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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 AM
             First round starts at 10:00 AM
Where: Club Field, Twin Towers Area Park, Fairborn, OH
Type:  Hand Launch Glider Contest
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 below)
Contest Director: Bill Hoelcher

2012  DARTS ALES #2 - 100 meter cutoff    Saturday, August 25, 2012   -   Post-contest results

Dayton ARea Thermal Soarers
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

CD Report:

Hi Guys,,

The Low Rider Challenge and experiment happened Saturday August 25th at the Darts field.

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 success.

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 max times.

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 follow:
see below for the detailed results 

place  pilot score model
1   Marc Gellart     8,336 Tragi 801
2   Paul Wiese       8,107 Bingo
3   Bill Hoelcher     7,573 Radian
4   Greg Bell         7,052 Bob
5   Mark Groves       6,520 Maxx
6   David Rice       5,748 Radian
7   Jim Martin       5,356 Mini Mirage
8   Bruce Herider     5,228 Radian
9   Ken Rice         4,631 Zepher air
10 Jay Watkins     3,906 Radian

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:
2012-08-25-darts-ales-contest-2-100 meter-cutoff-results-final.pdf
2012-08-25-darts-ales-contest-2-100 meter-cutoff-round-scores.pdf  

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 with airplanes? 

If anyone took any pictures, please send the originals to me so I can put them on the website; Webmaster

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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
picture: 2012-08-18-001.jpg
location: Fairborn, OH
date: 08-18-2012
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2012  DARTS ALES #2 - 100 meter cutoff    Saturday, August 25, 2012   -   Pre-contest info


Dayton ARea Thermal Soarers
                              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 HERE for 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 similar performance. 

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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