1000 POINTS!  A day I will always remember!

Very few competition soaring pilots are fortunate enough to experience a day win at an FAI World Gliding Championship.  I am now honored to be one!  The 18-meter class was an extraordinarily competitive class full of past World Champions and many others who were fully capable of winning their first one here.  Amazingly, this flight also earned me the largest winning margin of the competition including 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 by a significant margin (% of winners score) despite a very costly land-out on contest day five (costing me roughly 700 points).   I prepared for this event by attending the FAI Sailplane Grand Prix Australia just a few weeks before this flight (a perfect practice platform) and by flying every US contest I could for 3-4 years leading up to the event.  Thank you to Tiffany for endless support and crew work.  RESULTS

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OGN viewer app is fantastic. Such a bummer the USA has fallen so far behind in gliding technology adoption. ... See MoreSee Less

OGN viewer app is fantastic.  Such a bummer the USA has fallen so far behind in gliding technology adoption.

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A great shot of the JS3 but it also reveals the downside of its retractable tail wheel option. Even with the doors stuck open it probably creates less drag than a fixed tailwheel, but it still pulls my eyes to the malfunction and blemishes this
otherwise amazingly beautiful picture!
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A great shot of the JS3 but it also reveals the downside of its retractable tail wheel option.  Even with the doors stuck open it probably creates less drag than a fixed tailwheel, but it still pulls my eyes to the malfunction and blemishes this 
otherwise amazingly beautiful picture!

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Sean this is a prototype with lower wheel. I think there is no problem with it at all.

Once you see it... you can’t un-see it.

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You sold your 29 to buy an Arcus 😉 ?

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An epic/fun flight far from home, struggling to find lift to make it back to the airport. What an amazing day! Hope you enjoy. ... See MoreSee Less

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Emil Kaminski set the hook. He is a great instructor (teaching all over Asia for years) and is a natural aviation promoter. So this is what the end of lesson one looks like for paragliding. I had about 6 progressively better attempts leading up to this moment. Learning how to launch the glider from the ground and control it safely for 45 seconds is the goal of this first lesson. Lesson two is twisting the body 180 (all lines are currently twisted) while maintaining control and going off the bunny hill to experience a series of short flights. I tried this and failed. Lesson one is harder than it looks but I relied on a fair bit of kiteboarding experience. That said, on the ground the paragliding kite is surprisingly unstable and sensitive (this one is intermediate advanced aka neutral stability) requires significant attention to keep stable. Once in the air and flying with the pilots full weight they are much more stable. A beginner paraglider design is easier to launch, but still takes some time to master. I’m going to take more paragliding lessons this fall along with Tiffany who is equally excited about this new potential pass-time (which is far less expensive than the solid full carbon versions 😉 we know so well). ... See MoreSee Less

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“T-Bagging” I’ve borrowed a mates one and enjoyed it. Lack of a structural composite around me has me freaked though.

Good work. It's nice to be able to put your personal aircraft in your trunk or check it onto an airplane.

Lesson #2 is progression to helico. www.instagram.com/p/BngQNa6hgj8/?igshid=1a4zljdl644dz

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