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Old 27th Aug 2007, 07:01
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Microlight World Champions - again

BMAA Vice Chairman Rob Hughes posted to BMAA types.........
The British team are the dominant force in world microlighting. Three out of the
four classes were won by Brits:
Paul Dewhurst & Paul Welsh - World Champions 2 Seat 3 Axis
Rob Grimwood & Chris Saysell - World Champions 2 Seat Trike
Richard Rawes - World Champion Single seat Trike
David Broom - World Silver medal Single seat 3 Axis
Rob & Rees Keene - World Bronze medal 2 Seat Trike
We won the world Team Silver medal, only because it is calculated in such a way
that the biggest team usually wins, so the Czechs won it.
Very many congratulations to all of our pilots, and especially to the medal
winners!
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Well flown guys, nice for Britain to win something for a change.
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Old 27th Aug 2007, 18:29
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Congratulations to The British Team On their win over in Czech on what is a sad day for the sport back here in the UK.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/6965192.stm

Condolences to the families involved.
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Old 27th Aug 2007, 21:43
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world champs again

this is not a case of "winning something for a change", the British team usually come back from the world championships with a good collection of medals.

One of this years gold medallists has, in different years, gained the gold medal in each of the four classes. That is single seat flex wing, two seat flexwing, single seat 3 axis and two seat 3 axis I believe that he is the only person ever to have done this.

Well done to all of our team, again.
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One of this years gold medallists has, in different years, gained the gold medal in each of the four classes. That is single seat flex wing, two seat flexwing, single seat 3 axis and two seat 3 axis I believe that he is the only person ever to have done this.
makes it seem easy... or do only the British compete like the world tiddlywinks championship? What do these microlite championships involve, then? Not racing, I'd guess - it would be like watching a milk-float race
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MizzFlyer wash your mouth out......

The World Championships is a true World Champ event, this year held in Czech Republic, in recent years it has been in the UK, Portugal, Germany, Spain. It is fiercely competitive. There was 15 nations competing this year. The event is run by the FAI.

The event comprises many precision flying tasks, many of which would come as a shock to most of the GA fraternity. How would you fancy a spot landing competition which starts by turning off the engine at 1000 feet and then aiming to land on a 100 metre long box marked on the ground? You gain 250 points for touching down in the first 5 metres, 200 for the second 5 metres etc. If you touch before the first box you score zero, if you can't stop within the 100 metres you score zero. There are tasks with a limited fuel allowance but you have to fly as far and/or as long as you think you can and return with the safety fuel only. Add to that some precision navigation tasks, short take off over a tape 1 metre off the ground, short landing over said tape and tasks where the turning points have to be found by flying a true course till you see, on the ground, something you have a photo of in your task briefing notes.

I have been and spectated at some of the national competitons, used to help select the team for the worlds, what little you see from the ground is most impressive. The medals our team are bringing home will certainly have been earned. It's just a shame that even flying types know so little about it.


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Old 29th Aug 2007, 07:50
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rans6andrew said in part.....
"this is not a case of "winning something for a change", the British team usually come back from the world championships with a good collection of medals."
Maybe you missed the heading [in Bold] "Microlight World Champions - again" hinting that this was not the first time!
"Winning something for a change" with a Smilie after it was my attempt at gentle sarcasm in view of the fact that only Microlighters seem to know what actually happens at the Champs.
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