Wednesday, August 30, 2006
Tuesday, August 29, 2006
"A Very brief report. A rather disappointing pre entry to this years nationals with only twelve pilots participating. The weather forecast was for unsettled overcast, sunshine and light showers with a light North Easterly all day. On arrival the weather man seamed to predict the day correctly with low cloud and damp conditions.
Fortunately for all concerned the day turned out just fine. The cloud lifted to reveal the sun about 10:30 and apart from one cloudburst remained dry and quite warm.
Clive Needham (event CD) had scheduled for three rounds but we were unable to complete the round three speed task due to a late start .
Round 1 Duration Steve Haley, Simon Jackson and Bob Dickinson won their slots. Bob having a very lucky break after his Cobra hit the ground during the tow on his test flight prior to the round start. Several pilots went to help him sort the problem, it appears that after a major rebuild his rudders were reversed.
Round 2 was a repeat of round 1. Round 3 saw Steve Hoppe take the top points along with Bill Haley. Distance R1,2&3 Norman Quirk recorded the most number of legs of the day with 23
Speed 1 & 2 Steve Haley had the fastest time with 16.90s this was 1.48seconds faster than anyone else could manage."
Monday, August 28, 2006
So for first time since a lot of years Joe Wurts and Daryl Perkins haven't been selected for the team :-(
Sunday, August 27, 2006
I have been flying my dear Caracho with new CG and tow hook position. At the end of the day I was happy with my launchings and I think this CG let me fly better. Next sunday I'll go on with the set my Caracho and then I will be able "to make hours" with him and then I will begin with the reset of my Europhia. I think I will fly €fia for f3j contest and Caracho for f3b.
It was a full day with broken lines, changing position of the winches because the wind, thermals, strong wind,... and also we missed people like Carles Aymat and Sergi Subias (our team mates) and I hope to see as soon as possible
Today was a special day so I have uploaded some photos in my gallery.
Wednesday, August 23, 2006
First I gave you some photos, later you were able to see the results, and now I can give you a report that has been made by Charles Flee and he has published in MGASA group. He has let me published in f3b at home blog also. Thank you Charles!!!! Pay atention:
"At first the MGA was concerned as a CD was unable to be found to officiate at this contest. Malcolm Siebert then graciously offered to perform CD duties for us as he was keen to learn the intricacies (substitute "horrors of handling a group of pre-school kids on a trip to the zoo") and details of conducting F3B competitions. He felt that as long as the pilots were prepared to put up with a novice, he'd give it a go. All went well and Malcolm had no major issues to deal with and handled the competition competently.
As we arrived on Saturday we were greeted by this large green albeit patchy kikuyu grass field. As I alighted from my vehicle I breathed in deeply to savour the fresh morning air, freshly manured grass is the just best to fly off. Mind you, the field is going to be a cracker in a few weeks time once the grass has sprouted after the first rains. The helpers (all volunteers) recruited from BERG and Groengoud must be applauded for the unenviable task of setting up and the marshalling they performed at Base 'B'. A very big THANK YOU and well done for them, your efforts are most appreciated. The Catering Crew at Groengoud also deserves a special mention for the neat lunch boxes they provided. Just what the doctor ordered and no gas or fires were required at the field. There was a scare on 35.080 the weekend before the competition and it was decided to avoid that frequency and monitor it before taking further action through SAMAA and ICASA. Some demo flights were flown to introduce the novice marshals to the Base `B' requirements for the distance and speed tasks and by this time a swirling breeze had started to indicate great things for the day ahead.