LSF Levels Achieved December 2008

LSF # Level 1st Name Last Name City State
8060 I Steve Gibson Houston TX
8061 I Jose Bruzual Queensbury NY
8062 I Robert Deis Peyton CO

New Aspirants = 4

LSF Levels Achieved November 2008

LSF # Level 1st Name Last Name City State
8057 I Claude Turner Visalia CA
8058 I Ron Krifchin Prescott AZ
8059 I Michael T Johnson Chesterfield MO

New Aspirants = 5

LSF Levels Achieved October 2008

LSF #

Level

1st Name

Last Name

City

State

8017

I

Adam C

Propst

Raleigh

NC

8018

I

Dan

Tandberg

Albuquerque

NM

8019

I

John P

Keal

Sarasota

FL

8020

I

Blayne

Chastain

Greeley

CO

8021

I

Brian

Pzukola

San Luis Obispo

CA

8022

I

Richard C

Johnson

Los Osos

CA

8023

I

Paul C

Perret Jr.

Metairie

LA

8024

I

Hogan

Nguyen

Batavia

IL

8025

I

Brian

White

Clovis

CA

8026

I

Brendan

Miller

Ballwin

MO

8027

I

Dennis

Clingan

Albuquerque

NM

8028

I

Jim

Blacketer

Grant-Valkaria

FL

8029

I

Thomas W

Cooke

Marina Del Rey

CA

8030

I

Don

True

Cedar Park

TX

8031

I

Paul

Gibson

RAYMOND Tce

NSW - Australia

8032

I

Brian

Lindsay

Warnes Bay

NSW - Austrailia

8033

I

Richard T

Rennecamp

Chesterfield

MO

8046

I

Sean Michael

Kaldahl

Elizabeth City

NC

8047

I

Michael

Lavelle

Farmingdale

NY

8048

I

Rudi

Oudshoorn

Bellmore

NY

8044

I

Ed

Anderson

Syosset

NY

8045

I

Jonathan P

Heritage

Davis

CA

8012

I

Tony

Bermudez

Round Rock

TX

8013

I

Rob

Davis

Mansfield

TX

8014

I

Dan

Edwards

Alexandria

VA

8015

I

David H

Forbes

Gainesville

FL

8016

I

Thomas

Shupe

Alachua

FL

8034

I

Steve

Boone

Walkerton

IN

8035

I

Gary

Ellington

Bakersfield

CA

8036

I

Dave

Hauch

Waterviliet

MI

8037

I

Cody

Remington

Louisville

CO

8038

I

Robert

Lewan

Lochbuie

CO

8039

I

Norman D

Poti

New Carlisle

OH

8040

I

Seth

Costello

Williamston

MI

8042

I

William B

Mims

Virginia Beach

VA

8049

I

William L

Cunningham

Maybee

MI

8050

I

Robert A

Samuels

St Louis

MO

8051

I

William F

Fife Jr.

Mission Hills

CA

8052

I

Paul

Crittenden

Ventura

CA

8053

I

Mark David

Gauding

Wentzville

MO

8054

I

Ed

Lawrence

Niceville

FL

8055

I

Ken

Sharp

Athol

MA

8056

I

Andrew

Meyer

Arlington Heights

IL

7935

II

Robert

Burson

Bristol

IN

7946

II

Henry

Bostick

Garland

TX

7890

II

Stan

Harris

San Antonio

TX

7968

II

John

Mears

Birmingham

AL

7974

II

Clay

Hollingsworth

Garden Grove

CA

7987

II

John

Spielman

Rancho Palos Verdes

CA

8007

II

Neal Stuart

Huffman

Warrenton

VA

8010

II

Kai

Yang

San Jose

CA

8012

II

Tony

Bermudez

Round Rock

TX

8035

II

Gary

Ellington

Bakersfield

CA

7925

III

Charles

Bair

Tullahoma

TN

7930

III

Johan

Carlson

Kristinehamn

SWEDEN

7951

III

Lee

Atchison

Louisville

KY

6635

III

Browne C.

Goodwin

Leander

TX

7848

III

Stanton D

Templeton

Bakersfield

CA

7897

III

Daniel  J

Ahearn

Highland Village

TX

7902

III

Glauco

Lago

Maryland Heights

MO

7965

III

Douglas E

Coleman

Richland

WA

7981

III

Ben

Hinkle II

Fresno

CA

7983

III

Chris

Lee

St Louis

MO

7987

III

John

Spielman

Rancho Palos Verdes

CA

8010

III

Kai

Yang

San Jose

CA

6011

IV

Lincoln

Ross

Maynard

MA

7365

IV

Art

Chmielewski

Chatsworth

CA

7852

IV

Philip L

Lutz

El Segundo

CA

7900

IV

David

Beach

Amherst

NH

7983

IV

Chris

Lee

St Louis

MO

6884

V

John

Berlin

Effingham

IL

New Aspirants = 78

LSF Levels Achieved February 2008

Level

LSF #

Name

Location

I

8011

Tod Anderson

Las Vegas, NV

I

8012

Tony Bermudez

Round Rock, TX

I

8013

Rob Davis

Mansfield, TX

I

8014

Dan Edwards

Alexandria, VA

I

8015

David Forbes

Gainesville, FL

I

8016

Thomas Shupe

Alachua, FL

II

7989

Kris Van Nostran

Melbourne, FL

IV

6974

Gary Fogel

La Jolla, CA

II

7956

Greg Klein

Watertown, SD

New Aspirants:  (14)

LSF Levels Achieved October 2007

Level

LSF Member

LSF #

State

IV

David Wrinkle

4088

OH

III

Dennis Hoyle

7847

MI

III

Lex Mierop

7873

CA

III

Lenny Strickland

7970

VA

II

Greg Stinson

7748

MN

I

Severn Green

8006

OH

I

John Marien

8005

NH

I

Neal Huffman

8007

VA

I

Michael Zavaleta

8008

NV

I

Keith Maddison

8009

AR

New Aspirants:  (11)

LSF Levels Achieved September 2007

Level

LSF Member

LSF #

State

II

Raed Elazzawi

7972

FL

II

Paul Emerson

7909

AZ

1

Stephen Leitgen

8000

MN

I

Cecil Davis, Jr.

