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2022 Green Swamp Klassic »

Sun, Dec 12 2021, 8:39:33 am MST

Registration is open

Airtribune|competition|Green Swamp Klassic 2022|Ken Millard|Richard "Ric" Caylor|Sport Class|Tavo Gutierrez

"Ken Millard" «kengineer09» writes:

The Green Swamp Sport Klassic is now live on Airtribune at https://airtribune.com/2022-green-swamp-sport-klassic/info/details.

The Green Swamp, or GSSK, is a non-sanctioned hang gliding competition designed to give intermediate pilots their first experience in competition in a supportive, coached environment. Seen another way, it is a clinic for pilots wanting to expand from local flying into cross country flying, structured to use a competition format with daily declared tasks. The event is mentored, grouping pilots into small teams and assigning each team a senior pilot “mentor” to coach and guide them.

Either way you look at it, it is a tremendously influential event in the hang gliding community. It connects senior pilots with the next generation of developing pilots, draws pilots into networking nationally and internationally outside of their local clubs, builds skills and confidence, and indoctrinates and normalizes safety practices.

To give you a sense of the impact Green Swamp has, look at this year’s meet director. Ric Caylor first attended the Green Swamp in 2018. Ric had been flying recreationally for years but had only logged two cross country flights. Green Swamp added five more cross country flights to his logbook. With the GSSK as his springboard, Ric went on to compete in Texas, Arizona, Mexico, and again in Florida. Ric is now a highly ranked Sport Class pilot and is the organizer for the 2022 event. The GSSK doesn’t just teach cross country skills; it catalyzes leadership.

I can’t think of a single event which is more influential in promoting and supporting hang gliding in the USA.

GSSK is usually scheduled just before the two-week Hang Gliding Nationals series. This makes world-class pilots available to serve as mentors. The event will represent a slice of the hang gliding community with intermediate, advanced-intermediate, and world-class pilots all flying together and gathering in the clubhouse for billiards and beer.

Rather than going easy on himself as a first-time organizer, Ric is trying to raise the bar for next year’s event. In true camp counselor style, we’re going to make 2022 the best Green Swamp ever! At past events, senior pilots created ad-hoc seminars to fill the time on rain days. Rather than wait for rain days, we are creating YouTube content to coach developing pilots on the basics of gear management, flight line operations, and cross country performance and strategy. We have established a scholarship fund to offset tow fees for pilots on a tight budget. This is noted on the “Details” tab of the Airtribune page. The “Preparation Blog” tab on the Blog page contains a collection of personal testimonials from Green Swamp alumni. It’s great reading for anyone who wants to get a feel for the event. Questions may be directed to Ric at «rmcaylor» or Ken Millard at «kengineer09».

Para consultas en español, contacte Tavo Gutierrez «tavo.gutierrez».

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Styrian Open 2017

May 28, 2017, 9:23:04 pm CST GMT-0500

Styrian Open 2017

Three days

Alexandra "Sasha" Serebrennikova|Facebook|Robert Reisinger


Alexandra Serebrennikova writes:

Quite an intense flying at the weekend competition 'Styrian Open', Austria. I was already quite happy to come the 3rd on the first day. However taking the 3rd place overall is a great reward after today's tricky conditions and lots of work in the air in order to get to the goal. Robert Reisinger takes the 1st price winning both task days.


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Aeros Winter Race 2014

Fri, Mar 21 2014, 11:32:34 pm EDT

Task 3

Joseph Salvenmoser|Manfred Ruhmer|Oleg Bondarchuk|Robert Reisinger|Thomas Weissenberger|Wills Wing

Joseph Salvenmoser|Manfred Ruhmer|Moyes Litespeed RX|Oleg Bondarchuk|Robert Reisinger|Thomas Weissenberger|Wills Wing

Joseph Salvenmoser|Manfred Ruhmer|Moyes Litespeed RX|Oleg Bondarchuk|Robert Reisinger|Thomas Weissenberger|Wills Wing|Wills Wing T2C

Joseph Salvenmoser|Manfred Ruhmer|Moyes Litespeed RX|Robert Reisinger|Thomas Weissenberger|Wills Wing|Wills Wing T2C

Joseph Salvenmoser|Manfred Ruhmer|Moyes Litespeed RX|Oleg Bondarchuk|Robert Reisinger|Thomas Weissenberger|Wills Wing|Wills Wing T2C



Task 3:

# Name Glider Time Total
1 Thomas Weissenberger Moyes Litespeed RS3.5 01:32:10 524
2 Matjaz Klemencic Moyes Litespeed RX3.5 01:35:55 471
3 Roland Wöhrle Moyes RX 3.5 01:36:27 463
4 Oleg Bondarchuk Aeros Combat C 12.7 01:36:53 456
5 Joseph Salvenmoser Moyes  RX 3,5 01:38:41 440
6 Vanni Accattoli Wills Wing T2C 154 01:39:26 435
7 Franc Peternel Wills Wing T2C 01:38:03 417
8 Manfred Trimmel Wills Wing T2C 01:43:37 403
9 Roman Colner Airborne Rev 13.4 01:46:36 399
10 Robert Reisinger Wills Wing T2C 01:47:29 390
11 Iztok Jarc Aeros Combat GT 13,5  black Pearl 01:50:59 384
12 Günther Tschurnig Icaro Z9 14.1 01:59:30 342
13 Endre Kovács Moyes Litespeed Rs 3.5 02:17:37 287
14 Evangelos Papakostas Wills Wing T2C 144 02:40:24 216


# Name Glider Total
1 Thomas Weissenberger Moyes Litespeed RS3.5 1406
2 Oleg Bondarchuk Aeros Combat C 12.7 1372
3 Joseph Salvenmoser Moyes  RX 3,5 1356
4 Roland Wöhrle Moyes RX 3.5 1335
5 Vanni Accattoli Wills Wing T2C 154 1327
6 Franc Peternel Wills Wing T2C 1310
7 Matjaz Klemencic Moyes Litespeed RX3.5 1239
8 Iztok Jarc Aeros Combat GT 13,5  black Pearl 1172
9 Roman Colner Airborne Rev 13.4 1147
10 Manfred Trimmel Wills Wing T2C 1062

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Aeros Winter Race 2014

Thu, Mar 20 2014, 9:31:33 am EDT

Oleg Bondarchuck returns

Joseph Salvenmoser|Oleg Bondarchuk|Robert Reisinger|Thomas Weissenberger|Wills Wing|Wills Wing T2C

Aeros Winter Race 2014


Weissenberger Thomas «Weissenberger Thomas» writes:

I sorted things out with the organisation in advance. Oleg apologized for the mess, so did I. The situation in Ukraine was and is not pleasant, he reported also. Everybody should understand.

Oleg Bondarchuck is also taking part in the comp as a kinda revival. He won the first task with Robert Reisinger 2nd. Glad to have these guys back and to fly with them! So it is all about flying now and that is how it should be!

Task 1 results:

# Name Glider Dist. Total
1 Oleg Bondarchuk Aeros Combat C 12.7 33,69 359
2 Robert Reisinger Wills Wing T2C 31,71 345
2 Balazs Ujhelyi Moyes RS4 31,54 345
4 Thomas Weissenberger Moyes Litespeed RS3.5 30,75 336
5 Franc Peternel Wills Wing T2C 29,80 327
6 Joseph Salvenmoser Moyes  RX 3,5 29,66 326
7 Vanni Accattoli Wills Wing T2C 154 29,40 322
8 Andre Djamarani Aeros Combat1409 GT 27,50 298
9 Hans Kiefinger Aeros Combat GT 27,22 295
9 Roland Wöhrle Moyes RX 3.5 27,21 295

Wills Wing competition pilots

January 30, 2010, 9:35:30 AEDT

Wills Wing pilots

These things change

Robert Reisinger|Tullio Gervasoni

New to Wills Wing: Robert Reisinger (once again), Seppi Salvanmoser, Luis Rizo, and Tullio Gervasoni

pre-Worlds - update

Sun, Jan 3 2010, 8:49:03 am AEDT

150 out of 250

Alessandro "Alex" Ploner|Corinna Schwiegershausen|Jon "Jonny" Durand jnr|Pre-Worlds 2011|World Pilot Ranking Scheme

The preliminary pilot list has been updated with the latest WPRS rankings. You'll find it here: http://www.cucco2011.org. Click Pilot Info, then Pilots List. If your name is on the list you have until January 17th to pay your entry fees in order to hold your place on the list.

As of Sunday night there are 150 pilots listed: 145 male, 5 female. Gliders: 58 Moyes, 38 Aeros, 23 Wills Wing, 21 Icaro, 5 Airborne, 3 Laminar, 1 Aeros, 1 unspecified.

  • ARG: Marcelo Chaves
  • AUS: Jonny Durand, Steve Blenkinsop, Cameron Tunbridge, Rod Flockhart, Bruce Wynne, Trent Brown, Neil Petersen, Tony Lowrey, Richard Heffer
  • AUT: Manfred Ruhmer, Thomas Weissenberger, Robert Reisinger, Michael Friesenbichler, Manfred Trimmel, Wolfgang Siess, Günther Tschurnig, Christl Elmar, Christian Tiefenbacher
  • BEL: Michel Bodart
  • BRA: Michel Louzada, Alvaro Sandoli (Nene Rotor), Jose Lessa, Konrad Heilmann, Eduardo Oliveira, Alexandre Trivelato
  • CAN: Brett Hazlett
  • COL: Mike Glennon, Eitan Koren
  • CZE: Radek Bares
  • DEN: Nils Dalby, Bo Klint, Johnny Christiansen, Jens Henrik Badsberg
  • ECU: Raul Guerra, Rafael Arcos
  • ESP: Blay Jr Olmos Quesada, Pedro Garcia Morelli, Daniel Martin Mota, Jose Antonio Abollado, Lucio Nelli
  • FRA: Mario Alonzi, Gianpietro Zin, Luis Rizo-Salom, Antoine Boisselier, Laurent Thevenot, Eric Mathurin, Eric Wyss, Fabien Agenes
  • GBR: Carl Wallbank, Gordon Rigg, Bruce Kavanagh, David Shields, Richard Lovelace, Dave Matthews, Anthony Stephens, Gary Wirdnam, Graham Phipps, Nigel Bray
  • GER: Gerd Doenhuber, Lukas Bader, Corinna Schwiegershausen, Tim Grabowski, André Djamarani, Markus Ebenfeld, Roland Wöhrle, Stefan Boller, Christian Zehetmair, Joerg Bajewski, Hans Kiefinger, Konrad Schwab, Monique Werner
  • GUA: Giovanni Vitola, Jose Herrarte, Dieter Meyer, Rolando Mansilla, Mario Leon
  • HUN: Attila Bertok, Endre Kovács, Attila Kis, Zsolt Balogh
  • IRL: Shaun O'Neill, Geoffrey McMahon, Philip Lardner, Justin Beplate, Kenneth Hickey
  • ISR: Amir Shalom, Ron Wiener, Yaron Levin
  • ITA: Alex Ploner, Christian Ciech, Elio Cataldi, Davide Guiducci, Tullio Gervasoni, Anton Moroder, Arturo Dal Mas, Filippo Oppici, Paolo Rosichetti, Fabrizio Giustranti, Sergio Bernardi, Suan Selenati, Edoardo Giudiceandrea, Vanni Accattoli
  • JPN: Koji Daimon, Hiroshi Suzuki, Takahiro Matsumura, Shogo Ota, Keita Kokaji
  • LTU: Justinas Pleikys
  • NED: Mart Bosman, Martin Van Helden, André Disselhorst, Joost Eertman, Erik Van Keulen
  • NOR: Vegar Hansen, Petter Peikli
  • POL: Dariusz Perenc, Sebastian Olifiruk
  • RUS: Vladimir Leuskov, Artur Dzamikhov, Anton Struganov, Natalia Petrova, Julia Kucherenko, Maxim Usachev, Oleg Andreev
  • SLO: Primoz Gricar, Stanislav Galovec, Iztok Jarc
  • SUI: Roberto Nichele, Christian Voiblet, Francis Gafner, Chrigel Kuepfer, Carole Tobler, Beat Howald
  • SWE: Hakan Andersson, Joakim Hindemith
  • TUR: Tugrul Yilmaz, Halil Caner Atilgan, Kamil Demirkan
  • UKR: Dmitriy Rusov, Pavel Yakimchuk, Sergey Semenov, Dmytro Teteretnyk
  • USA: Zac Majors, Dustin Martin, Jeff O'Brien, Davis Straub, Jeff Shapiro, Derreck Turner, Ben Dunn

The 2009 Hang Gliding Worlds, comparison

The Worlds

Alessandro "Alex" Ploner|Attila Bertok|Bruce Kavanagh|Christian Ciech|Davis Straub|Dustin Martin|Gary Wirdnam|Gerolf Heinrichs|Gordon Rigg|Icaro 2000|Jeff O'Brien|Jeff Shapiro|Jon "Jonny" Durand jnr|Julia Kucherenko|Manfred Ruhmer|Oleg Bondarchuk|Robert Reisinger|Robin Hamilton|Scott Barrett|Thomas Weissenberger|Wills Wing T2C|Worlds 2009|Zac Majors

"Comparison is the source of all unhappiness." ~Soren Kierkegaard.

The 2008 pre-Worlds:

10Jeff O'BrienUSAWills Wing T2 1542883
17Davis StraubUSAWills Wing T2 - 1442623
21Gordon RiggGBRMoyes Litespeed S42492
23Attila BertokHUNMoyes Litespeed 52422
48Jeff ShapiroUSAWills Wing T2 1441955
51Zac MajorsUSAWills Wing T2C 1441916
88Derreck TurnerUSAMoyes Litespeed S51231

I built a lot of expectation into my head having accomplished this result compared to 117 other pilots flying in the pre-Worlds. I felt good about flying in Laragne and was quite happy with my result (sixteenth in the line of losers). Scott Barrett won the pre-Worlds and was obviously elated.

Gordon Rigg felt that the earth was some how kicked off its axis that I had finished ahead of him at the pre-Worlds. He was completely incensed and let me know about it. Attila, the World Champion fell down when he should have stayed up.

The 2009 Worlds:

1Alessandro PlonerITAIcaro2000 Z95046
2Jon DurandAUSMoyes Litespeed RS 3.54935
3Thomas WeissenbergerAUTMoyes Litespeed RS 44695
4Zac MajorsUSAWills Wing T2C 1444594
5Gordon RiggGBRMoyes Litespeed S 44581
6Antoine BoisselierFRAMoyes Litespeed RS 44568
7Dustin MartinUSAWills Wing T2C 1444558
8Nene RotorBRAWills Wing T2 C -1444556
9Dan VyhnalikCZEAeros Combat L 144547
10Manfred RuhmerAUTIcaro 2000 Laminar Z94535
11Christian CiechITAIcaro 2000 Laminar 14 Z94534
15Carl WallbankGBRMoyes Litespeed RS 3.54294
20Mario AlonziFRAAeros Combat L 13.54213
23Attila BertókHUNMoyes Litespeed S 54165
26Bruce KavanaghGBRWills Wing T2C4040
28Jeff O'BrienUSAWills Wing Tee Two See3946
28Gerolf HeinrichsAUTMoyes Litespeed RS 43946
38Robert ReisingerAUTMoyes Litespeed RS 43620
46Scott BarrettAUSAirborne C4 13.53334
50Christian VoibletSUIAeros Combat 12L3282
56Blay Jr OlmosESPMoyes Litespeed S 3.53022
67Gary WirdnamGBRWills Wing T2C2684
74Jeff ShapiroUSAWills Wing T-2C 1442389
80Julia KucherenkoRUSAeros Combat-L2261
82Davis StraubUSAWills Wing T2C - 1442140
89Oleg BondarchukUKRAeros Combat1847

Jonny was very close to Alex and won a day. Zac could have easily come in third and I feel partially responsible for him losing a hundred points on the second to last day. When we were all together (with Jonny also) on the ridge southwest of Aspres climbing slowly five minutes before the second start window almost at cloud base, I mentioned on the radio that if we ran out of time and lift before the start we should go west to the clouds and mountain over there. This suggestion was perhaps too influential because that is what Zippy did right after I made the suggestion. It really wasn't time to make this move, and he lost 500' to 1000' on us at the start which was a handicap that kept him behind the whole way.

Zac, who was added to the team as the fifth member when registration was again opened, turned in the best performance by an American only missing goal on the two days when the task was stopped.

Gordon Rigg was restored to his rightful place and the world got back on its axis. You might remember that Gordon was denied a place on the British team then got back on with Robin Hamilton couldn't make it to the Worlds. He then out performed all his teammates as well as being on the task committee. I'm sure that he feels quite vindicated.

Dustin Martin flew well and consistently and was rewarded with a seventh place finish. Two Americans in the top ten, which hasn't happened since the Worlds at the Owens Valley. The US team had its best finish since then also.

Manfred was so far ahead in points to most of the field that when he bombed out on the last day, he only dropped to tenth.

Christian Ciech was at one point in the lead having captured the lead from Manfred. Then he made a crucial error going back to restart on a day that was stopped before the task was ended. This cost him big time. He was likewise not near goal on the second to last day when the task was stopped. He looked quite crestfallen after these events but tried to be supportive in his actions if not his expression for his former student and friend Alex Ploner, and for the whole Italian team.

Carl Wallbank, after a poor landing near me on the second to last day when we were all just trying to make it over the ridge at Mison, had forty stitches in his leg and a broken pinky. He then flew the last day and made goal. He was able to launch off the steep north side. He before and later said that he likely wouldn't have launched at all from the shallow south side.

Mario Alonzi was ranked number one quite a few times in the last year, but in his home country against the best in the World he was twentieth.

Attila Bertok landed short a few times, and was unable to defend his crown as World Champion, to the disappointment of the Hungarian team. He finished about like he did last year.

Bruce Kavanaugh placed third on the British team after being added as the fifth pilot. The British team won the last World Championship in Big Spring, Texas but finished behind the US here in France.

Jeff O'Brien won the first day and was the early leader, but didn't keep up the pace and dropped back after taking later start times on days that he should have gone with the big gaggle, then hitting the no fly zone, and not making it to goal on the last day. He also just missed getting to goal on the previous day to be in ahead of the stop time.

Gerolf Heinrichs and Robert Reisinger, perpetual top finishers (but not quite right at the top) were way down below their and our expectations. Gerolf got not too far on the last two days, but finished well on others, except for getting stuck on one day and coming to goal fortieth.

Scott Barrett finished well off the pace of his previous year's efforts, in spite of using smart tactics (going around the turnpoint when we went west of Pic de Bure) which won him the pre-Worlds.

Christian Voiblet finished second on one day behind Christian Ciech when he took the lead from Manfred, but didn't get far on other days and landed short on the final day.

Blay, inspite of doing very well in Australia and often doing better than Jonny apparently didn't fly one day (I don't know the reason) and in general did not do as well as expected after beating Jonny in the Spanish nationals.

Gary Wirdham landed early at Camping Montéglin on the last day after feeling that the air conditions were too rough.

Jeff Shapiro did not do as well as he expected getting some poor late starts and dropping out in weak conditions on a couple of days and being held up on launch one day. He didn't improve his relative performance over his efforts at the pre-Worlds. I'm quite sure that he feels he has no one to blame but himself.

Julia was the top placing women. She destroyed her first glider and then flew another one. She could use help with landing technique, although it may also be associated with the problem of being relatively short and light in hang gliders that are not made for such people if they wish to pass the DHV certification.

Me, I dropped like a stone, essentially due to very poor decision making related to strong emotions that nudge me in the wrong direction. The emotions overcome any of my limited abilities to cogitate in stressful situations. Deep breathing might help. I might go into more details later if I think that they will be of any use to the reader in dealing with their own situations. We'll see.

Oleg Bondarchuck was suffering from back problems.

Forbes, day nine, task six

January 11, 2009, 10:47:08 pm AEDT

Forbes, day nine, task six

We fly until the cu-nimbs become a bit too much.

Attila Bertok|Blue Sky|Cameron Tunbridge|Chris Jones|Curt Warren|Davis Straub|Gerolf Heinrichs|Jon "Jonny" Durand jnr|Robert Reisinger|sailplane|Scott Barrett|Steve Blenkinsop

The results.

The flight and task.

Similar forecast to the day before. We are looking for OD later in the day, with isolated thunderstorms. The day starts with a blue sky and it stays that way until a few clouds appear near noon. Very dangerous as it is an inviting sky with the prognosis for dangerous conditions later.

We called a 142 km task south southeast to Attila's goal, a field just short of the goal on the last day of last year where Attila landed short. We were not to optimistic that we would be flying later in the day, but as soon as we got to the field we set up in the beautiful conditions with the steady north  wind.

