Electroglide Contest Results

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Electroglide Report for Feb 2024

It was an overcast and cool day for a glider contest last Saturday. A light breeze of 3 mph and the temperature was 59 degrees. We had seven pilots competing, five Radians and two open class gliders.

First launch had Neil Zhu, (Conscendo), get the long flight at 3:31 minutes with a 20-point landing. Fritz Logan, (Radian), and Bob Anson, (Radian), both tied for second at 3:23 minutes and both had 20-point landings. Dennis LaBerge, (Radian), was third at 2:44 minutes.

 Second launch was again into quiet air with Jon Vance, (Radian), having the long flight at 3:38 with a 10-point landing. Neil was second at 3:30 plus a 30-point landing and Bob was third at 3:15 minutes.

Third launch had Neil and Daric Knight, (Multiplex Heron), finding workable lift. Neil found a thermal straight west of the runway while Daric found some ridge lift over the palm trees close to the boat launch area. Neil’s flight lasted 4:20 minutes plus a 20-point landing and Daric came back at 4:09 minutes with a 10-point landing. Dennis came in third at 1:35 minutes plus a 10-point landing. 

 Fourth and final launch had the magic lift disappear. Daric had the long flight at 2:30 minutes and a20-point landing. Neil was second at 2:13 plus a 30-point landing and Dennis was third at 1:55 and a 20-point landing.

 We all know and respect the Radian as being a great glider but Neil and Deric piloted their open class ships with great skill. Finding lift where others didn’t try and landing in the target circles for extra credit always helps.

Winners for the day:

Open class –        1st.   Neil Zhu          183 total points

                         2nd.  Deric Knight   125   “     points

Radian Class –     1st.   Fritz Logan & Dennis LaBerge 137 total points

                         2nd.   Jon Vance     98    “       points

                         3rd.    Bob Anson   41    “       points

The next Electroglide is scheduled for March 16th. at 10:00 a.m.  Have some dreams of blue skies and plentiful thermals.

Jeff Struthers

Electroglide Report for Jan 2024

The Electroglide season for 2024 started last Saturday. This being wintertime, flying conditions were not so great. Temperature was 60 degrees and the wind was from the Southeast at 9 mph and the skies were mostly cloudy.

I had my Radian up at 9:30 when there was little wind and actually found some lift off to the West of our field. By the 10:00 start time, the wind had picked up.

First launch had six pilots try their skills, five Radians and one Conscendo.  Dennis LaBerge, (Radian), had the longest flight at 2:54 minutes plus a 30-point landing. Stephen Treger, (Radian), came in second at 2:44 and Jon Vance was third at 2:36 with a 10-point landing. Neil Zhu, (Conscendo), and Fritz Logan, (Radian), both picked up 20-point landings.

Second launch again had short flight times with Dennis having the longest flight at 2:30. Stephen came in second again at 2:23. Fritz Logan, (Radian), was third at 2:08. Neil Zhu again picked up a 20-point landing.

Third launch had a little bit longer flight times with Dennis again having the long flight at 3:30 minutes. Stephen came in second at 3:00 with a 10-point landing. Neil was third at 2:36 and a 20-point landing. Fritz also picked up a 20-point landing.

Fourth and final launch had almost everyone going to the area above the Rotoplex, the spot found for the third launch, but the lift was no longer there. Stephen tried the far western area of our field and found some good lift, giving him the longest flight of the day, a time aloft of 4:05. He also had a 10-point landing, just clearing the weeds at the edge of the runway. Second place goes to Dennis at 2:15, with a 20-point landing. Third place was earned by Neil at 2:12, also with a 20-point landing. Fritz picked up a 30-point landing.

I would like to point out how hard it is to park a glider, (dead stick), in the target circles while dealing with a South crosswind. The fact that so many pilots scored extra point landings Saturday is quite impressive.

Thanks go out to Alex Sutton for the event pictures.

Next Electroglide is scheduled for February 17th. The first launch being 10:00 a.m.

See you there,

Jeff Struthers

Electroglide Report for October 2023

 

The last Electroglide of 2023 was a pretty happy event last Saturday. The weather was not the best for a glider contest but those with a bit of skill were able to coax respectable flight times or score extra points landing in the target circles.

Adding to the fun, it was time to have the club sponsored raffle for all the Electroglide pilots. Three $ 100.00 gift certificates were giving away.

