will go to the NATS in Muncie, USA next year!! With help from a
lot of cool guys he is able to finance the trip. Jojo thanks you
a lot: Jim McCarthy, Larry Jolly, Gordy Stahl, Dr. Danny C.
Williams, Jim Bacus, and John Diniz.
After the WC talk:
I have got a email from Antonis Papadopoulos [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] that is very interresting.
I have put it out on the internet....
Thanks Antonis. We missed you at the worlds :-)
Here is the email: http://www.f3x.no/f3j/2004/statistics_wc_f3j_2004.htm
But I would like to comment for myself (as Jojo) also:
Everybody that knows me and the Norwegian team will remember that we would like to have 75m starts in F3J (150m line but 75m to turnaround). We would also say yes to 100m starts in F3J if that is the proposal. There might be a proposal very soon I hope. BUT I really hope that some of the big countries can come up with a proposal to reduce the line length (22 against 11 votes during technical meeting in Finland was positive to reduce the line length in some way).
The Norwegian team did many 75m starts this WC and also some 100m starts (100m to turnaround but 150m line total)...
Final day of WC in F3J:
Wow it was exciting! There was a
few guys out there that could have won it but in the end this
one guy stuck his head out of nowhere and grabbed the trophy
with honor. In the Juniors there were also one guy that was the
edge better than the others. They both deserved it as they flew
very well all week and could take the pressure in the finals.
If I recall correctly these were
the planes used in the finals (there will be a list of all
competitors made by France in a day or two I am promissed).
Later today there will be a
banquet were the medals will be given out.
WC has nearly come to an end! We ended up
with 9 preliminary rounds and have just completed 2 rounds of
the finals both for seniors and juniors. The conditions today
was windy but with thermals that could take you skyhigh if you
just could spot them before you launched or hook up early with
some others. There were also some wavelift that worked fine in
the morning slots. The preliminary and finals have shown that
this will not be a landing contest. Because of the big changes
in weather we now might have a world champion(s) that truly
knows how to fly and spot thermals. Not just do landings. We think
that is very cool :-) Look at the scores... There were some
landings far out today!
So what happened to Norway ?
Day four of WC in F3J:
Today wew have flown in great weather and most rounds everybody
flew full time. On the top I think Tobias Lammlein leads the
pack. We will probably fly a round or maybe two tomorrrow before
we go for the finals at 12:00. In the Norway team there is ups
ad down. Jo is now well out of the finals as he had some
setbacks - things just did not work out a she planned. Tor is
going a bit up on the list and Aril is developing as a pilot and
competitor. Alexander is just out of the finals in 11th place
(10 in flyoff). If he can keep smilling and keep his head sool
he might just be there. That would be cool.
Sorry Karl but this picture of you were found on the RCSE
Day three of WC in F3J (evening/late night):
So a quick one on the Norwegians:
The results for other pilots can be found here. You will see that many good pilots failed today. Look way down the list...
Day three of WC in F3J:
Day two of WC in F3J:
Our junior Alexander flew the first morning round and did ok but not more. It was difficult and nobody made full time I think. The Italian junior Filippo Gallizia made a 1000p that could be heard all the way from lane 10 and back to the tent! I guess he liked it :-) In better periods the juniors were out playing football (guess thats the same language..) and they were so we wet afterwards that it looked like they haf taken a bath (which they got at the Hotel afterwards).
Morning: Just a quick morning update. We do not yet know what happened to the protest's but we do know that a big thunderstorm with tornado past by yesterday. It was just 10km from our flying field and we hope the tents are still there!
Day one of WC in F3J:
Results after 1 round Senior and 1 round Junior.
So now we are on it again! We started the day with opening ceremony were the national anthem of Canada was played and offcourse also the FAI anthem. All hats off and some speeches from various persons offcourse. First of was round 0 for juniors and then seniors. It seemed that all went well but there were some planes coming down far away (we think it went apx 8 planes down). Some of them we could see that the pilot was flying the wrong airplane as the pilot kept flying... But I think most had real problems. The organizer does not have a propper scanner but have borrowed some small ones that show what is in use by the pilots. Pitty because Jojo's spectrum analyzer is sitting back at home... A good thing is that we are getting along and 5 rounds (2 juniors and 3 seniors including round 0) in one day is pretty good on a World Championship.
I was supposed to say that the flying went well and now we are eating again. BUT as I mentioned there was a lot of crashes but ours is still ok. Aril is a bit too excited to be here and in first round with his Tsunami he did a early restart and changed to number 2 model Big Sting. Sadly one rudder ball link was not completely on and he had poor elevator control. Second round he landed out.. But he was not the only one. In round one half of the flying field had poor scores and that is special to be a WC!! Tor was not tough enough in the first round but got a nice score in the second with his Superior. Jo is doing well and have 2 times 1000points. We really hope it works out. Jo used his Pike Brio Giant in both rounds and it seemed to work in todays conditions. Alexander our junior is doing just fine but did not find the full jackpot today. He is currently just outside the 10 man final. But there are more rounds to come and he will keep on going. It is all about getting to the finals. Alexander is using his Giga 2000 and X-machine (RaceM F3B wings and X21 fuse). It was windy but only 3-5m/s at the most and the sun was out all day with temperature in the high twenties.