We had an hour and fifteen minutes launch window before the first start time. We had moved the start time earlier in order to be able to get as big a task window as we could given the prognosis for OD later. With the 12 to 14 knot north wind we should be able to get to goal in a little over two hours.

Pilots were ready to go at noon and with the sky beginning to fill up pilots were able to climb up to cloud base at a little over 6,000' MSL. There were soon cu's every where and pilots had to be sure to stay clear of the cu's and run away from them as they got close. There was plenty of lift.

Ten minutes before the start window opened at 1:15 PM I moved to the southeast of Forbes, found strong lift and got to cloud base with Blay and Jonny. It turned out to be perfectly timed and I headed off with Jonny under the dark clouds toward the course line. Blay heads further east and was going down quickly, so the clouds looked like the ticket.

I stopped for 300+ fpm as Jonny moved on. He must have found something better, as the next time I saw him he was a few hundred feet over my head. We all went on glide and it was 16 km for me before at 1,400' AGL I found a weak thermal and was on my own.

I had to pay some dues in this weak bunny and get myself back in the game. The drift was good, down the course line, so I hung in there until I could make the next clouds and not risk landing in the forest that was coming up.

The clouds were working and there were some fellow pilots around so I wasn't all along after all. I climb to almost 7,000' with Steve Blenkinsop and then we went on glide for the next 20 km getting down to 500' AGL. Jon Snr was on my right and I saw him make a little slow non climbing turn as Steve headed east. I turned back toward Jon and we worked the weak lift together. I found the better core and Jon came back to me and we climbed out of there.

As we twirl up we look back and see the area that we just flew from. It was black then, now it is dumping hard. This is the first cu-nimb that we see, but soon there is another between us and the goal. It's not looking good.

Cu-nimbs make me nervous and I leave the lift running to get away from the bad area behind us and hoping to find a path around the rain in front. The cu-nimb it shooting out high clouds over us and the sunlight is disappearing from the ground below. But the lift is still there.

I'm beginning to think that the day needs to be stopped if there are pilots behind near the cu-nimb. I race ahead to get away from the front in front of the cu-nimb as the lift continues and I stay at about 5,000' no matter how fast I fly. Finally I hear that the task is stopped (and the stop time will be set back ten minutes).

I keep racing to find sink and not until I see Lenny on the ground at a small sailplane port do I find any sink. The landing conditions are very mellow and it is only after we get everything broken down and in the bag that the rain comes. We hide under the sailplane trailers.

Task Six:

# Name Nat Glider Dist. Total
1 Attila Bertok HUN Moyes Litespeed S 5 113.6 900
2 Robert Reisinger AUT Moyes Litespeed RS 4 109.6 879
3 Jon Durand Jnr AUS Moyes Litespeed RS 3.5 108.9 875
4 Cameron Tunbridge AUS Airborne C4 14 106.6 857
5 Michael Friesenbichler AUT Moyes Litespeed S 3.5 103.8 835
6 Blay Olmos ESP Moyes Litespeed S 3.5 103.7 834
7 Gerolf Heinrichs AUT Moyes Litespeed RS 4 102.6 823
8 Scott Barrett AUS Airborne C4 102.0 817
9 Maxim Usachev RUS Aeros Combat L 101.7 815
9 Pedro Luis Garicia Morelli ESP Aeros Combat L 13.7 101.8 815
9 Curt Warren AUS Moyes Litespeed RS 4 101.8 815


# Name Nat Glider Total
1 Blay Olmos ESP Moyes Litespeed S 3.5 5330
2 Jon Durand Jnr AUS Moyes Litespeed RS 3.5 5327
3 Attila Bertok HUN Moyes Litespeed S 5 4901
4 Michael Friesenbichler AUT Moyes Litespeed S 3.5 4671
5 Gerolf Heinrichs AUT Moyes Litespeed RS 4 4634
6 Chris Jones AUS Moyes Litespeed S 4 4536
7 Lukas Bader DEU Moyes Litespeed RS 4 4496
8 Pedro Luis Garicia Morelli ESP Aeros Combat L 13.7 4288
9 Maxim Usachev RUS Aeros Combat L 4177
10 Davis Straub USA Moyes Litesport 4 4091

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Comparing the Moyes Litesport with the Moyes Litespeed, part 2

Wed, Jan 7 2009, 2:05:13 pm AEDT

Comparing the Litesport with the Litespeed, part 2

Flying with Jonny Durand

comparing gliders|Jon "Jonny" Durand jnr|Jon Durand jnr|Moyes Litespeed|Moyes Litesport|Robert Reisinger

While I was flying next to Robert Reisinger I was flying just behind Jonny Durand, Jr. You can find the IGC file file here (Davis) and here (Jonny). I flew with him for 12.5 km until we hit the strong thermal.

From 14:00:22 to 14:09:35 Jonny flew at 39 mph, for 13.5 km and had an L/D of 40.6. I flew at 36 mph for 12.5 km and had an L/D of 45.2.

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Comparing the Moyes Litesport with the Moyes Litespeed, part 1

Wed, Jan 7 2009, 1:36:29 pm AEDT

Flying with Robert Reisinger

Comparing the Litesport with the Litespeed, part 1

Moyes Litespeed|Moyes Litesport|Robert Reisinger

I flew right with Robert Reisinger from just before the edge of the start cylinder for over 10 km. You can find the IGC files here (Robert) and here (Davis).

I examine a 7:12 section of the flight where we are right next to each other. I'm just a few feet higher. I fly for 9.3 km, averaging 36 mph (IAS) for an L/D of 197.3. He flies 9.6 km at an air speed of 37 mph for an L/D of 94.3. There is lift along the glide which we fly through without turning.

Check out the altitude chart in SeeYou with one flight added to the other to display both flights on the same chart. Check from 14:00:22 to 14:07:34.

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Forbes, day four, task four, the full story

Wed, Jan 7 2009, 8:09:34 am AEDT

Kingpost? Who cares?

Bobby Bailey|crash|Flytec 6030|Jon "Jonny" Durand jnr|Nick Purcell|Robert Reisinger|Trent Brown

The results.

Forbes is an amazing place to fly. We are having so much fun in the air. All the task days have been extraordinary and Tuesday was beyond belief.

The forecast was for 500 fpm and clouds to the north again with blue over us and to our south. There must be a trough hanging around. It is amazing to see this line at the edge of the clouds just to our north.

The lift was supposed to go to 12,000' according to the RASP forecast with winds at 12-14 knots out of the west again, but only 6 to 8 knots on the ground (20 knots at the top of the lift).

The task committee (Gerolf came up with this task) called a task to the northeast, 194 km to Gulgong with a turnpoint at Yeoval just to keep us by the roads for retrieval. A long task but with the strong winds, we should be able to accomplish it fairly quickly.

We knew that there would be a major component of cross wind as we had to go northeast in a wind that might be west northwesterly, but that's where the goals were and we didn't want to do the same task as yesterday.

Pilots were lined up early, so I had to wait a bit to get going. The first ten pilots or so were high above me when I started thermaling out of the tow paddock. I had only 36 minutes to get up and make the start gate 15 kilometers away.

We were in the blue but there was good lift and plenty of clouds to the north and northeast. We only had to get up and head for the clouds after the start gate opened. I climbed to an extremely high altitude and got quite cold ( 3° Celsius) even though I was prepared for it.

I topped out at 10 minutes before the start time and headed toward the edge of the start circle where I hooked up with Robert Reisinger and Jonny Durand. Gerolf, Michi, and Attila were further to our west (more upwind) but too far away to see.

We headed for the start circle and made the start 21 seconds after the window opened. We were high and racing, what a great start. I was halfway between Robert and Jonny. Robert was just below me and Jonny was out in front at my altitude.

Jonny veered a little to the right to go around the south side of Parkes and Robert veered a little to left to go toward Parked. I went with Jonny. Ten minutes into the flight we ran into strong lift. I saw 1,600 fpm on my 20 second averager on the 6030. I had never seen that value before.

The lift was completely smooth and averaged over 1000 fpm throughout the thermal. I had never seen that value on SeeYou for any of my climbs. I got stinking high again as I watched Robert get very very small.

It was freezing cold up there and I was beginning to shake and was worried that the whole flight might take place at high altitudes. I needn't have worried as I was soon down to a very comfortable 6,500' when I found the next thermal. Lukas Bader and five other pilots came in way below me.

I saw Gerolf, Attila, Michi and one other pilot (probably Blay) thermaling further up the course line and I headed toward them high. Jonny had found another thermal and was ahead of all of us at this point and on his own.

As I came over to these guys they all headed out on course. I came in right next to Gerolf, just a little above him and we glided together for the next 10.5 km, gliding with each other the whole way. We basically had the same glide ratio.

We were gliding at 41 mph (TAS), with an L/D of 12 cross wind.

Michi and Attila found some broken lift and after a short while I decided to head out first. I picked a poor line and fell out of the sky while my compatriots went a little to the right and kept getting smaller as I searched hard for lift.

Down to 1,500' AGL I came over near Peter Dall on the ATOS and we searched together until getting almost low enough to head to the road to land. I hit strong lift in a gully and thanks to the great handling of the Litesport was able to watch Peter turn into a very small glider.

Attila, Gerolf and Michi came and joined me in my savior thermal and we all climbed out ready to hit the turnpoint.

The next task was to get over the hills west of Wellington. Gerolf got quite low before the hills while Attila and I headed to the nice gap in the hills south of Wellington. Jonny was well ahead of us and flew right over the town. Lukas came in low below me in the nice strong thermal.

There were plenty of clouds on the course line and we just flew to them to find lift. Not always, but often enough. We were well south of the road from Wellington to Gulgong, and when I saw the paved road that I had seen down below end in a dirt road I became aware of this fact and for sure wanted to stay up.

Julia (the Russian girl) found a nice thermal just when I wanted one and we climbed up to cloud base 40 kilometers from goal. As soon as I got to base I headed on final glide at 11.5 required L/D. I made 19.7:1 with a 16 mph tail wind (slightly cross). Julia and I got to the goal at the same time. I was able to push the Litesport to 56 mph.

Michi, Gerolf, Jonny and Robert all came up to me and said how well the Litesport was gliding. I was keeping up with all of them. On the first glide with Jonny I was trailing him and almost keeping up with him. He couldn't shake me.

I glided above and just to the right of Robert for a long glide. I chased Michi and Attila for 10.5 km and stayed with them. Attila was so happy that I found that thermal low because he and everyone else in the vicinity used it to get up.

Gerolf just ran over to me at goal and was gleeful to see his Litesport doing so well.

Now for the bad news.

A couple or maybe four pilots decided to play a dangerous game yesterday. Deliberately going into a dust (grass) devil very low. Leroy pulled a pilot through it at 400 feet and was so happy to get out of it when he saw the pilot behind him pin off in it. What an idiot he thought. Bobby Bailey had flown through it and said it was the worst air he had ever flown in.

Trent Brown and Nick Purcell plus one or two additional pilots tried to enter the grass devil low. The gliders were described by observers as puppets on a string. Their noses were slammed up. Nick's nose then went straight down and he almost tucked low. He flew away and landed.

Trent was slammed/pancaked into the ground. He is currently in the hospital. He was up and walking around yesterday, but has suffered some injuries. The glider took most of the force of the impact unlike what happened with Steve Elliot the other day, when it took none of the impact.

This is a totally avoidable situation. Leroy was mad at the pilot for pinning off so low. No one needed to go into this thermal so low.

The launch was suspended until Trent was taken to the hospital. Additional start times were added to allow later pilots to get a good time. About half the field hadn't launched before the dangerous game was played.

I'll do some detailed analysis of the Litesport gliding with other gliders later.

Forbes, notable results on day two

Mon, Jan 5 2009, 9:47:50 am AEDT

Robert glides to the ground out of the start circle

Curt Warren|Jon "Jonny" Durand jnr|Robert Reisinger|Blay Olmos

Curt warren landed 14 km short of goal. Robert Reisinger glided to the ground after leaving the start circle. Blay Olmos won the day, with Jonny second and Attila third.

45 pilots made goal.

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Results from the first day

The top ten on day one.

Sun, Jan 4 2009, 9:21:10 pm AEDT

Aeros Combat L|Airborne C4|Attila Bertok|Blay Olmos|Cameron Tunbridge|Davis Straub|Forbes Flatlands 2009|Gerolf Heinrichs|Lukas Bader|Maxim Usachev|Michael Friesenbichler|Moyes Litespeed RS 4|Moyes Litespeed S|Moyes Litesport|Pedro Jesus Garcia Aviles|Robert Reisinger

# Name Nat Glider Time Total
1 Attila Bertok Hun Moyes Litespeed S 5 03:34:40 997
2 Robert Reisinger Aut Moyes Litespeed Rs 4 03:34:56 988
3 Michael Friesenbichler Aut Moyes Litespeed S 3.5 03:44:31 877
4 Blay Olmos Esp Moyes Litespeed S 3.5 03:51:37 873
5 Gerolf Heinrichs Aut Moyes Litespeed Rs 4 03:46:35 859
6 Lukas Bader Deu Moyes Litespeed RS4 04:02:17 747
7 Cameron Tunbridge Aus Airborne C4 14 04:10:23 734
8 Pedro Jesus Garcia Aviles Esp Aeros Combat L 13.7 04:19:36 681
9 Maxim Usachev Rus Aeros Combat L 04:21:34 671
10 Davis Straub Usa Moyes Litesport 04:21:37 670

Look who's coming to the Bogong Cup

October 20, 2008, 5:20:15 pm PDT

Look who's coming to the Bogong Cup

So far

Cameron Tunbridge|Curt Warren|Davis Straub|Jon "Jonny" Durand jnr|Oliver "Olli" Barthelmes|Roberto Nichele|Robert Reisinger|Trent Brown


The 21st Bogong Cup Hang Gliding Championship will once again be run from from 14-22 January 2009 with  the headquarters in Mt Beauty, NE Victoria.

  NAME Country
1 Cameron Tunbridge Aus
2 Neil Petersen Aus
3 Hadewych van Kempen Hol
4 Warren Simonsen NZ
5 Davis Straub USA
6 Curt Warren Aus
7 Olav Olsen Nor
8 Tony Lowrey Aus
9 Trent Brown Aus
10 Oliver Barthelmes Deu
11 Federico Martini Ita
12 Radek Bares Che
13 Pablo  
14 Dorival Agulhon Jnr Bra
15 Roberto Nichele Che
16 Michael Friesenbichler Aut
17 Robert Reisinger Aut
18 Jon Durand Jnr Aus

Looks like we'll be flying with some of the best pilots in the World. I suspect a bunch more will be signing up, given the numbers going to Forbes from overseas.

Sign up here: http://www.xcflight.com/20.html

There is a limit on the number of pilots who can fly in the Bogong Cup, so sign up ASAP. It was a great meet last year (see the reports in the Oz Report starting here).

Skyline Party

August 20, 2008, 7:07:37 PDT

Skyline Party

Moyes comes there also.

Bernhard Greindl|Corinna Schwiegershausen|Dragonfly|Gerolf Heinrichs|PG|Robert Reisinger|video

Bernhard Greindl at Skyline «bernhard» writes:

Skyline Party and Moyes Meeting on the 30th and 31st of August, 2008 in Germany

Skyline will hold the traditional Moyes Meeting in conjunction with the Skyline Party and Testival Air show and Red Bull Fly In near the CHIEMSEE. There will be a big flight event with hang glider, paraglider, ultralight, parachutes and anything else what is able to fly.

RED BULL FLY IN: Besides the big air show there will be also a "FLY IN" competition for hang glider and paraglider pilots. The longest flight to the event area wins!

Corinna Schwiegershausen will moderate the complete event. Dragonflys and trikes can be also booked for sightseeing flights!

There will be a lot of VIP's the hang gliding scene in attendance:

3rd European champion Michael Friesenbichler,
Moyes designer and 3rd at the 2007 world championships in Texas, Gerolf Heinrichs,
the 11 times German champion, Bob Baier,
vice European champion and HOLC contest leader Tom Weissenberger,
FAI 2 world champion Robert Reisinger
the three time women's world champion Corinna Schwiegershausen,
also the Dragonfly designer Bob Bailey.
All they are at the event also to answer questions.

There will be also Toni Roth with his new electric engine Atos to showand to fly.

There will be some lectures about hang glider technique, tuning hang gliders with Gerolf Heinrichs, discussion of some of the best flights by Tom Weissenberger, and a show of the newest instruments from DIGIFLY.

Pilots can also fly. There is the possibility for towing by ultralights, trikes or with Dragonflies (there will be about 3 or 4 Dragonflies this time!) Or to fly from the mountains near the area (Hochfelln, Hochplatte)

Also there is the possibility to test Skyline products: Moyes Litespeed S, Litespeed RS, Litesport and the fun floater Malibu, also paraglider of Mac Para and Niviuk and for sure the whole harnesses - hang gliding and paragliding. You could also take a look at the new instruments of DIGIFLY.

There will be also enough goodies to make for a grand party, drink and food. Barbecue, Cocktails, DJ, Videos and cold beer are our specialties.

Www.skyline-flightgear.de tel: 08642-5979-0

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Women's and Rigid Worlds

July 23, 2008, 11:05:55 CDT


The first task

Alessandro "Alex" Ploner|Jamie Shelden|Manfred Ruhmer|Robert Reisinger



Kathleen is the only girl in goal so far and will likely be the only one period. . Very well done Kathleen!!! Looks like Robert Reisinger was first and Alex Ploner second for Class 5.

Of course Manfred was first for the Swifts.


2007 Worlds - why is Moyes so successful? »

August 24, 2007, 9:24:51 MDT


One big family

Attila Bertok|Bill Moyes|Bobby Bailey|Brett Hazlett|Gerolf Heinrichs|Jon "Jonny" Durand jnr|Jon Durand jnr|Kraig Coomber|Manfred Ruhmer|Oleg Bondarchuk|Robert Reisinger|Rob Kells|Scott Barrett|Steven "Steve" Pearson|Tomas Suchanek|Worlds 2007

Moyes hasn't had a World Champion since Tomas Suchanek in 1995 (Manfred from Icaro had a monopoly for six years and then Oleg came along). Now they have Attila Bertok and the top three places on the podium with Robert Reisinger and Gerolf Heinrichs, the Moyes glider designer. In spite of this lack (and now abundance) Moyes has been very successful in competition with their glider well represented. In fact in many competition the Moyes gliders dominated the top spots. Why is Moyes so successful?

First of all Gerolf has designed a very competitive glider. The differences between the top of the line competition topless gliders is very slight, so as long as you have a glider that is as good as any of the other top gliders then you can let the differences between pilot skills become the deciding factor.

Second, Gerolf is a very good pilot, obviously from his third place finish at the Worlds, as well as a charismatic figure. Having your designer be an elite level pilot sends a huge message. Unfortunately, that message can be that it is the pilot not the glider, as it has often been in the case of Icaro and Aeros. So it takes more than that.

Third, the way you get around the identification of the top pilot/designer as the reason that the glider does well is to have the glider flown by lots and lots of pilots. This was not the case with the Icaro and earlier with the Aeros Combat gliders (although this is much less true now). With fewer pilots flying them, it appeared as though it was more Manfred and Oleg rather than the glider that determined how well they did (but, of course, I would argue that this is always the case).

Fourth, of course, I have illustrated a chicken and egg problem. How do you get many pilots to fly your glider in the first place so that pilots don't automatically assign the success of the glider to the elite pilot?

Fifth, Moyes has a strong family tradition. A strong extended family tradition. A family tradition that reaches out and incorporates many others into the family and gives them that family feeling, that feeling of belonging to a very special family/club.

Who has been to every Worlds - Molly and Bill Moyes (and until this Worlds, Steve Moyes has flown in every Worlds, and won one). Their dedication to the sport was highlighted at the Worlds on the last night to a standing ovation. A very important symbol and one felt by all the pilots there. Who wouldn't want to be a part of that?

Bill and Molly are the patriarch and matriarch of a large and extended family and three of their children run Moyes Delta Gliders while Bill runs Bailey-Moyes Dragonflies. Pilots from around the world have over the years been brought into the company to help build the gliders. Think Brett Hazlett, Kraig Coomber, Jonny Durand, Attila Bertok, Mikki Fiesenbichler, and many others.

Moyes has built loyalty among the most promising new pilots giving them a helping hand and supporting them early. This willingness to bring others into the family is part of the family tradition. There is always room for one more, includign Gerolf and Bobby Bailey, and many many others..

