Dear VSM friends,
1. actual list of VSM performance
you will find the actual list of all flown VSM sessions in this VSM Blog under this link: VSM performance
2. Opening of 2016 season
Gary Madelin flew with 207,3 sec best time in F1H and Per Findahl with 423,3 sec 2nd best result and great sinking rate of 0,248m/ sec at Fabolous February in Lost Hills ( see the list ).
Last Weekend I went out with the 78 years old german Veteran Wolfgang Schweidler for VSM Season opening flying in Europe. We decide to fly with straigt tow F1H models with short 25m line to have a real comparision in sinking rate. You don’t need to have a starting height of 100- 120m to measure this – with 50 or 25m tow up, you have the same result and much more fun by stressfree flying and enjoying more the sunrise and nature around. You can’t imagine, we were only 2 , due other friends are not coming, but it was such magnificant and challenging like 5 Flyoffs. We both had sooo much pleasure and fun this morning by gliding down from 25m in neutral air and observing every second in near view with open eyes and heart. A meeting with the shooting tenant and open words from him: you can do , what you want and I do what I want- eto each his own make this morning to an excellent Motivation happening, that freeflight is not only : “Higher, longer, further !!” . There is something other in the air, where you can inhale –
Wolfgang flew from 25m height 64 sec as average time with a sinking rate of 0,392 m/ sec, whereas I flew with an 40 years old Junior kit from Graupner (I won the German Junior Champs in 1976 with this model; my first time maxout with 5 maxes) 62,3 sec as average with an sinking rate of 0,373 m/sec. So Wolfgang flew the 50th VSM session in total !
It was a great VSM moment in honoring Victors great sportsman- and friendships. Thank you soo much !!!