Mid Ohio Soaring Society (MOSS)

2014 ALES #1   Saturday April 26, 2013 - RESULTS


The contestants who at the end of the day still had there airplanes together and chose to have there picture taken.  Lesson learned: take the group picture at the Pilot's meeting when everyone is there with their models assembled!  Left to right: Greg Bell, Don Fleming, Jerry Shape, Gilbert Perez, Gavin Trussell (hiding behind his hand launch glider wing), Joe Mekina (kneeling), Bill Hoelcher, Don Harris, Jay Watkins and Skye Malcom

The morning dawned with left over rain from the day before still threatening the day's event.  After driving 30 min in the rain, a glimmer of hope was evident as the clouds lightened up a bit and blue showed though as I neared the flying field.

We had a good turnout of 13 pilots but missed some of the out of town flyers who had earlier expressed interest in coming.  Perhaps the forecast of high winds kept them away. Three flyers from the Dayton area did make the trip.

The forecast of high winds did turn out to be true with the winds peaking at 20-25 by round 2.  We got in one more round before we broke for lunch and after lunch the conditions improved slightly, still windy but not nearly as bad.  In the end we got in 6 rounds, starting the last round right about 3:00 PM

This was the first meet of the year and it was good to get out and fly airplanes. .The temperatures were warm so we all enjoyed that aspect of the weather after the hard winter we had.  To bad the winds were not as ideal, but I think that in the final analysis the conditions were very flyable and we all had a good time.

Gavin Tussel flew a clean contest not giving up much time and hitting many of his landings never once landing out of bounds.  One flight of note is when he chased air downwind and returned to catch the next ride about 4 times during the fight when everyone else was down.  Only the highly capable moldies were able to do this and combined with Gavin's flying skills the combination put him in first place.

Joe Mekina flew a stock Vista with a more powerful than stock power system.  He came in 2nd also never landing out.  Joe made many of his times and with the exception of one flight where he didn't find the air and Gavin put time on him, he pretty much won or nearly won every group he was in.  Joe's Vista motored upwind for the first 20 seconds than pulled up vertically to make the cutoff altitude of 200 meters in the last 10 sec of the allotted time or less.  From there Joe kept the model pointed into the wind with few turns.  He then hovered the model in the still wind onto the landing tape.  A couple of times the winds caught the model and he missed the landing tape, but many times he was able to score good landing points in the wind.

Don Harris also fell victim to the treacherous winds on landing on one flight when his model was literally tossed inverted when he was about 25 feet off the ground.  Don's quick response recovered the airplane but it was blown way off the landing tape so he did not get any landing points that round.

Paul Weise flew a moldie to 3rd place despite taking a zero from a landout in one of the early rounds.

The story of the day was therefore landouts, those that had them did not fair very well in the final standings.  One of the things that some of the constants were doing was it if became obvious that they were going to landout, way out they simply powered up and returned safely taking the same zero flight score but avoiding the walk and the dirt from last years farming on there model. This technique should not be overlooked when the crops come in, it will save trudging through the crops to retrieve a model.

Thanks to Greg Bell for organizing this meet.  A special thanks to John Karnes  who was the dedicated scorekeeper. Also many thanks to  Al Schmidt for keeping things moving along always announcing who is next in one way or another and launching the flight in a consistent way. Once again the all beef hot dogs were great thanks Greg Bell for binging them and the Grill Master -  Mark Groves for cooking them. .Having this kind of help I am sure contributed to the overall smooth running of the event and allowed us to get in the 6 rounds we did.

Joe Mekina

place name points
1 Gavin Trussell 6166.663
2 Joe Mekina 5380.307
3 Paul Wiese 5105.203
4 Gilbert Perez 4819.732
5 Skye Malcolm 4722.350
6 Mark Groves 4481.631
7 Jerry Shape 4135.000
8 Greg Bell 4067.423
9 Bill Hoelcher 4035.188
10 Don Harris 3706.834
11 Jay Watkins 3153.817
12 Don Fleming 2027.208
13 Dave Wrinkle 1993.320

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Left to right: Greg Bell, Don Fleming, Jerry Shape, Gilbert Perez, Gavin Trussell (hiding behind his hand launch glider wing), Joe Mekina (knelling), Bill Hoelcher, Don Harris, Jay Watkings and Skye Malcom
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Left to right: Greg Bell, Don Fleming, Jerry Shape, Gilbert Perez, Gavin Trussell (hiding behind his hand launch glider wing), Joe Mekina (knelling), Bill Hoelcher, Don Harris, Jay Watkings and Skye Malcom
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Paul on his way back tot eh pit area
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Gilbert getting the CD's award from Al and John
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Paul accepts 3rd place award from Mark, Greg looks on
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Joe takes a nap between rounds
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Greg and John manning the score table
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Greg already away, Bill launches in the background
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Bill prepares to launch
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Paul turns one loose while Greg is about to do the same with "Bob" in the background
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John manning the scoring table before the wind picked up making it necessary to remove the tent fabric
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Skye horses one in
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Joe gives a thumbs up to Don's flying
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Skye heads the lineup as he prepares to launch
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The pilots meeting
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The morning line up
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Paul accepts 3rd place award from Mark, Greg looks on
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Left to right: Greg Bell, Don Fleming, Jerry Shape, Gilbert Perez, Gavin Trussell (hiding behind his hand launch glider wing), Joe Mekina (knelling), Bill Hoelcher, Don Harris, Jay Watkings and Skye Malcom
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Left to right: Greg Bell, Don Fleming, Jerry Shape, Gilbert Perez, Gavin Trussell (hiding behind his hand launch glider wing), Joe Mekina (knelling), Bill Hoelcher, Don Harris, Jay Watkings and Skye Malcom
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Carey's wife watches peacefully
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Greg, Gaving and Jay
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Don Harris turns one loose
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This was before we took the fabric off the tent due to high winds
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Bill launches as Gavin times
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Paul turns one loose
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The pit area
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who said us boys are playing in the sad box?
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Gilbert
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Jerry watches as Dave preps his ship
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Dave prepares to lauch as Jerry stands ready to time
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Dave getting ready to launch
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Bill times for Don Flemming
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