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Old Mar 02, 2012, 04:32 PM
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Given that no cheating would be allowed by restarting a motor. I'm actually leaning towards allowing ALES because I see no logical reason why we can't consider ALES as just another type of launch equipment.

However, to play devil's advocate, I do feel that learning to launch well on a hi-start and a winch, or off a slope for that matter, is part of the set of skills needed to advance in SAP. So, my question to all in favor of ALES or have done ALES (because I have not): is there any particular skill involved in launching, gaining altitude on ALES? If not, then ALES completely circumvents a traditionally important part of soaring.
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