There were two things that got people a bit excited today. One
was that many pilots lost their models and that it was all
foreign frequencies and another is the descision to clarify the
rules about reflights. The reflights is in the new rules changed
to minimize the possibillity for other competitors to get better
scores than the ones that really needs the reflight. So first
option is to include some refliers in uncomplete slots. If that
is not possible one should make a draw of competitors that shall
fly with the refliers so that they have atleast 4 pilots against
each other. The rules are to us clear but on the Team manager
meeting there was some discussion that the competitors drawn
should get the best score of the two flights in that round. The
jury was set to decided what was correct and they found it to be
that the drawn pilots should be able to pick the best score. So
what happened? Well in the last round there was a few refliers
and they draw some competitors to fly with them. One of the
drawn was the famous Joe Wurts that allready had two poor rounds
in. He was now able to get a new score and got a 1000p instead
of apx 850 since he landed outside the landing circle. Now that is a lucky guy.........
Read the Canadian version here of
-1 day to WC - evening
-1 day to WC
Model prosessing was all day and it seemed to have gone well for
all. Atleast I have no reports of other. Outsided the Japanese
is again the coolest guys with DLG on 76g on the parking lot :-)
Last day of Kanada cup and even more cool guys too meet. As always WC is all about meeting up and sharing information beside that we are hard competitors. Our team member Tor Midtlund had birthday today so the whole bunch of pilots sang a loud song for him :-) We started of with heavy rain but then suddenly the sky opened up and gave us sun and good thermals. The competition is not going fast but they are learning and they are calling us in on team manager meetings to resolve things. I also think Keith the contest director will be much harder when we are starting the WC. I would think he is capable of making the hard desissions after the Kanada Cup. It is always hard but right to learn thru a pre-event. What we also could see was that the helpers is doing a great job even if it might be warm and boring in times.
So what happened today: The weather started with thermals and more thermals and even more thermals. Most planes had no problems getting full times as long as the pilot and spotter was looking a bit up from the scoresheet. It was kind of like Finland with thermals becoming stuck and got biggere on a nearby treeline but the trees were smaller than Finland. Some of the teams have been testing a lot to get quick launches so the time on the line ewas sometimes down to 2-3seconds with launch heights in the 140-180m range. There was actually no 75m starts so I would think us Norwegians will have to be the first again when we get to the WC days. The Norwegians did a ok job today and we are very happy with the team effort. We work great togheter and we are noticed as lobster red and smiling Norwegians. Everybody now knows that the Norwegians likes to smile and be a little crazy. We did not end up high on the list this time but there is potential to work on.
Canada cup ended with 3 rounds and two finals. The finals were flown really late just after the last thermal had went so it was a whole other deal than the strong thermals we had earlier. All the finalist had set their planes for fast starts and that looked completely wrong to us. The launch height was essential as nobody flew full time in the finals. It got to be really close and it was not really clear who won before the results were taken out by the hard working and smilling girl by the computer. All competitors flew in different directions and some did some huge mistakes. Worst might be to end up on the wrong side of the airfield in downdraft from the trees. Another is to come home from good air going straight into the wind. One should fly 45 degrees from the wind when leaving a thermal/good air. Anyhow maybe we should shut up as we were not in the finals - but it is great to see from the sideline and find some mistakes other do. It is called entertainment :-)
A big congratulation to Joe Wurts that won it. But remember in
Finland reigin champion Jan Kohout won the pre-event but flew
poor in the WC... What will happen this time?
-3 days to WC
Just a quick morning update (for us atleast).
Today is the first day of Kanada Cup.
Dont know the reason but in round two Carl Strautins lost a model. It might have been harmonic frequencies or something as there are a problem with some on 35 and 36 Mhz (atleast what somee technical guys say). He only had a few seconds of airtime. It was a few more accidents. Jaroslav Vostrel hit a line and got a reflight in anothr group. The Germans and the US guys colided hard just 10m from the spot. They had to battle it out by flying in a drawn group of 4 flyers (two drawn). We ended the day at 19:00 with only one round flown. Sorry I did not get hold of the results as we left just before 19:00 and there were no results during the day for us to see at all.
Conditions today was extremely simple at times but also very
difficult. The thermals came for 30min and went with apx 30min
sink afterwards. Most pilots seemed to circle on lift that was
not strong enough to lift their model in the thin air. But it
was a great day on the field with temperatures well above 20
-4 days to WC
The day started with Jo and Aril
going to Calgary airport seaching for
-5 days to WC
The stop at Heathrow was an experience by itself. We knew the new gate was at the same terminal but there was more to it. This airport is extremely big and aftere touchdown we taxed in 50-100km/h for over 10min before we got to our gate. When we got to the gate the luggage was to be transfered directly onto thee new plane. So wew relaxed and walked over to the monitor that should show us our newe gate. The monitor showed nothing about Calgary so we asked a security guy were to go. "Follow me" he said and we went walking for agees (atleast thats how it felt). We finally found a monitor that showed our new gate. We had a little over 1 hour to wait for the flight and the big line of people was not what we wanted to stand in. So we sat down and waited for the line to get smaller. 20min before departure we headed the last meters for the gate just to discover that we should have gone thru a "security check". So now we had to start running... Half a mile of running, security check (we jumped the line), new running and into the airplane by a margin of only a few minutes. But there were more passengers left in security so the departure was delayed with over an hour! Anyhow we are now on the plane to Canada and hopefully our equipment is with us. The Airbus 330 is ok with movies (old but...) and good food. As we write this it is 3-4 hours to go and Greenland is below us.
19 hours after...
-6 days to WC - 28/7
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