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US Sport Class Raffle

Oz Report - Sun, 30/03/2014 - 23:40

Stephan Mentler <<stephmet>> writes:

For those of you who donated and are entered into the raffle, thank You. For the rest of you procrastinators, you have until noon eastern standard time (Quest Air time) to donate – stop procrastinating - the paypal link is below. Tell your friends. We have non-hang glider pilot prizes to include dune lessons and a tandem flight. Your odds of winning a 6030 are still looking pretty good. We also have lot more prizes available (read below). Prizes will be allocated according to the order in which the names are draw - in other words if your name is picked 1st you get first choice of the available prizes, second gets second choice, and so on. A $25 donation gets you entered into the raffle. The list of prizes are:

Flytec USA. Flytec Sweat Shirt Flytec Sonic.  Flytec Flight Computer Model 6030 (top of the line $1,249.00 flight instrument)

Wills Wing.  Three WW sweet shirt hoodies Ten WW T-Shirts

Moyes. USA Moyes speed sleeves

Kitty Hawk Kites.  Contour HD camera Hang Gliding Dune Lesson for two at Jockey's Ridge State Park N.C.

Quest Air. Two separate Intro Tandems and Quest Air embroidered Polo/Golf shirt

Blueye. A pair of Blueye Sun Glasses

Instinct Windsports. Camera pole and camera mount

As a side note Jim Zeiset of Monarch Mfg. has committed to matching the funds raised by this raffle up $2500.00 (thank you Jim). Jim has done so much for the sport of hang gliding since the early 1970’s we think you should show him how much we appreciate him by helping spend his hard earned money on the 2014 US National Sport Class Team’s trip the the World Championship in Annecy, France.

Here is the link to the PayPal site.

UPDATE: The drawing will take place in the afternoon or evening on April 1st as originally planned.

Categories: Worlds 09

Raining on the Wills Wing Demo days

Oz Report - Sun, 30/03/2014 - 10:26

Here comes the thunderstorm, rain, and tornado watch at 12:44 PM on Saturday:

Rain heavily through the night and now the next storm hits Saturday afternoon. Overcast and/or windy all week. Bits of rain until a lot of rain Saturday morning.

The week before was good and next week looks good also. So unfortunate for these guys.

Photo by Diane McKenzie who states that the wind blew the tent down.

The front came through and the sun came out at 6 PM.

Categories: Worlds 09

Rattling the tin cup

Oz Report - Sun, 30/03/2014 - 02:13

The CIVL Plenary has recently passed a proposal that directs someone (Dennis Pagen?) to determine whether a glider at a Worlds is a prototype or not. So called prototypes are no longer allowed to fly in Category 1 (the Worlds and the Europeans, essentially). Who else is paying attention to our international body and their acts?

He is looking for your help, as are we.

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Categories: Worlds 09

Measuring for prototypes

Oz Report - Sun, 30/03/2014 - 02:11

http://ozreport.com/18.055#0

From the new prototype rules (as found in the local rules for the pre-Worlds):

Prototypes are allowed in test competitions (Cat. 2), but not in the World Meet (Cat. 1). The new prototype control rules have been adopted and will be in effect for the World Meet in 2015.

Prototypes are gliders that are outside the manufacturer’s tolerances of specifications or construction plans as published.

Measurement tolerances will be those provided by the manufacturer or .05% (.0005 times the length). Battens must be as true to the glider’s published pattern as possible.

I was able to sit down with Steve Pearson in the Oz Report World Headquarters and discuss at some length this new prototype measuring rule. He referred to batten length, casually mentioning that he doubted that the T2C batten chart was accurate enough to be used as a template to measure actual battens against, at least not to .05%.

You might note that all but two of the battens on the T2C and other gliders are adjustable. This presents a problem right away, as which length are we talking about. But it doesn't stop there.

So I made a measurement of my most outboard adjustable Wills Wing T2C 144 batten. It's hard to get a "good" measurement of the batten with a steel tape measure as it has to bend around the curvature of the batten and it is difficult to get it to bend just right. So there is quite a bit of slop in the measurement to begin with so remember that when I publish here the lengths I measured with spurious precision.

The batten length is 45.1875 inches which precisely equals: 147.763 mm (that was a conversion, not measured with my MM steel tape measure).

