First Stage of the 2014 Brazilian National Championships - day 4
Andre Wolfe is still in first place after four tasks. He came in fifth on task number four losing a couple of hundred points on second and third.
Task 4:# Name Glider Time Total 1 David Brito Filho Wills Wing T2C 144 02:10:23 978 2 Eduardo Fernandes Wills Wing T2C 02:10:24 956 3 Glauco Pinto Icaro Laminar Z9 02:10:54 943 4 Marcelo Moikano Andrei Gomes Wiils Wing T2C 02:11:35 927 5 André Wolf Moyes LS RX 3.5 02:26:41 777 6 Eduardo Oliveira Wills Wing T2C 154 02:31:21 775 7 Fabio Thomaz Moyes LS S5 02:40:54 691 8 Marcio Rosadas Moyes LS RX 3.5 02:42:07 670 9 Carlos Alberto de Oliveira Bebé Wills Wing T2 02:44:20 656 10 Mario Campanella Wills Wing T2C 02:48:26 643
Cumulative:# Name Glider Total 1 André Wolf Moyes LS RX 3.5 3627 2 Eduardo Fernandes Wills Wing T2C 3296 3 Glauco Pinto Icaro Laminar Z9 3291 4 David Brito Filho Wills Wing T2C 144 3232 5 Eduardo Oliveira Wills Wing T2C 154 3050 6 Marcelo Moikano Andrei Gomes Wiils Wing T2C 2952 7 Marcio Rosadas Moyes LS RX 3.5 2854 8 Fabio Thomaz Moyes LS S5 2773 9 Alvaro Figueiredo Sandoli Wills Wing T2C144 2678 10 Konrad Heilman Moyes LS RX 3.5 2643
A five-minute day dream into to the green, blue, and white sky paradise. Filmed during the 2013 Paragliding World Cup Superfinal, in Governador Valadares, Minas Gerais, Brasil.
Despite all the controversy surrounding the event, we got to race paragliders with our friends, through a magnificent sky. Two weeks, 50 hours, and 1000 km of celebrating this amazing sport!
I traveled in December, January and February with the help of many wonderful people. My wife, Belinda stayed home in the US to help care for her mother and step father, so I really needed the support of others. Without their help I wouldn't have been able to come to Australia and fly in the 2014 Australian Nationals/Forbes Flatlands. Here's the list:
Vicki Cain: I stayed with her and Greg for a few days at their house when I first got to Australia. She also appointed me as the unofficial assistant meet director and weatherman for the Forbes Flatlands, and among much else provided a place to stay with good folks (Bruce, Alan, and Bobby) in Forbes. Thanks to Alan and Bruce for help with the bike.
Jonny Durand, Jnr.: He brought me on as the Official Observer for his World Record attempts, which made it so I could come to Australia. Shuttled my gear and bike to Eucla and back to Sydney (1000's of kilometers).
Steve Blenkinsop: Got me another place to stay in Forbes for a couple of days. He shuttled me to the Victorian Alps and rode with me over the mountains then shuttled me to Port Elliot so that I could continue push bike riding south of Adelaide (the first day with him). I also stayed at his house in Adelaide after riding until heading to Eucla. A great riding companion around Adelaide and to the Tour Down Under also.
Scott and Virpi Barrett: They let me stay at their house over Christmas and before I headed back to the US. I store my Australian bicycle there. Scott took me mountain biking (on his best bike) through the Wallarah National Park.
Curt and Louise Warren: I had a lovely stay at their home with their kids Wiley and Gala and got to fly Curt's Moyes Malibu.
Phil Shroder: Steve and I got to stay at his house in Beechmont before the three of us tackled the ride up to Falls Creek.
Paul Kelley: Long time Oz Report reader. Stayed with him when riding on the Fleurieu peninsula.
Cameron Tunbridge : He gave Paris and I a ride to Forbes.
Hadewych Van Kempen: She gave Paris and I a ride from Newcastle to Cameron's house.
Michelle Taylor and Judy Durand: Retrieving me from the outback north of Eucla when I took out a tire and a tube.
