CARF-Models 2013 Series 3.1m Extra 330SC

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  1. Dec 31, 2017 #541

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    What a beautiful flying day today. The Weather Channel app calls it "Abundant sunshine" with 76 degrees and calm winds. :biggrin:

    Here's Cayden Bruce in a t-shirt taking his Yellow Chequer Scheme out for a practice flight getting ready for the Intermedate class. :cool:

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    Rusty Fried brought a crock pot of chili with all the toppings.

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    Kirt Campbell brought the leftover honey ham and Hawaiian rolls for some great sliders.

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    Thanks guys!!
     
  2. Jan 16, 2018 #542

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    I moved up to Unlimited to try and gain flying skills in preparation for the IMAC World Championships in September. I had 15 practice flights for a total of 30 sequences before the Supersition Challenge last weekend. On practice flight 15 I had finally gotten through both sequences in a flight with no zeroes. I was ready. :crazy:

    We had an absolute blast at the contest with abundant sunshine, temps in the mid to high 70s, and calm winds all weekend. Couldn't ask for more. :cool:

    We had six pilots in our Unlimited class. I had lots of friends judging and calling my flights so we were making jokes and cracking up at the bad stuff. Over-rotate the 1 1/4 snap to knife edge and only have 30 degrees left to fit in a 2 of 8... "Nice 2 of 32!!" We were celebrating any success. Hit a double positive snap on the downline... "Boom!!"

    I ended up 2nd place... in the competition for 2nd to last place. :biggrin:

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    I did get several scores of 10... on Sound. :thumbsup:

    It is interesting to see the total "percentage of perfection" on your Final Score. I averaged a score of 6.76 per maneuver. Bryant Mack averaged 8.89 per maneuver for the contest and 9.25 in the Unknown round. I am not now, or will ever be, competitive in the Unlimited class. For sure I am gaining skills to compete in the Advanced class at the World Championships, though.

    I hope to see everyone at the Winter Roundup at Felix Ranch on February 17th for some more entertaining flights, hooting, hollering, and good times.
     
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    Spence and Bmack are some fantastic pilots. Congrats on your first unlimited contest! It will get easier and definitely will help your advanced flying at worlds:thumbsup:
     
  4. Feb 21, 2018 #544

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    We had great weather and great competition last weekend at the Winter Roundup at Felix Ranch. Temps in the low 70s and calm winds both days. :cool:

    It was also an Alternate Sequence contest. That was a LOT more fun not dealing with a rolling circle seven times on the weekend. :biggrin:

    Without the rollers my average score per maneuver increased from 6.76 to 7.64. :thumbsup:

    I finished 1st place... in the competition for 2nd to last place. ;)

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    The contest report said, "The tightest competition was for 3rd place in the Unlimited class, with only 12.159 points difference between Alex Dreiling and Dean Bird." Close competition with friends is what makes IMAC fun. It was a great weekend!!
     
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    Nice! Spencer is in a class by himself, but you aren't far out of 2nd place there! Any plans in your future to come out east and fly? Ocala and Jax both fly the alternates.
     
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    I've driven 14 hours in a day to attend contests in Denver. I don't think I can make it to Florida in a day. That would be going a LONG way to avoid rollers. :biggrin:
     
  7. Mar 14, 2018 #547

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    My third contest in the Unlimited class was last weekend at the Tucson IMAC. I hadn't done a roller in almost 2 months so I spent one flight on Friday trying to get safe flying it again.

    We had 7 pilots in the class. In my afternoon round on Saturday I got the inputs crossed up during the outside portion of the roller and started turning the other way. :yikes: I had to bail out, bring the plane back to show center, and resume the sequence. I've been told rollers are your friend. Not mine yet. :leaving:

    At the end of the day Saturday I was having a great competition for 2nd to last place with a pilot that was borrowing a plane he had never flown. I was leading by 4 points.

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    On Sunday morning I was totally overwhelmed by the Unknown. Lots of snaps starting and stopping in all kinds of odd places. I ended up 2nd place... in the competition for 2nd to last place. :rolleyes2:

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    This was my second contest including the Unlimited rollers. My percentage of perfection increased from 6.76 my first contest to 7.08 for this contest. A positive trend. :thumbsup:

    Cayden Bruce won the Intermediate class with his Yellow Chequer Scheme Extra 330SC. Congratulations Cayden!!