The foot/inch steel tape measure seemed to measure 45 3/16" (thus the decimal value above).

Let's assume for a moment that this is the Wills Wing specified length (this assumption won't matter for the purposes of our example).

If I want the batten length to be within .05% of the length we'd find this distance to be: .02259375 in (about 1.4 64th's of an inch) or .0028694075 mm.

Now, unfortunately, the measurement was made with the flip tip end rotated 180 degrees. When I rotate the tip so that I can install the batten it is out of tolerance. No matter which way I turn it it is either too long or too short. (I assume that this is the case as Steve Pearson tells me it is. My measurement device is too crude to be able to measure the distance difference between the two half rotations but I'm following Steve in that it is greater than .02259375 inches.)

Now the current CIVL prototype rule requires that measurements be able to distinguish lengths within .05% of the "published" lengths. This would suggest that that is going to be too difficult.

Categories: Worlds 09

Sans pilote

Oz Report - Sat, 29/03/2014 - 14:03

http://youtu.be/j3H1Bv9MUK8

Thanks to Erick Angles

Categories: Worlds 09

Does this camera make my nose look big?

Oz Report - Sat, 29/03/2014 - 14:03

Video here.

Thanks to William Wood.

Categories: Worlds 09

Skydive Dubai

Oz Report - Sat, 29/03/2014 - 14:02

http://youtu.be/zFg_mlBFV2c

Thanks to Kryz.

Categories: Worlds 09

Playing with Redtails

Oz Report - Sat, 29/03/2014 - 14:02

http://youtu.be/-wjPXg4fYqw

Thanks to Russ.

Categories: Worlds 09

Rattling the tin cup

Oz Report - Thu, 27/03/2014 - 22:55

The one thing about Dwolla is that I don't get your email address when you send me money by Dwolla, so I can't reply and say thanks. So thanks here to: Miles Fagerlie, John Pop, David Harsh, David Glover, Michelle Haag,  and Timothy Collard. Also thanks for the checks from John Atkinson, Riker Davis, Mathew Thoreson, and Rudolf Sauer (from Germany).

He is looking for your help, as are we.

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Pensacola, FL 32513

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Categories: Worlds 09

What is the primary purpose of any hang gliding association?

Oz Report - Thu, 27/03/2014 - 22:54

Whether it is a flight park, a local club, a national or international association, the primary goal of any hang gliding organization should always be to grow the sport of hang gliding. If the organization contemplates some action that makes things more difficult, that doesn't promote the sport then the organization shouldn't take that action.

What is the point of coming up with a crazy proposal (since ratified) re prototypes seen partly here: http://ozreport.com/18.055#0? How exactly does this help grow the sport? This ill informed and unworkable piece of gibberish is unworthy of our community.

CIVL needs to involve all the stakeholders in the community in a process in advance of passing anything like the prototype proposal, otherwise it will continue to be embarrassed.

Categories: Worlds 09

Why is CIVL pestering Matt Christensen?

Oz Report - Thu, 27/03/2014 - 22:52

He finished in the top 2/3rd's of the Sport Class competition in Big Spring

Matt Christensen has his plane ticket and is ready to go to the Sport Class Worlds. He is a genuine Sport Class pilot. He came in fifth out of eight pilots at Big Spring last year (that's the top two thirds). Why is CIVL saying he isn't qualified to fly in the Worlds?

Well, because the scorekeeper at Big Spring sent in the names of all the participants in the Big Spring National Sport Class competition who had FAI Sporting Licenses (seven pilots). He (I) left off Brian Boudreau, a Canadian pilot, because he doesn't have a FAI Sporting License from Canada. That's what I'm supposed to do, or was supposed to do.

But it is my understanding that CIVL at some point decided that Sport Class pilots did not need a FAI Sporting License to be counted as participating in a Sport Class competition. I don't remember when this was promulgated (am I in error here?).

I have informed Nicky at CIVL that indeed eight pilots flew in the Sport Class at Big Spring and that Matt was fifth:

http://soaringspot.com/usn2013/results/pg-sport/total/day7.html

She refuses to see that Matt was indeed qualified by the CIVL rules.

Why am I again faced with this kind of attitude from CIVL people?