Can you think of one other "company" that was at the Worlds in such force? Rob Kells and Steven Pearson from Wills Wing were there (separately), but how can they compete with the Moyes family (including Vicki - who heads up Moyes marketing)? Rob and Steve provide great support, but they are just being outgunned. Kraig Coomber (the main designer of the Moyes Matrix harness) from Moyes USA was there helping other pilots as well as flying very well.

Airborne had their designer, Scott Barrett. Who was there from Aero and Icaro? Their gliders were there, but I wasn't aware of any other presence.

The attraction of the Moyes family/company/brand is huge. Pilots have the feeling that the Moyes glider is superior, or if not superior, at least as good as any of the other gliders there. They feel that you can't go wrong with the Moyes RS. (Actually Attila flies the older S model as he likes to fly the big mode - S5, and there isn't an RS-5 - for obvious reasons, if you think about it.)

The Moyes family makes you feel part of a big friendly superior family/club even if you aren't the top most pilot around. It is just something that they have learned from being such a family for years and it is natural for them to extend it to others. Marketing by being one big happy family.

If you are not part of that family, you are just missing something. So Moyes attracts many more pilots than other manufacturers (at least at these elite level competitions) and that gives everyone the feeling that the glider is superior as the superior pilots are flying the glider. And that solves the chicken and egg problem.

2007 Worlds - the show is over for this year »

August 19, 2007, 11:26:10 pm CDT

Big Spring

All our friends are going home

Alessandro "Alex" Ploner|Attila Bertok|Bill Moyes|Blue Sky|Bobby Bailey|Dustin Martin|Jon "Jonny" Durand jnr|Jon Durand jnr|Robert Reisinger|Worlds 2007

It has been a great run. Attila Bertok won the 2007 Worlds and the 2006 pre-Worlds here in Big Spring (the first time the pre-Worlds and Worlds have been one by the same individual). Attila won the first three days when the conditions were the most difficult. Robert Reisinger came on strong as the meet progressed (as he gained experience flying here in Texas) and as conditions improved. Attila had a GPS problem on the last day of the competition where he had to fix or replace the battery (it is not always clear what Attila is saying). The GPS quit but he was able to get it working again. This no doubt slowed him down quite a bit (check the results on that day). 
The final results were very close until the end and this made for a lot of excitement.

Moyes gliders had all three positions on the podium, apparently the first time that this has happened.

Many pilots told me how much they enjoyed flying in Texas and how impressed they were with the friendliness and hospitality of the Texans. Many of them had taken their impressions from the media and didn't realize that not all Texans were like the younger Bush. They were just so happy to have this wonderful  experience (so many made goal on so many days and the competition really was really a race with major level tasks).

Attila gave a great acceptance talk after winning the Worlds in which he showed his appreciation for all the help he has received starting with Bill Moyes many years ago. He showed his great love of the sport and how much he appreciated how wonderfully the Texans had treated him.

I was a little chagrinned when I called the last day after a day and night of heavy rain, thick clouds all morning, and a forecast for 70% chance of more rain, cloudy and cool temperatures with southeast winds for Saturday. There was a hint that this forecast was total wrong when we saw a bit of blue sky off to the southwest and strong southwest winds, but I wasn't picking up on these clues strongly enough. The forecast turned out to be completely wrong, as the sky cleared around noon, the cloud base was not a thousand feet as forecast but probably three or four thousand feet (later), with lot of cu's not turning into over development except quite a bit to the east (where the remnants of the storm was tracking to the north).

The winds were strong, but not too strong, so that we were able to hold a spot landing contest at around 3:30 PM. Jonny Durand was first, the only one spot on, Dustin second, with one foot on the three foot by three foot spot.  Rodrigo Russek from Mexico was third (more on him later). I was able to land two feet away from the spot flying the Wills Wing Sport 2.

Still we didn't fly a task on this last day, so we don't know for sure whether it was a mistake or not not to fly it. Alex Ploner felt that the clouds wouldn't have provided any lift, given how the ground was soaked. Bobby Bailey (who also did well in the spot landing competition flying my glider), thought we (me, actually) blew it as he felt lots of lift around the airport. On Sunday it blew strong from the south all day with not a cloud in the sky.

2007 Worlds - a party in Hobbs »

August 16, 2007, 11:26:41 pm CDT

Big Spring

Seventy six at goal

Robert Reisinger|Worlds 2007

Lots of happy pilots at goal in Hobbs. The press had been called out and the film makers were there.

Robert Reisinger won the day and was almost four minutes ahead of Attila in sixth. Attila is still in the lead by a few points. Check out the scores.

2007 Worlds - Surfing the hurricane »

August 16, 2007, 4:22:12 pm CDT

Big Spring

They are almost at goal

Dustin Martin|photo|Robert Reisinger|Worlds 2007

Dustin is forty seven kilometers from goal at 4:15 PM. They apparently are averaging 80 km/h.

The satellite photos of the storm show bands of clouds coming over us in Big Spring. The first band came over a half hour into the launch cycle, but tug pilots reported the strongest lift of the meet so far.

Over forty at goal by 5:07 PM. Start time was 2:20 PM. Robert Reisinger was first beating Attila by two minutes, Attila was fifth, Gerolf was twentieth, slow as he got low earlier.

2007 Austrian Nationals, Day 3, the final day »

May 1, 2007, 11:23:02 EDT

Aus Nats, Day 3

The best weather in twenty years

Austrian Nationals 2007|Markus Harpf|Robert Reisinger|weather


Mag. Markus Harpf «harpf» writes:

After a rain shower in the night, we had clouds covering Austria. Most of the pilots thought, that we would have a rest day. But this year is very different, because it's very sunny and hot. Lower Austria has the best flying conditions in twenty years in springtime. The earth is dry, and we had a north wind. So we had very good conditions for flying a final task. The task master for the flex wings was Gerolf and he did a good job - sixty four km cat's cradle. The rigid wings pilots wanted a bigger task and decided to try eighty five km.

For the flex wings Robert Reisinger was first into goal, no rigid wing pilot made more than the one turnpoint.

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Attila number 1

February 9, 2007, 10:39:07 AEDT


It's Australia if you want to be at the top

Adam Parer|Andreas Olsson|Attila Bertok|Brett Hazlett|Chris Jones|CIVL|Corinna Schwiegershausen|David Seib|Davis Straub|Gerolf Heinrichs|Joseph Salvenmoser|Kraig Coomber|Oleg Bondarchuk|Oliver "Olli" Barthelmes|Robert Reisinger|Rohan Holtkamp|Rohan Taylor|Scott Barrett|Thomas Weissenberger


rank name nation points
1 Attila Bertok Hungary 302
2 Jon jnr Durand Australia 300
3 Gerolf Heinrichs Austria 285
4 Oleg Bondarchuk Ukraine 282
5 Mario Alonzi France 269
6 Michael Friesenbichler Austria 262
7 Bruno Guillen France 260
8 Andreas Olsson Sweden 255
9 Balazs Ujhelyi Hungary 246
10 David Seib Australia 238
11 Robert Reisinger Austria 230
12 Lukas Bader Germany 213
13 Adam Parer Australia 211
13 Steve Moyes Australia 211
15 Brett Hazlett Canada 202
16 Oliver Barthelmes Germany 200
17 Kraig Coomber Australia 191
18 Joseph Salvenmoser Austria 184
19 Fabien Agenes France 183
20 Rohan Holtkamp Australia 182
20 Scott Barrett Australia 182
22 Raymond Caux France 180
23 Chris Smith USA 174
24 Corinna Schwiegershausen Germany 173
25 Carl Wallbank UK 172
26 Chris Jones Australia 171
27 Jon Gjerde Norway 168
28 Thomas Weissenberger Austria 164
29 Olav Opsanger Norway 161
30 Len Paton Australia 157
69 Antoine Boisselier France 96
69 Davis Straub USA 96

The Forbes Flatlands - Finals

January 12, 2007, 6:50:11 AEDT


A bit of a roundup, more later.

Attila Bertok|Davide Guiducci|Davis Straub|Forbes Flatlands 2007|Jon "Jonny" Durand jnr|Jon Durand jnr|Oleg Bondarchuk|Robert Reisinger

The flight/task. You can view the flight in Google Earth also from this URL.

The results: http://www.moyes.com.au/Forbes2007/Results.aspx.

Tracklogs: http://www.triptera.com.au/canungra/forbes2007. You can also find the results here and the results of the FTV scoring also. You can download tracklogs and animate them in SeeYou or CompeGPS.


Place Name Glider Nation Total
1 DURAND, Jon jnr Moyes Litespeed RS 3.5 AUS 5483
2 REISINGER, Robert Moyes Litespeed RS 4 AUT 5469
3 BONDARCHUK, Oleg Aeros Combat 13.7 UKR 5276
4 BERTOK, Attila Moyes Litespeed S 5 HUN 5135
5 GUIDUCCI, Davide Moyes Litespeed RS 4 ITA 5114
6 BADER, Lukas Moyes Litespeed RS 4 DEU 5025
7 MAYER, Walter Moyes Litespeed S 4.5 AUT 4985
8 UJHELYI, Balazs Moyes Litespeed S 5 HUN 4982
9 SEIB, David Moyes Litespeed RS 4 AUS 4956
10 SMITH, Chris Moyes Litespeed S 4.5 USA 4824

The competition averaged 115 miles or 185 km tasks. This is likely to be the longest average ever in a high level competition. The longest tasks were 234 km and 237 km.

The average percentage of pilots into goal was sixty percent. I can't image that there has been another high level competition with this level of goal completion especially given the distances set for the tasks. This indicates good piloting skills and great conditions.

For a bit of fun and to see how a competition goes, do that following. Go to the tracklogs section above and download the tracklogs from January 9th. Open up the zipped in WinZip or other program and extract the flights for Jonny Durand, Gerolf Heirichs, Davis Straub, Minoru Kato, and Robert Reisinger, for example.

If you do not have SeeYou installed install it. Be sure to choose a custom three dimensional icon for the three D display, using one of the Moyes hang gliders. You'll want to size the icon to about 300 meters, which just seems to work better in SeeYou for some reason.

Open one of the flights. Click Edit, Add Flight, and add each of the flights to the same screen. Click View, 3D View.

Pull up the window at the bottom of the screen to see the textual information about each flight. Double click on each flight and change the registration field to the pilot's first name.

Set the animation timer in the tool bar at the top of the window to about 20 or 40 times. Click the play button.

Put your cursor over the three D display and start moving it around and use your scroll wheel to move in and out. You'll find an interesting story here.

Torrey Heaney, Grant's 13 year old son, was introduced to SeeYou a couple of days ago. Within hours he was displaying 3D views of the races to pilots on the big screen. He was downloading these flights from Tim Cumming's site, choosing flights and displaying 3 D views of the races for his own enjoyment also. What's holding you back from experiencing this great learning tool?

The Forbes Flatlands - Task 6

January 11, 2007, 0:44:56 AEDT

Forbes Task 6

An out and return barbeque task that turns out to be a pretty cool task.

dust devil|Forbes Flatlands 2007|Jon "Jonny" Durand jnr|record|Robert Reisinger

The flight/task. You can view the flight in Google Earth also from this URL.

The results: http://www.moyes.com.au/Forbes2007/Results.aspx.

Tracklogs: http://www.triptera.com.au/canungra/forbes2007. You can also find the results here and the results of the FTV scoring also. You can download tracklogs and animate them in SeeYou or CompeGPS. More on this later.

There is a bit of a conflict in the task committee as the meet director wants to come back and it looks like the winds might be a little strong for that. Fortunately the winds will quiet down to 12 mph out of the northwest and it will not be a problem (for most pilots) to come home.

As has been the case for the past three days we have plenty of time to launch and the guys at the end of the staging line go first, while the higher scoring guys wait until less than an hour before the start time to get ready to go. This staging by cumulative scoring is a great system, but it does require a bit of marshaling.

The day is blue once again but there are a few scattered cu's that show the best lift. I'm pinned off by a thermal at 800' AGL pulling my release as my weaklink breaks thereby losing the bridle. It's a steady climb to over 8,000' AGL.

We stay close to the top of the lift and again have a good start like the previous day with many pilots at the top of the lift at the edge of the start circle as the start gate opens. I'm out in front as I was just outside the start circle and went in to nick it, then turn around and fly. I didn't fly too fast as I wanted to gather other pilots around so I could see what they were up to. It's hard to be strategic in this position.

The lift is strong once again and we race ahead to Grenfell the turnpoint for out out and return. I will average 40 mph heading south with a west, northwest wind at 10 mph. I don't get lower than 4,300' AGL, and climb repeatedly to over 8,000' AGL. The pilots are spread out everywhere with many getting really high early and staying there.

We are at the turnpoint in less than an hour and still high. In fact coming back I'll stay high until about half way when I don't find a thermal after getting up over a dust devil to over 8,400' AGL, and then find bad sink on a 13 km glide down to 2,000' AGL. I am forced to take 300 fpm when I've been flying in 600+ fpm to stay up.

A dozen pilots join me as I climb to 5,000' AGL and we head off. Another climb from 3,000' AGL and then we finally find the strong lift again. From twenty kilometers out is is a hard race to goal with so much lift that it is hard to pull in the bar or keep the glider going straight.

I come in thirtieth, with sixty pilots making goal. Gerolf landed 7 km short, but I didn't gain enough points on him to win the glider. Andreas Ohlsson won the day on his Wills Wing T2 far ahead of every one other than Michael Fieschenbichler on a Moyes Litspeed 4 RS (more on the RS soon).

Jonny beat Robert Reisinger by twenty seconds and five points to win the meet by sixteen points. I'll write up more detailed reports on what I consider to be the best competition in Australia ever over the next few days. This meet must have set the record for the highest percentage at goal and for the longest average task (well over 100 miles).

The Forbes Flatlands - Task 5

January 10, 2007, 8:19:02 AEDT

Forbes Task 5

With no winds we do an out and return of 177 km

Forbes Flatlands 2007|Jon "Jonny" Durand jnr|Oleg Bondarchuk|Robert Reisinger|video

The flight/task.You can view the flight in Google Earth also from this URL.

The results: http://www.moyes.com.au/Forbes2007/Results.aspx.

Flying in Forbes on the first two days:

This (Tuesday) was supposed to be the day for the 306 km task to Hay from Forbes if the winds did come out of the northeast, but they didn't. It was light and variable so the task committee called a 177 km out and return to the north northwest, following a paved road all the way.

Like Monday Tuesday is for the most part a blue day, but we do get some very helpful wispy cu's that mark the strongest thermals. No one is in a big hurry to launch with only a 10 km start circle (chosen to be so small because there is no wind) and without clouds we are not sure yet of the lift conditions.

I finally get in line and launch fifty minutes before the start gate opens at 2:15 PM for the top thirty pilots. They are required to go then. Other pilot have more choices.

I climb out to 5,300' AGL in moderate lift with little turbulence and head to the northwestern edge of the start circle. Luckily there is a thermal near the edge and forty or fifty pilots are in it as we wait for the start gate to open. We are all at about 6,000' AGL when 2:15 PM rolls around so almost every one has a good start and we are off to the races to the north.

There are lift markers (hang gliders) every where, and lift every where and it averages between 400 and 500 fpm. We head for a treed ridgeline to our left and just ride way over the top of it toward the turnpoint for 10-20 km catching lift as we go.

The gaggle is forty pilots or so and it is hard to break away from them. There are pilots every where and it's a race so you've got to get ahead of these guys, but they catch you when you go out in front.

I'm with eleven pilots half way to the turnpoint. There are two pilots lower off to my left and the rest of the pilots higher to my right. I see the lowest pilot on my left hit something and start turning. I head toward him then see a pilot above me to the right and closer turning also. I switch back to the right, but half way to the pilot I see Oleg heading to the left to the pilots I was heading for at first. I switch again as everyone on my right has headed to the left and sure enough that thermal is 600+ fpm. Now I'm on the bottom, with thirty pilots over me.

We head for the turnpoint and I've now got a lot of little thermal markers in front of me, so it's not too bad. When I make the turn at the turnpoint I shade to the left as the guys out in front are not doing so well on the right hand side, getting low. I join a pilot climbing at 350 fpm, pretty slow but better than the other guys.

Then they hit a good one and I rejoin the gaggle in 700+ fpm to 7,300' AGL. We are racing hard and fast. My arms are hurting from all the VG pulling. We climb hard and glide hard. All your competitors are around you and the lift is strong. I leave the thermal as soon as it grows weak (although the guys on top are holding back to keep their advantage).

I try to shake the gaggle again, not bothering to stop in a thermal and chasing down some lower guys in front who are thermaling. Still the gaggle catches me.

Then I do it again and this time the gaggle breaks up as I head right to some lower pilots thermaling and most of the gaggle stays in the weaker lift behind. Finally a chance to get away.

I race for the ridge line spotting three pilots much lower than me all heading that way also. We find good lift at 500 fpm and I race back down the ridge line. Off to my left and in front of me I spot some pilots low circling. I come in over the first one and it's 700 fpm up. I'm only 20 km from goal now, on top of the last thermal, I can't see anyone ahead of me and all the gaggle that I left behind is coming in low underneath me. I've got Robert Reisinger and Minoru Kato just below me.

I'm going up so fast the 5030 says stay in the thermal as you can pull in and get to goal faster. I pull out at 9:1 to goal with goal made by 3,500'. Now it's time to pull the bar in as much as I can and race to goal. I hit 55 mph and sustain 53 mph. Still Robert and Minoru catch me as I can't quite control the glider at these speeds.

As I get close to goal I see a pilot land then a couple more but still manage to get in seventh.

Gerolf was first in by six minutes over Jonny and nine over me. Robert Reisinger was just behind me and is now in second place 11 points behind Jonny.

The Forbes Flatlands

January 3, 2007, 7:38:15 AEDT


We break the drought at the pre-Worlds

CIVL|Jon "Jonny" Durand jnr|Jon Durand jnr|Robert Reisinger|World Pilot Ranking Scheme

Apparently it hasn't rained much here in seven months, since last May. It is raining here now (Monday evening). There have been thick clouds in the area for the last few days and this afternoon you could see the rain east of town while we were out at the airport taking test flights. I set up but didn't fly as the wind came up from the cell to the east.

It's been raining all evening steadily and sometimes hard here in Forbes. It should be no problem at the airport for towing (although it did get pretty muddy), and the farmers sure are happy to see that there is another hang gliding meet in Forbes. The last one was in 2001.

The billabong/lake in the middle of town is empty, a broken pump that the town can't afford to fix. There is water in the river released from the dam that is only 11% of capacity.

Sixteen of the top twenty WPRS ranked pilots are here in Forbes to get ready for the Worlds in Texas next August. This is their last chance at a flatlands meet before the Texas meet. Too bad dealing with CIVL has been so frustrating otherwise we might have had a pre-Worlds meet in Hearne, Texas before the Worlds to help pilots get ready for it.

Balazs and Attila flew from Forbes to Deniliquin (365 km) stopping there as they didn't know if there was a drover following or not. This was on Monday, the day before the official practice day. Jonny Durand Senior says that they missed the best day of the year at Beechmont on Sunday as they drove to Manilla, and they should have flown from Manilla to Forbes and past on Monday as it was a 600-700 km days with cloud street all the way. They got up too late.

Robert Reisinger is flying a Moyes Litespeed and not a Icaro 08.

Big Spring - a 98.6 degree (mile) triangle

August 9, 2006, 11:33:40 pm CDT

Big Spring

Back against a 11 mph head wind.

André Wolfe|Big Spring 2006|Bubba Goodman|David Glover|dust devil|Jim Yocom|Jon "Jonny" Durand jnr|Mark Stump|Roberto Nichele|Robert Reisinger|weather

The flight and task on the HOLC and on Google Maps/Earth


With the standard August North Texas weather having returned yesterday and forecasted to stay with us during the competition, we get back to calling tasks that take advantage of the reliable and consistent lift. The task committee can't decide between a large (160+ mile) dog leg and a 98.6 mile triangle. We propose a vote of the pilots, and they decide for the triangle.

I forecasted thin cu's, moderate south winds (10-12 mph), no overdevelopment, 600-700 fpm lift, and comparatively warm at cloud base - 54 degrees.

Responding to pilot requests we put a twenty five mile entry start circle around the first start point off to the northwest. This allows for a little strategy and I take advantage of this.

I'm off first, which used to be part of my strategy, which I seemed to have relaxed a bit on the first three days. I got off high at 2,500' AGL under a cloud, and low an d behold finally there was good lift under a cloud near the airport.

Now the tug pilot was very kid and took me to the west of the airport in the general direction of our start and first turnpoint. Since I was high and getting higher I had the chance of heading due west and escaping my compatriots, perhaps unseen. With the strong south wind, the ticket would be to get twenty five miles due south of the start point before the start window opened. Since I started early, I had a chance to do just that.