First launch had 12 aircraft climb up into a beautiful blue sky; (have a look at the event pictures).

Scott Vance, (Radian Class), had the long flight at 4:24 minutes with a 10-point landing. Fred Daughtry, flying a first generation Conscendo on a two cell battery, had the next longest at 4:06 minutes. Jon Vance, (Radian), was third at 4:00 minutes. Stephen Treger had a 30-point landing. Neil Zhu, and Daric Knight, (both flying open class) had 20-point landings. Jeff Struthers, and Dennis LaBerge, (both flying Radians) had 10-point landings.

Second launch was pretty much in the same weather conditions. Jon flew the long flight at 5:10 minutes. Daric was second at 5:06 plus a 20-point landing. Dennis was third at 4:25 minutes. Stephen, Neil and Bob Anson, (Radian), all had 20-point landings.

The North Westerly wind picked up a bit for the third launch. Jon had the long flight at 6:30 minutes. Scott was second at 5:15 plus a 30-point landing and Bob had the third longest flight at 4:31 minutes.

Neil, Stephen and Jeff all had 30-point landings.

Fourth and final launch again had Jon with the long flight at 6:15 minutes plus a 10-point landing. Scott was second at 6:06 and Jeff was third at 4:15 with a 30-point landing. Neil, again scored a 30-point landing. Stephen, Daric and Lewis Dotson,(Radian), had 20-point landings.

Winners for the Day:

Radian Class:

1st. Place    Stephen Treger               181 points Total
2nd. Place   Scott Vance                     163 points
3rd. Place    Jon Vance                        142 points

Open Class:

1st. Place     Neil Zhu                           180 points
2nd. Place    Daric Knight                    148 points
3rd. place     Jeff Struthers                 147 points

Winners for the 2023 year:

Radian Class:

1st. Place   Scott Vance                   1396 points Total
2nd. Place   Stephen Treger             1260 points
3rd. Place    Dennis LaBerge             1247 points

Open Class:

1st. Place    Neil Zhu                           1243 points Total
2nd. Place   Daric Knight                        379 points

Congratulations to these pilots above and to all who come out each month to compete in a club event.

Thanks to Frank Sutton for recording these events too!

The next Electroglide will take place on January 20th. 2024.

Happy Holidays,

Jeff Struthers

 

 

Electroglide Report for September 2023

Electroglide Results for September 2023

 It was a cool, overcast day for a glider contest last Saturday. The winds were from the west, northwest at 9 mph. Temperature was 70 degrees. With these conditions, you would expect short flight times, which was the result.

   First launch had nine pilots competing, eight Radians and one Conscendo in the open class.

Scott Vance, (Radian), had the long flight at 5:08 minutes plus a 10-point landing. Jon Vanlp,(Radian), was second with a flight lasting 4:33 minutes. Bob Anson,(Radian), was third at 3:17 with a 10-point landing. Neil Zhu, (open Class), Dennis LaBerge,(Radian) and Stephen Treger, (Radian), all had 20-point landings.

 Second launch had Scott again with the longest flight at 3:36 minutes. Bob was second at 2:50 with a 30-point landing. Dennis came back in third place at 2:47 and a 20-point landing. Both Neil and Jon scored 30-point landings. Stephen scored a 10-point landing.

 Third launch again had short flight times with Scott flying the longest at 3:41 and a 20-point landing. Bob was second at 2:39 with a 30-point landing. Dennis was third at 2:32 plus a 30-point landing. Stephen had a 20-point landing and Neil had a 10-point landing.

 Fourth and final launch had the same flight times. Scott again had the long flight at 3:40 plus a 30-point landing. Jon was second at 2:59 with a 10-point landing. Stephen was third at 2:58 minutes. Neil picked up a 30-point landing, Dennis had a 20-point and Bob had a 10-point landing.

Winners for the Day:

Open Class-    1st.  Neil Zhu at          165 total points

Radian Class-  1st.  Dennis La Berge  161 total points

                      2nd. Scott Vance        157           points

                       3rd. Bob Anson         147           points

 Thanks everyone for coming out on a marginal day for glider flying, you made it fun. Congrats to all the pilots who scored extra points from the target circle, that was hard to do.

Thanks also to Frank Sutton for the event pictures.

Next and final Electroglide for the year will be October 21st.

