Flight Log for 23 September, 2000, 60 Acres Park, Redmond, WA

Sunny, calm changing to 2-5 variable after noon.
Model Flt 
#
Recovery Type Motor Comments
Spyglass 1
11
Rocket Glider
Estes 1/2A3-2T This was a contest flight for our Section contest -- 1/2A Rocket Glider and Spot Landing.  Since I hadn't managed to get a new rocket glider built for this contest, I flew my old one -- after some time spent cleaning out ejection crud and lubricating the sliding tube mechanism with talcum powder.  This first flight boosted reasonably well, then stalled in the glide and only flew for about 9 seconds.  After landing, I found out the problem -- the motor had torn the tape strip securing it in the mount, and ejected, resulting in a DQ for this flight.
Spyglass 1
12
Rocket Glider
Estes 1/2A3-2T
Second contest flight for 1/2A Rocket Glider.  This one worked better; the motor stayed in the mount, and as a result the glider was correctly balanced and (after a half loop and single gentle stall due to inverted deployment) glided nominally, perhaps a bit nose down.  Glide time of 12 seconds was, at that point, the number to beat, but didn't hold up; I was beaten first by an Edmonds Ecee on Apogee 10.5 mm 1/2A2 motors, then by a No Moving Parts glider that boosted very, very high and then glided reasonably well for 36 seconds on a single flight.  Still, with only three entries, one can't do worse than third place -- and there I landed.
Alpha
28
Nose blow tumble
Estes 1/2A3-2T
This was my first flight in Spot Landing.  The spot was only about 60 feet from the pads, so the challenge was to put up a safe flight, deploy recovery, and get back down without going too far.  In this case, I put my adapter in the Alpha in order to use the least motor I had (barring Micro Maxx), and aimed carefully.  My 26+ feet put me in the lead and set the number to beat.
Alpha
29
Nose blow tumble
Estes 1/2A3-4T
Based on the previous flight, I chose the longer delay for this one, put in a little less rod tilt, and waited for a calm moment.  No calm moments forthcoming, I adjusted the tilt to compensate slightly for the wind, and made my flight -- for a score of 8 feet, 6 inches.  No one else came close (next best was about 15 feet).

An interesting side note, though there were other competitors in both events, the same three people took first, second, and third (though in different orders) in both.  I think was a combination of a) having models ready, b) being prepared for the conditions, and c) being willing to go for it.  I'm no big time competitor, but in tiny competitions like these, showing up with flyable models and flying the events will put you in a position to compete for overall points, even nationwide.  I just might have to try to get a few more contests in the next season when NARAM will be in the western states.



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