Wednesday, 06 June 2012 09:20
At the last day of the championship there was not possible to set task because of low cloudbase and it started raining soon after the day was cancelled. In the afternoon the closing / awarding ceremony was at the hotel.
We gratulate all the winners of the 3rd Asian Paragliding Championship in Linzhou (China):
Friday, 01 June 2012 12:27
Today there was a fog on takeoff. It was expected to be better before noon, but it did not. So there was a decision of no flying today. Currently (about 18.00) there are thunderstorms around. Because of no task today Dennis Pagen and Agust Gudmundsson had a pilots seminar in the afteroon. Dennis talked about thermalling, gliding, competition flying and tactics. This was very well received. Agust talked about how to set records with focus on how Asian pilots could set Asian continental records. No record has been set yet, but many countries to have nationa records. Many pilots showed interest to set records.
Thursday, 31 May 2012 16:50
There were difficult places in Task 5 where about half of the competitors landed close to the start. The wind was along the ridge and created turbulence close to the ridge, so pilots flying low and close to the ridge ended by landing there. There were 9 pilots in goal of the 51km task. The winner was Song Junming (China). The last leg was also difficult into headwind, as 17 pilots made end of speed section but only 9 of them made goal. After 5 Tasks the provisional results of teams #1 Japan, #2 Korea and #3 India.
Thursday, 31 May 2012 16:37
For Task 4 a 63km task was set. It was actually about 40km but extended before window opened as conditions improved. It was good flying and there were 9 pilots in goal where the winner of the task was Ahhn Yongtae (Korea) who flew it in 2:37. In 4th place overall is a female pilots Hiraki Keiko (Japan) which is then in 3rd place of Asian pilots.
Tuesday, 29 May 2012 17:20
Day 4 started with a rain. So at team leaders briefing the day was cancelled. To cheer up the pilots the organizer arranged for a sightseeing trip to Red Flag Canal. Pilots were happy and enjoied the tour, including the slide down the mountain. Better weather forecast tomorrow.
The results are accessible at the orgainzers web at http://www.soaring.org.cn/s/champions/3faiapc/news_results/index.html
Many local pilots post their pictures at this web http://www.paracn.com/forum/viewthread.php?tid=37877&;extra=page%3D1
And more here http://www.superwing.com.cn/bbs/read.php?tid-5377.html
Tuesday, 29 May 2012 17:14
Day 3 started with a team leaded meeting as always. The weather forcast was not good, strong wind expected. Pilots went to takeoff and got ready. The window open was delayed two times because of wind at takeoff. Then the day was cancelled.
The picture shows some pilots do never fly alone.
The FAI officials used the opprotunity to have a pilots meeting. Dennis Pagen the Steward and Agust Gudmundsson the Jury President discussed many issues related to Safety, flying and tracklogs, where to get information on rules and events (and more) at the FAI web pages, including information on Continental records. This was very well received by the pilots.
Tuesday, 29 May 2012 17:03
Task 2 in the 3rd Asian Paragliding was 65 km in very good conditions. All the pilots took off in 24 minutes. There were 36 pilots in goal, which is more than half of the 64 pilots competing. The winner of the task was Mishanin Yury from Russia (non Asian) and second was Kuremoto Youshiki from Japan.
There was a midair collision close to takeoff, where two pilots wings were entagled. Both pilots threw their reserve parachutes and landed together (entangled) in trees safely without any injury.
Sunday, 27 May 2012 10:23
Task 1 was set to be 53km. The day was very fine and 19 pilots made goal and one was 240m short of goal.
Sunday, 27 May 2012 09:54
The training task was defined short for 23.6 km to finish in time for opening ceremony. Many pilots took off and some had problems and cravats because of wind and turbulence close to takeoff. Finally the task was cancelled as wind picked up and many pilots could not takeoff.
An opening ceremony was at a school close to the HQ and all the children had prepared our arrival and stood in lines in the ceremony.
Thursday, 24 May 2012 05:41
The 3rd Asians Paragliding Championship is starting in Linzhou China.
There are about 70 pilots attending the competition, as this is Asian championship the majority of pilots are Asian but there are also some individuals from other countries
Pilots are lining up for registration today and tonight the Safety Briefing will be at the HQ hotel in Linzhou.
Tuesday, 01 May 2012 11:20