Worlds 09

Come to Big Spring

Oz Report - Mon, 07/04/2014 - 23:15

You can fly there for a couple of days without being in the competition

http://ozreport.com/2014BigSpringNationals.php

You can come to Big Spring and fly without having to register for the competition. You don't even have to pay for your aerotows if you seriously help out with the launch. You can launch before or after the competition launch period.

Big Spring offers great cross country flying with wide open landing areas, big soft powerful thermals.

You can come for just a couple of days.

BTW, you can register for the competition and the fee is only $300 if paid before June 8th.

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Sunday at Quest Air

Oz Report - Mon, 07/04/2014 - 14:10

The cu's showed up again, just like the last two days and that called for another day of flying. Armand (Canadian Swift pilot and electrician) got to try for the 100 kmh Swift record (Robin Hamilton holds it). The place was packed as usual with new and old pilots flying as much as possible. We were getting to over 5,000'.

Dean Funk took this shot also. He is having trouble with the pollen so not flying.

I took a late flight (4 PM) so as to experience the mellowest of conditions and for sure got them. Still a southwest wind, but going upwind was again in order for a nice out and return.

So we flew all week starting on Tuesday after the bust the week of the Wills Wing Demo Days (I always have to add weather wise as somehow they are able to entertain themselves otherwise)

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Dalby Big Air HG 2014

Oz Report - Sun, 06/04/2014 - 23:15

http://www.williamolive.com/dalby/2014/

# Name Glider Dist. Total 1 Guy Hubbard Moyes Litespeed RS 4 23,76 121 2 Steve Blenkinsop Moyes Litespeed RX 3.5 21,12 113 2 Curt Warren Moyes Litespeed RS4 21,13 113 2 cameron tunbridge airborne rev 14.5 21,14 113 2 Konrad Heilmann Moyes Litespeed S 5 21,08 113 2 adam stevens airbone rev 13.5 21,14 113 2 Tim Osborne wills wing u2 21,07 113 8 Adam Parer Moyes Litespeed RX 3.5 21,07 112 8 John Smith Moyes Litespeed S 5 21,04 112 10 Frank Chetcuti Moyes Litespeed RS 3.5 20,82 111

Task stopped due to a thunderstorm.

Kathryn O'Riordan took this shot after landing:

Adam Stevens gets this shot:

Day two, the ground is too wet for aerotowing.

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Saturday at Quest Air

Oz Report - Sun, 06/04/2014 - 12:00

The cu's showed up again like on Friday and quite frankly it is a lot better here when there are cu's rather than an inversion and blue sky. There was also high clouds from the north that crept south just over Quest and then retreated.

I pinned off at 1,000' at 1:30 PM and got up right away to almost 4,000' before heading south to the turnpoint at Dean Still and 33. The wind was west southwest at about 9 mph, so I wasn't super fast. The cu's worked on the southwest corners and I found 600 fpm under at least one  if not more.

South of the Seminole airport I could see the higher clouds coming in so decided to turn back before making the turnpoint, but that turned out not to be needed as there was plenty of lift on the way back.

Cu's are just so much more fun to fly in.

Should be good after a morning fog on Sunday. Looks like a chance of rain on Monday and 60% chance on Tuesday.

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Friday at Quest Air

Oz Report - Sat, 05/04/2014 - 13:51

Dean Funk took this photo:

We didn't take off until late in the afternoon and Mark Stump flew for ever as it was his last day here. Nice to have the cu's back after a week inversions and blue skies (with nice light winds). The winds were a bit stronger at 9 MPH out of the west.

I flew to the southwest corner of the cultivated lands and then out into the Green Swamp to get under a nice cu. Bruce and Stumpy were there by chance also.

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Rattling the tin cup

Oz Report - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 22:52

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Spring has sprung here

Oz Report - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 22:52

Photos by Dean Funk

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The week at Quest Air

Oz Report - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 22:51

Kim <<info>> writes:

Quest Air is enjoying the sound of the Dragonfly as the success of the newest operation in flight takes off!! For the first time ever, we welcome our three new students buzzing through the air learning to fly in the open air cockpit of Bobby Bailey’s baby, the Purple Haze. Congratulations Jeff Walker, for your Dragonfly Solo today!

Quest welcomes U.S. National Champion and #1 US ranking hang gliding pilot in the country, Zac "Zippie" Majors, here to do an cross country clinic for members of the U.S. Sport Class Team! Zac brings high energy and excitement to the clinic format! His knowledge is widely sought after and his infectious passion for the sport is a great addition to Quest as an established resource of advanced training.

Flying has been great at Quest this week! We have experienced pilots from East to West training for the World's! From National Champions to aspiring novices, Quest has launched an average of forty tows per day this week! Favorite quote of the day was heard from Mike Pattishall from Kitty Hawk Kites "I have a lunch date with two bald eagles" ~followed by~ "This blue hole is going to turn into a street of clouds when I launch my lucky charms!"

