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CLGC, Review of 2011 Season Local Clubs Reporting Accomplishments, News Sporting Events and Results
2011 Soaring Season Local Clubs: Relevant events, licenses, badges, new gliders Club Events that made a Difference Safety Considerations Membership
NISC (Northern IL Soaring Contest) After a slow start the local flying season was again quite successful. Submitted were a total of 135 flights over a total distance of 16,357 mi (raw) or over 100 mi per flight. Compared to the East Coast clubs, we had a strong weather season after mid-June Even without the Sky Memorial-Day contest contributing, the total stats are impressive, congrats to all participants
NISC Participation Number of flights, total mileage, number of pilots are all up vs. 2010. Weekday-flying was stronger than last year. Aggressive task-setting at CGC yielded more and longer flights (Thanks SH and BB) The NISC is alive and well and it seems to be quite unique in the US Soaring scene. John C. deserves loads of thanks for doing most of the scoring. (Applause please) Who won?
2011 NISC Results Score# of flightsName 1. 800024Kilian, Herb 2. 793811Cochrane, John 3. 758518Shakman, Michael 4. 67579Macys, Robert 5. 641817Dziedzic, Jan 6. 56466Borycki, Marek 7. 54377Akerley, Mark 8. 54367Eisenbeiss, Duane 9. 52788Ridenour, Neal 10. 48675Spitz, Bob 11. 47487Konrath, Ray 12. 22414Molidor III, Gerry 13. 22324Norton, Robert 14. 17392Russell, Jeff 15. 14032DeRosa, John 16. 9941Molidor, Gerry 17. 7831Ratajewski, Dariusz 18. 6721Watkins, Dale 19. 4921Weck, Geoff
Online Contest (OLC) More local pilots entered flights Our Region 7 quite a bit behind others in flights and distances entered Blackhawk Soaring in Iowa beat all Chicago Clubs, cant let that happen again! We are doing the fastest flights, however Stats for Region 7 only containing flights that originate in region Following are stats that I downloaded from the OLC results spreadsheets:
#PointsNamekmFlights 15,606.06Terry Edmonds (US)5,817.7730 25,191.05Herbert Kilian (US)4,901.8523 34,430.24Michael McGlothlen (US)4,189.5516 43,620.01Daniel Johnson (US)3,558.8824 53,288.69Steve Johnson (US)3,084.8917 63,283.34Curt Lewis (US)2,721.1416 73,020.37Don Gurnett (US)2,898.9810 82,933.60Ted Clausing (US)2,699.8312 92,661.54Barry Jaeger (US)2,611.0014 102,660.17Cochrane John (US)2,563.8910 112,314.25Christopher Prince (CA)2,053.608 122,138.34James Hard (US)1,292.057 132,068.10Kevin Ford (US)1,079.857 141,827.73Steve Kennedy (US)1,603.5214 151,275.19Mark Akerley (US)1,234.496 16889.26Leon Zeug (US)903.647 17861.32David Hoppe (US)757.124 18832.54Daniel Shallbetter (US)855.445 19703.98Tim Gossfeld (US)724.745 20698.95Robert Norton (US)634.574 All Flights OLC 2011
#PointsClubkmFlightsPilots 113,056.67Blackhawk Soaring Club12,906563 29,825.36Chicago Glider Club9,335434 37,846.39Wisconsin Soaring Society7,316445 44,343.41126 Association2,446164 54,254.79Cross Country Soaring4,239263 64,141.98Red Wing Soaring Assn.3,657222 73,620.01None (US / )3,559241 83,283.34Sylvania Soaring Adv (US )2,721161 92,774.68Minnesota Soaring Cl (US )2,743189 10740.14Sky Soaring, Inc (US / R7: IL602163 11592.84 Saint Louis Soaring (US / R7: IL75463 12336.29Black Hill Soaring Club (US36611 13161.83Association de Vol a Voile15611 1498.18APA American Polish Aero8311 2011 Best Club Region 7, OLC
US National Contests Seniors Contest, Clermont FL (R. Ridenour 8 th, Kroesch 12 th, Spitz 17 th, Macys 24 th ) total of 6 pilots from CGC Sports Class Contest, Benton TN (R. Ridenour 6 th ) 15 – m Class, Logan UT (Cochrane and Shakman) Pre-Worlds Uvalde, TX, Cochrane Some Regionals were also attended, have no details
Comments Regarding Logan UT Controversial contest with high number of comments from pilots Disturbing number of highly rated pilots left the contest, especially in Nationals. There were 3 damaged gliders, 2 of them pretty badly. Task calls by KS were very aggressive No thermals in the valley, had to go rock-polishing to make it up the mountain More relights than desirable, especially for water-ballasted ships Day starts very late (2-3 PM), lasts until around 7 PM Intimidating terrain, perceived out-landing options are scarce J. Cochrane and Duane Eisenbeiss did very well Organization was lacking, no retrieve office was established until John C. stepped in, CM was ineffective and inexperienced, no Port-a-Potties Local knowledge was more important than usual
Were the risks any greater than elsewhere? Perhaps; I didn't feel any more vulnerable flying along the ridge than usual, didn't have any close calls, and with some sensible planning it was always possible to reach a reasonable field for landing. But that's because I was flying in survival mode much of the time and not able to think much about competing, so I was making sensible rather than competitive decisions. There was some damage to a few gliders whose pilots knowingly carried on into bad weather over inhospitable terrain, but not necessarily more than would occur in a contest anywhere else. The real carnage was in the dwindling number of competitors as the contest went on. Mass landouts, late night retrieves and aggressive and inflexible tasking options relative to the actual weather conditions took their toll, and by the end of each competition a very significant proportion of the competitors had chosen to go home early, rather than risk becoming a statistic. From Tom Kelleys Blog (711)
The Logan 15m Nationals and Regional contest was by far the worst managed and most dangerous contest of the season. We were extremely lucky to get away from that contest with *only* 3 broken gliders and no serious injuries or fatalities. After the first contest day, my contest strategy changed to please let me leave this place with all my body and glider parts in the same order in which they arrived. They got just about everything wrong, with the topper being their decision to censor my commentary from the contest. Too bad they spent so much time getting wound up over my use of the Unlandable word and not enough time figuring out how to run a safe contest in the Logan soaring area. These guys really ought to get a life and enjoy the sport a little more ;-). My vote would be to never hold another nationals at Logan either – it is just too technical, and there are too many temptations to literally bet your life on the outcome of a tricky transition. it would be a great place for a soaring safari, with its spectacular scenery and great soaring potential, but not a good place for a serious contest. From Frank Paynters Blog (TA)
For more information, google Logan Contest on rec.aviation.soaring, also go to Frank Paynters blogs on soaringcafe.com where you can find comments from John Cochrane and Mike Shakman
Show some flight recordings, picture slides and video from Logan if time permits!