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Re: Flight Times

Post by jcollier » February 22nd, 2010, 6:30 pm

eta150 wrote:Actually, it was 2:46 (my plane). I agree that it will be way higher at nats, because, having approached 3 minutes in a ~20 foot gym, a 98 foot field house should give a significant increase.
P.S. It's Bala Cynwyd
Good time! I agree that a 98' field house should allow some incredible times. I am guessing it will take over 3 min. to win states this year, with several teams being much closer in time than last year. With the changes in our team this year, I doubt that I will be able to assist John as I have for the past 2 years. It was fun, and the stale, humid air didn't bother me a bit compared to seeing all the planes and gliders fly. :D

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Re: Flight Times

Post by Greg Doe » February 28th, 2010, 3:50 pm

Weekend report Feb. 27, 2010;
2:05 and 1:39 took first and second at one regionals; there was some ventilation turbulence.
1:55 took first at the other regionals. This is the one I didn't get to go to, but understand
there was bad ventilation turbulence. They didn't shut the heat and air blowers off!
There really wasn't much competition at either regionals, but my students were thrilled with
winning. States will be much tougher.
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Re: Flight Times

Post by 3slh9 » March 1st, 2010, 11:44 am

Winning time at the NE Kansas Regionals was 2 minutes 41 seconds. That was with blowers on. We took 5th with 1 minute 52 seconds.

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Re: Flight Times

Post by eta150 » March 2nd, 2010, 8:38 am

Winning time at PA SE regionals was 2:48 (Bala Cynwyd), followed by 1:37, 1:28, and somewhere between 1:25 and 1:10.
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Re: Flight Times

Post by jcollier » March 2nd, 2010, 11:24 am

Nice time. Looks like you are pretty consistent with it. Doesn't sound like it was too nerve wracking for you with that margin of victory. Good luck at States!

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Re: Flight Times

Post by eta150 » March 2nd, 2010, 12:10 pm

It was pretty scary actually. Before my first flight, I broke the first motor. Then, I'm not sure how, but the horizontal stab practically broke in half, so I glued a small strip of balsa over the top of the leading edge. The venue was a deathtrap too for various reasons, like the limited space, basketball nets, elevated walkway ringing it, and netted curtain that allows a draft through. My first flight crashed into the netting, and my second one nearly did too, but one small bump on the ceiling corrected the flight path. All's well that ends well though.
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Re: Flight Times

Post by jcollier » March 2nd, 2010, 1:20 pm

Sounds like my son's adventure at States last year. No guts, no glory. Looking forward to seeing your plane on 4/30. :)

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Re: Flight Times

Post by talicoa » March 3rd, 2010, 6:23 am

Our team flew 2:39 for both flights last weekend at the New Trier regional in North Eastern Illinois. It was good enough for third place. The winning time was around 2:52. The Gym was very narrow, and a lot of people made contact with the walls, and backboards.

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Re: Flight Times

Post by eta150 » March 3rd, 2010, 8:13 am

How tall was the gym?
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Re: Flight Times

Post by Hamtown009 » March 4th, 2010, 6:56 am

yes goblue007 is my partner for wirght stuff. We took 3rd with a 1:58 at an invitational. I think that the winning time was around 2:45 or so. The plane tends to climb nicely, turning in a normal fashion, although when the plane is coming down, it does so very quickly. My coach thought that we should use a smaller diameter rubber band and wind it more. (ex. instead of 80 winds with a diameter of .095 on a 1:16 winder, have 90 or more winds on a rubber band with a diameter of .083 on a 1:16 winder) Do you think that this would help with increasing our total time by helping it decrease in elevation slower???
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