This past Sunday I set another new world record for the Speed Over a Straight Course 15/25km. I flew the Nirvana Instinct NS 230 and 22m Dudek Plasma. The preliminary results are a new world record of 80 km/hr. I beat the current world record of 72.96 km/hr and the current pending record of 75 km/hr. My take-off weight was 137.4 kgs and I carried approximately 30 lbs of extra weight to increase my speed.
I knew the conditions were not ideal, but I was running out of time to get this done. We sent up a helium balloon to test the winds and we could see that the upper winds starting at 500 feet were really strong. The balloon was bouncing around a lot showing us how turbulent it was. The flight turned out to be the scariest flight I have ever had. In all my years of flying, I have never flown in conditions so rough. At times my ground speed was up to 110 km/hr, that is crazy fast! The wing was all over the place. It was very difficult to keep the glider under control due to the turbulence. This flight is a true testament to how rock solid and stable reflex wings really are. I would never want to fly these conditions on any other wing. I flew the entire way on full speed bar with the trims all the way out and never a hint of a collapse.
I guess now it’s back to filling out more paperwork. Thank again to Dennis Chapman, my official observer. And thank-you to all of my sponsors.
Jim Doyle, Pulse Star Spark Plugs