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ACRO E-mail Archive Thread: Report on the CONTEST IN THE CATSKILLS


Thread: Report on the CONTEST IN THE CATSKILLS

Message: Report on the CONTEST IN THE CATSKILLS

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From: Olga Mitchell <olgammm at>

Date: Mon, 16 Sep 1996 04:13:16 UTC


  We had a contest after all!  

Things were pretty gloomy Thursday and  Friday as Hurricane H went up the
east coast and a low came in from the great lakes.

Friday was a complete washout--no planes got into Sullivan County
International Airport in Monticello NY.  The organizers drifted in starting
about 10 am.  The box markers were set out in the rain.  I was pretty
dreary, but we were hopeful.  By dinner, we gathered a group of 12 to go for
dinner and comiserate.

Early Saturday, we had ground fog, but scattered clouds above so it burned
off mid morning, and we began to get arrivals from the south, north and
west.  We got some arrivals from Long Island too but New England was socked
in.  We started the contest flying about 1 pm and flew all afternoon.
Sunday we had some arrivals from New England, including Mike Goulian, and
one more from Long Island, and flew until about 3 pm.  

Altogether we had 23 competitors in 5 categories.  Three of the sportsman
also flew in basic for a patch.  All of the categories except basic flew at
least 2 flights;  advanced even got to fly the unknown.  Mike did not
compete in unlimited, but did fly the 4 min free and an unlimited sequence
for our enjoyment in a borrowed Extra (Ed Jepson's). 

Sullivan County Airport turned out to be a great site.  Full-time weather
observer/unicom operator. Comfortable conference room for computer and
copier.  Great FBO--even repaired one of the Pitts that had a problem with
the Bendix on Saturday.  Lots of hangar space.  Wings, the airport coffee
shop, provided buffet breakfasts in the spacious terminal building and
lunches in the picnic area outside the terminal.  Chapter 52 has now
established a tradition of sit-down breakfast briefings first introduced at
the Green Mountain Contest in Rutland VT. (We were not to be outdone by our
northern contingent!)

Results should be out in the next couple of days.

Kathy, Miriam, and Olga
Contest Directors


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