Monday, June 28, 2010


Pilots often show up to fly before the competition begins. This gives them a chance to get used to the contest area and to make sure that their aircraft and equipment are in top tune for the meet.

The contest organizers (tow pilots, launch crew, scorer, retrieve office, etc.) also need to practice, and for that purpose there are two scheduled formal practice days, just before the contest starts. On the official practice days, a Task is set, and the gliders are launched using contest procedures. Afterwards, the flights are evaluated, and scores are produced.

Knowing full well that the practice day scores are meaningless, the pilots usually are interested in how they did. They are a competitive bunch.

Today was the second practice day. Nine Standard Class and ten Open Class gliders flew. Here are the results.

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