Tuesday, August 13, 2013

US 2013 Nationals last few days.

With long flights and strongish tail winds there was scant spare time for socializing or posting a few pictures. The final scores look like this : final scores open class. During the week most of us spent over 27 hours in the air, roughly 4 hours a day. That's some excellent flying conditions. Here are my tracks.

Some days had us dodging some dramatic weather. This day was stopped, and the storm eventually caught us up in Big Spring. These 5 pictures of one of the many cloudbursts that afternoon were all taken in about 10 minutes.
You see some strange things in Texas. It took us a little while what was making these weird patterns in the desert sand, where team mate James landed.

Not sure what this creature is though ?
A new to me, piece of software was fun to use during the meet. Flytrace live tracks pilots (with a SPOT device) in the air. Its great for both retrieval and seeing how the day is going generally - and who is winning ;) and of course you can do all this from your smart phone, while you are out in the desert someplace. Well - while your battery lasts ;)

And just like that the week was over, body was sore from the amount of airtime, but happy with being in the top ten, and happy with the flying in general.  Certainly some good lessons learned and some fantastic experiences shared. Apologies for the lack of in-air shots, I just didn't get around to organizing my camera equipment. 
Attila from Hungry or Australia, won the meet, Zac 2nd will take the US National title, My Team mate James was 3rd. Great flying guys.

In the Sport class Danny from Texas took 1st and the rest of the results are here
And of course Linda won the womens' national title.

Congratulations to Davis and Belinda for organizing and running such a fun and successful competition.

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