Jul 312018
 

Eric Teder shared these news:

On July 27th the club hosted another summer day camp. This one was given jointly by the Delaware Nature Society and the Concept School of Westtown, PA. The DNS coordinator for this event was Shannon Tilmon, who is a teacher at the Concept School, and she did her usual excellent job.

There were ten kids in the camp ages 9 to 12. They build their rockets from kits and then come to the flying field to launch them. The SKSS involvement is to provide backup and safety personnel while the kids use the field to launch their rockets. While they were waiting to launch some of the kids had fun flying an RC simulator and learning about aircraft control.

Everything was well organized, as usual, and Shannon had everything needed for a successful outing. It’s great fun to help these youngsters because they are SO excited to be at the field and watching their rockets soar skyward.

Here are a few pictures of the day.

Jul 292018
 

Silent Knight Soaring Society (SKSS)

Blue Hen ALES Challenge
Newark, Delaware
September 15th & 16th, 2018

Come join us September 15th & 16th for the fifth annual Blue Hen ALES Challenge in Newark, Delaware! The contest will be held at the beautiful and recently-renovated SKSS flying field in Delaware’s White Clay Creek State Park, located less than ten minutes from the center of Newark.

Novice pilots: Novice pilots are welcome and can fly for free! (A Novice pilot is someone who has competed in no more than one previous electric soaring contest.) If you’ve never competed, bring an electric sailplane and have some fun! If you don’t have an altitude limiter, we’ll have a spare or two for you to borrow.

Prizes: Trophies will be awarded for 1st through 5th place plus “Best Foamie” each day, and there will be a “Grand Champion” award for the weekend.

Flying: Flight groups will be man-on-man (non-seeded). Launch height and flight time will be at the CD’s discretion each day. Unless conditions are extremely bad, we will launch to 150 meters and fly 10 minute rounds. Landing tapes are 5 meters long, 50 points max.

Food: Chef Ed will providing lunch both days. A donation is requested.

Camping: Camping will be allowed for a small fee. No open fires or alcohol are permitted in the park. The field has a port-a-potty, but there are no other facilities or hook-ups. (But if you have a really long extension cord, you can charge batteries from the clubhouse.)

Parking: The state park has waived the parking fee this year. Yay!

Location: The field is on Smith Mill Road in White Clay Creek State Park. Field lat/long for your GPS is (39.728124,-75.732973).

Lodging: As a college town, Newark has a lot of motels, including a brand-new Marriott SpringHill Suites. There is a football game (UDel vs Cornell) on Saturday, but there should still be ample lodging.

Other amenities: Newark suffers from an embarrassment of restaurants and bars. The Deer Park Tavern, Home Grown Cafe, Grain Craft Bar, Iron Hill Brewery, and Klondike Kate’s are just a few of the delightful establishments awaiting your patronage. And if the two miles to Newark’s Main Street is too far for you to drive, McGlynn’s Pub is only a mile from the field.

Registration: We’re open for business on the ESL Web site.

Fee summary:

Contest: $35 for two days, $20 for one day; novices fly free
Camping: $30 per tent or RV for the entire weekend
Lunch: a donation is requested

Jul 132018
 
On July 13 the SKSS hosted the Delaware AeroSpace Education Foundation. The DSAEF has programs for young people on many aspects of science and technology. The program the club hosted was the “Mars” program which provides training and awareness in the subjects of space and aviation.
 
The event was a mass model rocket launch that is overseen by Drew Yeager and a group of young councilors. The kids are very enthusiastic and always have a great time.
 
The club will host this event next year as we have for the last 15 years.
Submitted by Eric Teder