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2012 DARTS May Club Contest

Sunday May 6, 2012

Twin Towers Area Park, Fairborn, Ohio
 
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Who: Any AMA member, spectators welcome
What: May Club Contest
When:  Sunday May 6, 2012
             Winch Masters show at 9:00 AM
             Pilot's meeting at 9:30 AM
             First round starts at 10:00 AM
Where: Club Field, Twin Towers Area Park, Fairborn, OH
Type:  Club Contest, Seeded Man-on-Man Thermal Duration
Contest Director: Skye Malcom

Dayton ARea Thermal Soarers

We had 14 pilots for the May 6th DARTS club contest. I can't take credit because I believe it was the beautiful weather in the high 70's that accounted for the nice turnout.

Winds were light and variable from the NE. They were forecast to freshen to 8 mph later in the day but in fact it became almost calm by mid afternoon. We flew 4 rounds with 3 flight groups each round. The first round was randomized and after that we did our typical man-on-man seeding so those with the best scores flew in the last flight group, and those of us (myself included) who were challenged in making our times flew in round 1 or 2. The first round task was 10 minutes with 12 minute rounds after that. We used the 1 inch per point landing tapes, landing added after flight scores were normalized. Because of the wind and the slight slope of the field the landings set up coming downhill. That and the early season event must account for the overall low landing scores. We all need practice I guess!

Thankfully our winches were pretty reliable. I heard of one dead or dying battery but we had zero line breaks, and only one or two snags due to a couple lines snagged or in one case an overrun after a zoom launch.

As far as a flying report I was not everywhere seeing everything having flown every round myself. I will say this. Everyone flew very safely and from what I hear had a great time.

I used the Winsoar scoring program after the fact to both check the scores and to document them digitally. At the field we used paper score cards, pencil, and calculator method which is hard to beat for robustness. Maybe next time I'll haul out the laptop to the field. Using Winsoar after the fact demonstrates its power and flexibility in moving pilots around due to equipment issues, etc.

If anyone out there in the area is curious about DARTS or flying sailplanes I'd encourage you to come fly with us. We had a couple new guys at the contest and took our time to encourage and help them. After the contest was over we had a couple guys work on LSF tasks.

Skye

Of note was the fact that this contest did not turn out to be a landing contest.  Some of the usual top placers dropped time and Joe Mekina snuck in for the win making time on all of the rounds.  In fact Joe only had 7 landing points during the contest rounds!   Joe stuck around after the contest and practiced landings while checking off his required landings for his LSF level I.

Summary Results: see below for the detailed results

place pilot score   normalized
1 Joe Mekina 3,997.27 1,000.00
2 Bill Hoelcher 3,989.76 998.00
3 Ron Mong 3,850.40 963.00
4 Chip Willis 3,837.94 960.00
5 Norman Poti 3,584.00 897.00
6 Dan Myers 3,573.37 894.00
7 David Rice 3,383.28 846.00
8 Ed Franz 3,373.78 844.00
9 Jerry Shape 3,372.07 844.00
10 Skye Malcolm 3,009.78 753.00
11 Don Harris 2,462.25 616.00
12 Albert Salas 1,555.32 389.00
13 Don Fleming 1,165.29 292.00
14 Ken Rice 614.86 154.00

Detailed Results from Winsoar scoring program:

2012-05-06-darts-may-club-contest-results-final.pdf
2012-05-06-darts-may-club-contest-round-scores.pdf

Pictures:

Thanks to Joe and Chip for taking them. 

If anyone else took any pictures, please send the originals and I work them up for this page: send them to the: Webmaster

I would like to encourage others to take pictures at upcoming meets.  I would really like to see the website be rich in pictures of our activities

