Heaps of flying going on here, so much that there's no spare time for blogging. With today, we will have 7 out of 7 tasks! Today the Stig decided to drop off the task in person.
That Stig is one sneaky dude. It seems he came out to the field and made an appearance yesterday. I did hear rumors that he was here, but I'm surprised he made it in and out with very people noticing him. Karly managed to snap these two shots of him.
It only took Oleg one day to get right back into form. Go Oleg!!! He's now in first overall after two days.
Felix Cantesanu, one of the most promising new pilots in the Flytec Competition Camp last week, won the day in the sport class.
The nicest guy in Colorado, Jim Yocom kicked the rigid butts.
No one made goal for the flexies, but young gun Mike Bilyc went the furthest and won the day prize money - $100 courtesy of Wills Wing!! Unfortunately, Jonny deducted gas money, driver fees and tuition, so there was only $20 left for Mike.
After a really great week of training up a whole batch of new competition pilots, we had two quick rest days before the main event. Despite a week of "practice" the first day didn't go entirely as planned - there are always those kinks to work out.
We decided to try something different and use a task committee (we're calling it/him/her/them the Stig) consisting of very experienced and highly qualified comp pilot(s) that just don't happen to be competing here this year. For fun (and some other reasons), we thought it would be good to keep that committee anonymous - although I'm hearing rumors that the Stig might be making an appearance on the last day.
Anyway, despite all of it's expertise and experience, the task call today turned out to be the wrong one. The forecast looked much better than it turned out to be. It called for reasonably high base and strong climbs. Unfortunately, we were plagued with high cloudiness that made the lift whimpy at best. The 172km task to Vidalia to visit our favorite onion was a bit too much for everyone. No one made goal and many were no more than 20 or 30km out from Americus. What a bummer for such a promising day. But, we'll hope for better tomorrow.
Scores aren't up yet, but rumor has it that Oleg made it furthest, making us all very hopeful for that comeback of his! It is great to have him back on the scene and it's as if he never went away....same smile and great attitude....and apparently he hasn't lost any of those world class skills over the last 6 years.
As usual, we're sharing the runway with the Citations of the rich and famous ;-)
We just finished off a fantastic week of flying at first Flytec Competition Camp. It was a great time for everyone! Jonny put together this short video. Special thanks to Steve Kroop, the tug pilots (our mountain), the instructors and crew and especially to the new batch of competition pilots that spent the week getting hooked on what we all love!