Archive for August, 2006

Acro Worlds, round 4.

Wednesday, August 23rd, 2006

Jon Gjerde wins another round! Today Jon won the round with 72,19 points before Guido Gehrmann with 71,64 points. It seems like it is those two who will fight for the World title in acro. Guide is still ahead of Jon in the total result, but it seems like Jon really injoys the free programmes. Also Johnny is flying well with a 5th place in round 4, and 6th overall. Unfortunately, the third Norwegain Jørgen has withdrawn from the comp.

Results round 4 HERE.

Overall results HERE.

Worlds hang gliding championship – Red Bull Vertigo.

Tuesday, August 22nd, 2006

The 1st FAI World Hang Gliding and Paragliding Aerobatic Championship is currently flown ( 18 – 27 August 2006) in Villeneuve, Switzerland. Norway is represented by Jon Gjerde, Johnny Nilssen, and Jørgen Kjellsberg. The competition has 10 contestants, of which 3 are Norwegians!

The offical web site provides reports from each day, but as I am not that sure about the rules I am not completely sure what is going on. Further, the results have no points or anything else indicating how far the pilots are apart in the total results.
The Norwegains did not do too well in what seems to be a compulsory programme flown the 19th. Jon was 6th, Johnny 8th, and Jørgen 9th. The second round the 21st (compulsory or free programme?) was a little better for the Norwegains, Jon ended up in 5th, Johnny 7th, and Jørgen 10th. The 3rd round was an announced programme, and here Jon was no. 1 and Johnny no. 3! Jørgen is not on the result list.

Overall after 3 rounds, Jon is now no. 2 and Johnny is no. 7. Jørgen is at a safe 10th.

Wills Wing Falcon 3

Friday, August 18th, 2006

Wills Wing has now added Falcon 3 to their list of gliders, and publised information about it. The main features are as follows:

  • Can be short-packed to under 7 feet (2.1 m) for transport.
  • Quick – attach nose cone enhances performance.
  • Optional Litestream performance control bar can be bolted on with no change to flying wires.
  • Transverse batten extends washout support provided at wingtips, allowing for reduced number of reflex bridle lines and lower cable drag.
  • All main frame tubes are 7075 – T6 drawn seamless tubing for maximum strength to weight ratio.
  • Expanded double surface and improved sail cut yield enhanced aerodynamics.

Read more about the Falcon 3 HERE.

I just can help hating WW for developing this glider – because it will probably cost me about USD 3375.

No flying, but not that bad weather.

Sunday, August 13th, 2006

The forecast for the weekend was really bad. Still, it turned out better than predicted. Too much E-winds for towing at Trøgstad though; it becomes very turbulent at the airstrip with Eastern winds. Elsewhere in Norway it has been some good flying, but not a great weekend.

Pre-Worlds in Big Springs Tx.

Tuesday, August 8th, 2006

The Pre-Worlds in Big Springs, Texas, started on Sunday. The only Norwegain participants are Nils Åge Henden and Olav Lien Olsen. Time, money and 1st FAI World Hang Gliding Aerobatic Championship in Villeneuve (Switzerland) is the reason why only two Norwegian are flying the comp. The aerobatic championship starts August 16th, while the Pre-Worlds ends the 12th, so the logistics of going from Texas to Switzerland would be difficult.

The comp does not have a very informative web site, but at least the results are being published. Instead, I guess we have to rely on the Ozreport to get updates. It also seems like both Norwegian pilots log their flights; Nils Åge HendenOlav Lien Olsen. Sunday a task was flown, but Monday was cancelled.
Results and scores can be found HERE. The flex wing results seems to be a mix of flex, rigids, and Swifts, or maybe it is just the result of using an old database for the pilot registration?

Hg-slep web-site is up.

Monday, August 7th, 2006

The web-site of Hg-slep, a towing operation at Trøgstad south of Oslo, is up. Information about the operation, towing precedures, web-log, and more is available. The site is in Norwegian only.

Visit the site HERE.

Trøgstad day 2.

Monday, August 7th, 2006

Today Øyvind was tow pilot, and although quite a lot of pilots were rumoured to turn up we were only 4 towing today. Jarle got his first tows today, using the clubs Falcon 2 glider. In all he did 6 tows. Werner had two tows on his Axxess, and on his first stayed up for almost an hour, today’s best. I had two tows. The first one was one of the longes I have ever had in time. It was lots of sink, even while towing, and I had a steady 3 m/s sink most of the flight down. During my second tow, we were surprised by a 2 engine plane crusing at our altitude just 100 meter away – I do not think they saw us.

Trøgstad.

Saturday, August 5th, 2006

Øyvind, Truls (tow pilot today), and I were towing at Trøgstad today. Anyone was welcome, but noone else than us turned up. We turned up quite early is some pilots wanted to try their first tows, but as it was only us we started to tow quite early. I have got problems with my elbow again and only had one tow, to early it turned out and I had to land after 10 minutes or so. Øyvind had two tows and on the latter one flew a 25 km FAI triangle. The airstrip was turbulent when we towed, but as we left conditions improved and probably were best as we rigged down. I will try to fly again tomorrow even though my elbow hurts. The biggest problem is towing in turbulent conditions as this puts the most straing on the arms.

Good flying lately: Friday Olav Opsanger flew from Vågå to Øyer and back, an out and return of 200 km. The same day, it seems like Otto Baste has set a new Norwegian record for 50 km FAI triangle.