Sunday, 6 September 2015
During this time of aimless milling around the world cup pasted ozone's complaint on the notice board followed by DHV's denial and re-test statement. For those of you unfamiliar with the latest storm in a tea-spoon, I will summarise it for you (or for the parody go to my previous predictive post):
1. We have a new class of competition glider called CCC
2. Ozone test pilots went and tested another manufacturer's glider because they could not match it's performance (said so themselves)
3. Ozone then claimed foul play and spammed the entire world of paragliding (CIVL, PWCA, DHV)
4. DHV re-tested and denied the existence of a problem and in a letter to CIVL Harry Buntz said they planned no further action (this is the closest you will get to DHV actually showing the finger IMHO).
5. Just about the entire field of bored and agitated competitors groaned a collective groan of despair: "here we go again!". This is goat-herding at its very best!
By then the cloudbase had lifted and all pilots instantly forgot the manufacturers squabble (I'm coining it man-squabble because if women were running the show this kind of cr@p wouldn't happen).
Pilots are funny like that. We grumble intensely until it is flyable and then we are in fine form. It's like herding ill tempered cats who are easily distracted by squirrels:
The task was worthy of the rain and para-waiting. It featured a dabble out front, a gamble over the back, and a grovel to the east. Seventy odd kilometers later about half the field got in spread evenly.
Saturday, 5 September 2015
It has been alleged that the boomerang 10 does not conform to the CIVL CCC standard.
Ozone test pilots have given the PWCA video of their failed attempts to apply the 25% brake on full bar test on the Boom 10.
Without going into the detail, respect to Ozone for handling their observations with infinite tact. This is a master class in how to throw rocks without appearing to be the aggressor while saving the planet at the same time :)
I can't wait to hear what CIVL, DHV & Gin Gliders have to say on the matter.
It just occured to me: do three liners pass that test?
Wednesday, 2 September 2015
Tuesday, 1 September 2015
They grow olives here.
It is good to go to countries where they grow olives if you are an olive connoisseur or a paragliding pilot.
This basic olive growing requirement has ensured a high fly-to-drinking-in-the-rain ratio since it was applied to my comp regime. Simply put (i.e. according to wikipedia) olives are grown in Mediterranean regions of of the world. The Mediterranean climate is characterized by warm to hot, dry summers which is why it is good for paragliding. A dry Mediterranean summer is defined as having less than 30mm of rain per month. I call it the Oracle of Olives.
The entire field cursed the curse, as expected.
Friday, 10 July 2015
Everyone knows about Porterville which is our local world class summer flying site near Cape Town. Very few international pilots know about our winter flying site, Barberton, situated near the Swaziland border in Mpumahlanga or the 'low veld'. It is as popular with the local pilots and possibly even has a longer tradition of attendance. It is certainly the family friendly comp and many SA pilots' first comp site given the gentle and safe flying conditions. Barberton is a small tourist town nestled in a bowl of ancient hills:
Wikipedia: The mountains around Barberton are the oldest in the world dating back 3.5 Billion years, and these mountains include some of the oldest exposed rocks on the planet (only rocks from the Isua greenstone belt in Western Greenland are older). These volcanic rocks, which scientists call the Barberton Greenstone Belt, have given up direct evidence of conditions of life on the surface of the very early earth.
The first form of life on earth, a bacterial micro fossil Archaeospheroides barbertonis was discovered here and has been identified as being 3.2 billion years old.
It is no small thing to experience flying over this area. The tasks may be modest by most standards, but what they lack in grandeur they more than compensate for in technical subtlety and picturesque appeal.
Wednesday, 21 January 2015
Sunday, 18 January 2015
World Championship paragliding is like this: You hack away mindlessly for a decade and a half filled alternately with hope and despair like a duracell-yo-yo.
Friday, 16 January 2015
Thursday, 15 January 2015
Mads, Arnold and a few others have asked me to say something about gliders at this comp.