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Ron, Skye, Dan, Jerry, Albert, Don Fleming, Joe, Dave R, Norm, Don Harris, Bill and Chip
event: DARTS May Club Contest
picture: 2012-05-06-001.jpg
location: Fairborn, OH
date: 05-06-2012
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Skye Malcom (the Contest Director) and Ron Mong did all the scoring. Great job guys!
event: DARTS May Club Contest
picture: 2012-05-06-002.jpg
location: Fairborn, OH
date: 05-06-2012
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Ed Franz programs his radio for his Icon 1 as Everett looks on
event: DARTS May Club Contest
picture: 2012-05-06-003.jpg
location: Fairborn, OH
date: 05-06-2012
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Skye poses with his red and white striped Pike Perfect
event: DARTS May Club Contest
picture: 2012-05-06-004.jpg
location: Fairborn, OH
date: 05-06-2012
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Dave Rice gets ready to launch his Vista
event: DARTS May Club Contest
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location: Fairborn, OH
date: 05-06-2012
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Don Fleming takes time to show his Vista with his very long 72 MHz antenna
event: DARTS May Club Contest
picture: 2012-05-06-006.jpg
location: Fairborn, OH
date: 05-06-2012
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Bill Hoelcher gets ready to time Don Harris and his Mantis. One has to love that orange nose
event: DARTS May Club Contest
picture: 2012-05-06-007.jpg
location: Fairborn, OH
date: 05-06-2012
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Another shot of Bill and Don, Bill must be looking at another model going up on the winch
event: DARTS May Club Contest
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location: Fairborn, OH
date: 05-06-2012
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Bill is definitely ready to time judging by his footwork
event: DARTS May Club Contest
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location: Fairborn, OH
date: 05-06-2012
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Don lets her go
event: DARTS May Club Contest
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location: Fairborn, OH
date: 05-06-2012
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Good rotation
event: DARTS May Club Contest
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location: Fairborn, OH
date: 05-06-2012
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Up, up
event: DARTS May Club Contest
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location: Fairborn, OH
date: 05-06-2012
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and away she goes
event: DARTS May Club Contest
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location: Fairborn, OH
date: 05-06-2012
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Jerry Shape readies his Pike Perfect in some post contest practicing
event: DARTS May Club Contest
picture: 2012-05-06-014.jpg
location: Fairborn, OH
date: 05-06-2012
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Don Harris pulled out his electric powered Astro Flight Challenger for some fun after the meet
event: DARTS May Club Contest
picture: 2012-05-06-015.jpg
location: Fairborn, OH
date: 05-06-2012
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Ron, Skye, Dan, Jerry, Albert, Don Fleming, Joe, Dave R, Norm, Don Harris, Bill and Chip
event: DARTS May Club Contest
picture: 2012-05-06-016.jpg
location: Fairborn, OH
date: 05-06-2012
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Dan hoists his Icon 2. Dan did well with this bird
event: DARTS May Club Contest
picture: 2012-05-06-017.jpg
location: Fairborn, OH
date: 05-06-2012
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Ron Mong about to turn loose his Espada RL
event: DARTS May Club Contest
picture: 2012-05-06-018.jpg
location: Fairborn, OH
date: 05-06-2012
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Dave Rice launches for Albert Salas. Don Fleming watches and Norm Poti (background) goes after the chute
event: DARTS May Club Contest
picture: 2012-05-06-019.jpg
location: Fairborn, OH
date: 05-06-2012
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Somebody need to buy Skye a smaller belt! He is set to launch Dan Meyer's Icon 2
event: DARTS May Club Contest
picture: 2012-05-06-020.jpg
location: Fairborn, OH
date: 05-06-2012
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Dan pilots his Icon 2 as Skye turns it loose on the winch
event: DARTS May Club Contest
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location: Fairborn, OH
date: 05-06-2012
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A smiling Norm Poti clad in white with his white Supra
event: DARTS May Club Contest
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location: Fairborn, OH
date: 05-06-2012
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Skye readies Albert's Spirit 100 as Dave Rice launches his floater. Lot's of blue in this picture!
event: DARTS May Club Contest
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location: Fairborn, OH
date: 05-06-2012
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Jerry Shape has his eye on another model as Don Harris gets set to launch his Mantis
event: DARTS May Club Contest
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location: Fairborn, OH
date: 05-06-2012
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Don Fleming at the controls of his Vista that is being launched by Dave Rice. Ron Mong looks on
event: DARTS May Club Contest
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location: Fairborn, OH
date: 05-06-2012
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All eyes are on Sky launching his Pike Perfect
event: DARTS May Club Contest
picture: 2012-05-06-026.jpg
location: Fairborn, OH
date: 05-06-2013
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Ed Franz relaxing as Ron Mong gets set to launch Ed's Icon 1
event: DARTS May Club Contest
picture: 2012-05-06-027.jpg
location: Fairborn, OH
date: 05-06-2014
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Chip Willis flew his recently acquired Supra to a fine 4th place finish
event: DARTS May Club Contest
picture: 2012-05-06-028.jpg
location: Fairborn, OH
date: 05-06-2015
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