Old 03-26-2011, 10:58 PM
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AEAJR
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Default Anyone interested in a Longest Flight Contest?

I am running this contest for the past 2 months on another forum. April will be the third. Anyone here interested? I could do it here too, but not sure there is enough interest.

Ed


The April Big Sky Longest Flight Contest for All Foam Wing Gliders
THE APRIL ALL FOAM WING BIG SKY LONGEST DURATION CONTEST -
THERMAL SOARING AND SLOPE SOARING

APRIL - 2011
Contest will run from 12:01 am April 1 to 11:59 PM April 30 Eastern US time.

The contest is for ALL foam wing gliders (and airplanes too) and is intended to help motivate you to develop your thermal and slope soaring skills.

You can only post one time per pilot per category regardless of what kind of plane you are flying, but you can replace a shorter time with a longer time any time during the contest. You can fly as many flights as you like.

Last month it was Radian and Radian Pro owners only and I must say the winning scores were impressive.

Goal - longest duration thermal and slope flights without use of the motor. I expect to see themal times in excess of 30 minutes and slope times in excess of an hour. But you are welcome to post any flight time you wish. Get your name on the list and be famous!


RULES

Rules about the planes:

* Any lectric Motor System
* Any wing controls and any wing span
* You can cover the wing in paint, tape, stick on decal or monokote type shrink covering covering, but you may not glass or sheet the wing in any rigid material. This is for foam wing aircraft not bagged or sheeting wings.


BIG SKY - THERMAL SOARING

1) From a fresh hand or ground launch you can run the motor for up to 45 seconds, then you turn the motor off and you can not restart it. Reclimbs are not permitted. If you restart the motor the flight time is no good.

2) Motor time starts as soon as you apply throttle. This is an LMR, Limited Motor Run contest with a pretty long motor run allowed so that the motor run itself does not provide much advantage to anyone. Many will choose to shut off the motor in less than 45 seconds. No credit for shorter motor runs.

3) Soaring time starts when the motor goes off. Either you time the whole flight and subtract the motor run or you use two watches, one to time the motor run and one to time the flight. I have multiple timers on my radio so I can do this with my radio alone. How you do this is up to you.

4) You can time your own flight if you wish. You are on your honor. Time is truncated to the second. No fractions and no rounding. Read the seconds only.

5) Landing must be within 100 feet of the original launch location or the flight does not count. Landing must be on the ground/grass or pavement. Landing in a tree, bush, structure or other elevated spot that would not normally be a landing spot does not count. There are no other rules around the landing.

6) Time stops when the Radian Pro comes to a rest. So the clock keeps running if you clip a branch, or go to land and bounce back into the air. When the plane stops, time stops.

7) You can launch as many times as you like but each flight has to be from a fresh launch from the ground/hand. No reclimbs permitted.

8) Report your best time of the day by posting here. You can post as many times as you like, but only the best one will count. You can fly as many days as you like to work toward your best time.


BIG SKY - SLOPE SOARING

1) From a fresh hand or ground launch you can run the motor for up to 5 seconds, if you need it to get into the lift. I would expect most slope flights will have no motor run but some sites need a boost to the lift. I have one site like this.

2) Motor time starts as soon as you apply throttle and is subtracted from the total flight time.

3) Soaring time starts when the motor goes off. Either you time the whole flight and subtract the motor run or you use two watches, one to time the motor run and one to time the flight. How you do this is up to you.

4) You can time your own flight if you wish. You are on your honor. Time is truncated to the second. No fractions and no rounding. Read the seconds only.

5) Landing has to be within 100 feet of the original launch location or the flight does not count. Landing must be on the same level as the launch. Landing down the slope or up in the trees does not count. You must come to rest in a "normal" landing spot and be able to walk over and pick it up. I realize this can vary by slope site so you are on your honor as to whether this was a normal landing.

6) Time stops when the Radian Pro comes to a rest. So the clock keeps running if you clip a branch, or go to land and bounce back into the air. When the plane stops, time stops.

7) You can launch as many times as you like but each flight has to be from a fresh launch from the ground or hand. No powered reclimbs permitted. If you restart the motor the flight does not count.

8) Report your best time of the day by posting here. You can post as many times as you like, but only the best one will count. Try as many days as you like to get your best time of the month.


For either contest you report the results via post.

Report Format:

Your Name - Real or RCGroup Name - your choice
Thermal or Slope:
Date and Time of flight:
Duration of flight:
Location: Nearest City and State or Country

Comments - You are welcome to report anything you like about the day, the flight. Pictures are welcome but not required.


I will maintain the thread and keep the second post updated with the top 10 Thermal and top ten Slope reports. Only one flight of each type will be recorded in the standings for each pilot. A new better time will replace the original.

I will make up a certificate for the top 3 at the end of the time period and e-mail them to the winners.
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