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Tue, Jun 15 2021, 3:13:08 pm MDT

Open Annecy 2021- FRENCH & CZECH Championship

Results task 3:

https://airtribune.com/open-annecy-2021/results

Task 3:

# Name Glider Time
[h:m:s] _
Total
1 Christian Ciech Icaro 2000 Laminar 03:07:47 1000.0
2 Dan Vyhnalik Aeros Combat 12.7 C 03:09:17 981.3
3 mario ALONZI Aeros Combat 12.7 C 03:12:27 963.5
4 Manuel Revelli Icaro Laminar 03:14:03 954.0
5 Benedikt Braun Aeros Combat 12.7 C 04:01:38 842.9

Cumulative:

# Name Glider T 1 T 2 T 3 Total
1 mario ALONZI Aeros Combat 12.7 C 877.9 1000.0 963.5 2841
2 Dan Vyhnalik Aeros Combat 12.7 C 901.8 957.1 981.3 2840
3 Christian Ciech Icaro 2000 Laminar 1000.0 824.1 1000.0 2824
4 Manuel Revelli Icaro Laminar 879.4 974.8 954.0 2808
5 Francois ISOARD Aeros combat GT 12,7 858.6 960.8 558.1 2378
6 Gregoire David Icaro 2000 Laminar Z9 872.9 923.1 563.8 2360
6 Laurent Thevenot Aeros Combat gt 13.5 725.5 937.7 696.4 2360
8 Lorenzo De Grandis Icaro z9 790.4 938.4 567.4 2296
9 Davide Guiducci Icaro 2000 Laminar 13.2 757.7 875.9 566.0 2200
10 Christian Pollet Aeros Combat c 721.5 413.3 733.8 1869

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Tue, Jun 15 2021, 7:08:58 am MDT

2021 Santa Cruz Flats Race

Francisco Grande reservations

https://airtribune.com/santa-cruz-flats-race-2021/blog/accommodation-at-the-francisco-grande-resort

Accommodation at the Francisco Grande Resort

Please make sure to reserve your room at the Francisco Grande as soon as possible. Individual reservations must be made as follows: Individuals must identify themselves as part of Santa Cruz Flats Race, and provide us with guest name, type of room, check-in and check-out dates. Any requests for special arrangements must be made at the time of this call. The Francisco Grande Hotel and Golf Resort toll free reservations line is 1-800-237-4238.

After August 1, the resort releases any unused rooms in our block, so if you wait until after that date, there may not be anything left.

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Tue, Jun 15 2021, 7:04:48 am MDT

Internationale Hessenmeisterschaft 2021

Result final after two tasks

https://www.dhv.de/index.php?id=10924&

Final:

# Name Glider Total time Gap
1 Primoz Gricar Combat 13,5 09 GT 2:36:07
2 Corinna Schwiegershausen Litespeed RX TECHNORA-3 3:19:43 +00:43:36
3 Jörg Bajewski Laminar Zero 9 14.1 4:41:54 +02:05:47
4 Christian Hofer T3 144 5:24:36 +02:48:29
5 Jaroslav Sojka Litespeed RX TECHNORA-5 5:25:02 +02:48:55
5 Jürgen Buchert Laminar Zero 9 14.1 5:25:02 +02:48:55
5 Konrad 50thüders Sport S3 155 5:25:02 +02:48:55
5 Marián Csonka Combat 50th 13 5:25:02 +02:48:55
5 Miroslav Pavelka Litespeed RX TECHNORA-3.5 5:25:02 +02:48:55

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Mon, Jun 14 2021, 4:46:34 pm

2021 Santa Cruz Flats Race

24 pilots confirmed, 25 pilots paid.

https://airtribune.com/santa-cruz-flats-race-2021/pilots

Jamie has written previously:

We will initially accept only 24 pilots and they will be accepted in the order of payment of registration fees. If we fill up with 24 paid participants, additional pilots will only be accepted after we have at least 18 more (for a total of 42) confirmed. Once a total of 42 pilots have registered, we can then accept all 42 and confirm the tugs from Florida once all 42 pilots have paid their registration fees.

I take that to mean that 18 (now 17) additional pilots need to register and pay before Jamie will call for the tugs from Wilotree Park. You pay by sending $275 to <<jamie>> after you register.

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Mon, Jun 14 2021, 12:50:02 pm

2021 Santa Cruz Flats Race

Register and pay the entry fee ASAP

https://airtribune.com/santa-cruz-flats-race-2021/pilots

Check and see how many pilots are confirmed. On Monday morning there were 31 registered, but 42 need to be registered and paid to bring the tugs from Florida. Twenty two pilots were confirmed on Monday morning, so two "open" slots left.