UPDATE:

From: CIVL_Comps <<civl_comps>>
Date: Thu, Mar 27, 2014 at 8:35 AM
Subject: Re: Matt Christensen on Sport Class US World Team
To: Matt Christensen <<lostgriz>>

Hi Matt, I am just wondering if you are aware that your qualification was accepted. It seems the Davis jungle drums are relaying a different story! ;)

Kind regards, Nicky

Background:

On Mon, Mar 24, 2014 at 2:08 PM
CIVL_Comps <<civl_comps>> wrote:

Hi Matt,

We are currently reviewing the qualification / selection for the Annecy Worlds. The results from the Big Spring competition in Sports Class are exactly as submitted by the organiser with 7 competitors and cannot now be changed in the wprs.

We should have a decision within the next couple of days from the screening committee as to whether you would need to submit a formal exception. I would be grateful if the general correspondence between parties can be dealt with without my inclusion.

I will contact you if we need to go the exception route.

Kind regards, Nicky

Hi Matt, I informed the championship organisers 2 days ago that you were qualified in CIVL's opinion. That they didn't relay this to you, is an omission.

Please inform Davis that facts would be much better received than the nonsense he posted today in the Oz Report.

Fact: Qualification is not my responsibility.
Fact: I have never "refused to see" that you were qualified. Quite the opposite!
Fact: The list sent to the organisers 2 days ago clearly shows that you are qualified.
Fact: Davis has no understanding of the situation regarding Sporting licences! ;)

Annoyed!

With kind regards,

Nicky

Categories: Worlds 09

Oh, the shame continues

Oz Report - Thu, 27/03/2014 - 01:25

https://www.facebook.com/groups/118763844883239/606044472821838/?notif_t=group_comment_reply

WHY THE SHAME ??? STRAUB AGAIN !!

For my opinion, just to say that the difference between sport class, class 1 - 2 or 5 is the glider, not the pilot. It seems that the rules are different in USA. Maybe the French are different because in Europe if a pilot has free time and the glider to go play in another competition class (same situation for the pilots of the class 1, flying in the class 5 a few years ago) he can do it. Fnally the target is flying, have fun and represent the hang glider activity. So, consider pilots as ringers is insulting and shameful as well.

Zac Majors responds:

In my opinion, the failure is not that of French team, but CIVL. Classes 1,2, & 5 are different and none can fly in another class. King posted gliders are class 1 and can fly in the class 1 World Championships. Why would we create a separate glider class for class 1 king post only (excluding topless class 1 gliders)? I don't believe we need such a class, unless it is designed to foster new, up and coming competition pilots.

Which, of course, it is, at least in the US. There is much more about this found at the Competition Pilots Association page on Facebook.

Categories: Worlds 09

Winter Returns

Oz Report - Thu, 27/03/2014 - 00:11

It was down to 42 degrees this morning with winds at 14 mph gusting to 21 mph at around 9 AM. The cold front is bringing heavy snows to the northeast.

It was quite windy yesterday keeping all of us on the ground. More winds today until late in the afternoon.

I assume that the folks at Wills Wing Days are finding other things to do.

Categories: Worlds 09

Rattling the tin cup

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

I publish the Oz Report five days a week. I often have no idea what's going to be in any issue the day before. Sometimes it turns out that there is just a couple of stories, but such is the publishing life. We'll see if anything more turns up later today.

He is looking for your help, as are we.

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Categories: Worlds 09

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

Categories: Worlds 09

Neal Goss

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

Bill Franklin writes:

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

Categories: Worlds 09

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

Categories: Worlds 09

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.

He is looking for your help, as are we.

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The email address would be davis and I would be at davisstraub.com.

If you’d rather just send a check for $20  or $30 (US Dollars, only please) or more, please feel free to do so. The mail gets forwarded to me wherever I’m at.

Payable to:

Davis Straub (Not to the Oz Report)
PMB 1889 PO Box 2430
Pensacola, FL 32513

If you send a physical check, be sure to send me your email address so that I can register you as a subscriber.

These are our supporters (if you are not on the list and have donated to the Oz Report, email me and I'll make sure that you are recognized): http://ozreport.com/supporters.php. Some of you who I've missed in the past did write to me and made sure I knew just how important the Oz Report was to them. If I've missed you, please do tell me.

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Categories: Worlds 09
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