Wer möchte 3 Wochen in Australien einen Duo Discus, Einsitzer bzw. eine LS8 fliegen?
Das australische Nationalteam sucht einen wettbewerbsfähigen Doppelsitzer ,... um an der WM in Tschechien vom 28.07.-12.08. teilzunehmen. Wir suchen eine ASG 32, Arcus oder Twin Shark. Im Austausch bieten wir Ihnen ein Flugzeug in Australien während des europäischen Winters. Wir ziehen auch einen Chartervertrag in Betracht, wenn Sie dies präferieren.
Bitte kontaktieren Sie firstname.lastname@example.org, wenn Sie uns unterstützen können!
Please, anybody who has an Arcus, ASG32 or Twin Shark, or knows of someone who could help. @ [596112548:Matthew Scutter] and I are looking for a glider to fly at the 20m 2-seater Worlds in Czech from 28/7 to 12/8. We would like to offer the free use of a Duo Discus or LS8-18 glider in Australia, in exchange. If this is not possible for you, we would also be happy to make a hire arrangement. Please help!
Hi to all our followers! The Australian team for this year's two World Championships has been chosen and our adventures will soon be appearing:
Ostrow Wielkopolski, Poland, 7 July 2018 - 22 July 2018
Club - Allan Barnes and Jim Crowhurst
Standard - Matthew Scutter...
15m - Adam Woolley
Pribram, Czech Republic, 28 July 2018 - 12 August 2018
18m - Adam Woolley and John Buchanan
Open - Scott Percival
20m 2-seater - Matthew Scutter and Allan Barnes
Signing off from JWGC 2017
Thanks to all our supporters back home and around the world. It's been great to know that so many have been watching our adventures, ...sharing our hopes and dreams, and sympathising when things didn't quite go right. It will certainly be a comp that none of us will forget.
One of the nice things about Pociunai is the sculptures that they commission to commemorate each international comp that they hold. At the closing ceremony they unveiled the latest addition to their collection. Impressive piece of carving!
I'd also like to thank the team we had here this year - all the pilots worked really well together and flew their hearts out. It was a pleasure to be involved with such a talented and committed group of juniors. And our crews - Matt and Andrew - and Jonas, Dylan's local crew - provided fantastic support to the team. Thanks guys. You really made a huge contribution.
Last night was the end of contest party. The event was thrown into chaos by thunderstorms which cut out power to the airfield. A generator was sourced and things belatedly got underway. The tables were groaning with free wine and spirits which were quickly consumed. Everyone seemed to have a great time but heads are sore this morning
Well what a strange day. A 45kph southerly and very hot. The inversion required 38 degrees to break and sniffer was only getting 800m in weak climbs. Then suddenly he broke 1000 and they launched the fleet, meaning a mad scramble for most pilots who had resigned themselves to another non-flying day. Then cu started forming at 7000ft, and the 1.5hr AAT suddenly looked a bit short. Within an hour, massive thunderstorms were developing throughout the task area. Fortunately all our pilots got safely home flying through the rain on marginal final glides.
Final day at JWGC 2017. Another long grid squat. Some of the US team wanted a re-match at cricket after Narromine, however, we hadn't brought things with us. Not a problem as Ailsa and Reuben found an appropriate piece of willow to make a bat from by the river, and Ailsa and Daniel (from the US team) set about shaping it.
Fortunately, the Kiwis had a real bat and some stumps so the game could actually begin.
Launching finally started about 30 minutes ago after a 2.5 hour wait. Task is a 1.5 hour AAT for both classes.
Getting ready to go for one last time!
As the final competition day is upon us it is a good time to say thank you to one of my sponsors.
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Well today has just been cancelled on the grid. With an enormous cu-nim system bearing down on us, there is no-one that disagrees with this decision. One of Dylan's mates in Poland had messaged him from the centre of the storm, saying conditions there were 'Armageddon'.
We will hope, but it looks like yesterday might have been the last comp day. The weather for the next two days looks poor, but we may still squeeze a task in - you can certainly not criticize the organisers for cancelling days too early.
