Ben at the WRE

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Ben at the WRE

Postby Jim Yocom » Fri Jun 24, 2016 12:53 pm


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Re: Ben at the WRE

Postby Steve Ford » Tue Jun 28, 2016 9:25 pm

If you look at Oz Report, you know that Ben got a record on a 100 KM triangle on Monday. Even though he wasn't down there to go after this particular record, he took advantage of the existing weather and made a record flight! Way cool!

Go Ben!

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Re: Ben at the WRE

Postby Mark Windsheimer » Wed Jun 29, 2016 7:34 am

He flew the 100 K faster than the Swift and Flex wings have done and is going to try a 200K today. Go Ben
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Re: Ben at the WRE

Postby Jim Yocom » Wed Jun 29, 2016 8:14 am

Way to go Ben! Get the 200km next! You the man!

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Re: Ben at the WRE

Postby Fred Kaemerer » Wed Jun 29, 2016 8:43 am

Steve Ford wrote:If you look at Oz Report, you know that Ben got a record on a 100 KM triangle on Monday. Even though he wasn't down there to go after this particular record, he took advantage of the existing weather and made a record flight! Way cool!

Go Ben!

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He didn't take the VRS to set the open distance record.... Just sayin'
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Re: Ben at the WRE

Postby Steve Ford » Wed Jun 29, 2016 10:28 am

I was under the impression that the Class 5 declared distance to goal record was his primary objective and that the Class 5 open distance record was a minor subscript in the event that he made the goal and could then take Davis' record for open distance. Since the weather hasn't been conducive to the distance for declared goal, I'm stoked to see him go after the triangle records to take advantage of the weather that he does have. 'nice adaptation to conditions..... "just say'n" :P

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Re: Ben at the WRE

Postby Jim Yocom » Wed Jun 29, 2016 1:48 pm

I agree completely. Got to make the best of the conditions. Doesn't look like Johnny, the professional pilot is interested in anything so far but the open distance record. It is a shame he is sitting out the other flyable days because he has the ability to break some of the flex triangle and out and return records. Ben, the recreational pilot is doing all of us proud!

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Re: Ben at the WRE

Postby bjherring » Thu Jun 30, 2016 10:39 am

Hi ya'll! Thanks for the encouragement.

Jonny's got an old shoulder injury (skate boarding) that acts up from time to time. Swollen so he's sitting out to make sure he can go big when the open distance weather is back.

Strongly considering flying the VRS on the open distance record attempts going forward. That baby flies like a sports car and the stronger the conditions, the better with her. I think it could core a dust devil happily.

You're right Steve. Luck favors the prepared so I'm ready for whatever comes. I have full access to a tug all day any-day so I want to bond with more than just the VR. Would have brought more wings if I could! LOL

Will have to chat with ya'll about the 100km record. Conditions were about 75% of the strength seen during the NM fly-in. Average lift for the entire flight (start to finish) was over 450 fpm as reported by SeeYou which is really remarkably high... Pretty much every climb had a 800fpm rate once I found the goods and felt like I was in a balloon launcher.

EPIC! Today's a rest day thank goodness and the conditions this weekend are coming together nicely... and even better for Tuesday next week but not sure I can hang that long.

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Re: Ben at the WRE

Postby flytm » Thu Jun 30, 2016 1:40 pm

Keep on rocking' it Ben!

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Re: Ben at the WRE

Postby Mike Jobin » Thu Jun 30, 2016 7:53 pm

Looks like your getting dialed into the VRS :P

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Re: Ben at the WRE

Postby Steve Ford » Sun Jul 03, 2016 9:33 am

Today is Ben's day I think. He's on course making OK early speeds. The rhythm of the day sez that by midday he should be ripping along with appropriate record breaking ground speeds...... late afternoon ground speeds might push 80 to 100mph on glide and that will make up for the early day slower part!

Join in the thinking today and help him along: "Ben, Ben, Ben, Ben!"

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Re: Ben at the WRE

Postby Steve Ford » Sun Jul 03, 2016 1:58 pm

Shoot! Sunday...... 'looks like he's down at about 115 miles out. WX map hints at cirrus shadowed course line to NNE. Perhaps the next 2 days will be kinder.

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