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WAG DUBAI Maps for TwoNav

As Claude Weber is actually very busy in Dubaï to prepare everything for us and doesn’t have time to publish the RMAP files to be used on TwoNav, please find the files here.

 

 

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Provisional Total Result after 5 tasks at Europeans Championships

After 2 flights and 5 tasks in DebrecenY, you will find there a hand made calculation of provisional total result. This is not official and the officials results are only in the official electronic notice board.

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New website for oziTarget

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Sean Kavanagh, the smart guy who are developing oziTarget, decided to make a dedicated website to give better experience to the hundreds customers from all around the world.
The first blog (ozitarget.blogspot.com) is still online but no more news will be updated there.
The new address is ozitarget.com: you will find there all breaking news about OT, some videos to understand how to use the different tools and functionalities. You will also find the latest releases and the most important think: you will be able to purchase this perfect software if you don’t have it already!
Don’t hesitate to have a look on all explanations posts I made about all tools of oziTarget.

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Canowindra Challenge is started!

Here we are! After picking up our Racer, car, trailer and everything else, the Kubicek factory team is ready to fly over the area of Canowindra.

This morning we had a practice flight with almost all the pilots. Winds here are lights and variables, perfect for competition flights!
I was the only pilot flying a foreigner balloon, and it was also the first time ever a Kubicek racer was flying in Australia! Lot of pilots and crews were surprised about the paralite system of my Xtreme Racer. You will find more Information about it in the “My Racer / Envelope” Blog section.
Finally it was a nice 2 hours flight with 4 tasks and I was quite satisfied with 3 out of 4. I will keep you updated! First competition flight will be on Tuesday morning! Tomorrow morning we will have an official practice flight with a task sheet and probably the observers. In the afternoon, general briefing before enjoying a BBQ with all these amazing people here in Australia! Thanks guys for being so welcoming, looking forward for competing this week!
Please find below the schedule of the championship and the link to the official website and notice board.
You can also see all the pictures on this public Facebook album.
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Canowindra International Balloon Challenge

Et c’est partit pour le premier championnat de l’année 2015 ! Demain on prend l’avion pour l’Australie afin de participer au championnat international de Canowindra du 12 au 19 Avril.

Let’s go for the first championship of the 2015 season! Tomorrow we are going by plane to Australia in order to participate at the Canowindra International Balloon Challenge Festival, 12th-19th April.

Ce championnat accueillera environ 30 pilotes, pour la plupart Australien, mais également quelques pilotes étrangers comme le champion du monde en titre Yudai Fujita ou encore mon ami et champion Russe Sergey Latypov. Ce sera donc pour moi aussi l’occasion de rencontrer enfin Sean Kavanagh ainsi que le couple Mathew et Nicola Scaife 🙂 ! Un championnat avec un excellent niveau donc !

This championship will meet around 30 pilotes, most of them are Australian, but there are also foreigners pilots as the current World Champion Yudai Fujita, or my Russian friend Sergey Latypov. It will be also the opportunity to meet Sean Kavanagh and Mathew&Nicola Scaife 🙂 ! An high level championship!

Je mettrai en ligne en quasi temps réel les épreuves, résultats et différentes photos sur le blog.

En attendant vous pouvez visiter le site officiel du championnat http://www.canowindrachallenge.org.au

I will update the news, the tasks data sheets, results and pictures in live on the blog.

Meanwhile you can visit the official event website http://www.canowindrachallenge.org.au

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Kubicek Super Sport BB26XR

D-OTBJLe  Festival International des Ballons à Chateau D’Oex (Suisse) ayant commencé samedi dernier, j’ai eu l’opportunité de réaliser 4 vols à bord d’un ballon Super Sport Kubicek. Je voulais donc partager avec vous mes sensations et impressions sur ce ballon pas comme les autres alliant stabilité des ballons traditionnels et réactivité des ballons de compétition.

