Aussie Nationals for club, sports-open and sports-15m.
They flew 2 days, in club when I left you and 1 in the other 2 classes. They had “poor/nasty weather”, rain and low clouds.
It needs a competition for rain, as the drought is terrible there and they had not seen rain for a while.So that was good!
October 3 was a flying day for all classes again and a good one, so here we go;
club; Task 3…350 km; On task 1 and 2 Jim Crowhurst was runner up,… on this day he was the daily winner, in his ASW 20. Speed ….131 km./h!!!
By the way 3 ASW 20’s in the top 3 this day.
Only Brett [Hunter] from NZ was out BUT, after 249 km!!! He nearly made it in his Discus; only 295 points on an 865 points-day.
open; Task 2 …405 km; All 14 who started …finished. Best for the day , Adam, who really puts a lot of effort in his flying which shows.
He was one of the last to start and won the day with a speed of 143 km./h!!! Better speed by young Ailsa in the JS 1 C/18m. ,a glider which is at her disposal this season , as I heard, also during the WWGC and the combination is good!!! She flew around with 149 km./h. !!!!
Here is Adam;” I won today & have moved up to 1st overall at the Sports Open Class Nationals, with 3 days to go. The weather was better than forcast, 143kph for the day – very pleased! Had great pace & decision making today, slowed up a little at the end to coast on home – bring on the challenge of tomorrow! “Adam Woolley’s Gliding Adventures
And here is Bruce;
” ” Today I felt much more like I was back in the groove again. It was a pretty fast day, with speeds off the stick at close to 150kph, and some nice little cu at around 9,500 – 10,000 feet out on track. I didn’t make too many mistakes, stayed high and generally only worked good strong climbs.
It has been really interesting to feel my way back into competition mode – amazing how much of the edge you lose after a couple of years out of the scene. That being said, it is so good to see the young pilots right up there pushing hard, working at getting everything in place to put up a good performance. Shame we have only flown two days so far, but hopefully we can get the next three days in a row to finish up. “Taylor’s Gliding Page
15 m.;Task 2…405 km; A 1000 points-day in this class and those points were for Peter [Trotter] in his LS 8. Speed 130 km./h As fast as David Jansen in his ASW 20B.
The girls did well too, as Lisa and Claire were 3 and 4 and Akemi 7th, all 3 in LS 8.
October 4; A real good day!!!All classes flying!!!
club;Task 4 ….412 km;A 1000 points-day and all those points were for Jim. He flew around with a speed of 136 km./h. Not bad for the good old ASW 20.
NZ pilot Brett was 3d with 127 km./h in his Discus.
open; Task 3….447 km; As said, Adam puts a lot of effort in his soaring. He traveled the world to find out about weather and other situations. He talks and talks AND listens and it pays off. He won again and with a great speed of 152.46 km./h.
Bruce in his ASG 29e was even faster with 156.82 km./h.
The girls did extremely well . Ailsa was 5th with 154 km./h. and Lisa [Turner] who is an instructor at Kingaroy, with 150 km./h.
15m; task 3…417 km; Trotter-day , as Peter and Lisa were the first for the day with a speed of 139.69 and 136.83 km./h
Good speed also for Claire Scutter [Matthew’s sister] ;136.57 km./h.|The 3 started and finished together.
October 5; Another pretty good …blue…day with 3 classes up in the air.
club; task 5 ….3 hour AAT; He flies WGC’s , so travels enough and knows about all kind of different situations. This time, Brett Hunter from N.Z. traveled with a few mates to Australia . During the first day’s he had to get used to the Kingaroy circumstances, did n’t make the top 10.
On Task 3 he was the only one “out”. Now on the one but last day ,he is at the top with a daily win. Good on him!!! He flew 371 km. in time 3.02 in the Discus.
Milan Petkovic, who was “out” on day 1 , was runner up. [DG 100 G]
So with one day to go Jim still leads comfortable and the rest of the top 5 is within 100 points of each other.
open;task 4…..417 km; When you read Adam’s blog, it’s clear that with ALL his flying he feels more and more confident, that he is on the right way and flies according to his thoughts and experience.