Photos by Dean Funk

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Harry is un-CIVL

Oz Report - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 22:50

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Rattling the tin cup

Oz Report - Thu, 03/04/2014 - 23:27

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Amir Shalom

Oz Report - Thu, 03/04/2014 - 23:26

Shmuel (Sam) Korb <<chairman>> writes:

It it is with great sadness that I am writing to let the international hang gliding community know of the passing of Amir Shalom.

Amir took his own life over the last weekend, and he was laid to rest on Monday in Petach Tikvah, outside of Tel Aviv. His funeral was attended by hundreds of people who knew him, with the entire Israeli aviation community represented.

Amir was a pillar of the Israeli Hang Gliding Association, serving at various points in almost every function of the organization, and was our frequent representative at CIVL competitions the world over. He was a wealth of knowledge that I can say I personally only began to tap before he left us so suddenly.

Aviation was Amir's great love. Besides hang gliders, he flew and taught others to fly almost anything he could get his hands on: gliders, light sport aircraft, paragliders, powered parachute, general aviation. For the last six years, he was employed by the Israeli Civil Aviation Authority.

Amir's passing leaves in its wake an emptiness that will be impossible to fill for all those who knew him and were touched by him. May his memory be for a blessing.

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A sideways glance at the monkey landing

Oz Report - Thu, 03/04/2014 - 23:26

Dean Funk captures the pull in on final glide to keep up the speed well below tree level (actually that's the launch).

And as he is at the side of the landing you get a very good look at how high the hands are and where the bar is.

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Extreme Sport injuries

Oz Report - Thu, 03/04/2014 - 23:25

http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/03/31/with-the-thrills-come-extreme-risks/?_php=true&_type=blogs&_r=0

At the recent annual meeting of the American Association of Orthopedic Surgeons, Dr. Sabesan reported that more than 40,000 such injuries occur annually among participants in seven extreme sports, including skateboarding, snowboarding, mountain biking and motocross. Her analysis showed that 83 percent were head injuries and 17 percent neck injuries, with 2.5 percent described as severe, resulting in potential lifelong disability or death.

“The level of competition and injuries we’re seeing keep rising,” Dr. Sabesan said in an interview. “Many do recover, but not necessarily without long-term consequences.”

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Getting ready for the Dalby Big Air Comp

Oz Report - Thu, 03/04/2014 - 23:25

Curt writes:

We just rolled into Dalby. Steve McCarthy has recently landed, flying Bill's dragonfly (that makes four I can see) from Gulgong. Soggy ground but BeAuTiFuL sky. We hope to see lots of pilots next week for the Dalby Big Air Comp!

Our only "dry" landing options today were the roads, and even that wasn't a sure thing... Good weather/flying today, though!

http://www.warrenwindsports.com.au/events/2014-dalby-big-air-hang-gliding-comp

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Low flying at Dixon Park

Oz Report - Thu, 03/04/2014 - 23:24

https://vimeo.com/66988889

Flying over Newcastle and its sites.

Hill height max 88 meters asl. Most of what's going on is way below hill height. Dixon Park landing area is 25 meters ASL, no room for error. Have to get it right and yes, I, we, are enjoying what we do immensely!. Some say these maneuvers are performed way too low. It's all we have to work with, we don't have the luxury of thousands of feet to spare (and we have been doing this for a very long time).

The low level aspect makes it more crucial when performing maneuvers, knowing how much height you will use, where you will be at the end of the routine and where everyone else in the air is. Safety first at all times.

I enjoy all aspects of hang gliding, as do my friends. From coastal to cross country At 52 years old and flying now for over 30 years, I can't see any reason to stop doing what I do. I and my friends, the people I fly with, well, we don't regard ourselves as special because we fly. Rather what we do is very special and we are very lucky to be able to experience what some people can only dream of doing, the freedom of flying like a bird. No better way to enjoy life, than from a great height.

Thanks to Erick.

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Ultralight Soaring in Germany

Oz Report - Thu, 03/04/2014 - 23:24

Klaus Burkhard <<klaus.burkhard>> writes:

Jill McCaw, editor and publisher of Soaring New Zealand, has first time ever published a 4-page article about the Ultralight-Soaring scene in Germany. I wrote the article referring to hang gliders like the Swift-light and Archaeopteryx too.

The article of course is written in English and can be downloaded for free at the following link: http://www.ul-segelflug.de/presse/publikationen.html.

More about this here: http://www.ul-segelflug.de/blog/333-ultralight-soaring-made-in-germany-first-time-in-soaringnz.html

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Why is Sport Class wide open?

Oz Report - Thu, 03/04/2014 - 23:19

It is hard to get a meet organizer to put on a Worlds for Women only (There aren't enough of them in hang gliding competition.). So when rigids came along they got tacked on to the Women's Worlds to build up the number of contestants. Then Swifts got tacked on. And this year it is Sport Class.

But not enough pilots have attended Sport Class competitions (like our successful circuit in the US) to provide much of a competition at the Worlds. Therefore, they allow in open class pilots (the Plenary had the opportunity to restrict entry to only those pilots who had flown in Sport or Floater class competitions, a normal step to a Worlds.)

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