2012 - First international F3J of the season
Cyprus is a place that obviously attracts a lot of Nations because this
year 13 Countries and 54 pilots sent their registration in and wanted
this early event in the season..
Thursday 15.march -
The North Cyprus pilots have been practicing for a little week now and
are filled up with work on the flying field. They had prepared a new
field but the National aviation said it was in a flying corridor so they
had to rework and use the "old field" that actually are excellent for
our use. International pilots keep coming in at Ercan airport every day
now and we had a nice day in partly summer time midday and over to
spring temperatures in the evening. Conditions had lots of thermals in
the "thermal corridors" but some sink in between if one was not
observant. Wind was 2-4m/s increasing throughout the day. Evening for
some of us was spent with Turkish and North Cyprian pilots in a local
restaurant. Thanks Eser for bringing us together!
Friday 16.march -
Another practice day
We woke up to rain but by the tim we had settled on the field the sun
was coming out slowly and temperatures got up to summer standards (in
norway atleast). It was windy all day and bungees broke and thick 1.5mm
lines broke. Lets hopw we can get a ladder for entering the field
downwind tomorrow as there are many parachutes there now... ;)
Lunch was served on the field with drinks and coffee and occasional
drinks for those that needed.
Heavy ballast was the most easy way to handle things though some like
the idea of hanging on top after launch and maybe go sideways. Thermals
came thru sometimes with huge areas of good air with occational small
ones that was dangerous to follow downwind. One had to pick the right
one to be safe if you wanted a long flight. In the evening we had dinner
at the hotel though some of us almost forgot the whole thing thumping
our fingers at our laptops... Tomorrow we start early with breakfast
06:30 and departure with bus at 07:00. It is hard to be an F3J pilot
(unless you like to go to bed early then... ;)
Have some movie but it takes time so took out a few shots first.
16.march 2012 - First competition day
A long day with all kind of wind conditions from 8-12m/s in the
morning and dead calm in the afternoon. The last flight was done while
the sun disappeared under the horizon. All launches were done in
sidewind and it was clear that lots of pilots needs to go home and
practice to go around and come up against the wind.
The organizers had a lot of work changing sides and it was not an easy
task as themals changed the wind direction from 70 degrees to 110
degrees making some launches even downwind.
Less than expected landed out or/and crashed on launch (only one
incident I think) but some hooked the line and some got some hot
approaches. Lines were a pain as they all laided over each other and
runners did a fantastic job today. Most had to take their turn and teams
were lucky to have 5 or 6 members i think. I don't think they have ever
been running so much with so little tension.
As it sometimes is in these conditions the spread of scores is high.
11th place (the last final place) is now almost 600 points from perfect
score after 5 rounds. It was thermal conditions but hard to sometimes
know when to circle and when to just use the lift and take the next one
Results after 5 rounds are HERE
Sunday 17.march 2012 - Last competition
It feels like summer!!! Red feet and hot ears is
the feeling after a long day in sunny Cyprus.
We had 0-4m/s winds and
25C all day on the last day of the competition. Some were happy and some
were not but in the end all were smiling I think. A funny matter is that
we competition pilots sometimes tend to let our frustration go to the
contest director in what we think is the right solution. But in the end
we might not even know our own rules so well and we might get irritated
because we did not do well or someone we know had some issue with
something. We try to not put in a protest because we might feel that it
will be bad for what people think of the reason for it. We hope that
others do it for us. Maybe it is best to file a smiling protest just to
shed light on it. Anyhow this was a little thinking outside the box and
apply for future events this season. I feel the organizers here did
everything possible to let us feel happy and their reason for doing this
event is a pure dedication to get friends from all over the world to be
This morning we did 2 more rounds to finish of the preliminary rounds (7
in total). Nothing really changed in the top positions because the
conditions were a bit easier and calm weather does not spread the scores
that much. We had a good break for lunch and started finals with 11
First final the sound signal sadly was missing (maybe we stepped to much
on that wire?) but we all launched on what we felt was fairly on the
beep and themals were spotted well before the working time started by
most. There was a protest but it was refused by unknown reasons at this
time. Some were doing fairly short launches but all but one (linebreak)
got their time.
Second final was again fairly easy but the thermals here in North Cyprus
tends to disappear or break of in small parts so circling low can be a
challenge as one have to either be with it when it gets loose or cruise
fast for the next one. The very light models some have might make it
difficult to reach them but also to have speed to complete a circle when
only half of the circle is working. So there is good sides but also bad
sides about having a very light model for short towing.
Third final was difficult again for some and a timekeeper error was
called for after 10minutes. This meant that the CD called down every
body and granted all reflight. Most finished the round still and made
ready for a reflight (allowed by the rules). In the reflight many took
some big risks and myself (Jojo) went of after maybe only a second and
zoomed into 2 lines!! on the way up and ended with 30m altitude. Only 4
pilots flew the time out I think.
Philip Kolb was the fantastic winner of the finals with first place in
both preliminary rounds and finals.
Winner of juniors was Manuel Reinecke. They also announced team results
by averaging the pilots scores in each team. A new and cool idea. The
team event was won by team SoaristA. Congratulations to all.
Pricegiving was held in front of the tents in usual fancy manners and
lots of photos were taken. We also had a lottery so that all pilots
could get their diplomas and a small price.
Thanks for a wonderful weekend in sunny North Cyprus.
After some thinking on the way home (were we stopped for very good
coffee in Nicosia) I have come to the conclusion that no.way can i get
so many volunteers and smiling guys to do a similar event in Norway.
Results preliminaries HERE -
Results finals HERE
Planes flown were: Philip Prestige, Larry Prestige, Thomas Explorer,
Salahi Perfect, Gockan Explorer?, Jojo Pike Perfection, Joe Supra/Maxa,
Jaroslav Pike Perfection, Alexander Maxa?, Mustafa Prestige, Eser
Explorer2. Mind me there can be mistakes in list.
See you next time . .
or first eurotour in Istanbul next month...
Thanks to all my team mates and friends for a great weekend
Jojo (that will stay for another week ;)