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Did You Know...

... that NMP-PCH Hayabusa is getting ready for the World Challenge 2013?

Not color coordinated: Barkli - Arizona Airspeed
posted Mar 18th, 2013 -'s website server had a very busy Paraclete XP Outdoor Championship 2013 weekend, and the NSL News Facebook pages enjoyed dramatically increased interest, as well.

NMP-PCH Hayabusa's Center Inside David Grauwels was one of the many visitors who followed the event action throughout the whole weekend. He also posted his own greetings to the teams and competitors and commented especially the Barkli performance and engineering in Round 9:

"Did you have a closer look on the engineering of the Barkli round9?? Awesome, nice flying of the tail Vladimir Pavlenko Also noticeable in former rounds. I like the Russian style. Big congrats to Arizona Airspeed (not in top form yet, but they will) and the other teams as well, I've been following it using the refresh button. The huge amount of busts and faults concerns me a bit, but that's more a personal thing. Nice job with the updates and videos. See you all in Bedford!!"

BarkliArizona Airspeed
Paraclete XP Outdoor 201312345678910TotalAvg
RankAAA Class6,17,15B,11,1618,N,229,4,FJ,E,C,3K,O,12,M5,D,8Q,13,14G,7,H,101,20,21TotalAvg
1Arizona Airspeed (US)21 (-2)23 (-1)1928 (-1)33 (-1)20 (-3)22 (-1)19 (-3)25 (-1)19 (-1)22922.9
2Barkli (RU)20 (-1)222127 (-1)27 (-2)272218 (-2)21 (-2)1922422.4
Light Hayabusa indoor training at Bodyflight Bedford
image by: Jeroen 'Bob' Nollet
The new NSL-TV videos feature the two top teams with all ten rounds, and the audience has the opportunity to compare the engineering in Round 9. The videos also provide insights of the judging that David Grauwels was "concerned with a bit"...

Both teams wear helmets with different colors, which the Russian team has been doing for many years. Airspeed copied the idea to separate the pieces and piece partners by colors in 2011. None of the slots match by colors between both teams...

Hayabusa's Tail Roy Janssen also provided an update for his team that was not directly related to last weekend's event. Hayabusa is getting ready for the World Challenge 2013. It will be the first meet this year for the Belgian silver medalists of the Mondial Dubai 2012, and the results in Bedford will also define the starting point for most of the other top teams in the world. Roy Janssen had more good news for the Hayabusa fans:

NMP-PCH Hayabusa at the World Challenge 2012
"First we have good news regarding our jobs. The Army will keep the project going to have full time athletes in different sports. This concept will remain until 2016 and gives us good perspectives for the upcoming years. However, we will be evaluated year by year, and we need to perform to the standards set by the Army at the World Cups, World Championships, European Championships, and of course the CISM events. The budget will also be evaluated year by year.

Other good news is that we did our first two training days in the Bedford windtunnel after Dubai. Andy is slowly getting stronger again, but he will need some more time to be 100% fit. We did some little flying with our alternate Jeroen 'Bob' Nollet in February to get the dust off our jumpsuits. It was very good to start the 2013 season, and the break that we had also re-charged us mentally.

During the last two days we flew at an easy pace and worked mainly on block techniques to make it easy on Andy's body. In two weeks we go back and start preparing for the World Challenge. We are already looking forward to the battle with Airspeed and the French teams. We know we started late this year, and we feel a bit behind on training hours, but we are still confident and eager to compete again. Outdoor training begins in May in Empuria. And of course we keep working with Gary Smith in 2013."

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