First Stage of the 2014 Brazilian National Championships - day 3
Andre Wolfe is in first place after three tasks. He came in second on task number two, with three pilots coming in together. Glauco was first, but did poorly on the first day and is now in second place overall, 500 points behind Andre.
Bird flight control surfaces for those willing to follow a long discussion
This one is interesting as it is almost exactly head on. The wing tips are at a lower angle of attack than the rest of the wing. The shape of the trailing edge suggests, the bird increases the angle of attack at specific sections.
He'll apparently be doing air shows, not coming to the pre-Worlds in Valle.
Multiple competitions determine the Brazilian National Champion and the National team
Andre Wolfe is in first place after two tasks.
Again the results are published in PDF, which means that I don't reformat then and publish them here.
No one made the goal on the second task. Andre was fourth on that day and first on the first day to goal by sixteen seconds, when eight pilots made goal. I see only thirty pilots competing.
The NY Times piece here.
Others thought it more likely that climate change was a culprit for the exceptional weather. Julia Slingo, chief scientist of the Met Office, Britains national weather service, said all the evidence pointed to a link.
For the 8.2 million people living in London, what was once a somewhat distant news event has certainly become uncomfortably close. Residents briefly got a taste of some of the disruption other areas have been living with for more than a month when the M25, the ring road running around greater London, was flooded on Friday. Three of its four lanes running in one direction were temporarily closed.
The Thames Barrier one of the worlds strongest flood defense installations, designed to protect London from a surge in the North Sea was shut on Sunday at high tide and was expected to close again to protect properties along the river.
The NY Times piece here.
Normal winters here in Fresno, in the heart of Californias Central Valley, bring average highs in the 50s, steady periods of rain and drizzle, and the dense, bone-chilling Tule fog that can blanket the valley for days and even weeks on end.
But not this year. Instead, early 2014 gave us cloudless skies and midday temperatures in the 70s. By the end of January, it seemed like April, with spring trees in full bloom.
Kris Grzyb sends this:
This is new project based on very popular and known 5" Eink reader running XCsoar 6.7.x software.
One of the many articles here.
A British Columbia hang-glider pilot whose failure to hook in his passenger caused a dramatic mid-air struggle, which ended with the woman falling 300 metres to her death, pleaded guilty Friday to criminal negligence.
The probe also found Orders did not perform a pre-launch safety check, even though he had taken a tandem re-certification course just weeks earlier.
"His failing to connect her harness, his launching with Ms. Godinez-Avila without her being connected is a substantial departure from the standard of care you'd expect from a reasonably prudent pilot," Campbell said.
"It was unintentional."
Dick Heckman writes:
Below you'll find the FAA rule that we're operating under and that presently will continue as is in the rules to go into effect in 2020. This is an aircraft rule and we are air vehicles but we're assuming that if they can fly, so can we. The FAA could easily change it at any time if we abuse it. When we see something like this, we need to realize just how much flying access we have here in the US. Think if every state had jurisdiction over their own airspace (like in Europe):
Mode C exception for non electrical system aircraft
(3) Notwithstanding paragraph (b)(2) of this section, any aircraft which was not originally certificated with an engine-driven electrical system or which has not subsequently been certified with such a system installed, balloon or glider may conduct operations in the airspace within 30 nautical miles of an airport listed in appendix D, section 1 of this part provided such operations are conducted-
It's funny how many pilots think that air flows down the pitot tube. The fact of the matter is that it's a static pressure sensor inlet tube and that all that happens is air pressure builds up and it transmitted down the tube but is essentially a static column of air not unlike a spring. The problem with inlets is that is the air does not hit is square on in gives variable reading depending on the angle relative to the ambient airflow. It's very easy to test by attaching a hose to the exhaust end of a vacuum cleaner and clamping that blower nozzle down and hand holding the 6030 a safe distance away. By changing the angle of the 6030 you can see immediately how this affects the airspeed reading. Be sure to keep it a safe distance now.
What I've noticed about aircraft pitot tubes is that they all have an outside bevel around the perimeter of the opening. I bought some 6x4mm plastic hose and carefully cut a bevel around the perimeter so that it has a sharp edge around the inlet. When I have tested this using the blower method while changing the angle relative to the airflow I find I get far less variation. If I remove the hose altogether is becomes very sensitive to even small variation in angle relative to airflow.
