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June 15 and 16, 2013 MASA 5th Annual Regional Contest launch report

On Saturday and Sunday, June 15th and 16th, MASA held its fifth annual summer NAR Sanctioned Regional Contest.  Once again, Mike Erpelding served as the contest director.  Thank you, Mike, for all of your hard work!  This event was held on the sod fields near Nowthen.  This contest had originally been scheduled for the 1st weekend in June but had to postponed twice due to the weather.

The events were:

  • A Streamer Duration, WF 8
  • 1/2A Boost Glider Duration, WF 17
  • A Rocket Glider Duration Multi-Round, WF 24
  • 1/4A Helicopter Duration, WF 20
  • 1/8A Parachute Duration Multi-Round, WF 11

Thank you to all the competitors, timers, and everyone who helped out!

In addition to the contest range, a separate sport range was also open on both days with an active high power waiver.  Quite a number of sport flights were made; see the very bottom of this page for the totals and flight log.

Thanks to all the Sport Range LCO/RSO volunteers.

Contest Results:

[for the full results, please see the bottom of this web page]

2013 MASA Summer Regional Meet Champions

PlaceContestantNAR NumberSectionTotal Points
A Division
1Stenberg, Zackary888885762112
2Stenberg, Alyssa874765761824
C Division
1King, Ray858005761668
2Stenberg, Jon338755761632
3Estenson, Alan69539576546
4Stenberg, Carolyn87643576516
5LaCroix, Edward11248IND510
6Gassaway, George18723IND144
7Farrell, Michael94280576102
8Erpelding, Michael79922IND75
9Thell, Mark27793IND51
10Higgins, Neal7982057648
11Beckius, Brian9588357624
11Brown, N. LukependingIND24
11Cochran, Ted6992157624
Sections
1MASA
5768496
2IND
0804

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2013 MASA Summer Regional Records

EventDivisionContestantOld RecordNew Record
1/8A Parachute Duration MultiroundA DivisionStenberg, Zackary3336

 


MASA members - please send in your thoughts about the launch! 

Alan Estenson writes:

I'd like to thank Mike for putting together another fun Regional Contest!  I'd also like to thank Jon for the pizza lunch! Also, I'd like to thank everyone who participated.

I didn't have time to build much for this contest, but I entered what I could.

A streamer duration - I used an old 18mm 3FNC contest-style rocket flying on A8-5s. Unfortunately, both flights were DQ'ed. On the first, the streamer tore completely off. On the second, the shock cord snapped.

1/2A boost glide duration - I used a good ol' Deltie flying on 1/2A3-2ts.  Both flights got decent glide times. On the first flight, the pod landed in one drainage ditch, and the glider landed in the next one! (Thanks to Mike for retrieving the glider for me.) On the second flight, the pod landed in the same #%*@ ditch again, but the glider stayed dry.

A rocket glider duration multi-round - I used an ancient Ecee and tried both A3-4t and A10-3t engines. The first two flights arced badly, had very short glide times, and were DQ'ed due to spit engines. The third one finally worked well and had a fairly decent glide.

1/4A helicopter duration - After discussing the idea with Mike, I attempted to get a qualified flight by shoving a 1/4A into an Art Applewhite Scimitar. While it did appear to get in a rotation on the way down, it also ejected after landing. That was a DQ - unsafe.

1/8A parachute duration multi-round - I hadn't flown a Micro-Maxx rocket in years. The night before the contest, I threw together a little rocket using 1/4" i.d. styrene for the body tube, 0.030" styrene sheet for the fins, a ~1/16" i.d. styrene tube for the launch lug, a nose cone made by sticking a dowel in a pencil sharpener, and a 6" parachute made from 0.3 mil plastic drop cloth. Amazingly, it worked, and I got three qualified flights.

There were some amazing glider and helicopter flights. Also cool were the 1/8A flights that stayed up for astonishingly long times.

Neal Higgins writes:

I would also like to thank Mike for putting together the contest.
Also a big thanks to Carolyn and Jon for the pizza.
Thanks everyone who came out to participate.
A big thanks to all who helped with the range setup and tear down. I was amazed that you all were able to get it back in the trailer on Sunday.

For the contest I flew my Mini Max in the A Streamner duration.

On the sport range I flew a Micro Max Red Max, a Corkscrew, my Lil Nuke on a F40W after 2 failed attempts and a sanding of the fuel grain to finally get it to ignite. I started the day with my Mach Buster on an E9-8 but alas it sailed off to the west never to be seen again.

Brian Uhlenkamp writes:

I didn't do any contest flying, not my thing-yet.   I've been waiting all winter to burn some AP, and I can't make this weekend.  We got in 17 flights.
Julia & Lukas both had 6 LPR flights each, plus Lukas had an E18 on our modified Eggscaliber II we built together.  His Eggstraunaut survived, including getting a post flight wash in the ditch.  I flew my Der Red Max on a B6-2, the Richter Recker Tres cluster on 3xE18-4W to 836ft per the altimeter.  I flew my new built Cowabunga on an H128W to 1150 ft for it's first flight.  I flew my first I motor, an I161W with my SuperDX3 to just short of 1500ft.  All recoveries were fairly easy, except we lost one of Julia's, the "Dink", somewhere in the ditch .  I got my excercise chasing down my Richter Recker Tres-coming down on two chutes probably 1000 ft apart-one in the ditch grass and one in the corn.  At least the corn is short!  I think it took me a good hour-I guess that's why it's called "sport flying". 
 
