Sunday, March 01, 2009
SUNGAZER SCALE SOARING
Well it's officially the first day of autumn , and with just under 2 months to go its time to start planning the upcomming Sungazer event.
The Sungazer is an annual event which was conceived from the slope flying of medium and large scale gliders at Volksrust. It is not a competion but an oppurtunity for "like minded" RC pilots to fly scale gliders and share the experience.
Last year kicked off with a very succesfull and well surported event, nearly 50 scale gliders were at the Sungazer and we hope to equal or better that this year.
Some problems were experienced and hopefully they do not re-occur , unfortunately for various reasons 6 models crashed and this year at the pilots briefing , we will again discuss the rules and especially the frequency control and flying procedure.
Last year the shirt and cap handouts , braai,snacks, beers cooldrinks and hardluck prizes were all sponsered . This year we have decided to do the same sort of saterday braai , shirts etc, but we cant expect a handfull of people to foot the bill. As such there will be an entry fee to the event of R100 .Pre-entries will required and will be called for soon on Mgasa. An e-mail confirmation and banking details will then be forwarded to entrants.
Hopefully with a 3 day event the chances of a good day/days of wind increase but with more serious pilots often bringing several scale gliders we will limit the entries to 30x valid SAMAA registered glider pilots.
With just 2 months to go, now is the time to get cracking with that scale glider.
It can be a beautiful wood and fabric vintage ship or one of the latest glass and carbon high performance glider , but ....it must be a full or semi-scale replica of a full size glider.
Acommadation has been booked for the whole weekend at Oom Louis , and this will serve about 25/30 people , some pilots choose other places to stay and we urge you to make your arrangements early for the long weekend.
Cheers for now