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2012 DARTS ALES #2 Contest
100 Meter Cutoff
ALES = Altitude Limited Electric Soaring
Saturday August 25, 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)
#2 - 100 Meter Cutoff
When: Saturday August 25, 2012
Pilot's meeting at 9:30
First round starts at
Where: Club Field, Twin Towers Area Park, Fairborn, OH
Type: Hand Launch
Event details: ALES rules, 100 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 (the graphics used for the award plaques are shown
Contest Director: Bill Hoelcher
2012 DARTS ALES #2 -
100 meter cutoff Saturday, August 25, 2012 -
The Group shot: Bruce Hender, Ken Rice, Greg Bell, David
Rice, Jay Watkins, Mark Groves, Paul Wiese, Don Harris, Ken Rice, Dave Rice,
Paul Weise, Marc Gellart, Jim Martin and Bill Hoelcher
This was the 2nd of the DARTS sponsored Altitude Limited Electric Soaring
(ALES) contests for 2012
The Low Rider Challenge and experiment happened Saturday August 25th at the
There were 10 contestants flying in the event. The weather was fantastic
with very warm temperatures and light winds.
The launches to 100 meters were somewhat equivalent to a good hi start
launch. One observation I made was: with 200 meter launches you are about 4
mistakes high; At 100 meters you are only 2 mistakes high!!!
The choice of location and reading of air accurately was crucial for
We flew in 2 groups of 5 and the contest moved very smoothly but, the only
negative was the demand on all flyers to either fly or time in all rounds.
The round task was 8 minutes all day with 50 landing points possible.
Round 3 was the round that shuffled the score standing greatly as Mark
Gellart and Paul Weise maxed and drove down the top group who did not reach
Bill Hoelcher also maxed in round 3 driving down the first group of flyers
who did not achieve max times.
In the end the moldies piloted by Mark Gellert and Paul Weise prevailed with
a superb exhibition of flying skill.
The summary results of the " Low Rider Challenge" after 8 rounds was as
see below for the detailed results
I hope all had fun and we learned a little bit in the process 100 meter
contests will surely make a better flyer out of you....
A very special thanks to Ken Rice for generously giving of his time computer
scoring the event.
Thanks to all who attended and helped Saturday. Best Wishes,
Bill Hoelcher, CD
Detailed Results from the WinSoar scoring program:
Pictures from the event:
Thanks to Ken Rice for taking the picture of the event.
Rumor has it that there were others taking pictures.
Norm Poti for one has taken some and has sent them to me.
Norm said he believes others took some too, perhaps even another group shot
If anyone took any pictures, please
send the originals to me so I can put them on the website;
Clicking on a thumbnail brings up a full-size image (without the caption)
suitable for downloading and printing.
The Saturday morning group shot: Albert Salas, Dave Campbell, Jerry Shape, Mark Groves, Mike Johnson, Norm Poti, Steve Bailey, Steve Bailey (behind wing), Marc Gellart, Glauco Lago and Ken Rice
event: DARTS OVSS Contest
location: Fairborn, OH
2012 DARTS ALES #2 -
100 meter cutoff
Saturday, August 25, 2012 - Pre-contest info
The pilots at our first ever DARTS Altitude Electric
Soaring meet in 2010:
This was the 2nd of the DARTS sponsored Altitude Limited Electric Soaring (ALES)
contests for 2012
This one in particular will be variation of the ALES theme in that
altitude limit will be 100 meters instead of 200 meters which has
been used as the standard . Click
info on the other events
Due to the nature of the rules, many sport type electric gliders have proven
to be very competitive. Examples that have proven this out are the Radian
and Vista designs
ALES or Altitude Limited Electric Soaring is just what the name implies. It
is a traditional soaring event, with the method of launching being that of
an onboard electric motor and prop. The launch altitude is limited by an
approved onboard electronic device, limiting the motor run to an altitude of
200 meters, or 30 sec (whichever occurs first) We will be using a lower
altitude limit for at least one of our other ALES this year
See the link at the left for detailed ALES rules. These are the official
ALES rules as used by the LSF at the NATS
In summary, this event allows for a common starting height by the use of an
approved altitude limiting device which shuts the electric motor down at 100
metes, about 330 feet (or 30 sec, whichever occurs first). This 100
meters is lower than the standard limit of 200 meters. So all contestants start at
an equat altitude from which they can seek thermals The tasks are normally
10 min maxes, plus landing points.
The landing tape is 10 meters long, about 33 feet, graduated at 5 points per
meter. So the landing points max out at 50 points. This makes for a
somewhat desensitized landing task. The result is that beginners should
find this landing task easy and a confidence builder Seeded Man-on-Man
format allows the flight groupings to be such that you fly with others of
In Seeded Man-on-Man format, the flight groups for the first round are
chosen randomly. In each of the succeeding rounds, the scores are sorted
in order from high to low and the flight groups are chosen to accordingly
from high to low. Thus as the day progresses, contestants are flying in
flight groups with like performing pilots. This Seeded Man-on-Man format
has been a long time DARTS tradition and keeps things fun as you are
competing with other similar airplanes and piloting skills
Come on out to fly or watch. Spectators welcome!
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