With the wind it was cold. As Mike pointed out we've felt warmer at some of our new years day chilli fly gatherings. Good to be with our friends though. As hoped though, the wind near!y died at sundown. I found out that all my batteries for the the slow stick were not up to flying it. Sh__. AJ did have a great time flying his Optera though, and made beautiful landings dead center on the runway. The sky was just beautiful last night; would have been fun to have had a telescope on hand. If it hadn't been for the cold, it would have been a perfect night. AJ by the way used an LED set that Ultra Hobbies sells for RC cars that isn't very expensive, so the options are out there.
I think i'll bring liver dumplings. just kidding. Will honestly see about something that sounds more appetizing. Remember any booze means no flying.
Seriously glow sticks will work on slow planes if kept close. In any case they'll extend your flying time a bit later. Just checked my gas lanterns and it looks like there are issues with the generators, so i'm no help there. We'll have fun.
I'd bring near beer so I could drink and fly, but eewww. Well, we suddenly have people and food. I think we already have plenty of plates, plastic utensils, napkins, and some trash bags in the cabinet. I'll bring some bottled water, and after looking at the list of things above, will come up with something else to add to the menu.
Show up early enough for some flying before dark. If you have something really slow to fly like a slow stick, I'm told that light sticks attached to the plane will work. I'd just figure out how to make them appear different colors. Seriously, it is a whole lot easier than you'd think, and it opens up a new area of the hobby. (you can crash at night too)
I'm going to take a potluck for one. If anyone else is coming, either do the same or chime in here to let folks know you're coming. I'll see ya out there . Look for the red, green, and white lights floating around over the flying field. UFO UFO
(Originally posted a week ago October 7) Flying will start Saturday evening, at about 5 pm, we'll have an Oktoberfest open fun fly (no events, just open flying). This will be a potluck; brats, German potato salad, German chocolate cake, etc. All the beer you can safely drink after your done flying for the night. I've got lights on my slow stick, so unless the wind decides to blow, I'll be flying in the dark. Pop some LED lights on your plane and join in, or just fly till near sundown, eat and BS with your flying buddies. Bring your spouse, kids, friends, enemies.... Anyone have a fire pit they can bring along? Done this before, and flying after dark out there with a full moon is cool.
Yeah, it's short notice, but the last weekend thing didn't work out, and October always needs celebrating. The weather soon will be crap, so what the heck.
I met with the Black Canyon Land Trust representative today for the annual inspection to make sure we are in compliance with the terms of our contract for the conservation easement. For the first time, we've had some off road vehicle impacts on the property east of the canal and some on the west side of the canal too. In one case it appears to have been one of our own, and I suppose fortunately most of the travel in that case was on BLM lands. The other instances appeared to be random. At this point in time it is not sufficient to create an issue with the conservation easement. We probably need to remind our own people that they must stay on our road, or the disturbed area around the pits and on the runway area.
Microsoft and Artificial Intelligence for Sailplane Flight :
BTW, RC Soaring Digest isn't always just about soaring stuff. I know some of you think that those of us who are into sailplanes are a little peculiar, but often RCSD has articles that would be of interest to any RC nutcase or lovers of airplanes in general. This could be a site you want to bookmark.
I just noticed that the magazine can be viewed on Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/RCSoaringDigest
Sorry I've forgotten how to insert a link you can simply click on. You'll have to put the address in your browser
Microsoft and Artificial Intelligence for Sailplane Flight
This month's RC Soaring Digest has an interesting article about work that Microsoft is doing on artificial intelligence (AI) and sailplane flight. The concept of an airplane learning how to "think" and react to the environment on it's own and remember those experiences for the next time it encounters them or something similar, is so cool and at the same time a bit scary. The title of this post may be misleading a bit in that although they are using a sailplane for this work, clearly that is just a tool to develop the AI technology. The link to the magazine file download is: http://www.rcsoaringdigest.com/pdfs/RCSD-2017/RCSD-2017-09.pdf
Enjoy the AI article and look through the rest of the mag at the article and photos of the Wood Crafters Sailplane Gathering and the full scale sailplane event in the Czech Republic. Cool stuff.
Saturday was really busy, Sunday less so. Terry and I were there for the duration on Sunday. He and Andrew will have to fill u in more on Saturday's booth. Airplane lovers who didn't make it to the show really missed out. Our display space was more limited than in the past, but we still had plenty of visitors. We really need the exposure in the community, and what better venue could you ask for. Parking for us was free in the main parking lot, and like previous years they fed those who were manning the displays. Wish more had been there to represent MMAA.