Final Results! Congratulations to all the teams and pilots who finished with medals. Another championship ended crowning:
the new World Aerobatic Champion – Francois Le Vot of France
Women’s Champion – Aude Lemordant of France
4 minute Freestyle Champion – Rob Holland of USA
Men’s Team Champions – France
and Women’s Team Champions – France
Visit the Results Page: http://www.civa-results.com/2013/WAC_2013/indexpage.htm
World Aerobatic Champion
Francois Le Vot – France
2013 Women’s Aerobatic Champion
Aude Lemordant – France
4 minute freestyle Champion
Rob Holland – United States
First of all, my apologies for delay in writing another Lines & Angles. I enjoy doing it but it seems Jury duty here has been very time consuming and hectic – sort of like flying. Hours of boredom sometimes followed my moments of intense activity.
Weather was good for flying — but it was a cold morning on Wednesday, October 16th. Chief Judge John Gaillard (left) does his best to stay warm.
After days of delay due to rain, cloud cover, and wind, we finally finished the last Known flight last night. Results were posted right away at www.civa-results.com and at 8:00 am this morning, the protest period had expired and results were declared official – and duly signed by the Jury President, LG Arvidsson, and the Chief Judge, John Gaillard.
But we would not have completed it without the agreement of team managers and representatives. Yesterday morning, a meeting of the International Jury members and team representatives was convened in the terminal building at KGYI. The Jury President presented a proposal to increase the wind limits for Programme 1, the Known. We had sufficient ceiling to continue the contest but the wind was out of limits yesterday morning. After a good discussion, the teams voted and 9 of the 16 were in favor of increasing the limit to 14 meters/second. Flying then began and continued until just after 5:00 pm last night.
While we were waiting out the rain we kept ourselves entertained. This video includes some footage from the trip to the rodeo. We are very thankful to the rodeo team from Southeastern Oklahoma State University! They put on a fantastic display for us showing the events in which they compete during their collegiate rodeo season.
The video also contains footage from the wine & cheese party that the USA team hosted. The highlight of the evening was the airplane building and then commenced a competition to see how far the homebuilts would fly. Great fun!
Days 4 and 5 from Jim Connors on Vimeo.
After waiting out the rain for three days we are back in the skies!
57 degrees with a breeze is making for some discomfort for the judge’s, but all are VERY happy to hear the engines running!
WAC Day 2 720p from Jim Connors on Vimeo.
With the Known incomplete we can only offer a little taste of what the competition has been like up to this point. This video from Day 2 features warm up pilot Ben Freelove with a couple figures thrown in from competition pilots. We will post more as the flying progresses and as the weather allows.
14 October; Weather forecast is not good. Officials have elected not to send the pilots out to the airport today. Rain is expected throughout the day and the ceiling will not be high enough to fly.
At 2:32 pm on Thursday, October 10th, our first pilot took off for his Known programme and WAC 2013 was off and running. Finally.
Unexpected delays were encountered in the morning due to a surprise wind observation made right after briefing. The wind was almost down the main axis but at a speed of just over 16 meters per second – well over limit. Though the Judges were in position by that time and ready to go, the flying had to be called off. They were at the east judging position here at KGYI. Despite the wind, however, to get something going, warm-up pilot Joe Brinker took off and flew the low lines for the Judges and a sequence as well. It was nice to see someone in the air, though an actual contest aircraft was not going to be seen until the afternoon.
Because it looked like the wind might be out of limits for a while, this generated quite a bit of discussion amongst the Jury, the Contest Director, and team managers. There are provisions for waiving rules and relaxing wind limits in the rules. For wind limits, it requires Jury agreement and a majority of team managers. It is not always easy to reach such an agreement – but I suspect if wind problems persist, we will return to the subject. That said, as a Jury member, I cannot comment further on that but flexibility is built into the rules because of our long history of problems with weather at many Championships through the years. I will keep you posted. Everyone, of course, wants to fly and the Judges want to judge.
The scores from the first day of flying the Known are starting to post here:
Also at this location is a link to photos of pilots and officials.
The Order of Flight for Thursday, 10 October 2013, is now posted on the resort’s entry door of the Tanglewood Resort.