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Maybe that flight wasn't really a hover but it did accomplish its goal. Sure our flight time wasn't optimal but the our general strategy on our first runs worked pretty well.
At states, the event was held in a gym with widely space girders and therefore no one attempted hover flights. However, if the rafters were close together like regionals, I'm sure the top time would have been significantly less. But the girders affect everyone equally on the first run, assuming they all dewind to remove some launch torque to control the altitude. Even a very optimal helicopter would not do much better than 50 or so seconds at such conditions. On the second run, sure maybe luck is a factor but even if you're unlucky you'll have something to fall back on.
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