To do this on a PC in SeeYou, load a very recent flight, click Edit, Upload to:
The two pilots subject to the disciplinary meeting have been officially informed of the decisions so public discussion about this issue is now acceptable.
One pilot has been "PERMANENTLY EXPELLED FROM THE USHPA". He will never be allowed to fly any regulated site again. However this individual doesn't believe rules apply to him so it is quite possible there will be further LEO enforcement if he attempts to continue to launch and land at Fort Funston.
Another had their USHPA privileges suspended for one year, followed by a one year probationary period. This individual is being granted an opportunity to return to the USHPA as a member in good standing as long as no further violations occur during the suspension, or probationary, period.
Both threatened legal action over ridiculous issues long before this hearing. Both have publicly threatened others. Both are members of the elders/bush pilots/delusions of grandeur crew at Fort Funston. Both are suspected of flying while intoxicated. At least one is a very dangerous pilot whom puts others at great risk and has seriously injured himself previously with his dangerous flying practices.
A new day is dawning at the Fort.
The Wired article here.
For the first time, motion sensing occurs in a separate processor, which makes constant activity tracking using the gyroscrope and accelerometer sensors more power-efficient without turning on the rest of the A7 chip. This means well start to see more Quantified Self (QS) tracking apps detecting steps and stair-climbing, bringing Fitbit and Jawbone capabilities to our phones. And the M7 does all this without a noticeable drain on the battery.
But thats the sticking point: noticeable. The introduction of the M7 means Apple could collect this activity and movement data in the background without affecting our iPhone experience. Which introduces the distinct possibility that this data is being collected whether or not we are opting to turn on an app that makes that data legible to us.
Now, with the M7, activity tracking comes as an automatic feature on the device that most of us carry with us all day, every day. Its one thing to actively decide to wear a fitness-tracking device. Its another to get one by default as part of the exchange when you buy into the iPhone. It gives Apple the ability to capture that activity data passively, whether we are interested in it or not. (Theyre not the only ones, of course. The M7 is similar to the coprocessors coming out in Google/Motorolas Android-based Moto X as well.)
Thanks to Russ Brown.
In September of 2011, three alpine swifts took to the air in southwest Africa, and stayed there for almost 200 days. They fed on the wing. They slept on the wing. By the time they firmly settled back on solid surfaces, it was April of 2012 and they had travelled across the Sahara to the Mediterranean.
Being airborne is considered to be energetically more costly as compared with being on the ground or in water. Birds migrating or foraging while airborne are thought to spend some time resting on the ground or water to recover from these energetically demanding activities. However, for several decades ornithologists have claimed that some swifts may stay airborne for almost their whole lifetime. Here we present the first unequivocal evidence that an individual bird of the Alpine swift (Tachymarptis melba) can stay airborne for migration, foraging and roosting over a period of more than 6 months.
I just like the picture.
Cross Country <editor> writes:
When flying cross country I like to think that my paraglider has three gears:
First, or crawler gear, is for staying aloft. In this mode I am super tuned in to finding any lift because if I fail to find some quickly I will soon be on the deck. I am not thinking about getting anywhere, just getting up.
Second gear is for travelling. I have some height and there is a good chance that I will find more lift en route. I am still not sitting pretty though and am ready to change back down to first gear and stop travelling if necessary. In this mode I fly conservatively until I am confident of my position.
Third gear. I am in a good position under a good sky. It's time to be decisive and travel fast. I am ignoring the weaker climbs and using plenty of bar to make progress.
It is easy to change up gears but difficult to remember to change down again. I have landed early under many good skies by flying in third gear all the way to the ground. I now consciously ask myself which gear I should be flying in for conditions and my position.
Found on the web here.
Wow, what can I say, but bravo, there has been a real change at the head of the Competition Committee
Bill Hughes, Competition Committee Chairman, <wjhughesjr> writes:
I've gotten some feedback from people on the issues below, and here is a quick summary of the consensus, on the issues where one is forming. Please continue to comment and provide feedback. Many thanks to everyone who already has.
And if it is not clear to everyone, the issues that I have brought up are not "my" issues, they are ones that various pilots, meet directors, and BOD members asked that I bring up for discussion. So in answer to one of bits of helpful feedback I got, no, I did not take this completely thankless job to kill competition in the US, those who have come before me have done a fine job of that already. I'm trying to work with everyone to increase participation in our competitions, while also being responsive to the input and requests of the members. Merely mentioning something in an email and requesting feedback on it is not the same thing as it being a done deal. All constructive ideas on any topic related to improve the scene are welcome.
