1000 POINTS!  A day to always remember!

Very few are able to experience a day win at an FAI World Gliding Championship.  Amazingly, this flight also earned the largest winning margin of the competition which included three highly competitive classes (Open, 15m, and 18m).  It was the second task at my first (and only) FAI WGC.  I was the top performing US pilot (% of winners score) despite a very costly land-out on contest day five (losing roughly 700 points).  Thank you to Tiffany for endless support and crew work.

 

 

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7 hours ago

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Some thoughts on all this penalty stuff.

I get it, Australia probably “cheated” technically but I honestly find this penalty to be a bit silly.

It’s a slap on the hand for eating the same cookies everyone competing is absolutely free to eat. It doesn’t acknowledge the full story. This is something that everyone is arguing about and it’s an opportunity to fix a bigger issue.

The FAI needs to clarify this ruling in detail becuase the RAL, social media peanut gallery is having a field day standing at their pulpits making fire and brimstone keyboard speeches about the end of the world (like the white paper 🧻). Include me in that pile if you wish but I certainly do not follow the angry mob in my thinking often. I always seem to have a different point of view.

I find Flarm/Tracking “concerns” (fear) to be highly overrated. Always have. Perhaps I’m naive (#provemwwrong) but this Flarm genie 🧞‍♂️ has been out of the bottle for almost a decade now. I personally prefer anti-collision safety for our sport (aka Europe, etc) than spending my nights tossing and turning, worrying about some French coach vectoring their pilot in to my location as I climb in the big thermal. This is ridiculous. That decision is simple, and not even close. Safety trumps superstition. I could not care less about Flarm tracking but also wish my teams would stop procrastinating about it.

I believe the answer to this problem is simple. The FAI/IGC should provide a comprehensive tracking picture to all teams at all major FAI events. Then it’s an even playing field and saves the PITA for every team having to manage a portable OGN system for each contest. The current “game” (10 teams running their own systems) is incredibly inefficient. The fact is that tracking is legal, period. Good luck making it illegal. Good luck removing Flarm from competitors gliders after years of investment and no other solution (and a sport which carries real risks).

Why jump everyone thru all these silly hoops year after year forcing each team to set up and manage their own systems to crack codes and stealth and track? Why let superstition and folklore run rampant? Why let the peanut gallery cry 😭 again and again and again. Put it to pasture.

Back to Australia. I really want to hear how this sin was discovered. Did they disclose it? Did they get caught gaining a measurable advantage during a task due to their access to this data? What proof was provided? The statement (attached) doesn’t discuss proof. Hacking the tracker site is not difficult. Who is to say that others were not? This circle of suspicion, finger pointing and question of legality will never end.

Another key point is that the competitors did not have to use these trackers. They were optional. There was absolutely no penalty for disabling it or not using it at all (and I think it was likely this was occurring). There were no teeth to the pseudo requirement.

There are also numerous publicly available OGN sites which provided real time (no delay) tracking of much of the Lake Keepit contest area. I’m also pretty sure that the professional teams (FRA, POL, GER) had taken to time to set up their own OGN systems. This is well known, legal and smart for teams looking to compete at their highest level. It costs about $300 to build an antenna and perhaps these teams have 2 or 3 deployed in the task area, perhaps not.

I’m really sick and tired of hearing people whine about satellite, mobile and Flarm tracking technology. These are wonderful capabilities and are absolutely here to stay in all aspects of aviation. Hang gliding and paragliding LOVE tracking so they can share their sport with the world. SGP does the same. Why is this a big problem? Tracking technology will only become more easily available, NEVER less.

The Australians, in my opinion, were simply lazy and in order to avoid having to set up the OGN and decoders required to defeat stealth mode, etc., they chose to sneak real time view of the trackers. Yes this is technically “bad,” technically unsporting, but it’s not “that bad” considering the full context. This data was easily available to any team that spent 3 hours preparing. It was available in the starting area easily using existing websites.

This penalty feels at least partially like frustration being taken out in Australia from the teams that are unwilling to put in the effort to put up a Flarm ground station.

I think an example is being made of them but there is a TON of “grey” area here.

WGC soaring has been a team sport with coaches, weather teams, team flying, crews, etc for many years. If the “conservatives” want to go back to the “good old days of Individual only, zero tech flying” then shouldn’t ALL OF THESE TEAM ASPECTS be ended as well? Maybe get rid of GPS and electronic vario’s too! I think if you give them Flarm they will just keep complaining and trying to go back to 1973.

You can’t have your cake and eat it too. Tracking is a genie that is out for good 🧞‍♂️.Statement: “On the final day of competition, a complaint was lodged by Team Captains of all teams with the exception of Australia. The complaint alleged that the Australian Team had gained unauthorized access to undelayed data from the official competition tracking system - which has a mandated 15 minute delay.

This was a system that all competitors were compelled to use. The complaint stated this information gave Australian team pilots a competitive advantage. Following an investigation, a Team penalty of 250pts was applied to all Australian Team pilots..

Four protests were subsequently lodged in both support (3 asking for further penalties including disqualification) and defence (removal of the penalty).

The jury committee deliberated for over 5 hours and called on the assistance of a number of IT experts that included the system designer. The ultimate decision being a penalty of 25 points per day. The penalty was levied as a Team penalty and was therefore applied to all pilots equally.

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Some thoughts on all this penalty stuff.  

I get it, Australia probably “cheated” technically but I honestly find this penalty to be a bit silly.  

It’s a slap on the hand for eating the same cookies everyone competing is absolutely free to eat.  It doesn’t acknowledge the full story.  This is something that everyone is arguing about and it’s an opportunity to fix a bigger issue.

