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WAC Day 5 - From Douglass Lovell
Reposted from the IAC mailing list:
Both the U.S. pilot Kirby Chambliss and the French pilot, Matthieu Roulet
were allowed to refly their free. They had flown them in marginally high
winds after a thunderstorm Sunday evening. The pilot who followed them
had been called-back when winds were discovered above the eight
meter-per-second cross-box maximum. Kirby flew first this morning, but
found a cloud in the box. He landed to get the optional break.
With the optional break in place, Matthieu Roulet, then Kirby, then the
remaining Russian pilots all flew. This took some time because of low
clouds and wind in the box that delayed flying for most of the morning.
Kirby and one of the Russian pilots took the break.
Right after lunch, David Martin flew the end of his free, which had been
interrupted by a technical problem with his ailerons on Saturday. His
flight ended the free Program one. We almost immediately went on to
flying Program two. The cumulus had lifted above the box and winds were
We had a fine afternoon of flying with twelve Program two flights before
and thirteen flights after the PM break. Program two is the first of two
"unknown" sequences. The unknown is presented to the pilots no less than
24 hours before it is to be flown. That means it was handed-out at the
Sunday morning briefing or soon thereafter. Order of flight is reverse
order of standing, except for the top ten pilots. The top ten draw lots
for their order of flight. Program one order of flight was determined
from the Q. Program two order of flight was determined from Program one.
Program three order will be determined by the cumulative standing from
programs one and two.
Results of Program one (the free) are posted at
http://www.sun-n-fun.org/content/wac/free.htm. Four Russian pilots
followed by three French pilots are on top. The leading score is 89.39.
The independent pilot Victor Chmal is doing well in eighth place followed
by Debby Rihn-Harvey and Robert Armstrong from the U.S. Debby Rihn-Harvey
has 85.73% that places her ninth overall. Robert Armstrong is close
behind her with 85.53%.
Of the top 21 pilots in Program one, nine are flying Cap's and twelve are
flying Sukhois. After the top 21 a few Edge and Giles start to mix-in.
The independent pilot Bob Meyer is flying a Giles 300 that has incredible
vertical penetration. Watching his free we saw him pull at the bottom of
the box and fly all the way to the top to cap with his hammerhead. The
plane just kept going up. Up and up and up.
Jim Klick is announcing for the few spectators who show-up. Two or three
hundred were on-hand Saturday and Sunday. Sun-n-fun has him locally on the
FM, too; so, we volunteers can hear which pilot is flying.
It's getting to grind time-- we've been at this for five days, now; but
most everyone is still very friendly and relaxed. We kicked back and
chatted this morning when the flying was slow, had lunch, and launched
flights like clockwork all afternoon. Ann Salcedo keeps everyone on the
same page and makes sure all of the necessities as well as some nicities
are in place for the judges, staff, and volunteers. Greg Dungan has all
four corners of the box ready to judge the lines whenever the chief judge
is ready to start releasing pilots.
Intermediate results for Program 2 are also posted on the sun-n-fun site.
Remember that the highest scoring pilots have yet to fly.