Freestyle Halfpipe Explained The Freestyle Halfpipe is designed to test your skill at manoeuvre combinations while retaining energy and yet harnessing a difficulty level that allows you to score highly. The Halfpipe is made up of 3 centre manoeuvres, and 4 turn around manoeuvres of your choice, based on the manoeuvres as listed, and will
Hermanus right on the doorstep!
Three whole days of slope soaring and general misbehavior
welcomed with open arms, feet and whatever else you have on hand.
To boot the weather looks to be a bomb for the weekend,
with the dreaded easterlies staying away,
and a general afternoon wind push on the cards.
TOSS lads will meet at the guarage on the N2 at 6:30AM on Friday
for those that wish to join the convoy, making sure we get to the Wimpy
in Hermanus for breakfast at 8…
So see you there lads!
Yes it,s official
entries are open for the Aerobatics Competitions in January
Please enter soonest sop we can get all the correct T-Shirt sizes sorted
The PDF with the schedule will be up in the next day
but please enter in the meantime and look so forward to seeing you on a slope nearest to us.
Sometime soon,sooner or later, we will actually get spring,
and even summer….possibly.
After a somewhat dry winter, spring has been a real wet push
with some serious rain pelting through as cold front after cold front
knocks the edges off the Peninsula.
And so we have spent more time in the last few weeks chasing Westerlies,
to North Westerlies when in fact we should be at Red Hill soaking up the South Easters.
We did try for an aerobatics comp this weekend, after racing out of Hout Bay
on the back of a North Westerly, only to find it was too north for Slangkop
and too west for Chappies. In the end it came good and
we were able to get the league under way only to have the
wind switch to SW and blow the slope out on a cross wind after the first two
guys in the first round had just managed to launch themselves.
So, maddeningly we waited it out, had a blast with virtual standstill/last man
in the air combat, in atrocious cross wind conditions
and “touch and goes: that had the laugh muscles well and truly tuned.
True as Bob, the minute we sent Kurt our judge home,
the west came back and was cooking by the evening
but by then the twilight and reflection off the sea
made orientation a somewhat tricky affair.
Pointy bit up lads!
And rock on Sunday, a day that was not even supposed to have flying conditions
ended up with ever changing Westerlies once again
and so back to Kommetjie we went
and in between rain, and hail storms ( did I say this was spring?)
we managed to have a complete blast with the BEE wings
while dodging the next approaching storm.
Keep an eye out later in the Week for the launch of the
TOSS AEROBATICS EVENT 2011
entries and PDF of the moves and shakes.
Well for those that made the trip to Chapman’s Peak on Saturday,
it was well worth the while as moderate westerly conditions
held for most of the day and a lot of airtime was had by all.
Noticeably Mally had the Aldij up on three occasions
and as per usual the thing just cruised without a worry,
Tim spent the day airborne, and who was the man who arrived with the Solo…..
sans the wings? aint going to fly like that I can bet.
Schalk arrived with the new club glider project that was built over a 2 build day period,
quite a feat to more or less complete a fuselage glassing, wing bagging,
tail surface creation and apply all together at the second build clinic.
Well done Hans!
Now Schalk took a bit of an ear beating as we convinced him to
set up the glider on Mally’s radio, despite much winging about
the incomplete state of the machine. OK, so one of the flap servo’s
had to be taped in place, but due to fact that we were not going
to utilise the flaps for landing, all was well.
So off to the front of the slope we went, lobbed it off
and boy was that a faultless maiden flight.
The thing just flew beautifully straight off the bat!
With the fully symmetrical Vector wing profile performing flawlessly,
even as the conditions lightened up there, was not even a hint of tail drag
and she stayed buoyant throughout the maiden flight.
Landed like a peach to, and so Schalk’s grin could be seen from Cairo.
Well done Schalk and Hans and does this look like a possible future club glider.
While we were in the car-park nattering away, we were approached by a young German couple,
Malta Grobbel and Anne. Turns out Malta is involved in slope soaring in Germany,
and going through their website does quite a few things in the slope, power and racing scene.
His notable envy at the Chapman’s Peak site tells a story
of just how blessed we are to live in something akin to a slope paradise.
Lets never forget that… Malta insist he will be back in SA, with the Erwin that he flies
just to suck up some of the slope scene. Website is as such:
Malta bungees up the Erwin back home in Germany
Erwin in glide state
Schalk and the Hanska – flies like a dream – very successful club build project
A Grade 1 Down Drop 2 Figure M 3 Horizontal Eight with 1/2 Roll 4 Four Point Roll 5 Rolling Eight 6 1/2 Square Loop with 1/2 Rolls 7 Four Point TOSS Roll 8 Twisted Loop 9 Rolling Loop 10 Sharks Tooth B Grade 1 Double Immelman 2 Cuban Eight 3 Slow Roll 4