See Jamie's requirements re registration and payment here: https://airtribune.com/santa-cruz-flats-race-2021/info/details

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Mon, Jun 14 2021, 5:49:58 am MDT

XC Buddy

Analyze your flight

https://www.xc-buddy.com

XCBuddy analyses .igc cross-country gliding tracklog files, instantaneously generating numerical and graphical flight reports on glide and climb performance. As greater numbers of glides and thermals are collated over multiple flights, glide polars and corresponding speed to fly curves emerge from the averages, useful for comparing different gliders quantitatively. Multiple same-day flights can be used to compare competition tactics, whilst sufficient numbers of flights over time can detect performance deterioration due to wing aging, or gains thanks to improvements in technique.

https://www.xc-buddy.com/InnerCircle.php?100002

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Mon, Jun 14 2021, 7:49:21 am

Time Based Scoring

As shown in the Internationale Hessenmeisterschaft 2021

https://www.timebasedscoring.org/information

    GOALS - Time-based scoring aims to be:
  • Easy to understand
  • Transparent
  • Suitable for a racing sport
    INSPIRATION - Time-based scoring is inspired by:
  • Many, many questions, comments and (sometimes quite angry) remarks by competitors, organizers, spectators and media
  • Bicycle races
  • The existing system, GAP
    GUIDING PRINCIPLES
  • Performance is measured and expressed in a well-known and comparable unit: time
  • Reaching goal has priority over being fast
  • A pilot's score is only influenced by his own performance, and by better-performing pilots
    WHICH GAP CONCEPTS WERE ADOPTED BY TIME-BASED SCORING? - The current scoring system, GAP, does a number of things very well that affect fairness and pilot safety. Time-based Scoring adopts the following:
  • Task devaluation if many pilots decide to stay on the ground rather than launching
  • A minimum distance is awarded to every pilot who launches. They can therefore safely land in the official landing zone.
  • After a certain time, which depends on the winner's time, the time at which a pilot reaches goal does no longer matter, so slow pilots can take their time and do not need to race any longer.
  • In the case of a stopped task, the task is scored for the situation 5 minutes before the stop was announced.
  • In the case of a stopped task, pilots still flying are awarded additional distance based on their altitude over goal at the stop time.
  • Team scores work the same as in GAP.
    WHAT NEW CONCEPTS ARE INTRODUCED BY TIME-BASED SCORING? - Time-based Scoring introduces the new concept of "Sprints":
  • To encourage pilots to lead out, and to spread out the field, a task committee can define one or several turnpoints as "Sprint Goals".
  • During the race, the first 30% of the field arriving at a Sprint Goal win a Sprint Time Bonus, based on the order in which they arrive at the Sprint Goal.
  • For pilots who reach goal, the Task Time is reduced by their Sprint Time Bonus collected throughout the task.
  • Organizers may choose to award day and competition prices to the best sprinters.
  • No more leading points or arrival time or position points.

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Fri, Jun 13 2021, 1:14:28 pm MDT

Open Annecy 2021 - French & Czech Championship

https://airtribune.com/open-annecy-2021/results

Task 1: No idea why it wasn't published on the results page. Christian easily won the day.

Task 2: Results only for open class published

# Name Glider Time Total
1 Mario Alonzi Aeros Combat 12.7 C 02:30:14 1000.0
2 Manuel Revelli Icaro Laminar 02:31:01 975.4
3 Francois Isoard Aeros combat GT 12,7 02:31:29 961.5
4 Dan Vyhnalik Aeros Combat 12.7 C 02:31:54 957.9
5 Lorenzo De Grandis Icaro z9 02:34:47 939.6
6 Laurent Thevenot Aeros Combat gt 13.5 02:35:10 939.0
7 Gregoire David Icaro 2000 Laminar Z9 02:35:57 924.7
8 Davide Guiducci Icaro 2000 Laminar 13.2 02:45:11 878.5
9 Christian Ciech Icaro 2000 Laminar 02:56:46 827.8
10 Jean-Marc Rousselet Wills Wing T3 03:09:18 793.5

Cumulative:

# Name Glider T 1 T 2 Total
1 Mario Alonzi Aeros Combat 12.7 C 877.9 1000.0 1878
2 Dan Vyhnalik Aeros Combat 12.7 C 901.8 957.9 1860
3 Manuel Revelli Icaro Laminar 879.4 975.4 1855
4 Christian Ciech Icaro 2000 Laminar 1000.0 827.8 1828
5 Francois Isoard Aeros combat GT 12,7 858.6 961.5 1820
6 Gregoire David Icaro 2000 Laminar Z9 872.9 924.7 1798
7 Lorenzo De Grandis Icaro z9 790.4 939.6 1730
8 Laurent Thevenot Aeros Combat gt 13.5 725.5 939.0 1665
9 Davide Guiducci Icaro 2000 Laminar 13.2 757.7 878.5 1636
10 Stanislav Trebeška A.I.R. Atos VR 746.5 400.4 1147

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Fri, Jun 12 2021, 2:33:19 pm MDT

Internationale Hessenmeisterschaft 2021

June 10th-13th

https://www.dhv.de/index.php?id=10924&

Results:

