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2014 DARTS Unlimited Contest

Sunday July 20, 2014

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

Who: Any AMA member, spectators welcome
What: Unlimited Contest
When:  Sunday July 20,  2014
             Winch Masters show at 8:15 AM, have winches set up by 8:45 AM
             Pilot's meeting at 8:45 AM
             First round starts 9:00 AM
Where: Club Field, Twin Towers Area Park, Fairborn, OH
Type:  Woody Contest, see special Woody rules below
Event details: AMA flight rules
                        landing tapes: not sure what was used ???
                        Seeded Man on Man format for flight groups
                        Flight scores normalized, then landing scores added
Contest Director: Skye Malcom

Pre Contest note:
I'll be CD'ing the winch launch, unlimited class (anything with a tow hook) contest at the DARTS field this Sunday.  The NATS are coming up so let's try to simulate that early morning dead air by getting the winches there and set up before an 8:45 pilots meeting and first flight group launching by 9:00 AM.  


Post Contest results:
Well we had questionable conditions as we got to Twin Towers this morning.  Fog, mist, soaking wet grass were greeting us as we set up the winches.  Some tentative test launches were made and the planes disappeared into the mist of a 400 foot ceiling.  It pushed us to delay the contest until 10:30.  

With 8 contestants we had two flight groups of 4 pilots each.  Everyone timed and flew and shagged chutes so we kept pretty busy throughout the day.  Based on some temporary optimism on my test flight I figured we'd be OK with a 13 minute task all day.  Because of that duration it did slow down our progress through the rounds but in the end 6 rounds were made by all 8 of us without serious mishap or damage to plane or person.  

Somewhere in the 1 to 2 pm hour we actually saw blue sky and then the sun actually shone down upon us.  Sort of a shocker and in fact the wind picked up a skosh and the feeds became stronger but the sink strengthened as well.  It was easy to miss out on the thermal, or more correctly, thermals.  When you fly 13 minutes it's often the case you need to find a second thermal to make your time.  Finally after 6 rounds only one of us maxed each round, that person being David Wrinkle.  Here are the final scores:

1     David Wrinkle       6513.44
2     Jerry Shape          6420.04
3     Norm Poti              6187.31
4     Ron Mong              5943.43
5     Skye Malcolm       5925.68
6     Mark Groves         5127.71
7     Albert Salas          3424.76
8     Ken Davidson       3008.10

All in all I think we all learned something.  For instance I learned you can launch an Aspire pointed in the right direction to the feed of the lift and only make a 6 minute flight when everybody else in the flight group did the same thing except the 6 minute part.  Oops!  But on the flip side I was able to get this plane up in the air and got a little bit of tuning going on so hopefully it will be a good back up should I need later at the NATS or one of the OVSS contests later in the season.

I really want to thank everyone for coming out, setting up the winches, shagging chutes, and just being great sports about the whole day.  Once again, Albie made the trophies and they look great.  -

Skye (6 minute) Malcolm 

Here are the pictures of the winners
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