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07-30-2019 08:57 PM  4 months ago
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2019 RC Helicopter World Championships, Ballenstedt Germany
Tuesday July 30, 2019
I spent about twenty hours on airplanes, Tallahassee to Atlanta to JFK in New York to Berlin. I found the rental car office and got my rental car, a 4 door Smart Car. Holy smokes, what a piece of crap. At least it has air conditioning.
I brought my own GPS which I put in the car, then tried to find the cigarette lighter for power. That took 15 minutes so I powered up the GPS and typed in the address of the hotel in Ballenstedt Germany. It was sitting in the garage and I could not get satellite reception so I took off in the general direction using the compass in my phone as Siri would not work either. The GPS started to calculate the route but was incredibly slow. After 5 minutes of driving around, it had only calculated 45% and I was lost as hell in Berlin. I pulled over, (try to find a parking place in Berlin!) shut down the GPS and started over. This time I just went to maps and let it find out where I was. That took about 5 minutes. Then I re-entered the hotel address and in two more minutes it calculated the route. As it turned out, using a compass, I was on the road that led to the autobahn I was going to use.
There are several sections of the autobahn that have no speed limit. I found out the Smart Car will go about 140kph or about 88 mph. It’s like a motorized roller skate. Running it wide open, it uses gas just as bad as any other car, even with the little lunch box motor. I burned half a tank getting to the hotel.
It was about 3:00PM when I got there and as I pulled into the parking lot, there were Chris and Nick assembling models. I checked in and got my stuff into my room and supervised the assembly of the models. We went out for dinner and found a pizza joint. What was unusual, they only took cash, no cards. I had about 30 Euros left from my last trip so was OK. Nick had no cash but Chris had his back so we all got food and a drink. Nick was surprised that the caps on the sodas were not twist off and there was a “church key” attached to the Coke machine.
We all hit the bed about 9:00 PM. I slept until about 1:00 AM and woke up for two hours. About 3 I went back to sleep and slept until the alarm went off at 7:30. I was not finished sleeping but stumbled into the shower and got dressed for breakfast. The food was really good so Chris and I finished and met Nick in the lobby. Off we went to the practice field. We laid out a course and started charging batteries. We found out the hood of the Smart Car actually comes off and the radiator shroud is flat and makes a great table for chargers and batteries. We flew from 11:00 AM to 6:00PM, loaded up and headed back to the hotel. I got gas and then we had dinner at the hotel. Mine was very good.
Practice went about like you would expect. We are all suffering from Jet lag so we were not terribly concerned about anything other than calibrating ourselves to the flags and getting trim and pitch set for the local conditions. Nicks model is pretty close right from the git-go. Chris’s required a little more work but by the end of the day was looking pretty good. Nick is flying a set of Quest mechanics in a Reference fuselage. It looks great in the air and presents well in a hover. Chris is flying SAB Urukays which he is getting more comfortable with.
Mike is due in tomorrow as he came early as he has relatives here. When he gets here we will get him calibrated also and then the serious practice starts. It’s almost 10 PM here and I am really tired so I’m going to hit the sack. Stayed tuned as I hope to update this daily.
On a dog sled team, if you're not the lead dog, the view never changes.
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07-31-2019 12:03 AM  4 months ago
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Subscribed, thanks for the update.Tom
CAUTION - my posts are based on my experiences, yours may be different.
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07-31-2019 02:24 AM  4 months ago
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Glad you guys and models made there without issue.
Yah, driving auto-burn in small car sucks... My mistake when I went to Germany was renting 4 banger Ford.
Hope everyone get tuned in for contest.
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07-31-2019 07:55 AM  4 months ago
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To drive here, you need one of those big German ground pounders like an Audi A8 or one of the big Mercedes. I got passed by LOTS of those going about 140-50 mph.On a dog sled team, if you're not the lead dog, the view never changes.
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07-31-2019 08:23 PM  4 months ago
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Wednesday, July 31
We got an early start today as there was rain predicted in the forecast and they were correct. About noon it started raining and it rained pretty seriously until 4. We went back to the field at 4 and got in another couple of hours.
Mike arrived today and we started getting him tuned up. It’s amazing how these guys can adapt to a different field, different wind, and different air. We started working on Chris’s aerobatics which are basically pretty good to start with. He was in a little close and when we moved him out to a more comfortable distance, the shape of the maneuvers looked much better. His hovering today, after tuning on it yesterday, was not bad, shapes were good and he was aware when he was late on a pirouetteso he’s catching on quickly.
The Teams from other countries are beginning to arrive. The Austrian Team and the German Team are here. Japan is due tomorrow as is the Swiss Team. We saw some other people in the distance but could not tell who they were but I imagine they will all get around to see us. F3C is pretty much like a big family and we have a really good time.