See you there,

Jeff Struthers

Electroglide Report for August 2023

We had a pretty fun Electroglide last Saturday. A south wind was blowing at 9 mph at first launch; this did have an effect on our flight times.

First launch had nine aircraft take to the overcast sky, eight radians and one open class glider. Neil Zhu, (Conscendo), had the long flight at 3:44 minutes plus a 30-point landing. Bruce Driver, (Radian), was second at 2:25 minutes with a 10-point landing. No other pilots scored due to off field landings, the wind being the problem.

Second launch had Scott Vance, (Radian), with the long flight at 2:51 minutes with a 10-point landing. Stephen Treger, (Radian), was second at 2:41 minutes and Lewis Dotson, (Radian), was third at 2:30 minutes. Bruce Driver, (Radian), picked up a 10-point landing as well. Again, there were some wind induced off field landings and thus, no time points earned.

Third launch had most of us finding some wind lift to the west end of our field. Flight times improved with the long flight earned by Scott at 5:54 with a 20-point landing. Second place was Stephen at 5:24 and a 20-point landing. Jeff Struthers, (Radian), came in third at 5:05 with a 20-point landing. Bruce picked up a 20-point landing as well.

Fourth and final launch had our wind lift blow away on us. Scott again had the long flight at 3:59 with a 10-point landing. Dennis LaBerge was second at 2:10 and Neil was third at 1:22 with a 30-point landing.

The south wind, played havoc with our on-field landings so congrats to all the pilots who made it back to the runway and the target circles.

 

Winners for the day:

Open Class,         1st. place       Neil Zhu     129 total points

Radian Class,       1st. place    Scott Vance   118      points

2nd place    Jeff Struthers  98      points

3rd. place    Bruce Driver   83      points

Next Electroglide will take place on September 16th. At the usual launch time of 10:00.

See you there,

Jeff Struthers

Electroglide Report for July 2023

 We had a good turnout of pilots for this month’s Electroglide, eleven flying in the Radian class and two pilots flying in the open class. The weather could have been better; the winds were blowing at 8 mph. from the west with a mostly sunny 71 degree day.

 First launch looked great with all eleven aircraft climbing up and still avoiding one another. However the lift was tricky to find, Scott Vance and Jeff Struthers, both flying Radians, managed to find it off towards the club’s North West boundary. Scott had the long flight at 5:17 minutes. Jeff was second at 5:06 minutes and Bob Anson, (Radian), was third at 3:38. Corey Nellis, (Radian), made a 30-point landing. Dennis LaBerge, (Radian), and Daric Knight, (open Class), picked up 20-point landings.  

 Second launch had us all looking for that lift in the spot where Scott and Jeff found it before. The wind may have increased because the lift was no longer in the same spot. Scott was able to find something and it gave him the long flight again at 4:31 minutes. Dennis LaBerge was close behind at 4:28 with a 10-point landing and Bob Anson was third at 3:15 with a 20-point landing. Both Neil Zhu,(Open Class), and Daric had 30-point landings and Corey picked up a 20-point landing.

 Third launch had some pilots finding better lift. Scott had a time of 5:17 aloft with a 20-point landing. Bob was second at 4:34 with a 30-point landing and Corey was third at 4:00 minutes. Carl Cox,(Radian), had a 30-point landing and Bruce Driver, (Radian), had a 20-point landing.

 Fourth and final launch had us all dealing with some stronger winds with little lift. Extra points via target landings were harder now as well. Scott again had the long flight at 3:43 minutes. Bob came in second at 3:06 and Corey was third at 2:45 with a 20-point landing. Dennis, Neil and Stephen Treger, (Radian), all had 30-point landings. Deric picked up a 10-point landing.

 Like I mentioned above, landing in the target circles today was difficult due to the increasing winds. The fact that pilots were landing in the small 30-point bull’s eye circle is impressive. Sometimes just making our field was hard and as a result, there were a few “off field” landings.

 Winners for the day:

Open Class: 

First Place               Neil Zhu            131          points

Second Place           Daric Knight      108          points

 

Radian Class:

First Place               Corey Nellis        145         points

Second Place           Scott Vance        135         points

Third Place              Dennis LaBerge   133         points

 

Thanks to all the pilots for coming out to another fun club event. Next Electroglide is scheduled for August 19th.  10:00 first launch.