I snuck off to the west. I knew that others would figure out this strategy, but I thought that if I got our of their view I wouldn't be an attractive nuisance and I could disappear. The only problem was this would put me out on my own, but I needed to win big to catch up, so taking chances was what I needed to do.

This strategy worked, and I jumped from cloud to cloud staying reasonably high and not seeing any of my flying buddies. Just before the start time at 1:30 I got a glimpse of Jim Yocom and another rigid wing pilot, but they were down wind of me, so I had the advantage.

The winds were strong out of the due south and the cu's were scattered and thin but the lift was good and that meant it was quite possible to run down wind to little wisps quite a long ways away. Fortunately many of them were working.

After I got the first turnpoint I saw Mark Stump coming toward me and I got the feeling that my strategy had not worked at all. Where were all the rest of the rigid wings? Were they already further out on the course line?

The second leg was almost straight east, so it was cross wind. But again the lift was good and this made it possible to punch ahead into the wind while gliding. The cu's were thicker and closer than on the first leg so the probability of getting up improved even with the cross wind.

Half way out Mark and I were joined by a flex wing pilot and I was thinking, oh my god, are we really that slow that the pilots who started half an hour behind us have caught us? Geez. We were screaming up in the best lift of the task, averaging 800 fpm, and then the flex wing pilot pulled in his VG cord and headed in the opposite direction. Whoa, he hadn't gotten to the first turnpoint yet and was way too far to the north given the south wind.

The strong lift allowed for me to leave Mark behind and get to the second turnpoint with little difficulty. As I approached the turnpoint I noticed that there were lots of clouds on the way back to the airport. It looked good. Once I made the turnpoint I realized that these clouds formed a cloud street, a very long cloud street that stretched south and north of me. I'd seen this cloud street before in previous meets at Big Spring.

The cloud street didn't exactly go back to the airport but to the east side of Big Spring. Still it was a great little lift highway and I used it for all it was worth. I stayed under it until I was almost due northeast of the airport and would have mostly a cross wind component going into goal.

Climbing at 400 fpm I left when my 5030 said it is 9.8:1 to goal. Gliding at 42 mph I headed across the town of Big Spring from the refinery and got a very good view of it as I came into goal with 250 feet to spare after an eight and a half mile glide. That was close enough for me. I was the first pilot into goal, much to my surprise.

Eighteen minutes later Mark Stump and Jim Yocom came in. Campbell and Oliver came into together about half an hour after I came in just as the flex wing pilots started to come in.

Andre Wolf was the first flex wing pilot followed by Attila, Brett, Kraig, Jonny, Bruno, Chris Smith, Mario and Leo (see the results above). A few pilots landed a little bit short, including Nene, Bubba (whose on the task committee), Robert Reisinger, Phil Bloom, and Gerolf.

David Glover had the top thirty pilots (at least) start the task at 2:15, and all but one pilot, Jim Prahl, who made goal, started at that time.

The single surface task was a sixty mile task out to the north, northwest with a turnpoint at La Mesa. The winner, and the only pilot to make goal was Anne-Odile Thomas on an Icaro Relax. She told me before going out to fly the task that there was no way that she was going to make it and that she'd probably just land a short ways out from the airport. Wow!

The Sport Class was sent 90 miles north to the goal at Town, an airport just south of Lubbock. The top sport class pilots haven't returned this evening, so we assume that they made it.

Roberto Nichele had a discussion with a dust devil that he lost. He told David Glover that he tried three times to enter into a dust devil at 1000' AGL and got spit out all three times. He tried one more time and the dust devil tiring of this foolishness tossed him about bad enough that Nick through his chute in order to soften his landing. If you see dust here in Texas you can be assured that the lift is a bit too strong. This is not Chelan with its very powdery soil.

Tomorrow looks like even stronger south winds so we might be going long down. There were multiple long thick cloud streets over Big Spring late this afternoon and well into the evening. We would all love to get under one of those clouds and just glide for as long as the cloud lasts. That takes a good weather forecast in the morning.

The European Championship - Day 11/Task 9

July 4, 2006, 8:51:22 EDT


That was the last day

European Championships 2006|Mikkel Wilmann|Oleg Bondarchuk|photo|Robert Reisinger|weather


Carol or Ollie write:

With light southwesterly winds forecast we head off to the Ocka launch (907m) for the second time during this competition. With some haze in the valley, a very light wind on launch and some cu's in the distance (north) everyone sets up and awaits the task of 110km which some think maybe be a little too confident for the day.

The window opens with some cross winds causing launch to be closed at times heating up the pilots waiting in their harnesses for longer than they had wished.

Primoz Gricor (SLO) sitting in 3rd place unfortunately crashes on launch breaking his base bar and upright but with thanks to his friends and the French team (for their spares) he was able to not only to launch again but make goal. Look out for this guy.

Robert Reisinger wins the day around the five turnpoints which he said was the best day so far with climbs of up to 7-8m/s. He believes this area has a lot to offer but practice and local knowledge is a great advantage with it's coastal influences.

Photo of Robert off launch by Carol.

After task 9 being cancelled due to a protest by the British team and the last day of the comp being canned due to suspect weather and the comp director deciding that a fair task was no longer possible due to the outcome of the protest the European Championship has come to an end.

Michael Freisenbichler (AUT) had a very convincing win before Oleg Bonderchuk (UKR) 2nd and Primoz Gricor (SLO) in 3rd place.

Mikkel Wilmann «mikkel» writes:

I have added about sxity photos from the European Championship in Hang Gliding, Croatia on my webpage. See them at: http://wilmann.dk/galleri/thumbnails.php?album=19

The European Championship - Day/Task 2

Mon, Jun 19 2006, 9:07:03 am EDT


A too stable a day

Carol Binder|European Championships 2006|Gerolf Heinrichs|Oleg Bondarchuk|Robert Reisinger


Carol Binder writes:

A shorter task of 69.8km was called via five turn points. Only one pilot made it around the whole course with most landing between the first and third turn points. Quite a few broken pieces of carbon and aluminum to be found around headquarters!

Place Name Glider Nation T1 T2 Total
1 Voiblet, Christian Aeros Combat 13L Che 694 410 1104
2 Needham, Justin Moyes Litespeed Gbr 654 340 994
3 Reisinger, Robert Icaro Laminar Zero 8 Aut 669 320 989
4 Woehrle, Rolans Moyes Litespeed S4 Deu 656 328 984
5 Olsson, Andreas Wills Wing T2 Swe 656 327 983
6 Wallbank, Carl Moyes Litespeed S4 Gbr 643 327 970
7 Friesenbichler, Michael Moyes Litespeed 3.5 S Aut 667 298 965
8 Heinrichs, Gerolf Moyes Litespeed 4,5 S Aut 623 312 935
9 Gricar, Primoz Aeros Combat L13 Svn 608 296 904
10 Bondarchuk, Oleg Aeros Combat L Ukr 671 229 900

Robert Reisinger at launch.

Picture of Olli on the side of the van. Click for higher resolution version.

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The European Championship - Day/Task 1

June 18, 2006, 8:45:47 EDT


Seppi, the little scamp, charges to almost the front.

Carol Binder|European Championships 2006|Oleg Bondarchuk|Robert Reisinger|weather


Carol Binder writes:

The European championship has kicked off in Roc Croatia with great weather forecast right throughout the week.

The first task was a little misjudged with no one reaching goal. The 102km task was made up of four turnpoints, with only one pilot reaching the second turnpoint.

1. Christian Voiblet CHE
2. Seppi Salvenmoser AUT
3. Oleg Bondarchuk UKR
4. Robert Reisinger AUT
5. Michael Friesenbichler AUT

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Worlds - Task 5/Day 7 »

We start late and run for the north and beside the cu-nimb over the Ocala National Forest


May 24, 2006, 11:34:04 pm EDT

A.I.R. ATOS VR|Blue Sky|Campbell Bowen|photo|Quest Air|Robert Reisinger|Ron Gleason|sailplane|weather

The results

The rigid wing task and flight on the HOLC. The rigid task and flight on Google Maps/Earth or better yet here. Swift task and flight.

The trough in the Gulf of Mexico was still sending us middle level moisture and causing lots of havoc for the World competition as the clouds cut off the sunlight and heating on the ground. The Tampa Bay NWS guys finally fessed up to the obvious fact that the weather models were not handling this particular weather feature very well and way over predicting the amount of solar heating (and therefore lift) in central Florida. Thanks guys.

The satellite photos showed clearing to the north and we could see the blue skies to the north from Quest at 10:30 in the morning. We had thick middle level clouds over us with light winds. We sent up Bobby and Joe Johnson to check out the lift and there wasn't any. Given that we postponed the launch first until 1 PM and then until 2 PM (getting the Swifts off at 1:45).

The blue sky from the north finally came south and we gout out to the launch at 1 PM and got ready to get the Swifts in the air. Cumulus clouds were beginning to form near us and there was a cu-nimb way to our northeast. Pilots were getting excited.

The rigids wouldn't be taking their first start time until 3 PM, so we called a shorter task, 54 miles to the north west (into the building west winds) to the largest paved private airstrip in the country (John Travolta lives there and lands his 707 there). The women, who chose to launch a half hour after us, decided to also go to the northwest 44 miles to the Flying G airstrip. The Swifts wanted to go out and back, and we sent them on a 77 mile task also out to the northwest to Leeward and back.

I'm launched right after Campbell Bowen and within twenty minutes we were up to 5,000'. There are lots of cu's nearby but to the northwest there is a hug cu-nimb, but it is hard to tell how far off it it, 50 miles or 100 miles?

A bunch of us moved to the north and a few miles north of Groveland we climbed up to cloud base to 5,300' and hung out for the next twenty minutes as we waited for the start clock to open. We actually lost about a thousand feet waiting. The strong west wind (up to 17 mph) kept us from heading west to get upwind and we were just straight north of Quest Air as the start window opened.

As we start out Alexander Schreiner, an Austrian pilot flying an AIR ATOS VR goes upside down from about 3,500'. A pilot who witnessed Alexander says as best he can recall the glider recovered from a small pitch over, but Alex was thrown back and the nose went up and over. The glider stabilized with Alex over the back and below the glider.

The glider rotated down slowly over three lakes. Alex had his parachute in his hand but declined to throw it as he slowly descended. Just before landing in an orange grove, and after getting mostly unclipped and un zipped so that he could get out of the harness in a hurry if he went into the water, the glider hit a power pole, knocking out the electricity.

Ron Gleason landed in a big field three quarters of a mile away to check on the pilot (remember there was no parachute thrown) and the emergency services were there very quickly. The power company truck was there within fifteen minutes and was able to use their boom to get the glider out of the trees.

This is where Alexander went down.

The rest of us were flying fast on course flying to the Florida Turnpike. I found 700 fpm out in front of the main gaggle to 6,800' and they came and joined me. The clouds were thick to the north, but our goal is upwind to the northwest. There were little cu's along the course line and we found lift under them to 7,100'.

We zoomed across The Villages were they are scraping off the top soil for new houses, and noticed that the clouds to the north are thick and black with rain coming down hard in the Ocala National Forest. We had to head to the black clouds to stay up.

Russell found 800 fpm and a few minutes later I found 400 fpm to 6,700' as we drifted back over a large lake on the south end of the forest. The wind was 10 mph out of the west and we were being pushed into the clouds to the east.

I pushed northwest against the winds to get in front of the black clouds watching the rain to the north. Down to 2,000' over some landable areas away from the urban congestion and the forest, I found 400 fpm lift to 6,000'. I pulled out as I was only eleven miles from goal and pulled in as much as the rough air would allow.

The airstrip goal (Greystone) was out in the sunshine away from the rain and dark clouds. There was a sailplane circling on the way to goal so it was clear that there would be not problem making it.

About half the pilots made it into goal over the next hour. The folks at goal, having been notified that we were coming, brought out three gallons of wine and a big crock pot of beans and ham hock. It was so funny to see a picnic table of Italians and Austrians speaking their national languages while surrounded by southern locals.

John Travolta's house at the Greystone airstrip: http://www.jumbolair.com/Architectual%20Digest.htm

Robert Reisinger experienced two tucks while low out on the course today which his VR recovered from (the tail, no doubt). He had a personal (non AIR) hang strap which didn't have any Velcro on it to keep it from creeping forward. When he was on the ground at goal he found that the hang strap was all the way forward, only being restrained by the horizontal loop.

While thermaling he noticed that he had a lot of bar pressure when he was trying to push out. A lot more than on the previous days.  While on the ground at Quest Air, he had a glider land on his when a Swiss pilots lost control of his in the wind and it flipped over popping off Robert's tail. Robert was thinking that something was wrong with his tail (which was put back on) which would explain the problem with bar pressure. He didn't realize that he had a problem with his hang point.

Christoph Lohrmann from AIR was upset with himself for trusting Robert to know what he was doing with the hang strap.

Worlds - Task/Day 2 »

May 20, 2006, 0:53:04 EDT


The winds get a little stronger,

Alessandro "Alex" Ploner|Belinda Boulter|CIVL|Corinna Schwiegershausen|David Glover|Jim Yocom|Manfred Ruhmer|Quest Air|Robert Reisinger|Russell "Russ" Brown

The results

The rigid wing task and flight on the HOLC. The rigid task and flight on Google Maps/Earth or better yet here.

The main point of a World Competition is to have fun. It is a secondary consideration that a World Champion be crowned. Sure that's important, but not if we are not having fun, and today, we had a heck of a lot of fun.

Now, I've had a lot of experience calling tasks and working with the full task committee to determine what everyone wants. It's a consensus building process that involves a lot of trust. There are many variables that you have to weigh to come to a specific outcome and it is not always clear to the outsider just why a certain decision was made. Today we went a little crazy and it sure paid off big time.

The forecast was for even higher west northwest (290 degree) winds at 15 knots (the average throughout the boundary layer). Lift was still forecast to be strong with wispy cu's or maybe even nice cu's like the first day. Warmer temperatures with 54 degrees Fahrenheit at cloud base at 6,000'. It looked to be a day much like the day before, but with a little more wind. It would turn out much different.

First the women on the task committee get to speak about what kind of task that they want and at first it looks like they want to go back to the River Ranch again, but that seems a little too easy, so they choose to go cross wind about the same distance to Avon Park (68 miles).

I pick out an 88 mile task for the Swifts bringing them back to Quest, as is their desire, but Paula from CIVL wants a longer task, so I find a similar task at 108 miles first going southeast to Wallaby Ranch then northwest against the wind to Dallas and then back to Quest. It turns out to be a bit too long as only Manfred makes it back.

We are trying to pick out a longer task for the rigids as the fastest pilot took an hour and a half to do the first task. We are thinking of heading cross wind to Lake Placid airport, 91 miles away, but Belinda has proposed the idea of a task 36 miles further to the Florida Ridge. It seems crazy, but very cool.

At first we just can't get our minds around the idea, as there would be a long retrieve, and it would be cross wind almost all the way, although the winds are supposed to die down a bit way to the south. But somehow we say, okay, let's give it a try. This would be the longest called task in a competition in Florida.

There is a lot of muttering when the 127.4 mile, 205 km, task is put up on the task board, but David Glover just acts like nothing is happening and no one rises to call us a bunch of nutters. The Swift pilots seem happy with their task.

The winds are actually lighter in the tow field than on the previous day, but the Austrian women pilot on the women's safety committee is not happy about launching and their committee delays their launch opening for 45 minutes. The rigid wing pilots rush forward to get going. They want to launch right away.

You might have noticed that in most meets pilots are reluctant to get going right away as they complain about having to spend too much time in the air before the start window. What they mean by this is too much time in the air before the last start time.

We've solved this problem by making the start intervals one half hour. This means that pilots who start early perceive that they actually have a chance of not being caught by the pilots who take the second start time, so they are actually willing to launch and take the first start time. Amazing.

Of course, on this day with a long task, pilots want to take the first start time anyway. My line is all launched in less than half an hour.

The problem that arises is that we have cirrus above the plentiful cu's and there are large areas of shaded ground and light lift. The cirrus for the most part is just over a small area, maybe twenty miles north and south of Quest. It really cuts down on the lift and makes for difficult start conditions.

Jim Yocom is off first and I'm right behind him. We try the trick of going upwind again in the start circle but the lift to too weak (130 fpm) to really let us make a successful strategy of it. As we approach the 1:30 PM start time I see the main gaggle (where did they come from?) to the south by the edge of the start circle and upwind of the course line.

It looks like I won't have a good start again as the top guys are a thousand feet over me. Oh well, what do I have to do to get in the right position?

Everyone who can takes the first start gate. Primoz is low with me and heads southwest into a very dark area. I can't figure that out and head south trying to get out of the shaded areas and under some wispy cu's. The wind is 10-13 mph out of the west.

I see Primoz scooting around low looking everywhere for lift and going fast, but getting lower and lower. I'm under a cloud happy to have 130 fpm, which is better than he's doing. Things seem very iffy.

Eight miles down the course line we find 270 fpm and think that we are in heaven. We can't imagine that we have the slightest chance of getting to goal on this day that is not turning out at all like it was supposed to. The little bits of cirrus are very hard for the models to forecast and when they show up they really change things.

I'm flying with Russell Brown and we're talking on the radio to coordinate tactics. We climb back to 4,300' and with a few clouds in front of us to the south start racing from cloud to cloud. The clouds quickly disappear to our south so we head downwind to highway 27 to get under a few little wisps.

Fortunately this is where the wisps, such as they are, are forming and we zigzag back and forth down highway 27 finding little cu's, drifting downwind of the course line with them and running back upwind to get to the next patch of lift. We are in survival mode.

At 90 miles out from goal near Avon Park we have to struggle and drift a ways to get above 5,000' for the first time. This is the turning point and from now on things get better and better.

We force our way back upwind of the course line and with increasing wisps and a few actual clouds we find better lift and the chance to get further west. We can see a broad area of cu's to the south just by Lake Placid 90 miles out from Quest. We work our way far enough west so that we can get under the clouds and have a straight shot at goal from thirty miles out flying under the clouds.

This turns out to be the ticket and we stay high and under the clouds until the last two don't work and we get down to 1,800' 8 miles from goal and under the last cloud. Russell finds the core and it's a beaut with lift getting over 700 fpm. It's more than enough to get us in.

We can't believe it, we've made goal on a day where the first forty miles was weak and iffy. About thirty pilots will make goal and they all seem to be very happy.

The women will begin launching soon after we clear the field. It turns out that they will do more towing than flying with Kari taking three tows and Linda Salamone four. The conditions were very weak around Quest so it is understandable when combined with the strong winds.

While none of the women complete their task, and the day will only be worth 300+ points, Corinna will get the furthest and win the day. She is in first place overall with Kari second and Natalie Petrovia third.

Alex Ploner will just nudge out Robert Reisinger by 35 seconds for the win for the day for the rigids. That will put him in first place with Robert second, and Christian in third. In the team competition in rigids, it's France, Austria and then the USA. The USA is leading in Women's and Swift classes

Lisa Miller is the lone Australian women pilot:

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Rigid Rumors

May 12, 2006, 1:28:25 pm EDT


Alex Ploner to fly "regular" VR

Alessandro "Alex" Ploner|Manfred Ruhmer|Quest Air|Robert Reisinger

Christoph Lohrmann tells me that Alex Ploner will now not be flying the VRX, as only two will be here at the Worlds. Christoph and Manfred Trimmel will be flying those two. Ballast is of course still an issue.

Apparently Gunther Tschuring thought he could get a new VR this spring and sold his other one without placing an order last fall, so he's had to rent back his old VR for flying at the Worlds. The VR's for Alex Ploner and Robert Reisinger will have lowered outer ribs by about 3/10 of a degree but still within the range of the VR tested by the DHV. AIR increased the twist on their production gliders slightly to get a little more bar pressure at high speeds to make customers more comfortable with the glider. Robert and Alex are looking for less bar pressure. I'm very happy with my bar pressure.

Rigid Rumors

May 10, 2006, 10:49:06 EDT


Single class my ass.

Alessandro "Alex" Ploner|Manfred Ruhmer|Quest Air|Robert Reisinger

Gunther Tschuring is not happy about not getting one of the ATOS VRX's (50.5 foot span - 15 meters) for the Worlds. His team mate, Manfred Trimmel, will be here Tuesday with his. Christoph Lohrmann and Alex Ploner will be flying the other two.

So what is Felix going to do for Robert Reisinger now that Alex gets the big glider? Robert, who apparently didn't like the prototype VR that he won with here last year in the pre-Worlds, it was too slow, will get a special version of the VR with slightly lowered outer ribs. He wasn't coming unless he got a better glider. These guys need an additional advantage?

