Adam at Highland Aerosports Inc. <<hanglide>> writes:
Mitch Shipley will be available starting at around 6:00 Saturday and throughout the week for instruction/refresher to get you in shape for the comp and refine your skills. If you need to familiarize yourself with your instrument we HIGHLY recommend you attend to ensure you have an easy week.
At the ECC 2015 - instruction by Mitch Shipley, Ph.D.
Weather and Soaring Flight : What to look for, where to find it and the science of thermal lift.
Landing Hang Gliders : A full system (pilot, harness, glider, wind) approach to understanding (using actual landing clinic videos) how hang gliders land well or not.
Flight Instrument Setup : Understanding what your instrument can do and how to set it up.
Cross Country and Competition flying : How to cover distance downwind or race faster.
Dave Aldrich writes:
Huge thanks to everyone in the community for stepping up and backing us. We are beyond humbled!
We still have 58 hours to go however so there is still time to become a backer. Every bit extra we raise will go into making these films just that much better. Quick example - I was able to hire a motion graphics guy to do the titles for the films. That's something that I pretty much suck at and having some, classy, pro looking titles will go a long way toward upping the production value. We are also working on bringing in a musician to record some sweet string instruments for at least one song for the Dreaming Awake at The Wallaby Ranch! Super stoked for that!
38 58 10.92 N,75 52 0.00 W,Highland Aerosports, Ridgely, Maryland, USA
Strong winds, nice cu's, we run out of peninsula.
Scoring system is FS and using GAP 2014 (GAP 2002). Distance, Speed, "Leading," and Arrival Position points.
The task committee called tasks to the north northeast. The RAP forecast was for 12 to 18 mph winds. Cloud base at 4,000' to 5,000'. Strong lift.
The launch opened at 1 PM with the first start time at 2 PM. Only Burt Rend was willing to launch first. No one else went into the launch line. It was an open launch. At 1:30 PM I got into the empty launch line. At 1:37 I was pulled into the air and pinned off at 1,600' in light lift. I took four light thermals in the start cylinder in the 16 mph winds.
I followed John Simon toward Oleg at the down wind edge of the 5 km start cylinder with five minutes to go for the second start time at 2:10 PM. JD was close by. There were few pilots in the air. One of the tugs was down.
We drifted just outside the start cylinder and at one minutes at 50 seconds to go I headed back to get inside the exit start cylinder. Oleg, John and JD followed me.
I headed out in front after getting the start gate and went to a cu 7 km to the west of the course line. We climbed from 2,400 to 3,900' at 400 fpm and headed out. John and Oleg were ahead and I just behind.
I headed off to their west a bit toward other cu's and found lift and then turned to the west and we all joined up again with John low. We headed out at near cloud base at 3,800' after climbing only ay 60 fpm from 3,500'.
Oleg got to the next thermal down to 2,800' and we climbed out at 200 fpm to 3,900'. I found better lift and climbed away from JD and John but lost track of Oleg just above me.
I made a crucial mistake at this point 2 km to the west of the course line by not going back toward the course line and to under the darkest looking cloud. I finally had to head for the downwind side of that cloud costing an area of 600 to 700 fpm sink and getting down to 1,700'. I wasted ten minutes staying up until I found much better lift downwind that was marked by a couple of hawks and other birds.
This thermal turned on above the birds to 600 fpm and I climbed to to 4,500'. From there is was a 16 km final glide to goal. John didn't go back to join Oleg in a thermal seven kilometers from goal and landed short.