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Article: 4549 of rec.aviation.soaring Path: cfanews!hsdndev!news.starnet.net!wupost!waikato!news.midland.co.nz!roake.gen.nz!user From: John@roake.gen.nz (John Roake) Newsgroups: rec.aviation.soaring Subject: WORLD GLIDE 95 - BULLETIN NO 5 Followup-To: rec.aviation.soaring Date: Wed, 04 Jan 1995 06:40:28 +1200 Organization: Midland Internet Limited - Hamilton, New Zealand Lines: 61 Message-ID:
NNTP-Posting-Host: roake.gen.nz The following is an unedited statement from the manager of French team on the Nimbus 4 accident of yesterday. Gerard is one of the most experienced and competent pilots in this championship and has flown in wave throughout the world...so it shows that even if you are a very experienced pilot you can be trapped and caught by the wave conditions. Yesterday the clouds were moving very quickly and growing very quickly and the reason for the conditions being very different from what we know in Europe because of the humidity and moisture in your country because your country is an island with sea around it so I would like to say to pilots that when they cross the wave system they must have more safety altitude above the wave when crossing because in one minute the look of the cloud system can change and grow and move and also the lift is very good in this country but the descent is very strong and the wind is very strong and when you fly against the wind with very strong descent your glide angle is very small and much less than you expect when flying in normal conditions...my first advice My second advice is that due to the turbulence in this type of weather the pilots have not to forget the tuburlence can be very very strong and also they must think of the speed limit in turbulence of their glider even when they are flying in clear skies, they can meet very strong turbulence and it is important to remind all of them. Also because they are in competition a midair collision is always possible and because also with the weather conditions at high altitudes the glider can go during the flight, I want to remind all competitors that when they put on their parachutes they must think that maybe they will have t o use them, so it is important that they go through a mental drill and a mental briefing that if today I have to bail out I will have to pull on this..etc....they must mentally prepare for the possibility of an ejection. Finally I would like to thank the organisation for its professionalism and rapid response to the search and rescue of our pilot and I also extend my sincere thanks to all those on the airfield who gave their support and solidarity to our team after the crash and we were very touched by this proof of support. The most important thing is that Gerard Lherm will be able to fly in the world championships and we hope that this difficult experience he went through will be a salutary lesson to every pilot taking part in this championship...everyone must learn. ENDS JANUARY 3 The day got progressively worse from 1000 hours , with a major improvement starting at 1400 hours. A new reduced practice task was set, and it turned out to be a totally thermal day (Surprise Surprise). Times recorded were exceptional and the faith in Omarama as a thermal soaring site was restored. Cloud base was 10,000 feet. Thermals strengths up to 12 knots. Results not available as I post this, but 50 or more completed the course. -- John H Roake From the World Gliding Championship site, OMARAMA, NEW ZEALAND Phone ++64-3-438-9482 Fax ++64-3-438-9479
World Gliding Championships in New Zealand, 1995 on geichhorn.com