Lacolle International 2017


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25-27 août 2017
4ième édition du championnat international de planeur électrique

Un programme de trois jours comptant pour deux compétitions ALES et une compétition F5J.


Vendredi 10:30-4:30 Lacolle International F5J
Samedi 9:00-3:30 Classe Open ALES Samedi
Dimanche 9:00-2:30 Classe Open ALES Dimanche

Le Lacolle International F5J est sanctionné par le FAI F5J Intertour 2017-18 et par la Eastern Soaring League (ESL). Ainsi les points comptent au tableau de classement du F5J Intertour et du ESL.

Les compétitions ALES sont sanctionnées par MAAC, la ALES League et ESL, les points comptant des leurs tableau de classement respectif.


La compétition F5J sera régie par le règlement F5J de la FAI, mais en permettant le redémarrage du moteur, ce qui recevrait un pointage de zéro pour le round.

Les compétitions ALES seront régies par le règlement AMA event 463, sauf que les altimètres et «skegs» ne sont pas autorisés. Les atterrissages seront mesurés sur un ruban de 5 mètres et compteront pour 50 points.


Prix remis de la première à troisième place.

Un prix spécial pour le grand champion du Lacolle International 2017 au meilleur score combiné pour les trois jours.

L’INSCRIPTION EST VIGOUREUSEMENT ENCOURAGÉE et limitée à 48 billets. Prière ensuite de vous enregistrer sur place 30 minutes avant le début de la compétition.

Les billets sont au coût de 20 $ par jour. Le prix inclut le lunch, si vous vous inscrivez avant le 17 août. Le lunch est gratuit pour les enfants.

Les Arpents v’air vous reçoivent sur leur magnifique gazonnière à Lacolle, QC, Canada, à quelques minutes de la frontière Canada-US. Nous attendons nombre de participants du Québec, Ontario, et des États-Unis.

Le camping est possible sur le site.
Prière de ne pas circuler en véhicule sur le gazon.

Lacolle International ALES Aug. 26-28 2016

3rd annual MAAC sanctionned international electric soaring championship

This is a three days program counting for three distinct ALES competitions + extras activities. There is a fourth chance to get LSF points with the overall three days points board, for this championship.


Friday AM UMS Class ALES day 1
Friday PM LSF eSAP accomplishments & Fun Fly
Saturday Open class ALES day 2
Sunday Open class ALES day 3


FRI – 1st place;

SAT and SUN: 1st to 3rd place experts, 1st and 2nd place sportsman.

Lacolle International grand champion award for best combined score for the three days.

There will be an exhibition fly-offs with the best four pilots for a special 15 minutes round Sunday launched to low altitude. Don’t miss this spectacular demonstration.



EXPERT: (1) Working on LSF Level III, IV or V, or
(2) Previously placed in the top 3 in a contest with 10 or more pilots, or
(3) Volunteer to fly in Expert class.
SPORTSMAN: (1) All others




Pilot signin is 30 minutes before each individual competition.

This event is hosted by the Arpents v’air club RC on our beautiful sod farm in Lacolle, QC Canada, minutes from the Canada-US border. We expect participation from Quebec, Ontario and the nearby states of NY, NJ, NH, Maine and Vermont. Perhaps other places?

Dry camping is possible on the site.

More info is available by clicking here.


Open Class (Sat & Sun)

All specifications and rules will be as per the usual «AMA event 631«.

UMS Class (Friday AM)

In UMS class all specifications and rules will be as per the usual «AMA event 631«, but with a few additionnal requirements.

UMS (Unusual Material Sailplane) class is a scratch build sailplane with unusual materials (packing tape, saran wrap, cardboard, whatever) and likely sparebox pieces. No size limit. Three or four rounds will be flown in the ALES format. Pure fun, nothing serious here! Task time and launch height will be negociated by the pilots at the meeting.

UMS class special requirements:
Wingspan : 1 to 4.0 meters
Weight : no limitations
Motorization: is not essential; electric, hand or bungee launches permitted
Materials: the implementation must show at least one functional design element not usually found in modern RC sailplanes. Be imaginative.
Decoration: the sailplane must show some creative art decoration: be creative! Hey, why not ask a 5-year old for help? 😉

It’s time to build !

