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2021 Barraba Big Toe Hang Gliding Competition

Sun, Nov 21 2021, 4:02:45 pm MST

The podium

Barraba Big Toe 2021

Scott Barrett, Steve Docherty, Rory Duncan

See results in previous article.

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2021 Barraba Big Toe Hang Gliding Competition

Fri, Nov 19 2021, 10:37:21 am MST

Last Task

Barraba Big Toe 2021

http://www.williamolive.com/comps/barraba/comp results 2018.html

Task 4:

# Name Glider Distance Total
1 Peter Burkitt Moyes RX 5 Pro 15.04 35.3
2 John Harriot Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 12.16 30.8
3 Rory Duncan Airborne Rev 8.82 25.5
4 Steve Docherty Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 8.63 25.2
5 Rick Martin Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 8.57 25.1
6 Mikhail Karmazin Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 7.01 21.4
7 Adrian Bosco Moyes RX5 Pro 6.59 20.3

Final Results:

# Name Glider T 1 T 2 T 3 T 4 Total
1 Scott Barrett Aeros GT 1000.0 649.1 763.7 15.8 2429
2 Steve Docherty Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 869.3 698.7 708.4 25.2 2302
3 Rory Duncan Airborne Rev 558.4 505.2 926.2 25.5 2015
4 Vic Hare Wills Wing T3 144 245.4 751.0 1000.0 15.8 2012
5 Steven Crosby Moyes RX 5 Pro 428.4 712.7 572.6 0.0 1714
6 Mikhail Karmazin Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 785.3 660.4 242.0 21.4 1709
7 Guy Hubbard Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 434.1 717.8 460.1 15.8 1628
8 Rick Martin Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 614.6 581.0 305.2 25.1 1526
9 Peter Adriaans Moyes RX5 Pro 489.7 514.2 475.6 15.8 1495

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2021 Barraba Big Toe Hang Gliding Competition

Thu, Nov 18 2021, 9:05:04 pm MST

They stopped to help

Barraba Big Toe 2021|Peter Burkitt|scoring|Scott Barrett|Troy Horton|William "Billo" Olive

Regarding the zeros on the second task, Billo writes:

I'll have to average those pilots (Scott, Pete and Troy) for round two after the final round. So, not fixed until then. Assisted a pilot after deployment. The pilot who deployed is OK, but won't be flying further this comp.

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2021 Barraba Big Toe Hang Gliding Competition

Thu, Nov 18 2021, 9:47:57 am MST

Third Task

Barraba Big Toe 2021

http://www.williamolive.com/comps/barraba/comp results 2018.html

Task 3:

# Name Glider Time
(h:m:s)
Total
1 Vic Hare Wills Wing T3 144 01:32:52 1000.0
2 Scott Barrett Wills Wing Sport 2 155 02:05:30 774.4
3 Steve Docherty Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 02:14:52 721.6
4 Steven Crosby Moyes RX 5 Pro 02:39:19 591.9

Cumulative:

# Name Glider T 1 T 2 T 3 Total
1 Steve Docherty Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 869.3 386.3 721.6 1977
2 Scott Barrett Wills Wing Sport 2 155 1000.0 0.0 774.4 1774
3 Vic Hare Wills Wing T3 144 245.4 414.2 1000.0 1660
4 Steven Crosby Moyes RX 5 Pro 428.4 393.6 591.9 1414
5 Mikhail Karmazin Moyes RX 3.5 785.3 366.8 235.4 1388
6 Guy Hubbard Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 434.1 396.4 478.4 1309
7 Peter Adriaans 489.7 289.1 494.8 1274
8 Rick Martin Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 614.6 325.5 306.6 1247
9 Neale Halsall 459.4 326.2 146.3 932
10 Rory Duncan Moyes RX 5 Pro 558.4 284.4 0.0 843

Still wondering about task 2.

