How do you like the current WAG 2015 - Dubai - Microlight/Trike competition course and task format.

Published by: Tony Castillo on 9th Dec 2015 | View all blogs by Tony Castillo

What are your thoughts regarding Trike/Microlight competition and what should the course be like, and what tasks included so it is a safe and more even competition for all trikes of similar characteristics.

Here is the course, as I understand it begins with a distance measured take off, a fast run around pylons, a fast pass for speed measuring, then climb to 1000 and engine off precision landing. Each task is judged and poits awarded (or taken out).

 

Microlight / Trike Course - 2015 WAG Dubai

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  • Tony  Castillo
    by Tony Castillo 2 years ago
    Changes were made from the original WAG 2009 to make the competition safer and more even for all. Tasks were added and the pylon course is more diverse. But, is it better and safer, or does it really even the competition?
  • Larry  Mednick
    by Larry Mednick 2 years ago
    Looking at the takeoff task, it seems it was a brilliant task to even the playing field. The pylon course looks just awesome. Sadly 2 aircraft wound up in the water today. One is ok in a La Mouette wing trike and the the other was a gyro where it was said to go in inverted where the pilot was under water for 10 minutes. All things aside, I CANNOT BELIEVE there was obviously no provision of at least one boat in the water at all times with divers ready. I would think seconds not minutes would be doable to recover a crash victim.
  • white eagle
    by white eagle 2 years ago
    that is really bad news if that's the case Larry there's no excuse not having first responders and crash boat recovery well that's what I would change immediately hope that gyro surrvived
  • Larry  Mednick
    by Larry Mednick 2 years ago
    I just heard from Todd that they had a boat, but the divers did not have oxygen. Wow...
  • Tony  Castillo
    by Tony Castillo 2 years ago
    I think that still raw speed is the key to wining ... and I was hoping that the tasks even out even more. I do like the course and the tasks are extremely demanding... but I do not see a regular 2-seat trike even with perfect take off and precision landing do good ... no way... need to go fast around those pylons to have any chance.
  • Tony  Castillo
    by Tony Castillo 2 years ago
    The take off & the power off landing no doubt level the field to some degree so I am very happy to see that. Another option could be to separate the tasks ... and perhaps give more % points to precision tasks and a bit less % point to pylon race ... so a trike that may not be as fast could actually make up some ground in the other tasks. Thinking out loud. But, as far as trike goes... a trike that can go very fast, yet do short take off and landing ... well deserves to win (of course with the pilot that can do all that) ... so it is a tough one.
  • Paul Dewhurst
    by Paul Dewhurst 2 years ago
    Just back home from the WAG - although the QuikR dominated the results it wasn't the case that speed was everything. The polar approach came from the French guys flying with an open B2 trike with a 15M Oryx wing. It was lower round the course, but could take off much shorter. Every 1M shorter takeoff as worth one second - and the Oryx could take off 8-10M shorter than the QuikR. Bruno Bouron in the Oryx won the desert rounds, but at the Waterside location screwed up his first landing dropping short, then tried a little too hard trying to push his advantage on the second go and cut the tape. Then his team mate drowned the trike after a sudden engine out ( culprit seems to be an aftermarket fuel injection system) which ended and further opportunity to climb up the rankings.

    The balance depends on the exact course details though - longer course and the fast trikes get an increasing advantage, but make the turns tight and the slower wings with tighter turn radius get advantaged. As it was the course was in places as tight as we could manage on the QuikR without lifting off the power - it needed immediate and fast roll reversals. The skill was taking the right lines, anticipating the turns and being aggressive with finesse - it was very easy to lose a grip of the attitude control and yo yo - which hurts overal speed.

    The event was huge fun and a high adrenaline rush. Not for the faint hearted or low hours guys though. We were low and full power through the the course with constant manoeuvring up to 90 degrees bank or occasionally just over.. It was designed to be a showcase spectator event - not a club competition!
    Take a look on Facebook for lots of in cockpit go pro footage at - Microlights GB at WAG 2015.

    Concerning the gyro crash, that was sad and shocking. After making a pylon turn seemingly smoothly the machine lost control and rolled inverted before crashing in the water. The pilot did not have high hours and the gyro guys present seem to think it was pilot error leading to rotor unloading ( gyros have some complicated envelope corners apparently). The rescue boat got to him within seconds but the machine had sunk to 20' or so in low visibility water and they had some trouble finding him. it would certainly have been fatal over land though. Finger crossed that he makes a full or worthwhile recovery.
  • Paul Dewhurst
    by Paul Dewhurst 2 years ago
    PS, the ideal trike for this event would be both fast and short takeoff. So high power to weight ratio for short takoeff , but a highish wing loading. Pitch authority must be good too - we had trouble descending to pass through the finish gate without lifting off the power even with the QuikR. Good roll rate at speed is essential - but solid directional stability too.

    A Hungarian trike had flaps fitted - they claimed it shorten their takeoff distance by 30' - which is very interesting. Could be very useful on some of the fast wings. Might be useful on landing too.

    I am not sure what the future is for this event, but it's fun to scheme out the ideal custom ride for it!

    The event did attract a lot of media attention and was a good crowd pleaser, being exciting to watch and easy to comprehend and the organisers managed immediate scoring using electronic a time gates etc, allowing for commentary with scores to be conveyed to the crowd.
    It could be a good image boost for trikes, which in some parts of the world or other parts if aviation are regarded as boring kites, limited in potential and glamour.
  • Tony  Castillo
    by Tony Castillo 2 years ago
    Great input Paul. Thanks for sharing your views and experiences at the WAG. I follow the games with great interest. No doubt that the multiple and challenging tasks made for a great display of pilot skill, aircraft performance and some very great videos and photos. Dubai is such a photogenic place!

    Congrats to the GB team ... you guys did awesome! and always joking and smiling! Must also congratulate Todd Ware competing for USA in a QuikR with basically no experience at all flying that aircraft ... got to give him lots of credit for being such great competitor.

    I am still digesting all the videos and photos. Looks like Chris S. has some more stuff coming soon as I am sure they have a lot of visual material and never really the time to put some together.

    Very sorry to hear about the Gyro accident and near the end of the competition. Very sad. Also the French trike ditching. I thought it was the French trike the one with flaps so good to learn that was not the case.

    In my opinion perhaps the competition was a bit on the edge. We got lucky no one got into major trouble, but I still think there is room to make it safer, fun and competitive. Perhaps a slightly longer pylon course with not so aggressive turns and adding a couple of challenging tasks like "bomb drop" .. or something like that.
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