Jeff Duval’s Ava Pro sticks a landing during the
Tangerine Soaring Championship RES event.
Forty-one pilots competed in the
Tangerine ALES contest, making it
the largest ever in Florida.
The 40th annual
by Gordon Buckland
Awonderful Soaring tradition unlike any other exists in Florida. The Orlando Buzzards RC
Soaring Society was founded in August
1974 and has conducted the Tangerine
Soaring Championship every year
In its early years, more than 80 pilots
congregated annually in Orlando to
duke it out at a large Soaring contest.
Many pilots came and conquered and
many Soaring legends were created
with the drama of the Tangerine
Shootout, where the top pilots
compete in a fly-off at the end to
determine a winner.
The Tangerine is a three-day event
with Altitude Limited Electric Soaring
(ALES) and Rudder-Elevator-Spoiler
(RES) being flown on Friday and Open
Duration on Saturday and Sunday. For
Launch Glider in
favor of ALES.