Thanks to all who helped RSO, LCO and set up and take down.  Special thanks to Neal (previous cluster/ignitor assistance) and Jeff and Ted for assisting with my pre flight on my Richter Recker Tres.  It was my first AP cluster.


MASA Summer Regional Contest Results

2013 MASA Summer Regional Points

ContestantNAR NumberSectionA SD1/8A PD MR1/4A HD1/2A BGA RG MRTotal
A Division
Stenberg, Alyssa874765762401983603067201824
Stenberg, Zackary888885762403306005104322112
C Division
Beckius, Brian9588357624000024
Brown, N. LukependingIND24000024
Cochran, Ted6992157624000024
Erpelding, Michael79922IND240051075
Estenson, Alan6953957601980204144546
Farrell, Michael942805760001020102
Gassaway, George18723IND0000144144
Higgins, Neal7982057648000048
King, Ray858005762403303603064321668
LaCroix, Edward11248IND0005100510
Stenberg, Carolyn876435769613200288516
Stenberg, Jon33875576144666001027201632
Thell, Mark27793IND00051051
Sections
IND
0




804
MASA
576




8496

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2013 MASA Summer Regional Results

ContestantNAR NumberSectionA SD1/8A PD MR1/4A HD1/2A BGA RG MR
A Division
Stenberg, Alyssa874765761114 / 3181235
Stenberg, Zackary888885761135 / 36112320
C Division
Beckius, Brian9588357615 / 20



Brown, N. LukependingINDSEP / 13



Cochran, Ted6992157623

EJ
Erpelding, Michael79922IND15

18
Estenson, Alan69539576SEP / SEP17 / 16 / 21UNS28 / 19EJ / EJ / 22
Farrell, Michael94280576SEP

18 / 11
Gassaway, George18723IND



22
Higgins, Neal7982057620 / 19



King, Ray85800576115MAX / MAX8 / 859 / 1719 / NG / 32
LaCroix, Edward11248IND


190 / 27
Stenberg, Carolyn876435765426

29
Stenberg, Jon33875576SEP / 68214219 / 1051 / 9
Thell, Mark27793IND


14 / SEP

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2013 MASA Summer Regional Standings

A Streamer Duration

PlaceContestantNumberSectionFlight 1Flight 2Total Points
A Division
1Stenberg, Alyssa8747657611
11240
1Stenberg, Zackary8888857611
11240
C Division
1King, Ray85800576115
115240
2Stenberg, Jon33875576SEP6868144
3Stenberg, Carolyn8764357654
5496
4Higgins, Neal7982057620193948
5Beckius, Brian9588357615203524
6Cochran, Ted6992157623
2324
7Erpelding, Michael79922IND15
1524
8Brown, N. LukependingINDSEP131324
--Estenson, Alan69539576SEPSEP00
--Farrell, Michael94280576SEP
00

1/8A Parachute Duration Multiround

PlaceContestantNumberSectionFlight 1Flight 2Flight 3Flight 4Total Points
A Division
1Stenberg, Zackary888885763536

71330
2Stenberg, Alyssa874765761431

45198
C Division
1King, Ray85800576MAXMAX

80330
2Estenson, Alan69539576171621
54198
3Stenberg, Carolyn8764357626


26132
4Stenberg, Jon3387557621


2166

1/4A Helicopter Duration

PlaceContestantNumberSectionFlight 1Flight 2Total Points
A Division
1Stenberg, Zackary8888857611
11600
2Stenberg, Alyssa874765768
8360
C Division
1Stenberg, Jon3387557642
42600
2King, Ray858005768816360
--Estenson, Alan69539576UNS
00

1/2A Boost Glider Duration

PlaceContestantNumberSectionFlight 1Flight 2Total Points
A Division
1Stenberg, Zackary8888857623
23510
2Stenberg, Alyssa8747657612
12306
C Division
1LaCroix, Edward11248IND19027217510
2King, Ray85800576591776306
3Estenson, Alan69539576281947204
4Farrell, Michael94280576181129102
4Stenberg, Jon33875576191029102
5Erpelding, Michael79922IND18
1851
6Thell, Mark27793IND14SEP1451
--Cochran, Ted69921576EJ
00

A Rocket Glider Duration Multiround

PlaceContestantNumberSectionFlight 1Flight 2Flight 3Flight 4Total Points
A Division
1Stenberg, Alyssa8747657635


35720
2Stenberg, Zackary8888857620


20432
C Division
1Stenberg, Jon33875576519

60720
2King, Ray8580057619NG32
51432
3Stenberg, Carolyn8764357629


29288
4Estenson, Alan69539576EJEJ22
22144
4Gassaway, George18723IND22


22144

 


The Details:

Saturday and Sunday's full launch tally (PDF) of sport range flights.

The sport range total for both days was:  70 flights, 77 motors.  The cumulative total impulse was 1,492 Ns.

 

Type

# Burned

MicroMaxx 1

1/4A

0

1/2A

1

A

22

B

13

C

20

D

6

E

7

F

4
G 1

H

1
I 1

J

0

 

(Alan Estenson)

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