Sunday, November 11, 2007

Round One In The Books

Well it's been 14 months since the 2007 Team Trials in Victoria and the guys finally took to the skies in Argentina today representing Canada here at the F3A World Championship.

We were greeted to a clear cold morning but once again the winds were blowing 90 degrees into the pilots. Chad was the first Canadian pilot to fly at around 8:00am and although he put in a good flight I'm sure he'll agree that there were a couple of elements that he wish he could have back. No worries as we all know how Chad seems to turn it on strong after day one and will step it up.

Dezso was next up and flew a consistent flight as the temperature warmed up and the winds started to decrease a bit. Fellow F3A pilot Xavier Mouraux making his first trip to the worlds was handling the duties of helper for Dezso as well as the photo expert of the team. Here's a photo of Xavier taking a break from behind the lens while he gets ready for Dezso's flight

My good buddy Dave finally reached his goal of flying at the worlds and it really made me proud to stand behind him on the flight line while he flew. I actually had a hard time calling out the maneuvers which Dave and I have down to a couple of words as I got kinda choked up about the experience. Dave flew well in the conditions and did the team proud with his first attempt at this level of competition.

As you can tell on Dave's face he is one happy camper!! The raw scores are a little behind as Chad and Dezso have theirs while Dave hasn't got his yet. I don't know if they are on the net yet as there was some delay in getting the results out.


Kris said...

That's awesome, congrats Dad! It's been a long time coming, so it's awesome to see you reaching your goal.

Anonymous said...

Hi Kris

Thanks for the comment!

You know how hooked I am on pattern... well the hook just got set even deeper! That's something I never thought possible.

Just ask Marko Mechanico.. he's already booked his flight for Portugal in 2009!

We will lift a few pints when you get home... lots of stories to tell.