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F3K and Mozzy 14-day challenges 2021


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Better late than never.

As I've signed up to go on this course - https://www.unilad.co.uk/life/german-university-is-offering-grants-to-people-who-want-to-do-absolutely-nothing/ - I'd hoped that someone else might step in :)

This is a for fun challenge, anyone with a hand-launch glider that conforms to the F3K (up to 1.5m) or Mosquito (less than 1m) class can post a time.
Object: Fly your F3K or Mosquito class hand launch glider for as long as possible from a flat field, the person who's time is unbeaten for 14 days 'wins' and a new challenge starts.

Rules: Fly safely. No slope soaring.

*New last year*
I've added two new classes - Sportsperson F3K and Sportsperson Mosquito.
It's all very well 'us' experts getting long flights but it may be disheartening to the many sports flyers out there thinking 'I can't beat that!'
Expert = pilots that regularly fly (or have flown) thermal duration contests - F3x & F5x classes, eSoaring, Kent leagues, Bartletts Leagues, etc.
Sportsperson = everyone else :)

Post your times as follows:-.
Pilot Name, Expert or Sportsperson, F3K or Mosquito class, model name, length of flight minutes and seconds, plus date of flight. (Please do the posting within 48 hours of the flight.)

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Promising looking day but very turbulent in lift which was small in area and for ever shifting around.  Quite calm on the ground at times but gusty when lift came through.  0 to 10 mph, clear blue and warm 20+ C  temperatures.

mikef, F3K, 'expert', Vibe Mk 1, 3:48, March 22nd 2021.

Every day is different.....

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I managed to get out three times yesterday. Before work, lunchtime and after work.

First thing in the morning was lovely and calm, no significant lift but generally nice smooth air.

Lunchtime was a bit weird - expected lots of lift and found small pockets of turbulent, weak lift that didn't really sustain anything.

After 5:30, things seemed to have smoothed out, but still just small pockets up to launch height. It was only when I finally managed to ride that up to 70+ that I found the bigger, more sustained lift.

PaulR, F3K, "expert", C5, 27:06, March 31st 2021.

Red line is flight mode: speed, cruise and thermal which quite nicely shows the process of coming back from downwind and moving between lift...

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thechalster

What a good Friday 

got board after 1/2 a hour of specing out follow buy diving back to launch height. Very active air with stiff breeze so flying with 75g ballast.

mike. Challinor 

vortex 3

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mutogen

Ben J, Mosquito, "sportsperson", Toro, 4:37, 10th Aril 2021. 

First real flight this spring apart from some tests. Nearest field to me never has great air but managed to find a small rising column that I could return to. CG felt just slightly reward from normal so was very twitchy. Anyway, came away pleased with +4 mins given the conditions. Much more to learn.

Cracking day today. Lunch time fling on the cards.

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An opener for expert F3K challenge 4.

mikef, F3K, 'expert', Vibe Mk 1, 44:04, April 19th 2021, Earth.

Wind very light 0-5mph variable direction due to strong lift.

I had about 6 flights total - first proper launch was 8:35....

An easy day with a clear sky and very strong lift at times.  Quite tiring staring at the sky at high angles and felt I was losing concentration, so I took a few risks coming low and climbing out several times.  Too low to find anything useful on the last bit.....

Congratulations to JPL for their achievement on Mars.  I flew around the Moon and got very close to Mars several times but these were only line-of-sight effects.

 

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cirrusRC

Missed the comp as was working today.  Got to the field for 6:30pm.  Gusting to 15 mph.  Impressive black menacing sky and a bit of low sun.

At 8 pm the wind disappeared.  Launched at 8.20, specked out and came down 18 mins later.  Really energetic lift despite it going dark and plenty of ballast.  Crazy fronts moving through. Put a smile on my face.

 

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MikeDLG

Nice flight and surprising given the time of day. But we did have pretty good conditions in between rain at the comp. sorry you couldn’t make it, you were missed. 

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cirrusRC

Thanks Mike, yes shame I couldn't make it.  Forecasts are hopeless at the moment, amazed you got 6 rounds in.  Well done.

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