Sunday, May 22, 2011

Mid West Championships Task 1

Today was looking very average with low base and rain forecast. I decided to have a quick tow to see if there was any chance of setting a task. I released at Cloud base 1000 ft agl and was in misty rain. I came down and landed and watch Carl and Dustin tow to see what they thought.
We all had the same opinion and decided to cancel the day. Here is a short video of the flight park and some of the activities that went on.

Mid West Championships Task 1

After 2 days of no flying and freezing cold condtions the sky opened up and blessed us with a 88km triangle task. Here is a video of the first days activities unfortunately my camera battery ran out so I missed getting Dustins arrival at goal along with the other 5 that made it.. Enjoy.
Thursday, May 19, 2011

The Flytec Rally Map

Here is the track that we flew throughout the 5 days of amazing flying. If you were not there it is very simple you missed one of the best comps in 2011.. Hope to see more there next year.
Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Flytec Rally day 6

This wasan interesting day with a 136km task set almost downwind. The climbs were strong and base was up to 8,000ft. It was a very turbulent day and many people had interesting stories. Curt wins the story telling by actually winning the task a minute in front of me but about 50kms from goal he hit strong turbulence and his instrument pod snapped off and fell into the forest. He lost both his GPS's so he was only able to get distance points for the day which took him out of 2nd place for the comp. I ended up winning the day making it 4 wins from 5 days. Watch the video for more entertainment.

Flytec Rally Day 5

We decided to change our course direction as the weather was turning bad to our north. We decided on a 194km dogleg task to the ENE to keep us in the good flying conditions that we had been having. It was one of the best days I have flown this year with cloud base around 7,000 ft and climbs up to 1000 fpm. I think more than 40 pilots out of 50 made the goal with Dustin winning the day less than a minute in front of me. We ended up in Vidalia which is the home to the sweetest onions in the world. The town was very hospitable and looked after us with wide open arms.
Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Flytec Race N Rally Day 2

We had a great racing day with good climbs and base around 6,000ft. More than 30 pilots made the 114km headwind task from Live Oak to Moultrie, GA. After the flight we all enjoyed 2 for 1 magaritas at the Old Mexican resturant in town.
Friday, May 06, 2011

Florida Ridge Day 5

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Florida Ridge Day 4

Florida Ridge Day 3

Day 3 video
Monday, May 02, 2011

Florida Ridge Day 2

Today was looking like a better day but stronger winds than yesterday. The task was a 122km dogleg to the north west which would be a cross tailwind task. A bunch of us decided to do the 2:30pm start as we were getting blown out of the start gate. I was with Dustin, Jeff and Andre for most of the first leg getting some good climbs of 800 fpm to 6,000ft. I got a bit low at the 1st turn point and Dustina and Zac got out in front. I spent the rest of the day with Andre and Jeff amoung a few others who we had caught up along the way from earlier starts. Dustin loks like he will win another day with Zac hot on his tail a few seconds behind. Jeff Shapiro will be next in about 4 mins later with me and Andre about a minute or so behind him. I think around 25 to 30 pilots made the task some for there first time ever. Congratulations Fabiano from Brazil for his first goal coached the whole way by Mike Barber.. The weather looks good tomorow with winds predicted of around 8-10knts. Below is the Video from Day 2
Sunday, May 01, 2011

Florida Ridge Day 1

Tas 1 video..