1) Lifting the restriction on Open Class Paragliders for 2014: no feedback on this or consensus yet.
2) National trophies that rotate or stay at USHPA HQ. There is not enough support for this, so it is dropped.
3) Podium. Several organizers pointed out that USHPA is not even publishing all of the winner's photos that have been taken and sent in in the past, which is an excellent point. So the podium issue is dropped at least until we get consistent publication of winners' photos in the magazine (in whatever form the organizers take them).
4) There actually already is a banner, but it hasn't been consistently sent or used. I suggest that USHPA send this to the organizers at no cost with return postage paid for promotional use as they see fit. Many have said they want to use their own banners, which is fine, but in most cases it seems that both banners could be present and visible. Any issues with that approach? This puts little to no burden on organizers.
5) XContest system. This idea places burden on no one but myself and I received mainly positive or no feedback on it so I plan on taking this forward if the budget is approved. I will work with the comp committee and community on the structure and rules. Dave had a great suggestion that this be broken up by region so that, for example, people flying Chelan are not comparing themselves to people flying somewhere back east. I like this idea.
6) Satellite messengers: The consensus seems to be that the hang gliding pilots see it as an unneeded burden and the paragliding pilots like it, so unless more input comes we will recommend it stay a paragliding comp requirement but not a requirement for hang gliding comps.
7) Centralized system for comp registration. On this suggestion I agree with Davis that we should wait until USHPA has a prototype working that the organizers can evaluate. So unless there are further comments this is tabled until then.
8) Mandatory CAT 2 sanctioning: The hang gliding pilots are uniformly against this, so the matter is dropped for them unless there is further input otherwise. For paragliding comps there are those that support this and those that think that it merely needs to clearly be stated in the advertising and website for a comp whether it will be CAT 2 sanctioned. So this requires further discussion.
9) Bonds for Organizers (new). There is a suggestion that the criteria be clearly stated for what an organizer must do to get the bond back. I agree, and like Mike P's suggestion that the criteria basically be that the organizer adhered to what they stated during the sanctioning process. If someone would like to draft language I will take it to the team for approval, otherwise I'll draft something for review by all.
As for the issue of whether all Organizers or just first time Organizers who have not gone through mentoring should have to pay bonds, there is mixed feedback. Some believe that the bond is there to ensure that organizers do what they say they will do, regardless of experience. Others believe that experienced organizers shouldn't have to put one up. So this requires more discussion and a consensus/ decision.
One clear bit of feedback I got is that we should strive to help organizers and minimize their burden, which I generally agree with. So on any issue where there is lack of consensus, I'm going to recommend the option that favors the organizers.
As I pointed out here: http://ozreport.com/17.200#1, the USHPA Competition Committee much more often than not looks to make demands of meet organizers rather than offer incentives. That does not mean that the USHPA doesn't provide useful services to competition organizers, it just means that on balance there is no balance. Many sticks, few carrots.
I believe that this is not due to any pernicious on the part of the volunteers who work on the BOD, but rather to the structural impediments that make it much more difficult to offer and provide incentives to meet organizers. The BOD should look at these structural issues and decide if they need to restructure the USHPA.
Competition is certainly not a priority at the USHPA, as it involves only a few members. But the USHPA's actions continual damage competition, access to competition, and do little to promote competition. Most of their seemingly positive efforts to help have gone no where, basically because they have no idea what needs to be done.
For years I have asked the USHPA to form a partnership with the meet organizers. Nothing has happened.
One local writes:
The reality at Funston is that a small group of drug addicts that can't fly without being stoned and/or drunk are getting older and they can't keep it together in the air nor on the ground. The younger pilots have noticed this and now there's finally a larger group of pilots that are sick and tired of this almost homeless group of addicts. In order to save the Fort, they will be held to the standards of the FAA, USHPA, GGNRA and humanity. There are about eight or nine of them with a small non flying groupie herd as support. Tires have been flattened, arrest have been made. These are selfish addicts, not pilots
Available sometime in November for $450, the D2 comes with a built-in worldwide aviation database allowing pilots to not only locate landmarks like airports, but also plot courses and fly-over waypoints from their current GPS-determined location. The watch also features a highly accurate altimeter, barometer, and compass, and even features custom alarms to let a pilot know if they've inadvertently descended too low or gone off course.