The new VR (just one so far) has the ribs attached to the outer aluminum tube and they just swing into place like the other ribs. I've seen this, so it is no rumor.

Jacques Bott⁣ doesn't fear the new 15 meter ATOS »

Thu, Apr 13 2006, 11:35:32 am EDT


The glider is too big and the pilots weigh too little for it to do any good

Alessandro "Alex" Ploner|Jacques Bott|Robert Reisinger

Jacques Bott is one of my sources and has seen the new 15.4 meter span ATOS at the AIR factory. It doesn't concern him because he feels that heavier pilots that now have an advantage over him on the "regular" ATOS (he is thin and not that tall) will now have the same disadvantage that he has (lower wing loading). Of course, they can ballast up (Jacques does have a lead vest) and get back the advantage that they may have lost with the lower wing loading.

Maybe the big glider is only for pilots as big as Felix. Maybe Robert Reisinger and Alex Ploner won't be the pilots flying the big ATOS. Maybe AIR is saying to the French pilots, and to Jacques, that the "regular" (145 sq. ft.) is for the "smaller" pilots.

We still don't have the sail area for the new glider. We also don't know if it has been on the DHV truck or not.

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2006 World Championships - Registration »

Thu, Feb 16 2006, 8:00:00 am PST


Make sure you are qualified and correctly registered

Alessandro "Alex" Ploner|Angelo Crapanzano|Christian Ciech|Corinna Schwiegershausen|Davis Straub|Flavio Tebaldi|Francoise Dieuzeide-Banet|Gil Souviron|Jacques Bott|Jamie Shelden|Jim Yocom|Johann Posch|Judy Hildebrand|Lauren Tjaden|Manfred Ruhmer|Michael Huppert|Mike Stephens|Oliver Schmidt|Ollie Gregory|Paul Tjaden|Primoz Gricar|Quest Air|Robert Reisinger|Vincent Endter|World Championships 2006

Lisa at Quest Air «questair»writes:

We have a list of pilots that have pre-registered for the 2006 Class 2/5/Women's Worlds now available on flytec.com: http://flytec.com/Events/2006/2_5_w_worlds/pilotlist.htm.

Competitors, this is important: You must register through your national aero club and submit a Pre-Registration Form here: http://flytec.com/Events/2006/2_5_w_worlds/entry_form.htm. If you have not done both, please do so immediately to avoid any last-minute disappointments. If you are not on our list, we don't know you are coming. If you have any questions or problems, please email «questair»or call 1-877-FLY-QUEST. See you on May 18th at Quest!

WAustraliaLisa Miller
2AustriaManfred Ruhmer
5AustriaArnold Nadlinger
5AustriaAlexander Schreiner
5AustriaManfred Trimmel
5AustriaGuenther Tschurnig
5AustriaRobert Reisinger
WAustriaMichaela Lindorfer
5FranceJacques Bott
5FrancePatrick Chopard Lallier
5FrancePascal Lanser
5FranceThierry Parcellier
5FranceGil Souviron
5FranceDavid Chaumet
TlFranceDidier Mathurin
WFranceFrancoise Dieuzeide-Banet
5GermanyToni Bender
5GermanyJuergen Bummer
5GermanyJethro Gerstner
5GermanyTim Grabowski
5GermanyAndrea Hetzel
5GermanyAlfred Huber
5GermanyNorbert Kirchner
5GermanyChristoph Lohrmann
5GermanyOliver Schmidt
5GermanyKurt Schumann
TlGermanyRudl Buerger
WGermanySybille Baeumer-Fischer
WGermanyRosi Brams
WGermanyRegina Glas
WGermanyCorinna Schwiegershausen
WGermanyMonique Werner
5ItalyElio Cataldi
5ItalyChristian Ciech
5ItalyAngelo Crapanzano
5ItalyFranco Laverdino
5ItalyGraziano Maffi
5ItalyAlessandro Ploner
TlItalyGorio Mandozzi
TlItalyFlavio Tebaldi
5JapanSakai Takafumi
5JapanMasakazu Kobayashi
5JapanTsuyoshi Yamamoto
5SloveniaPrimoz Gricar
5SpainCarlos Punet
2SwitzerlandSteve Cox
5SwitzerlandAndreas Beutler
5SwitzerlandMichael Huppert
5SwitzerlandRene Leiser
5SwitzerlandJurg Ris
5SwitzerlandRolf Schmid
5SwitzerlandMatthias Trussel
TlSwitzerlandDolores Mordasini
WSwitzerlandCarole Tobler
5UkJason Prior
5UkMike Stephens
5UsaVincent Endter
5UsaRonald Gleason
5UsaOllie Gregory
5UsaJohann Posch
5UsaDavis Straub
5UsaPaul Tjaden
5UsaJim Yocom
WUsaJudy Hildebrand
WUsaRaean Permenter
WUsaLinda Salamone
WUsaJamie Shelden
WUsaLauren Tjaden
WUsaClaire Vassort


December 6, 2005, 8:35:01 pm PST


Red Bulls after a flight

Robert Reisinger

We have a good Sunday for fly in Lanzarote! Here are pictured Robert Reisinger and Bob Baier in goal with Red Bull brindis.

Discuss Lanzarote at the Oz Report forum

Austrian Nationals

September 7, 2005

Two days. Rain all summer in Austria.

Robert Reisinger|weather

Joseph "Seppi" Salvenmoser «joseph.s» writes:

Austrian nats:

class 1 seppi, raimund, andy

class 5: günter, toni, arnold

The comp was held in Schoppernau, Vorarlberg , close to Lech and St. Anton at the Diedamskopf.
It was the Diedams Open and also because of all the bad weather situation delays, the Austrian Nats and the Tyrolean state championships.

First task was a 120 km race up the Lech valley to the first turnpoint which turned out to be quite pumpi and rough with some 8 m/sec lee thermals. Michi Friesenbichler was in the lead, but flew too low into Lech for the second turnpoint, had to come back again and lost time. He and Robert Reisinger landed later in Lech after the 2nd turnpoint.

Gerolf followed us always low in the Lech valley and got pretty worked I guess!  Second turnpoint was at the Flexenpass in between St. Anton and Lech which gives you a pretty nice view.

I flew the second and third turnpoint alone not recognizing Swiss Richi Meier and Austrian hang glider sport director Raimund Kaiser quite close behind me. The third turn point was west of Diedamskopf and about 7 km away from goal.

I came to goal 2,30 hr, ten minutes later Richi Meier, 5 minutes later Raimund Kaiser, then Swiss Franz Herrmann and Austrian climbing hero Andy Orgler.

Tom Weissenberger also had to work a hard way out the Lechtal but finally he made it with a lot of patience in 4,20 hr. Gerolf couldn't make the last tp and landed short.

The second day we had already pretty bad weather with very low cloudbase and Walter Mayer set a brave and smart 35 km task . No one made goal , Gerolf won 3 km ahead of Friesi, Robert and me.

The next two days we had rain again like almost the whole Austrian summer in 2005.

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Pre Europeans

June 23, 2005

In Croatia

Amir Shalom|Robert Reisinger|weather

Amir Shalom|Oleg Bondarchuk|Robert Reisinger|weather

Amir Shalom|Oleg Bondarchuk|Robert Reisinger|weather

No flying the first two days. amir shalom «amirhang» writes:

Day three was the first competition day. With dad weather on the course and the task set going the wrong direction, most of the field landed around the first turnpoint. Oleg won the day going 63km, Mario Alonzai was second.

On day four the weather was a bit better. A 103km task was called mostly on the ridge. Christian Chiech was first and Robert Reisinger was second.

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May 2, 2005

Thanks for your help.

Robert Reisinger

Josef "Zwecki" Zweckmayr|Robert Reisinger

Both Robert Reisinger and Zwecki write to express sincere thanks for your support. There is a problem setting up the PayPal account for Zwecki. Robert writes:

PayPal is not working yet, but I'll let you know as soon as I get any news regarding that. In the meantime everybody can send money to the account which Günther Tschurnig opened for the fundraising.

Here are all information you need:

Account Number: 10249 Bank-code: 34390 Account Name: Tschurnig Günther Spendenkonto Zwecki Bank: Raiffeisenbank Ohlsdorf / Austria BIC-Code (SWIFT) RZ OOAT 2L390 IBAN AT97 3439 0000 0001 0249

(editor's note: I'll be sure to get back to Oz Report readers when Robert gets this working.)

Discuss Zwecki at the Oz Report forum


April 27, 2005

Someone that can use a little help from the flying community.

Robert Reisinger

Josef "Zwecki" Zweckmayr|Robert Reisinger

Robert Reisinger «r.reisinger» writes:

Zwecki was an Austrian Team-Pilot for a very long time. In 2002 he crashed on launch at the Zillertal Open in Tyrol. The situation now is that he is not able to walk or use his hands, but he can move his arms, and of course he needs permanent special help. He had to rebuilt his house as well as buy and pay many other tings that cost a lot of money.

Now he needs a special wheel chair which he can use on his own outside; a cross-country wheel chair which is very expensive. If you think that you can't go outside to take fresh air and have a look at your surroundings without having somebody with you to help, you know how important it is for Zwecki to get this feeling again. I really hope, that the "flying family" will help him!

Those of you who would like to help Zwecki out can use PayPal to send him money at «j.zwecki».

Discuss Zwecki at the Oz Report forum


April 26, 2005

Needs a new wheel chair.

Robert Reisinger

Josef "Zwecki" Zweckmayr|Robert Reisinger


Former Austrian competition flex wing pilot Joseph Zweckmeyer is looking for a new very expensive wheel chair. Robert Reisinger asked for help for him at the Flytec Championship and pilots responded.

As I recall, Zwecki originally crashed on launch at the Alpen Open at Gnadenwald. 

I've asked for a more detailed request from Robert, but in the mean time, those of you who like to help Zwecki out can use PayPal to send him money at «j.zwecki». A good number of the donations that came to the Oz Report during the Flytec Championship went to Zwecki.

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A.I.R. ATOS VR|Alessandro "Alex" Ploner|Christian Ciech|Robert Reisinger|US Nationals

April 21, 2005

How is it doing?

I've received a number of questions about how the VR is doing. First, let me say that I've been doing better on mine every day. It took a while to learn how to fly it and I kept adjusting it so that it was easier to thermal slowly. Felix likes to set it up so you can rest your head on the base tube and take a little nap while thermaling. Mine isn't yet quite as slow as I would like (it will thermal at 26 mph, and I would like it to thermal at 23 mph), but it is close. Pilots mentioned how fast we were all thermaling on our new VR's on the first few days.

Unlike with the VX, it appears that the VR's need a little tuning to get them right and pilots need to learn to fly them (well, except for Robert Reisinger). Perhaps the VX had a longer and more studied development time.

 Is the VR a better glider than the V, VX, C, Phantom? Primoz, in spite of landing short of goal one day, having troubles with landing, and getting a late start today is doing very well on the Aeros Phantom. He and it together are superior to all the rest of us other than Robert and the VR. He flies very fast and is quite courageous. I don't see any different between the performance of the Phantom and the VR. Who knows, it alone may be superior in performance.

Last year the VX was seen as superior to the V. I certainly did well on mine. It won every contest it entered. But when Alex Ploner flew the VX against Christian Ciech in the Stratos in the Worlds, Christian came out on top. Was the VX just better in the flatlands? Was it really better, or did pilots flying on it feel better? There were numerous other VX's in the US Nationals in Texas last year, but they didn't beat the pilots on V's.

Felix claims that the VR has the same sink rate as the VX, which was supposed to be about 20 fpm better than the V. Perhaps. I climbed very well today and got superior performance. Now if I could just relax and slow it down even more that would help. The VX's here have not been doing as well.

The variance in pilot skills pretty much swamp the differences in performance in climb and glide between these gliders. They are roughly similar. I'm sure that Felix has worked hard to extract the last ounce of performance, but it may only be an ounce.

I spoke with Robert about how he liked flying the VR. He is really liking it. He especially likes it because he feels safer. He said that on the first day he hit the sail twice and the nose of the glider stayed horizontal.

He came in flying at 145 kph  (90 mph) today to goal. Now there was plenty of lift on the way into goal so it wasn't like he was vastly exceeding the VNE speed in calm conditions. You can fly the VR very fast. I was flying it at 105 kph not wanting to have problems with all the lift. It requires very little bar movement to get going this fast. This is not true on the V and the VR. The Phantom seems to fly quite fast.

So will the VR prove to be worth its hefty price (other than to us addicts)? Will anyone else buy the Phantom? What will be the results of the US Nationals? More to come.

2005 Flytec Championship, day six

A.I.R. ATOS VR|Brett Hazlett|Bruce Barmakian|Chris Muller|Davis Straub|Dr. John "Jack" Glendening|Dustin Martin|Felix Ruehle|Flytec Championships 2005|Glen Volk|Jacques Bott|Jim Lamb|Johann Posch|Jon "Jonny" Durand jnr|Kevin Carter|Mike Barber|Nichele Roberto|Oleg Bondarchuk|Paris Williams|Phill Bloom|Robert Reisinger|Ron Gleason|Russell "Russ" Brown|weather

April 20, 2005

Under called on a great day, but that makes most happy.

Flytec Championship

Today's flight and rigid wing task

The day started with thick clouds covering the sky until mid morning. This made the pilots wary. I knew from the forecast that these clouds would go away and the day would be sunny.

Dr. Jack, using the RUC (Rapid Update Cycle) model, called for a day like any other here recently with lighter winds (5 mph) out of the southeast, and maybe a cloud or two unlike the previous days where we saw nothing but wispies. The National Weather Service mentioned cirrus again, as we've had for the last two days. But there was a fly in the ointment.

The FSL chart completely disagreed with the RUC model. It called for cunimbs,and strong lift (even though the local forecast showed no rain). The winds on the FSL chart also rotated ninety degrees from northeast on the ground to southeast at 6,000' cloud base. But we were seeing light southeast on the ground.

Given the conflict in the models, the task committee called for a task that was 20% longer than the day before hoping for a three hour task. The winds in the launch field were switchy with a few bad tows.

Later in the morning the cirrus began to disappear and it looked like it would clear off completely. The satellite also showed this with clearing to the west.

The cu's were forming nicely and thickly throughout the sky (give that one to the FSL model) and this was very inviting. The winds were light. Lots of pilots wanted to launch early so I had to wait a bit to get launched. The lift over the field was not that great and all the lift we found in the start circle was weak. Jim Lamb was pulled way north, found 700 fpm, unlike the rest of us, and climbed to cloudbase immediately. He had to come back and hang with the rest of us who worked less than 100 fpm to get to cloud base. The clouds looked great, but it felt like they were faking it. The lift was so weak we struggled to get to cloudbase at 5,200'.

We were five miles north of Quest at the edge of the start circle. The course line was to our west.  It was unclear what would happen at 1:45 the first start time. A few people headed out. I headed out then came back. More people headed out. I followed Robert Reisinger as he headed out, as my strategy for the day was to stick to Robert. Then he turned around and came back. Now there were only three of us left out of the main gaggle: Robert, Ron Gleason, and me.

We promptly fell down to 3,000' before we found 200 fpm (what luck) at the same spot we started with the original gaggle. As fifteen minutes slipped by we climbed back up to 4,800', all three of us very near each other in altitude. It looked like everyone else took the early start clock. We were feeling pretty darn smart.

Felix Ruehle, who was on top at 1:45, also turned around after going out a bit, but didn't find any lift and had to land back at Quest and relaunch fourteen minutes after the last start time. He would be on his own after that.

At 2 PM we headed off together spreading out to help each other find the lift. With the mostly weak lift that we'd experienced we were not expecting much out on the course. We quickly caught up with a couple of stragglers from the earlier clock. 

The lift wasn't all that great. I was gliding and climbing with Robert, but Ron couldn't glide with us. Something is wrong with his setup. Robert and Ron will swap gliders in the morning and do some side by side comparisons to get to the root of the problem.

I had no worries staying with the Robert all the way to the turnpoint as we caught one pilot after another. The lift wasn't strong at all, but we were moving quickly from thermal to thermal.

Finally, after the turnpoint 34 miles north northwest of Quest at Savana air strip, I found the first good core and climbed from 2,600' at 600 fpm with Robert twenty feet over my head. I lost track of him in this thermal and I was on my own to get back home. Ron Gleason took a different line and met us there.

A few miles out from the turnpoint there was a cloud street paralleling the Florida Turnpike heading back toward Groveland. I got under it, climbed up fast and road that sucker all the way home. Johann Posch and Ron Gleason as well as a few others followed behind.

After I landed I found out that we weren't the only ones to take the later clock. The others were hiding more on the course line to our west. Robert apologized for not finding better lift. The others had a much better run down to the turnpoint than we did. Robert would pick this day to go slower (well, it wasn't that bad).

Rigids today:

Place Name Glider Nation Start Time Total
1 GRICAR Primoz Aeros Phantom SVN 14:00:00 02:05:02 948
2 REISINGER Robert AIR Atos VR AUT 14:00:00 02:05:55 913
3 YOCOM James AIR Atos VR USA 14:00:00 02:07:07 890
4 ENDTER Vincent AIR Atos VR USA 13:45:00 02:17:34 877
5 BARMAKIAN Bruce AIR Atos VR USA 14:00:00 02:10:28 847
6 ALMOND Neville AIR Atos V GBR 13:45:00 02:19:55 844
7 STRAUB Davis AIR Atos VR USA 14:00:00 02:10:51 839
8 BROWN Russell AIR Atos V USA 13:45:00 02:20:28 826
9 POSCH Johann Helite Tsunami AUT 14:00:00 02:14:50 800
10 BOTT Jacques AIR Atos VR FRA 14:00:00 02:14:54 796
11 GLEASON Ron AIR Atos VR USA 14:00:00 02:16:45 778

Rigid cumulative:

Place Name Glider Nation Total
1 REISINGER Robert AIR Atos VR AUT 3812
2 GRICAR Primoz Aeros Phantom SVN 3139
3 BARMAKIAN Bruce AIR Atos VR USA 3110
4 ALMOND Neville AIR Atos C GBR 2979
5 YOCOM James AIR Atos VR USA 2974
6 BOTT Jacques AIR Atos VR FRA 2928
7 ENDTER Vincent AIR Atos VR USA 2643
8 POSCH Johann Helite Tsunami AUT 2529
9 STRAUB Davis AIR Atos VR USA 2239
10 BUNNER Larry AIR Atos V USA 2166

Oleg Bondarchuck on an Aeros Combat won the day taking the second start time coming in first thirty seconds in front of Kevin Carter also on an Aeros Combat, who took the first start time. A couple of Wills Wing pilots made the top ten today with Nick in second. Jonny grabbed the bag at the finish line for the third day in a row, coming in third. He won one hundred dollars grabbing the bag on the first day.

Kevin hyper extended his leg on landing, so we'll see what happens tomorrow. Russell Brown broke a couple of toes before the meet and is still flying.

Paris Williams after not flying for a while, is doing very well.

The task for the flex wings was shorter at 60 miles. They flew northwest out to Coleman, south back to the top of the Green Swamp, north again to Center Hill and then 12 miles southeast to Quest.

Flex wings:

Place Name Glider Nation Time Total
1 BONDARCHUK Oleg Aeros Combat UKR 01:51:35 957
2 NICHELE Roberto Wills Wing T2 144 CHE 01:53:48 908
3 DURAND Jonny Moyes Litespeed S4 AUS 01:53:57 903
4 HAZLETT Brett Moyes Litespeed 4 AUS 01:54:25 892
5 ZANETTI Marcelo Moyes Litespeed S5 USA 01:54:26 889
6 OLSSON Andreas Wills Wing T2 154 SWE 01:56:45 860
7 BAJEWSKI Joerg Moyes LS 4.5 DEU 01:57:57 841
7 CARTER Kevin Aeros Combat USA 02:07:06 841
9 WILLIAMS Paris Aeros Combat L USA 01:58:06 838
10 VOLK Glen Moyes Litespeed USA 01:58:17 832

Flex wings cumulative:

Place Name Glider Nation Total
1 DURAND Jonny Moyes Litespeed S4 AUS 3752
2 BONDARCHUK Oleg Aeros Combat UKR 3647
3 WILLIAMS Paris Aeros Combat L USA 3602
4 BLOOM Phill Moyes Litespeed 4 USA 3534
5 MARTIN Dustin Moyes Litespeed 4 USA 3186
6 VOLK Glen Moyes Litespeed USA 3096
7 BARBER Mike Moyes Litespeed USA 3078
8 MULLER Chris Wills Wing T2 CAN 2971
9 OLSSON Andreas Wills Wing T2 154 SWE 2918
10 BAJEWSKI Joerg Moyes LS 4.5 DEU 2869

As you can see from the times above, the tasks were under called given the great conditions. The clouds were much better than we thought at first. There was no over development. There were no cunimbs. Here's the BLIPSPOT for 4 PM at Groveland that I called up after I got back:

Dr. Jack is calling for zero lift at 4 PM and a high level of convergence and no surface heating (shade). The height of the -3 at 120 feet. In fact it was beautiful, sunny, warm, cu's every where. Pilots were piling into goal. Sixty flex wings made it back. All but one rigid wing made it back.

