World Championships F3A 2009
This years WC takes place in Pombal, in Portugal. The
organizers has a WEB-page
that hopefully will be updated as we go.
I will try to make my own reports from day to day on this page.
Due bad luck I have lost 2 models (Integrals) this year and will
have to do with this, my Oxalys with Plettenberg 30-10Evo
Monday Aug 17 : The trip from Norway to Portugal went without any hitch. Even shipment of model-boxes was a no-brainer, and the contents looks to be undamaged.
The rental car (a big Ford Transit) works, we found the hotel on first try etc. T the hotel we met some old friends on the hotel, had a beer etc.
Tuesday Aug 18 : After a good night of sleep and breakfast we through out two rows of seats from the Transit, to make it more suitable for
model-airplanes than people.
We then went out to the competition arena to pick out the fuel (some still runs vibration machines).
Then it we out to one of the available practice fields to enter our names on the list and start waiting. There was quite a few pilots there (Canada, South Africa, Belgium, Sweden, Ireland etc), so there
was a couple of hours waiting before we could have our first flight. The runway on this field was made of some nylon-cloth on top of the dirt, actually much better than it sounds. The weather today was OK, between 25 and 30 deg.
and some wind, this together with the terrain made for quite challenging flying condition. The same condition are to be expected on the contest-site so it's probably OK.
All the Norwegians had uneventful flights, all equipment works as expected and our flying was about as usual.
Here are some pictures taken today.
Wednesday Aug 19 :
Today we went to the competition arena to have a couple of unofficial practice flights there, last day possible. The conditions was rather difficult
with lots of thermals and generally unstable air. The field itself is OK, newly paved extended airfield. After a couple of flights we went to Nazare
where we had a small meal and went walking on the beach. A LOT of tourists in this town, cars all over and hard to find a parking place. In addition the
water temperature was very low, swimming was out of the question.
Thursday Aug 20 :
Today we went back to the same practice field as on Tuesday, we were early so we managed three (some four) flights. Afterwards we went to the competition field to deliver our flag and national anthem.
We then saw that they were assembling an F16 on the competition arena, don't ask me why ?
Friday Aug 21 :
The first teams have their official practice flights today, we are scheduled for tomorrow. We went to the same practice-field as the other days and had a couple of flights.
Kjell T Pettersen had an engine flame-out and a scary emergency landing, he was lucky to get away with a minor
scratch on the stabilizer. Mr Yamada was present and
gave him a new spark-plug and generally helped to diagnosis's the reason for the stop. Andreas B. Jensen had a rough landing in the turbulent wind, his model suffered
some minor damage to one aileron-horn. We fixed it back at the hotel, it should not be a problem. Later today there is a teem-managers meeting where it is expected to receive the starting order etc.
Saturday Aug 22 :
Today we had our official practice flights and model processing today. All without any issues. After that we took a short trip to the beach
before we returned to the arena for the opening sermon. Last but not least was the reception in the town hall. That is the reason for this late update, there was no time to do it yesterday evening.
Sunday Aug 23 :
First day of competition are completed, for those who are unaware of the system; The judges and pilots are divided in 4
groups, each group of judges do their task at one flying site, either in the morning or the afternoon session,
and each set of judges judge one of the 4 preliminary rounds. The pilot groups then move from one
(and judge group) to the next until all pilots have flown for all 4 sets of judges and thus have flown all
4 rounds. The result of this is that there is impossible for a pilot to know exactly how things are going until
after the 4 rounds are completed.
For the Norwegian pilots the flights were OK, the conditions are very challenging with variable wind and generally unstable air.
Hopefully the organizers will post the raw-scores at the end of each day.
Monday Aug 24 :
Today we all (Norwegians) had flights in the afternoon groups, so there was no rush in the morning.
It also helped that there is no more transmitter impound, since there are no frequency conflicts.
I attended a meeting in the sub-committee to discuss the strategy for creation of the next flight schedules (P13 F13 and beyond).
The flying went reasonably well, not the best feeling in my career, but people said it looked good. The score
was also good related to the other pilots I usually combat against.
Not so many pictures today, but still some :
Tuesday Aug 25 :
The third day of competition is over, for the Norwegian and Swedish team it was a little bit up and some down.
First out was Kjell T. that managed to zero his stall-turn at center by snap-rolling in the wrong direction. For
Bent O. it was even worse when his YS CDI stopped in the same manoeuver, thus zeroing half of the flight. David,
Andreas an myself coped the difficult condition reasonably well. It will be exciting tomorrow to see if I am able
to capture a spot in the semi-finals.
Wednesday Aug 26 :
The last round of preliminaries was flown today. We all performed quite OK. I made my best score in relatively
calm late-morning conditions.
It still looks promising for a spot in the semi-final, but I will not celebrate prematurely. The afternoon-group must
have their flights first. Actually, if I am among the top 30 there will for sure not be any wild celebration as
tomorrow will be used on a practice field to fine-hone the F-09 schedule.
I guess the results so far will be available around 19:00 local time today, please
check the WEB of the organizer (WEB-page) for the results,
as I will be busy with a team-manager meeting after the results are official.
Thursday Aug 27
Wow, I am so happy to be as high as #20 after the preliminaries. That was well above my expectations. Now the
target is to stay as high up on the list as possible through the semi-final on Friday. Today I'm out on the
Barosa practice field together with the team from Spain, Liechtenstein, Switzerland, France and Japan (so far). I have
come down with a small flu, nothing major but my nose is dripping and i might have a small fever.
I hope and pray that I will feel better tomorrow.
Both Akiba and Suzuki from Japan are still using the OS 200FSI, but they seem to have some issues. Today
Suzuki had the engine out of the plane to do some fixing.
CPLR uses the YS 170CDI this year, as the new Axiome's are 200g lighter that last years models he can pass the
weigh in with the heavier engine.
Hacker has some out-runner prototype F3A-motor out there, Ulsamer is using one. It's a 28 pole motor with weight below
600g, and it is targeted towards a 21x14 propeller
By guess and feel, the amount of electrics this year is in the 70-80% range, the exact rate will hopefully come out of
the statistics collected by the French RC-Pilot magazine. The compiled list will most likely be presented at www.rcpilot-online.com.
Friday Aug 28 :
This will be my last report, as tomorrow afternoon I will busy with the banquet. Yesterday evening we had a
common dinner with all the Nordic people, actually it was slightly expanded with guests from Holland and Japan.
Today it was the time for the semi-final, as as expected I struggled a bit flying the Oxalys.
I fell down 5 places to 25'th, but I'm still very satisfied as it actually means that I'm the 25'th best F3A pilot in the world !
Not bad from a humble guy from up north. You will find the complete list after the semi on the WEB-site of the event.
I have managed to take a few pictures since last time, some of them is presented below.