Three Part Task Saturday in Statesville
Event director Scott McClinton called a three part task Saturday morning in Statesville, NC. A Fly In Task and a Gordon Bennett Memorial was placed at the field, and a hare balloon took off from the field for competitors to chase.
Pilots drove all over the countryside as the winds shifted as the sun rose. Once aiborne, pilots found a hard right hand turn at altitude, a slight left at the mid altitudes and a slow right hand turn on the deck. The field is located in the bottom of a small hill which can lead to some unpredictable winds on approach. Several pilots scored at this target, including a few very close scores. Pictured left is pilot Henry Rosenbaum pong'n the FIN.
Travis Vencel in the hare balloon, flew across town and landed in an industrial park. There were many close scores at this target as those that missed the field to the right found themselves on a good line to the hare.
Only a few pilots achieved scores on all three targets, but several were very close.
"I would have scored on all three had the building not been in the way." Pilot Ken Draughn said of his throw on the hare balloon.
Competition continues tonight with a mass launch from the main field in front of a large crowd.