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 on: Today at 08:31:25 AM 
Started by bob whitney - Last post by john e. holliday
Thanks Bob a lot of people don't realize what goes on at the NATS.  I started out by helping time and count laps in racing events.   Then volunteered to be an assistant ED.  Then put in my bid to become the event director for carrier that first year after doing the volunteering of timing for scores.   Was told by Leroy Cordes when he found out that a person has no friends when it comes to being an event director.  If not for all the great help I got through the years of doing racing and carrier I could not have pulled it off.   There are so many I would probably for get a name or two.   At times it was a lot of fun, but like you said when it came time to tell a person that they could not do what they wanted to do during an event it was hard.   Several instances come to mind but I am lucky in that they still talk to me and call me friend.   Has been too many years now since the last event I helped in.  But, people need to think about circumstances on different events.   Some times Mother Nature just does not cooperate, like when we have to shut down for static storms or when there is a funeral at the cemetery.

 on: Today at 08:21:34 AM 
Started by Robert Storick - Last post by john e. holliday
Looks like it works. Hoff

 on: Today at 08:20:13 AM 
Started by Robert Storick - Last post by john e. holliday
See my post in debate section. Coffee

 on: Today at 08:19:16 AM 
Started by john e. holliday - Last post by john e. holliday
I have not looked it up in the dictionary as the only one I have is from when I was grade school and a lot of words we use now didn't exist back then.   What is consistency?  On the post about the assigning of  judges at the NATS had me wondering.   When a judge sees a flight in which the competitor makes the once in a lifetime take off and gives that person a 39.   Then when the wingover is attempted and is messed up by the pilot in that they did not hit the marks is given a 29.    Now we go through the  inside loops, inverted flight and out side loops which score a 32,  35 and 30.  Now the pilot goes down hill in that the rest of the maneuvers are all over the place and is given scores in the low 20's.   Finally the landing is another barn burner as they say in which the glide from engine stop to landing is one to live for and gets another 39.   The judge does this all day and judges each maneuver of each contestant in which good maneuvers get good score and bad maneuvers get low scores.   Now come the other judge on the same first pilot.   He also gives a great score on the take off and from there on the maneuvers are all in the 30-40 range.   He does this to all competitors in which what ever score is given for take off determine what the other maneuvers get.  In other words if that person got a 29 on take off all the maneuvers would be in the 20-35 point range.   Which judge would you like to judge your pattern or even have judge at a contest.

The same could be said for a contestant,  You do that pattern you dream about and wonder why the score is so low.   Next round you laugh at your self and just fly, not worried about bottoms, shapes or location and score back where your average from past contests have been.   That goes for all the stunt classes and types like old time, profile and AMA.  Yes, as my part time coach tells me I am very inconsistent in my flying. Coffee

 on: Today at 08:06:34 AM 
Started by Robert Storick - Last post by Avaiojet
I'm sure the HOLLYWOOD movie industry will get all kinds of exemptions.

Sometimes talking can do more damage than being silent.

Going unnoticed isn't all that bad a thing either.

A good name for a model could be, "Low Profile."

 on: Today at 08:04:20 AM 
Started by Randy Ryan - Last post by Shug Emery
That is really great to see. The younger gals are coming on strongly in this hobby with Angela, Samantha and Rachel Sandberg. Awesome...yes, I typed Awesome!

 on: Today at 07:59:24 AM 
Started by Robert Storick - Last post by Tim Stagg

Thanks for the link Sparky!!

 on: Today at 07:59:06 AM 
Started by Douglas Ames - Last post by john e. holliday
As the old saying goes, "A fool and his money is soon parted".    I wonder if anybody is crazy enough to bid on it.  Then maybe the engine might work. Stir the pot

 on: Today at 07:49:42 AM 
Started by Shug Emery - Last post by Shug Emery
That pattern was awesome!!!

If you are comfortable with those sizes stay there and work on the shapes. 

I really like how you kept the plane low on the level laps between maneuvers.  That is always a huge help in teaching yourself the proper height for the maneuver bottoms.  Too many times I see people who fly 8'-10' between maneuvers and then when they fly the maneuver they miss the bottom high because that is what they are comfortbale with.  Good job!  Keep that plane low around 5' all the time.

Another very good thing you did were the round loops. From the video they looked to be pretty darn round!  Usually beginner fliers will pause at the top or the bottom of the maneuver giving it a big flat spot.  You did not do that and kept the plane moving all the time.  VERY GOOD!!!

Keep it up you are a good flier and your videos show us all that practice pays off!!

Way to go!!

Thans so much Doug. I'm touched by your comment...especially of a flier of your caliber.
Congratulations on your 2nd place in a tough contest with a very talented field. Yeah, I kept up with all the updates on here. Can only imagine the amount of work you fellers put into it.
This summer of flying has been a much needed challenge. I'm a juggler by trade and working on the Pattern is very similar to a juggling practice. Gotta log time, take not of throws or flights. Not easy but it sure is fun. Love how the world is blocked out when the plane is in the air.
As to videos. It was part of my plan to help see what I do right and wrong. Also by posting them I have gotten critiques I would have never gotten if I had not. This site has been terrific inspiration. Sorta scary every time I press the upload button)))
Also want this hobby to look fun to anyone considering it. Several of my YouTube subscribers have commented to me that they are going to dig out their old CL planes and some are starting from scratch. Just a pebble thrown in the pond.
Thanks again and now I am even more pumped to keep at this Stunt Quest.

 on: Today at 07:42:42 AM 
Started by Randy Ryan - Last post by Keith Miller
Congrats, Angela!

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