Day 2 - Practice Starts

Today was first practice day - and judged a suucess with each pilot putting in 8 flights.

We started today with another positive for the hotel - a great breakfast spread.  Then packing the planes in the van and off to the field.  We don't have mobile internet yet, and our 'planned' route from hotel to the site wasn't quite right, so we did a lap of the airport and some other suburbs before getting on track.

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Day 1 - A380's all the way!

7 months of practice and preparation down, and we are on our way - and so far so good.  28 hours after leaving Melbourne we are safely settled into our hotel in Zurich, with models in tact.

GlennO started a bit earlier with his flight from Mildura to Melbourne - and we all met up Friday evening at Melbourne airport to start our journey.  No issues with model box weights - while Bill and Dennis were both over on their airline weight allowances, Emirates happily transferred their excess to other members of group who hadn't used all theirs - very useful.  Our only few minutes of nervousness were customs pulling us up on Lipo batteries and not quite being aligned with our Qantas exemption letter - we understood we were not limited on number of batteries under 100wh (that is how the exemption is worded - and 5S, 5,000mah are around 95wh), but customs weren't happy with that we had to rearrange batteries and spread what the pilots had across Norm and David to come close to the 2 packs per person rule for larger than 100wh. We made it through complete in the end.

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25 Weeks down, six to go..

How time flies! Back in January we started planning and, more importantly, practicing for the World Championships in Zurich in early August. And what a journey it has been.

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Final Touches

This time next week we will be well on our way to Zurich.  A lot of practice, a few set-backs, and now final preparations before we head off.  We have the Australian flag, and we have just about worked out who is taking what batteries, chargers, power supplies, souveniers etc. (clearer after last nights planning dinner!)

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Quality is a habit...

Author: Dennis Travassaros

My journey started in precision aerobatics / F3A about 8 years ago, in the sportsman class. In the last 12-18 months things have really gelled, finally achieving masters, and solid, consistent results are frequent. But we can always improve….

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