Worlds 09

Rattling the tin cup

Oz Report - Thu, 27/03/2014 - 00:05

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Live Tracking

Oz Report - Thu, 27/03/2014 - 00:01

Manolis Andreaddakis <<info>> writes:

LiveTrack24 is now working in partnership with “Advanced Sport Instrument” (ASI), a Swiss company developing and producing instruments using advanced technologies , which are dedicated mainly to paraglider and hang glider activities.

Wishing to offer the highest quality of flight, ASI developed the compact, light and precise “FlyNet" variometer. Compatible with iOS and Android, its battery autonomy is 30 hours and it can connect via Bluetooth to your smart phone or mobile platform to record all your flight data!

LiveTrack24 and ASI now closely integrate their services and hardware for the benefit of pilots. As a first step ASI users can display their real time tracks on LiveTrack24!

Visit ASI website www.asinstrument.ch

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Neal Goss

Oz Report - Thu, 27/03/2014 - 00:01

Bill Franklin writes:

Neal Goss passed away. https://www.facebook.com/WallabyRanch

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le Signal

Oz Report - Wed, 26/03/2014 - 23:59

Alex Brieba <alex.brieba> writes:

Here is a video of the first flight on "le Signal" in Soulac sur mer near Bordeaux. le Signal was built in 1970 and was 200 meters from the sea, but now is attacked by the waves and will be soon destroyed.

http://youtu.be/2YCkgN_YDc8

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Rattling the tin cup

Oz Report - Tue, 25/03/2014 - 22:44

Big Spring is the only town in the US that strongly supports hang gliding competition

I report on Big Spring each year. We have access to the city's airport. We get a citizen's group that organizing the town to support the Big Spring Nationals. We get free ice cream, free bottled water, free hangar. Free headquarters. Free golf carts. Helpers.

The point of reporting on Big Spring is to encourage pilots to think about how to get this to happen elsewhere.

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Big Spring is soaring

Oz Report - Tue, 25/03/2014 - 22:43

Register now for the Big Spring Nationals: http://ozreport.com/2014BigSpringNationals.php

http://usat.ly/1lZNQ42

Nine cities where wealth is soaring.

One factor that may have helped median incomes in these cities grow is that incomes to begin with were often low, say Austin Nichols, senior research associate at the Urban Institute think tank in Washington, D.C.

9. Big Spring, Tex.

- - Percentage increase in income: 17.2%
- - Median household income: $40,943
- - Poverty rate: 20.4%
- - Population: 27,763

Big Spring is less than an hour from Midland, Tex., which is widely considered the epicenter of the state's oil boom. Mining has traditionally been a major industry in Big Spring, accounting for at least 10% of the city's economy in recent years. The sector has not grown considerably, but the state's energy boom across the state is still a likely factor in the city's sharp income growth. Strong growth in the city's housing market in recent years reflects to some extent the region's rising incomes. While home prices have not been particularly high in Big Spring the past five years, they had increased by nearly 25% between the three-year period starting in 2007 and the three-year period starting in 2010, among the most dramatic home value increases nationwide.

Thanks to Owen Morse.

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Archaeopteryx

Oz Report - Tue, 25/03/2014 - 22:43

http://www.ul-segelflug.de/blog/330-archaeopteryx-team-auf-platz-1-2-der-olc-weltrangliste.html

While in the northern hemisphere the 2014 soaring season has just begun, Marlies and Peter Eicher, Down Under, have advanced to No. 1 and 2 of the OLC World Ranking. With six FAI triangles, Marlies has made the leap to first place in the group PHG OLC, with 2570.44 points and a total distance of 1606.52 km, flying the Archaeopteryx.

http://www.onlinecontest.org/olc-2.0/para/getScoring.html?scoringId=323

http://www.ul-segelflug.de/blog/331-australian-archaeopteryx-team-made-the-leap-to-the-top-of-olc-world-ranking.html

They are just ahead of Tom Weisenberger, who really just need one more good flight to overtake them, so they had better get back in the air.

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Carrying too much?

Oz Report - Tue, 25/03/2014 - 22:42

http://news.msn.com/crime-justice/plane-carrying-marijuana-crashes-near-san-diego-1

This image provided Saturday March 22, 2014, by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, shows a crash site Friday where Federal authorities said an ultralight aircraft carrying about 250 pounds of marijuana crashed in the mountains east of San Diego.

