Thomas Weissenberger <<tomtom>> writes:
We came to Chile to fly 350 km declared out-and-return world record, and yesterday, Sunday we did it! 365 km total and Tom's personal best.
It was an extraordinary day with high cloud base at 900m, slow at the beginning but with increasing SW breeze and good ridge lift with 40km/h average speed. Already at 3pm I could make the turnpoint after 175km in four hours.
The way back was a hell of a race with 20km/h SW winds flying with 60km/h average speed! At 5:45pm I could reach my highest altitude of the day over 1.000msl just before the ridge was getting low to 400m. But I was also gliding into the shade of fog at higher level that drifted in from the pacific ocean and its cold Humboldt stream.
Condition died and the fight started just to stay airborn to finish the last 20 km! Now my fast run paid off being kinda early back for a hot final. Clock was showing 6pm, just 20' after my highest altitude - conditions do change very quick here!
Scratching the hills 10m agl, 350msl that is, in overcast sky the warm sand still offered catabatic lift 0.5-1.0m/s but just to the top of the ridge: first 500, then 600, then 700msl at 7pm!
For the last 10km I had two options: just making the start cylinder or landing at the golf court as the very last landing option before Iquique city. Going around the very last corner the final glide was showing -350m to arrive take off at 550m. So these last 200m would have been left to find a place to land. I still don't know how my decision would have looked like but on my way I hit the very last thermal with 1m/s consistent climb to cloud base at 800m for making the last 6km - that was it!
Easily my RS 3.5 was flying over take off again with a joyfull 15km final glide over Iquique city and landing at the beach 7:20pm.
After 347km, 352km and now 365km I could set up three world records in out-and-return distance. But it is not just about records, it is more about the whole project 'record weeks Chile', all its efforts, four years of planning and finally working out fine. What an odyssey!
From an earlier flight:
Alex Brieba <<alex.brieba>> writes:
We have built a Radio command release system we just have to finish the closing of the foam ball. It will be put between the pilot and the towing line. It will permit the hang gliding teacher to release from the ground in case of a problem.
Sorry sound is in French.
Tom goes 353 km.
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Ben Philpott <<press.bhgc>> writes:
I think the issue comes down to adjustable ribs which allows the pilot to flatten the wing profile. These differences were visible to the eye from glider to glider at the Pre Worlds when looking along the trailing edge from the tip towards the root. Some "factory" pilots had adjustable ribs that created a very flat profile.
Please see below a selection of comments from our hang gliding comp forum here in the UK. I can not add anything else to this, but clearly illustrates the level of concern for a level playing field. If you visit my old blog address pressbhgc.blogspot.com and look at the July entries you will see my posts during the comp.
"So AIR had some 'tunable' gliders at the pre-worlds? From what I've seen of AIR and Felix, I would like to think they are doing this in a safe/controlled manner - it's not necessarily dangerous. Are we jumping to conclusions?
"There is simply no adjustment possible to the profile of 'most*' V series profiles. However, the early production VR's do differ, in that the outer 2 ribs are not fixed to the LE extension, hence the angle of incidence can be changed by how you position the velcro during assembly.
"Making the tips flatter gives a more neutral pitch feel, and as far as I know has not resulted in any incidents. In 'flatter tip' mode the pitch is neutral (much like an aerobatic aircraft) plus at speed it can start to 'hunt' - its very subtle and barely noticeable. A trait of flying wings I believe, and I only got to know about it when XXXXXXXX replayed his filming of my low passes.
"I can understand Felix wanting to release production gliders in 'softer' mode, but perhaps encouraging that in the future we may be able to tune within limits (assuming this is what he is going for).
"AIR and Felix got bit with the original Atos C (pre-tail) that seemed to take the tailless aircraft past the limit of what is safe. There were numerous spinning incidents and Davis Straub's infamous 'blown up' glider. The introduction of the V tail solved all issues overnight (i.e. bullet proof pitch stability and unspinnable). I'm sure Felix wouldn't risk what seems to be an unblemished safety record for at least a decade.
"Ben is right, although 99% of people don't and can't 'tune' their Rigid wings, all three pilots on the podium in the Pre-worlds had altered gliders (and then everyone noticed the difference in glide).
