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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IMI rigger amazing!  Hobbs PD are great crew!

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5:30am last two days!

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Big storm here at Hobbs

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Is ya crew resigning?😉

Nice! I’ve got one too!

Good out-landing practice this contest! 🤦🏻‍♂️ ... See MoreSee Less

Good out-landing practice this contest!    🤦🏻‍♂️

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Hobbs can be frustrating that way. Good clouds, but if you get disconnected it can be hard to get up again.

Sean... what were you thinking? Is the sky not as good as it looks? 😏

Beautiful shot, sorry about the land out.

Hope no damage

Out standing in your field!! 🙂

Better field

See arrow. Many got very low including A8 here.

It was horrifyingly bad below 4K agl.

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Gliderport.aero is an incredible platform which the SSA.org provides to all of us. (Thanks Pedja).

We just need more pilots to take 20 seconds and turn on their Gliderport.aero mobile phone apps and use it. Literally one button click before takeoff or anytime during the flight. Spot tracking is awful, as you will see if you playback a flight or if you watch it live. It only updates one Lat/Lon point (no altitude) every 10 minutes. Almost pointless.

With the mobile apps running, it is very fun to watch a task during contests. The app produces 1 second interval tracking thru the mobile network via data packets sent every 2 minutes to the nearest mobile tower. It produces an almost live play by play of the race as it progresses. Gliderport.aero a huge asset to the sport, but few use it. It’s as good or better than Flarm tracking. Please give the iOS or Android mobile apps a try. Anyone with question please feel welcomed to ask me and I will help set you up. I have extra battery packs for mobile phones if you are worried about battery power.
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iOS - GlideTrack
Android - IGCDroid
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Gliderport.aero is an incredible platform which the SSA.org provides to all of us.  (Thanks Pedja).  

We just need more pilots to take 20 seconds and turn on their Gliderport.aero mobile phone apps and use it.  Literally one button click before takeoff or anytime during the flight.  Spot tracking is awful, as you will see if you playback a flight or if you watch it live.  It only updates one Lat/Lon point (no altitude) every 10 minutes.  Almost pointless.

With the mobile apps running, it is very fun to watch a task during contests.  The app produces 1 second interval tracking thru the mobile network via data packets sent every 2 minutes to the nearest mobile tower.  It produces an almost live play by play of the race as it progresses.  Gliderport.aero a huge asset to the sport, but few use it.  It’s as good or better than Flarm tracking.  Please give the iOS or Android mobile apps a try.  Anyone with question please feel welcomed to ask me and I will help set you up.  I have extra battery packs for mobile phones if you are worried about battery power.
WWW.GLIDEPORT.AERO
iOS - GlideTrack
Android - IGCDroid

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Sean’s Soaring Page I believe that Pedja has passed the reins on this project. Johan Posch, another smart software person, has taken on the project. Can anyone confirm this? I hope it survives and thrives.

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