Monday, July 30, 2012

Official Practice Day 3

One of the "sniffers" here is Pete Alexander who is flying his beautiful new two-seat Arcus sailplane on behalf of the Contest Management.  For those of you who are not familiar with the term, a sniffer is a pilot that is sent aloft prior to the beginning of a contest launch.  His function is to make an actual observation of the lift that is available.  The Competition Director will then base his decision on when to begin launching all of the contest gliders.  Today, Pete reported weak lift at 1230, so the decision was made to delay the launch and give time for conditions to improve.  Twenty minutes later, Pete reported climbing through 4,000 feet and the launch is beginning now.

We think Pete is one Sniff-tastic Dude. 

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