The FAI needs to clarify this ruling in detail becuase the RAL, social media peanut gallery is having a field day standing at their pulpits making fire and brimstone keyboard speeches about the end of the world (like the white paper 🧻).  Include me in that pile if you wish but I certainly do not follow the angry mob in my thinking often.  I always seem to have a different point of view.

I find Flarm/Tracking “concerns” (fear) to be highly overrated.  Always have.  Perhaps I’m naive (#provemwwrong) but this Flarm genie 🧞‍♂️ has been out of the bottle for almost a decade now.  I personally prefer anti-collision safety for our sport (aka Europe, etc) than spending my nights tossing and turning, worrying about some French coach vectoring their pilot in to my location as I climb in the big thermal.  This is ridiculous.  That decision is simple, and not even close.   Safety trumps superstition.  I could not care less about Flarm tracking but also wish my teams would stop procrastinating about it.

I believe the answer to this problem is simple.  The FAI/IGC should provide a comprehensive tracking picture to all teams at all major FAI events.  Then it’s an even playing field and saves the PITA for every team having to manage a portable OGN system for each contest.  The current “game” (10 teams running their own systems) is incredibly inefficient.  The fact is that tracking is legal, period.  Good luck making it illegal.  Good luck removing Flarm from competitors gliders after years of investment and no other solution (and a sport which carries real risks).

Why jump everyone thru all these silly hoops year after year forcing each team to set up and manage their own systems to crack codes and stealth and track?  Why let superstition and folklore run rampant?  Why let the peanut gallery cry 😭 again and again and again.  Put it to pasture.

Back to Australia.  I really want to hear how this sin was discovered.  Did they disclose it?  Did they get caught gaining a measurable advantage during a task due to their access to this data?  What proof was provided?  The statement (attached) doesn’t discuss proof.  Hacking the tracker site is not difficult.  Who is to say that others were not?  This circle of suspicion, finger pointing and question of legality will never end.

Another key point is that the competitors did not have to use these trackers.  They were optional.  There was absolutely no penalty for disabling it or not using it at all (and I think it was likely this was occurring).   There were no teeth to the pseudo requirement.

There are also numerous publicly available OGN sites which provided real time (no delay) tracking of much of the Lake Keepit contest area.  I’m also pretty sure that the professional teams (FRA, POL, GER) had taken to time to set up their own OGN systems.  This is well known, legal and smart for teams looking to compete at their highest level.  It costs about $300 to build an antenna and perhaps these teams have 2 or 3 deployed in the task area, perhaps not.  

I’m really sick and tired of hearing people whine about satellite, mobile and Flarm tracking technology.  These are wonderful capabilities and are absolutely here to stay in all aspects of aviation.  Hang gliding and paragliding LOVE tracking so they can share their sport with the world.  SGP does the same.  Why is this a big problem?  Tracking technology will only become more easily available, NEVER less.  

The Australians, in my opinion, were simply lazy and in order to avoid having to set up the OGN and decoders required to defeat stealth mode, etc., they chose to sneak real time view of the trackers.  Yes this is technically “bad,” technically unsporting, but it’s not “that bad” considering the full context.  This data was easily available to any team that spent 3 hours preparing.  It was available in the starting area easily using existing websites.

This penalty feels at least partially like frustration being taken out in Australia from the teams that are unwilling to put in the effort to put up a Flarm ground station.

I think an example is being made of them but there is a TON of “grey” area here.  

WGC soaring has been a team sport with coaches, weather teams, team flying, crews, etc for many years.  If the “conservatives” want to go back to the “good old days of Individual only, zero tech flying”  then shouldn’t ALL OF THESE TEAM ASPECTS be ended as well?  Maybe get rid of GPS and electronic vario’s too!  I think if you give them Flarm they will just keep complaining and trying to go back to 1973.  

You can’t have your cake and eat it too.  Tracking is a genie that is out for good 🧞‍♂️.

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Couldn't agree more Sean. 👍

17 hours ago

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Salt 🧂 meet wound 😂Jonker Sailplanes would like to congratulate the best women glider pilots of the world with their stunning performance Down Under!

We particularly would like to congratulate all the winning girls:

- Mélanie Gadoulet (France) in 18m class.
- Sarah Kelly Arnold (USA) Standard class
- Elena Fergnani (Italy) Club class.

Team JS is especially proud that the best girls selected JS3s in the 18m Class: Mélanie took the gold medal with team mate Anne just a few points behind and Katrin in 3rd position. Well done girls!

Team France with team captain Eric Napoleon took the team cup, with one gold, two silver medals and a bronze. JS is exhilarated to be an official sponsor of the best team in the world. We are looking forward to Team France's annual SA training camp in cooperation with JS!

The JS pilots were dominating the daily podium. Lisa Turner won the first day in her ASG29 but thereafter it was the JS girls cleaning up. Ailsa McMillan winning four consecutive days was outstanding; Anne Ducarouge and Alena Netusilova both had two day victories.

Travel back home safely, and hopefully we see you in Potchefstroom in the near future!
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17 hours ago

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So great! Congrats again Sarah, Kathryn and Sylvia. A world champ and a couple other female glider pilots well on their way to a podium of their own. ... See MoreSee Less

So great!  Congrats again Sarah, Kathryn and Sylvia.  A world champ and a couple other female glider pilots well on their way to a podium of their own.

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Congratulations!! ALL of you!

So proud of you ladies!

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They’re still on the grid it seems...

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Is there a 15 min delay on the webcam too?

Not sure depends... 😉

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