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# Name Glider Time Total 1 Jonny Durand Moyes RX 4 Pro 02:43:32 987 2 Marcelo Alexandre Menin Wills Wing T2C 154 02:47:40 922 3 Zac Majors Wills Wing T3 144 02:51:00 917 4 Philippe Michaud Wills Wing T2C 144 02:47:56 915 5 Alvaro Figueiredo Sandoli Wills Wing T3 144 02:51:18 912 6 Bruce Barmakian Aeros Combat 12.7 02:51:02 882 7 Jeff Chipman Moyes RX 3.5 02:53:35 863 8 John Simon Aeros Combat C 12.7 02:56:40 847 9 Wolfgang Siess Wills Wing T3 154 03:03:09 804 10 Kevin Dutt Aeros Combat 13.5 03:11:24 801
# Name Glider Total 1 Alvaro Figueiredo Sandoli Wills Wing T3 144 3666 2 Jonny Durand Moyes RX 4 Pro 3647 3 Kevin Dutt Aeros Combat 13.5 3631 4 Pedro L. Garcia Wills Wing T3 144 3600 5 Phill Bloom Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 3360 6 Zac Majors Wills Wing T3 144 3296 7 Bruce Barmakian Aeros Combat 12.7 3276 8 Guilherme Sandoli WillsWing T2C 136 3207 9 Marcelo Alexandre Menin Wills Wing T2C 154 3203 10 John Simon Aeros Combat C 12.7 2908
Sport task 4:
# Name Glider Time Distance Total 1 Tim Delaney Wills Wing Sport 3 135 01:34:28 38.23 1000 2 Richard Westmoreland Wills Wing U2 145 01:35:11 38.23 979 3 Rod Regier Moyes Litesport 4 01:38:31 38.23 934 4 Ken Millard Moyes Gecko 155 35.24 518 5 Knut Ryerson Aeros Discus C 27.66 441 6 Richard Milla Wills Wing U2 145 26.35 424 7 Richard Caylor Moyes Gecko 170 25.02 402 8 Danilo Lohse De Stefani Wills Wing U2 160 11.06 156 9 Mitch Sorby Wills Wing U2 145 5.38 87 10 Attila Plasch Moyes Litesport 4 5.00 83
# Name Glider Total 1 Richard Westmoreland Wills Wing U2 145 3074 2 Rod Regier Moyes Litesport 4 2718 3 Tim Delaney Wills Wing Sport 3 135 2606 4 Richard Milla Wills Wing U2 145 2080 5 Richard Caylor Moyes Gecko 170 1588 6 Mitch Sorby Wills Wing U2 145 1556 7 Ken Millard Moyes Gecko 155 1436 8 Knut Ryerson Aeros Discus C 1394 9 Danilo Lohse De Stefani Wills Wing U2 160 1219 10 Attila Plasch Moyes Litesport 4 530
Thanks to Ron Gleason.
Thanks to Dutch for this link: http://www.designfax.net/cms/dfx/opens/article-view-dfx.php?nid=4&bid=886&et=featurearticle&pn=02
Stephan Mentler <<stephmet>> writes:
When I worked in law enforcement, our agency emphasized positive contacts. The concept was fairly straightforward. Any interaction with a member or members of the community should leave a positive impression of law enforcement. This approach had significance on many different levels but most importantly, it served to garner rapport within communities that often needed us most but who were the least inclined to trust us. As some may imagine, this is easier said than done. It is with this emphasis that I approach my touch points with the community, particularly when flying competitions. I have two examples to that I would like to relay.
The first was my landing out quite short of goal during one of the GSSK tasks. I had chosen a large pasture close to a road and landed without incident. I moved glider to a fence that abutted the property boundary. I began the all too familiar process of breaking down my glider while looking skyward at the beautifully obvious cumulous clouds wondering why I ended up on the ground. A large pickup truck approached. The driver, a man with a baseball cap and dark sunglasses, exited the truck and walked over. I stopped what I was doing, smiled, waived, and said hello. The man, clearly unhappy, asked do you know that you are trespassing?. Now this conversation could have taken many different paths with a variety of negative outcomes, based entirely on how I responded in my use of language, my demeanor, and tone.
My response was simple and sincere. I apologized for landing on his property, let him know that it was completely unintentional (after all I wanted to get to goal), and that I would fold my glider as quickly as possible and get off of his land. This had the nearly immediate effect of diffusing a situation that could have escalated. It should be noted that an escalation, regardless of the outcome would have had a negative impact on the entire soaring community - as was quickly revealed. The gentleman explained that a glider (I assumed a full-scale glider from the Seminole Glider Port) had a crash landing on his property several years ago. He went on to explain that the individuals involved where quite rude, damaged some of his property after landing, and then tried to sue him. I told him that I was really sorry to hear that happened to him, was able to point him to the USHPA website (which he looked up on his phone), and explain that we had liability insurance thats designed to protect third parties, such as land owners, where we fly. I talked about where we fly from (Paradise Air Sports in Groveland, FL), the competition and the R2G format, how we get in the air without any mountains (a common question), how our gliders performed, and added that a World Championships was coming here next year. We talked a little further. He pointed out that I was nothing like those guys, referring to the aforementioned glider pilots, thanked me, and said take as long as you need. He got in his truck and drove off.
The second example, that I would like to share, occurred during week one of the QANS (Pre Worlds) and is more reflective of my experience landing out. Same scenario; I landed short of goal. This time, in an oasis of large fields surrounded by trees, homes, and a small town. The ground was completely shaded, and the lift had dried up, so there was no question in my mind as to why I landed. A gentleman in a SUV drove up, rolled down his window, and handed me a beer. He, Rich, pointed to his home on the other side of the field and told me that he saw me fly over and land. I explained that the large U.S. Flag he was flying helped me correctly gauge the wind direction and have a great landing I thanked him. A conversation quickly developed and moved from how we land hang gliders to how we take off without any mountains, to myriad other topics (we both had military experience and had done similar work, etc.). I invited him to come down to Paradise Air Sports sometime and take tandem flight to see how its done something he plans on doing. I mentioned the competition and the upcoming World Championship. He explained that the surrounding land belonged to his grandfather, then his father, and now him. He liked seeing hang gliders land there. He explained that some had landed several years back and that he met a friendly Australian (I am assuming Johnny D) and a Frenchman. He let me know that we can land there anytime, and he would be happy if we made his fields one of our goals. After an about 45-minute conversation, he drove off and I began to pack up my glider.
Positive contacts go a long way to building rapport with the non-flying community. I believe that as competition pilots, we have a greater responsibility and opportunity to be ambassadors of our sport. This means a willingness to engage and be conversant about our sport, which just about all competition pilots do and are. It is important to note that in each of the aforementioned examples, I gave my undivided attention to the land owners - for our younger pilots (e.g. millennials) out there - that means no phone in my hand, checking texts, no earbuds, etc. Anyone paying attention to law enforcement in the news can see how just one negative contact with one agency can tarnish all of law enforcement. Similarly, for all of our pilots, remember that courtesy goes a long way to building rapport with the non-flying community, but a little discourtesy goes even further to ruining it for everyone.