First day of competition
Training day is over. Today the pilots start the real competition. A challenging task over more than 400km (216NM) has been chosen. The planned route leads them to the south again. The weather today will be less windy and characterized by blue thermals that grow stronger, the more south the pilots fly. After yesterday’s overwhelming result of the e-genius, the task today will challenge the range performance of the electric aircraft.
Like last year we unfortunately have some losses to report. After arriving here on Friday afternoon the Taifun leaked water from the cooling system. Therefore they will not participate in today’s task. We hope they can fix the problem soon. The RF-5b arrived late today, shortly after the contestants started. After a quick refuel and measuring its mass it took-off with a delay of about an hour. So we have ten aircrafts in the air.