Login now and check out the new features available for members only.
The League Roster page will help you contact other league members by email or phone (for those members willing to share).
The Photo Gallery is now available for browsing, annotation, and upload. For those that are inclined, you can upload directly from your phone or tablet any photo less than 8MB in size. The upload process will resize it for the home page, and help you compose the cropped area.
Hopefully the web site building season is done, and I can get busy in the basement. There is a long list of things to do before spring!
The minutes of the 2012 Eastern Soaring League business meeting have been posted.
I've posted a new version of ESLScore to the forum at http://www.flyesl.org/forums/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=450
Most of the changes address minor bugs when using the "Preview Seeded Round" feature for SMOM contests. Also, a new report has been added via "Print", "Scoring Detail" that shows the group assignments and scoring details for the entire contest.
The scores from the BRASS/HRSF Season Opener are now posted along with the 2012 standings.
I will let the CDs share with us all the drama and excitement of the contest but let me just say that it was an extremely enjoyable, challenging and exciting contest. The addition of Daryl Perkins to ESL, or as Josh calls him "WCx5" (5-time World Champion), brought out a palpable focus and excellent performances from most pilots. Daryl is also a very nice, pleasant and helpful individual who will fit right in with the ESL gang. He fit in so well that the ladies in the scoring tent dished out the abuse on an occasion he had a less than Daryl-like landing. I was glad to see someone else take some abuse since I'm usually the recipient of the blown-landing abuse! :-)
The last group of the last round, as is so common, decided the Sunday contest. I will only say "WOW!!" Amazing flying in extremely tough conditions by the best of ESL! I was timing for Neal and felt the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat at least 10 times in that one flight! It was that tough and that dramatic.
See you all in Warrenton in two weeks. I'm sure more drama awaits us. Steve Lucke is guaranteeing perfect weather for that contest. I'm sure he is right; Mother nature threw enough moisture at us this last weekend. I heard the ESL pilots emptied out the Wal-Mart waterproof boot supply on Saturday night!
Announcing a new discussion area in the ESL forums. The topic is Radio Systems. Since we spend so much time with our radios in our hands, adjusting, tuning and otherwise optimizing our radio systems, let's have a special place to discuss these topics. Please take time to visit and to share your knowledge or ask your questions. The article from the April ESL Newsletter on upgrading from 72 MHz to 2.4 GHz is the first entry. Feel free to create other discussions.
The website is now ready for the 2012 season. If you browse around a bit you'll find standings, contest results, and advancement and improvement pages. Thanks to Luis we also have all the results uploaded going back to 2009.
The ESL website has several new features this year designed to improve the experience for both contestants and contest directors. CD's of both Hand Launch and Unlimited contests will be able to easily import the registered pilots list directly into the preferred scoring programs (F3KScore and ESLScore). At the conclusion of the contest, CD's can post scores directly onto the website, but they won't be publicly viewable until reviewed and approved by Luis.
All this and more will be covered in detail in the upcoming "ESL Website Guide" which I hope to finish in the next few days. David
There is now a "Forum Sandbox" at http://www.flyesl.org/forums/forum.asp?FORUM_ID=19. If you are unsure about how the forum works, just go to the sandbox and exeriment with adding replies and starting new topics.
As always, tell your friends if it works and let me know if it doesn't.
Announcing - Web site signup and contest registration! Woo Hoo! The code for ESL contest signup is now available for testing. Hopefully you won't find too many bugs or issues, but I want to know about it if you do. Please take a few minutes to get a login and register for the April Fool's contest.
Here is how it works:
Any club in the Eastern Soaring League geography can host an ESL contest weekend. There is no membership fee for the club or the pilots who fly in the ESL.
For Hand Launched/DLG/F3K, the geography is any state East of the Mississippi.
For TD/winch launched contests the states are MA, RI, CT, NY, NJ, PA, DE, MD or VA. The smaller area for TD is due to the logistics needed to move winches and related support equipment around the league.
Contact the ESL President and work with him to find an open weekend on the ESL calendar. ESL has expanded the calendar so there will be more open dates in 2012. Hand launched and Thermal Duration can run on the same weekend. http://www.flyesl.org/Contact.aspx
Now that your contest weekend is on the calendar, pilots can see the event and register to attend. Typically there are two one day contests over a weekend making it practical and worthwhile for pilots to travel 4-8 hours in order to attend two contests. Here is a typical contest listing:
The pilots fly the contest and the club reports the results to the ESL. The results are then posted on the ESL standings pages. There is an ESL sanction fee that is paid to the ESL treasurer. Contact the treasurer to discuss the process. http://www.flyesl.org/Contact.aspx
As the season progresses, each pilot's top scores are added into the season standings. For Hand Launched Division it is your top 5 contest scores. For Thermal Duration Division it is your top 6 contest scores. So pilots don't have to fly all the contests to be in the running for top scores.
At the end of season contest the ESL provides awards for the top 10 pilots in each division as well as a top combined pilot who flew at least 4 contests in each division.
You can host more than one contest weekend. For example our club, the Long Island Silent Flyers, http://www.lisf.org , hosts 3 ESL contests weekends a year, or four TD and two HL contests each season. You will see them listed as LISF 1, LISF 2 and the Long Island Hand Launched Classic.
These three contest weekends are major events for our club. We totally enjoy them and look forward to them every year. Our TD contests typically have 25 to 40 pilots and our HL contest typically has 15 to 20 pilots.
Hosting ESL contests really boosts interest in soaring at our club. The pilots who fly the ESL contests tend to advance in their skills more quickly. Pilots get to meet and make friends with pilots from other states, forming a network of relationships that would not have occurred without the ESL contests.
In 2010 our two ESL Hand Launched contests were also recognized as qualifying contests for the US F3K team that will compete in Sweden in 2011. I am proud to say one of our pilots made the team and placed Third in his class and his team placed first in the world in their class. If he had not flown in the ESL he might never have approached that skill level.
Perhaps your club would like to host an Eastern Soaring League contest weekend too. If you would like to discuss our experience as an ESL host club feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Newsletter Editor, ESL
The site now has some more users. The officers have been registered and can log in. Which of them will figure out how to update their profile and make their addresses and phone number public? Which of them will figure out how to make an announcement, or upload a new photo for the home page?
Do any of them care?
Things are just getting started here at the new website of the ESL. There is a lot to do before the site will be 'prime time', but you can always check the home page for the latest news from any of the ESL officers. The forum from the old website has been migrated here, so check it out and let me know if anything is missing or not working properly.