Here's the satellite photo showing cu's well up into Georgia:

Joerg Bajewski sends this photo from the air over Quest:

Felix on the AIR ATOS VR, part 1

Sun, Apr 17 2005, 4:00:02 pm EDT

Felix and Robert Reisinger dropped by during the day on Friday and we unhurriedly discussed the VR.


AIR ATOS VR|Robert Reisinger|sailplane

With Friday blown out, Felix was working on the earlier prototype VR's that he and Robert are flying (letting the customers fly the later production models). They stopped by during a break in the maintenance procedures and Felix told us some of the history and features of the VR.

First of all the VR is built tough like the VX, basically because Felix didn't have the time or opportunity this spring to build and test a lighter and weaker version. Why would you want a weaker version? Well, to reduce the weight, and built it strong enough to handle the weight of one pilot and not necessarily two like the VX. Me, I like the idea of an overly strong VR with a carbon fiber keel and heavy duty d-cells.

Felix says that he came up with the design and then sent it off to someone at the University of Stuttgart to use the most up-to-date sailplane design and analysis programs to make check out the wing and the winglets. Especially the winglets for final design refinements. For course, as is the case with all of aerodynamics, experience and empirical values are a major component of the design process as the computers can't solve the equations in a reasonable amount of time. The winglets were changed based on the analysis, but the wing stayed the same as it was deisgned correctly.

The VR was built right from the design and it worked right out of the box. There have been five or six prototypes to work on the production issues, but the design hasn't change.

Compared to the XV the wing has a narrower cord especially at the tip, and this allows for the wing to go very fast (you can fly it too fast). It also has great stall characteristics, with a very gentle stall and very easy to land as the outer wings quits flying when you flare. The shorter Christoph could not stall the VR pushing all the way out, as long as he kept it level. Felix can stall it if he lets one wind get down.

Everyone seems to like the way it lands. I've had a good time landing it.

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A.I.R. ATOS VR|Jim Lamb|Jon "Jonny" Durand jnr|Jon Durand jnr|Quest Air|Robert Reisinger

April 13, 2005

The demo flight.

Last night around midnight Jim Lamb pulled into Quest Air with a trailer behind his automobile stacked with four boxes of AIR ATOS VR's that he was able to coax out of the clutches of the US customs office in Miami. In the boxes were six production VR's, one  (mine) which had been test flown by Felix, five which needed to be further assembled and test flown, and two prototype VR's to be flown in the Flytec Championships by Robert Reisinger and Felix. Jim was on the phone to Felix this morning and found out that he wanted to be present when they set up the new VR's and to test fly them before anyone else. He'll be here tomorrow night. Test flights will occur the day before the meet.

After deciding that it wasn't a day to go 100 miles on a single surface glider, I set up my VR for a little task along with the students and instructors in the Flytec Clinic We were heading northwest twenty three miles up to Coleman, back southeast twelve miles to the Florida Turnpike and highway 33 intersection north of Quest thirteen miles and finally back to Quest. The problem was that the wind was predicted to be out of the south at 15 mph. Watching the clouds we convinced ourselves that this was not true. Unfortunately it was.

First a couple of aspects of the VR. It is built on the frame of the original small ATOS (beefed up). The aluminum tubes that come out of the carbon fiber ends of the d-cells are much longer than the ones found on the VX. They must be at least six feet. (I'll measure tomorrow). The VR has a "curved" tip wand, but it doesn't come out of the end of the aluminum tube leading edge, but about 18 inches back. The sail is square cut and attached by Velcro to a winglet tip which is also attached to the end of the aluminum tube with two pop pins.

The carbon fiber inserts that forms the leading edge around and in front of the outboard aluminum tubes are stored on the leading edge under the sail in a little sleeve. You just pull them out over the aluminum tube and attach to the Velcro at the end of the tube. Very slick and simple. Easy storage.

The stinger is permanently attached to the carbon fiber keel (I think this keel is an option, and one that I very much appreciate) . This is done so that the rope and bungee connecting the maneuverable V-tail doesn't have to be undone. This rope is connected to the flap cord, and when the flaps are pulled the back of the V-tail is rotated up.

The flaps are much longer and perhaps bigger than on the V. At least there is a lot more flap area. Makes it slightly more tricky to pack up the VR. The VR comes with the bigger bags (seems to be the ones for the V) so there is plenty of room (length wise).

The main spoileron (there are two spoilerons on each side) is smaller than on the V or VX. The smaller spoiler is activated by the main spoileron as on the VX.

Setup is a bit more difficult with the permanently attached stinger. I haven't figured out how you are supposed to get the nose latch latched without someone on the wing lifting it up and forward. There wasn't a tube that acts as a lever arm with the glider, so I made one up tonight. You have to get the latch half latched (so you can attach the trailing edge rings at the keel) and then fully latch it. There is supposed to be some little rope that helps this. It wasn't on mine so I jury rigged something. I'll know more on Thursday and report on my updated knowledge.

Generally the VR is a little more complicated to put together than the VX, which was a little more more than the V. Little bits add up, but still no big deal.

I haven't flown a rigid wing hang glider since last September, and though I knew I would have no problems flying it, I also knew that I wouldn't be as comfortable with it as I was with the Litespeed, U2, T2, Falcon or the Relax, which I've been really enjoying (except for the glides). The two glider types just have different characteristics.

Let me say that this is a very personal review, which has everything to do with my personal experience and I doubt that it will be of much general help.

First off, the AIR ATOS is very easy to tow off the shoulders because it has a lot less drag than the Attack Falcon. Fly the tug as fast as you want and I won't notice. The uncomfortable part for me was the control bar position and feel. The control frame on a rigid wing is just unconnected from the glider and you feel that unconnectedness (well, I do). The control frame just doesn't give me a solid feel.  I would appreciate such a feel and relax more on tow.

Sure, while towing the Relax from my shoulders, I have to stuff the bar, but I know that there is a lot of bar pressure. On the ATOS the bar is about at my neck, and there is little to no bar pressure. Easy but I keep getting the feeling that the glider just wants to go over. Silly me.

The control bar position on the AIR ATOS in general is further back than what you find on a flex wing glider. I've written about this before. I would personally feel more comfortable if the bar was placed further out.  That's just the way I feel about it. I don't like pulling the bar so far back (feels to me like it will keep right on going back). Actually there is plenty of bar pressure (most of the time) when the bar is way back.

The AIR ATOS VR is easy to thermal and turn. Seems as easy as the single surface gliders. Just flick the control frame to one side. I'll have to work some more to get comfortable again with getting the right bank angle and getting the glider in a carving turn groove. It just feels different than the flex wings. I didn't climb through anyone or as well as anyone.

The glide is awesome. I have no way to tell (yet) whether it is better or equal to the VX. No turns. Just let off the flap cord, putting five degrees of negative flap in, and the VR is off to the races. It's trimmed at 45 mph for me. Jacque Bott's was trimmed at 55 mph for him until he moved the hang point back. My hang point is centered at 5 1/4. Hook in weight 100 kilos.

The flaps (and the moveable V-tail) make a huge difference in trim speed. It is harder to pull the flaps on due to the moveable V-tail, but still quite possible. At first I flew with the flaps on a lot just because I wanted more bar pressure. Later I released them on glide. The difference is dramatic. I would put in a bit of flaps whenever I entered a zone of lift to slow down and feel the lift better (at slower speeds). Then more flaps when I cranked it up. This sure is easier than pulling in and pushing out.

The glider is so much faster than the Relax that I noticed the wind noise a lot more. I wish the wind noise was less. I really don't like wind noise.

I got tossed around a bit, but no real scares today, but all the other days in Florida this spring have been such pussy cats. Is it the glider or the day?

I wish I felt as comfortable in the VR (or any rigid) as I feel in the Attack Falcon or Relax, and why not? I think with the bar six inches further forward I would be cruising. Is that so hard?

Jonny Durand just north of Highway 50 northeast of Quest Air a couple of miles. I was flying with Jonny's crew again. I was the first pilot back to goal (see here)  as the instructors drug their students around the rather difficult course (given the wind).

I'll get David to put up a bunch of VR pictures later.

Flying the AIR ATOS prototype (pre-production version)

Fri, Apr 1 2005, 3:00:07 am EST

I accidentally left off his name yesterday.

the VR

AIR ATOS VR|Quest Air|Robert Reisinger

Yep, it's Robert Reisinger, who will be flying the ATOS VR at the pre-Worlds at Quest Air, starting April 15th. We last heard from Robert when he was second at the flex wing Worlds in Hay in January, after Gerolf came in just behind me on the last day.

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The European Championships

June 25, 2004

Little landing fields in serious terrain.

Alessandro "Alex" Ploner|Attila Bertok|Dustin Martin|Filippo Oppici|Kevin Carter|Manfred Ruhmer|Martin Harri|Oleg Bondarchuk|PG|Robert Reisinger


Kevin Carter «heaviek» writes:


Today (Friday) the flying was great. Many pilots in goal. It's pretty amazing how many good pilots are here competing. There are so many top ranked pilots beyond the maximum fifteen needed for full NTSS points validity that it actually hurts potential NTSS points for Dustin and I.

Flying in Millau takes a great deal of care. The air is consistently flyable, but can be turbulent. The winds can be a serious issue with this terrain and landing fields can be really tricky. Overall a great learning experience.

With a forecast for northwest winds and some cumulus development a 123 km zig-zag/dogleg task was called. The idea was to keep us first in the Millau valley then over the back onto the plateau and cruise out onto the flats towards the Mediterranean coast to the West of Montpellier. The concern there is the arrival of a southerly sea breeze (headwind) with the chance of a convergence.

Once in the air the conditions were good with solid and predictable lift but not much help from the clouds. I flew the course mostly alone or in small groups so I can't tell much about the leaders. They smoked me at the start gate.

Once out of the mountains and onto the flats I found the wind relatively strong coming out of the mountains crossing about 90 degrees to course line but never found a sea breeze on the way to goal. From the mountains the flats looked very great for LZs but up close most of the green fields were vineyards. I found the turbulence in this region a little unpredictable and wimped out landing near a tractor-sock.

Over forty pilots blasted into goal very very high. Twenty five high gliders in less then five minutes. A goal officials dream come true. Most of them took the first start gate except for Robert Reisinger who flew fast from the second start jumping ahead of Manfred and Oleg.

1 REISINGER, Robert Icaro Zero 7 AUT 02:33:53 942
2 RUHMER, Manfred Icaro Laminar AUT 02:45:57 910
3 BONDARCHUK, Oleg Aeros Combat L 13 UKR 02:46:02 908
4 PLONER, Alex Icaro Laminar ITA 02:47:09 894
5 BERTOK, Attila Moyes Lite Speed 4,5 HUN 02:47:21 888
5 ALONZI, Mario Aeros Combat L FRA 02:47:28 888
7 IGNAZIO, Bernardi Icaro Zero 7 ITA 02:47:08 881
8 GRICAR, Primoz Aeros Combat L SVN 02:47:42 879
9 HERRMANN, Franz Moyes Lite Speed CHE 02:47:56 875
9 GUILLEN, Bruno Icaro Zero 7 FRA 02:47:58 875


The forecast for task three called for southwest winds low turning west high and peak velocities approaching 30-40 km/h at 3,000 meter. Cumulus clouds were predicted with bases at 2,400 meters climbing to 2,700 meters. The task committee selected a 133 km boxed Z course with goal back in Millau.

With this south trend picking a launch direction proved difficult and some pilots opted to switch setup areas mid morning. The most southerly launch on Puncho is a flat slope that ends in a small ledge. Big enough to end your run, but small enough that diving out was not an option. Cross your fingers and hope its blowing in strong I guess. I didn't hesitate to move my glider closer to the steep takeoffs more to the West.

The intention on the day was to get an earlier start but the launch conditions wouldn't permit it. Winds on launch were light and didn't look good. Cumies had formed to the North and South of us but we seemed to be stuck in the middle. The official wind dummy could have used pylons to fly around on his speed glide down to the bomb out.

Launch gates were all moved back thirty minutes from 2:15 to 2:45 with three gates at fifteen minutes apart. Nobody wanted to launch after that and many jokes were made about who the next sacrificial wind dummy should be. Finally some paragliders made us all look like wimps by skying out over launch. The hustle was on and most of the pilots seemed to get off the hill quickly.

Once in the air the first gaggles got up quickly. A smaller portion of the field seemed to climb out more slowly. The predicted cloudbase of 2,400 meter seemed very accurate outside the start circle.

Once on course the winds didn't seem as strong as predicted as the cloud bases crept up higher. Midway around the course climbs were already over 2,800 meters. Two main gaggles formed and charged around the course. Most of the time we found good climbs to cloudbase which made the relatively long glides comfortable but a few were turbulent and tricky to core.

Before the last turnpoint we climbed to over 3,300 meters! Oleg and Manfred led our group into goal but all the top finishers came from the group ahead. The two big groups were made up of an even mix of first or second start gate pilots. Alex Ploner won the day followed by Antoine and Mario. It should be noted that Alex averaged over 48 km/h around the course. Final tally has over seventy five gliders in goal. Natalia Khamlova was the only woman in goal.

A Japanese pilot Hiroshi Onuma tumbled his glider on course, but had a successful parachute deployment (a big parachute). He is in the hospital but reported to have no broken bones. His Laminar is in many pieces.

1 PLONER, Alex Icaro Laminar ITA 02:37:57 980
2 BOISSELIER, Antoine Moyes Lite Speed S FRA 02:39:02 955
3 ALONZI, Mario Aeros Combat L FRA 02:39:12 950
4 HARRI, Martin Moyes Lite Speed S CHE 02:39:06 949
5 GUILLEN, Bruno Icaro Zero 7 FRA 02:40:13 933
6 OPPICI, Filippo Moyes Lite Speed 4 S ITA 02:41:05 921
7 HERRMANN, Franz Moyes Lite Speed CHE 02:42:50 901
8 GERARD, Jean-François Aeros Combat L FRA 02:44:28 889
9 REISINGER, Robert Icaro Zero 7 AUT 02:52:37 876
10 WEISSENBERGER, Tom Moyes Lite Speed 4 S AUT 02:53:09 872


Place Name Glider Nation Total
1 RUHMER, Manfred Icaro Laminar AUT 2699
2 PLONER, Alex Icaro Laminar ITA 2475
3 ALONZI, Mario Aeros Combat L FRA 2462
4 BOISSELIER, Antoine Moyes Lite Speed S FRA 2454
5 REISINGER, Robert Icaro Zero 7 AUT 2438
6 GUILLEN, Bruno Icaro Zero 7 FRA 2411
7 BONDARCHUK, Oleg Aeros Combat L 13 UKR 2389
8 HERRMANN, Franz Moyes Lite Speed CHE 2366
9 GERARD, Jean-François Aeros Combat L FRA 2324
10 WEISSENBERGER, Tom Moyes Lite Speed 4 S AUT 2316


(editor's note: Dustin is 49th and Kevin is 69th)

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Alpen Open - Day 3

Mon, May 31 2004, 11:00:00 am EDT

The day was called due to an approaching cold front, clouds, and a little rain.

the Alpen Open

Alpen Open 2004|Robert Reisinger|sailplane


Yesterday's flight online at the HOLC

Robert Reisinger was the winner in the flex wing division. Günter Tschuring won yesterday, and a local Austrian, former Swift and sailplane pilot won the rigid wing class overall.

Günter's average speed over the course yesterday was 55 kmh (34 mph).

It's hard to put into words how much your world view changes as you climb out from 6,000' to 11,000' here over a narrow valley. How stunning it is to look out along the course line from 11,000' and see nothing but snow covered peaks for as far as you can see. To have the valleys disappear in front of you.

You can download the IGC file found on line at the HOLC and run it in SeeYou in 3D to get some idea. There are two worlds here, the world of the valley floor and the world of the mountain peaks and within a few minutes you traverse between those worlds. It is because you go from one to the other so quickly that the contrast is so startling.

It's raining hard this evening. Tomorrow we head for Greifenburg to get ready for the Worlds. This has been a great tune up here.

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Alpen Open - day 2

Sun, May 30 2004, 11:00:00 am EDT

121 miles out and return. I've got to wear more clothes.

Alpen Open

Alpen Open 2004|Manfred Ruhmer|record|Robert Reisinger

The flight online at the HOLC

It's been a long day.

After the screw ups yesterday with the start timing, the meet organizers and the task committee get us going in plenty of time with a pilot meeting on time and a full hour to launch with plenty of time to get ready. No one is cutting in line today and it is very friendly.

The light wind is still east, northeast, it's blue with a few wisps over the mountains. The task committee calls an out and return task, 197 kilometers to St. Anton by way of a control point at the hotel on the plateau to keep us out of the Innsbruck airspace.

Manfred Rumor shows up with this Swift, the stock version as his form fitted cage without tubes is not quite finished. He brings Kari's new Laminar for the Worlds and she gets to be a wind dummy.

Everyone is slowly getting up to the east of launch. It takes me forever but I finally find a good thermal that gets me up with everyone else at 9,000' in time for the one thirty start time. The flex wings have a 150 km task, but we are all going to the first control point together. The rigids take the lead with Manfred. I zoom out with Günter in the lead to start off the race with a nine mile glide at 20 to one.

The lift is strong and we are either climbing up the south faces of the ridges, or flying down the tops of the mountains moving much faster than yesterday. Once we hit the control point at the hotel twenty miles out, it's forty miles to the turnaround point. This is not walk in the park.

The lift is quite strong and the thermals are very small. It is hold on time as we move west along the mountain range. We jump a couple of valleys and I keep pushing ahead, then hitting 800 fpm to 11,000' twenty miles out from the turnpoint.

From that vantage point looking straight in the direction of the turnpoint I see nothing with snow covered peaks. The valleys have disappeared. I hear that some pilots will head straight out over this. I bear left a little just so I can keep the main valley in sight as I fly over the mountains.

I'm getting my butt kicked by the thermals. They are strong, but broken up. I do not have fun these twenty miles going into the turnpoint and the ground sure looks good. I'm freezing and I want to land to relax a little. My arms are sore from holding on so tight.

I join up with Johann low (1,500' AGL) at the turnpoint, and I'm looking at the rigid glider on the ground there, saying, I wish I was down there with him. I've been shaking a lot from the cold, although my hands are toasty warm thanks to the Flytec gloves.

I look back at the hills and see the sunshine on their faces with nice fluffy clouds overhead. It looks pretty benign. Maybe I'm just exaggerating, and I can keep flying.

Johann and I find a strong smooth thermal that I bail out on at 11,000' when I just get too cold. In the next 38 minutes I'll fly 25 miles at an average speed of 40 mph. It seems as though we have a tail wind. My attitude completely changes as the turbulence appears to go away. Suddenly I love hang gliding again.

In the next ten minutes I will fall 5,000'. My vario will actually record 1,400' fpm sink rate at one point. I have to pull in just to get some airspeed.

Down near the valley floor I will fly back to the west and from the north side of the valley to the south side, where I will find the lift at 1,500' AGL and climb out 5,000'.

I'm cautious about going back to the north side of the valley, thinking that I was just pushed down by rotors, but eventually I make it back to the hillside to get under a cloud (all the clouds are on the north side of the valley, and the airspace is coming up in the valley itself) and climb back to almost 10,000' again. I'm seven miles out from the hotel control point.

It's not a problem heading east now over the ridge line and jumping across the plateau to the next ridge line into goal. I can see the cloud forming on the hill side just 15 miles from goal and I get right into the lift. It's rough, but after what I've been through today it seems benign.

I make a crucial error not taking the lift to 10,000', but stop at 9,000' thinking I should be able to glide at 13 to 1 into goal. I don't count on the fact that even though I can probably make it, the last two miles are tree covered and I've only got 1,000' over goal at two and a half miles out. I can just barely see the goal field.

I decide to land in the main valley as I didn't find any lift in the last fifteen miles in.

I don't have a report on what was happening at goal as I didn't make it there. I hear that about seven or eight rigid wings made it in. Perhaps that number of flex wings also.