8001

KS

I

Jared Wellman

8002

TX

I

Christopher Scutt

8003

PA

I

John Freeman

8004

TX

New Aspirants: (10)

LSF Levels Achieved August 2007

Salutes Guy Russo
New Level V #123

Level

LSF Member

LSF #

State

V

Guy Russo

838

ID

III

Parviz Kamiab

7934

CA

III

Andy Thonet

7764

CA

II

Lee Atchison

7951

KY

II

Jack Wallner

7967

MI

II

Jim Frahm

7955

WA

II

Keith Blair

6790

TX

II

Roger Byrd

7919

MD

II

Ben Hinkle II

7981

CA

II

Leif Pernstig

7931

Sweden

II

Kjell Svensson

7938

Sweden

II

Johan Carlson

7930

Sweden

II

Peter Wiman

7940

Sweden

I

Kay Olson

7998

Sweden

I

Rolf-Erik Blomdahl

7969

Sweden

I

Ken Eaton

7999

OR

New Aspirants: (18)

LSF Levels Achieved July 2007

Level

LSF Member

LSF #

State

IV

Michael McKibben

7720

MN

IV

James R. Smith

1849

CA

III

Regis White

7703

MD

III

Jeffrey Walters

7850

IL

II

Lex Mierop

7883

CA

II

Todd Jurhs

7945

AL

I

Keith Ebetoft

7997

VA

I

Scott Harter

7996

MI

New Aspirants: (11)

LSF Levels Achieved June 2007

Level

LSF Member

LSF #

State

IV

Major Anderson

7878

CA

IV

Douglas McIntosh

7881

CA

III

David Beach

7900

NH

III

Les Grammar

7300

WA

II

Lars Peereboom

7944

MI

II

Chris Lee

7983

MO

I

Sue Sayers

7990

ID

I

Gary Slocum

7988

CO

I

Kris VanNostran

7989

FL

I

William Newton

7994

NC

I

Dave Smallwood

7995

GA

I

Jamie Nancarrow

7991

Australia

I

Ian Purdue

7992

AK

I

Jerry Martin

7993

MI

New Aspirants: ( 5 )

LSF Levels Achieved May 2007

Level

LSF Member

LSF #

State

II

Leif Pernstig

7931

Sweden

II

Eric Hoffman

7954

CA

I

John Spielman

7987

CA

New Aspirants: ( 4)

LSF Levels Achieved April 2007

Level

LSF Member

LSF #

State

II

Michael Moreland

7933

TX

II

Dave Finberg

7908

CA

II

Peter Wiman

7940

Sweden

I

Jim Penland

7984

VA

I

Brian Carleton

7986

OH

I

Richard Compton

7985

AL

New Aspirants: (  8 )

LSF Levels Achieved January 2007

Level

LSF Member

LSF #

State

IV

Larry Pitts

1359

FL

III

Fred Lodden

7910

Australia

II

Michael Verzuh

7937

CO

I

Sean Costello

7982

MT

I

Joe Foster Jr.

7980

FL

I

Chris Lee

7983

MO

I

Ben Hinkle II

7981

CA

New Aspirants: ( 5 )

Tom Broeski's 8 hour flightMonthly Upgrades Archive

You work hard to progress through the program levels and your Board feels that you deserve more than a month on these pages.

To that end, we have recovered as many of the past Upgrade pages as possible and present them to you below.

It is our intent to keep a rolling 24 months of upgrade pages active on the website.

Congratulations to all achievers!

2010

2009

2008

2007

 

STATE COORDINATOR
Alabama Rob Glover
Alaska Pat Martin
California Merrill Brady
  Phil Lutz
  Bruce Allport
 

Larry Taylor

 

Ray Pili

Colorado Dr. Dan Williams
Delaware Bill Groft
Florida Jim MacLean
  Joe Foster
Illinois Ron Kukral
Iowa Frank Baldwin
Kentucky David Smith
  Ed Wilson
Michigan  
Minnesota

Augie McKibben

Wayne Norrie

Missouri Mark MIller
Montana Jim Crook
New Jersey Bob Crane
New Hampshire David Beach
Nevada Ray Di Noble
North Carolina Dick Proseus
Ohio Jim Carlton

 

Joseph Hochadel
  Skye Malcolm
 

Kevin O’Dell

Pennsylvania Bob Gumbert
  Denny Maize
  Reese Brock
Tennessee Herb Rindfleisch
Texas Dan Ahearn
  Steve Pepper
Utah Allan McKay
Virginia Percy Pierce
   
Washington Doug Russell
  Loren Steel
Wisconsin Steve Meyer
Wyoming Porter Dalton
   
International Coordinator
Canada Ann Tekatch
New Zealand David Griffin
Sweden

Lennart Anderson



ALABAMA

Rob GloverHuntsville, AL

North Alabama Silent Flyers

Rob Glover

Huntsville AL,

 

has shirt, likely needs shoes!!!

 

 

 


 

ALASKA

Pat MartinWasilla, Alaska

Pat Martin

LSF #3351 Level I

Pat got the flying bug at a very early age by riding around in his Dad’s Super Cub at the age of four before graduating to U-control models. For the past 37 years he has held his Commercial Bush-pilot Flight instructor position in Alaska. Pat says, “I fell in love with flying RC soaring models the day I rolled into my first thermal and it just kept climbing and climbing…”. He built a Sailair in 1978 and winch from spare parts while at Homestead, Alaska. He is active in local club contests and currently has an AVA, Super AVA, Supra, Blaster Photon II and Organic 2.5 SE in his hanger. Pat will work to promote the LSF cause in his local club and hope to make it to the LSF NATS someday.

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

CALIFORNIA

Merrill BradyDowney, California

SWSA

Merrill Brady

Merrill has been promoting the LSF, for years, more data to come.

Address: P.O. Box 39098, Downey CA 90239
Phone: (562)-927-2583




 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

El Segundo, CA

Phil LutzEl Dorado Silent Fliers

Phil Lutz

LSF Level III
1729 E Pine Ave #4
El Segundo, CA 90245-4456
(310) 640-9927

Phil Lutz has been flying RC aircraft for about five years, starting with glow powered planes before transitioning to slope soaring and now thermal duration TD.

His current hanger contains a 3 meter Topaz, 3.35 meter Moebius (see photo) and XP 4.5; 2 meter Allegro-Lite and a 3 meter EZ Bubble Dancer will soon joint his fleet.

Phil has been a member of the El Dorado Club for the past three years and looks forward to expanding and promoting LSF in the Southern California area. He has completed LSF Level III and looks forward to completing Level IV in the very near future.

Lutz is married with a 19 year old son (Richard). Phil holds the position of Vice President of Technology for a Financial Services Firm located in Los Angles with HQ in New York.

Rev. 5/4/06

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

North Hollywood, California

Bruce AllportSan Fernando Valley Silent Fliers (SFVSF)
Bruce Allport

LSF #7687

Radio control flight has fascinated me for as long as I can remember, and after enjoying control line and free flight, I was finally able to try R/C power in the late fifties with a little success. Inactive till the mid seventies, a friend gave me a foam fuselage, built-up wing Schleicher K-10 kit he had given up on. When the instructor looped it off the top of the first high-start launch I was hooked. It was kind of heavy and fast for a trainer, but I slowly learned between crashes. Then came two children to absorb all my free time.

