Mid Ohio Soaring Society (MOSS)

2012  ALES #2    Saturday, May 19, 2012   -   Results

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This was the 2nd of 5 MOSS sponsored Altitude Limited Electric Soaring (ALES) contests for 2012
Click HERE for info on the other events

Location: Ohio Willow Wood plant; 15441 Scioto Darby Road, Mt. Sterling, Ohio 43143

Great weather was forecast and came to be, light winds and mild temperatures were on tap for the day

13 pilots showed up to fly, and a total of 6 rounds were flown.  Two pilots did not take to the air due to mechanical issues, while another dropped for the same reason.  Yet another had issues seeing his plane and stopped flying as the thermals got more intense.  Seems his eyeglasses were broken the day before and seeing his model in the high climbing thermals was too difficult without the aid of his glasses

Thermals were abundant but at times tricky.  Many a pilot got too high too quick and after coming down found nothing but sink that resulted in less than max flight times.  Also, at times a thermal would seemingly just shut down, again leaving you in nothing but sink. 

Bill Hoelcher led the field the entire day getting his time on the first 4 rounds, and winning his group in round 5 with a less than max flight time in round 5.  Going into the 6th and final round Bill had an appreciable lead only to have a short flight of around 6 minutes with Chip Willis and Don Harris both making the full 10 min max time.  But Bill's drop was not enough as he still total at the end of the day still prevailed.

Mark Groves brought the grill and served as chief hot dog turner while Jay Watkins stood in for him at times. A donation jar was put out to cover the cost of the food, hopefully covering expenses.   The crowd seemed to like the lunch.  I personally hope we do that again! Thanks guys!

There were several other noteworthy things to report, but they are escaping me know, I will try and fill them in when they come to me.

All in all, good flying fly everyone, and my perception was all had a good time!

The conditions after the contest were great, and Mark Groves was spotted spending a good deal of time flying, presumably practicing up for the next ALES meet. 

Next up in the MOSS ALES series is MOSS ALES #3, Saturday June 30, 2012     Click HERE for more details

 Here is an summary of results: see below for the detailed results

place pilot score normalized score
1 Bill Hoelcher 5778.32 1000.00
2 Don Harris 5411.55 936.53
3 Chip Willis 5389.75 932.75
4 Joe Mekina 5245.90 907.86
5 Rice Dave 4935.18 854.09
6 Mark Groves 4549.28 787.30
7 Don Fleming 4257.85 736.87
8 Ken Rice 3856.54 667.42
9 Gerald Babbert 2211.05 382.65
10 Gilbert Perez 2139.71 370.30
11 Gavin Trussell 2080.00 359.97
12 Alex Trussell 0.00 0.00
13 Greg Bell 0.00 0.00

Detailed Results from the WinSoar scoring program:

2012-05-19-moss-ales-2-results.pdf
2012-05-19-moss-ales-2-round-scores.pdf

Pictures from the event:

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Greg Bell and Jay Watkins, Contest Directors of the day take a moment to smile for the camera before the day gets going
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The very nice hand made awards that we made by Greg Bell
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Greg Bell (red shirt) orchestrates the pilots meeting
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Ken Rice with his Radian Pro and Gerald Babbert with his stard Radian approach the flight line
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Don Harris and his time head for the tapes
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Gavin Trussel prepares his Supra-E while his son Alex looks on
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Chip Willis with his Radian
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Greg Bell with his Magic
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Dave Rice prepares to time brother Ken in one of the rounds
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Don Fleming readies his purple colored original design while Chip seems to be saying "the lift is over there"
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Gerry Babbert poses with his model prior to the start of a round
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Mark Groves looks ready to launch his model, while Gilbert Perez is still getting his model into position in the background
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Gilbert Perez has his game face on prior to lifting his model into launch position
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Bill Hoelcher, the overall winner of the event, shows how to relax between the rounds. Maybe that is his secret!
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Gilbert Perez displays his long winged model for the camera
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Gavin and Chip caught with a Hand Launch Glider during the lunch break
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Mark Groves mans the grill while eager pilots congregate and dig in
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Greg presents Chip Willis with the 3rd place award
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Greg presents Don Harris with the 2nd place ward
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Greg presents Mr Untouchable with the well deserved first place award
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The group shot, left to right: Joe, Don, Chip, Greg, Dave (in the blue, face hidden by wing), Ken, Mark, ?, Don, Bill, Gildert and Gerry
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