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I only managed
to make the Sunday, and this was my loss, because the flying was
superb. The overall standard of the 40+ competitors was excellent.
But in particular the top 3 were stunning. What really impressed
is how different they were. Clive Ceney, Jason Krause and Curtis
Youngblood all had their own styles, strengths and weaknesses.
I heard many
comments at the show on the Sunday, and some since on web sites
and message boards as to whether the right person won. Some think
Jason did best, others suggest Clive.
Well I have
no doubt the order of the top 3 was correct (based on Sundays
flights) - absolutely no doubt, the judges did an excellent job
and gave the right result. If you saw the flights and compared
to the scores you know why Curtis won. It was his consistency
overall, particularly the set manourvers.
Jason had the best flight of the day, certainly the one that pleased
the crowd the most. His freestyle routine was awesome, and the
most entertaining flight I have ever seen. But the competiition
had 3 sections; set manourvers, freestyle and flight to music
(aritsitic aerobatics). Jason unfortunately had a below par set
manourvers flight, and this was reflected in the score board,
thus putting Curtis on top.
Not to leave
Clive Ceney out, his style is soo smooth and disciplined, but
on the day Jason had a 'hold your breath' factor and to a similar
degree Curtis, for me this gave an edge. Although if you could
factor in the support and resources of the winner to all the other
pilots, I think Clive would be top, his skills and ability are
awesome. Bob Johnston did some excellent demo flights this year,
here's hoping he enters as a competitior next year - watching
him and Curtis battle it out, along with Jason would be awesome.
And if Todd Bennett came to it would be the European Model Event
of this millenium.
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