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2012 DARTS ALES Radian One Design Contest  
ALES = Altitude Limited Electric Soaring

Sunday August 5, 2012

Twin Towers Area Park, Fairborn, Ohio
 
Sponsored by the DARTS (Dayton ARea Thermal Soarers)

Who: Any AMA member, spectators welcome
What: Altitude Limited Electric Soaring Contest (ALES)  with Park Zone Radians (One Design)
When:  Sunday August 5, 2012
             Pilot's meeting at 9:30 AM
             First round starts at 10:00 AM
Where: Club Field, Twin Towers Area Park, Fairborn, OH
Type:  Altitude Limited Electric Soaring Contest (ALES)  with Park Zone Radians (One Design)
Event details: ALES rules, 200 meter cutoff
                        50 point landing tape, 10 meters long, 5 points per meter
                        Seeded Man on Man format for flight groups
Entry Fee: $10
Awards: Plaques through 3rd place
Contest Director: Dave Rice
 
2012 DARTS ALES Radian One Design Contest     Sunday, August 5,  2012   -   Results 

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The group shot of pilots: Bill Hoelcher - 3rd, Don Harris - 2nd, Richard Rice - 1st

CD's Report:

Members and associates,

What can I say it was another great Radian One Design contest. We waited out the rain under the picnic shelter until we had just crappy weather and so set a 6 minute task time which though the weather got better as the day went on never showed us anything better than 6 minute conditions for all 8 rounds. There was lift but the wind seemed to sweep it out in long corridors that did not last long. It was a day to get high and conserve energy.

Here is a link to the historical weather data for nearby Wright Patterson AFB: http://www.wunderground.com/history/airport/KFFO/2012/8/13/DailyHistory.html?req_city=Fairborn&req_state=OH&req_statename=Ohio

Here are the charts from the above link (since the above outside link may not exist forever):
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We had 3 new comers to Radian ALES competition, Don Fleming, Al Salas and Ken Davidson. So there were the kind of issues you would expect from working the bugs out of an ALES airplane. There were 2 motor-start zeros taken. Ken Rice in the first round when he in advertently touched the throttle while landing and also in the first round Al had his throttle forward when the cam reset and fired the motor up. That isn’t supposed to happen but it has on occasion. Best to have a Bill Hoelcher rubber band throttle pull back rigged to keep things where they need to be. There were 3 off field landing zeros in the fourth round with Al and myself being swept out to the farm east of the park removing us from the contest and Don Harris taking a zero for landing east of the picnic shelter.

Landing off field in the fourth round brings the hunter out of Don Harris and he begins one of his classic comeback attempts winning all four of his remaining rounds. He manages to pass Bill Holcher but is not able to catch Richard Rice who wins his first RC soaring event ever by flying vey smart consistent rounds. Congratulations Richard Rice you won against the best.  

place pilot   Score  airframe / notes
1 Rice, Richard  7,183 Radian Pro
2 Harris, Don 7,072 Radian
3 Hoelcher, Bill 7,016 Radian switching to Radian Pro after motor mount came loose
4 Rice, Ken 6,247 Radian Pro
5 Davidson, Ken 5,769 Radian
6 Fleming, Don  5,601 Radian
7 Rice, David 2,662 Radian Drops out after 4th plane is found after the contest
8 Salas, Albert 1,492 Radian Pro Drops out after 4th plane is found after the contest

Paul Wiese late entry to practice for the NATS. It was like auditing a class he launched his Radian with the first flight group but it didn’t count.  

David Rice CD

Summary of results: see below for the detailed results

place pilot score normalized score
1 Richard Rice 7,183.83 1,000.00
2 Don Harris 7,072.37 984.48
3 Bill Hoelcher 7,016.61 976.72
4 Ken Rice 6,247.01 869.59
5 Ken Davidson 5,769.19 803.08
6 Don Fleming 5,601.55 779.74
7 David Rice 2,662.01 370.56
8 Albert Salas 1,492.22 207.72

Detailed Results from the WinSoar scoring program:

2012-08-05-darts-ales-radian-one-design-contest-results-final.pdf
2012-08-05-darts-ales-radian-one-design-contest-round-scores.pdf

Pictures from the event:

Thanks to Ken Rice for taking the pictures of the winners

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The winners of the 2012 DARTS ALES Radian One Design Contest: Bill Hoelcher - 3rd, Don Harris - 2nd, Richard Rice - 1st
event: 2012 DARTS ALES Radian One Design Contest
picture: 2012-08-05-001.jpg
location: Fairborn, OH
date: 08-05-2012
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The winners of the 2012 DARTS ALES Radian One Design Contest: Bill Hoelcher - 3rd, Don Harris - 2nd, Richard Rice - 1st
event: 2013 DARTS ALES Radian One Design Contest
picture: 2012-08-05-002.jpg
location: Fairborn, OH
date: 08-05-2012
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The winners of the 2012 DARTS ALES Radian One Design Contest: Bill Hoelcher - 3rd, Don Harris - 2nd, Richard Rice - 1st
event: 2014 DARTS ALES Radian One Design Contest
picture: 2012-08-05-003.jpg
location: Fairborn, OH
date: 08-05-2012
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2012  DARTS ALES Radian One Design Contest   Sunday August 5, 2012 - Pre-Contest Info

DARTS ALES Radian One Design Rules:ng>

1. Either the Radian or Radian Pro may be flown
2. No changes to the outside lines
3. Minor incidence changes are permitted
4. Changing the prop and spinner is allowed
5. You5. You must use a battery with the same number of LiPo cells (3-cells)

This will be a one design Altitude Limited Electric Soaring (ALES) contest using the Park Zone Radian or Radian Pro airframe.  These are great flying electric sailplanes and the intent here is to have fun with everyone flying the same airframe

BasicaBasically a stock airframe / stock motor / same number of lipo cells. You can swap out the servos if you want, no need to replace them with the original brand

As long as its original beer cooler, original motor / nothing else really makes a difference.  (Outside of the prop of course.)

Its niIts nice to be able to get to 200m in 30 seconds and a prop change goes a long way to achieving this


Members and Associates,

This SThis Sunday August 5th at 10:00 A.M. we will come together at Twin Towers park to do ALES battle with our ParkZone Radians. The entry fee will be $10. Winch masters if you don’t have a Radian or Radian Pro don’t even bother to show up. We will be competing for plaques to three places and they look great (see below) and I want one so I will be a flying CD. This will be a man-on-man seeded 1000 point normalized score with the 50 point landing added on. Our goal is 8 rounds with a half hour break after the fourth round. Task times will be determined on event day.  

Every pilot when they walk out onto the field should be ready to launch to 200 meters and to fly. If after the launch order is given and you have a malfunction that keeps you longer than the 10 second launch window you are out of that flight. If there is a second or third flight in the same round you can join them frequency permitting. This situation is at the CD’s desecration to keep pilots in the contest, but keep in mind you should come prepared.

If for whatever reason you turn your motor on after the CAM shuts it off at launch that is loss of all flight and landing points for the round.  

There will be no penalties for bad landings. If you want to rough up your Radian go for it.  

Thanks and SPREAD THE WORD,  

D. Rice CD

 

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