While the SP1 was a good design Walt, the biggest contributor to that speed run was the fact that a thermal the size of Tuscon, and with power sufficient to lift Volkswagons off the ground was on the course at the time of his launch/float, circle, climb back to the base/and on course for the run.
Darrel Zaballos was running a 4 second clock to establish a rhythm for Gavin, but Gavin told us that it was apparent immediately he was going way too fast to get into THAT rhythm, and just rolled and pulled 3 times and Bam! 12.72 sec!
Smokin' fast run.
In big air, the SP1 was great. If the air was at all light or the conditions were calm, warm and humid, it wasn't so good.
It is indeed a great achievement of Gavin, you still need a heck of flying skills (anticipation of the turns, flying them smooth enough not to cut the speed) to fly a such a run even if you have stellar air.
Speaking of thermals, I have encountered much stronger lift in my short time here in the US than in various F3B-contests in Europe. So we might see more great speed runs in the US if we could get more contests running.
Yes I had heard Gavin caught some big air. I suspect though, flying 12 second range regardless of who/what/when/where/etc, may require good air. Not really having a big interest in F3B Im not sure how the SP1 was as an F3B all arounder but I do know it was one heck of a great slope racer......even by todays standards!
flying 12 seconds
Gavin's run was awesome, but weird. He didn't get a great launch, and the air was good, but small, and centered on course, but it wasn't as good as some of the air coming through that day. The thermal was in the perfect place, centered on course, pulling him through the turns, and back towards the center. The best part of that run was how smoothly and perfectly he flew it. He couldn't have flown it any better.
My assessment of the SP1 when compared to the models of today - the section is probably every bit as good as the new models - the thing was FAST. The attention to detail on fuse size, wing intersection - probably not as good.
Wish I had the time and energy to play with you boys... ;-)
have fun - and keep going faster
Sorted by plane
12.68s, Pasi Väisänen, June 2008, Sweden
12.93s, Martin Weberschock, April 2008, Kirchheim, Germany,
13.34s, Fabrice Estivals, May, Melun, France
13.74s, Weberschock Martin, WC 2009, Ivanice, Czech Republic
13.76s, Peter Hubbertz, WC 2009, Ivanice, Czech
12.72s, Gavin Botha, April 13 2003, Eloy, USA
13.08s, Dennis Duchesne, April 2010, Kirchheim, Germany
13.1s, Andreas Böhlen, August 2008, Altikon, Switzerland
13.15s, Roland Hofman, September 2009, Anthisnes, Belgium
13.68, Michael Seyfang, September 2010, Lünen, Germany
13.81s, Thomas Schorb, August 2009, Kulmbach, Germany
13.83s, Andreas Böhlen, WC 2009, Ivanice, Czech Republic
13.88s, Roland Henninot, 2009, Ivanice, Czech Republic
13.13s, Hanspeter Gölz, Arnheim (?), 2009(?)
13.22s, Kyle Paulson, November 7th 2009, Cal Valley, USA
13.44s, Reto Fiolka begin_of_the_skype_highlighting end_of_the_sky pe_highlighting, April 2010, Cal Valley, USA
13.49s, Martin Herrig, April 2008, Kirchheim, Germany,
13.5s, Andreas Herrig, Mai 2010, Neuhardenberg
13.63s, Kyle Paulson, April 2010, Cal Valley, USA
13.74s, Martin Herrig, September 2009, Anthisnes, Belgium
13.86s, Andreas Herrig, April 2010, Salzburg, Austria
13.25s, Craig Goodrum, September 2010, SA NATS, South Africa
13.5s Andreas Kunz, September, Lünen, Germany
13.68s, Martin Herrig September 2004, Lünen, Germany
13.91s, Andreas Herrig, Mai 2003, Neuhardenberg, German
13.7s, Thomas Dylla, Hurricane V, September 2010, Lünen, Germany
13.87s, Pasi Väisänen, June 2003, Ruotsinpyhtää, Finland
Fossa (Baudis model)
13.89s, Jiri Baudis, April 2010, Kirchheim, Germany
13.93s, Andreas Böhlen, September 2009, Anthisnes, Belgium
14.04s, Daryl Perkins, WC 1999, South Africa
14.20s, Michelle Goodrum, WC 2009, Ivanice, Czech Republic
14.24s, Espen Torp, WC 1997, Turkey
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