Amardeep Dugal concentrates on a quick turnaround
catch/relaunch in the heat of competition.
These pilots at the IHLGF were all flying the Concept aircraft. Back row center is
Roland Sommer Sr. the father of the Concept series of DLG aircraft. He passed away
on October 30, 2014. Roland was a master designer and craftsman, as well as a
generous friend. We’ll miss you, Senior.
developed around the concepts annually tested at
the IHLGF, led directly to the formation of the
international FAI F3K rules.
Pilots continue to attend from around the world
and last year’s event was no exception. AMA
District X Vice President Lawrence Tougas was on
hand to help celebrate 20 years of soaring history
as 72 pilots competed for top honors. In those 20
years, only a handful of pilots have won the event,
and Joe Wurts has had eight of those 20 wins. In
2014, Joe returned to Poway from New Zealand in
search of win number nine.
The contest is typically a two-day event. Day 1
begins early, even before the thermals become
active, and continues through late afternoon when
the typical sea breezes carry the thermals along at
good speeds. Pilots read the air, determine where
thermals are likely to be, launch, thermal, then
return to the contest field (typically for a hand catch or
relaunch) with incredible precision. Pilots’ techniques change
to match the atmosphere throughout the day.
Day 2 begins on Sunday morning with the top 10 pilots
competing in four additional flyoff rounds, jockeying for
position on the field, in the sky, and in the standings. At the
2014 event, Paul, Mario Sergio de Lucca, Toby Herrera, Mike
Smith, Reto Fiolka, Oleg Golovidov, Jon Finch, Mike Seid,
Roland Sommer Jr., and Joe Wurts made it to the flyoff rounds.
With all of the other pilots watching and cheering, Joe
Wurts turned in yet another impressive series of rounds with
a perfect 1,000 score in three rounds and a 997 in the fourth.
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