I built a Paragon about 1979 but still had very little time to fly until the turn of the century (2000) when I began to get out to the field more regularly. Only then did that Paragon and I approach anything resembling competent flight, proudly achieving LSF Level II. Then my beautiful new AVA arrived, carrying me to Level III and hopefully beyond.

The idea of the five soaring achievement milestones promoted by LSF, where pilots compete with themselves for advancement, has great appeal. Everyone can win and grow at their own pace, and progress begins with the very first task!

As I continue to strive for my own advancement, I hope to encourage new aspirants to begin their growth in LSF and encourage long time soaring members whose flying skills may have plateaued, to begin to grow again.

Name of your local soaring club: San Fernando Valley Silent Flyers, http://www.rcsoaring.com/sfvsf/

Favorite aspect of soaring: Building, Flying, TD, Competition

What major soaring events have you attended: Visalia

Favorite sailplanes: Paragon, AVA

Family Information: Married 39 years, two kids 28 & 24.

Occupation: Architect with WET Design, the world’s premiere fountain designers http://www.wetdesign.com/

Address: 6103 Ensign Ave. North Hollywood, CA 91606

Phone: (D)818.769.6200 x354 (E)818.769.5771

 


 

Visalia, California

Larry TaylorCVRC Soaring

Larry Taylor

Personal data

Address:

Phone:




 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

San Diego, CA

Torrey Pines Gulls

Ray Pili

TPG Slope Coordinator/Safety Officer

Sloping since 2006/Bumping into Thermals since 2015

LSF 8304

http://www.torreypinesgulls.org/contact/

 

760-889-3644 (VM/Text)

  

San Diego is a wonderful location for an Aspirant to achieve their LSF Goals.  The Gulls have two thermal fields; Encinitas has the club winches (25 miles north of SAN), and Poway where the world famous International Hand Launch Glider Contest is held (25 miles east of SAN), and for the Slope enthusiast, Torrey Pines Gliderport.  Goal and Return tasks can be completed at the deserts to the east.  

  

The club offers yearly TD and DLG contest series.  These monthly contests makes it easy to participate in competition with the best RC Pilots in the Country.  Bimonthly LSF Attempt days and Gliderport Fun Flys are designed to provide a safe, supportive, and low pressure environment to accomplish LSF tasks. (http://www.torreypinesgulls.org/calendar/)

   


 

COLORADO

Dr. Danny C. Williams Broomfield, Colorado

Rocky Mountain Soaring Association

Dr. Danny C. Williams

LSF Level III

15880 Kingswood Drive
Colorado Springs, CO 80921

(H) 303-903-2291

Dr. Dan Williams started his love affair with soaring with a Thermic C in a land far, far away (1962) in a place called Azusa, CA. (That first Thermic C sailplane still hangs in his workshop). He started regularly flying R/C gliders In Southern California in 1977 and was exposed to full-scale soaring and his first ride back in 1968 (Crystal Air Glider Port).

Dr. Dan primarily flew slope until he was introduced to the LSF program. He started to do a little TD with the Silent Wings Association in Southern California and was actively working on his LSF tasks. He finished LSF Level II and almost finished Level III before taking a 9 year break in 1981 to attend Chiropractic College. He resumed flying again in 2000.

Dr. Dan is now very active in TD competition, and flying just about anything he can get his hands on. He enjoys the building process, flying TD, soaring competition, slope, scale, aero tow, HLG, park flyers, IMMAC, pattern, pylon and helicopters! What’s left?!?

He was President for three years with the Rocky Mountain Soaring Association, a current member of the Pikes Peak Soaring Society and also the Silent Wing Soaring Society in California.

Dr. Dan says, “I really enjoy helping people get into the LSF while working on my own LSF tasks.”

Name of your local soaring club?

http://www.rmsadenver.com

What major soaring events do you attend when able?

NATS, Visalia, SW Classic and Polecat Challenge. I also want to get back and fly some OVSS events, and then head the other way and fly some SC2 events also.

Name a couple of your favorite sailplanes:

The ICON, Ah the ICON, Then again there is the ICON, and finally my favorite is the ICON.

Occupation:
Chiropractor

Rev: 4/1/06


 

DELAWARE

Newark, Delaware

Silent Knights Soaring Society

Bill Groft

Personal Data.

119B Sandy Drive Newark, DE 19713

302-451-1088



FLORIDA

Melborne, Florida

Jim MacLeanIndian River Kontrol Society (IRKS)

Jim MacLean

The IRKS were founded in 1969 and have been in continuous operation ever since. It is mainly a power club but a number of us have been fanning the coals of sailplane flying and our club events usually draw about 25 to fly. We own a winch and retriever which I usually care for. Club membership is nearly 300.

I learned to fly radio control back in the days of escapements and B batteries (1959). Lots of lawns got mowed to buy equipment especially my first transistor receiver! That was a great day when the weight of batteries took a big drop. College interrupted flying for a while and, when I returned, proportional control had arrived! I flew pattern and sport for five years until full-scale became affordable. Flying lasted until wife, house, kids took over and I was grounded. In 1990 I was reintroduced to model flying and have been very active since. Pattern, sport, combat etc. kept me interested until some friends showed me the ropes with a sailplane and I got my first max in a contest. Now I fly mostly sailplanes and try to promote the same love of silent flight to any friend who shows interest. I have met many kind, helpful and very skillful people flying sailplanes and had a lot of fun at the various central Florida contests. I have almost completed Level 4. If you are close to Melbourne FL, let's chase some thermals together.

Personal Data.

James R. MacLean
2112 Parsons Ave. Melbourne, FL 32901
Phone: 321 727 3646



Ft. Walton Beach, FL

Joe FosterElgin AeroModellers

Joe Foster

Like many of us, Joe got his start in this hobby by building models airplanes as a kid. Joe remembers the fun of chewing Ambroid glue from his finger while wasting time in school wishing he was flying. He has built a number of kits including the perennial favorites as the Sig Riser 2M w/spoilers and a modified Gentle Lady w/spoilers which he calls his Spoiled Lady.

Joe flies in Northwest Florida (NWF) , home to many really great soaring fields and has agreed to be a LSF coordinator for a small but active group of soaring enthusiasts from several NWF clubs. Some of the fields are large enough to pursue Level III/IV goal and return task on the field.

Visitors to the area are invited to contact Joe for assistance in finding places to fly and scheduled contests and events.

LSF #7980

 


 
ILLINOIS

Chicago Land, IL

R. KukralSilent Order of Aeromodeling by Radio ( SOAR )

Ron Kukral

I started flying gliders 20 + years ago. I always enjoyed the soaring birds, and gliders looked like a fun way to get in the air cheaply (A Gentle Lady was less than $20 then). Living in Madison, IN. at the time, with no clubs around, I taught my self how to fly. The guys in SOAR will attest to the fact that I had a fool for a teacher and should have flunked out of flight school. In the early days I was a victim of the 1 in 10 rule. For every one minute in the air I spent 10 minutes repairing. I can still remember my first thermal. My Dad and I were out flying on a Sunday morning. I kept circling and circling, not losing any altitude as I was prone to do. I looked at my Dad and said "Something's wrong, the plane won't come down, what do I do?"

