22 October 2016

Short story of container shipping to Australia

In early September we received confirmation which gliders will
be shipped to Australia .
Luke took care of his trailer with glider preparation for
shipping and I with Sergei took care of building frame and
support fuselages in the container. I took home my glider and my
garage became a design studio of shipping frame. An access to the
glider was very important as I could test if particular design
will fit.
The task which looked as a couple of days project took more then
3 weeks with multiple trips to Home Depot, Canadian Tire,
Princess Auto and Sergei running to his steel struts supplier
During the process of building frame we found a lot of problems
as we were restricted with height and width of the container,in
addition trailer had to fit together with wings in very limited
space and just 1/4" error could spell disaster.
The wing securing prototype was made, then tested, then
multiplied by 4 for each wing then suddenly we found out that
trailer will not fit or spacing is wrong and all had to be redone.
It took us 9 hours one day to make dry test with wing loading
where we had to make new adjustments and modifications.
Another 6 hours with 5 people when we did dry test with fitting
trailer and fuselages using SOSA's workshop with fake container
Early morning October 17 Sergei arrived with his Van, we loaded
all frames and supplies and XG in tow we drove to Polimex
warehouse in Brampton where our container was waiting for us.
Loading into a container took 2 days with 5 people some times 6.
Luckily all preparations confirmed that all fits perfectly and we
had just to make small adjustment to one of the wing support as
it was a little to close to the container wall. In addition we
installed wrong way front beam which we were able to correct in
no time.
Great Thank You to Kris Swietlicki who made pins for securing
wing spars and special axle for our tail dollies. Thank you all
who helped us with loading container, it was a challenge, but
executed without any problems as we finished 10 minutes before
Polimex Forwarding was closing doors.
Container is traveling to Vancouver by train and then by ship
BALAO, ETA Melbourne Australia Nov 28 then by truck to Benalla
where it will wait for our arrival by the end of December.

Jerzy XG

18 October 2016

Container packed and ready to go

The container is now packed and ready to ship to Australia.  The gliders should arrive in about 6 weeks and we'll be there in about 9 weeks.  Fortunately, our time enroute will not be as long as the container's !


13 October 2016

Getting Ready to Ship

2W ready to be de-rigged after a long day of cleaning the trailer inside and out to ensure that there is no dirt that might cause concern to Australian customs when the container arrives.  A new tire was installed and brand new trailer tires will be packed in the container so there is no dirt on them either.

Over the last month, we have been preparing the gliders, building the racks to secure the pieces in the container as well as cleaning and inspecting the gliders and parachutes to keep them legal to fly.

On Monday 17 October, we start to pack the gliders in the container and ship them off to Oz.

stay tuned for more news after the container loading ...

31 August 2016

Australia - Here we come!

31 Aug was the official entry deadline for the 2017 WGC and the date when we would know if all four Canadian team members would be competing in the Worlds. 

All four are in, two in 18 m and two in 15 m.

17 August 2014

HD Last Two days of 2014 World Championships

Last day of flying was Saturday with very tricky weather and some land outs.
I wasn't sure if I will finish task until 25km from finish.
No change in my placing as errors at the beginning of contest had negative influence on final results.

As usual at the end of contest suddenly all are in rush to leave.
When I arrived with Maria at the airfield on Sunday morning 70% of trailers were gone.
Closing ceremony was scheduled for 11 Am on Sunday  in Leszno town square.
It was very sad to see just small number of teams present at the closing ceremony, some teams were present at the square, but didn't bother to stand with other teams with the flags.
It was my forth worlds, but I never saw such poor attendance in closing ceremony . Just winners and small group of pilots and their crew in addition to  Leszno officials and residents.

After closing ceremony I returned HD to the happy owner as his glider was in better shape then three weeks earlier. We left Leszno around 1Pm ,I think it was my last flying in Leszno as I don't see any opportunity to came back here in near future.
As team we survived three weeks together, we had perfect team with Jarek as team manager who helped us in each situation and was great support for us.
Maria and Virginia took great care of their pilots and Michal and Przemek with help of Jarek took care of glider preparation before and after flight and repairs of HD as well.
Unfortunately we had the worst results in Worlds in the last  six years. I'd like to thank all supporters of Team Canada and I hope that Canadians will be able to reach for trophy shown on photo in near future.
Jerzy Szemplinski XG