See you there,

Jeff Struthers

 

Electroglide Report for June, 2023

We had a pretty windy Electroglide this past Saturday. At the first launch it was blowing from the West at 7 mph, by 11:00, it had increased to 12 mph. There was the typical June gloom overhead but with 15 eager pilots on hand, we started the contest.

First launch had 12 Radians and 3 open class gliders climbing up and it really looked beautiful. Weather conditions dictated wind lift only so the flight times never went much over four minutes. The long flight was earned by Dennis LaBerge, (Radian), at 4:15 minutes. Jim Bonnardel, (open class), was second at 3:15 plus a 20-point landing, Bob Anson, (Radian), was third at 3:13 and a 10-point landing. Scott Vance picked up a 30-point landing. Alex Sutton, Stephen Treger and Jeff Struthers, (all Radians) had 20-point landings. Carl Cox and Bob Anson, (both radians), had 10-point landings.

I think we lost one Radian on that launch due to it looping on its climb out.

Second launch was into the same conditions but it felt like the wind had increased.  Dennis had the long flight again at 4:13 minutes. Second longest was Jim at 3:40 plus a 20-point landing and third was Scott at 3:16, also with a 20-point landing. Neil Zhu,(open class),Carl Cox,(Radian),Bob and Jeff all had 20-point landings. Alex Sutton,(Radian), picked up a 10-point landing.

Third launch had Scott with the longest flight at 4:26. Jim was second at 3:50 and Dennis was third at 3:49 and a 20-point landing. Carl picked up a 30-point landing. Neil, Alex and Stephen all picked up 20-point landings and Bob had a 10-point landing.

I lost sight of my Radian on this launch. It was surprisingly an easy thing to do with so many Radians in the sky. The aircraft was recovered but it was damaged beyond repair.

Fourth and final launch was into some even stronger winds, still from the west. Scott had the longest flight of the whole event at 5:21. Bob was second at 4:32 and Jim was third at 4:30. Alex, Dennis, Neil and Carl all had 30-point landings; landing into stiff winds I might add.

Winners for the day:

Radian Class- 

Dennis LaBerge      151    total points
Scott Vance           143            points
Carl Cox                138            points

Open Class- 

Neil Zhu                 146    total points
Jim Bonnardel         132           points

Thanks to all the pilots for coming out on a less than perfect San Diego day. Congrats to those pilots who scored extra landing points. Doing that while flying into this headwind, took skill. Congrats also to Carl Cox for getting one 10-point and two 30-point landings with his brand new Radian.

Thanks to Frank Sutton for the Event Pictures.
See Frank’s Electroglide Video Here.

Next Electroglide will be on July 15th.

See you there,
Jeff Struthers

Electroglide Report for May 2023

Well surprise, surprise. In spite of a cold, overcast morning, we still had a fun and competitive Electroglide contest.

The temperature was 64 degrees; and winds were Westerly at 10 mph with a solid marine layer. One would not see this as ideal glider weather.

Ten pilots were on hand for the first launch, seven flying Radians, two flying in the Open Class. Some pilots quickly found some wind lift over the Western palm trees and made use of it.

Scott Vance (Radian), had the long flight at 5:04 minutes, Dennis LaBerge (Radian), was second at 4:47 and Jeff Struthers (Radian), was third at 4:23 plus a 30-point landing. Some pretty good times considering the weather conditions. Bob Anson (Radian), also scored a 30-point landing and Deric Knight (Open Class), picked up a 10-point landing.

Second launch had the wind lift disappear on us. Scott again had the long flight, this time being 2:36 but he also scored a 30-point landing. Dennis again was second at 2:23 with a 10-point landing and Jeff was third at 2:20 with a 10-point landing. Alex Sutton and Carl Cox, both flying Radians, picked up 30-point landings. Neil Zhu (Open Class), picked up a 20-point landing.

Third launch was again into poor conditions with short flight times being the result. Deric had the long flight at 2:40 plus a 10-point landing. Dennis came in second at 2:34 and a 20-point landing. Scott was third at 2:29 with a 10-point landing. Bob Anson, Dennis, Neil and Jeff all scored 20-point landings. This made a pretty crowded set of target circles.

Fourth and final launch saw much better glider conditions. The long flight was had by Jeff at 9:15 with a 20-point landing. Scott was second at 9:06 and a 30-point landing and Dennis was third at 6:26. Alex, Deric and Neil all scored 30-point landings.

