Larry Blevins, from Knoxville TN, flies his own-designed Magnum Models MiG 3, a 60-inch foam warbird racer, over Lake Erie at Perry Township Park on Sunday.
The 2013 North Coast Glider
Games was a roaring success
by Dave Garwood
The North Coast Soaring Association (NCSA) held its first North Coast Glider
Games (NCGG) Slope Soaring event
April 18-21, 2013, near Cleveland.
Participants flew all four days on
three slopes, including two flying sites
overlooking Lake Erie.
The Great Lakes region is sometimes
called the “North Coast” or “America’s
Fourth Seacoast” because of the
shipping commerce and access to the
Atlantic Ocean via the Saint Lawrence
Seaway. Local fliers point out that
there are “no sharks in North Coast
Salt or fresh, we like water in front
of our Slope Soaring sites because the
freedom from ground objects makes for
smooth air flowing into the slope face.
Cleveland is not new to the US
aviation history scene. So many of the
National Air Races that took place
between World War I and World War II
were held at the Cleveland airport that
the 25-year series was often called the
Cleveland Air Races.
We love the long-running annual
Slope Soaring events, but the new
baby in the family attracts the most
attention. When the NCSA announced
its 2013 North Coast Glider Games,
the gathering became the newest
attraction in Slope Soaring.
Mike Gantner, from Brecksville OH, turns and burns at City View Center with a Slope Slayer 60-inch wingspan Formula One Racer.
to Slope Soaring is much appreciated.
One worry for Slope Soaring event
organizers is how to entertain the
pilots during inclement weather, and
the NCSA met the challenge with
fly-fishing excursions, shooting-range
visits, Thermal Sailplane flying, and
indoor electric flying.
The club did a first-rate job of
communicating with the fliers—
sending out overnight emails
AUGUST 2013 www.ModelAviation.com
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