis LaBerge, also with a Radian, had the third longest flight at 3:26. I was able to pick up a 20-point landing.

  One pilot had his glider get away from him and end up in Mission Bay. A thank you goes out to the friendly jet skier who returned the swimming aircraft to the pilot waiting on shore. 

 On the second launch, the secret was out. Most of the pilots headed to same high west spot that worked so well for Scott and Neil. Dennis made good use of the lift, flying for 7:06 minutes. Scott had a flight of 4:48 with an excellent 30-point landing. Alex Sutton came in third with 4:04 minutes aloft and a 20-point landing. Both Neil and I picked up 10-point landings.

 Third launch had Scott again winning the long flight at 8:30 minutes. I was second at 8:21 with a 20-point landing and Neil was third at 4:40 minutes. Bob Anson nailed a 30-point landing and Dennis had a 10-point landing.

 Fourth and final launch had the fun lift disappear on us. The long flight was earned by Scott at 3:16 with a 20-point landing.  I had the next long flight at 1:59 and third place is shared by Dennis and Alex at 1:48. Dennis, Scott and Neil all picked up 20-point landings.

 I would like to point out that getting any extra landing points via the target circles was a hard thing to do, what with the Southwest wind and ground turbulence.

 Good flying everyone and kudos to those who made the small 30-point circle.

Thanks to Frank Sutton for again supplying the event photos.

Next Electroglide will be on June 18th. Ten o’clock, first launch.

See you there,

Jeff Struthers

Prop Strike

Here’s something to consider

 Last Saturday during the Electroglide, I had a mid-air collision. This was during a launch where we all send our gliders up at the same time. If we all pay attention and spread out (I didn’t), we don’t have any problems.

 I pulled my Conscendo into a steep climb and into the path of a Radian, also under a full power climb. It was over in an instant.

Take a look at these two pictures. The first is of the chunk of foam removed from the vertical stab of my Conscendo. The second picture is of the recovered foam pieces reinstalled into the stabilizer, notice the gouges caused by the Radian’s prop?   Like I said, it was over in an instant, we only heard one loud whack, but those five gouges are caused by prop strikes. Rather impressive damage in a short amount of time, Eh?

Now, think of your fingers.

Jeff Struthers

Electroglide Report for April 2022

 Nine pilots competed in April’s Electroglide. Weather conditions were not so great with a 13 mph breeze blowing from the North West. This wind made for an exciting first launch. There was a midair collision between Alex Sutton and myself on the first launch.

 My Conscendo pitched hard up. I wasn’t ready for it, so before I could react, I flew into Alex’s Radian.   With a resounding “whack” a large bite appeared in the Conscendos vertical stab and a broken prop fluttered to the ground from the Radian. I was able to keep flying but Alex’s Radian was out of the competition, my bad Alex, sorry.

 The long flight for the first launch was earned by Bob Anson flying the open class at 2:26. I was second at 2:07, also flying open class. Carl Cox, flying in the Radian class, was third at 1:40. Dennis LaBerge (Radian) and Daric Knight (open), both picked up 20-point landings.

 On the second launch, Scott Vance, flying a Radian, had the long flight at 6:20 with a 20-point landing. Bob Anson, flying a Conscendo, was second at 5:45 with another 20-point landing. Carl Cox, with a Radian, was third at 5:20. Dennis LaBerge scored a 30-point landing, Bob Stinson and I scored 20-point landings and Daric Knight scored a 10-point landing.

 On the third launch, Scott Vance again had the long flight at 6:50 with a 10-point landing. Bob Anson came in second at 5:47 and Dennis LaBerge was third at 3:33 with a 10-point landing. I picked up a 20-point landing.

 Fourth and final launch had Scott again showing us how it’s done, flying for 6:52 minutes. Bob Anson was second at 5:05 with a 10-point landing and I was third at 3:20 with a 20-point landing. Both Dennis and Bob Stinson also scored 20-point landings.