Winners for the day:

Radian Class

–   Jeff Struthers           191 total points

–   Scott Vance              187     “    points

–   Dennis LaBerge        129     “    points

Open Class

–   Neil Zhu                   162 total points

–   Deric Knight             123     “    points

 

Congratulations to all the pilots for making the best of marginal conditions. Yes, there were a few “Off Field” landings but also many target circle landings that demonstrated great approaches under windy conditions. Good job guys.

Thanks to Frank Sutton for the pictures and to Jim Bonnardel for Carl Cox’s launches.

Next Electroglide is to be held on June 17th.

See you there,

Jeff Struthers

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Electroglide Report for April 2023

This month’s Electroglide could be renamed, “Smash and Crash Day”. We had several off-field or hard landings, plus a dramatic mid-air collision. The North West winds would prove to be problematic throughout the contest.

Eight pilots were on hand at the first launch and after fixing a glitch with the speaker system, we got under way. With the mentioned winds, six Radians and two open class gliders took a steep, quick climb to altitude.

Dennis La Berge and Scott Vance, both flying Radians, battled for the longest flight. Scott came back to the runway at 4:36 minutes and Dennis at 4:30 minutes. Bob Anson, flying a Radian, was third at 2:45 minutes. Lewis Dotson, flying in the open class, was the only pilot to score bonus landing points (10-points), as well as earning the first down “Lucky Dog” award, giving him a respectable 34 points.

Second launch again had similar flight times with wind lift being the only lift available. Dennis had the long flight this time at 4:39. Both Scott and Stephen Treger, (Radian), came back at 4:31; Scott with a 20-point landing and Stephen picking up a 10-point landing. Bob came in third at 3:42. Lewis again earned the Lucky Dog award and a 10-point landing.

Third launch was I think where the mid-air happened. This involved two Radians with one having its tail boom completely severed. This resulted in the damaged aircraft doing an inverted “death spiral” towards the runway and pit area. We on the ground could only watch this happen and move out of the way if needed. I lost sight of my aircraft momentarily and I’m sure other pilots did too!

Bob had the long flight at 3:52 plus the only 30-point landing for the morning. Dennis came in second at 3:30 and Stephen was third at 3:06. Neil Zhu, flying open class, got the Lucky Dog and a 20-point landing.

Fourth and final launch had better flight times. Scott had the long one at 5:19 minutes. Dennis was second at 4:50 with a 20-point landing and Neil Zhu came in third at 4:35, also with a 20-point landing.

Top place scores for the day:

Radian Class-

1st. place,     Dennis LaBerge         125 total points
2nd. Place,    Scott Vance                108 total points
3rd. Place,     Bob Anson                 104 total points

Open Class-

1st. Place      Neil Zhu                       127 total points
2nd. Place     Lewis Dotson                62 total points

It was a challenging day for all pilots and their aircraft, two gliders had to drop out due to damage and there were a few off field landings as well.

Congrats to the pilots scoring extra landing points. With the wind, it was a hard thing to do Saturday.

Thanks to Spring Zhu for the event pictures.

Next Electroglide will be on May 20th.

See you there,

Jeff Struthers

Electroglide Report for March 2023

 Considering all the wet weather we have been receiving lately, it may be hard to believe that we had some excellent flying weather last Saturday.

 The sun came out and warmed up our very green flying area. The winds were light with a slight south west component; things seemed primed to generate thermal lift.

 Seven pilots were on hand for the first launch, six Radians and one Conscendo took to the blue sky on first launch. Scott Vance, (Radian), had the long flight at 5:55 minutes. Stephen Treger, (Radian), was second at 5:15 and a 30-point landing. Neil Zhu (Conscendo), was third at 4:47 and a 20-point landing. Bob Anson, (Radian), also picked up a 20-point landing.

 Second launch had the pilots finding some great lift, North West of our runway. Stephen had the long flight at 9:56 with a 20-point landing. 10 minutes is the cut off for flight time scores, so Stephen timed that one perfect. Alex Sutton, (Radian), was second at 9:46 with a 20-point landing and Bob was third at 9:37 with a 10-point landing. Scott and Neil both scored 30-point landings.

