The weather between 23 and 31 August 2003 stunned everybody, what happened to all that wind and rain? The entire week was characterized by light winds and sunny, often soarable conditions.
For the first time the ‘Para classes’, the PPG’s, single seat para-trikes and two seat para-trikes constituted the larger part of the championships with 75 aircraft from 17 nations competing against each other as compared to 60 aircraft from 12 nations in the ‘Classic classes’. Quite what this means for the future has yet to be discussed, but they are still rapidly expanding and are no longer the sideshow of former years.
The para classes organizers also provided GPS flight recorders to all competitors, courtesy of the French federation FFPlUM, which were used as the primary source of flight verification in all cross-country tasks and some local ones. This was a stunning success.; the reliability rate was better than 95% (see a detailed analysis) which compares extremely favourably with alternative means such as photos, ground markers or observers. Besides being very easy to extract (4 man hours for 75 recorders) and much easier to analyse than ‘traditional’ methods, all tracks were made available to all competitors in the ‘Internet café’ and this helped immeasurably in maintaining a happy group of competitors and the championship resulted in no ‘official’ protests and a very small number of complaints.
All the Para-classes tasks and task results are available on this website now. The Classic Classes results are still being compiled and will be made available as soon as possible.
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The following are some of the unsung heroes of the championship without whom it would not have been a success.
Event Director: Keith Negal firstname.lastname@example.org
Classic classes : Rob Keene email@example.com
PPG, PL1 & PL2 Director: Richard Meredith-Hardy firstname.lastname@example.org
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