My soaring ability and enjoyment really took off (sorry for the pun) when I moved to the Chicago area. I met Dan Pruss at the Toledo Show, and he put me in touch with the guys in SOAR.

SOAR uses three different fields for fun flying, with our central field used for contests. On any given weekend you can always find someone flying at one of the fields. Whenever two SOAR members start flying at the same time, there is an impromptu contest: all up last down, F3J with winches, landing for dollars, you name it.

SOAR is a competitive club, and the challenge is to keep up with the pack or get left on the ground, so to speak. The help and encouragement of the club (and fear of getting left behind) has really improved my skill. I am working on my LSF Level IV, needing only my goal and return to be able to send the voucher in. Being part of SOAR and the LSF has increased my enjoyment of the hobby along with my skill level. Besides, the LSF bunch, and SOAR are a great group of friends and fun to be around.

Address: 524 Wellington Ct, New Lenox, IL 60451

Phone:815-462-0275


IOWA

Frank BaldwinAmes, IA

Eastern Iowa Soaring Society

Frank Baldwin

506 NE 6th Street Ankeny, IA 50021

515-963-7748

Frank holding plane

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  


  

KENTUCKY

David SmithLexington, KY

Bluegrass Soaring Society

David Smith

1998 Spirit of Soaring
VERSAILLES, KY

Phone: 859-879-2147

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Louisville, KY

Ed WilsonLouisville Area Soaring Society

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2002-2004 LSF Vice President;

Contest Director Louisville "Mid South";

Keeper of the "LSF Stuff"

Address: 5308 Sprucewood Dr; Louisville, KY 40291

Phone:502-239-3150

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

MICHIGAN

 LOOKING FOR A VOLUNTEER!!!! 

 

 


MINNESOTA

McKibbenElk River, MN

Minnesota RC Soaring Society

Augie McKibben

I’ve been building models and flying some on and off for most of my life. I left the sport of RC soaring for about fifteen years only to come back to it in 2001. I’ve tried power, helicopters, cars and boats, all of which are interesting, but I have found that I really only love RC soaring.

I’m currently working on my LSF Level IV tasks and contest requirements and hope to have Level IV completed by the end of the 2006 flying season.

A couple of seasons ago I built a Harley Michaelis’ Genie. I love this glider! While I really enjoy building, I wanted to get into full house gliders. Harley’s design allows me to do both. I am now building a Genie Pro which should be ready to fly this spring.

I’ve been past President of the Minnesota RC Soaring Society, AMA Contest CD and look forward to supporting the LSF program as a new Club Coordinator. The LSF/AMA NATS are something I really look forward to each July and definitely is the highlight of my summer activities!

Good lift!

Augie McKibben

LSF Level III

Minnesota
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Rochester, Mn

 

Wayne Norrie

 


 

I didn’t start flying RC sailplanes, or any anything for that matter, until I was into my 40’s. There is something special to me about sailplanes and I am drawn to them. Every flight presents its own unique set of challenges and opportunities but the pilot needs to be able to correctly read the signs in order to take advantage of them. Participating in the LSF program has given me goals to work towards and it has caused me to seek out other soaring pilots. I started the Rochester Soaring group so local area soaring pilots would have a place to fly with other. I want to promote LSF so that I, and my fellow pilots, can grow and continue to learn the art that is called soaring.

Wayne Norrie  LSF Level I


 Missouri

St. Louis

mailto:mark@isthmusmodels.com?subject=LSF InformationMississippi Valley Soaring Association

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LSF, Level III

Isthmus Models
1353 Richland Meadows Drive
Baldwin, MO 63021

314-540-2290 Cell/Isthmus Models

636-220-8373 Home

Mark Miller started flying control line as a 12 year old in the back yard and progressed through many models through the years but was most impressed by the Fox Buzzard 144 sailplane that his father built. Having seen the beauty and grace of sailplane he started flying RC Sailplanes in 1976 using a Mark's Models Wanderer. Since there were no clubs in the Northern New Jersey area at the time he was basically a lone pilot who taught himself to fly and repair broken planes.

Progressing through a Windward, Javelin, Bird of Time until he bought a Hobie Hawk which sealed his fate as a lover of sexy sailplane shapes. After taking some years off to raise a family consisting of daughter Rebecca and son Brendan he rediscovered sailplanes after moving to Minneapolis in 1996 and finding a flyer for MRCSS at a local hobby shop. He quickly found that passion he once had for the hobby and dove in head first. He spent a term as VP of MRCSS before moving to Madison, Wisconsin where he met his future wife Susan.

In 2000 he opened Isthmus Models to manufacture and sell high quality sailplane kits and accessories. In 2007 he and his family moved to Ballwin Missouri, a suburb of St. Louis where he became a member of MVSA and is currently equipment coordinator with that club.

Mark is currently a Level III LSF member and has been a consistent supporter of the LSF NATS and many local LSF functions. His journey through the LSF tasks has enhanced his enjoyment of the hobby and brought him closer to the other members of LSF. His son Brendan, who has just started to fly sailplanes, is currently working on his Level I tasks and has shown rapid progress with the skills needed to be a top notch pilot.


MONTANA

Jim CrookMissoula, MT

No Club

Jim Crook

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NEVADA

Ray DiNobleLas Vegas, NV

Las Vegas Soaring Club

Ray DiNoble

Began soaring with the Greater Detroit Soaring & Hiking Society in the late 1970's. Completed LSF Level IV tasks in Michigan. Retired from Ford Motor Company (Engineering Manager) in 1997 and moved to Las Vegas Nevada. Joined the Las Vegas Soaring Club. Club membership 35 - 40 members. Accomplishments in Las Vegas: Two years as Newsletter editor, volunteered as LSF Club Coordinator (1998), Safety Officer and Flight Instructor. Contest travels include California and Arizona.

LSF 4096, Level IV

Phone: (702) 254-7911

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

NEW HAMPSHIRE

Granite Glider Guiders

http://www.granitegliderguiders.org

David BeachDavid Beach
LSF # 7900
Level IV

After a twenty-plus year hiatus, David returned to R/C sport flying in 1998. His interest in soaring intensified after joining the Granite Glider Guiders in 2004. He was able to see first-hand what thermal duration soaring was all about. David was hooked right away, and now enjoys both sport and contest soaring.

David attended his first soaring NATS in 2007 and achieved some notoriety by flying a Multiplex Easy Glider in the 2-meter competition. Neither the plane nor pilot was competitive, but everyone enjoyed David’s efforts.

At home he has access to a great soaring site in southern New Hampshire where guests and visitors are welcome. Contact David to arrange for an opportunity to enjoy this beautiful flying site, as access to the field is gated.