It was great to see my attitude completely change when I was going downwind, getting high, and getting out of the turbulence. I think with an extra coat I'll be willing to go to over 12,000'. It is bloody cold here. All you see is snow except in the valleys.

The AIR ATOS-V (or is it a C with a V on the sail) is flying great. I had the nose get pitched way down and it recovered very quickly. It has the extended keel. You'll really got to put it up on a tip here as the thermals are very small (not always). Very often the thermals are quite turbulent also.

The valleys are quite narrow and sometimes around here there are more power lines than safe landing areas. This was especially true out near turnaround point. Ron got low there also and thought he was going to land, but he was happy to get out of there. He landed later before Innsbruck.

I'm sure that exhaustion and turbulence kept me from climbing to 10,000' in the last thermal. It really was a good one and since I knew it was going to be there I should have taken better advantage of it.

I hope to be able to report more on the results. Perhaps they will put something up on the web site (http://members.chello.at/drachenflieger/Aktuelles.htm). Robert Reisinger won the first day in flex wings.

The task was obviously a huge task, especially for an out and return task in a contest. It's quite a task to throw into a three day meet.

This being Austria, the scenery here is awesome. Verdant valleys with snow starting at about 7,000'. You'll often find yourself climbing up shear rock faces although I look for the greenest shallowest spots I can find hoping for the smoother thermals. When there is a quarry down below, hold on tight.

It really was overwhelming today going through so many what appeared to be different valleys and going so far away. Without radio contact (well, I couldn't hear), I knew I had to get back to be safe.

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Alpen Open - day 1

Wed, May 26 2004, 6:00:00 pm EDT

It clears up for the memorial day weekend.

Alpen Open

Alpen Open 2004|Belinda Boulter|Johann Posch|Manfred Ruhmer|Oliver Schmidt|PG|Robert Reisinger|sailplane|weather

Alpen Open 2004|Belinda Boulter|Johann Posch|Josef "Zwecki" Zweckmayr|Manfred Ruhmer|Oliver Schmidt|PG|Robert Reisinger|sailplane|weather

The task and the flight on-line at the HOLC

Things are different in Europe. A lot different and I say, Viva Le Difference.

At the landing field we've got a beer hall set up to take care of all the pilots and drivers and all the spectators that will be dropping by for a bit of Saturday spectacle. Red Bull is here with their tent. Food is being served to all the folks coming to see the carnival. The army rescue helicopter will come in later in the late to simulate a paraglider pilot rescue from a tree.

The Alpen Open is three meets in one over three days: a paraglider, flex wing, and rigid wing meet. The paragliders will launch from a different launch and we will launch from right over the landing field in Gnadenwald, ten miles from Innsbruck, Austria.

The landing field at 2,800' is next to our pension, Pension Martinsstubben, and the small toll road to the launch at 5,000' and restaurant at the top is a few hundred yards down the road. Very convenient. There is a huge mastiff rising an additional over three thousand feet above and behind launch to the north. The valley runs east/west, with Innsbruck to the west.

Landing Zone from our pension.

There is an airport in Innsbruck, obviously, and very restricted airspace. As our task will take us in that direction we'll have to be sure to stay up on the mountain side to stay out of the airspace. There is a glider port right next to the commercial runway and I do get to see a few gliders using it.

This is the sixteenth annual Alpen Open, and they expect about 100 pilots total. It is a fun meet, only three days, but the winner gets to qualify to go to a meet in Rio if they do well in another meet also, so it is somewhat serious. There is something at stake other than bragging rights.

There is supposed to be a pilots' meeting at the landing zone, but it just turns out to be instructions for the paragliders to get into the waiting taxis, so we drive up to the top in Ron's leased van. There are a bunch of hang gliders already setup so we (Ron and I) know that we've been wasting our time. We set up right away next to the restaurant.

Things drag on and the meet director doesn't call the task and the pilot meeting until about 1:30 PM. The task consists of three turnpoints, a race start, and is basically an out and return to the Gnandenwald landenplatz, 105 kilometers. It takes a while to get the weather report and to input the task.

Once we are done, the problem is the start window opens in forty minutes and we've got to get forty pilots off of launch in time to get them to have at least half an hour each to get high in the start circle. This is not going to work. Thankfully Ron and I are setup right at the end of the short launch lane (one of two).

We immediately get dressed up very warmly. I've got two pair of long pants on, and six layers on my upper body with two balaclavas over my head and a pair of Flytec neoprene gloves. I usually wear football receiver gloves, but I'm looking for the extra warmth. They work great. It is supposed to be about 18 degrees at 10,000'

The launches don't go very quickly. Many pilots are allowed to cut into the line. Favorites are played with some pilots getting in. There is not time enough to launch every one even before the start window opens. It is a disaster.

Ron and I launch at about the start window time. Ron will get low and land as will Johann Posch. Six of the eighteen rigid wings will land without going out of the start circle. A number of flex wings will land also.

Belinda captures me launching

The pilots that got the relatively early launches will get high before the start window opens. I'll leave the start circle at launch height after messing around for fifteen minutes trying to get up over launch. Running down the ridge/course line I'll find 200 fpm and stick with it until I'm to 2,500' over launch. I figure I've got a half an hour penalty as it is for the late launch, so just stay up and make the course.

The wind is about six mph out of the east north east, a little over the back. I'm really frightened about rotors here in the Alps, but everyone is saying that it looks great for today with light winds and good thermals. Cloud base is a little over 9,000'. There are plenty of thin clouds over the mountains and none out in the valleys.

After a slow start I stay above 7,000' getting almost 9,000' heading west to a control point which is a huge hotel on the plateau above the main river valley where you'll find Innsbruck. We then have to go six miles further to a house on a much higher plateau at 6,000' away from the mountain sides. All the pilots stick as close to the mountain sides as possible before heading out to take the turnpoint.

I've noticed that the air is pretty turbulent for a day that is supposed to be nice. I'm flying a C/V (protoype V) from AIR and thoroughly enjoying the glider. I'm glad I'm not on my VX.

Coming back into the head wind the turbulence factor increases. I've already left a few thermals that didn't please me, but this time I have to stay in one that it far too powerful and not at all smooth. I'm averaging about one thousand feet less than on the way out.

Just passed the hotel control point on the way back Oliver Schmidt almost hits me without ever seeing me. I didn't see him until he almost hit me. I race ahead and get a bit low, where I encounter Mr. nasty, and then run for the Wall, next to the airport.

The lift is coherent and pleasant to fly in there and going up a a moderately reasonable 350 fpm. I can get to back over 6,000' which is comfortable, although well below the ridge line, and with bits of lift coming up the face facing south, I can maintain altitude just trying to make it back at 14:1.

I see a small sailplane turning right on the hill side in front of me and I figure he wouldn't stop for the weak stuff. I go over to the spot he just left and climb another thousand feet in three minutes, nine miles out from goal. I've got less than 10:1 to get to goal so I pull into a narrow valley behind a jutting rock face and straight line it to goal.

After landing and downloading my 5030, I file a protest for the day and Ron joins me in the protest. I find out later from Robert Reisinger that Seppi has also filed the same protest. The pilot meeting was held too late to have a start window at 2:30 PM. No word yet on how the protests were dealt with. I did it with a smile and told them I was having a great time, which I am. Did I say how much I was enjoying the ATOS?

Many pilots complained/remarked also about how bumpy the air was. I was scared a few times and left lift often, but I was assuming that was just me. The AIR ATOS C/V felt great. I was very glad I had it instead of the VX. Manfred Trimmel was flying the VX.

Gunther Tschuring got beat up on the way back at 6,000', flew immediately out into the lower valley and landed. I had thought that with the light winds we would have a good day, but apparently we did not. Pilots thought that this was a very bad day for turbulence. I'm feeling pretty good, because if this was as bad as it gets, then I'm feeling like maybe I can handle this.

No word on scores or the protest yet. The Alpen Open web site (http://members.chello.at/drachenflieger/Aktuelles.htm) doesn't seem to have anything posted.

Zwecky was just here in his powered wheel chair. He looked good. Came by to visit his old pilot friends. Has a girl friend I hear.

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The Austrian Nationals (Part 1)

May 19, 2004

Gerolf reports on the flex wing competitors today and the rigid wing ones tomorrow.

Austrian Nationals 2004|Corinna Schwiegershausen|Gerolf Heinrichs|Manfred Ruhmer|Oliver "Olli" Barthelmes|Robert Reisinger|weather

Gerolf Heinrichs «gerolfontour» writes:

The 2004 Austrian Nationals for Flexwings/Rigids, conducted as an “Open” this year, took place in Greifenburg, the site of the upcoming Women & Rigid Wing Worlds on last weekend. After postponing it all by one week due to fairly mediocre weather conditions we finally managed to fly two out of four possible tasks, but – boy – these two days provided plenty of challenge!

A postfrontal north guaranteed some good elapse rate, but unfortunately also arctic temperatures (minus 16 degrees Celsius at 3300 meters) and - not really completely unexpected - turbulence.


First task was a 150km “flat” triangle, which looked like a solid overcall at first but turned out a really “cool” task in the end. If it wouldn’t have begun with the usual air start, I would have liked it even better. But staying up there at cloudbase for some 30 minutes was more then my meanwhile thin Austro-Australian blood could handle.

The task itself saw the option of either having a friendly luv-side ride or some bull riding along the lee sides. Being brave alpine pilots, of course, we started out on the leeside. However, it took us only about 20km to have us pretty much all change our minds – at least for the moment. In fact the whole task turned into a constant struggle which side to stay with. I felt I wasn’t always on the right side that day, and a hefty fourteenmMinute time penalty against the day winners unfortunately proved me right :(

A-Team pilots Robert Reisinger and Seppi Salvenmoser did best in this course , followed by Olli Barthelmes (Ger) and two new, young Austrians, Michi Friesenbichler and Alex Schreiner. Then Tom Weissenberger and I. Who else? Well, you don’t want to look back too hard when you already lost 150 points after one task only, do you?

So, where was Manfred? He preferred to stay in his Swift and watched us from there!

Task two was certainly a serious under-call. Whether we want to blame the forecast or some all too loud calls for mercy from less temperature-resistant pilots, blasting into goal by 3:15 when the day hasn’t even kicked in is anything but fun for a die-hard XC pilot – even if you win the day.

In a short, 95km up-and-down-the-valley ride there isn’t much room for tactics and smart decisions. You just blast along and simply try to out-perform your competitors by betting on even stronger lift ahead.

Today with less north wind the leeside seems slightly favored. After an excellent start Robert and Seppi ride “their side” of the valley and again lead all the way to the last turnpoint, where Tom and I finally join in from “our side”.

Turning around, we all set up for a 9:1 final glide over some 13km, no big deal. Only now we take notice of each other, but with some 30 meters height between Robert and I the battle for first is pretty much already pre-decided. Robert would need a better line or a better glider but this time he hasn’t got any of it.

On the other hand, he doesn’t really need to risk too much anymore – the comp is already his by now. But, then, of course, this is not just a plain final: it’s Icaro against Moyes, Laminar against Litespeed, carbon battens against carbon leading edges so to speak, it’s a battle of concept and prestige, most of all.

Although Robert is not a Manfred, I better take this seriously. I tuck my arms in and lock into position, I estimate my current advantage as a 10 seconds lead. In about 7 minutes we’ll know more. 80-90-100km/h, that’s how it goes. 3km out we hit the valley breeze, but still high enough to not worry. From now on it’s not about glide – just plain top speed. The goal line comes, I pull up and start counting – …..10, 11,…20,..25…29 and with a bit of relief I realize the last few months in Sydney were not all wasted…

Sunday morning, the new front is already here. Overall results therefore:

1. Reisinger Robert Laminar MR Aut 1978
2. Salvenmoser Seppi Litespeed-S Aut 1925
3. Barthelmes Olli Litespeed-S Ger 1874
4. Heinrichs Gerolf Litespeed-S Aut 1854
5. Friesenbichler Michael Litespeed-S Aut 1808
6. Weissenberger Tom Litespeed-S Aut 1795
7. Metzler Florian Laminar MR Aut 1719
8. Schreiner Alex Laminar MR Aut 1703
9. Bajewski Jörg Litespeed-S Ger 1674
10. Rauch Thomas Laminar MR Ger 1665

22. Schwiegershausen Corinna Litespeed-S Ger 902


April 23, 2004

There was another competition lately in Europe.

Bassano del Grappa|Christian Ciech|Icaro 2000|Manfred Ruhmer|PG|Robert Reisinger

Christian Ciech writes:

Here we are again on the slopes of “Monte Grappa”, which is since always one of the most important free flight appointments in Europe. This year, the competition returns to be the leading role of this sporting event, and the exhibitors the contour.

Three valid tasks for the hang gliders and only one task for the Paragliders.

After I took the second position of the 1st day, the next task reveals to be decisive for me. On the last task I come 3rd, keeping my principle adversary under control: Manfred Trimmel, who won the first day.

Let me describe the day with the best conditions and which represented my victory of this competition.

Second day of flight: the sky is spangled with beautiful cumulus which seems to design endless courses in the air. With an efficiency of more than 22 points (L/D) required to reach the goal, at 24 km from the finishing line, I bring up again the total confidence in my Stratos and in the cumulus which I have in front of me.

200 metres above me, an “Atos” which took off before me, leaves the thermal. I accept the challenge and propose myself to reach him before the goal.

I try to “read” the sky and find the best street of cumulus.

I put myself in the most aerodynamic position as possible and “floating” from one thermal into the other I take over my challenger, who is hesitating in a weak thermal.

Still 10 km to go. I have almost made it. I increase the speed and my advantage.

92 km round trip, in 1 hour and 45 minutes, with a cloud base at 1400 m. Not bad!!

The results:

Flex: http://www.icaro2000.com/Competitions/2004/Bassano%20results%20flex.htm

Robert Reisinger beats Manfred on two days out of three.

Rigid: http://www.icaro2000.com/Competitions/2004/Bassano%20results%20rigids.htm

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5030⁣ Clamp

Tue, Apr 6 2004, 3:00:01 pm EDT

A clamp that really puts the IQ-Compeo out there.


Flavio Tebaldi|Flytec 5030|Manfred Ruhmer|Robert Reisinger

Flavio Tebaldi «dclaveno» sends in this picture of this clamp for this Brauniger IQ-Compeo:

This is my solution on my new zero7.

I used a Robert Reisinger carbon piece (Manfred gift) on speedbar and an aluminum modeled arm by Christian. The arm can be rotated to the rear during takeoff and landing and is linked with a pushpin.

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Tue, Jul 23 2002, 1:00:01 pm EDT

Alessandro "Alex" Ploner|Andreas Olsson|Antoine Boisselier|Anton Raumauf|Attila Bertok|Betinho Schmitz|Bruce Barmakian|Christian Ciech|CIVL|David Chaumet|Davis Straub|Francois Isoard|Gerard "Gerry" Farell|Gerolf Heinrichs|Gordon Rigg|Guido Gehrmann|Johann Posch|Jon Durand snr|Josef "Zwecki" Zweckmayr|Manfred Ruhmer|Mario Alonzi|Michael Huppert|Naoki Itagaki|Oleg Bondarchuk|Oliver "Olli" Barthelmes|Paris Williams|Richard Walbec|Robert Reisinger|Rohan Holtkamp|Steve Elkins|Worlds


Sarah Bowyer at CIVL got right on the case and got the new world rankings out right after the Worlds:

Class 1:

Position Name
1 Ruhmer Manfred
2 Heinrichs Gerolf
3 Boisselier Antoine
4 Rigg Gordon
5 Bondarchuk Oleg
6 Gerard Jean-Francois
7 Alonzi Mario
8 Reisinger Robert
9 Gehrmann Guido
9 Olsson Andreas
11 Williams Paris
12 Holtkamp Rohan
13 Walbec Richard
14 Richardson Ron
15 Palmarini Jean-Francois
16 Schmitz Betinho (carlos)
17 Durand Jon Jnr
18 Zweckmayr Josef
19 Baier Bob
20 Barthelmes Oliver
20 Bertok Attila

The 2001 Australian Meets were dropped, so the Australian pilots suffered a bit.

Class 5:

Position Name Country
1 Ciech Christian Italy
2 Ploner Alessandro Italy
3 Posch Johann Austria
4 Straub Davis Usa
5 Raumauf Toni Austria
6 Chaumet David France
6 Huppert Michael Switzerland
8 Barmakian Bruce Usa
9 Elkins Steve Uk
10 Itagaki Naoki Japan

The Worlds, the Europeans, the Floridameets, and the Australian meets count big time for WPRS points. The top rigid pilots didn’t fly in the Europeans, and too few flew in the Australian meets, but they did fly in Floridaand at the Worlds in Chelan and Spain. It is clear that the Floridameets and the Australian meets should be as valued by CIVL as the Europeans. They are international meets.

The pre-Worlds in Brazilshould be well attended and that will affect the Class 1 ranking. Again the Brazilian pre-Worlds should be considered as valuable as the Europeans.

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What happened in Florida

Tue, Apr 30 2002, 6:00:00 pm GMT

Aeros Combat|Alessandro "Alex" Ploner|Chris Arai|Christian Ciech|Curt Warren|David Glover|Florida|Gerolf Heinrichs|Glen Volk|Hansjoerg Truttmann|Jim Lee|Johann Posch|Kari Castle|Manfred Ruhmer|Mike Barber|Mitchell "Mitch" Shipley|Mitch Shipley|Oleg Bondarchuk|Paris Williams|Robert Reisinger|Robin Hamilton|Rohan Holtkamp|Rohan Taylor|Ron Gleason|Tascha "Tish the Flying Fish" McLellan|US Nationals|Wallaby Ranch|Wills Wing|World Record Encampment

As I reviewed the results of the meets in Florida, I noted quite a few stories within the bigger story.

Many of the world’s top hang glider pilots came to Floridato compete against each other, with twelve of the top twenty flex wing pilots and five of the top ten ranked rigid wing pilots in attendance. This made for a very tough field, and more than enough NTSS points to make for 600 point meets. The Floridameets are truly international events and should continue to be viewed as such.

Glen Volk did very well coming up to capture third in the Flytec Championship after twenty eighth at the Wallaby Open. Paris Williams, currently ranked third in the world – the highest ranking US pilot in years, was consistently very good coming in just behind Oleg in both meets. Oleg, of course, is kicking butt (even though Manfred’s was missing from the Flytec meet). It’s great to see such a sweet guy do so well.

Johann Posch was highly ranked before, but had never won a daily task. He finally did on the second to last day of the Flytec Championship. The big difference for him – ballast. He did much better in these meets than before and the difference was he finally became convinced of the need for ballast.

Robert Reisinger came into the Floridameets with a new relationship with Wills Wing, and a high ranking, that had slipped recently from 3rd to 14th in the world. He did very well on some days, but landed out on a number of other days. He finished below expectations at 23rd and 28th.

Curt Warren moved up dramatically from best new competitor designation last year at the Flytec Championship to finish 18th in the Wallaby Open and fifth in the Flytec Championship where he had a good chance for third. Just a little more patience in light conditions would help, but his go for it attitude also helps him win the day. He was with Johann and I when we were low on the second to last day of the Flytec meet.

Curt came in first on day one of the Flytec meet when he aced out Gerolf by a couple of feet. They were so close that Gerolf did run into him when Curt flaired to land. Gerolf was injried on that day.

Robin Hamilton did well on Manfred’s MR700 WRE coming in fourth at Flytec, but he could have moved up to second or perhaps first with a little more thermaling in weak lift.

Gary Wirdham moved up from 55th at Wallaby to 7th at Quest after he destroyed and then rebuilt his Aeros Combat. Maybe he should do that more often. He really appreciates his helmet (EN 966).

Kari Castle came back from a poor showing at 35th at Wallaby to move into 17th and first female pilot at Quest. She often seems to use the first competition to get herself warmed up.

Gerolf Heinrichs who is ranked as the number one pilot in the world (before the Floridameets) came in sixth at Wallaby, after a number of problems. These seemed to continue at Quest, where he was 44th. It was quite a tough two weeks for Gerolf and I hope he gets some time off to rest and recuperate.

Mike Barber did very well in Floridalast year, and maybe that lead to too high expectations on his part. He came in 7th at Wallaby a few places behind Paris, and the second American, with new American citizen and Floridaresident, Carlos “Cloud” Bessa, right behind him. Then he had some trouble early at Quest and slipped way down in the standings. Going all out on day 6 he hit the deck, and then doing it again on day 7 he won the day.

Speaking of Carlos Bessa (pronounce Base –a) he has been on a tear doing all he can to make the US National team, so that he can go back to Brazil next year to fly in the Worlds. He is now in the seventh position (1 shy of the team), so he has a very good chance. If the Wallaby Open had been fully valid, and everyone had been in their same places, he would have moved into the 6th place on the US NTSS ranking.