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2021 Barraba Big Toe Hang Gliding Competition

Wed, Nov 17 2021, 11:37:08 pm MST

Second Task - not all accounted for

Barraba Big Toe 2021

http://www.williamolive.com/comps/barraba/2021/gap_task_result_2021-11-17.html

# Name Glider Distance
(km)
Altitude
(m)
Adj. Distance
(km)
Total
1 Vic Hare Wills Wing T3 144 61.17 +1906 70.70 417.7
2 Guy Hubbard Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 60.56 +1511 66.27 399.8
3 Steven Crosby Moyes RX 5 Pro 58.62 +1600 66.33 396.8
4 Steve Docherty Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 57.65 +1480 64.95 389.5
5 Mikhail Karmazin Moyes RX 3.5 58.84 +627 61.62 370.0
6 Neale Halsall 48.88 +1622 56.99 329.0
7 Paul Bissett-Amess 50.43 +1177 56.25 322.8
8 Peter Adriaans 47.27 +1209 53.32 294.1
9 Rory Duncan Moyes RX 5 Pro 53.04 +0 53.04 289.4
10 John Harriot Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 48.10 +0 48.10 240.3
Pilots not yet processed
Rick Martin
John Spencer
Troy Horton
Peter Burkitt
Scott Barrett

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Barraba Big Toe Hang Gliding Competition

Tue, Nov 16 2021, 10:32:01 am MST

14th November to 20th November 2021

Barraba Big Toe 2021

https://wow.asn.au/comps/web/bbt2021

The Barraba Big Toe is a Trike Aero Tow Category 2, AA rated competition held at Barraba (near Manilla NSW).

This region offers big air thermals and is ideal for getting in some big flights early in the season. As it is early season, the thermals should be a bit softer round the edge while still pumping in the middle. New Comp 2020, tasks averaged around 100km with 1000ups achieved (and it was a wet season).

Barraba in late Spring is a perfect location for inland flying. Great lift, not quite as rowdy as peak summer. The area offers wide open landing fields and plenty of options for tasks.

Camping is $10 per night for pilots and support staff at Aerodrome, toilets, and power for radio gear available.

http://www.williamolive.com/comps/barraba/2021/gap_task_result_2021-11-16.html

# Name Glider Time Total
1 Scott Barrett Wills Wing Sport 2 155 02:11:34 1000.0
2 Steve Docherty Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 02:33:33 859.6
3 Mikhail Karmazin Moyes RX 3.5 02:51:27 769.3
4 Rick Martin Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 03:32:04 585.9

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2014 East Coast Championship

Day 7 and final results

Sat, Jun 7 2014, 9:27:48 pm EDT

Aeros Combat|Aeros Combat GT 15|Aeros Combat L|Aeros Discus|Airwave Vision Pulse|Bob Filipchuk|Brian Boudreau|Bruce Barmakian|Charles Allen|Cory Barnwell|Dana Harris|Dan Lukaszewicz|Dave Proctor|Davis Straub|East Coast Championships 2014|Felix Cantesanu|Greg Dinauer|Greg Sessa|Highland Aerosports Flight Park|Hugh Mcelrath|Icaro Laminar Z8|J.D. Guillemette|Jim Messina|Joe Schmucker|John Claytor|John Dullahan|John Waters|Knut Ryerson|Michelle Haag|Moyes Litespeed|Moyes Litespeed S|Moyes Litesport 4|Richard Elder|Richard Milla|Soraya Rios|Tom McGowan|Tom Mcgowan|Wills Wing|Wills Wing Sport 2|Wills Wing T2C|Wills Wing Talon|Wills Wing U2

http://soaringspot.com/ecc2014/

Task 7:

1. Greg Dinauer Aeros Combat 12.7 02:26:13 1000
2. Davis Straub Wills Wing T2C 144 02:26:22 994.02
3. Charles Allen Icaro Laminar Z8 12.8 02:40:06 837.19
4. Tom Mcgowan Moyes Litespeed 03:34:53 546.85