 Winners for the day:

 In the Radian Class, First place, Scott Vance, 151 total points. Second place, Dennis LaBerge, 140 total points. Third place, Carl Cox , 42 total points.

 In the Open Class, First place, Bob Anson,  146 total points. Second place, Bob Stinson, 100 total points.

Third place, Jeff Struthers, 96 Points.

 Frank Sutton supplied the pictures of the event; check out the battle damage to the mid-air aircraft.

Next Electroglide is scheduled for May 21st. 10:00.

See you there,

Jeff

Electroglide Report for March 2022

 It was a fun Electroglide this month. We had nine pilots competing under blue skies with light 6 -7 mph breeze out of the Northwest. The gliders flown comprised of seven Radians and two Conscendos.

 There was a brief ceremony to award the club’s new competition medals to last month’s winners.

 In the Open Class, Dennis LaBerge placed first, followed by Bob Stinson in second place and Derik Knight in third place.

 In the Radian Class, Alex Sutton won first place followed by Scott Vance in second place, with Bob Anson in third place.

 A special thanks to club president Steve Manganelli, club members Frank Sutton and Larry Kosta for creating these cool medals for the Electroglide competition.

 So, first launch went smoothly with all nine aircraft taking to the sky. However the lift was not to be found. Jon Graber had the long flight, piloting a Radian for 3:20 minutes and hitting a 20-point bonus landing. Scott Vance, also flying a Radian, was second with a flight time of 3:11 minutes and a 10-point landing. I came in third at 2:50 minutes, also with a Radian.

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Electroglide Report for Feb 2022

  We had a pretty good time at the first Electroglide for this year. The weather was much better this time around; we had clear skies, a Northwest wind of 3 mph and a temperature of 64 degrees at first launch.

 Although the wind was light and the sun was shining, thermal lift was very hard to find. As a result, fight times on all launches were on the short side. The scoring points were being made on spot landings as opposed to flight times.

 On the first launch in the Radian class, Alex Sutton had a bull’s eye in the target circles, earning an extra 30 points. Bob Anson picked up a 20-point. landing and Scott Vance scored a 10-point landing.

In the open class, Denis LaBerge, Bob Stinson, and Derik Knight all scored 20-point landings.

 Flying in the Radian class, Scott Vance had the long flight at 2:32 minutes and Bob Stinson had the long flight of 2:12 minutes in the open class.  

 Second launch had Alex again scoring a 30-point landing, joined by Dennis flying open class. Bob Stinson, and Derik also flying open picked up 20 and 10-point landings respectively. Bob Anson, flying Radian class scored a 20-point landing, Fritz Logan (Radian) picked up a 10-point landing. The long flight in the Radian class was earned by Scott Vance at 3:27 minutes and in the open class it was Dennis LaBerge at 3:40 minutes.

 Third launch again had Alex parking his Radian in the 30-point circle, joined by Scott (Radian) and Bob Stinson (open). 20-point landings were made by Dennis and Derik, both flying in the open class. The long flight for Radians was by Scott Vance at 3:44. The long flight for open class was Dennis LaBerge at 3:10.

 Fourth and final launch had everyone missing the bull’s eye but still, there were close landings.  Alex and Fritz (Radian) both had 20-point landings. Bob Stinson (open) also had a 20-point landing. 10-point landings were earned by Scott (Radian) and Dennis (open class). The long flights were flown by both Scott Vance and Bob Anson (Radian) at 4:12 minutes and Dennis LaBerge (open) 2:34 minutes.

 We didn’t have much in the way of thermal flying this time but all the scoring in the spot landings, despite a Northwest wind, showed good skill among all the pilots. Great job guys!

 Thanks again to Frank Sutton for the event pictures. Next Electroglide will be on March 19th. First launch at 10:00 a.m.

See you there,

Jeff

Electroglide Report for October 2021

The final Electroglide Contest for the year was held last Saturday, a beautiful San Diego Fall day.

