Originally Posted by mdjohnson
Kudos to you guys for trying this out!
I really don't see why ALES couldn't be treated as just another class. Shut down the winches and run ALES MOM for a 10 min task in the launch corridor with what ever landing is setup (spot or line). Scoring should be the same as TD, keeping it simple. Is my thinking out to lunch here?
I know I would be into bringing an ALES airframe to fly a second class.
The need to shut down the winch line for any reason would unnecessarily penalize the winch-launch guys. This is what I want to avoid along with the perception that ALES requires special consideration.
If the basic contest format is MOM, then an ALES only flight group is really no different than a non-ALES group, and it becomes a no-brainer.
If the basic contest is open winch (or call up, doesn't really matter), then stopping the contest to do an ALES only round becomes the issue.