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Old 08-01-2002, 06:11 PM
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Good evening all,

A simple request, Not sure where to put it, so I thought it might fit here..

Our club is holding it's monthly fun fly, and well, recently they've become more of a BBQ with a bit of flying. I want to bring it back to what it is meant to be: Flying & flying skills..

So my question (in two parts..)

How are events / the day organized at your feild? Do you have an MC rounding people up? Is there a large clock, with a list of scheduled events? Prizes? What do you do?!

And, list some events.. I know most of them, but i think others would like to see a list as well!

here's a quick taste..

longest glide time (dead stick)
shortest landing
slalom course, withouth the plane leaving the runway
most loops
1 loop with beans in a cup attached to the plane; most beans wins
helium balloon chase
limbo
streamer chase
follow the leader
landing on a spot
most touch n' goes on runway length

thanks all!

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Old 08-01-2002, 10:53 PM
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You do need a "CD" to organize the competitions, and to keep things flowing.

It helps sometimes to have events which even a beginner (freshly soloed and able to fly with no help, not much more) can participate in wthout serious risk to his/her plane. (taxi race and climb and glide... if you stress dead-stick landings in your training)

You have to schedule the events:

1) first competition (such as taxi race)
2) second competition (such as 3 loops, touch-n-go 3 rolls)
3) Lunch
4) third competition (such as climb and glide)
5) awards

Re-arrange to suit your club... some don't like flying before lunch...

Depending on participation level... you may only have time for two competition events. You do need to have at least two rounds for each "serious" event... preferably 3. If you do a comical event... one round is enough for that.

You can limit the types of aircraft for the competition... or design in an event to make the one-wheel purpose-built Fun Fly planes not competitive. (they don't do precision taxiing very well, but they sure can do the loops and rolls QUICK.)

Design the schedule around the type flying which the most club members ENJOY, and you'll have more people participate. If nobody ever tries to see how well they can keep a plane in the air dead-stick... no one will really want to do the climb and glide. (and climb and glide needs a "max-out" time... we had someone find a thermal, and thought he'd NEVER land!)


Its all ideas... Some will work for your group... some will flop big time.
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Old 08-06-2002, 08:30 AM
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If doing a Fly-in (Vs the Fun-Fly addressed in my earlier post):

Something to encourage more people to put planes in the air may be helpful.

1) a prize for most flights of the day.
2) A "Poker Fly" where you really need to fly 5 times to make a hand at all and more gives cards to discard (rules vary.. make em discard one before drawing thier 6th {no holding more than 5}... or hold all and choose at the end)

There's other encouragements to get the participants to keep planes in the air....
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Old 08-06-2002, 10:20 AM
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fly ins are neat, i went to one but i came to watch and it was a lot of fun.

RULE #1 HAVE A FOOD STAND! this will keep everyone happy and help raise some money for the club
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Old 08-07-2002, 08:37 AM
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You can give out awards for the best plane, like "CDs Choice" "Best Aerobatics" and such. You can make it that they have to fly at least 3 times to qualify.
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