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Monday, January 15, 2007

HTL No. 1 ETB 2007

The first HTL of 2007 was very well attended and it seems as if everyone is keen to get down to some competitions this year. With a thermal duration comp planned for the 1st Sunday of each month one will get plenty of opportunity.

BERG fielded six pilots with Piet, Mike, Peter and Evan flying in open and Tony, Chris flying 2 meter.
The conditions were tricky, with long delays between thermals. If you caught one, it had to be followed back in the the fresh breeze that was blowing and then you had to try and penetrate back upwind again in the hope of finding another to extend the flying to the 10 minutes required. Unless you had plenty of height, it was unlikly that the next thermal could be reached.
Piet flew his brand new Makula in Open. He is still getting to grips with the model and I'm sure it won't be long before he is back up amongst the leaders. Mike flew his trusty old Ellipse's, not having finished his Stiletto yet, but did not fare to well in the difficult thermal conditions. Peter again had some problems with equipment and had to switch form the Shangololo to his very heavy Tsotsi and then that also gave up the ghost when the rudders servo died before the start of the 2nd last round. Tony and Chris managed to get through the comp without any problems with their Tsotsi's.
The next Thermal comp is the Postal at the beginning of February.

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