 

During the Festival International des Ballons at Chateau D’Oex (Switzerland) this week, I had the opportunity to realize 4 flights with a Kubicek Super Sport balloon. I wanted to share with you my feelings about this original balloon combining the stability of traditional balloons and the reactivity of Racer balloons.

 

Durant le festival, le dealer Kubicek pour l’Allemagne, Thomas Koek, m’a généreusement prêté son tout nouveau Super Sport de 2600 m3, équipé du système de parachute Paralite (comme sur mon Xtreme Racer). Voici une comparaison de maquette entre un modèle 3000m3 standard (BB30Z) et un modèle 3000m3 Super Sport (BB30XR).

During the festival, the German Kubicek dealer, Thomas Koek, kindly lend me his brand new 2600 Kubicek Super Sport, equipped with the Paralite parachute system (as my Xtrem Racer). This is a comparison of design between a traditional 3000m3 (BB30Z) and a 3000m3 Super Sport (BB30XR).

BB30XR_vs_BB34Z_2Kubicek a donc choisi de reprendre la même forme qui a déjà fait ses preuves sur les  Xtreme Racer (1700m3 et 2000m3). Ainsi Kubicek promet une vitesse maximale de montée et de descente de  9m/s (1772 ft/m) et une réactivité incomparable. C’est parti pour le test !

Kubicek choose to adopt here the same shape than its successful Xtreme Racers (1700m3 and 2000m3). Kubicek thus announces a maximal vertical speed of 9m/s (1772 ft/min) and an amazing reactivity. Let’s go for the test !

Vitesses verticales maximales/Maximum vertical speeds

Durant mes vols à Chateau d’Oex, j’ai pu profiter des bonnes conditions et des températures négatives pour voir la vitesse maximale de montée que je pouvais réaliser avec ce ballon. Ceci dit, n’étant pas équipé de sonde de température, je n’ai pas pu vraiment tester la capacité maximale afin de ne pas prendre le risque de surchauffer le ballon de Thomas. J’ai donc atteint gentiment 8.2 m/s (1615 ft/min) en instantané !

During my flights in Chateau d’Oex, I enjoyed good weather and negatives temperatures to achieve the maximum vertical speed possible with this balloon. Please note that I had no thermometer inside the envelope, so I didn’t take the risk to overheat the balloon of Thomas. I finally achieved a vertical speed of 8.2 m/s (1615 ft/min) !

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Pour ce qui est de la descente, j’ai également pu pousser le ballon à un taux de descente de -7.6 m/s (-1500 ft/min), sans déformation. Je n’ai pas non plus poussé le ballon à son maximum comme je le fait avec mon Xtreme Racer par crainte de cisaillement important.

About the descent, I achieved -7.6 m/s (-1500ft/min) without distortion of the envelope.  I didn’t dare descending too much as I usually do with my Xtreme Racer because of some wind-shear risks. 

Vitesses verticales moyennes/Average vertical speeds

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Comme on peut le voir sur les extraits  de ma trace GPS ci-dessus, j’ai réalisé une montée avec une vitesse verticale moyenne de 6,3m/s sur une minute, ce qui confirme la stabilité du ballon lors des montées.

As we can see on this extract of my GPS track, I climbed with an average speed of 6.3 m/s during one minute, which confirmes the stability of the balloon.

La réactivité/The reactivity 

Autre avantage important que procure la forme de ce ballon racer, c’est la réactivité. En effet la forme profilée offre moins de résistance qu’une forme traditionnelle, le ballon va donc se mettre plus rapidement en montée et descente. Cela permet donc par exemple de poser dans des champs plus petits, ou d’effectuer des montées rapides pour prendre une couche de vent plus favorable. Voici les données des traces GPS sous forme de graphique montrant l’évolution de la vitesse verticale (en m/s) en fonction du temps et des coups de chauffe. Vous avez donc en bleu celle pour le ballon BB26XR que j’ai volé, et en rouge la comparaison avec un ballon standard.