We found another really good restaurant. I had an amazing Gorgonzola mushroom schnitzel. Wow! I could eat this food every night but would admit I would weigh 400 pounds if I did.
Tomorrow, weather permitting, we will get serious about correcting issues. The practice field we are using slopes away so you have a tendency to fly lower to keep the height above the ground constant but if you do, you are actually too low but when you get on level ground it’s pretty easy to get the correct height. We do get to practice on the actual site before the contest starts so we can see where we are. We will hit the practice field about 8:00 AM and go all day. Chris is gaining on it as he practices with people watching. We will tune up Mike seriously tomorrow getting him over the flags and moving into the correct shapes. It’s hard work but it’s also really fun.
On a dog sled team, if you're not the lead dog, the view never changes.
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08-01-2019 12:41 AM  4 months ago
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08-01-2019 02:32 AM  4 months ago
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Ditto!
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08-01-2019 01:50 PM  4 months ago
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Its amazing to hear about all the practice and effort that goes into this. Good luck to the entire team and thanks GM1 for the coverage!

Also, would it be possible to get some more details on what equipment and setups everyone is using?
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08-01-2019 04:37 PM  4 months ago
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Great reporting Gorde! Keep em coming!

Good luck Guys!
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08-01-2019 09:25 PM  4 months ago
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1 Aug
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It started to get serious today. We had to move our practice course up to the top of the field so everyone could get a spot. It was a pain in the tail but we got it done post haste. Chris is starting to get it, his maneuvers look like they are supposed to and he is becoming much more consistent. He and Nick have worked on his set up in the model and it flies much better now.
Mike got both models going today and soldered on connectors so he has multiple battery packs now. He got in many flights today, mostly hovering while it was crowded but got in aeros later in the day. We are trying to fine tune Nick. His basics are rock solid so we are just polishing the little details.
Many teams showed up today. The Chinese are right next to us. The Brits are further down. The Norwegian and Swedish teams stopped by and visited. There were many old familiar faces and some new ones. This is the part of these events that I really like.
Tonight was an Italian dinner and it was really good, so good in fact that we will probably go back there. I had classic lasagna and a really good beer. You just don’t get beer like this in the US.
We start again tomorrow and will go all day again. Hopefully some more teams will arrive and we will see more friends.
On a dog sled team, if you're not the lead dog, the view never changes.
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08-02-2019 09:19 PM  4 months ago
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Friday August 2, 2019
Things start to happen tomorrow. We have tech inspection in the morning, Nick his F3N practice flight on the official site about 1 PM and the F3C Team has theirs around 4:30 and opening ceremonies are at 5. I have a Team Managers meeting at 7 to until they get done.
We had good practice today. Nick is pretty well tuned in in both categories, Chris is improving every day, and Mike had a minor issue a minor boom strike but it basically took a paint chip off the boom so it was flyable again in about twenty minutes after a thorough check.
I got to talk to Bruce Naylor from the UK. He was on the second list of judges so since they did not call the second group, he was here as a Team supporter. Later Duncan Osbourne, a UK F3N pilot came by and we all visited.
Official flights start Sunday so I will have some results at the end of the day. There are four preliminary rounds, one each day, and then three rounds of the finals. We would love for our whole team to make the finals as that would almost guarantee a podium finish. I am trying not to have too high expectations as we have two first time Team members and this is their first World Championship
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08-02-2019 09:23 PM  4 months ago
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Thanks for the updates, Gordie. All the best to TeamUSA.J. B. Jones
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08-03-2019 07:10 PM  4 months ago
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Saturday August 3
The real stuff starts tomorrow. We had practice flights on the official site today. Our allotted time was 4:10 until 4:40. Opening ceremonies were at 5:00. After the ceremony, there was an “airshow” done with a Pitts S2A. The guy was really very good. He did about 15 minutes with rolls, loops stall turns, inverted stuff, and some snaps. All with smoke so it waseasy to follow and fun to watch.
Nick is up first tomorrow at 8:30, Mike is up at 11:10, and Chris is up at 12:10 in F3C. Nick has his first F3N known maneuvers flight at 11:30. I should be able to call for all three but will have Chris standing by for Nick’s F3N round. I have ten minutes to make it from field to field and it’s not very far.
Practice went well today. I made a McDonalds run for lunch and everyone got fed on time. I had a Team managers meeting so they are out to dinner right now. I have pretzels
On a dog sled team, if you're not the lead dog, the view never changes.
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08-04-2019 01:52 PM  4 months ago
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08-04-2019 09:51 PM  4 months ago
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Sunday August 4
The contest started today. Nick was up early for us at 8:30. I was hoping the winds would be calm and he could lay a great flight down. Not so. Wind was in our face at about 6-8 kts. He put in a very credible flight scoring a 241.5. Since he was so early, the judges tended to score a bit low so they would have “headroom” in case someone put in a really stellar flight. Nick was pleased but thought he left some points unscored.
