05 October 2015
The top ten pilots were invited to attend a man on man team trial on the 4th October 2015.
4 pilots accepted the invitation and the trial was held at GEMS in Bapsfontein outside Johannesburg.
Local rules applied and 6 rounds of 15minutes with one throwout were flown off 150m winch launches.
Clear conditions prevailed with moderate NW wind gusting 25kmh. Thermal conditions were tough and very few 15 minute maxes were achieved.
Chris Adrian withdraw after round 3 and after six rounds the National Team is:
1st - Alan Smith
2nd - Tshepo Molefe
3rd - Ian Sime
4th - Chris Adrian (1st reserve - non traveling)
18 May 2015
The second HTL event was held at the East Rand Polo Club fields on Sunday 17th May. Although the entry numbers were low we did see new faces, which for me is encouraging. The wind blew 5 - 8 knots the whole day and made for some interesting flying conditions.
Commiseration's to Gordon who blew up his Explorer on launch and Shaun who blew up one a Spirit on launch and lost another model in the corn fields.
Congrats to Ian Sime on his first HTL win - I hope this inspires him to new heights.
The SA model gliding Nationals took place over the May Day week end 1, 2 & 3 May.
The format this year was changed to have single disciplines dedicated to a day, as opposed to the older format of mixed disciplines. This was done to accomodate pilots that only fly one or two disciplines, not having to be present the whole week end.
Friday the 1st - wind prediction was downwind till 11h00, so it was agreed to hold the AGM in the morning and wait for the wind direction to change.
At 11h00 F3J open duration off 150m winch lines commenced and by 15h00 6 rounds with one discard were flown
F3J Results below
The Victor Ludorum is decided from the combined results of all classes flown by a particular pilot