As the weather team promised, we finally got a flight in this morning. The winds above 500 feet were up around the 15 knot mark, but there was a small inversion that was expected to stick around until about 9am. David Levin set 2 HWZ tasks with a planned launch period at sunrise (6.30am).
Most teams took off quite quickly after the green flag went up. It was pretty fast flight, with both markers being dropped within 20 minutes of each other.
The first task had 3 goals set, all quite close to each other, so the field pretty much split up evenly between them. There seemed to be some reasonable results, but the targets were not being overly peppered.
The majority of the field homed in on just one of the 3 goals set for the second task. Many people managed to get within the MSA and there looked to be quite a lot of decent results.
As much as I prefer events with Observers, the plus side of the GPS events is that you don’t need to go and hunt for and measure markers. So after we packed up the balloon, we headed back to our favorite café to fill out the flight report sheet and drink coffee. So it is very civilized.
We are now sitting in an almighty refueling queue. Unfortunately we have to take tanks out of the basket to fill, so it slows everything down. Considering today most people would have only flown for about 40 minutes and not used much fuel, it is pretty slow. I dread the day when we fly for a couple of hours.