Final Totals:

1. Bruce Barmakian Wills Wing T2C 136 4913.06
2. Greg Dinauer Aeros Combat 12.7 4560.29
3. Davis Straub Wills Wing T2C 144 3821.55
4. Jd Guillemette Moyes Litespeed S4 3037.99
5. John Waters Aeros Combat L 15 3026.09
6. Jim Messina Moyes Litespeed S 4.5 2953.45
7. Charles Allen Icaro Laminar Z8 12.8 2941.23
8. Bob Filipchuk Aeros Combat GT 15 2397.18
9. Dave Proctor Wills Wing T2C 154 1449.28
10. Tom Mcgowan Moyes Litespeed 967.38
11. John Claytor Wills Wing Talon 160 276.18

Task 7 Sport:

1. Hugh Mcelrath Wills Wing Sport 2 01:39:20 1060
2. Brian Boudreau Wills Wing Sport 2 155 01:43:18 980.21
3. Dana Harris Wills Wing Sport 2 155 02:17:47 660.81
4. Cory Barnwell Airwave Vision Pulse 02:21:01 640.73
5. Soraya Rios Wills Wing Sport 2 135 02:29:32 592.70
6. Richard Elder Wills Wing Sport 2 03:00:45 468.69

Final Sport:

1. Felix Cantesanu Aeros Discus 3798.89
2. Hugh Mcelrath Wills Wing Sport 2 3519.46
3. Cory Barnwell Airwave Vision Pulse 3258.15
4. Brian Boudreau Wills Wing Sport 2 155 3044.54
5. Dana Harris Wills Wing Sport 2 155 2810.15
6. Richard Milla Wills Wing Sport 2 2804.88
7. Knut Ryerson Wills Wing Sport 2 2440.09
8. Soraya Rios Wills Wing Sport 2 135 2417.55
9. Richard Elder Wills Wing Sport 2 2203.56
10. Greg Sessa Wills Wing U2 1982.97
11. Michelle Haag Wills Wing Sport 2 135 1156.05
12. John Dullahan Moyes Litesport 4 649.96
13. Dan Lukaszewicz Wills Wing Sport 2 482.98
14. Joe Schmucker Wills Wing Sport 2 175 462.76

Fatality near Columbus, Texas

Mon, Jun 24 2013, 6:38:47 am CDT

On Landing

fatality|Gregg "Kim" Ludwig|Kevin O'Brien|Wills Wing Sport 2

Kevin O'Brien

Gregg Ludwig «Gregg Ludwig» reports:

Kevin O'Brien had a fatal crash Sunday, landing out, near the Columbus, Texas airport.

h2 with good skills. Learned towing skills easily. He handled wind well but was fearless of the wind as well. He was an accomplished sailor. He failed to make it back to the airport landing a quarter mile north with no good landing options, clipped a power line and apparently was electrocuted. Should be something in the Columbus newspaper tomorrow. Flying Sport2 since last fall.

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Why the Wills Wing Sport 2 - 154?

Wed, Sep 12 2007, 8:56:29 am MDT

Sport 2?

So why have I been flying the Wills Wing Sport 2 ever since the end of the US competition season?

Larry Tudor|record|Rob Kells|weather|Wills Wing Sport 2

Very simply, I wanted to break the king posted hang gliding world record. Unfortunately, I didn't get much of a chance at it in 2007.

After I set the single surface world record at 205 miles in 2006, I was thinking that it might be nice to break that record. But Rob Kells wanted me to try to set a record in the Sport 2. At first, I didn't like the idea as I didn't see what record I could be setting.

Then I finally realized that the Wills Wing Sport 2 would be the perfect glider for breaking Larry Tudor's world record set out of Hobbs, New Mexico in 1994. Sure we had broken that record using rigid wings in 2000 and 2001 and topless hang gliders in 2001 (and 2002), but no one had flown over 300 miles in a king posted hang glider since Larry did it.

