woensdag 23 juli 2014

Day 4 - Task 1 stopped & not valid

Today we had set an 87 km task. Rather short because of the risk for overdevelopment. And indeed, only 40 minutes after the first start gate at 13:30, the heavens opened right next to the first turnpoint we were about to take. The 2nd turnpoint was already under the same big cloud and our last turnpoint, Hongrie was already close to another thunderstorm. So, although the flying was beautiful, it was impossible to complete the task in a safe way and the task was stopped.

A significant number of pilots did not immediately notice that the task was stopped and some even flew a serious part of the task, despite flying with fear. We cannot stress enough that, even if the task would not be stopped, we would expect sensible behaviour from all pilots. If you are scared of the clouds you are flying below, you should not be flying anymore and should have looked for a place to land before.

May we also ask to report back in time. In these conditions, it is very important for us to know that everybody has safely landed. Thank you :-)

The pilot above is clearly confident in his gust front judgement... and by now we're sitting in a downpour again. Thunder, lightning, the whole show is on.

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