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2016 Orange County Pattern Challenge at OCMA 4/2-4/3 2016

Old 03-10-2016, 10:12 AM
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Default 2016 Orange County Pattern Challenge at OCMA 4/2-4/3 2016

Hi everyone!

Just a reminder to you all about the upcoming OCMA pattern contest. We had a very successful first event last year and we are really looking forward to hosting this year's contest.

Please go to the NSRCA site and pre-register as soon as possible. This link should get you to the D7 2016 contest page http://www.nsrca.us/index.php/d7-contest-schedule/2016

Lunch will be available for $6. Rumor has it that the burgers will be upgraded to Angus burgers and will be served with the usual salad and chips and drink.

Here's the contest flier in PDF format

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Can we camp overnight at the field?
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Sorry, no, BUT we have a board meeting Tuesday and I'm going to push for camping. I'll let you know Tuesday night. Although it dosen't look good.
Randy

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Sorry, camping is not allowed on the site.
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Bummer
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Hi Everyone,

The contest date is rapidly approaching. Here are a couple updates:
-Please Pre Register as soon as possible. It helps for meal planning and for contest setup.
- Remember to bring an EZ up if you have it. The field does not have its own shade structure but there are permanent tie downs for EZ Ups
- Pilots meeting will be at 8:30. If it is bright and sunny we may start flying a bit later, but if it is overcast as is normal for this time of year then we will start soon after the meeting.
- We will conduct a quick failsafe safety check prior to your first flight. When you are up for your first flight we want you to set your plane at idle then switch off your TX to prove that your motor shuts down and is not just at a throttle hold condition or it is not jumping to high throttle.
- Lunch will be available for $6
- Proceeds for the contest will go to charity. The OCMA organization is covering its expenses and donating the rest. Last year we donated to Children's Hospital of Orange County and I assume we will do that again this year.

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We've seen two rattle snakes in the last week, so be vigilant when walking around, and especially when opening the out house doors.
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Hi Everyone,

I wanted to let you know that overnight camping will be allowed in the lot next to the entry gate. It is a short drive from the gate to the pits. We don't have permission to camp at the flying field parking lot, but this is an alternative to those wanting to camp at the site.

If you want to camp at the lot, it is on your right side as you approach the OCMA field gate (at the very end of Blue Diamond Haul Road).

Thanks, and see you this weekend!
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By the way,
If you do wish to camp in the lot, there are no open fires allowed and there are no hook-ups.

No charcoal BBQ's or wood fires. Only gas grills allowed.
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Hi Everyone.

If you are coming, please pre-register. It helps a lot in getting the computer set up, planning flight lines, and also in figuring out a proper amount of food.


It only takes a minute....


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Well, another one is in the books.

We were blessed with truly fantastic weather and flying conditions this weekend for the second annual Orange County Pattern Challenge.

We had a great turnout of 27 pilots (well, it started with 27 but dropped to 26 just prior to the start of the contest. Sorry Jarvis....). It was great to see a lot of participation in sportsman and intermediate. There were some tough battles throughout the weekend in all classes.

We had fun in FAI, Chip and I decided to all F17 and one Unknown. Peter generated the unknown on Sunday morning and away we went... By the way, whoever thought that an 8 roll horizontal figure eight was a maneuver for pattern, they should be shot....

I'll do a write up shortly, but here are a few pics



We used the electronic scoring system for the entire contest. It really works great and helped to keep the contest flowing smoothly. There are still a few small hiccups here and there but the guys are learning how to handle them.



Here are some shots of the score sheets. (BTW, the FAI sheet is wrong. We didn't fly round 5 so it should not have counted that one. The score was actually the prelim plus the Panel 2 score). I know that Sean has sent the files to Derek K. so we should see the online results shortly. I hope that the guys upload to Patternscoring.com so we can see the details for each pilot.



Like I said, more details to come. Look for the Kfactor write up. If anyone has pics then either send to me or upload to the event pic site on NSRCA.

Till next time
Steve
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