"I'm sure more will be turning up with lowered ribs in the worlds.
"Two of them were test pilots for AIR which meant they had fitted threaded tips on their ribs to adjust them easily. Something should really be done to make it a level playing field. As XXXXXX says though, all the VR's or VQ's that you will buy can't be tuned except moving your hang point and adding lead or cutting down on the pies!"
Type of record : Free out-and-return distance
Course/location : Punta Blanca - Caleta Paquica - Punta Blanca (Chile)
Performance : 339.5 km
Pilot : Thomas Weissenberger (Austria)
Hang Glider : Litespeed RS 3.5 / Moyes Delta Gliders
Date : 27.10.2013
Current record : no record set yet
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You can view this resource at: http://enso.larc.nasa.gov/sass/contrail_forecast/contrail_prediction.html#REALTIME. With air traffic expected to increase, and environmental conditions possibly changing to favor the development of persistent contrails, we may find that clear blue skies will not be so common in the future.
Most people now accept that day-to-day human activity is inadvertently modifying global climate. Less well known, however, is that active weather modification has also been around for a long time, and is becoming increasingly prevalent today. Active weather modification may have begun with the observation that it often rained after field battles, which was attributed to the smoke from cannon and gunfire. This observation spawned a generation of rainmakers, one of the most famous of whom was Charles Hatfield.
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To read more about the Rainmaker, visit: http://www.sandiegohistory.org/journal/70winter/hatfield.htm
John Hesch <<jrhesch>> writes:
I've been asked repeatedly since posting the video of my hoist, for a little more info on it. Glen Volk has been playing the "squeaky-wheel" lately and got me off my butt to make a video. If anyone has more questions, they could be answered on the forum and all would have access to them.
Russell Brown writes:
A famous rigid wing pilot once said: "Finding thermals over the flats is like walking through the forest with your eyes closed".
I asked Jochen Zeischka if he personally brought down the Obamacare web site:
Ms. Sebelius said she was ultimately responsible for this debacle, including the websites problems. But she said that a government contractor, Verizons Terremark unit, was responsible for outages that disrupted the website on Sunday and again on Tuesday.
Oops! Won't do it again.
Stef Malbos <<stefmalbos>> writes:
No bid has been received so far for 2016 competitions, although the deadline for them was October 22. CIVL Bureau has extended the deadline until December 1st, 2013.
- World HG World Championships, Class 1 Women, 2, 5 and Sport
- European HG Class 1
- European PG Championships.
- Asian or Oceanian PG Championships.
- European PG Accuracy Championships.
- Asian or Oceanian PG Accuracy Championships.
- Pan-American PG Accuracy Championships
Bart and Tiki <fly> write:
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The Zero Drag got an additional bag for the camelbag above the thigh. Because of this position the pilot is closer to the carbonplate. So the complete harness is smaller, which leads to less drag.
Adam Palmer <<apalmer>> sends:
Designer Richard Clarksons Cloud Lamp adds to the atmosphere at home. A heap of down fluff impregnated with a battery of electrical wires, the lamp gives you your very own cumulonimbus cloud. Not only does it approximate the gust-like shape that hovers in stormy skies, but it also produces a phantasmagoric play of lights--call it lightning design.
32.881678,-111.854982,Francisco Grande, Casa Grande, Arizona, USA
Members of the The Boys and Girls Club of the Casa Grande Valley pose with participants of the Santa Cruz Flats Race.
The Santa Cruz Flats Race fundraising event was a huge success! Nearly $1400 from pilots and friends at the competition was raised in a Calcutta.
In addition, Steve Kroop at Flytec USA donated $100/day with his "Above and Beyond" award that went to a competitor or other person involved with the competition that did something notable either flying or charitable related. Each award was given out with special speed sleeves and a donation of $100 to the Boys and Girls Club in that person's name.
The Boys and Girls Club of the Casa Grande Valley provides after school and weekend activities for lower income latch-key kids in the community and contributions will provide full scholarships for *16* kids for an entire year!
Previous record: http://www.fai.org/fai-record-file/?recordId=14703
332.5 km, by George Stebbins.
Got pretty low after making the turnpoint and heading back.
There is some discrepancy about whether this is the record.
Flex wing, Sport class, Rigid wing classes.