Jim Lee had to leave the Flytec Championship because of problems with his neck. This would move him down in the running for the 2003 NTSS ranking to 14th.

Mitch Shipley would do well after taking some time off from competition hang gliding. He would be the fifth American in the Flytec meet. Chris Arai did well enough after not flying for six months to come in 10th and 20th. He moved himself back toward being on the US national team.

Tish the Flying Fish was able to beat Kari at Wallaby and was second behind her at Quest. She seemed to have a great time fly and with her water pistols. Apparently she was aggressive in both fields. Francoise Mocellin was the top women competitors at Wallaby, while Kari was the US Nationals Women’s champion.

Dorval, a Brazilian pilot who learned to fly at Wallaby Ranch a few years ago, improved his performance substantially in spite of a recent operation. He certainly moved up in the ranking for the Brazilians.

Rohan Holtkamp who is currently ranked number 2 in the World didn’t do as well as he had hoped to, coming in 16th and 12th.

So, Johann Posch goes up to Dave Glover and says what a great job he did at the Flytec Championship. He says that Dave is just like Janet Reno. “Janet Reno?” Dave asks quizzically. Yes, just like Janet Reno (who is currently running for governor here in Florida), responds Johann. “Hmmm,” thinks David, “do you mean, Jay Leno?” “Of course,” responds Johann, “the late night talk show host.”

Ron Gleason moved himself way up on the NTSS ranking doing well in both competitions. He came to Floridato get some cross country training after selling his business and purchasing a mobile home. He’s on the circuit like Johann and myself.

Alex Ploner, the current rigid wing world champion and Christian Ciech were almost out of reach to the rest of us. Only Johann was able to pass Alex in the Flytec meet. They are good friends. Christian taught Alex how to be a competition hang glider pilot. They compete against (and with) each other often.

It looks like they will be the rigid wing pilots who are coming from Italy to the Worlds. While it will probably take at least three pilots to win the team competition, they might have a chance with two. They, along with Hansjoerg Truttmann from Switzerland, will be very tough to beat. I’m racking my brain for ways to do this.

Manfred apparently from what I hear had a really good time flying the Swift. Is more in store?

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Flytec Championship – I think we are having fun yet »

Wed, Apr 24 2002, 9:00:00 pm GMT

A.I.R. ATOS|Aeros Combat|Aeros Combat 2|Aeros Ltd|Andy Hollidge|Chris Arai|Christian Ciech|cloud|comic|competition|Curt Warren|Dave Glover|Dragonfly|Flytec Championships 2002|Flytec Championships 2005|gaggle|Moyes Delta Gliders|Moyes Litespeed|Nene Rotor|Quest Air|Robert Reisinger|tow|tug|weaklink|weather|Wills Wing Talon

Many pilots were excited about the short task yesterday and getting to goal for the first time. This really upped the mood of the competitors and brought everyone one into the fold. The new guys wanted to be included also.

I wrote a while back about Tove’s meet in Deniliquin and how she organized it so that it encouraged new pilots to join in competition. No one has taken her example and run with it yet, but maybe we’ll see more of that. We on the task committee have to set tasks for the major racers, so it would be nice to have a meet where we could see tasks for the great middle of the field.

Did I say that we were having fun yet? Seems like the competitors are really liking the tasks and enjoying the facilities here at Quest Air. Good weather helps, of course, and Floridais doing its best to makes us all happy.

There is a lot going on at Quest in addition to the meet. A new turbine Dragonfly flew tonight, so that’s bringing a lot of excitement to all the motor heads. With so many Dragonflies and trikes here, not only do we get in the air in a real big hurry, but all the tug pilots get to talk to one another and encourage each other.

With an east northeast wind prediction and difficulty forecasting the lift, we call a straight run, 68 miles, out to the WillistonAirportto the north, northwest. We want folks to see a little bit of Florida, if they happen to look down at all. A little cross country flying wouldn’t hurt either.

There is a strong east wind on the ground, and in the air (I’ll measure 60° at 14 mph throughout the flight), so launches prove to be a bit tricky. I’ll break two weak links, which will start me off in a fine mood, nervous as possible.

With the high pressure and shearing winds, the lift above Quest is quite a handful. I’m getting tossed around something fierce and frankly I’m totally terrified. I’m thinking of landing, but the competition spirit keeps me in the air.

We’re waiting for the 2:15 PMstart time, and even with my late start because of the multiple weaklink breaks due to the action at tree top level, I’ve plenty of time to get to cloud base. Russell takes me up on the third tow and it is as smooth as can be. He deposits me under a small cloud that is working at 200 fpm, and I much appreciate it.

All the rigids were out near the start circle circumference, but they come back to join me as we wait until the last start time. I assume that they are thinking like me that we want the full heating of the day to fly our reasonably short task in.

I’m at cloud base at a little over 5,000’ and given that we are all back a mile and a half from the start circle circumference I decide to leave in time to make it there as the start time starts. Seems like some other pilots want to keep working to stay out of the clouds close to Quest.

There are lots of high clouds, and thin cu’s with cloud base at 5,000’ out in front of us. There is very little development today in the clouds, but they are numerous. They are mostly just wisps.

I go on an eight mile glide to 2,300’ and find some lift with a few other pilots under very marginal clouds. It’s 400 fpm back to 4,700’ so I’m happy to be high. I guess I only need to say this once more here. I’ll be terrified for about 75% of the flight. I experience it has very turbulent, and I can’t help thinking that the glider to going to go over at any minute. Other pilots will mention how turbulent it was.

There are flex wings who’ve taken the 2 PM start gate out in front of us, along with a couple of rigid wing pilots who also took the earlier start time. I’m falling behind as I keep leaving uncomfortable lift, and hoping to find lighter, but more comfortable climbs.

At around Wildwood I start chasing the lead gaggle – a gaggle of mixed rigids and flex wings. They are moving very fast, racing from thermal to thermal, but I’ve got the advantage that I’m following and can see where they find lift.

There is a tough stretch right around Wildwood as we head toward I-75, then things start to improve and folks get more and more into the racing mode. I’m still way behind many of the other rigids, and the top flex wings are spread all around. We’ve probably got 20 to 30 pilots in the front of this race, within two miles of each other.

Southwest of Ocalawe get under a cloud street that lasts for maybe 3 or 4 miles, and I’m somehow able to catch up with the top few pilots. We al decide to go on glide from over 5,000’ and this will turn into a ten mile glide down to 1,700 until a flex wing pilot way to my right is the first to find the lift. For the first time during the flight I’m happy to be in a thermal because it is completely smooth and takes us back to over 5,000’.

At 15 miles out my IQ/Comp is telling me to go on final. I’ve got it at 15/1. I head out, but find a small gaggle to my left that is climbing well, and make the mistake to go join them. I really didn’t need the lift and this would have been my opportunity to pass Christian and just go into goal.

The last twelve miles in are full race mode. I can see Andy Hollidge in his Top Secret way in front of me and higher, but I’m pulling in much more than he and catching him. There is little chance to go down before goal, so the only reason to slow down is to absorb the bumps from all the lift we are flying through. Andy can’t pull in any more, so he’s at a big disadvantage.

Christian Ciech is just in front of me, and there is no catching him. I’m surrounded by (but soon they are below and a little bit in front of me) Nene Rotor and Chris Arai (who took the 2 PM start time) and Robert Reisinger and Joseph Zweckmayr who took that last start clock. The first four flexies get in just a few seconds before I cross the goal, second for the day. Curt Warren started much early and came in between Manfred and Brian.

Class 2:

1 Ciech, Christian, 47 Icaro Stratos Ita 14:15:00 16:16:23 02:01:23 906
2 Straub, Davis, 50 Air Atos C Usa 14:15:00 16:17:16 02:02:16 875
3 Barmakian, Bruce, 17 Air Atos Usa 14:15:00 16:19:12 02:04:12 841
4 Posch, Johann, 112 Air Atos Aut 14:15:00 16:19:56 02:04:56 826
5 Biesel, Heiner, 101 Air Atos Usa 14:00:00 16:12:01 02:12:01 822

Class 1:

1 Reisinger, Robert, 72 Wills Wing Talon Aut 14:15:00 16:17:06 02:02:06 909
2 Zweckmayr, Josef, 18 Icaro Laminar Aut 14:15:00 16:17:07 02:02:07 903
3 Rossignol, Jerz, 6 Aeros Combat 2 Usa 14:15:00 16:19:05 02:04:05 856
4 Williams, Paris , 1 Icaro MR700WRE Usa 14:15:00 16:19:33 02:04:33 841
5 Bondarchuk, Oleg, 107 Aeros Combat 2 13 Ukr 14:15:00 16:20:12 02:05:12 830
6 Warren, Curt, 73 Moyes Litespeed Usa 13:45:00 16:04:17 02:19:17 821
7 Hamilton, Robin, 30 Icaro Laminar Gbr 14:15:00 16:23:07 02:08:07 800
8 Rotor, Nene, 77 Wills Wing Talon Col 14:00:00 16:16:57 02:16:57 799
9 Arai, Chris, 57 Wills Wing Talon Usa 14:00:00 16:16:58 02:16:58 795
10 Wolf, Andre, 117 Moyes Litespeed Bra 14:00:00 16:17:16 02:17:16 782

Manfred made the task in an hour and a half. Brian in an hour and fifty minutes. Manfred leads overall.

Christian Ciech has to fall down for anyone to catch him in Class 5.

Cumulative in Class 1:

1 Bondarchuk, Oleg, 107 Aeros Combat 2 13 Ukr 3498
2 Williams, Paris , 1 Icaro MR700WRE Usa 3443
3 Hamilton, Robin, 30 Icaro Laminar Gbr 3333
4 Hazlett, Brett, 90 Moyes Litespeed Can 3250
5 Wolf, Andre, 117 Moyes Litespeed Bra 3244
6 Warren, Curt, 73 Moyes Litespeed Usa 3238
7 Reisinger, Robert, 72 Wills Wing Talon Aut 3223
8 Wirdnam, Gary , 39 Aeros Combat 2 Gbr 3195
9 Olsson, Andreas, 27 Moyes Litespeed Swe 3179
10 Zweckmayr, Josef, 18 Icaro Laminar Aut 3062

Preliminary results are up on the www.flytec.com web site. Dave Glover had them up by about 10:30 PM. This is the fastest I can recall the results going up on the web in a major competition.

Bassano – Class I

April 27, 2000

Bassano del Grappa|Corinna Schwiegershausen|Martin Harri|Robert Reisinger

Vicki at Moyes «moyes», writes:

Just heard from Gerolf that he won at Bassano. I don't have much more detail other than.... They had 4 good days flying, with the last day cancelled due to an early front.

Final results (Class 1)

Gerolf Heinrichs (AUT) Moyes 1st
Robert Reisinger (AUT) Icaro 2nd
Jobst Baumer (Ger) Aeros 3rd
Corinna won the Women's on a Litespeed 4 and came 8th out of the 30 German League pilots

Tomas Suchanek was there for us too, trying out the new Litespeed 4. He placed 5th and likened his result to the best-placed retired tourist!

Martin Harri was flying a new Litespeed 4 and placed 7th, though I'm still waiting to see some official results. Martin was really happy with his glider.

If anyone has the Class II results please send them to me.

The Austrian Nationals – the green party

Sat, Aug 14 1999, 6:00:01 pm EDT

Blue Sky|Chris Arai|CIVL|Hans Bausenwein|Jim Lee|Johann Posch|Josef "Zwecki" Zweckmayr|Manfred Ruhmer|Mike Barber|PG|Robert Reisinger|USHGA|weather

Sorry about the late report for the first day of the Austrian Nationals. I've had a bit of trouble getting Internet access here in Austria. I thought I would have more trouble in Italy (my dark ages comment), but it turned out to be pretty easy with an ISP right in Qualdo Tadino, and the phone calls themselves, while metered, were quite cheap. The fact that the ISP charged me $50 for three weeks was a bit out of line, and I should have had them let me keep my account through next week.

Second day

It rained all night Thursday, and into the morning on Friday. While it cleared up late in the evening, the task had already been canceled. We didn't go up the chairlift.

Third day

Saturday had been forecasted to be the best day of the meet, and the morning started with thick fog about 1000 over the valley floor, but we heard that it was clear above and the fog would burn off.

This turned out to be true, but there was scattered cirrus above, which thickened as we set up. By the time we were ready for a task, the high clouds were quite thick, and none of a paraglider wind dummies were getting up.

The meet organizers called first one long task, up and down the Gastein valley, then another, shorter task. The start clock was to start at 1:30 PM, but no one would launch (there was no closing time for the launch window).

At 3 PM a couple of hang glider wind dummies are sent off. While the paragliders kept going down, they were able to get a couple of hundred feet over the launch using the knoll in front. At 3:15 PM the organizers called a new task, the same short task as the first day. The cirrus clouds are still thick.

I had spoken with Manfred about 2:30 PM about the weather and he stated that it was getting better with some small thermal activity above the peaks, even though the sky was completely white high above. This was to be prophetic.

With hang glider wind dummies staying up, and the day getting late with the best part of the heating occurring right now, about ten pilots launch, including Hans Bausenwein, myself, and Kurt Schumann in an E-7. We start working the light lift in front of launch and after 15 minutes we are able to gain 800 feet.

None of the other pilots are launching and this looks like a bad sign to me. Obviously we are going up slowly in front of them, but apparently they think that it is better to wait as we have been all day. Start time starts when the pilot launches.

Having climbed through a number of flex wing pilots and Kurt as well, I'm the second to the top of the gaggle and I leave with a Laminar ST pilot assuming that 800 feet is the best we can do. The other pilots just below us follow a bit later, and are able to find a thermal on the ridge, which we miss and they gain a few hundred feet on us.

The first turnpoint is north up the valley to Bad Gastein, and it is unlikely that we will get there high enough to be over the turnpoint. It's a farm 1500 feet above the valley floor. I'm able to get a photo in sector from under the farm in the narrow offshoot valley to its north. The pilots just behind us just get over the turnpoint.

The flight back is a series of stops in lighter sink. The sun has come out and the thick cirrus has disappeared. Why didn't they tell us this was going to happen? Pilots launching later are able to get much better conditions and can climb to 2400' over the launch, although many also bomb out.

Manfred is the last to launch, 7 seconds before the window closes at 4:30 PM. There are now small cues forming over the range that we are very low on. With sun in the valley also, we are hoping for a bit of heating to work for us, even though we are less than 1000' over the valley floor.

It is not to be, and working lesser sink, doesn't turn it into lift. Kurt and the two flex wing pilots he is with get a couple of kilometers further south down the valley. A few of the pilots who started late stay high and are able to make the second turnpoint and goal. Manfred goes on glide from 2300' over launch, and makes the course, and of course, wins the day in Class I (and overall). No rigid wing pilots make goal.

Arnold Nadlinger, the Exxtacy pilot who was in first place after the first day, had started early and the last we saw of him he was quite low on the course line as we were circling up at launch. We found out later that he landed at Bad Gastein without making the first turnpoint. Unfortunately he had a bad landing, hitting a barbwire fence, cutting his leg, breaking two ribs, and tearing a ligament in his shoulder. He spent the night and most of the next day in the hospital.

Another day of very light conditions in the Austrian Alps. Another day that Manfred can make goal and win the day.

Fourth day

There had been little hope for day four right from the beginning of the meet. It was thought that it would be stormy. None the less we wake to a bright blue sky with a few cumulus clouds, and we are up the hill a bit earlier than before.

The bright blue turns quickly to gray and the low clouds engulf the peaks around us. It is dark in the valley floor, and there are no signs of lift from the paraglider pilots out on this Sunday morning.

Not withstanding the gloom around us, the meet organizers call a new small task. It is 6 kilometers out to a TV tower at the mouth of the Gastein valley to the north, back to a lower ski lift station a bit to the north of the launch on the other side of the valley, and then to the goal LZ. The task starts with a tarp 100 feet above launch at 1:30 PM.

Little holes in the low cumulus cloud cover keep opening up, and one opens up just before 1:30 PM. I'm set up way in the back again, assuming that the wind over the back will continue. It does, and I take off from the ramp soon after Hans Kaserbacher (I think I have this right) in an ATOS, and Rupert Plattner, Austrian world team member on a Laminar ST.

As I come around to the front of the hill and immediately find the lift, I can see the ATOS on the hill side right below the front launch facing up hill just like he landed there with a fly on the wall maneuver. The problem with this illusion is that his very small looking yellow parachute is right next to him.

It seems as though he and another pilot touched while circling right in front of launch. The other pilot continued flying but landed soon thereafter suffering from a dislocated thumb. Hans pulled his chute right after the gliders touched and he flew right into the hill with this big chute stalling the glider.

At first it seemed as though he had only broken his arm, but later in the hospital they found internal injuries. I don't have any other word. The gaggles here are very small compared to what was going on at the Worlds, but the area of lift is also quite small. Pilots really have to be careful.

There is lift right over Hans and we climb out about 200 feet until we are at cloud base and can take the photo of the start gate. Diving through canyons to keep out of the clouds we get on course, just behind Manfred, an Exxtacy pilot, and about 5 other flex wing pilots.

In spite of all the shading there is light lift out on the course. I spot Manfred climbing slowly with a few other flex wing pilots 2 kilometers from the turnpoint. I and two other flex wing pilots are able to get in the same thermal and climb up to just as we go into the cloud. Still this is not high enough to make it over the saddle in front of us that Manfred crossed two minutes before us. We have to go around the side of the mountain and get our pictures of the turnpoint from below it.

I lose about 2000 feet running up the valley back to the chair lift that got us to launch. It's right over the landing zone. There are some pilots working the lift there along with a few paragliders. You have to get right on the trees in order to get up, and I do it, even though I'm not so sure about doing it with an ATOS. We climb at about 50 fpm to 500 below launch and then head off to the next ridge. There are about 5 gliders in the LZ, so apparently some pilots have already bombed out.

I'm following Manfred who is just a mile ahead. I'm working better lift so I stay there and wait to see what happens. Getting 50 fpm is a godsend, and even zero feels better than the alternatives.

We work out to the ridge just before the valley crossing to the second turnpoint and find 100 fpm. This gets us back to 500 below launch and it is time to go to the turnpoint. Manfred has already left and the pilot behind him is half way across.

The second turnpoint is low enough so that it is easy to make, and then it is a 9/1 glide to goal. I watch the guy in second place and just as he comes to as little ridge in front of us he turns right, starts sinking like a rock, and makes his way as fast as he can to the other side of the valley. Obviously he has hit rotor behind the ridge ahead.

We haven’t experienced any winds yet, but as we sink lower, we get into the valley winds, which are coming up the valley and into our faces. I think I can make it around the ridge even though I get plenty of turbulence from the rotor. I'm reading 10 to 15 mph head wind.

Once I make it around the ridge it is a fast glide into goal where it is obvious that there is plenty of wind as the trees are shaking. It is also raining over the last two kilometers.

I make goal just behind Manfred. There are plenty of gliders at goal, but it appears that they didn't make the course. Five flex wing gliders that were just behind me before the second turnpoint come in after me before the rain really comes, and there are no rigid wing gliders at goal. It looks like I win the Austrian Nationals in Class II.

We are breaking down the gliders in the rain and I'm trying to figure out if I really won the meet. It is then that I find out that the day has been cancelled.

After the accident at launch, the launch was closed for a short time. Then the clouds lowered and no could launch off the back. Then the clouds came down further and no one could launch off the front. Then it started to rain hard. Two thirds of the pilots didn't get off the hill even though the launch had been open long enough for everyone to get off.

There continued to be lots of activity in the landing zone, with plenty of food, model airplane flying, ultralight flying, and awards presentations.

Manfred Ruhmer was the overall meet winner, and the Austrian champion. Josef Zweckmayr, Rubert Plattner, Josef Salvenmoser, and Robert Reisinger, all from Austria, came in after Manfred (all flying Laminar ST's).

Kurt Shumann in an E-7 won the rigid wing class. Arnold Nadlinger in an Exxtacy was second and the Austrian champion, and I was third. We all got nice trophies and prize money, enough in my case to pay for the entry and a bit more.

This was the first Austrian meet with official Class II representation and scoring thanks to the efforts of Arnold Nadlinger. He expects lots more Class II pilots in future competitions. If he heals soon enough, you might see him at Manilla in Australia next January.

The Austrian CIVL representative, Sep Himberger gave out the awards. This was the same "gentleman" who worked so hard to keep Johann Posch from flying in Class II for Austria at the Worlds.

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