The Sport 2 because no one would expect me to break the record on this intermediate glider. It is not the top of the line king posted glider like the Wills Wing U2 or the Moyes Litesport, but heck it has a VG and has pretty darn good performance. Breaking Larry's record with the Sport 2 would reflect well on me as a cross country pilot and well on the glider.

But then I didn't get a chance to fly in south Texas as the weather didn't cooperate this year. I had gone to Michigan before my expected trip to Zapata to warm up for the big attempt at the record, and fortunately I was able to set the Michigan state record, flying the Sport 2, 170 miles into Ohio (breaking my ATOS state record of 155 miles).

I have traded use of the glider for ad space in the Oz Report. Wills Wing has been a solid and steady advertiser here in the Oz Report, so it definitely cuts into my only income to do this trade. But, I'd rather switch between various flex wing gliders giving every manufacturer a fair shake, then have to choose one, and have it perceived as my favorite. When I fly in the Ukraine, I'll be sure to fly an Aeros (and I did try to break the single surface record in Florida with an Aeros Target on loan from G.W. Meadows).

Thanks to Wills Wing for making this trade for the use of their great little glider. I've sure had fun with it. It goes back to the factory next month, and you can have a chance at buying the Sport 2 that set the Michigan state record. It is in excellent shape, of course.

Maybe I'll get another chance in 2008. Who knows what the weather will be then.

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Wills Wing Sport 2 - a review »

September 17, 2004

Just the right size.

Paul Dees|Wills Wing Sport 2

Paul Dees writes:

I am the happy owner of a WW Sport 2 - 155 .

I flew a WW U2 160 after owning a WW Fusion and thought the U2 handled great. I was delayed in my glider buying until this Spring, when the Sport 2 came out on the scene. At first, I was skeptical because I wanted the U2's speed. After flying both a Sport 2 and a U2 the same day (thanks to Jim Reynolds' demo gliders) I bought the Sport 2.

What sold me on it? First, it fit my weight perfectly: I felt that the U2 160 was too big and the 145 just a bit too small.

Second, I fly less frequently than the average pilot and finally was willing to admit I would actually have more fun on a glider with less demanding handling.

Third, the Sport 2 offered the perfect blend between the ability to fly cross country and the ability to boat around in weak thermals. If I flew every weekend I would join the "quiver crowd" who have a blade wing or rigid wing and a Falcon, and usually have the most fun on a Falcon. With one kid in college I needed to mind my budget.

So, thanks to Wills Wing I believe I have the perfect glider for the weekend pilot who wants more mojo than a Falcon. I will know for sure next season.

Wills Wing Sport 2 - performance and handling »

September 16, 2004

Steve Pearson graciously answers my questions after I sent the article above to him.

Steven "Steve" Pearson|Wills Wing Sport 2

Steven Pearson «Steve» writes:

I've now posted the Sport 2 performance data on the Wills Wing web site, so that information is now available. Sorry for the delay in getting it up - always too much to do around here.

I'd say that on balance, Wayne's observations above are quite accurate.

There is a difference in performance between the U2 and the Sport 2, but it is nowhere near the difference between the Sport 2 and the Eagle - the Sport 2 is much closer to the U2 in performance, as we've said. And of course (as one can see from the polars) the biggest differences in performance are at the higher speeds. Floating along at minimum sink type speeds, they're all pretty close, but by the time you get to 40 mph, they start to separate pretty dramatically.

There's also a difference between the Sport 2 and the U2 in how easy they are to fly. The U2 works best for a pilot with "solid" intermediate level skills, while the Sport 2 is completely accessible to even a new intermediate pilot.