I was thinking the other day that this is the first competition I have ever been to that I was not flying, but I was glad of it. This is the most brutally demanding comp I have ever witnessed. Tasks are consistently overset in length, over mostly unlandable terrrain in weak conditions. Many hours in the cockpit with long retrieves. I haven't done the numbers but I'm sure that there have been more landings off the airfield than on it. Every day pilots are climbing away from be...low 500ft in strong winds.
Yesterday only 3 pilots finished the task, and none of them made it back to the airfield - instead just scraping through the finish ring and landing. All our pilots flew valiantly, but eventually had to choose some tiny or undulating landing place.
We have been extremely lucky in this competition that there have been no nasty accidents.
Ailsa's field was by far one of the best in the area - Reuben landed 1km away in a field only just big enough for one glider.
Today looks like it will have thunderstorms from around 3pm, so it could be another very interesting day.
International Night was last night. The FAI Flag is missing. In fact the whole flagpole has vanished. Also the Australian flag looks somehow wrong, but that's OK because it is mounted correctly for the Southern Hemisphere 😂
Finally, a day better than forecast! After a 270km task was set in Standard, there was much delay on the grid as rain could be seen on the radar moving into the task area. Eventually Task C was announced- longer than both A and B! Anyhow, the organizers lucked out. Very good convergences made it a fast task for those who timed their starts well, and heights of up to 6000ft were achieved with lots of smiles in the airfield after so many landout days. None of our pilots had blistering speeds but it sure was nice to be putting the covers on the wings rather than the wings in the trailer
Ailsa & Reuben adding a new type to their logbooks this evening - The local juniors kindly gave them a couple of flights in their new LAK16 with the final instructions being "Don't die". The instructor (who looks about 14) was keen for me to fly it, but the winch driver said I was too heavy.
So much happened in such a short flight today. We ended up launching on a 1:30hr AAT with a minimum distance speed of approx 75kph. The plan was minimum distance and just get around.
However there was a stonking convergence heading for the first turn point. All of the class started as the gate opened and we blasted along the street. This line was easily the best weather I have had over my 3 years in Lithuania. But it took a turn for the worst when it took a large left turn o...ff track for the first turn. It then got even worse when it stopped working and the entire class got low. The weather conditions off this convergence were nearly unsoarable, so once off this it was extremely difficult to stay airborne.
All well south of the first turn, trying to climb in 0 to 1 knot climbs at below 2000 feet. To add to the issues a strong wind was blowing us further south of the first turn and also pushing us into the forest.
Most of the class ended up out landing at this point. I managed to stay airborne for about another hour before I finally plonked it into quite a interesting field. About 200m long, nice large hill, trees on final approach and a power line across the middle to add to the excitement. An exciting end to an interesting flight.
Sadly 8 pilots managed to scrape around minimum distance. Which means the day is a valid day for us in standard class. Even more annoying is the fact I did over 100km, but only got scored for 30km on task as I bypassed the first turn while on the convergence... I did however reach the second turnpoint, but turns out it doesn't count if you don't hit the first turn before hand 😂
Another mass landout day. All our pilots outlanded and there are very few finishers. A brilliant convergence line ran from the start, parallel to but not into the first AAT area. Everyone dived off the line into the blue.
In Club Class, at one stage there were about 16 pilots thermalling within 1000ft of the ground in the same thermal. Reuben wisely pulled out and landed. It was ridiculously dangerous. Ailsa attempted to abandon and get back to the airfield but also outlanded....
In Standard, Dylan managed to stay in the air for well over an hour on task to achieve 35km. We feel pretty confident that it will be a non-valid task for both classes.
Below are a couple of screenshots of some of the software we are using. One is the tracking system showing realtime position of every glider. On the right is the current ranking on task with photos of each pilot. The second photo is the outlanding software. After landing the pilot presses a button on their smartphone which fills in the Lat/Long of their field and loads it into the database, immediately visible to the team captain and organisers.