With clear skies and a very light breeze, nine pilots got their gliders up on the first launch. Wind conditions were so light, the lift was hard to find.

All pilots had short flight times except Alex Sutton who found a narrow column of warm air rising just north of our runway. Alex was able to milk it out for a long flight of 9:26 minutes and pick up a 10-point landing. The second place flight was 2:53 minutes long and flown by Scott Vance, picking up a 20-point landing on return. Third longest flight was from Deric Knight at 2:38 minutes.

The large difference in the flight times between Alex and everyone else on that first launch, points to his skill as a glider pilot.

Second launch had a mix of pilots trying to find the lift where Alex had flown and others trying at the western end of our flying area, near the boat ramp parking lot. The lift was now even harder to find.  Bob Anson had the long flight at 4:30 minutes with a 20-point landing. Bob Stinson was second at 3:52 and a 30-point landing. Dennis La Berge and Deric Knight both came in third at 3:30 minutes, with Dennis picking up a 30-point landing.  I must confess to causing a mid-air collision and taking out Stephen Treger’s vertical stabilizer. He was able to land off field with no further damage. With a little CA glue, Stephen was able to compete in the fourth launch.

Third launch was again into light conditions with the longest flight generated by myself at 4:54 minutes and getting a 10-point landing. Bob Anson had the second place flight at 4:47 minutes, also with a 10-point landing. Scott Vance had the third place flight at 4:11 minutes, with a 20 point landing.

Fourth and final launch had the long flight being flown by Scott Vance at 5:00 minutes, with a 20-point landing. Second place flight was by Bob Anson at 4:37, with a 20-point landing. Third place flight was by myself at 4:02 minutes.

First place finisher for the day was Alex Sutton with 190 points, Second place goes to Scott Vance at 175 points and third place was won by Bob Stinson with 159 points.

In totaling up the monthly points for the top pilots for this year, Alex Sutton came in first place with a total of 1140 points. Scott Vance was second with 979 total points and I was third with 741 total points.

We held a prize raffle for all this year’s pilots, with three pilots winning $ 100.00 gift certificates redeemable at Discount Hobbies.

Thanks to all Electroglide pilots who competed this year, it was a lot of fun. The Electroglide will be on vacation for November and December, returning to active competition on January 15th.  First launch at 10:00.

Enjoy the holidays,

Jeff Struthers

See more of October’s Electroglide pics here.

Electroglide Report for September 2021

 The Electroglide went pretty well this past Saturday.   At the start, we were dealing with partly cloudy skies with 7 mph winds from the North West.  Eight pilots were on hand with five Radians, two Conscendos and one Easy Star.

 First Launch was briefly delayed due to my mistake with the speaker system. Quickly fixed however and we started the contest. The longest flight for that round was flown by me for 3:32 minutes. Scott Vance had a flight lasting 3:12 and Alex Sutton had the third longest flight 2:53 minutes, picking up a bonus landing of 20-points as well. I’ll point out here that Alex was the only one to hit the target circles on that first launch. The rest of us were down field or off field due to the winds.

 Second launch was again into poor conditions with the only lift being wind generated. Flight times were the short side. Again, I had the longest flight at 3:39 minutes with a 20-point landing. Scott was second with a flight time of 3:26 minutes and a 10-point landing. Deric Knight came in third at 2:59 and hit a 10-point landing. Bob Stinson also figured out the windy conditions and picked up a 10-point landing.

 Third launch had Scott flying the longest at 3:23 minutes. Dennis LaBerge came in second at 2:50 and I was third at 2:49 with a 30-point landing. Bob Stinson also picked up a 30-point landing.

 Fourth and final launch had almost all of us flying less the three minutes except for Deric Knight, who found the lift far to the West. With a flight time of 8:00 minutes and a 10-point landing, Deric showed us how to fly a glider. Scott was second with a flight time of 2:50 and a 30-point landing and I was third at 2:40 minutes. Alex Sutton picked up a 30-point landing and Bob Stinson got a 20-point landing.

