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08-07-2019 07:08 PM  10 days ago
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Wednesday, August 7, 2019
The preliminaries are finished. The finals start Friday so tomorrow is a practice day. Nick is in the finals in both F3C and F3N, for the second time in a row. They take the top 10 in F3N and Nick is 4th, and the top 15 in F3C and he is in 8th but there is a total of 6 points out of 3000 between 4th and 8th.
The way F3C is scored is a little strange. There are 4 preliminary rounds. You drop the lowest rouynd completely, then you add the other three together and normalize to 1000, that is the prelim winner gets 1000 and everyone else gets a percentage of that. That counts as one round of the finals. You fly three additional rounds of the finals schedule which is different that the preliminary maneuvers (translated HARDER), drop the lowest round and add up the three best scores. Highest total wins. So it is entirely possible for the pilot in 15th place after the preliminaries, to win the next three rounds and be world champion. Now that has never happened but it is possible.
In F3N they fly an additional set maneuvers round, a freestyle round, and a freestyle to music round. I have judged this and it’s pretty subjective but usually the best guy wins and again, anybody in the finals can win.
Mike and Chris finished 38 and 39th but both had really good rounds today and ended their competition on a high note. With a little luck and some decent weather, either could have been ten places higher. Both guys worked their tails off and I was glad they got rewarded today.
In the finals there are three Germans, three Japanese, and three Swiss. They are pretty much guaranteed the three spots for the Team Championship. Ennio and Ito appear to be the two fighting it out for the individual championship and it is nip and tuck. Best result may involve a lot of luck.
Tmorrow the judges have the day off and will be out touring. I will be at the field with Nick working on F schedule and set maneuvers. I’m sure Mike and Chris will be there to help also but they mght have enough free time to take in some sights.
On a dog sled team, if you're not the lead dog, the view never changes.
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08-08-2019 08:55 PM  9 days ago
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Thursday, August 8
Practice Day
This was our one day to sleep in as we did not have to be at the field until 10:30 for Nick’s F3N time for practice on the official site. I got up at 7:00 and showered, dressed, and ate a leisurely breakfast. The Swiss Team has three fliers in the finals and they were early and really ready to go practice. About 9:30 we made our way to the field and Nick took his practice flight with about a 12 mph wind right down the flight line, no problem.
We went over to our practice site and he put in several flights but the wind kept picking up and became very gusty. I was surprised that he could hold position as good as he did. After a couple of those flight and getting beaten up by the wind, we called it a morning and went and had lunch.
When we got back to the field, even though the wind was still blowing hard, Nick managed to get in several good flights. The German Team, who also have three in the finals, practices right next to us and we could see they were getting beaten up by the wind also.
The forecast for tomorrow is for the same wind so I will be very interested to see how everyone handles it. Ennio and Ito are very close to tied so whoever handles the wind will probably come out on top. Nick flies his first F3C round at 10:20 AM and then has two F3N flights and another F3C flight. On Saturday he has one flight each and then the championships are concluded. We will have closing ceremonies and the presentation of trophies. That night is the banquet and that is the last official part of the World Championships. Then all we have to do is get home.
On a dog sled team, if you're not the lead dog, the view never changes.
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08-08-2019 09:46 PM  9 days ago
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Really nice reporting each day, thank you very much. Wish Nick the best of luck.RapRexSynLogo Pilot
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08-09-2019 08:11 PM  8 days ago
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Friday, August 9
First Day of the Finals
There are 15 pilots in the F3C finals and 10 in the F3N finals. All of them are very good fliers so there is no free lunch. I woke up about 5:30 AM and couldn’t go back to sleep. Nick flew his first flight about 10:10 so we did not need to be in a hurry. The F3C finals started at 9:00 so we headed to the field after breakfast and got everything in order.
