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Did You Know...

... that NMP PCH HayaBusa does not seem to have any weaknesses?

First outdoor meet in 2017: FAI World Cup in Saarlouis
posted Aug 22nd, 2018 - The closer look at the slowest sequences that NMP PCH HayaBusa have faced in the same time period as Arizona Airspeed and Aerodyne Realfly concludes the NSL News evaluation of this topic.

There is no scoring data available of 2018 events since the Belgian 4-way world champions have not attended any outdoor competitions so far, except for the military CISM championship with its different dive pool and rules. HayaBusa will defend their Belgian outdoor title though before they travel to Australia for this year's showdown with the strongest opponents.

The lowest HayaBusa 2017 numbers don't seem to be very encouraging for the other top teams. The Belgians are known for their strength when it comes to the fast sequences, and it does not look much better for the more technical slower sequences. Coach Gary Smith knows the stronger and weaker areas of the team very well, and HayaBusa is still constantly working on improvements of the performance. The Belgian 4-way world champions seemed to be ahead in all areas at the end of the 2017 season.

The 20-pointer in Round 4 at the FAI World Cup 2017 was the lowest score at HayaBusa's first outdoor meet last year, which turned into two 21-pointers at the Belgian Nationals. HayaBusa then finished the outdoor season with the second highest 10-round average in the history of the team at the USPA Nationals 2017 and had a 22-pointer as the lowest score for a round. That was in 2017, and HayaBusa has been well ahead of either Arizona Airspeed or Aerodyne Realfly, or both, at all indoor events ever since.

USPA Nationals 2017
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Total Avg
Rank AAA Class O,4,9 G,21,A,H N,D,J,14 L,16,12 K,19,6 E,2,10 P,11,15 17,3,22 F,7,1 Q,5,M,20 Total Avg
1 NMP PCH HayaBusa 31 33 28 23 25 23 23 22 31 31 270 27.0
Belgian Nationals 2017
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Total Avg
Rank AAA Class 22,L,G,M 6,N,H,B 4,18,A C,P,2,11 20,F,E,K 21,17,7 16,D,15 O,14,13 19,12,Q 3,J,10 Total Avg
1 NMP PCH HayaBusa 26 38 23 28 32 24 25 21 21 24 262 26.2
FAI World Cup 2017
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Total Avg
Rank AAA Class L,O,F,K,11 C,3,7 13,2,G 1,17,20 ------ Total Avg
1 NMP PCH HayaBusa 35 26 21 20------ 102 25.5

It may not look as hopeless for the HayaBusa opponents as it seems after the first look, at least not for the slower sequences. Aerodyne Realfly matched the HayaBusa performance in Round 4 at the FAI World Cup 2017, and each of the two 21-pointers at the Belgian Nationals 2017 had a random formation in the sequence.

Last outdoor meet in 2017: USPA Nationals in Perris
On the other hand, the Belgians killed the only 3-block sequence in the 10-round meet (21-17-7) with a 24-pointer.

The lowest score at the USPA Nationals 2017 was a 22-pointer in Round 8 for a 3-block sequence (17-3-22) which sounds impressive too. However, two of the three blocks were on the faster end of the dive pool, even though the sequence created a slot-switcher for the front piece.

Arizona Airspeed and Aerodyne Realfly have been confronted with slightly slower sequences and might not be as far behind in this area. Then it would go back to the faster sequences where NMP PCH HayaBusa was still ahead last year, and chances are little that they have slowed down in the meantime.

The Belgian Nationals 2018 are scheduled right after the USPA Nationals, and both events will provide new data for the latest evaluations and speculations before the world meet...

French Nationals 2018
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Total Avg
Rank AAA Class E,G,10,2 9,Q,14 5,19,C 12,16,A 15,1,17 20,L,3 13,F,22 11,N,D,O M,7,8 P,4,H,21 Total Avg
1 Aerodyne Realfly 20 28 23 23 19 20 20 31 24 27 235 23.5
Coupe de France May 2018
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Total Avg
Rank AAA Class J,C,O,16 21,E,A,8 3,13,D Q,N,9,2 M,B,12,K 4,11,5 G,6,H,L 17,1,18 19,P,7 10,14,15 Total Avg
1 Aerodyne Realfly 34 24 21 33 28 20 32 20 26 19 257 25.7
Shamrock Showdown 2018
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Total Avg
Rank AAA Class B,J,17,20 M,10,O,3 Q,22,2 A,D,P,F,16 N,12,14 15,9,C K,4,G,E 21,1,13 7,6,11 H,5,19 Total Avg
1 Aerodyne Realfly 27 24 21 28 17 28 31 19 23 27 245 24.5
FAI World Cup 2017
1 2 3 4------ Total Avg
Rank AAA Class L,O,F,K,11 C,3,7 13,2,G 1,17,20------ Total Avg
1 RealFly-Sion 35 26 20 20 ------ 101 25.3
Paraclete XP Summer Classic 2018
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Total Avg
Rank AAA Class F,M,C,10 14,P,A,15 19,11,9 E,B,22,7 2,K,G,12 3,O,1 4,17,J Q,13,D,6 N,L,8,18 16,21,20 Total Avg
1 Arizona Airspeed 35 25 -1 24 27 -2 25 23 -1 25 -1 26 23 21 254 25.4
Shamrock Showdown 2018
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Total Avg
Rank AAA Class B,J,17,20 M,10,O,3 Q,22,2 A,D,P,F,16 N,12,14 15,9,C K,4,G,E 21,1,13 7,6,11 H,5,19 Total Avg
1 Arizona Airspeed 28 -1 26 24 34 -1 21 29 -2 31 20 -1 23 28 264 26.4
USPA Nationals 2017
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Total Avg
Rank AAA Class O,4,9 G,21,A,H N,D,J,14 L,16,12 K,19,6 E,2,10 P,11,15 17,3,22 F,7,1 Q,5,M,20 Total Avg
1 Arizona Airspeed 27 32 29 22 24 22 21 -1 23 29 29 258 25.8
Paraclete XP Summer Classic 2017
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Total Avg
Rank AAA Class K,20,17 8,7,11 P,G,14,N H,C,9,15 J,F,3,5 Q,E,M,13 2,21,L 6,12,B 22,O,10 A,1,19 Total Avg
1 Arizona Airspeed 24 21 27 33 33 33 21 23 19 24 258 25.8
Shamrock Showdown 2017
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Total Avg
Rank AAA Class 4,E,P,12 20,5,L J,6,13 N,7,K,C 15,1,F G,B,18,3 8,11,Q H,22,19 14,2,16 M,D,21,O Total Avg
1 Arizona Airspeed 23 22 -2 25 34 -1 22 23 21 20 18 31 239 23.9
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