An other huge advantage offered by this racer shape is the reactivity. Indeed the racer shape offers less resistance in the air than a traditional shape, the balloon therefore climbing or descending faster.  This is good to land in small fields or to climb quickly to reach a better layer of wind. Below is a graphic from my GPS track data, showing the vertical speed (in m/s) according to time and burner activation. The blue line represents the BB26XR I flew, whereas the red line simulates the reaction of a standard balloon as a comparison.

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Comme vous pouvez le voir, le Super Sport réagit quasiment immédiatement et l’accélération de la vitesse verticale est presque linéaire. Par contre, un ballon standard réagit plus lentement et l’accélération se fait plus péniblement, avec également une vitesse maximale limitée. De plus, on observe également que le BB26XR se stabilise plus rapidement lorsqu’on arrête de chauffer.

As you can see the Super Sport reacts quite immediately and the acceleration of the vertical speed is linear. Conversely, the standard balloon reacts slowly and the acceleration is harder with also a limited maximum vertical speed. Moreover, we can observe that the BB26XR stabilizes faster when we stop to heat.

Plus d’informations / More infos : http://www.kubicekballoons.eu/envelopes/model-series/super-sport 

Quelques Super Sport déjà construits en photos (crédit photos Kubicek website) :

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Belgian Balloon Trophy 2015

Après une longue pause bien méritée de quelques mois, voici venues les premières dates de championnats nationaux à l’étranger pour la saison 2015. La première date connue est donc le championnat combiné Belge/Pays-Bas qui aura lieu à Vielsalm en Belgique du 13 au 17 Mai 2015.

After a long winter break of many months, the firsts championships dates are coming for the 2015 season. The first known date is the Belgian/Netherlands Nationals which will be held in Vielsalm – Belgium from 13th to 17th May 2015.

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Ce championnat annonce un niveau assez élevé avec la participation des meilleurs pilotes Allemands, Suisse, Luxembourgeois, Belges, et Hollandais, le tout sous la direction de Jonas Maes et avec l’utilisation des loggers FAI.

Vous trouverez toutes les informations nécessaires sur le site officiel du championnat :

http://www.bbt2015.balloonfederation.be

This championships announce a high standing level with the participation of the best pilots from Germany, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Belgium and the Netherlands. The event will be directed by Jonas Maes and FAI loggers will be used.

You will find all informations on the official website : http://www.bbt2015.balloonfederation.be

Facebook page of the event

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Kubicek Factory Team at Chateau d’Oex

3 months after my last event (World Junior Championships), the schedule of my next ballooning season becomes more concrete. The next event will be the Festival de Ballons at Chateau d’Oex from January 24th to February 1st in the Swiss Alps.

10401516_10204823515416746_8565037388577329402_nI will take part to this event with another pilot from the Kubicek Factory Team, Jan Suchy, and also our girlfriends Alice and Carine. We will have a lot of fun with some targets and amazing mountains landscapes and perhaps some winter sports as well!

In order to fly in mountains area, we need a bigger balloon than my BB20XR, so the German Kubicek dealer Thomas KOEK kindly lend us his balloon, a 2600m3 Kubicek Super sport series! Thank you again Thomas for your help!

More infos at http://www.festivaldeballons.ch/

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TwoNav 3.2

Bonne nouvelle pour les utilisateurs de TwoNav qui ont eu la mauvaise surprise de voir disparaitre le champ Hint et sa possibilité d’obtenir le relèvement d’un point sur la carte en installant la version 3.0 de TwoNav. En effet la version 3.2 de TwoNav est maintenant disponible (ou bientôt sur la plateforme iOS), est elle apporte une correction à la nouvelle fonction PIN qui dorénavant peut être personnalisée et ainsi comportée la valeur de relèvement d’un point cliqué sur la carte !

Good news for all TwoNav users! The new 3.2 release is now online (or soon in the iOS platform) and gives the possibility to personalize the PIN mode, so the bearing field is back!