It shows as he won the 3d day in a row!! With 136 km./h he beat his a bit older mates as Andrew, Butch and Bruce.
That it is not “an easy job” ….a child’s play….also not for Adam you can read in his report;
“What a day! What a tough day, exhausting day, technical day, there were no parts to it that were easy – for me at least.
I started later than I wanted to, as I couldn’t find a climb pre-start. It was important to start quickly I feel because the CU was receeding & there was predicted to be a sharp cut off in the day. It almost caught a few people out I think.
I started from FL110 & took my first turn 90km down track, 6kts. It soon became evident that a fast centered 6kt climb was work its weight in gold.
I’m tired now, so will leave my post here & get some shut eye, but least to say, I was very surprised to win the day today!!“
15 m; Task 4…417 m; David Jansen was the man of the day. Very experienced pilot at both WGC’s and Nationals. In his ASW 20b, he flew around with a speed of 127 km./h.
The ASW 27, from Michael Codling followed and then the 6 LS 8’s.
October 6;LAST DAY!!!! A low blue day!!
Club; Task 6…2 hour AAT; And a new face at the podium; Ray Stewart from Kingaroy. He was just a tad better than Jim. A tad???? Bit more 108 km./h over 219 km. for 98 km./h .over 203 km.
Tough day for the young guy’s Andy and Ben. Ben was on spot 3 overall when he started the day , but both were out. Ben dropped to 5.Andy from 6 to 10.
A pity I know both are good pilots.4 Out in total and 4 did not fly . Jo, who was runner up on the last day was “out” dropping to 6.Such a pity, she just missed one climb!!!!
FINAL SCORES in club class;
1. Jim Crowhurst in ASW 20 with 4.676 points.
2.Mark Dalton in ASW 20 with 4.304 p.coming from 4.
3. Michael Keller in Mosquito with 4.284 p.
Open; Task 5 ….2 hour AAT; Butch won the day with Bruce at his heels and Adam on his!
Butch flew 245 km. in time 2.09. Bruce flew 237 km. in time 2.01 and Adam 224 km. in time 1.59.
As they were at the top already overall when they started the day, the results did not change.
FINAL SCORES in sports- open class;
1. Adam Woolley in Ventus 2 A with 4528 points.
2. John “Butch” Buchanan in JS 3 /15m. with 4.418 p.
3. Bruce Taylor in ASG 29 E with 4.366 p.
Bit of an off-day for the girls. Ailsa was 10th and dropped from 4 to 6. Lisa [Turner] was 12th and dropped from 7 to 10 and Kerrie was 10th for the day and moved up from 14 to 13.
15 m;task 5…2 hour AAT; Trotter-day again with Lisa upfront 229 km. in time 2.09 and Peter with 220 km. in time 2.05 as runner up.
Claire was 3d and David 4th.
FINAL SCORES in sports-15m;
1. Peter Trotter in LS 8 with 4.543 points.
2. Lisa Trotter in LS 8 with 4.498 p.
3. David Jansen in ASW 20 B with 4.230 p.
Congratulations to all.A lot of his mates were very proud on Adam. Also his club:” Well done Adam, to fly is one thing, to fly and contribute is the true Kingaroy way 👏
To see your dedication, passion and professionalism paying off is rewarding for all of us at Kingaroy. “
For all scores www.soaringspot.com
Straight after the Comps Adam flew to Germany. Why? Beer at Octoberfest?? Buying Ventus 3? Have a look!!!
He certainly “lives his life”!!!!
South African Nationals in 3 classes;
They started on October 4 at Potchefstroom, straight away with a real good practice day, though I could not find any results.
” A good day but with a seriously strong cross wind, so a few interesting take-offs. A number of pilots are still to arrive and will hopefully be ready in the morning.”
15 m; 416 km.…with 15 participants among them, Laurens and Oscar ,Attie and Uys and Sven.#Of them fly HC.
club; 373 km.…with 7 pilots in this class one of them John Coutts in a Libelle 201.Later he changed to JS 1 in 15 m. class.
