Wednesday, 27 May 2015 09:32
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Wednesday, 27 May 2015 09:31
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Wednesday, 27 May 2015 08:45
Day 3: Wednesday 27th May 2015:
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14.10hrs: The two aircraft have been flying virtually non-stop and with only 56 competitors no one has had much of a break, so Mark Bayada (Meet Director) called for a short break of 30mins to give the jumpers and pilots a welcome breather.
By mid afternoon they had completed all 3 rounds in the Time task, although the 3rd round had still to be signed off by the Chief Judge. Two signed off rounds in the Speed task and they were well intothe third round of Distance.
11.15hrs: The competition is steadily progressing with 2 rounds of Time and Speed completed and signed off and we're half way through round 2 of Distance. The Paralog results (see link above) are constantly being updated so keep an eye on the ever-changing results.
07.50hrs: The first call of the day for Round 2 Speed.
07.30hrs: The clouds are slowly dispersing and Mark Bayada (Meet Director) has announced that all competitiors should anticipate a call very shortly, starting with Speed. The competition currently has two rounds of the Time task under its belt and one each of Distance and Speed. Already World and Continental Records are being set - which are sure to change as the competition progresses.
Tuesday, 26 May 2015 10:26
Dynamic Results on this >>> link
Day 2: Tuesday 26th May 2015: 18.30 hrs:
We have the minimum required to declare a Competition. One round has been completed with all three tasks. The weather is now beautiful - wall to wall blue skies and sunshine. For this reason Mark Bayada (Meet Director) asked for the Jury to give permission to continue jumping until sunset (21.05 hrs), rather than finishing at 20.00 hrs as stated in the daily programme. The Jury's decision was in favour and so another complete task will be finished tonight - the start of Round 2. It really is hard to remember what the conditions were like at 7.00 a.m. todsy when we first arrived at the airfield, cold with complete cloud cover.
Kate Charters is conducting a Wingsuit Flying Judge Training Course during this week and her trainees are assisting the official judging staff with some of their more mundane duties, the concept of learning by doing, supplemented by classroom time. Her 8 students come from Australia (2), Canada (1), Great Britain (1), Hungary (2), Qatar (1) and USA (1).
Day 2: Tuesday 26th May 2015: 11.10 hrs:
The first 20 minute call for the opening round of the 1st FAI World Cup in Wingsuit Performance Flying has hit the tannoy! By 16.15 we had completed the second task and within 30 minutes the first load was preparing to start the final task of the round, Speed. The upper winds are quite strong and the competitors are expecting/hoping for some good scores.
Two jumpers received a 0 score for their distance flight, due to their failure to follow rule 5.1.4 and 5.1.5 by turning 180 degrees on exit. Fortunately neither caused a safety issue. So far we have had three out landings, which is quite good for Wingsuiters!
Day 2: Tuesday 26th May 2015: 07.20hrs:
The first day of competitive jumping was scheduled for a 07.00 hrs start, but the low cloud base put paid to that, so everyone is on a stand to, probably for an hour or so.
During yesterday's competitors' briefing it was determined that the tasks would be set at Time, Distance and Speed, where possible, with 9 competitors per aircraft and with 3 out per pass. There was a lot of discussion from the floor about the wearing of additional electronic devices - headphones etc - and the competitors were reminded that such devices should not be worn in case of interference affecting the FlySight, as any interference from a third-party device would void the competitors score.
The draw for the jumpers allocation of aircraft was undertaken at the end of the meeting, followed by the tagging of each jumper's wingsuit by Kate Charters and Randy Connell. This 'tagging' is to ensure that only that wingsuit is worn throughout the entire competition. Similarly the competitors brought their helmets to the Judges' room where the designated FlySight devices were affixed to each helmet by Klaus Rheinwald and his team and where they would remain on charge and under the supervision of the Judges until they were called to the flight line.
To allow adequate time for retrieving helmets and getting into their wingsuits, the jumpers are being given 20 minute and 10 minute calls in addition to the required 15/5 minute calls per IPC Competition Rules.
Monday, 25 May 2015 23:45
Monday, 25th May 2015,
By the opening ceremony this eventing 57 competitors had registered for the competition - representing 17 countries and 5 continents. It would appear to be a competition of firsts - obviously a first for Wingsuit Flying (performance) competitors, a first for the organisers and the NAC, the UK, and the FAI Controller - James Hayhurst, the Chief Judge, Randy Connell, the Meet Director, Mark Bayada, and the Jury President, Susan Dixon - in fact it is the first all female jury at an IPC First Category Event. (Karla Cole & Lidia Kosk)
Saturday, 23 May 2015 12:10
Saturday 23rd May 2015
This weekend is available for training jumps for those competitors who arrive early - and that opportunity is being taken advantage of alongside the normal weekend operation at this Drop Zone.
Blue skies, warm sunshine and low winds - just perfect conditions. The organisation is geared up for the competition - the Opening Ceremony will take place on Monday, 25th May at 17.00 hrs.
60 competitors from 20 countries representing 5 Continental regions will take part: 58 male and 2 female (at the last count).
But the maths get even more interesting when you look at the new records that will be set. Starting with a totally clean sheet the competitors have the ability to establish:
6 Competition World Records and 4 Performance World Records
21 Continental Competition Records and 16 Performance Records
On top of those each top individual competitor per Nation, male and female, will be able to set National Records for both Competition (3) and Performance (2)
Giving a total of 145 (at the moment) possible records - would that be a record in itself?
The Chief Judge, Randy Connell, is already preparing for the paperwork involved from the Judges point of view, and plans, if there is a weather hold, to brief competitors on what they need to do file a record and as always we urge NACs to deal with any record claim they receive promptly in their interaction with the FAI.
The Army Parachute Association at Netheravon, England, is well prepared for the competition. On top of this web site, the organisation's web site www.netheravon.com/wswc2015 will carry news and information throughout the competition we also believe that SKYDIVE TV may be there to bring us on-line images, interviews - check them out on www.skydive-tv.com.
What a way to start the summer of World Cups and European Championships!