Contact:
David Beach
25 Simeon Wilson Road
Amherst, NY 03031
(603) 801-6951
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NEW JERSEY

Bob CraneWayne, New Jersey

Sussex County Thermal Sniffers

Bob Crane

Bob Crane has been active in model aviation for over 50 years and has been flying sailplanes since 1970. His past favorite sailplane models include the Graupner Cirrus, Amigo, Craft-Air SD 100 and Mirage. His current favorites are the Super Ava, Bubble Dancer, 2M Allegro-E and Bass Flyer.

Bob began his LSF involvement back in 1970. He learned to fly as a member of the Tidewater Model Soaring Society in Norfolk, VA and currently belongs to the Sussex County Thermal Sniffers, a sailplane/electric club. Club members fly at a sod farms located in Pine Island, NY.

Bob says, “I am looking forward to working with my fellow club members to encourage and mentor them in the LSF program.”

LSF 186

 

 

 




 

NORTH CAROLINA

Dick ProseusWilson, NC

Down East Soaring Society

Dick Proseus

I began flying R/C in 1960 and sailplanes about 1975. Most of my early soaring experiences took place with the Rocket City RC club in Huntsville, AL. They helped me hone my contest skills. Even after these many years I continue to learn and find new facets of the hobby to enjoy. It has given me may friends up and down the East coast. The achievement programs are a good way to give direction to one's soaring activities. I completed level V of the LSF program in 1993, the Diamond level of the Canadian Soaring Society program in 1997, and the Great Lakes HLG Wings program in 1997. My most recent activity has been in aerotowing. I am currently helping to build a tow plane so activity can occur more often in the Wilson, NC area.

Address: 905 Lakeside Drive, Wilson, NC 27896

Phone: 336-599-9266 (W) 252-291-8598 (H)

 

 

 

 

 

 


 OHIO

 

Jim Carlton

200 Granger Rd Unit 85

Medina, OH 44256

330-668-3839

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Growing up in the airline industry, I have always been fascinated by flight! Ever since building my first stick and tissue model with my father as a youngster and seeing our hard work fly away, free flight, I knew aviation was in my blood.  I have been involved with R/C soaring since 1983, when I received my first radio as a gift. Shortly after I built a CG Gentle Lady and spent many hours hand throwing it in the park until I got up the nerve to find a local pilot to help me launch. My first Hi-Start launches were wonderful and hooked me deep into soaring! From the days of hooking a string to a Guillows 15 cent glider to today flying large X-Country ships, Thermal Duration winch, Hi-Start and electric assisted, F3K (DLG) to slope combat and PSS, anything soaring will get my attention.  Being a charter member of the Buckeye Soaring Society, current member of the North Coast Soaring Association as well as participant in many AMA/LSF NATS and as well as numerous local, regional and national contests, I heartily endorse the LSF program and SAP and will glad to be a contact for the Northeastern Ohio area.  Our area is very active in all areas of soaring, primarily slope, TD, DLG and electric launched thermal flying.

 


 Dayton, OH

Joseph A. HochadelDayton ARea Thermal Soarers (DARTS)

Joseph A. Hochade

LSF #7737

I've been flying RC for about 7 years and sailplanes for past 3 years. My primary interests are now thermal duration and slope soaring. I think that the LSF program is great and I encourage all that I meet to get involved.

4201 Sunbeam Ave.
Beavercreek, OH 45440

Phone: (937)431-0760



Mid Ohio

Mid Ohio Soaring Society (MOSS)

Skye Malcolm

 Skye has been gluing sticks into the form of a sailplane since he was a kid.  At the time he was not aware of clubs in his area so he tried to teach himself to fly (and crash).  It wasn't really until he joined a sailplane club as a "grown up" that his flying buddies could help him crack the code of how you get a pesky glider to stay up in the sky.

 If you meet Skye at the field you're equally likely to find him flying, scoring a contest, or helping a new flier with his plane as he attempts to share the "soaring bug" with others.  He's also been known to drive a few hours just to go slope soaring or attend a contest, so be careful because his soaring addiction might be contagious.

 

 3846 Overdale Drive

Upper Arlington, OH 43220
Phone: 937.309.9869
 

 


 


PENNSYLVANIA

Robert C. Gumbert (Bob)Murrysville, PA

Murrysville Area Soaring Society

Robert C. Gumbert (Bob)

LSF 6450

Address: 429 Valley View Drive, Monroeville, PA 15146-1207

Phone: (412) 372-0573

 

 

 

 

 


 

Landisburg, PA

Denny MaizeBAR/CSS (Broken Arrow R/C Soaring Squadron)

Denny Maize

- I'm President of the world famous BAR/CSS (Broken Arrow R/C Soaring Squadron) We are an AMA and ESL club and always have new guys who never quite seem to get around to sending for the paperwork, etc. Maybe if I can stick it in their hand it will get them moving. Owner of Polecat Areoworks, one super dude as well.

Address: RD #1 BOX 768., Landisburg, PA 17040

Phone: (717) 789-0146

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  



Pittsburgh, PA

Reese BrockMars Club
Tri State Soaring
Steel City Soarers

Reece Brock

Here I sit at a contest in Cincinnati, as usual having a good time with good friends. Let me help you on your road to soaring. I live and work in the Pittsburgh area, and support a number of clubs in the local area.

Address: 903 Dale Road.
Bradfordwoods, PA 15015

Phone: (724) 935-3863

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



TENNESSEE

HerbTullahoma, TN

Coffee Airfoilers of Tullahoma

Herb Rindfleisch

LOVES Ice Cream !

Address: 106 INGLEWOOD CIRCLE; TULLAHOMA, TN 37388

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  


TEXAS

Dan AhearnDallas, TX

Soaring League of North Texas

Dan Ahearn

LSF 7897

After a few brief trials with RC soaring over the years, a Christmas present brought me back into the hobby a few years ago. I spend a few months plowing aimlessly through the skies of North Texas and managed to hook a few thermals and have been hooked ever since. I'd never flown with anyone much less been to a contest, so after reading about all the activity on the Internet, I headed out to my first contest at SLNT.

It was a humbling experience when I showed up with my little Spirit Elite that Fall day, but I had a blast and the guys in the club, many of whom have over 30 years of experience, were very helpful. I soon found myself looking forward to our contest schedule and a year later my quiver includes the XP-4, Sapphire, Artemis and a newly ordered Ava.

New to LSF as well, I've found the program structure an excellent means to work on the fundamentals.

2704 Hillside Drive
Highland Village, TX 75077

Phone: 469.585.0686




Haskell, TX

Steve PepperTexas Chief's Model Airplane Club

Steve Pepper

LSF 7326

I am a member of the Texas Chief's Model Airplane Club of Haskell, Texas. I have been a modeler for about 10 years, beginning in my early 40's. Starting in RC power and evolving more and more into TD sailplanes.

