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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My new 2020 flight suit!  Kakaaw!  🦅

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Remember “the hawk” from Buck Rogers? This is my Halloween costume! Hard to find this, or that nose 👃🏼, but mark my words, it will be done by the big day...

No parachute needed. Just flap your arms. 🙂

It’s just sad now. Desperate, broken record-like and unsolicited lobbying (by the same few guys) for the tired US Rules despite the CLEAR, OVERWHELMING preference (by US Pilots) to put the 20 year HEADACHE 🤕 of the US Rules circus behind us and get in sync with the REST OF THE SOARING WORLD by fully and completely adopting FAI rules, without delay.

Here another new pilot raises his hand for FAI rules. He posts on RAS where the wrath of the oligarchs is likely, which is bold and even more telling. Good for this guy! Bravo 👏!

There has never been a good reason to have different rules in the USA and spend all this time and energy, annually, constantly, for virtually zero tangible benefits to the sport in the USA. US soaring growth, detached from international soaring and ranking, is not growing, its declining fast. US rules are statistically no safer, require tremendous effort, soften our poor skills and tune us to area and OLC tasks, not racing tasks.

Below, yet again, another reasobable voice outside of the bubbled safe space of US Rules indoctrination has the guts to stand up to the endless lobbying from the obviously bias and stubbornly resisting US Rules insiders who have positioned themselves like judges in a court room to interpret the meaning of their carefully written opinion poll (which last year strongly voted for FAI) after submitting their bias white paper AND now lobbying hard here on their favorite anonymous forum.

Hang in there John Foster. Isn’t it amazing how these guys feel the need to educate you (and all of us). We don’t need their opinions anymore. Enough already. FAI Rules, PERIOD.

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It’s just sad now.  Desperate, broken record-like and unsolicited lobbying (by the same few guys) for the tired US Rules despite the CLEAR, OVERWHELMING preference (by US Pilots) to put the 20 year HEADACHE 🤕 of the US Rules circus behind us and get in sync with the REST OF THE SOARING WORLD by fully and completely adopting FAI rules, without delay.

Here another new pilot raises his hand for FAI rules.  He posts on RAS where the wrath of the oligarchs is likely, which is bold and even more telling.  Good for this guy!  Bravo 👏!  

There has never been a good reason to have different rules in the USA and spend all this time and energy, annually, constantly, for virtually zero tangible benefits to the sport in the USA.  US soaring growth, detached from international soaring and ranking, is not growing, its declining fast.  US rules are statistically no safer, require tremendous effort, soften our poor skills and tune us to area and OLC tasks, not racing tasks.  

Below, yet again, another reasobable voice outside of the bubbled safe space of US Rules indoctrination has the guts to stand up to the endless lobbying from the obviously bias and stubbornly resisting US Rules insiders who have positioned themselves like judges in a court room to interpret the meaning of their carefully written opinion poll (which last year strongly voted for FAI) after submitting their bias white paper AND now lobbying hard here on their favorite anonymous forum.

Hang in there John Foster.  Isn’t it amazing how these guys feel the need to educate you (and all of us).  We don’t need their opinions anymore.  Enough already.  FAI Rules, PERIOD.  

https://groups.google.com/forum/m/#!topic/rec.aviation.soaring/6KfCASdRYdo

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Ugg 😢. I always shudder when I see news of sailplane accidents. It feels like there have been a fairly large number of fatal glider accidents in the mountains of France over the last few years. This isn’t a huge surprise as mountain conditions are more dynamic and errors in judgement or lack of knowledge are amplified, resulting in more accidents but it still seems like a large number of fatal accidents are occurring in France. A Michigan glider pilot was recently killed in France while being instructed in mountain flying technique (which was devestating to many in my area). Does anyone know where French sailplane accident statistics are available?Fatal accident...
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- France 🇫🇷 :
A Rolladen-Schneider LS7-WL glider, owned by Centre de Vol à Voile de Montpellier Pic Saint-Loup (Montpellier Gliding club - Pic Saint-Loup), registered F-CGYB, impacted rugged hillside terrain in Saint-Loup peak, Cazevieille.
The glider sustained substantial damage and the sole pilot onboard sustained fatal injures.
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Ugg 😢.  I always shudder when I see news of sailplane accidents.  It feels like there have been a fairly large number of fatal glider accidents in the mountains of France over the last few years.  This isn’t a huge surprise as mountain conditions are more dynamic and errors in judgement or lack of knowledge are amplified, resulting in more accidents but it still seems like a large number of fatal accidents are occurring in France.  A Michigan glider pilot was recently killed in France while being instructed in mountain flying technique (which was devestating to many in my area).  Does anyone know where French sailplane accident statistics are available?

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Not a recommend out landing alternative.

It happens. Was this a ridge related incident??

BTW, time to repeat! There are those who have and those who will.

Ouch!

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