Hey, Steve, I really hate to nag (well, actually I love to nag) but we have not seen any published results from any of the Regional meets since I have been a member. If you or Fred don't have the time to do this, perhaps you need to turn it over to someone who does.
By the way, Bruce (and all who want to try this one out), although this is \"unofficial\" for Pioneer '07, we could consider these entries as official record attempts. There would be no NAR points involved, but there would be a chance to get some national notariety...
The current records are as follows:
A Div 169 s 8/3/00 Fritz Langford
B Div 221 s 8/3/00 Ellis Langford
C Div 361 s 8/6/87 Dan Domina
T Div 114 s 8/3/00 The Good, Bad and the Ugly Tm
These times are beatable (even the six-minute C division record), especially considering the Pony Express thermals!
Dennis, it has to be a \"Rocket-Glider\". It cannot separate or eject the engine. One commercial kit is available (from Rocket Dog Hobby, $32) that meets the criteria, the Edmonds Ecee Thunder. In upcoming meetings, I will show a \"sliding-wing\" model, a \"swing-wing\" model and a \"pop-elevator\" model. The Ecee Thunder is a \"moving canard\" type. If there is enough interest, I would be happy to show and explain the different methods to get a R/G from boost-mode to glide-mode. I have tried a \"no-moving-parts\" R/G on motors above a \"C\" with no success.
Rocket Dog Hobby will be sponsoring a unofficial event, \"D\" Engine Rocket Glider at Pioneer '07. There will be prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place, which will be disclosed later.
\"D\" Class Rocket Glider is probably the most interesting class, as the \"D\" engine has enough power to get a fairly big glider up high enough while still being not too overpowering for the numerous ways of deployment. There are numerous motors for the \"D\" class now, in 18mm and 24mm. Remember, what goes up must come back gliding in one piece. At the March meeting I will bring several gliders, each with a different type of deployment, to give you some ideas. If anyone has questions, suggestions or ideas please post them here.