Thread: Discussion ALES Integrated Into a TD Event
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Old Jul 01, 2012, 03:35 PM
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I've flown in a local contest against TD pilots off of a winch. I let them talk me into setting 150m as my cutoff alt. While I did launch higher than some there were also some that were launching about a hundred feet higher than my 150m cutoff. No biggie though. Even if everyone used a winch there would still be pilots launching higher than the rest. Practice, plane setup and type of plane all make for a big difference in launch height when flying off a winch.

As for having the wrong setting in a CAM I can assure you that there is a noticeable difference in 150m and 200m and it does not take a trained eye to spot someone not using the right cutoff alt. As for the light weight ships with big power systems zooming through the cutoff alt they are also easy to spot.

Anyway I don't think that having TD compete with E ships is a big deal. It would probably work better on a local level than at the larger regional or national events. But I'm keeping an open mind about it.
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