    Craig Guest won the four Known Rounds in the Advanced class on Saturday flying his CARF Scheme Blue-White Extra 330SC. He had to withdraw due to an engine problem and didn't get to fly the Unknown. Craig, sorry about your troubles. I hope you get that engine straightened out.
     
  8. Mar 15, 2018 #548

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    The unknowns are a beotch for sure. I keep all of the unl. unknowns from every contest I attend in a binder. Every time I go practice, I make it a point to fly one at least through 2 sequences and sometimes more, just to practice maneuvers I don't fly regularly.
    The rollers will come with time and practice. Simulator really helps here. Fly them like 10 feet off the ground and when you screw up, press a button.

    We are off to Ocala this weekend, leaving tonight. I haven't been practicing much at all, in fact dont even have the known memorized yet, but it is my granddaughters birthday so we are having cake and smoked food! And a lot of fun flying...hopefully a decent finish, but not expecting much.
     
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    Good call. Lack of practice is never a reason to skip a contest. :thumbsup:
     
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  10. Mar 29, 2018 #550

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    Last weekend was the 2018 Cactus Classic. It's a contest with decades of history. Last year's class winners are awarded their Cactus Classic jacket at the contest. I was the winner for the Advanced class last year and received my CC jacket. The Advanced class seems like a lifetime ago.

    This was a VERY special contest for me. My wife, Nicola, has agreed to be my caller for the World Championships in September. The final day of competition is her birthday. I know she could think of many other vacation spots for her birthday, but she is going to be in Muncie, Indiana, calling for me. :biggrin:

    This was her first contest to give it a shot. She knew nothing about Aresti and had never even scribed at a contest. She was jumping right into the deep ending attempting to call for an Unlimited sequence. We did a crash course on Aresti and she made "a few" notes on the Known Aresti. ;) Notice her legend in the lower right corner.

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    It was a Known so I called it during the first flight so she could watch and hear the timing compared to the plane's spot in the sequence. She took over on the second flight. She did great. :thumbsup:

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    She was ready for the Unknown. On Saturday evening she walked me through it telling me what the maneuvers and elements were and asking me what to call. She made "a few" notes and we ran through it twice on Saturday evening.

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    I arrived early on Sunday morning to put the plane together. I had to get a clean Aresti for the Unknown so I could run through it before she arrived. I couldn't actually see the Aresti on her call sheet. We flew the Unknown and she was incredible. So calm, so relaxed, and a smooth delivery. It was the coolest flight ever for me.

    There's a saying that it's all the caller. I've been competing hard for 2nd to last place this year. Ignoring the 11th place pilot since he didn't fly Sunday, I finished in 3rd to last place out of 10 pilots.

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    My best finish this year. I let her know it was all because of her awesome calling!! :thumbsup:
     
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  11. Apr 13, 2018 #551

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    My fifth contest in the Unlimited class this year happened last weekend in Hemet, California. We only had a 3 pilot class. The total count didn't matter. It was still me and one other pilot in a fierce competition for 2nd to last place.

    I flew two of the best Knowns I could on Saturday. I had a slight lead for 2nd to last place. We had a very windy round on Saturday afternoon (Round 2). I could tell by the scoring that I still had the superior hardware. My plane handled the "contest" conditions easily and my scores weren't impacted. I was still scoring an average around 7.5 per maneuver. Both the other pilots had planes that didn't handle the conditions as well and their scores showed it. This plane is fun to fly. :D

    I was happy to see our Unknown for Sunday morning. It looked like a slightly tougher than usual Advanced Unknown that we might see at the World Championships in September. This would be good test to see if all this Unlimited flying had added new skills to prepare for the Worlds. I flopped. I overcooked the 1 1/4 snap on the downline on one maneuver and overcooked the single positive snap going into the Split-S. Two zeroes. Ugh. :rolleyes2: Once again I finished in 2nd place... in the competition for 2nd to last place.

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    I was given the 3rd place trophy for participation. ;)

    This was my last contest until the World Championships in September. My five Unlimited finishes have been:

    Last out of 6
    2nd to last out of 5
    Last out of 7
    3rd to last out of 10
    Last out of 3

    Flying in the Advanced Class feels like a lifetime ago. My confidence as a pilot has never been lower. That doesn't really matter. We're having fun at the contests. I will fly the World Championships to enjoy the experience and camaraderie with pilots from around the world.

    Everyone have a fun summer!! :cool:
     

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