The Sport 2 is not quite as pilot friendly as the Eagle for two reasons. One is that merely having a VG on the Sport 2 adds a level of complexity, and therefore demand on the pilot that isn't present on the Eagle. The other is that the Sport 2 is configured with the Litestream bar, which is just a little more challenging to hold than the round control bar that comes on the Eagle. But in terms of basic flight characteristics, the Sport 2 is about as easy to fly as the Eagle, and this, combined with its almost U2 level of performance, is exactly what makes it such an extraordinary glider in our opinion.

I also asked Steve in reference to my original article at https://ozreport.com/8.184 and this statement here:

The Sport 2 tracks straight and true at any speed, with no tendency towards oscillations. The Sport 2’s "on rails" directional stability makes aerotowing a breeze, and allows for confident, accurate landing approaches.

These questions: Is the Sport 2 as "on rails" as the U2? Was Rob right or was the web site right? Was it just me as the pilot who hadn't flown flex wings enough just before towing the Sport 2 to get rid of my tendency to be behind the control curve? He responded:

As to your question about whether Rob was right or the web site is right regarding the ease of aerotowing of the U2 versus the Sport 2 - in reality we don't feel there's necessarily a conflict between those statements.

The U2 sets the bar very high in terms of its ease of aerotowing. The Sport 2 is also, in our experience, extremely easy to aerotow. On either glider it is far easier to maintain position behind the tug than on many other gliders that we're familiar with. Whether the U2 is easier than the Sport 2 is an open question.

Your observation to Rob after towing the Sport 2 was that compared to your memory of having towed the U2, you felt the Sport 2 moved around a little more, and Rob's response was that, yes, he wouldn't disagree with that. At the same time, as you wrote, you felt they were close - and we would agree with that also.

On the other hand, as Rob also mentioned, the Sport 2 is overall a far easier glider to fly than the U2 for a less experienced pilot, and as a result it brings a level of performance within reach of those pilots that simply hasn't been available before. And that performance level is, indeed, far above that of an Eagle.

Wills Wing Sport 2 (please see the follow on article) »

September 16, 2004

Not just an Eagle with a VG.

Rob Kells|Wayne Ripley|Wills Wing Sport 2

Wayne Ripley «Trx158» writes:

I think it's a disservice to categorize the Sport 2 as "an Eagle with a VG" Over the last 30 years I have owned thirteen gliders with the Eagle being one of them and I do agree that the Sport 2 and the Eagle handle about the same and land about the same (very easy on both counts).

On the other hand, the Eagle has a 10 to 1 glide while the Sport 2 is 13 to 1. Also I seem to sink at around 200fpm in the Eagle and around 180 pm in the Sport2 (I hook in at 210 lbs). To me the Sport 2 represents a big step forward in performance and at the same weight as the Eagle.

I think Wills Wing should be applauded for designing a glider that seems to do it all for the weekend pilot who as had it with heavy, bad handling, and costly top of the line ships.

(editor's note: In my review of the Sport 2 I felt that I needed to differentiate between the Sport 2 and the U2. The L/D figures provided above are not found on the Wills Wing web site - you can come up with a figure for best L/D for the Eagle from the polars provided by WW. I asked Wayne were he got these best L/D figures and he said Rob Kells gave him these values at his Morningside demos recently.

The Wills Wing site states of the Sport 2:

Equipped standard with the ultra low drag Litestream performance control bar and an effective VG system, the Sport 2 offers glide performance across the speed range that is just slightly below that of the U2!

It would be very hard for me to know from my flights with the Sport 2 and the U2 whether the Sport 2 was closer to the Eagle or to the U2 in terms of glide performance. Perhaps we'll get some best glide numbers or polars so that we can quantify all the difference between the Eagle, Sport 2, U2, and Talon.)

Wills Wing Sport 2 - a mini review »

September 8, 2004

Crashed on the third test.

cart|Joe Schmucker|Rob Kells|Wills Wing Sport 2

I got a chance to fly the Wills Wing Sport 2 at the National Fly-In in Macedon, New York. I plowed it in off the cart on my third flight, so I didn't get to do all the testing that I wanted, but I got some idea of what the glider was like before I wrecked it.