2 seaters; 373 km….only 2 in this class a DG 500 e from with Schaap Denner and Nathalie Luebben in the ASG 32 MI.
OCTOBER 5 ; this is what they wrote;
” Good morning – day 1 and after briefing, safety briefing and other essential information we are set for a good-looking flying day for the pilots. The 15m. class have a 501,2 km. task with the Club & 2-seater classes 399,6 km. task. Conditions out to the west could see up to 17 000 ft by about 14.30. Thankfully the winds are a lot lighter than yesterday. There could be some sheer wind with a convergence line to the NW and there might be a 30% chance of some local over-development. All in all it sounds like it should be a great day for the pilots. “
15m; Task 1….501 km.;What-a-day!!!!! 17.000 ft. and Oscar flew around with 179 km./h. A new speed-record ????
Brother Laurens , who started at 13.01, which was 22 minutes earlier than brother Oscar, with 169 km./h.
In between the Jonker-brothers, Uys with 174.77 km./h and Attie with 174.01 km./h.
The slowest speed was 144 km./h!!!!!
According to Oscar a ” Leisurely Saturday cruise .”
Club; task 1….399 km;Phillip Jonker , yes a member of the Jonker dynasty as oldest son from Uys, flew in the ASW 19 around with 127 km./h quite a bit faster than the runner up,Jason Adriaan, with 118 km./h.
6 from 7 finished.
2-seaters; task 1 ….399 km;with 160 km./h Nathalie was fast. Great effort.
Her handicap is 116 against 104 for the DG 505. They arrived back with 126 km./h. Nearly 200 points difference, but no worries.
A great day and indeed, a great start of the new season, as from Orient a task from 767 km. was flown by Mike Barenbrug in Ventus 2CM/18m.
OCTOBER 6. A new day with another long task, what will the speed be today? BUT,………
15m…..task 2….550 k; Later changed in 3 hour AAT;
AND ….EVEN WITH A 3 HOUR AAT THEY FLY OVER 500 KM.!!!!6 pilots did!!!!
Uys flew 508 km. in time 2.55 and won the day in the 15m. JS 3!!! Speed 169.54 km./h!!!!
Oscar was runner up with 511 km. in time 2.57. Speed 170 km./h.!!!
Also Laurens,[168 km./h] Attie[169 km./h.] and John [167 km./h] flew over 500 km.
club…task 2….460 km.;Later changed in 2.30 AAT;
329 km in time 2.41 was the best result for the day by Wilhelm Mosehuus.
3 Pilots had an airspace violation.
2-seaters…task 2…460 km;Later changed in 3 hour AAT;
Natalie won again but not with huge margin.She flew 435 km. in time 301 for 1000 points and the DG 505 flew 405 km. in time 3.31.
Another fast and furious day!!!
October 7; with trickier weather , hence shorter tasks.
” Interesting weather conditions today with a line lying NW/SE, as well as cold air moving in from the south, as well as dry air from the W and S. Winds are also expected to be quite strong and lift although strong will be broken, and by 16.30 p.m. no lift at all. Depending where the pilots are in relation to the NW/SE line will determine the wind strengths, which could be as much as 25 – 30 kts. They also expect higher cloud bases to the east, but the drier air to the west should push them further east. There is also a lot of subsidence which is preventing over-development. As a result, the task setter has set speed tasks A & B but with a back-up C AAT task. ” by the organizers
” Pilots were advised to be careful if needing to out-land and to make sure of the wind direction when selecting their field. Hopefully there will no outlandings. “
15 m.; Task 3 ……398 km;Later seriously changed in 140 km.Due to the distance and speed the points were worth “nothing”.;141 points for Oscar and Sven in his ASW 27. Both number 1 for the day.
Oscar won with a speed of 166 km./h.and started at 15.12 and Sven at 15.15 with 164 km./h and they arrived with the same difference of 3 minutes.
Uys as number 10 only “got” 77 points!
