Friday, 29 July 2011 18:58
Today, Friday 29th July, dawned sunny and bright at the 16th FAI European Gliding Championships in Nitra but the daunting cloud cover moved in very quickly. Assigned area tasks, with areas instead of points to fly towards, giving pilots more freedom to avoid showers and storms, have been set in all classes but already, the World Class has been changed to a B Task as the weather to the south became quickly less favourable and a more northerly first area has been substituted with little difference in distance to fly.
Friday, 29 July 2011 17:09
If you missed the race live you can watch it again. Commentary and tracking from Day 4 of the FAI World Sailplane Grand Prix 2011. This is the complete race showing the gliders competing head to head on the 28th of July. Screen capture from the 3D tracking display.
Friday, 29 July 2011 02:40
With the third flown task yesterday the 4th FAI World GP Gliding Championship that is held on Wasserkuppe airfield in Germany is a valid competition. With two more flying days to go we could possibly end up with 6 competition days as today the forth task could be flown. 16 of the 18 pilots managed to reach the airfield today and the finish was quite spectacular with 6 pilots approaching within only a few seconds. First today and now also in the overall ranking was Sebastian Nägel from Germany, the youngest pilot competing, followed by Giorgio Galetto (Italy) and Uli Schwenk (Germany).
Friday, 29 July 2011 00:22
Yesterday after a dark and rainy morning, the sky became blue in Wasserkuppe at the 4th FAI World GP Gliding Championship and it was possible to have a late start with a small task. The two young German pilots Sebastian Naegel and Patrick Puskeiler became first and second and the French Nicolas Veron became third.
Wednesday, 27 July 2011 20:08
The towplanes are revving up and trundling across the grass towards the grids where the four glider classes are lined up and ready to go.
Wednesday, 27 July 2011 18:55
The Contest Director set a short task, but the weather was much better that expected and after an early start, the first two pilots came back archiving a speed of 109 Km/h.
Wednesday, 27 July 2011 16:16
With no flying since Tuesday of last week - you cant count the 40 minutes or so that some were in the air on Sunday - there has finally been a contest day at the 16th FAI European Gliding Championships in Nitra this 26th July.
Tuesday, 26 July 2011 04:41
After one week of rain and strong wind, eventually we have had a valid competition day here at the 4th FAI World GP Gliding Championship in Wasserkuppe, with sun and cumulus.
Monday, 25 July 2011 00:27
No flying Saturday at the 16th FAI European Gliding Championships in Nitra. Cancelled almost from Briefing. On Sunday, there seemed to be a slim chance so all classes went to the grid and the biggest, the 20m two seaters, and the smallest, thePW5s, were launched. The Club and Standard classes were held on the grid until it could be seen if they could stay up.
Saturday, 23 July 2011 23:30
The Grand Prix was born in early 2000, when the International Gliding Commission has created this new type of competition in order to make this wonderful sport more understandable to the general public, simplifying the rules and adopting a system of scoring similar to the F1. The maximum number of participants is limited to 20 and they use the same type of glider, with 15m wing span. Once in the air, all competitors start together and win the first that cross the finish line, after completing the assigned task.
Friday, 22 July 2011 07:03
Here in Nitra EGC2011 all tasks were cancelled today, in all classes, due to bad weather. Although it was still raining and the field soaked with lots of standing water, the Competition Director has set tasks and planned for a 12h45 launch for today with very faint hopes, but cancelled quite early, as the tasks set were only just over 100km per class anyway.