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Ludesch Open 2014

Oz Report - Tue, 25/03/2014 - 22:41

https://www.facebook.com/events/758634440821111/?ref_newsfeed_story_type=regular&source=1

1 - 4 May 2014. The alternative date is 29 Mai - 1 June 2014. The competition is sanction as a category 2 at CIVL and the classes: 1 (Flex) and 5 (rigid wing). This is a very good training opportunity for Class 5 gliders before the World Cup in Annecy. We look forward to many pilots, good flying weather and an exciting event. Of course, there will be Party Time in the evening with fresh pork from the grill.

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Rattling the tin cup

Oz Report - Mon, 24/03/2014 - 23:35

The Oz Report is an international publication. I do have French readers and French flying buddies. But the language barrier (and the pride in the French language) keeps the Oz Report from having much of a readership in France. I do publish French stories (flying on the beach and at Annecy).

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Lea Kerr

Oz Report - Mon, 24/03/2014 - 23:34

http://naughtylawyertravels.blogspot.com.au/2013/12/lea-kerr.html

Lea writes:

Since my accident in may 2013, myself, family and friends have been faced with agonizing upset, pain and uncertainty not knowing what the future would hold on my road to recovery.

A great big thank you to Shedsy and Jamie and anyone else who helped me at the horrible scene, these guys are the reason I am still here today. No words will describe how grateful I am for what you done on that day.

All that I can say is without my partner, family and close friends my recovery would not have been as progressive as it has been.

I would like to especially thank Carl Wallbank, Phil Don, Kris Don, and Miles and Gem Kynaston for their tremendous support in the 100 mile cycle. I can't thank you guys enough. And not forgetting Stu who joined these boys and done the last five miles in his wheelchair.

I am so grateful for the continuous visits from the hang gliding lads. These visits kept me going and helped me through such a tough time during my long stay in hospital. You have all supported me every step of the way and take the word "friendship" to another level.

Carl Wallbank has been absolutely amazing. He has only been a friend for a short while but one I hope will remain a long and lasting friendship

Without the support, kindness and good will gestures of these friends I wouldn't be in the comfortable position I am in today. I have now moved into my new home and have settled in swimmingly.

And last but by no means least to my girlfriend Kim, this woman has been my "Rock" and I couldn't have done this without her.

I am now on the road to recovery but can honestly say without my family and friends and sheer determination I wouldn't be here to say my sincere thank you to everyone involved.

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2013 New England Cross Country Competition

Oz Report - Mon, 24/03/2014 - 23:33

http://ironman-hanggliding.blogspot.com/2014/03/2013-new-england-xc-competitionbanquet.html

Last night was the Awards Banquet for the 2013 New England Cross Country Competition. Hang-Gliding and Para-Gliding Pilots from all over the northeast, as well as from NY, and even North Carolina attended the event. We celebrated last years Cross Country flight winners, as well as the oldest Cross Country competition in the United States.

Some of the attendees like seasoned Cross Country veterans Jon Szarek and Dennis Cavanagro, told stories from the origins of the competition, the history of the Green Jackets (New England distance record), and the red jacket VHGA Sandmen (a small group of pilots that have made it to the beach from one of our flying sites). There were 4 of these members in attendance - Jon Szarek, Dennis Cavanagro, Jeff Bernard, and Randy Brown. Tom Lanning is another legendary member of the list, past MC, and regular attendee, but his wife Amy had to come in his stead since he was too busy scraping clouds in Florida (warming up so he can try to retake first place this year).

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Oh, the shame

Oz Report - Mon, 24/03/2014 - 23:33

The French pilots flying in Sport Class:

http://delta.ffvl.fr/node/1480

Alonzi Mario Benier Benoit Cuisset Gabriel Garing Fabien Mainente Serge Mathurin Eric Pollet Christian Zin Piero

The French, they're different.

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iPad and iPhone color picker for Wills Wing

Oz Report - Mon, 24/03/2014 - 23:32

N 34 11.586,W 117 19.414,Andy Jackson Flight Park, San Bernardino, CA, USA

Owen Morse couldn't be more proud of his brother's work.