Mike was up next and put in a pretty good flight, especially since it was his first ever flight in a World Championship. He got through the sequence cleanly and will undoubtedly get better scores as we go along.
I ran over toF3N where Nick was up doing the known maneuvers. We got there just in time for him to get his model ready and went out and put in a really good flight. I have now seen him fly the knowns many times and he flew them well but will, I bet, do better the next round. He ended up second overall behind Kenny Ko, the current F3N World Champion.
After Nicks flight, we ran back to the F3C site and Chris flew. At 19, in his first (of many, I hope) he got in his first round. Over this week, we have worked really hard with him and he has improved a lot. He worked very hard in the flight to remember all the things we had said and put in a good flight with the wind right in his face. I was pleased.
I got a chance to see Ennio fly. He flew a very nice compact, pretty slow speed sequence. He was very accurate and all of his maneuvers were very clean and he was rewarded with the high score for the round. Japan’s Ito and Iso flew and had changed since the last World Championship. They were flying slower and closer, much like World Champion Ennio Graber. The judges liked their performances with good scores.
The quality of flying in the first round of this championship is astounding to me as I have been involved with the WCs for more than the last decade. Where ten years ago there were maybe 3-4 pilots that would have an outside chance to win, now there are about 15 that on a good day could win a round and 7 or 8 that could win the championship. I posted the scores for both so you can see the quality of piloting involved.
At the end of Round 1 of F3C, Ennio leads, followed by Ito of Japan and Waschsmuth of Germany. Nick is 6th, Mike is 30th, and Chris is 42nd.
On a dog sled team, if you're not the lead dog, the view never changes.
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08-05-2019 09:18 PM  4 months ago
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Monday August 5
Interesting day today. The weather was iffy today with rain early and wind on and off. Mike flew first and had wind. He put in a reasonable flight but got beat up pretty bad in a hover. Chris flew an hour later after a rain delay. It rained on the pilot before and we were ready to not fly in the rain. Just as the previous pilot finished, the rain stopped so we decided to continue. The wind was 12-14 from his back and he hung on to finish the flight.
Nick flew his F3N flight again after a short rain delay. This is a caller’s worst nightmare. I have to start the time with a hand wave, read a list of maneuvers, and watch the time. I waved to start the time and clicked the stopwatch. Nick started the sequence, and after 4 or 5 maneuvers I looked down to check the time. Oh CRAP! The watch was not running; I kept reading the maneuvers and knew how long it had taken us yesterday. I stopped one maneuver later as we had been 30 seconds short the previous day, and when we finished, I had let him go 3 seconds too long, totally my fault, and cost him about 25 points. I wanted to crawl under a rock as the flight was good.
Nick flew his F3C round later in the afternoon and again with strong wind, got a nice flight in. We got the score and I was really disappointed that he only got a 239. I had scored it mentally at about 252. As it turned out, this will probably be the throwaway round as both Graber and Ito put in huge scores and totally messed up the normalizing.
Round three is tomorrow and we look for better conditions and better scores. As of round 2, Nick is 7th, Mike is 30th, and Chris is 42nd.
On a dog sled team, if you're not the lead dog, the view never changes.
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08-05-2019 10:17 PM  4 months ago
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Thanks for the updates.


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08-05-2019 10:25 PM  4 months ago
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08-06-2019 12:31 AM  4 months ago
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08-06-2019 09:26 PM  4 months ago
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Tuesday, August 6
Day 3 of the preliminairies.

We woke up to wind, win, and more wind. The wind blew all day at about 10m/sec, but pretty much right down the flight line. Nick did his F3N flight, the knowns, in a pretty brisk wind and had a respectable flight scoring over 3700. He has the first round of flight to music around noon tomorrow.
Even with the wind howling, Nick did his F3C flight and got a 242, not as high as we hoped, but certainly a good score for the wind. He replaced the motor in his number 1 model as the bearings were a bit rough and the model behaved much better. The flight was impressive.
Mike went late in the afternoon with a gale happening and got really beat up. The model just refused to settle down and he got a score that certainly is not as high as he is capable of. Chris flew an hour later and had what probably overall was his best flight. We pointed out some things where he could pick up points pretty easily. Even so, he moved up a couple of places.
I did not get to see Ennio fly, but he scored a 260. Ito flew later in the day and even with the wind flew a beautiful round scoring a 262. Stefan Wachsmuth is flying very well also and is a sleeper to finish very strongly. Japan’s Iso got really beat up by the wind and had his worst round. Kunii of Japan also had wind issues. Steve Roberts put in a very controlled flight and scored very well late in the day
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