Garmin site here.
I couldn't fly this until I practiced with the V911.
I still can barely fly it. I can't do a coordinated turn, for example. It is fun and I'm learning every time I give it a try.
RTF = Ready to Fly (includes the controller)
BNF= Bind-N-Fly (connect to your existing controller).
A winch "captive" delta system which allows you to discover the pleasures of flying to non-flight initiated. No need for piloting on the flight. A concept well suited to the promotion of our sport.
Thanks to Antoine Saraf.
Checkout the lines stabilizing the wings.
Hockliffe, Miles <<Miles.Hockliffe>> writes:
Try XCSoar with either a Nook Simple Touch, or a Kobo mini. Simply stunning
This year, Sydney Harbour was named one of Australias National Landscapes, highlighting the natural wonders that dot the region
The blue-tongued lizard eyed me suspiciously but remained still long enough for photographs, while a kookaburra laughed and a diminutive wallaby rustled in the brush. Rock engravings of fish and kangaroos marked ceremonial sites of Aboriginal ancestors. Scented forests of eucalyptus and gum trees shaded our path over sandstone and thin topsoil, classic Outback topography surprisingly concealed on the outskirts of Sydney.
Were six kilometers from the largest city in Australia, but you look around, and youre in the bush, said my guide, Ian Wells, gazing at the tangle of branches above the trail.
More specifically that August morning, my family and I were hiking in the suburbs of Sydney on a 7.5-mile route between Spit Bridge in Mosman and the beach town Manly, combing the north shore of Sydney Harbour, a natural asset celebrated by everyone from Capt. James Cook in the 18th century to fans of the harbor front Sydney Opera House, but largely unsung as a coastal wilderness until recently.
In February, Sydney Harbour was named the countrys newest National Landscape, calling attention to the wild side in Sydneys metropolitan area of 4.6 million residents. It encompasses a 620-square-mile expanse of beaches, rivers, islands and bushland, ranging from Royal National Park in the south to the Barrenjoey Headland in the north, the Pacific Ocean in the east and Parramatta Park to the west. Other National Landscapes include the Great Barrier Reef and the Red Centre, the countrys desert center and home to the famous rock formation Uluru.
Jaro Krupa <<chicagoparagliding>> writes:
It is a Personal Gliding Assistant which aims at providing everything a para/hang glider pilot needs in one simple package. For this reason Oudie 3 have big bright sun readable screen, excellent vario and a large battery which is powerful enough for more than twelve hours of flying. Vario and Navigation software, maps and air spaces for all world are already preinstalled. So, you can literally take it out of the box and launch.
It supports flying for all types competition tasks (Race to Goal, Elapsed time, AAT) and as well it has everything what pilot need in daily XC flying (OLC and FAI triangle optimization, etc.).
Oudie 3 works great in combination with other Naviter products such as SeeYou for the PC, Soaring Spot and others (SeeYou Recorder-free application for iOS and Android).
Matjaz Klemencic <<klemencic_matjaz>> writes:
I have been flying with Oudie 3 all this summer here.
Oudie3 is a colour touch screen device, so they waited for a long time to get a proper screen that will be readable at all conditions. After finding the right solution for that, they packed up a device with sizes 135 x 86 x 25 mm and with weight of 345g. The sizes where just the right for me to put it in the pod of my old Compeo.
I got it just before our nationals so I was very cautious with the first use at competitions. Well, after flying with two on the first day, my old Compeo soon got its place in the pocket as a back up :) When you are so used to the graphics of your GPS device you are scared you wont find the right data at the right time but it seemed to me I managed to find all I need really fast so I forgot about Compeo very fast.
Download the simulator for your laptop here: http://download.naviter.com/oudie3/sim_mcu_para.exe
Andrej is working on getting the Oudie 3 ready for hang gliding with a pitot tube and mount.
Rob Jacobs writes:
Morningside Flight park is having it's annual Columbus day Fly-in Oct 11,12,13 at Morningside in Charlestown NH. Food, fun, flying, fireworks/laser show Saturday, bonfires and general mayhem.
