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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

Categories: Worlds 09

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.

Categories: Worlds 09

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

Categories: Worlds 09

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.)

Categories: Worlds 09

The US Sport Class team raffle

Oz Report - Thu, 03/04/2014 - 15:21

Stephan Mentler <<stephmet>> sends:

Good evening. Just wanted to send along the results of the raffle drawing that took place this evening at Quest. Each entry was assigned a number. Numbers were placed in a box and twenty five numbers corresponding to the number of prizes were drawn at random by Zac Majors. The names of the winners for raffle are provided below. Beginning with number 1 (Rich Harman), each winner will get to pick their prize from the list of available prizes. We will be contacting the winners individually beginning with number 1. On behalf of the team, I would like to thank everyone that has donated, the sponsors who provided items to be raffled, and last but not least, the Oz Report (Davis) for the advertising.

1. Rich Harman
2. James Rowan
3. Stephen Smith
4. Steve Hawkins
5. Tom McGowan
6. Bill Vickery
7. Linda Salamone
8. Gary D. Mcintire
9. Lisa Kain
10. Peter Kain
11. Evan Tasios
12. Cantesanu Horns
13. Estate of Mark Knight
14. Pete Lehmann
15. Dave Fynn
16. Matthew Wentz
17. Knut Ryerson
18. Christopher Donohue
19. Michael Howard
20. Dana Harris
21. James Kolynich
22. Mike Degtoff
23. Charlie Tirone
24. Steven Leiler
25. Andrew Harris

Categories: Worlds 09

Rattling the tin cup

Oz Report - Wed, 02/04/2014 - 23:09

Northern hemisphere Spring is here and the hang glider pilots have sprung.

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Categories: Worlds 09

Zac and Majo tandem at Quest Air

Oz Report - Wed, 02/04/2014 - 23:08

The video here.

Categories: Worlds 09

The new Alpha World Record

Oz Report - Wed, 02/04/2014 - 23:08

Mark Dowsett flew the new Wills Wing training glider (after aerotowing it), the Alpha 180, for the new world record distance for this class of glider 23 km south along highway 33 almost to Dean Still Road. He'll try again for Wallaby Ranch on Wednesday.

Maybe we should turn this into CIVL and make sure that they have an Alpha class.

Mark landing his Alpha here.

http://www.xcontest.org/world/en/flights/detail:markdowsett/1.4.2014/18:48

Categories: Worlds 09

Sunny?

Oz Report - Wed, 02/04/2014 - 23:08

The local NPR station kept saying that it was sunny, when it clearly wasn't.

On Monday and Tuesday we had two enjoyable days here at Quest Air with dozens of pilots and lots of flying in very light winds. Both days were forecast to be sunny but Monday had high clouds like this all day:

The sun was filtered all day and while there were lots of flights they mostly lasted less sometimes much less than forty minutes. But  the meteorologist on WMFE kept saying it was sunny. Maybe they mean that there weren't any lower level clouds.

On Tuesday there were no clouds other than a few very high wispy ones, and much better flying conditions. There was a strong inversion above 3,000' which was quite visible and the lift was weak, but with no wind there was very little turbulence.

I pinned off at 900' AGL in what appeared to be 200 fpm. It was lighter than that but it wasn't long before I climbed out to 3,000'.  Zac was in the air with four students but he wasn't able to teach them much given the light conditions.

I personally love light conditions, like early in the morning at Zapata. I found it easy to stay up and get back up from low. Love having light winds.

Categories: Worlds 09

Not eligible for the Worlds?

Oz Report - Wed, 02/04/2014 - 23:07

http://dca.ffvl.fr/hg2014/index.php/en/

Stephane Malbos writes:

We are two days from the end of the registration for the multi-class Hang Gliding Worlds in Annecy, France, next June. The allocation round will take part on April the 5th. So far, 111 pilots have registered themselves, but only forty one have been confirmed by their NAC. According to our rules (Section 7), it is NOT sufficient that pilots register themselves. Their NAC MUST CONFIRM that in fact they are representing their country.

Categories: Worlds 09

A good sport in sport class

Oz Report - Wed, 02/04/2014 - 23:07

It was the summer of 1989 and I had just flown my second cross country flight ever. I had purchased a used Wills Wing Euro Sport and flown twenty nine miles from Chelan Butte past Mansfield. (My previous cross country flight was on a Pacific Airwaves Vision 20, twelve miles north from Chelan, a year earlier.)

I headed south with my driver to Oregon from Seattle and hooked up with the Wills Wing pilots because I had a truck and a driver and they didn't.

Obviously we all had king posted gliders because there weren't any topless gliders then. I had an intermediate glider but Joe Bostik had won the Nationals previously flying a Sport (it's a long story).

There were seventy five pilots at this high end competition including Mark Newland from Australia (who would eventually win the competition), Mark Gibson, Kari Castle, Jim Lee, Chris Arai, Randy Haney, Larry Tudor, Kenny Brown, and numerous other top pilots. This was one of the big competitions held in the US and I went to it just because it was nearby. All the top pilots from the Pacific Northwest were also there.

Now as a neophyte I was in a competition with experienced pilots but we were flying similar gliders even if mine was not the top end king posted glider. I had Joe's example to refer to. It was possible then to fly in a open class competition with equipment that was similar to that used by the best pilots. I didn't feel that I was greatly disadvantaged by my equipment.