 Third launch had the lift disappear on us with Scott getting the long flight at 4:12 with a 30-point landing. Stephen was second at 4:03 with a 20-point landing and Bob was third at 3:32 minutes. Neil and Alex both scored 20-point landings.

 Fourth and final launch had the lift tease us a bit, Scott had the long flight at 7:55 and a 20-point landing. Stephen was second at 6:51 minutes and Bob was third at 3:46, also with a 20-point landing. Neil scored a 30-point landing and Alex scored a 20-point landing.

Winners for the day

Radian Class:    1st. Place  Scott Vance at 248 points

                        2nd.Place  Stephen Treger at 237 points

                        3rd. Place Bob Anson at 180 points   

Open Class       1st.  Place Neil Zhu at 203 points

 A fun (dry) day in San Diego, congrats to all the pilots for scoring so many bonus points with the landing credits and the great long flights on that second launch.

Thanks’ to Spring Tong (Neil’s Mom) for the event pictures.

Next Electroglide is scheduled for April 15th. 2023

See you then,

Jeff Struthers

Electroglide Report for Feb 2023

 We had a pretty fun Electroglide last Saturday. I didn’t think the weather would give us much lift but there were some longer than expected flight times.

 We had nine pilots competing, eight flying Radians and one flying in the open class.

 The sky was mostly cloudy, 60 degrees and a light 3 mph breeze.

 First launch went smoothly and had us all looking for the lift. Jeff Struthers (Radian) and a few others headed to the west and found a little bit of lift coming off of the boat launching area.  Dennis LaBerge (Radian) and some others found the lift to the east of our runway. That was a good choice for Dennis as he was able to stay in a narrow column of rising air for the longest flight of 9 minutes, plus picking up a 30-point landing. Jeff was second at 6:30 minutes with 20-point landing. Jon Graber (Radian), was third at 3:13 minutes. Alex Sutton, Stephen Treger and Fritz Logan (all Radians), had 30-point landings.

For the second launch, the lift pretty much disappeared. Dennis again had the long flight at 3:33 minutes with a 20-point landing. Bob Anson (Radian) had the second longest flight at 3:20 minutes and Stephen was third at 2:45 with a 20-point landing. Alex had a 30-point landing and Jeff and Fritz both had 20-point landings. It was a pile up in the target circles with a lot of aircraft landing at the same time. Have a look at the event pictures.

 Third launch again had short flights. Dennis was first at 3:20 and a 30-point landing. Bob was second at 3:15 minutes and Stephen was third at 3:00 minutes with a 10-point landing. Alex again scored a 30-point landing. Jeff and Bob both scored 20-point landings and Stephen and Jon both scored 10-point landings.

 Fourth and final launch had a bit longer flight times. Stephen had the long flight at 4:36 and a 20-point landing. Bob was second at 4:25 minutes and Dennis came in third at 4:20 with a 20-point landing. Fritz and George Sullivan both had 20-point landings. Alex and Jeff had 10-point landings.

Winners for the day:

Radian Class

Dennis LaBerge   222 total points

Alex Sutton         174 total points

Stephen Treger   158 total points

Open Class

Lewis Dotson       28 total points

Congrats to all the pilots for scoring so many extra points by landing in the target circles. You’re getting better and this is still the start of the season.

A thank you goes out to Frank Sutton for the event pictures.

Next Electroglide will be on March 18th. , usual start time of 10:00.

See you there,

Jeff

Electroglide Report for Jan 2023

January Competitors

 We had a pretty fun time last Saturday morning. Ten glider pilots showed up for the first Electroglide of 2023. Eight pilots flew in the Radian class and two pilots flew in the Open class.

 The weather gave us a beautiful blue sky day, on the cool side at 57 degrees, but some thermal lift was there to be found. The Radians made the best use of this light thermal. Longest flight was by Scott Vance at a little over 8 minutes.

 First launch had a midair collision resulting in the loss of one Radian and an event timer malfunction. We restarted that launch and all went well.

 Dennis LaBergh and Stephen Trager both flying Radians, had the longest flights at 4:30 minutes each and both picked up 30-point landings. Scott Vance, also flying a Radian, had a flight of 4:15 min., and getting a 30-point landing. Jeff Struthers, Radian, was third at 2:35 min. Fritz Logan, flying a Radian and Bob Stinson, flying open class, both had 20-point landings and Alex Sutton (Radian) and Bob Anson (Radian) both had 10-point landings.