Ryan Voight <<airthug84>> writes:
As some may have already heard, my wife and I have decided to move our family from Point of the Mountain in Utah, back to New York where we grew up and where our families live. This decision has not been an easy one, and was not taken lightly. However we feel this is what is best for our family, and especially best for our baby girl Scarlett.
I would like to thank everyone who has helped contribute to making Utah such a wonderful place to live, to fly, and most of all for allowing me the honor of serving as the local Wills Wing dealer and hang gliding shop. It is with all of your support that Wings Over Wasatch has grown into what it is today
Which leads me to this: It seems a shame to close Wings Over Wasatch after putting so much effort into getting it going, getting the brand out there, developing a web site and presence among hang glider pilots around the world. So, is anyone interested in picking up where I am leaving off? I am looking for someone that can represent the business in a professional manor, and can continue to provide knowledgeable support and service to the local flying community. If you want to offer training or clinics or anything of that sort is entirely up to you, but not a requisite of supporting the local pilot community.
If you might consider carrying on the Wings Over Wasatch name, please email me at <Ryan> and we can go over the details.
Again, many thanks for the support and fond memories we are taking with us and you can be sure we will be back to visit (and fly) as often as possible!
Bill Hughes, Competition Committee Chairman, <wjhughesjr> writes:
Here are potential positions on each of the issues discussed earlier. These are based on my own recommendations based on various discussions. Please comment below if you disagree with any and we'll get a discussion going. If we can't achieve consensus, then I'll schedule a call. Silence means that I will use the positions below as the recommendation of the competition committee.
1. Lifting the restriction on open class paragliders at comps
* *Recommend to lift the restriction for the the 2014 season.**
2. Decision on how to handle trophies. Should there be a permanent set of trophies that get passed on to the next national champion?
* *Recommend to fund a set of trophies for HG and PG national champions in each category that are then passed to the next year's winner**
I respond: Most trophies are really ugly. I try to give out especially useful ones (see 2013 US Nationals).
3. Instituting a requirement that comp organizers have a podium and that winner's photos are taken with pilots on the podium, and with the USHPA / sponsor banner(s) in the background.
* *Recommend to make this a requirement of each competition, and have the photos published in the USHPA magazine. Failure will weigh in on return of deposit and future sanctioning.**
I respond: Id like to have my banner in the background.
4. Creating a USHPA banner that could be sent to comp organizers.
* *Money for this was requested for the 2014 competition committee budget, inclusive of the money needed to create the banner(s) and mail them to comp organizers.**
I respond: Perhaps you could send a photographer also, or at least assign and pay for one.
5. Setting up a national on line flight logging / contest system specific to US flights (USHPA has already agreed to this, we just have to decide on the parameters to be used for scoring.)
* *Money for this was requested for the 2014 competition committee budget. Two custom Xcontests will be set up, one for paragliding and one for hang gliding. Assuming no more than 250 total people sign up, the budget request is sufficient to cover medals / trophies for the winners.**
6. Requiring satellite messengers for sanctioned comps
* *This may have already been agreed, but regardless, recommend that this be implemented and reaffirmed and actually mandated for 2014**
I respond: Which ones? Not needed for flat land hang gliding competitions. This is a high barrier for hang gliding competitions that have enough trouble attracting participants. Are you interested in killing competitions? I have been using two for the last year and they both have difficulties tracking and are expensive.
7. Setting up and then requiring that com organizers use a centralized system for comp registration. The site would allow customized branding and sponsors for organizers, but would draw pilot information from a centralized database (and put new pilots in to that database) and ease the process of signing up for comps, validating memberships, filing waiver paperwork, etc.
* *USHPA is working on a system. Recommendation that organizers are required to use it assuming the system gets set up before March 1 2014.**
I respond: How about if you make it attractive enough that we actually want to you it?
I have a fine system now.
8. Require all organizers of sanctioned competition to obtain FAI Cat 2 sanctioning.
* *Recommendation that this be a requirement and failure to do so will constitute forfeiture of deposit. USHPA competition committee chair will monitor registration with organizers to hopefully ensure this is done. If it looks like an organizer isn't going to do it by the FAI deadline, then the competition committee chair will do the sanctioning for them (assuming that is allowed by FAI).**
I respond: The ECC does not need to be CIVL sanctioned.
Again, as always, the competition committee, adds to the burden of meet organizers without ever lightening it or providing rewards. Always the stick, never the carrot. When is it going to realize that it is killing competitions by one small cut at a time?