Weather forecast this weekend

Hi guys,

the weather forecast keeps on changing. Yesterday, many websites would project north wind and risks of rain, some would say south and some just clouds.

today, I see more some trends towards south wind, clouds and little risks of rain. I like seeing the forecast getting better in a night, let’s hope it continues to evolve like this as the summer storms break today. I will see you all on friday morning anyway, and many already on thursday PM I’m sure!

Drone Regulation (Rules)

In regards to new drone related laws in place in France since the beginning of this year, it is mandatory that all models used during the contest are registered on the following internet portal belonging the the French civil aviation agency (DGAC)

https://alphatango.aviation-civile.gouv.fr

As of today, the training attestation is not required for non French pilots, however we encourage everyone to make you aware about the model aircraft related rules in place in France ( https://fox-alphatango.aviation-civile.gouv.fr/en/ )

Best practice to know before flying in France: http://www.f3fcaussols.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/rules_proper_use_recreational_drone.pdf

Competition is Coming UP

Dear pilots,

Competition is less than 1 month away. We will be a nice group of 25 pilots validated, so hopefully plenty of rounds with fast records 🙂

We are thinking about making some tshirts for this special 10th anniversary.

please contact me ASAP by email on allan(dot)cohen@maccannes(dot)com with your name and prefered tshirt size!

Day 2 and 3 Report – Results

Day 2 was quite like the first day of the competition, with wind that started blowing correctly by 11h30 and let us validate the second group of the Round 4. We managed to validate 2 more rounds after that, and one could not be finished by 5 pilots. At the end of that second day, 6 valid rounds, fog and rain that let us leave the slope by 5PM so we could get ourselves clean before the Banquet at the restaurant ‘La Margueria’ in Tende.

This Dinner was also hosting the lottery from the French F3F World Championship Team. A live feed broadcasted the draw while pilots were enjoying Fresh made Socca.

Last day of the competition permitted another 3 last rounds from 11.30 to 2PM. The organizing team and judges decided to stop the competition, as the rain was clearly visible in front of the slope, not letting any more valid round to be made.

All planes were packed while the judges put away the equipment and computed the results.

An error actually was made while typing the results for Sebastien Lanes on round 8, who did a 43 and not a 48sec. Complete results are available on F3XVault.

Winner for this 2018 Edition is Pierre Rondel, followed by Sebastien Lanes and Matthieu Mervelet (all members of the French WorldChamp Team). Team Ranking goes down to MMP, AL LANes Team and Styria. Prize distribution was made under showers comparable to the one in Moscow for the World Cup finals…. I have to admit I was totally soaked!

Many thanks to all the Sponsors for this competition: BlueBird Servos, Lindinger, Region PACA, Restaurant La Margueria, Hotel du Centre, the city of Tende.

Very Special Thanks to the judges, my great small team of pilots and friends who spent their days without flying, always there, motivated, concentrated and devoted to the pleasure of the competitors.Eric, Paul, Manu, Etienne: Without you, nothing could be done! You are the BEST!

Day 1 report

First day of competition started with registration of the 30 pilots at 9am until 10.
Light south wind was blowing, unsuffiscient for race.
It died and turned north for a few minutes, and then back south (weather was still unstable).
We eventually could start the competition at 12:00 with 5m/s.
The wind grew up to 9m/s with bursts of 11m/s.

Flights were mostly in the 43-45sec. only one safety line was crossed on round 2 by Mortz Haensli as he entered the race behind the CD and judge on base B.
At 3:00 we had managed to validate 3 rounds and were already half way through the fourth round.
Rain drops started popping, and by 3:15 the organizers were obliged to stop the race, only 5 pilots from the end of the round.
The storm lasted too long and we had to cancel the second group scores (group scoring of half the pilots was announced before the round).
We tried running again but after a few pilots rain and fog appeared again.
The day was announced over at 6:00, with 3,5 rounds validated.

Results are recorded in F3xvault.

The competition will start tomorrow…. At 9AM!

Plenty of pilots already there today in Great conditions until the storm and rain and fortunately started.

Get ready tomorrow morning we will be there at 9 a.m. for registration until 10. No more flights will be possible then and we will start the competition as soon as possible.

Biggest worry is the rain this weekend, so we will try to launch rounds as early as possible.

I know I said meeting at 10 to some people today, but please be there before to guarantee a great competition.

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