This past weekend April 9-10, 2016 I was the Contest Director of the "Ocala Sun Pattern Contest" (Precision Aerobatics) hosted by the Ocala Flying Model Club (OFMC) which was the first in what I hope will be an annual event. It is actually a revival of an old event of a slightly different name "The Kingdom of the Sun Pattern" which was, after running annually for many years, cancelled 6 years ago in 2010.
We had a great event in good weather with 19 competitors duking it out in 5 classes. 2 in Sportsman, 3 in Intermediate, 4 in Advanced,, 8 in Masters and 2 in FAI. Joe Walker was my asst. CD and he did an excellent job of setting up the flight order and judging assignments while I, along with the help of Russ Henderson and Chris Hamel, got the computer scoring system and remote scribe controllers set up.
The contest got underway at about 0915 but was delayed for a short time while we fixed a computer glitch. The computer gremlins continued to plague us for the balance of Saturday but in spite of that we managed to complete 4 rounds by 5pm. Saturday evening I was on the phone with Peter Vogel for a couple of hours while he with remote access to my laptop was able to fix several input errors in the Master Scoring program.
Sunday the scoring program worked perfectly and we flew another two rounds, for a total of 6, and was all wrapped up with trophy presentations completed by 1:30.
The results can be found at www.patternscoring.com