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Old Jul 01, 2012, 09:02 AM
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ALES Integrated Into a TD Event

Last weekend (June 23-24), SVSS held its annual 2-day TD contest, the SVSS Summer Soaring Challenge. With the increased interest in ALES that has occurred, and the regular participation in ALES (only) contests that SVSS has hosted, we decided to attempt to integrate an ALES class into the TD contest, right along side Unlimited, 2M, Nostalgia and RES.

The plan was to have the ALES ships launch in the same flight order sequence as the other classes, launch only in the same launch corridor as the winch-launched planes, and use the same landing task as the TD event.

The process involved the ALES plane getting in line to launch, then when called to launch they would step up and launch normally, straight up and straight out. No sideways or other variations, just a launch within the normal corridor.

The event went smoothly and the 9 pilots that participated in that class enjoyed it. One unexpected benefit of this addition was when the winch line(s) were down for a repair, snarl, etc. If there was an ALES plane in line to launch we could call them to the front and get them in the air, thereby recapturing some lost time.

I can safely say the experiment was a success and SVSS will likely include an ALES class in future TD events. This was never intended to replace the current MOM format, just to expand the utilization of ALES in normal use.

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