On the first day the goal was seventy five miles to the east. I was the last one to make goal. I had about tripled my longest distance. I continued to do relatively well on the following days, and when the goal was a little over hundred miles to the south almost to Lakeview, I landed just short after climbing to by far my highest point by then, 15,000'. Ken Brown spent the night out next to an alkali lake as we had traveled far over areas that were not that accessible.

I ended up in twenty fifth place out of seventy five surpassing all my "flying buddies" from Washington state.

Things have changed since then. That's why we have Sport Class now. The idea is to have competitions that allow for equipment that isn't the top of the line and promote access to competitions for pilots who have less experience and don't fly on the open class circuit.

It is the fact that things have changed that requires that we support Sport Class and the competition venue it provides to pilots who have less resources and time to devote to competition.

Categories: Worlds 09

The new competition harness from Wills Wing, Veloz

Oz Report - Wed, 02/04/2014 - 23:06

Designed and built as a partnership between Steve Pearson and Dustin Martin

Wills Wing will be taking up from where Jeff Shapiro left off, designing and creating a new competition harness that will in the not too distance future be available from them. I have published pictures of the prototypes previously. This is what the prototype looks like:

Steve and Dustin formed a design partnership with Dustin obsessing about the details. Dustin made sure that they got everything right. In particular Steve mentioned the comfort of the chest buckle and the leg buckles. You can rock up more upright with the new harness.

The harness itself is lighter than the Covert, uses the same material on the outer skin as you can see from the picture.

Categories: Worlds 09

Landing at Quest Air

Oz Report - Wed, 02/04/2014 - 12:22

Dean Funk takes a few photos:

I get ready to come in.

I go monkey and greatly increase the drag on the last part of my final and have a lot more ability to pull in by wrapping my toes around the base tube (compared to pulling in with my arms on the down tubes). The only problem is the transition earlier going from horizontal to monkey where it takes a few seconds to get my feet up on the base tube. There is less control at that moment.

The nice thing about having your feet on the base tube when you get within a foot or two of the ground is that you can push out with your legs and adjust the trim as you slow down. You don't have to actually put your legs down until the last minute. Of course, using this method has the added feature of always having your feet down and your head up.

Now, another way to land:

This is Zac Majors who has just swooped the landing zone and is turning around in preparation to landing going the other direction.

This is Zac a bit earlier:

Categories: Worlds 09

Rattling the tin cup

Oz Report - Tue, 01/04/2014 - 23:26

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Categories: Worlds 09

Even More Shame

Oz Report - Tue, 01/04/2014 - 23:26

http://airtribune.com/sport-hg2014/pilots

Koji Daimon, currently ranked 239th.

Shogo Ota, currently ranked 178th

Nobuhiro Okada, currently ranked 493rd.

Both Koji and Shogo, at least, have flown in open class internationally.

Categories: Worlds 09

2014 Canungra Classic

Oz Report - Tue, 01/04/2014 - 23:26

Dave Staver <<SuperiorShedsAndStables>> writes:

Canungra Classic, AAA
Date: 25th October - 1st November 2014
Venue: Mt Tamborine and Beechmont flying sites
Contact: Dave Staver, Canungra Hang Gliding Club, M: 0409 435 953

Categories: Worlds 09

Cover your glider

Oz Report - Tue, 01/04/2014 - 23:25

Mark Dowsett will be making these for topless gliders. The preliminary estimate of the price: $375.

Categories: Worlds 09

USHPA competition pilot ranking

Oz Report - Tue, 01/04/2014 - 23:22

http://www.ushpa.aero/competition/ntss1/index.php

Pos Name Points Comp 1 Comp 2 Comp 3 1 Zac Majors 1838   660  (SCF2013)  596  (BSp2013)  582  (Mon2014) 2 Michael Bilyk 1483   598  (For2014)  503  (BSp2013)  382  (FCh2013) 3 Chris Zimmerman 1284   540  (SCF2013)  523  (BSp2013)  221  (Mon2014) 4 Davis Straub 1256   447  (For2014)  436  (BSp2013)  373  (SCF2013) 5 Paris Williams 1200   660  (For2014)  540  (Gul2013)     6 Matt Barker 1196   439  (SCF2013)  435  (FCh2013)  322  (Mon2014) 7 James Stinnet 1179   546  (BSp2013)  515  (SCF2013)  118  (Mon2014) 8 Larry Bunner 1061   394  (SCF2013)  338  (FCh2013)  329  (Mon2014) 9 Mitchell Shipley 1027   419  (BSp2013)  385  (SCF2013)  223  (Mon2014) 10 Krzysztof Grzyb 974   490  (SCF2013)  484  (BSp2013)  

Only two foreign (outside the United States) meets count. Seven pilots counted the 2013 Big Spring Nationals (Paris wasn't there). The 2014 pre-Worlds counted for six pilots. Eight pilots counted the 2013 Santa Cruz Flats Race. Only three pilots counted the 2013 Americus Cup (Flytec Championship).

Categories: Worlds 09

Flyboarding

Oz Report - Mon, 31/03/2014 - 23:47

http://questairhanggliding.com/

People love extreme sports and bulk shopping. At Quest you get BOTH! Create your own adventure package at the Quest Air - The Super Center of Adventure! Shop for yourself or your Air Apparent, be an adrenaline junkie or we can call you mellow yellow…you have so many choices at Quest, the world’s only Flight Center offering Flyboarding, Hang Gliding and Dragonfly Light-Sport Discovery Tandems!

Zac Majors and Majo Gularte are here for fun.

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