Task 1:

# Name Glider SS Time Sprint bonus Task time
1 Corinna Schwiegershausen Litespeed RX 3 00:29:29 00:00:29 00:29:00

Task 2:

# Name Glider SS Time Sprint bonus Task time Gap
1 Primoz Gricar Combat 13,5 09 GT 02:06:52 00:06:20 02:00:32
2 Corinna Schwiegershausen Litespeed RX 3 02:53:55 00:03:12 02:50:43 +00:50:11

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Fri, Jun 11 2021, 7:00:03 pm MDT

Flying with 22 hours of Daylight

500+ km in Finland on a paraglider

10 hours.

https://www.facebook.com/hashtag/xcontestlivetracking

First 500k+ flight in Finland
First 500k+ flight in Scandinavia
First 500k+ flight in Europe

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Fri, Jun 11 2021, 8:57:53 am MDT

Hot, hot, hot

The west

Record heat forecast to bake Southwest next week, amid worsening drought. Las Vegas, Phoenix and Salt Lake City face a long duration, punishing heat wave.

The first extreme heat wave of the year is set to sizzle in the Southwest next week, with temperatures topping 120 degrees in spots. Excessive heat watches and warnings already blanket portions of Arizona, California and Nevada.

The heat wave, predicted to last many days, will only intensify record-setting drought conditions plaguing many locations in the West.

Temperatures at least 20 degrees above average are possible for several days next week, and could persist even longer. Conditions this hot are “rare, dangerous and deadly,” wrote the National Weather Service in Phoenix.

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Thu, Jun 10 2021, 7:35:35 pm MDT

Land Owner Rights

The health insurance company sues

JohnK writes:

In Northern Colorado, a number of years ago, there was a dairy farmer who had an ultralight field on his property that he allowed us to aerotow from. One weekend, an ultralight pilot had a serious crash, on landing, that severely damaged both of his legs. Doctors thought, initially, that they would have to amputate one or both of his legs. After a lot of surgeries, and rehab, he was able to walk again.

Not too long after that, United Healthcare (the pilot’s medical insurance provider) filed suit against the farmer to recover the cost of treating the pilot. They did this knowing the farmer had terminal cancer, because they were his insurer as well. I’m guessing that they were hoping he would settle, rather than try to fight it, given his medical condition. He tried to reason with them, by citing the Colorado statute quoted by TBrown, but they wouldn’t budge. Many thousands of dollars later, he prevailed in court but he died not long after that. It wasn’t too long, after his passing, that his family closed down access to the field.

The reality is that statutes, like Colorado’s, are the same as patents. They are only as good as your willingness to defend them in court. The state won’t go to court to defend you. You can get the case thrown out, but it is going to cost you a lot of money to have it done.

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Thu, Jun 10 2021, 7:22:27 pm MDT

Highland Challenge 2021

DelMarVa Peninsula

https://sites.google.com/view/hc-2021/scores/overall

# Name Glider T 1 T 2 T 3 T 4 T 5 T 6 Total
1 Jim Messina Combat 215.7 680.7 966.7 667.7 7.0 155.6 2693
2 Lawrence Pete Lehmann WW T2 106.6 508.1 858.5 960.8 0.0 225.9 2660
3 Charles Allen Laminar Z9 212.1 662.9 772.0 330.6 9.7 302.8 2290
4 Ric Caylor Moyes Litespeed 131.9 621.1 605.7 642.1 0.0 198.3 2199
5 Richard Niehaus WW T2 0.0 201.8 901.5 649.7 0.0 0.0 1753

The HC 2021 is an eight day Race-to-Goal Hang Gliding fly-in based on the Delmarva Peninsula and held in memory of the Highland Challenge. The purpose is for friends to gather, fly competitive tasks, and learn from each other.

  • Pilots: 10 max
  • Classes: Open only
  • Task Format: Race-to-Goal (unsanctioned)
  • Meet Duration: 8 flying days
  • Location: Delmarva Peninsula

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Wed, Jun 9 2021, 10:20:15 am MDT

Manfred Flew a Single Surface Glider

For the Victory

The new PIUMA, light in the air, big in the sky.

It’s not just lightness that makes it special.

PIUMA was designed with the objective of creating a basic hang glider with even easier and reliable behaviour, while also giving more demanding pilots an improved performance.

PIUMA offers better characteristics at medium-low speeds.

PIUMA transmits piloting sensations that are appreciated from the first moments of flight.
Its excellent behaviour at low speeds guarantees an easier and safer launch, easier entry into a thermal, and stability both in turns and in straight flight.

PIUMA attains a greater maximum efficiency when compared to its predecessor, above all when fitted with the new wingtips (optional).

PIUMA is also distinctive for its lower weight (up to 1 kg lighter than the RX2) and speed of assembly.

PIUMA is ideal for all pilots who are looking for a hang glider that is easy to use, with zero complications.
It is also the ideal hang glider for learning at the practise slope.

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