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How they see us ?
From: Anga Enkh-Amgalan on Facebook
I was given the chance to stay at the FAI world championships camp for a couple of days to meet different people who are engineers, teachers or just businessmen from all around the world but had gathered for the fascinating yet not as known sport; FREE FLIGHT. This was the first ever world championship to be held in Asia and the fact that it was in Mongolia was a huge deal.
As for the sport, it was very complicated; from designing to building, air currents to running, but these were what made it so beautiful and fascinating at the same time. Basically, what you need to do is design and build a plane that could stay in mid-air for a long amount of time. And there’s also the technique of when to release your model. Especially, in the F1A (Glider class) you need to find warm or hot air currents in order for your model to fly higher which in result will buy you more time. To be honest, I felt like I was with a bunch of kids flying kites when on the field with F1A competitors. Jokes. But with F1C competitions, it was no game. Even though the rules and flying times were almost the same as the other classes, the sound of the motors were what made it so amazing. The fact that planes would fly into the air every few seconds making a really loud sound would feel like I was on a military air base.
The people there were just extraordinary. Even though most of the people there didn’t know English, they all knew each other and knew how to communicate. Seeing such different people from different nationalities, for example, North Korea and South Korea, America and Russia or France and Britain, helping each other out or just hanging out with each other showed me the true meaning of sportsmanship. It was a great community to be with. And like how every community has their own culture, they had their too which was exchanging souvenirs like T-shirts, shirts, stickers and even nametags. Everyone there was really open and cheerful which was one the key things I loved about being there.
It was overall a great experience. Even the competitors said that this year was one of the best World championships that had happened. “Even though the weather was quite tricky, since it’s changing all the time, the space and wideness of the field here in Mongolia is just perfect for flying” says 2 times world champion Per Findahl. “The organization is very well” said Peter from Canada. And I couldn’t agree more because they had set wonderful, cozy camps with bars, stores and even a coffee shop, had many volunteer workers, many translators and good food. The youngest competitor was 14 and the eldest was 80. And I think this shows that the sport “Free Flight” doesn’t have an age limit. So, for those folks out there looking for an outdoor sport that doesn’t exhaust you every time you play, or a sport that you could participate with your own inventions, Free Flight is the one. And if you decide to pick it up, there is a great community waiting for you that will gladly welcome you. For me, if I ever get the chance to visit another FF world championship, I wouldn’t miss it for the world.
Special thanks to President of New Mongol Institute of Technology Ch. Ganzorig
Article by E.Aldaryngegeen
Woodhouse on TV
From: Michael Woodhouse
In answer to CHE. With respect to my command of Mongolian. The astute viewer will will be able to ascertain from the nods, the raising of eyebrows and the furrowing of the forehead that I ain't got a clue and I was speaking in pure Norfolk English!
Mike .... you can tell a good yarn, no matter the language...
From: gil morris
I would expect "flyoffs" to be built into the 5 rounds so flyoffs per se will be rare. Expecting 4 minute 1st round and 5 minute 5th round. F1C in particular will struggle with only 4 sec engine run. Gliding-in rather than DTing will be more common.
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