I have completed Level 4 LSF. I have enjoyed traveling and meeting other modelers competeing in 2 NAT's, several trips to Dallas for the TNT, and one trip to Visalia.

Biggest complaint? "Business interfering with pleasure."

Box 241
Knox City, Texas 79529

Phone: 940-658-3458

 

 


 Leander, TX

Browne GoodwinSoaring Club: Austin Silent Flyers

www.austinsilentflyers.org

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LSF Level II

I’ve been involved in R/C Soaring since the early 1990's, starting with the Soaring Union of Los Angeles and the Malibu R/C Soaring Society. I built and flew free flight gliders during high school and college in the 1950's, and came back to gliders a few years after my son was born.

During that time, I served as Contest Chairman of both California clubs, and in various other officers including President and Vice President. I was very active in all types of thermal contests in southern California, and was the founding Chairman of the Southern California Soaring Clubs Hand Launch Glider series.

I started with LSF in the 1990's, and completed my Level I in California. After moving to Texas in 2002, I got involved with a few soaring pilots in the Austin area, and assisted in organizing the Austin Silent Flyers club, serving as its first President. Since I was the only AMA CD in the club, I took over as Contest Chairman during the club's second year, and have remained in that position ever since.

While in Texas I flew in contests all over the state, as well as in Arizona, Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia, Illinois, and Indiana (the NATS and the Masters of Soaring). I have helped organize an interclub series of contests among clubs from Austin, San Antonio, Houston, and Dallas, which is expected to continue.

6601 Acacia Dr.
Leander, TX 78641



 

 

 

  


 

UTAH

Allan McKaySalt Lake City area, UT

Intermountain Silent Flyers

Allan McKay

LSF 3540

I have flown for over fifty-two years, my first good radio was a brick (Kraft). My first sailplane was an OLY II and I sold it after three years to move up to a Sailaire. I am now on my third and love this lazy plane. I also fly an Artimus an excellent open class ship that can help me achieve Level V.

I will promote the LSF program vigorously as this is the best way to get pilots over the fear of flying in competition and promote the sport of sailplaning.

4317 Bennion Rd
Taylorsville UT 84119

Phone: 801-968-1711



VIRGINIA

Percy PierceSuffolk,VA

TMSS

Percy Pierce

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Address: 1828 Pitchkettle RD; Suffolk, VA 23434

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Vienna, VA

Skip SchowCapital Area Soaring Association (CASA)

Skip Schow

The attached picture is all I have > handy, taken when I was working with one of the USMA (I graduated "59) teams at the recent AIAA college competition at Pax River NAS. The aircraft is electric powered, but at least I'm wearing an LSF t-shirt.

Address: 8170 Electric Ave, Vienna, VA 22182

Phone: (703) 698-7422 (leave msg)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  


  

WASHINGTON

Doug RussellSpokane, Washington

Inland Empire Soaring Society (IESS)

Doug Russell

LSF# 7745, Level I

"I've been flying R/C for over 12 years. I started in gas, but now mostly gliders. I still own 1 gas (tow) plane. I got into slope gliders first about 3 years ago and got hooked. I now have several slope planes from foam to scale, HL gliders, and thermal duration ships. I did say HOOKED? The picture shows me just before tow in a Schweizer 262 in the Las Vegas desert."

Address: (NONE)

Phone: 534-2677


NOTE: Check this site out, they have a wonderful LSF page that should be a model for all clubs..GREAT WORK !!

LSF Info page
Member Standings Page Seattle, Washington

  


  

Seattle Area Soaring Society (SASS)

Loren SteelLoren Steel

LSF# 7804, Level I

"Although I am relatively new to R/C soaring, my heart has been in it since the day, as an eleven year old, I watched my all-balsa hand launch glider get lost behind the biggest thunderhead imaginable. In the 40-something years since then, various factors of life prevented my return to soaring… until I discovered the Seattle Area Soaring Society (SASS).

A number of SASS members have helped me enjoy R/C soaring much more than I would if I tried it on my own. In particular, I am grateful to have a mentor/coach who taught me to build and fly sailplanes and has become a very good friend. As a soaring neophyte it is clear to me that association with seasoned pilots is the only way to improve my skills as a pilot and as a builder. The LSF Soaring Accomplishments Program offers a well recognized structure for flying skills improvement and seems to be the right fit for people like me as well as the more seasoned pilots.

A bad day of flying is better than… almost anything else. Sharing it with others magnifies its enjoyment."

Address: 11804 NE 103rd Place, Kirkland, WA 98033

Phone: (425) 827-7583

 

 


 

WISCONSIN

Steve MeyerRacine, Wisconsin

SOAR, Chicago, IL

Steve Meyer

Level IV

Steve Meyer is a familiar face at the AMA/LSF Soaring Nationals each year and a welcome addition to the LSF program as a Club Coordinator.

Back in 1986 he built and flew a Wanderer 2M and attained LSF Level I with that model. In fact, Steve still has that model and flew it in the 2006 NATS but retired that model and is now on display in the rafters of his shop.

Other favorite models have been the Erasure X-Treme, Airtronics Legend, and a molded Emerald which he took top honors at the well known 2000 Mid South soaring competition and first in Hand Launch piloting a Logic. Steve also flew a SBXC to complete his LSF Level V cross country task at the 2006 NATS Cross Country event.

Steve is also a capable hand launch pilot and has owned and flown such models as Orbiter 2, Monarch D, Logic, X-Terminator and XP-3.

He has participated in every NATS since 1999 and was official LSF scorekeeper at NATS from 2001-2004. Currently he has officially completed LSF Level IV and working on Level V tasks. Steve needs only to complete his 8 hr slope and three contest wins to finish LSF Level V!

He has lived in Lake County Illinois for 44 years and now resides in Racine Wisconsin.

  


 

WYOMING

Porter DaltonCody, Wyoming

Big Horn Basin R/C Flyers

Porter Dalton

LSF #551 Level III

Porter Dalton has been flying sailplanes since the early 70’s and enjoys soaring with other club members from the Big Horn Basin R/C Flyers. Porter is currently LSF Level III with just a couple more tasks to complete before completing Level IV.

Porter likes to kit build during the cold, windy Wyoming winters and maintains a fleet of sailplanes which includes a Sagitta 900, Bird of Time, Mirage, 2M Sig Riser and a nice looking Astro Jeff (right).

 

 

 

 

 

  


  

Country Coordinators

CANADA

Ken Norris

 

Southern Ontario Glider Group Inc. (SOGGI)

Ann Tekatch LSF#8214, Level I

 

I was introduced to radio controlled planes in the mid 90's when my astronomy club began using a local power club's flying field at night for astronomical observing. As soon as I discovered that radio controlled gliders existed, I had to have one! I built a Gentle Lady from a kit and learned to fly it with a (messy) Cox engine power pod. Not long after that, I joined the Southern Ontario Glider Group and began learning to soar in earnest.

