After spending the weeks before the NATS either crashing or building, I left
on the Sunday morning before the NATS at about 7Am with a Wife and a "new Dog"
The trip there went well except the very last part. We spent several hours
driving around Muncie, asking directions and being sent on the "old roads"
finally I spotted a "sun shade" in the distance and was finally greeted by a
VERY SMALL sign on a off ramp, pointing to the AMA site. Larger signs and more
of them would help.
That night Frank and Mark came by where we were camping (at the site) and we
installed the radio in Frank's Lazer I was to fly the next day (I ran out
of planes). We did our best to setup the radio and went to bed
(more on this later)
The next morning bright and early I was given a chance to test fly the plane
before the contest started. It was NOT setup right but I could not quite place
the reason why. The first flight was a REAL hand full as the elevator was way
too "hot" and roll was way too slow. But it was a lot of fun meeting all the
people from the IMAC list there and old friends from my visit a few years back
to Illinois. I also got to scribe the unlimited flights for Ivan Christensen,
and It was very interesting noting what he looked for. I was pleased to see
that I would have given almost the same scores as he did. Again that night
Mark let me try a short test flight as we set the elevator
control and tried to set the ele/rudder mixing. (we missed and got it
backwards). The second days flight was really interesting as when I tried to
use rudder corrections the plane would climb A LOT. Again that night we set
things up and by the third day the plane was at least trimmed, but it still
would not stop at just one snap, and was a bit under-powered in the wind.
So I was firmly in next to last place, so the last day was spent watching
and scribing again.
It was a very fun and educational trip, I got to see a lot of good flying,
and meet a lot of nice people. The contest was very well run and the freestyle
flights were great to watch.
The best part was all the help I got trying to get the plane setup, and
talking to flyers from the rest of the country.
SO next year I'll be ready (building has already begun).
The AMA site is a Great spot to fly and they said the that by next year we
will be farther East and not the houses to worry about.