 It was a tricky flying day but it was impressive to see so many pilots adapt to the windy conditions and land in the target circles. Congrats to all of you!

 Thanks to Frank Sutton for the event pictures.

Next and final Electroglide contest for the year will be on October 16th.  There will be a club sponsored raffle for all of this year’s Electroglide Pilots after the final launch and recovery.

See you then,

Jeff  Struthers

Electroglide Report for August 2021

 We had a pretty fun Electroglide last Saturday. It was an overcast morning with a light wind at 10:00 a.m.  Most flight times were on the short side but the real fun was watching the competition between Alex Sutton and Scott Vance.

 First launch had four aircraft take to the cloudy sky. Scott Vance had the longest flight with a time aloft of 4:48 minutes with a 30-point landing. Alex Sutton was close behind with a flight of 4:15 minutes and a 20-point landing. Stephen Treger was third with a flight of 2:39 minutes.

 Second launch had Scott and Alex again in close competition with Scott flying 3:08 minutes with a 30-point landing and Alex flying for 3:03 minutes, also getting a 30-point landing. Dennis LaBerge was third at 2:30 with a 30-point landing.

 Third launch again had short flight times, Alex having the longest at 3:30 minutes with another 30-point landing. Scott flew for 3:09 minutes but landed short of the target circles. Stephen came in third for that launch and picked up a 10-point landing. I managed a 20-point landing.

 For the fourth and final launch the wind, which had been gradually building during the first three launches, now brought some lift. It still took a Radian glider to take advantage of this lift, which both Scott and Alex were flying.  Scott had the long flight, flying for an impressive 8:17 minutes with a 10-point landing. Alex came in second at 7:35 minutes and nailed his third 30-point landing. Dennis came in third at 5:54 minutes.

 The winner with the most flight duration and landing points was Alex Sutton at 222 total points. Scott Vance was second at 187 total points. Dennis LaBerge came in third with 159 points.

 It was really fun watching all the pilots fly so well in such marginal conditions and hats off to Alex and Scott for scoring so many bonus point landings.

Thanks to Frank Sutton for the pictures of the event.

Next Electroglide will be on September 18th. First launch at 10:00.

See you there,

Jeff Struthers

Electroglide Report for July 2021

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!

Next Electroglide is scheduled for August 21st.

10:00 a.m. first launch.

See you there,

Jeff Struthers

Electroglide Report for June 2021

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.

See you there,

Jeff Struthers

Electroglide Report for May 2021

 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.

See you there,

Jeff

First Launch

Electroglide Report for April 2021

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.

Enjoy the pictures of Saturday’s event, supplied by club member Frank Sutton.

See you next month,

Jeff Struthers

Electroglide is Back!

Still Grounded

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.

Cheers,

Jeff Struthers

Electroglide Report for February 2020

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.

See you there,

Jeff

Electroglide Report for Jan. 2020

By Jeff Struthers

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.

See you there,

Jeff

Electroglide Report for October 2019

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.

See you there,

Jeff

Electroglide Report for September 2019

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.

See you then,

Jeff    

Electroglide Report for August 2019

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.

See you there,

Jeff

Electroglide Report for July 2019

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.

See you there,

Jeff

Electroglide Report for June 2019

By Jeff Struthers

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.

See you there,

Jeff

Electroglide Report for May 2019

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.

See you there,

Jeff

Electroglide Report for April 2019

Electroglide Report for April 20th, 2019

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.

See you there,

Jeff

Electroglide Report for August 2017

By Scott Vance

 

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.

Electroglide Report for July 2017

 

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

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 Approach

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.

 

Sliding

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

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.

 

Launch

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.

 

Cheers,

Jeff

 

 

Roger

 Roger-A Light Touch of Down Elevator

 

 

Roger yes

 Roger-Yess!!

Electroglide Results for May 2017

By Jeff Struthers,

 

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.

 

Until then,

Jeff

 

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.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ou5ZZCf_owc