 

I stepped away from the hobby for a time after my daughter was born. In 2010, I retired from my job as a commercial insurance broker and I reconnected with my friends at SOGGI. I have been flying regularly for the past 2+ years and just recently completed my Level I LSF. My fleet consists of various balsa sailplanes as well as a homemade (not by me) Lighthawk DLG. One day, I hope to own one of those beautiful, molded, Euro-trash sailplanes and compete in F3J contests like a big girl.

 

My friends at SOGGI and I hope to raise the profile of radio controlled soaring and the LSF in Canada. We invite you to visit our website for details of our activities.

  


 

NEW ZEALAND

David Griffin

 

NZ Model Aeronautical Association

Aucklandsoar Club

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LSF member since 1992.  Level 2.
Soaring since 1974 and still loving it.  Represented nz at F3J worlds in 2012 and 2014, placing 6th in 2014.
Currently flying thermal duration off both winch and electric and scale via aerotow and electric.

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SWEDEN

RC Soaring - Sweden

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I am 54 years old and have been a model flyer almost all of my life. I am married and have two children, one girl and one boy and I work as an electrician in a mine in south Sweden.

In the beginning, I was about 10 years old, it was freeflight and control-line models. Around 1975 I started with RC-soaring and I have been flying sailplanes all the time since then. I think that some time around 1978-79 I came in contact with LSF and started to fly for level 1. I have LSF member number 3448 and I am almost ready with level 4.

Almost all of my time as a soaring pilot I have been at a lot of competitions, between 10-20 competitions per year. I have been Swedish Champion two times ( 1981 and 2003 ). I fly HLG, DLG, thermal soarers, F3J-soarers, F3F-models and Scale models. I am also active in the local Model club where I live.

In Sweden we started with RC-soaring around 1970 and the interest for it has been up and down. For the moment I think that it is on its way up again. There are many "Sunday flyers", but also a lot of competition flyers in F3B, F3J, F3K, and also Scale, both slope and aerotowing. I hope that I can get people interested in the LSF, I think that there is a interest to fly with a "goal".

Lennart Andersson

Hasthagevagen 6
Hammar Orebro Ian S-696 74
Sweden

Telephone: 0046-583 770 625
Fax: 0046-583 770 007

 

 

This page is dedicated to those LSF Members that have a little trouble interpreting the rules on the Soaring Accomplishments Program Voucher.

Here we have tried to make the proper interpretations of the rules, intent and spirit on which the LSF was founded. If you are having a problem with any of the above , please read on, as the issue has probably been covered.

 


 

Alpine Soaring and the Thermal Tasks

As an aspirant in the program, I am specifically wondering how mountain soaring, aka "slermalling" aka "alpine soaring," are considered for the purposes of LSF tasks. For example, earlier today I was flying off a slope overlooking a large canyon where the vast majority, and sometimes only, lift was coming from thermals, though there was some weak slope lift present right at the lip, when a thermal blew through for example. Would it be legitimate for me to complete my thermal duration tasks under such conditions?

I do not ask because I am unethical, or seeking an easy way around the tasks, but mainly because there's literally no organized TD flying in my town and no interest in pursuing it. Everyone here flies slope, and there is some (limited) interest in the type of mountain soaring I'm talking about, though most people seem to prefer not to have to risk their models to the vagaries of mountain thermals and the possiblity of a long and difficult retrieval.

So, my question is: when there is no flat field thermalling available to you, can mountain soaring in thermals count towards your TD tasks for the LSF?

LSF Response

Please note that the Soaring Achievement Program separates slope soaring and thermal soaring both in spirit and intent. Thermal soaring implies flatland soaring as opposed to using the "mechanical" lift found at the slope. Now let's go to the rules ...

The Thermal Duration requirements (Section 7) on the LSF website (http://www.silentflight.org/lsf-program/lsf-tasks states:

"Section 7- Thermal Duration Flight

A thermal duration flight commences at the time of release from the end of towline or at release of hand launch. The distance from the extreme end of towline, at the winch, hi-start hold-down, towman, vehicle, or towline return device to the attach point at the model shall be no more than 300 meters (984.3 feet). Tow men and vehicles shall be limited to a maximum of sixty (60) seconds from launch to towline release. Towing by means of aircraft or other airborne devices is expressly forbidden.

A flight shall be deemed a thermal duration flight if, in the opinion of the pilot and witnesses, the lift being used to remain aloft is primarily attributable to thermal activity. Termination must be with a landing within 200 meters (656.2 feet) of the launch point, which is the point at which the model first become airborne."

So filtering your question through the above, if the opinion of you and your witnesses is that the primary source of lift is from thermals and not slope lift (2nd paragraph), then alpine thermalling can qualify for your TD tasks (in the letter of the law).

I will say that most people I know in the program achieved their thermal tasks in a flatland venue, not in an alpine environment. That may be due to interpretations of the rules or the lack of alpine sites.

As the tasks get longer, the "primarily attributable to" phrase takes on more meaning ... during an 8 hour slope flight, I'm sure most of the Level V's took some time to thermal, just to give them a break from figure 8's at eye level at the slope.

At the end of the day, the Soaring Achievement Program is one of personal milestones set against a standard that has held up for 35 years. Those participating in and advancing through the program can take away the fact that they are traveling a path shared by many notables in the hobby ... it's all about the journey and the friends you make and maintain along the way.

 


 

LSF Opinion On Contests That May Not Meet Recognized Contest Test

Due to some recent questions on the R/C Soaring Exchange (RCSE), an email soaring exchange, about LSF Recognized Contests, the following are the official interpretations of the LSF board:

In order for a contest to be in the Spirit of LSF, it must be open to all flyers, with no exclusions for LSF level, experience or prior contest achievement. It must have sufficient individual "Participants", not entries, to match the criteria for the level you are working on.

Separate airplane classes are considered separate contests. An overall of all classes may be used instead as long as there are a sufficient number of individual flying "Participants" to meet the criteria for the level you are working on. Three or more scored rounds are required.

 


 

October 3, 2001

Several weeks ago, there was a discussion on RCSE, from a few fellas on the East coast, about the what the "Minimum of six contests required"; statement on the front of the Soaring Accomplishments Program Voucher really meant.

One fella, was convinced, that you could put only your best 6 out of however many contest you flew, and another group of guys, were convinced that you could list as many as you needed, but a minimum of 6, and a seperate sheet of paper to accumulate the required points for what ever Level you were working on.

I was asked to make an interpretation on the matter, in which I did, which caused even a little more grief for some of those involved.

The Interpretation that I made was: that one had to have a minimum 6 contests on the voucher, but could continue to accumulate points on a seperate sheet of paper attached to the voucher.

