What an amazing turnout! New Zealand, Hong Kong,
Taiwan, Germany, Brazil, and Canada were among
the countries represented at the 2014 IHLGF.
The pit area, canopy row, and event headquarters—pretty high-class digs! We hope to
see everyone return in May 2015.
In 1992, Torrey Pines Gulls’ member Steve Stricklett was
the first to think of having a large club-led HLG contest,
and the club’s president, John McNeil, supported the idea.
The annual IHLGF has become the club’s central focus and
members have continued working on the event
year after year.
One member in particular, Ron Scharck,
organized the IHLGF for many years. Ron was
able to secure sponsors for the event and the
well-known raffle/auction associated with the
contest. Throughout the years, many sponsors have
assisted including Maple Leaf Design, Airtronics,
JR, Futaba, Hitec RCD, Skip Miller Models, Radio
Carbon Art, Soaring USA, Spektrum, Horizon
Hobby, MKS Servos, and others.
By the early 2000s, the annual spring event was
truly international. Competitors traveled from New
Zealand, Japan, Russia, Germany, India, Ukraine,
Brazil, and other countries, simply to have the
opportunity to be a part of the “granddaddy of
Torrey Pines members began drafting the rules
for a variety of rounds to test a pilot’s skill. For
example, in one 10-minute round, pilots might be
required to attain five 2-minute flights for maximum points.
Another round might require all of the pilots to launch
simultaneously, and the last pilot who lands in a 3-minute
window is declared the winner of the round. These rules,
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