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Hi Folks,

There didn't seem to be a big interest in ALES, Altitude Limited Electric Soaring with gliders. So, how about Altitude Limited Old Timers?
These are any airplane designed before 1942 and can be electric or glow or gasoline powered. The neat part is the electronic altitude limiter that turns off the electricity to the motor or the fuel to the engine at a preselected altitude. That way, everyone starts gliding at the same level. Then the airplane can glide around for a set amount of time or for maximum time and then try to land as close to a predetermined landing spot. Those who don't want to purchase a "CAM" unit, would have to shut off their motor at 30 seconds. The problem with this is the airplane that climbs the fastest, will go the highest.
All in all, it should be great fun to thermal your antique airplanes and admire your craftsmanship.
If there is interest, please post your thoughts.

Randy

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Sounds interesting Randy. I probably won't joining in right now, but it would be fun to watch. 
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We're in. I have a plane or three we could use.
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Good deal. I could get the sportster finished after this Tiger Moth is completed and we move.

Randy

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I didn't think we'd really fully explored the ALES thing. Our good soaring season is still ahead of us for the year. Of course the spring winds are bringing the slope flying to the front of the line, but many of our slope folks have gotten out of the sport, partly due to age and difficulty climbing the adobe or gravel laden slope sites. In any case, when the thermal conditions are more predictable we have 2 sailplane days per month, so lets try it and see how it goes. We have a few people who have airplanes that'd work.

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Well Jim,

It wasn't meant as a replacement for Altitude Limited Electric Soaring but in addition to it. Perhaps more people would be interested in antique model airplanes rather than
flying the gliders. More options, more choices. In fact, they have been flown together at some ALES meets and have been given a handicap, like golfing. There's lots of neat flying antiques out there. There are even antique sailplanes!:lol:

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Here is one example that truly is a "Sailplane". It's a Carl Goldberg Models "Sailplane". It supposedly flies and glides very well.:D

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