Club; Task 3….307 km; Task was cancelled.
2 2-seaters; 398 km;Later changed in 140 km. Nathalie flew the short distance with 142 km. /h AND the DG 505 with 139 km./h, so Riaan Denner won the day on handicap.
October 8; After some relights in club class, tasks were changed to B.
15 m; 398 km….changed in 377 km…brothers-day!!!First Uys and Attie, then Oscar and Laurens …difference in speed between Uys and Laurens….1 km./h…so they came in together. Difference in points 1000 fore Uys and 985 for Laurens with the brothers in between.Speed;121.44…121.06…120.49 and 120.47 km./h!!!!
After 4 tasks the overall scores are; Oscar 3.027 p,…Attie 2.980 p…Uys 2.947 p and Laurens 2.930.
The last couple of days they will “fight” for the best spot,..luckily they are great mates!!!!
club; 344 km….changed in 307 km….Family-day as well, as Uys oldest son ,Phillip, …is he 16 or 17?????…at least VERY young won the day with a speed of 97.55 km./h .With a relative late start at 13.30 [others started at 13.06] he passed them all for 1000 points.
2-seaters; 398 km….changed in 377 km….Nathalie has not a lot of concurrence , but we know she is a great pilot! She won the day with a speed of 120 km./h.in her ASG 32 MI. The DG 505 unfortunately was “out” after 321 km.
More about the last couple of day’s next week, as scores are close in the top and a lot can still happen.
Tasks for today: 15 m….426 km….club 348 km,…..2-seaters 348 km.
” Greetings to those following the Nationals. Another clear day this morning with bright sunshine already, no cloud and little to no wind.
As one can see from the results [from yesterday] when not rounding the control point, one loses quite a lot of points, so pilots weigh up gaining points or having to outland and preferred to land back on the airfield. ”
South African Nationals
Interesting news from ;
FRANCE,..the shipping of the gliders from the ladies. Different than I noticed over the years in other containers,… room enough and looking good!
DG shared this news;
“ Paul Dudey
19 y., started his apprenticeship as light aircraft constructor at DG in 2018.
His parental home in Muenster is right next to a small airfield for rc-models. So he started rc-model flying at the age of five. At the age of eight, he took part in the club’s championship for the first time and won some years later in 2014.
His biggest success is the 3rd place at the indoor aerobatic world championships (F3P-A). Since 2019 Paul is one of the official team members of Multiplex, a well known rc-model manufacturer.
This year, he was able to catch lots of applause for performances with his Yak-54 with 2,8-metre span. Soon a 3,2-metre P47 Thunderbolt will join his squadron of round about 30 model aircraft.
He likes to experiment with the power train, aerodynamics or new construction materials.
However, his big passion is building the models, especially with fiber reinforced plastics. His apprenticeship at DG helps him a lot to successfully conduct his projects.
We are proud to have such a passionate and talented (rc-)pilot in
our team! “
Brad Edwards, a longtime friend, who won the 1991 Uvalde WGC, owns an aviation business and shared this news;
” Edwards Aviation would like to thank Drought Aid for the opportunity to donate a flight to assist with the transportation of donated items to the New England region.
It is humbling to see the generosity and kindness of so many othersARE YOU WANTING TO HELP? Maybe you could try one of the following.
Visit the drought aid Facebook page.
Make a donation at: https://www.gofundme.com/f/aussie-drought-aid
When travelling stop in drought affected towns, buy lunch in the pub, have a coffee at the local cafe, grab some vegies from the local green grocer, stay in the local caravan park or motel, support local small town farmers and business, every little bit helps.
Despite recent rains. Many communities are still suffering severe drought with dwindling or non existent water supply’s.
Special thanks to Skymed Aeromedical for coordinating the flight
Last Monday it was 100 years ago that KLM started their airline. It’s the oldest airline in the world. Lot’s of festivities this week for the blue birds and their employees.
And to finish a great picture from Arjan Vrieze as proof that autumn has arrived here, also at Terlet.
CU next Wednesday. Cheers Ritz feeling a bit better.