We were delighted to see the MXS off to Germany on Friday to catch the air transport to Abu Dhabi this week. The MXS is very well setup and I enjoyed about 20 air testing / training flights in the last three weeks. There’s only so much you can do without being in the track...You have to work on re-building your Gz tolerance and spatial awareness at over 400 deg / sec rolling and ever impressive pitch rates and then working on accuracy and precision and doing lots of high-G stalling. We’re lucky in the UK to be allowed to fly down to the surface (as long as you are '500 feet clear of man, vessel, vehicle or structure’) so I have a few favourite places locally where I can get down very low. Sadly, there were too many birds around this year to make it a safe option so I’ve been much higher than I’d like. After a while this becomes rather tedious and you just want to get down amongst the air gates!
I am very happy that we made the decision not to play around with the aileron or elevator setup as I did the last year with such abysmal results. We’ve sent a fine handling MXS to the first race and all I can do now is work on my own mental and physical preparation and hope that none of the other competitors has managed to produce too many additional knots!!