Day 7 - The Draw

This was our last formal practice opportunity - so we headed to the forrest again. As many teams had model processing and official practice today we had the field almost to ourselves. Chester Shlomi was with us for the first hour or so and then took off. Today we were practicing under simulated competition conditions, with ready and Start boxes, timer etc. so we could get used to it - including the callers / helpers. And we learnt quite a bit to add to our checklists (including removal of mobile phones).

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Day 5 & 6 - Focus and Friendship

Despite best attempts by all there is flying and eating to be done.  The pilots and helpers are both all working on some thoughts from their perspectives - but at 8:20pm they are still at the field and still to find their way back for (or via) dinner.  I escaped early to ensure we were on top of our schedule for the next few days - and now have a few minutes to update on what has been happening.

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Day 4 - Interupted Practice

Our plan today was to move from lots of familisarisation flying, to fewer flights with 'forensic' feedback as we did back in the early stages of practice.  We succeeded with 6 flights each (3 under forensic conditions) - but the path wasn't quite as planned.

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Day 4 - The Interuptions

One thing we are learning about Zurich is the weather is almost as changeable asMelbourne - and the weather forecasts (at least the ones we have found) are all contradictory.  So when faced with the heavy winds we didn't go home, instead we went on two little tours in hope the wind would subside.

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Day 3 - More Practice...

Our second practice day - another 8 flights for Dennis and Bill, and 6 for GlennO.  Great preparation - and only a 3 wasp sting day (even with all the wasp baits in the trees). 

We planned for practice at 2 sites today - but a combination of great conditions, some new company, and a little team attention required around GlennO's ESC set up meant we stayed at the same field all day.  A couple of photos today that show the scale of the forest relative to the actual flying site, and the awesome shade it provided as the temparature runs into the low 30's.

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