Sunday, November 28, 2010

Flying NZ "Cook area" regional comps: Post 2 - the grid

In a flying competition, the "grid" is a marked [in our case, mown into the grass runway and indicated by marker boards] out in 10 meter intervals, and a "fence" 1.2 meters high off the end. The idea is that the aircraft pass over the fence then land in the middle segment on the grid for maximum points.

Easier said than done? Perhaps, but there were really impressive landings anyway! The grid is used for circuit competitions as well as for simulated forced landing competitions.

The photos in this post consist on a photo of the fence, down the grid and the "sweet spot" in the middle of the grid. Following this, are several photos of competition aircraft trying to get onto the grid. Top to bottom are:

Cessna 172M, ZK-DKD, registered to a Masterton address
Cessna 152, ZK-JIA, registered to Kapiti Districts Aero Club
Tecnam P2002 Sierra, ZK-MVT, registered to Wairarapa & Ruahine Aero Club
Cessna 172N, ZK-KAS, registered to Kapiti Districts Aero Club
TL TL-3000 Sirius, ZK-EBG, registered to a Marton address

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