e-Glider Soaring Contest on Long Island - May 24 and 25 2014
ALES on Long Island - May 24 and 25 2014
Our club, the Long Island Silent Flyers, is proud to announce that we will be hosting an Eastern Soaring League Electric Soaring contest flown by AMA ALES rules. www.lisf.org The tentative date will be May 24/25.
Over the past two years I have had many pilots contact me to ask if they could fly in the monthly LISF ALES contests, but these are for club members only.
Now we will have an open contest. If you are an AMA member, you are welcome to come join us.
Details still need to be worked out and we need to confirm that we can reserve that date with the County, but in 2014 you can come to LISF and fly in our ESL ALES contest.
Also check out the Eastern Soaring League calendar for other dates and locations for electric soaring, winch soaring and hand launch soaring contests being hosted as part of the ESL divisional series. www.flyesl.org
Note that this is just a few weeks before the 2014 Cams, Polecat, Soaring Circuits ALES OPEN SOAR which is held about 3 hours from the LISF field in Carslile PA. The LISF ALES contest could be a great tune-up event for those planning to attend the CAMS Polecat on June 13, 14 and 15
It is truly a great time to be a soaring pilot.
The link is to a video of an ALES contest.
Group Launch - Tone sounds and you have 10 seconds to launch. Time starts when the plane leaves the pilot's hand.
Flight time is kept by a timer standing with the pilot.
A device in the glider cuts the motor at 200 meters or 30 seconds, whichever comes first
The task is to look for thermals to keep the glider in the air for 10 minutes, unpowered. If you restart the motor you get a zero for the flight.
Try to land at exactly 10 minutes for maximum score. Seconds over or under cost you score.
The yellow tape on the ground defines a circle 20 meters across. Your landing points are based on how close you land to the center of the circle. 50points at the center 1M radius. 9 meters out is 5 points.
This particular contest was flown "unlimited" which means electric gliders of all types are flown together and compete directly.
Each flight group is scored as a group with to time in the group getting 1000 points and everyone else getting a % of that. Contest of this type typically have 4-10 pilots in a flight group depending on how large the field is and how many pilots there are.
There can be multiple flight groups in a round depending on how many pilots you have. When all flight groups have flown that is a round.
Minimum 3 rounds needed to be an official contest. Can be as many as the CD wants. Typical is 6 to 10 in a given day.
The most popular entry level ALES glider has been the ParkZone Radian. Stock out of the box it will hit about 170 meters in 30 seconds. Simple prop change and upgraded battery and it can hit 200 in about 27 seconds.
As you can see in the video the range of gliders flown in ALES is quite wide including foamies, like the Radian, though built up wood to bagged wing to moldies. Wing spans are typically 2 meters to 4 meters.
Good luck with the contest Ed!
Wish I could make it but its a bit of a drive for me :)
LISF ALES Contest Registration is Open.
Reg Link - http://www.flyesl.org/
This is going to be a fun event.
This will be an Altitude Limited Electric Soaring, ALES, event for electric gliders flown by AMA rules for event 631. You can find the rules here: http://www.modelaircraft.org/files/2...14Electric.pdf The final scores will be posted to the ESL web site and will be reported to the ALES League.
All e-gliders require an ALES device set to cut the motor at 200 meters or 30 seconds, whichever comes first. In ESL tradition we will fly Expert and Sportsman class of pilots. We will fly one class of aircraft, unlimited, meaning you can fly whatever size aircraft you like with whatever controls you like.
Rounds will be 10 minutes unless modified by the CD. Scoring will be MOM, man on man. As per AMA rules we will be using 5M 50 point landing tapes with 5 points per 1/2 meter.
We are going to cap registration at 44 to make best use of the 11 launch/land circles we can accommodate. No round will start after 3:30 on Saturday and no round will start after 2:30 pm on Sunday.
AMA membership required. You must show your AMA card to sign in at the field. On field registrations will be accepted but space can not be guaranteed so best to register on-line. If you have problems registering please contact Ed Anderson: aeajr at optonline dot net.
We will also accept Novice pilots if there is room. Novice Pilots fly FREE! Registration priority will go to Expert and Sportsman pilots but we usually have room for novice pilots too.
If you have never flown a contest before, that's OK. We love new pilots. We will help you and coach you if you would like the help.
Awards for 1st, 2nd and 3rd in Expert and 1st, 2nd and 3rd in Sportsman.
In addition there will be recognition awards for top 2M or smaller gliders in Sportsman and Expert so don't hesitate to bring your Radian, e-Gentle Lady or the like. Two meter e-gliders are very popular in these events.
Participation Certificate for Novice Pilots who are registered on-line, prior to the contest day.
Water/soda will be available to all at no extra charge.
LUNCH WILL BE AVAILABLE BOTH DAYS FOR $5 PER DAY.
You can find a list of local motels here: http://www.flyesl.org/forums/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=318
FYI, registration has been open for almost 2 weeks and we have 14 pilots registered. People from New Hampshire to Maryland and maybe VA. Should be a great contest. I would project we will exceed 30 and may hit the 44 pilot limit.
It was announced yesterday that the League of Silent Flight will be establishing a soaring accomplishments program for electric launched glider pilots, tentatively being called the eSAP.
If the tasks are based on or closely follow the model set by the SAP for pure gliders then there will be a contest component to the tasks as you move up the levels. Most likely ALES contests will qualify for that program.
So, keep an eye on the League of Silent Flight web site, www.silentflight.org for the details. And plan to come fly with the Eastern Soaring League as there are electric soaring contests being offered up and down the East coast. www.flyesl.org
Now up to 15 pilots and we are still 3 months away. Looking good!
We currently have 16 pilots registered and we are over 2 months away.
I just made up the 5M landing tapes.
I currently have the contest capped at 44, but if we hit the limit I have enough tapes to take it to 4 rounds of 14 pilots or a total of 56.
Let's hope I have to consider extending the cap.
HOW MANY PLANES ARE YOU ALLOWED AT THE CONTEST?
Something that came to my attention recently.
In May ESL will have 3 types of contests.
Unlimited TD - AMA rules allow up to 2 planes and you can switch between them throughout the contest.
ALES - AMA rules allow up to 3 planes and you can switch between them AND you can swap parts between them.
Hand Launch/F3K - I am not a CD for this event but I am told the F3K rules allow for up to 5 planes per contest.
Interesting how it varies by format. Naturally the CD may impose local rules but this is what the rule books show.
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