 On the second launch, the lift was a bit harder to find. Bob Anson was first place with a flight of 4:21. Jon Graber, Radian) and Dennis both had flights at 3:30 and both picked up 20-point landings. Jeff was third with a  flight of 2:51 min.

 Third launch had some much better thermal lifts as the flight times jumped. Scott, (Radian), had the long flight at 8:29 with a 30-point landing. Stephen was second at 7:59 with a 10-point landing and Alex was third at 6:03. Jeff picked up a 30-point landing. Dennis, Fritz and Jon all had 10-point landings.

 For the fourth and final launch, the lift had slacked off a bit; Dennis had the long flight at 5:40 with a 30-point landing. Alex had a flight at 4:42 and a 20-point landing. Fritz and Bob Anson tied for third at 4:10. Jeff had a 30-point landing. Stephen, Alex and Bob Stinson, flying open class, all had 20-point landings.

 Point winners for 2023’s first Electroglide are:

Radian class:

Dennis LaBergh – 207 pts.

Stephen Trager – 165 pts.

Scott Vance       – 137 pts.

Open Class:  (only two pilots flying)

Bob Stinson –       111 pts.

Louis Dotson –          7 pts.

 It is impressive that with all the rainy days and poor flying conditions during this past month, the glider pilots flew very well. Fight times were respectable for such gentle lift and there were a lot of extra points added from target circle landings. Nice going guys!

 Thanks to Eileen for running the event timer and to Frank for the event pictures.

 Next Electroglide is scheduled for February 18th.

See you there,

Jeff Struthers

 

Electroglide Report for Oct 2022

Some of the Contestants

 It was a pretty good Electroglide this past Saturday. Winds were out of the Southwest yet only blowing a mild 5 mph. Temperature was 69 degrees at first launch, with a partly sunny sky.

 Six pilots took to the sky on the first launch and a few found a surprising column of lift just west of our runway. Neil Zhu, flying a Conscendo had the longest flight at 6:50 minutes and also scored a 30-point landing. Scott Vance, flying a Radian, was second with a time of 6:28 plus a 20-point landing. Third place on that launch was Alex Sutton with a time of 5:19. Daric Knight, flying a Huron, also picked up a 20-point landing.

 On the second launch, the lift vanished and flight times dropped. Dennis LaBerge, flying a Radian, had the long flight at 2:33 and a 10-point landing. Scott and Bob Anson shared second place with a flight time of 2:10 and 30-point landings. Alex picked up a 20-point landing and Daric had a 10-point landing.

 Flight times on the third launch wasn’t much better with Scott flying the longest at 2:55 minutes and also getting another 30-point landing. Dennis was second at 2:10 with a 30-point landing. Neil was third at 2:06 minutes. Alex picked up a 20-point landing.

 The fourth and final launch again had low flight times with Scott flying the longest at 2:28 with a 30-point landing. Neil was second at 2:05 with a 30-point landing and Dennis was third at 2:00 minutes. I would like to point out that Alex landed first at 1:26, (earning the Lucky Dog Award), in the 30-point circle.

 Yes, the 30-point circle is not very large so where did Scott and Dennis land their Radians? On top of Alex’s of course.  Have a look at the event picture called “crowded landings.”

 I think in the future we’ll need to quickly retrieve our aircraft from the target circles if possible.

So, winners for the day:

Radian Class:

1st. Place    Scott Vance  195 points

2nd. Place   Alex Sutton  154 points

3rd.  Place   Dennis LaBerge  113 points

Open Class:

1st. Place      Neil Zhu   139 points

2nd. Place     Deric Knight   74 points

3rd. Place      Bob Anson      43 points

 This was the last Electroglide for the year; we’ll take a break for the holidays and start up again on January 21st.  2023. However, I would like to announce this year’s total point winners. This is just based on point totals, not glider class.

1st. Place      Scott Vance               1000 total points

2nd Place       Dennis LaBerge         975  total points

3rd. Place       Neil Zhu                     961   total points

Congratulations to the monthly and years end winners. This takes piloting skill and a commitment to the sport of competitive flying. 

 On October 22 at 9:00, we’ll have a brief awards ceremony and raffle drawing for all of this year’s Electroglide pilots.

A special thanks to Frank Sutton for all the event pictures.

Jeff Struthers

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