When you transition from a rigid to a flex, your first tow is a little squirrelly. Then things settle down on subsequent tows. If you don't have a lot of experience doing this it takes a lot longer to get your flex wing muscle memory back.

Given one's predilection to be behind the control curve when hoping from a rigid wing on to a flex wing glider, I did find the Sport 2 rolling from side to side on my first tow. Combine that with the fact that I was hanging too low and I wasn't in the most objective situation to evaluate the glider.

Still I got to fly it around for almost an hour on this first flight so I got a feel for the glider. On the next flight I hiked myself up four inches and I was able to get myself in a head down position without being under the bar.

Last year I reported on how great the Wills Wing U2 was to tow, but this was after I had towed a lot of other flex wing glider just before I towed the U2. I asked Rob Kells and he felt that the Sport 2 wasn't quite as on rails as the U2 in towing. I'd say that it was close.

The Sport 2 has a VG and it is very easy to pull on and let off. It was actually useful and didn't wear my arm out. I used it a lot during my two flights. (I loved the U2 VG also.)

When I pulled the VG rope all the way on I really did have a hard time turning the glider. That is it did want to fly straight with the VG full on. When I was towing I had it half on as per Rob's suggestion.

Last year I flew the U2 145 and the 160. I liked the 145 more because it was such a toy. I could just do anything I wanted to do with it and it would respond right away. The 160 just had more surface area that I had to muscle around.

The Sport 2 comes in a 135 and a 157 model. I was flying the 157 model, which is the main stream model. It wasn't quite as responsive as the U2 145.

On the other hand, I was able to come in to thermal at less than 400' AGL under Joe Schmucker, who is a big guy and was flying a WW W2 160. I then thermaled through him on the Sport 2 157. I have to admit that I'm lighter than Joe.

When I pulled the VG all the way on and pulled in the bar I was going 36 mph. Rob Kells tells me if I had stuffed the bar I could hit 55 mph (10 mph slower than the U2 top speed). I am use to pulling in as much as I did on the Sport 2 and going 55 mph on my AIR ATOS VX. I just wasn't use to pulling in so much to get the higher speeds.

Of course, the Sport 2 is designed for the less experience pilot. It is the third step in the five fold path (Falcon 2, Eagle, Sport 2, U2, Talon). It is made to be easy to land and to not over speed when the pilot tries something unusual like their first slipping turn (without realizing it).

With this in mind the Sport 2 has about twice the bar pressure of the U2. The U2 has only 3 pounds of pressure with full VG and full bar stuffed. The extra bar pressure is to keep the less experienced pilot from over doing it.

I reported last year that the Talon had twice the bar pressure of the U2 although Rob Kells claimed this year that the Talon and U2 have about the same bar pressure. Hmmm!?

The Sport 2 is made to land easy, so that the up and coming pilot has a favorable experience and wants to keep flying hang gliders. I found it a joy to land and had a great time getting up in the control bar with my monkey bar position pulling in with my bare feet. I have a lot more control because I don't wear shoes and just have that natural toe grabbing advantage.

The Sport 2 is the first flex wing glider I had tried the monkey bar position for landing after really liking this position for landing on my ATOS. I was able to control the glider as much as I needed to and came out of the control frame at the last second to land.

I did have a second flight and things were a lot better when I was hooked in at the correct height. The glider was easy to thermal with 1/4 VG. I didn't have an opportunity to thermal it for hours as it was a weak day, but it seemed pretty responsive.

I'd say that the Sport 2 is a lot like the Wills Wing Eagle but with a VG. It feels like it is a ways from the U2 in terms of glide performance, but would be less of a handful for landing for the less experienced pilot.

Wills Wing is quite clever to have this five fold path for pilot growth, making incremental safe steps to allow to smooth progress.

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