This interpretation was incorrect!! I apologize to all parties concerned; After conferring with a number of past presidents, and a number of older LSF Level V Aspirants ( You know the ones, the ones that were flying when main street was dust); after reviewing the bylaws and the reverse side of the Soaring Accomplishments Program Voucher, the following interpretation will now stand as a precedent:

A, "Minimum of six contests required" on the voucher face., and only your six best Contests will be listed for whatever you need to achieve the points required for that Level.

Listed on the back of the voucher under the Events; you will find ..." or the Competition Points System, where a minimum total of competition points from any six (6) contests may be used.""

What does this mean? You can not do the 20 year add em up as was discussed earlier,. You put your 6 best out of however many contests it takes. The intent here is to get you off your duff, and out from the club field to other places, bigger contests, and meet new people.

This ruling is consistent with what was intended by the founders and is the same path that people like Dan Pruss and many others have followed including myself.

 


 

July 19, 2001

There apparently is some confusion about what really defines an LSF Contest for the proposes of LSF Points and/or an LSF Contest Win. Evidently, there are those, who are not following the intent, nor the design of the Aspirant Program, as the rest of the United States or the world for that matter. The SOARING ACCOMPLISHMENTS PROGRAM of the LEAGUE OF SILENT FLIGHT, is a personal achievement program, based on a witness and honor system. To read in between the lines of the rules as stated on the back of the voucher, is only self serving, and a disrespect for those who have walked the path before you.

When a voucher is receive by the Secretary, he or she will validate it, by checking signatures, contests scores and alike. With access to the internet, this task becomes easier than ever before.

The LSF Board in not the LSF Police !!; but we do make a reasonable attempt to verify each and every aspirant form, and if we think there is an issue, the form is returned, with the appropriate explanation.

Lately there has been some confusion, about what makes up an LSF Contest, although the rules are clear, in Section 11 on the back of the Aspirant Form, The board will offer the following definitions and discussion to establish what is a recognized contest.

1. Event - The gathering of folks to fly model airplanes, to compete against each other, for fun , " skill improvement", and the meeting of other people. The basic foundation, on which the LSF was formed.

2. Contest - A task or series of tasks, at the Event, "performed by the same participants together", within a given time period, designed to perpetuate a ranking of the participants (Contestants), or the folks that came to the event. A contest within a contest would be, for LSF purposes, a classification ...

3. Classifications - Very similar to a contest, when used in an Event, where participants are segregated into groups of like fliers, or airplane types, "open to all contestants". Those Flying in a particular class for LSF points must meet the requirements of section 11 within each classification.

4. Rounds - The individual tasks flown, that make up the contest. there must be at least 3, within the contest to make a valid LSF contest.

5. Tasks - That work that is performed by all contestants, within a contest, such to perpetuate a ranking of said contestants.

With the above being said, If you have a 2-day Event, and the contests are designated as 2-day , be it (RES, NOS, UNL, 2-M,) or open (with a Master, Sportsman, Novice type), classifications, and the contests are designated as a 2-day contest, you can not count 1 day, or 1/2, of the contest for LSF points and/or a LSF win.

If you have a 2-day Event, and designate single day contests contained within, then you have 2 opportunities to score LSF points and/or an LSF win. Additionally, if there is a Hi-Point Overall Designation, then there is a 3rd opportunity for LSF points and/or win.

End of year or season, Club or Organizational Point Championship Series awards will not be considered for LSF points or wins.

This should clear up any misconceptions of the intent of the rules. This is not open for reinterpretation.

 


 

June 27, 2001

I entered the Whiz Bang Contest in Any town, USA . This AMA sanctioned two day contest is sponsored each year by the Hot Air Soaring Society. The contest was held on Saturday, June 25 and Sunday, June 26, 2001. There were 3 classifications - Open, RES and Gray Cup. I entered in gray cup. At the end of scoring on Saturday, I was in first place Gray Cup. Gray cup had 20 entrants, Saturday's contest had 4 rounds (opportunities to score) and was classified as a thermal duration contest. My interpretation of section 11 on the LSF blue sheet indicates that I have met the LSF V criterion of a win - all contestants must compete at the same location on the same date.

This generated a hornets nest of dialog with some LSF'ers saying that I had earned my win, while others said that I hadn't because it was a two day contest. (I came in second in Gray Cup over the two days). Individuals, implied that there has been precedence already set that allows the winner of the first days event to claim a win. Others, like (the CD) say no, because it was a two day event, and I did not win the overall contest.


The Official LSF position on your query.

Your interpretation of section 11 for the contest win is not valid for 2 reasons.

1. This Contest was defined by the event organizers and/or the Contest Director as a 2-Day Contest.

(A). You can not claim a Contest Win with 1/2 the Contest finished.

(B). There is no such precedence on record.


2. The Class you were flying in; "Gray Cup" is a "Restricted Class", restricted to those >60 years of age.

(A). Even though you had the 20 contestants, this win would not be permitted unless everyone in the entire contest was over age 60.

(B). This Precedent was set 2 years ago; when some people tried to run an LSF Level V contest, excluding Level V people from competing thus guaranteeing a contest win.

(C). Open and RES classes are not considered "Restricted Classes".

 


 

June 19, 2001

I am doing some research and wondered how F3J contest points would be accumulated for LSF points. Specifically I am interested in the impact (or not) of the fly offs. Do you calculate the points based on the qualifying scores or some other method? Thanks - Jim Monaco

The Official LSF position on your query.

1. An F3J event / contest is comprised of:

(A). Qualifying Contest. "Qualifier"

(B). Final Contest. "Fly-Off"

The final contest is not considered a restricted contest, because, all the contestants from the qualifier had the opportunity to compete in this contest.

2. Referring to Section 11, of the Soaring Accomplishments Program of the League of Silent Flight, Items "A'; "B"; and "C" :

(A). The "Qualifier" will count as a LSF Contest provided it that meets all of the referred to criteria, and / or

(B). The "Fly-Off" will count as an LSF Contest provided that it meets all of the referred to criteria.

The unfortunate part is, typically, most "Fly-offs " are only 2 rounds, however if there are 3 rounds, it may be counted as a separate contest.

LSF will provide trophies, as shown below, at cost plus shipping to clubs who run any LSF Task oriented event. LSF will also recognize Task Days and post them on our Events Page. The main purpose of task days is to provide help to LSF members in attaining various LSF tasks. We will provide trophies or merchandise to sponsoring club at cost plus shipping.

Arrangements will be made to announce either of the above event types on the LSF Events Web Page with announcements of 30 words or less, if this information reaches LSF 2 months prior to the event.

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Awards are LSF Glass Mugs by Glass Graphics. The cost will include " Your " special engraving. The Mugs are " Specially priced " to the LSF, we pass this cost on to you, the LSF does not collect any compensation for the transaction. In other words what it costs you it costs the LSF.

Below is a sample of an Engraved Mug with the LSF logo and Your Contest information.

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