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Un clic long sur n’importe quel point de la carte active le mode ‘Pin’, un icône sera affiché sur la position sélectionnée et un bandeau apparaîtra sur le haut de l’écran avec des informations relatives au point défini. Le mode ‘Pin’ comprend 2 lignes contenant plusieurs champs de données. Ces champs peuvent être définis en fonction de vos besoins:

Do a long press on any part of the map to access the ‘Pin’ mode, the selected position will be marked on the map, a window displaying information related to that point will appear at the upper side of the application. ‘Pin’ mode features 2 lines containing several data fields, these fields can be defined according to your needs:

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On a donc maintenant le choix parmi toutes ces possibilités :

  • Distance
  • Altitude
  • Cap
  • Coordonnées
  • Info Cartes

We can now personalize such data into the field:

  • Distance
  • Altitude
  • Bearing
  • Map info (information of the selected element of the map)
  • Coordinates

Plus d’information sur cette mise à jour sur cette page.

More info about this update on this page.

Results Analysis World Junior Championship 2014

It seems that many people all around the world liked my previous  results analyses about the World Championship in Brazil. Now that the World Junior Championship is over and everyone came well back home (besides women who were still flying under the rain in Poland as I wrote this post :p), it is interesting to analyse the results in more details. I therefore made an in-depth analysis of the scores and came up with several graphics and tables. I also improved some analyses and tried some new ones. Please let me know your ideas and suggestions =). As a reminder, you can find the official final results here : Official Final Results.

First of all, I wanted to announce one amazing number extracted from this analysis: 350 markers finished into the MMA and were measured by the measuring team during this world junior championship! Congratulations to all pilots for this high level, but also big thanks to the measuring teams and officials! And one more, 280 tracks were analyzed by the scorers! Big thanks to them too =).

This time I decided to start by an analysis flight by flight in order to have a better view of the championship. Each analysis page is structured as follow: first you will find the tasks, then the top 3 pilots for this flight, and finally a summary of all tasks where a physical marker needed to be dropped. You will see the numbers of markers who finished in MMA, the average score, and  also the number of markers within 10 meters with a little hand-made drawing to represent and show the 10m radius on the target =).

Let’s start with Flight 1 as an example.

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For this first flight, we had to run a 3DD task and an Hesitation Waltz. The top 3 of this flight is composed of Stefan Peter Schweighofer, Stephanie Bareford and Laure De Coligny. I calculated their average score by dividing the total result of the flight by the number of tasks done on this flight. 11 markers finished in the MMA, with 5 in the 10 meters, and the average score is 188 meters! I represented these markers into the 10 meters area =).

Generally the most interesting flights to analyze are the morning flights, with 4-5 tasks and really flyable winds to reach the targets. Let’s have a look at the second flight of this championship.

Capture d’écran 2014-09-15 à 18.04.19This flight is really impressive just by analyzing the markers dropped. We did 3 physical tasks during this flight, and 99% of markers finished into the MMA! The average score of the FIN by gravity is also really impressive, 18m with 19 markers in the 10 firsts meters! Amazing! The Hesitation Waltz target experienced also a really strong rain of markers with 24 markers into 10 meters!

For the next flights please consult the following files:

Now we have seen each flight one by one, the next graph represents a summary of the distribution of the tasks set by the event director (Zoltan!). We can see that physical tasks with baggies to drop represent 61% of the tasks! Exclusive virtual tasks (Land Run, Race To an Area, XDI, 3DD) represent 21%, and FON/PDG tasks represent only 18% of total tasks. It means that if you wanted to be one of the top pilots, it was not sufficient to know how to reach targets with accuracy, but you also needed to achieve some virtual tasks which requires some mathematical knowledge and some strategy =). We can thank therefore Zoltan Palhegyi, the event director, for the diversity of the tasks.  As a comparison, during the Women World Championship, the distribution of tasks was 75% physical target tasks / 12.5% virtual tasks / 12.5% FON/PDG.