Show your build on RCgroup event’s discussion thread

LSF accomplishments and fun fly (Friday PM)

A full afternoon of LSF’s (League of Silent Flight) eSAP program flight accomplishments.

– Information on the eSAP program – Express registration – Precision landing tasks – Flight duration tasks – Cross country tasks
We have a safe 2 km straight course for goal-and-return tasks.

Résultats de la compétition ALES

Nous avons eu une splendide journée avec des pilotes incroyablement doués à notre compétition ALES du 29 août 2015. Voici les résultats complets. Merci à tous d’avoir été là et nous serons assurément encore plus nombreux l’an prochain ! Remerciements aux photographes : Claude Vigeant, Duc Levan, Fabien Gagné.



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More info on the LSF day

Hi everyone,

We wanted to send you some additional information about the LSF (League of silent flight) day planned for August 30, the day after the ALES contest.

What is the League of silent flight?

LSF is an accomplishment/proficiency program for soaring that has 5 different levels, and it’s a great companion to ALES. To obtain each level, there are a series of challenges. For example the Level I requires two 5 minute flights and 5 landings within 3 meters of the target; Level II requires two 15 minutes flights, 10 landings within 1.5m of the target, and some accumulation of contest points. Higher levels introduce the idea of cross country flight – soaring towards a goal that is 1, 2 or 10km away and coming back, all within one flight.

How is the Montreal/Ottawa crowd involved?

Last year, an “Electric” version of the LSF program was released and a few of us started to work at it. Brian had piqued our curiosity by telling us about the original LSF (winch-launch) program, which he had participated in and reached level 4 in, so we were quite enthusiastic! You might have signed some spot landing points for us at a contest this year or seen us try our thermal duration flights after contests here and at Polecat. It’s a great way to stay motivated and it’s a different type of accomplishment than winning contests – you can do it at your own pace, and you are only competing with yourself. In fact as Fabien and I learned as we both flew our duration flights after the Mats contest and helped each other find thermals, cooperation even helps.

What is the LSF day on August 30th?

We hope you will join us in this challenge! That’s why Fabien is hosting a LSF day on the 30th. We are hoping some of you will stay over in Lacolle. If we can get a handful of people together, we will arrange all the paperwork and get LSF stickers & cards to get everyone started. We will guide you through the first steps and lay out the day to facilitate people timing and witnessing for each other. We think that anyone who signs up can achieve their Level I on Saturday as part of the ALES competition and get a strong start on their Level II on Sunday.

The registration link is here: LSF day, and the ALES competition (register for one or both).

Full instructions are here if you want to read them (but, we will walk you through them):

All aspects of participation in the LSF are free.

We’d be happy to answer any questions you might have!

Fabien & Isabel

Compétition ALES du 29-30 août

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Cette année nous vous convions aux Arpents v’air pour un programme double les 29 et 30 août 2015 :

Samedi 29 août : compétition ALES

Dimanche 30 août : journée LSF (League of Silent Flight)

En cas de pluie samedi, la compétition serait remise au dimanche et la journée LSF serait annulée.

Svp Plus d’info et l’enregistrement en cliquant sur les liens ici haut. Vous permet aussi de demeurer informés la veille des événements.

NOTES : Accueil dès 8h00, vol à 9h00. Assurez-vous de pouvoir programmer votre unité CAM pour 100, 150 ou 200m parce que l’altitude de départ sera adaptée aux conditions de vol.

Fabien Gagné, votre CD


You are invited to the Arpents v’air for a double program on August 29 and 30 2015 :

Saturday Aug. 29 : ALES Competition

Sunday Aug. 30 : LSF eSAP day (League of Silent Flight)

In case of rain Saturday, the competition would be postponed to Sunday at the LSF day would be cancelled.

More info and registration by clicking on the links above. Be sure to register to stay in touch.

NOTES : Field opens at 9h00, flight at 9h00. Make sure you are able to program your CAM units to 100, 150 or 200m as the starting height will be customized to the flying conditions.