Choose the colors and sail materials for your new Wills Wing glider, experiment with different combinations and email your final choice to your WW dealer to get your order started

At the Apple App store: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/willswing/id836001829?mt=8

Owen writes:

For those of you paying attention, there is an Easter egg hidden in this app. I call it the "dustin martin" Easter egg. Dustin suggested that the app have a button that when clicked, would generate and display all possible color combinations for a particular glider model. Depending on the number of panels, that could easily exceed 40 million combinations! Instead, if you quadruple tap the screen, a single random color combination will be displayed. It's fun, give it a try! It can help inspire some interesting designs, as well as confirm your intuition that certain colors should never be seen together!

Andrew is working on an Android version now.

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Gordon's graph updated

Oz Report - Sun, 23/03/2014 - 22:40

Gordon writes:

Here is an illustration of track logs for the PWC (green) and the Hang gliding pre-worlds (red) in Valle de Bravo Mexico. I've deleted the previous picture which did not show all the PWC tasks! Thanks Brett Hazlett, I did you guys a bit of an injustice.

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Flying this Wills Wing T2C 144

Oz Report - Sun, 23/03/2014 - 08:49

I get to fly this glider from Wills Wing in trade for a years worth of Oz Report advertising. Took it for a spin on Saturday (the fourth day in a row of fabulous conditions). Actually the wind was a little strong (15 mph) out of the west (not my favorite direction here). It was a very fast ride to cloud base at 4,400' but by the time I got there I was over Claremont.

Looks good for Sunday with lighter winds like the previous days.

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Gordon tracks Valle de Bravo

Oz Report - Sun, 23/03/2014 - 08:37

A preliminary look at the tasks flown at the PWC and the Pre-Worlds

Gordon Rigg writes:

Just for amusement here is an illustration of track logs from Valle de Bravo: Where the Pre-Worlds hang gliders flew (white), where the PWC paragliders flew (yellow). No wonder the paragliders were all home for tea. Just three tracks a day from goal for the hangies. All the tracks for the PWC because of the way the kml files were downloaded.

Some of the PWC tasks weren't shown. Gordon is working on it.

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Aeros Winter Race

Oz Report - Sat, 22/03/2014 - 14:32

http://www.aerosrace.blogspot.com/

http://hg.sffa.org/aeros_wr/

Task 3:

# Name Glider Time Total 1 Thomas Weissenberger Moyes Litespeed RS3.5 01:32:10 524 2 Matjaz Klemencic Moyes Litespeed RX3.5 01:35:55 471 3 Roland Wöhrle Moyes RX 3.5 01:36:27 463 4 Oleg Bondarchuk Aeros Combat C 12.7 01:36:53 456 5 Joseph Salvenmoser MOYES  RX 3,5 01:38:41 440 6 Vanni Accattoli Wills Wing T2C 154 01:39:26 435 7 Franc Peternel Wills Wing T2C 01:38:03 417 8 Manfred Trimmel Wills Wing T2C 01:43:37 403 9 Roman Colner Airborne Rev 13.4 01:46:36 399 10 Robert Reisinger WillsWing T2C 01:47:29 390 11 Iztok Jarc AEROS COMBAT GT 13,5  Black Pearl 01:50:59 384 12 Günther Tschurnig Icaro Z9 14.1 01:59:30 342 13 Endre Kovács Moyes Litespeed RS 3.5 02:17:37 287 14 Evangelos Papakostas Wills Wing T2C 144 02:40:24 216

Cumulative:

# Name Glider Total 1 Thomas Weissenberger Moyes Litespeed RS3.5 1406 2 Oleg Bondarchuk Aeros Combat C 12.7 1372 3 Joseph Salvenmoser MOYES  RX 3,5 1356 4 Roland Wöhrle Moyes RX 3.5 1335 5 Vanni Accattoli Wills Wing T2C 154 1327 6 Franc Peternel Wills Wing T2C 1310 7 Matjaz Klemencic Moyes Litespeed RX3.5 1239 8 Iztok Jarc AEROS COMBAT GT 13,5  Black Pearl 1172 9 Roman Colner Airborne Rev 13.4 1147 10 Manfred Trimmel Wills Wing T2C 1062
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Steve Pearson on his way

Oz Report - Sat, 22/03/2014 - 10:12

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