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Now we can focus on the ranking evolution of the top 10 pilots. We can see here that the 3 winners – Dom, Rokas and myself ^^ – were already in the top 3 after the 6th flight (Dominic even after 2 flights and myself after 3 flights… Rokas came later on but strongly!).

Ranking Evolution

The graph showed also that some pilots were very close to another during the whole competition. I mean there were some pilots fighting in dual, this is what I called in this analysis “pilot battles”. We had three main battles during the championship : the “podium battle” opposing Clément Seigeot (FR) and Dominic Bareford (UK), the “girls battle” opposing Stephanie Bareford (UK) and Laure de Coligny (FR) and finally the “near-podium battle” opposing Kevin Allemand (FR) and Jan Suchy (CZ). As you can notice, there is always a French pilot in the battles… I promise it was not on purpose ^^ It is not my fault if French guys like to fight :p

Battle Seigeot-Dom

I was always very close to Dom and even beyond him once 🙂 Unfortunately we had no 10th flight to reverse the tendency (and I also have to mention that I stupidly missed the last task – MDD – despite the fact that I flew just in the middle of the cross GRRR). 779 points difference on final ranking. Good job Dom!!Battle Laure-Steph

For the girls, it was even more tight as they really reversed their ranking after almost each flight. One time Stephanie, one time Laure. Finally, only 8 points difference on final ranking. Nice fight and nice job also!Battle Suchy-Allemand

Same observation for Jan and Kevin with 193 points difference on final ranking.

Let’s look now at some specific tasks to see which competitors are the best respectively for targets tasks (every tasks involving a physical target and only one marker drop, e.g., FIN, JDG, HWZ, HNH) or FLY-ON tasks.

The following table presents the results only for FON tasks. This inform us on which pilots are the best at choosing a FON and then reaching it of course ! Laure De Coligny is the best FON pilot with an average of 22 meters (3D measuring) for this kind of task, followed by Markus with 26 meters, and by Rokas and myself with 27 meters! Please note that I didn’t count the No Result … It’s interesting to see the pilots of top 10 who aren’t here in the top 10 of FON task. The Bareford family and Kevin Allemand seem not to like this kind of task… Capture d’écran 2014-09-15 à 20.16.14

The following table now presents the results only for “physical targets” tasks. This time I tried to enhance the analysis by excluding the worst result of each pilot. These worst results are in red in the table.  And it appears that worst results of 67% of pilots are on the task#19. This task required to climb at 4500 ft to take the good wind, but only some pilots believed in the piball and tried it! Globally, Rokas is the best at this target game, with an average of 16m, and his worst result 86 meter! The Bareford family takes the 2nd and 3rd places with 18 and 19m. Unsurprisingly, the top 10 is quite the same than the final top 10 ranking.

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Now we have analyzed results and tasks, we can look at the penalties and their influence on the general ranking. We can see that compared to the world championships in Rio Claro, the penalties haven’t a lot of impact. Only 4 pilots lost one place due to their penalties!

Capture d’écran 2014-09-15 à 21.23.13 As the penalties didn’t had massive effect during this championship, I was surprised to see so many No Results. That’s why I decided to count them, analyze and see the effect. To do that, I decided to replace a No Result by the average score of the competitors. You can see the changes in this table. The changes should not be interpreted at the individual level, but on a global level (if someone looses a place, then someone can benefit from this!). And the result is really interesting! Igor Vertiprakhov (RUS) lost for example 3 places due to 4 no results.

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 Finally, to close this analysis, you may have a look at the number of tasks won by each competitor. Anders, Kevin, Stephanie and myself, we won 3 tasks each, followed by Laure, Pascal and Laurynas who won 2 tasks each. Surprisingly, our gold and silver winners Dominic and Rokas didn’t won any tasks during the championship! This is a good evidence that only regularity is the path to victory. No matters how brilliant you can be on some single tasks, pilots have to be good every day on every kind of tasks! This wise word will be my last 🙂 I hope you enjoyed this post!

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