Surprise, the wind was blowing in the opposite direction than it has been all week. This is actually Nick’s favored direction but was not in the forecast. He put in a very solid round, a 243.5. We were very pleased until Ito flew and scored a 265.5 to win the round. The unusual thing is that his score is SO high that every other pilot got this score thrown away, not a single one except Ito s counted.
Later Nick flew his F3N known maneuvers. He scored a very respectable 3710 but the leader Kenny KO scored a 3943 so it did not move us up. Lunch break, we skipped food and went to the practice field. I had noticed one thing that the F3C leaders were doing a little differently than we were and it was an easy change so we fixed that.
After lunch Nick did his second F3C flight which was his best flight by far and we were only a little disappointed that the 246.25 was not higher. Graber won the round with a 265.5 and Ito was second with a 265.25. Nick moved from 8th to 6th on that flight. The two top pilots are so close that the winner of the round tomorrow will win the entire championship. Right now, Graber has 2000 points and Ito has 1999.05 points. That’s ¼ of a raw point after 6 complete rounds.
Nick flew his freestyle routine and scored very well. He is in 4th and still has a mathematical chance to move up but it pretty much would require that he win the last round. The top 5 or 6 guys are so close performance-wise that while possible, it’s pretty unlikely that any of the top 5 positions with change.
After the round tomorrow we have the trophy presentations and closing ceremonies and then the Banquet. That is the last official part of the World Championships. I sleep here that night, get up the next morning, eat breakfast, check out of the hotel and head for Berlin. I spend the night there and maybe get in a little sightseeing, then board the flight to Amsterdam, change planes to Atlanta, then home. So tomorrow will probably be my last report. I have really enjoyed my trip and getting to see everyone. The guys have been great to work with and I will miss seeing them every day.
On a dog sled team, if you're not the lead dog, the view never changes.
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08-10-2019 11:28 AM  7 days ago
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What heli is ito flying?trex 700fbl cal30,minititan,, trx600fbl,trex250,logo 500,Velocity N2
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08-10-2019 12:57 PM  7 days ago
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08-10-2019 01:01 PM  7 days ago
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Never heard of it. Must not be sold in the US.trex 700fbl cal30,minititan,, trx600fbl,trex250,logo 500,Velocity N2
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08-10-2019 01:27 PM  7 days ago
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Saturday August 10, 2019
The last day of the championships
Nick did not fly until 11:00 in F3C so he could sleep in and still be ready to go. The wind was blowing hard, Foreflight said 22kts. Graber flew fairly early and scored well but I was told got blown around a lot in the wind. He still scored a 251.25. Nick flew later and the wind was howling and lumpy which it had not been all week. His hovering was impossible, I don’t even see how he finished it. His aerobatics were really good even for no wind but the combined scores were only 229.25 and that ended up being is throwaway.
As I mentioned last night, between Ito and Graber, whoever won the last round won the championship. Ito flew right after Nick and caught a break. The wind, while not stopping, was a little calmer and he put in a very nice flight which scored a 259. I saw this one and pretty much agreed with the judges, he’s that good.
Nick ended up in 7th, not as high as he hoped, but the quality of flying was really high this year. I hope he is not too disappointed. He worked hard enough to get a better result but it just didn’t happen.
After lunch they did the F3N final flight which was freestyle to music. Nick did an amazing flight but unfortunately he flew right after Kenny Ko. Kenny won every round and is again World Champion. Again, the high level of flight was amazing.
We are back at the hotel and the guys are disassembling models and getting them packed for shipping. Nick and Chris have to leave about 4:00AM to get Chris to Berlin in time to catch his flight. I can take my time and eat breakfast before checking out and heading to Berlin.
Nick and I are staying until Monday so we will get to at least see some of Berlin as a tourist. Pretty much all we have done until now was stand in a German field, although the main flying site was a sport airport and there were a lot of interesting airplanes coming and going.
The next F3CN world championship will be in 2021 in Romania. Don’t know if I can make that one or not…….
On a dog sled team, if you're not the lead dog, the view never changes.
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