The moral of the story is if you do not change the angle of attack of the inlet of the 6030 relative to the airflow then you can dispense with the hose but will still probably have to calibrate the pressure sensor regardless. It's rare that these give correct TAS reading without some amount of compensation.
Steve Kroop at Flytec <<info>> writes:
NMERider is spot on. The one thing that I would add is that there is a divergence in the airflow around the instrument. At slower speeds this airflow split is close to the instrument and should not effect the airspeed reading without a pitot tube. As the airflow speeds up, the airflow split moves forward, having a pitot tube allows the pressure to be sampled forward of this divergence.
More important than the pitot tube is proper placement of the 6030. It needs to oriented into the relative airflow AND it needs to be as far away from the disturbed air around the pilot as reasonably possible. The cleanest convenient airflow is out at the control frame corner bracket. A longer bracket arm or pod gets the instrument out in front of the disturbed air around the pilot and improve visibility at high speed.
Annet Vieregges sends:
This year we will be presenting the seminar at Annecy, France from 7th of July to the 13th. The course consists of talks and actual flying practice under the guidance of instructors. It is intended for pilots of intermediate and better skills. Student pilots should at least know the basics of thermal soaring. We will work on all the skills necessary to be a good cross-country pilot. If some pilots have superior skills we will work with them on competition skills if so requested. Typically we have 12 students in the class and three instructors so that each day there are four students assigned to each instructor. These groups vary throughout the course. This arrangement has worked very successfully in the past twelve years. This year we are adding a new format with a download of students GPS flight record and an analysis of the flights.
The seminar takes place over seven days (normally we have an informal gathering the night before to get acquainted). The daily schedule* is typically:
Presentation8:30 until 10:30am.
Loading gliders and driving to the hill10:30 to 12:00.
Setting up and discussing task for the day12:00 to 1:00pm.
Evening debrief and flight analysis7 to 8:30pm.
The presentation consists of lecture and drawings covering all the topics in the course outline. These are presented by Dennis Pagen, mainly, with inputs from the other instructors as well as plenty of room for student questions. Students learn best when they know which of their capabilities they want to improve. These wishes of improvement are the starting points of the presentations. Along with them many aspects of cross country flying will be covered.
* Note: the times listed above will vary with the site and conditions of the day.
It is desirable to have a double surface glider to maximize cross-country potential. However, we have had single surface gliders and many intermediate gliders fly cross-country. Pilot skill is the most important factor, and this is what we work on most. Items that improve the effectiveness of the course greatly are a 2-meter radio, cell phones with local sim card and a GPS device. The last two items are for a quick retrieve, the radio allows the instructors to give constant feedback and to enhance staying together in the air. Flying together and getting personal feedback is what gives you a boost. A working radio set and GPS makes this possible. Work your radio systems as well as all your equipment out before the course for maximum value. And this year we will be downloading track logs, comparing them and learning from the flight details. Finally, we recommend having note-taking ability because we present so much information that it cannot all be remembered.
Every day when it is flyable, we will get ready as efficiently as possible, then we will discuss the days task. It will be chosen according to the conditions of the day. The task will be chosen to be challenging but safe. The groups will be roughly divided so that pilots of similar skills will fly together. There may be different tasks for the different groups.
The instructors will remain with their assigned groups as much as possible to help with thermaling, gliding and decision-making. Sometimes we will go ahead to mark thermals, and sometimes we will wait for slower pilots. The whole effect is that students will have many other pilots helping throughout most of the flight. The emphasis is on improving the skills of each student. And, of course, we intend it to be FUN!
Costs of this Cross Country Seminar will be 450 (euros).
If youve had a notion to improve your cross-country skills or go country country for the first time, be sure to join us this summer. For more information contact Annet at <harm.annet>. She keeps the records of communication and finances.
raul guerra <<dr.raulguerra>> writes:
With my new one handed nurse, Wolfi, we can finish dental work of USA Champion Zac. We have great time with these guys at Ecuador, and we are ready for more pilots come for teeth work and to fly.
The petition (in German) here.
Thanks to Krzysztof Grzyb.
Thanks to William Wood.