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Old Feb 17, 2012, 11:14 PM
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Allowable Technology for XC racing

The subject of what technology should be permitted at XC contests often comes up in the discussions, but I have not heard enough opinions that would indicate any consensus on the subject. It has generally been left up the individual contest organizers/CD's to post the rules regarding this subject.

There is no doubt more technology will be available and at a lesser cost so we should try to establish rules on what we will allow. Therefore I am posting this poll to try to get some idea of what the XC community wants. You can vote as many of the options you like, even all of them if you believe there should be no restrictions at all. The options I came up with are:

1. Autopilot - A device that completely controls the aircraft

2. Airspeed control - A device that controls the airspeed

3. Gyro stabilizer- A gyroscopic device the helps stabilize the aircraft by controlling on or more control surfaces

4. Video telemetry

5. GPS telemetry

6. Airspeed telemetry

7. Vertical speed telemetry (Vario)

8. Altitude telemetry

9. Flight computer in chase vehicle to assist the pilot in utilizing any of the above telemetry.
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