TALES Electric Sailplane Contest

After completing my review of the Alpha 2M sailplane which you can see here, it felt like a good time to highlight the TALES event format.

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Fun Contest Format

After completing my review of the Alpha 2M sailplane which you can see here, it felt like a good time to highlight the TALES event format. The Alpha is a perfect airplane for TALES and while I have yet to fly at a TALES event, it's something I look forward to trying.

TALES got its start at the end of 2016 when the guys at the Greater Detroit Soaring and Hiking Society came up with the idea and started experimenting with it at a few contests in 2017. Jack Lafret was the main person working on the rules and he held a TALES demo at the Nats in 2019. I was there for that demo, but didn't have a suitable plane to fly. It was interesting as it blends ALES standardized launch altitudes with F3K type multi task events. I know we all enjoy the challenge of low altitude thermaling and the 10 minute format of F5J, but I can tell you as a K guy that flying multiple tasks during a contest is a blast as well. Keeping the planes limited to 80" in wingspan means the planes can be very affordable and approachable to anyone.

F5K has started to grow in popularity and there are a lot 1.5M size electric planes coming out. The cool thing about that is you could fly both F5K and TALES events with the same plane. If your club hasn't given TALES a try yet, what are you waiting for? Everything you need can be found right here. I'll post a link to the rules along with the FREE scoring program below. Check out the video as well to get a feel for how the contest format works.

Check out the TALES Rules Page Here

Get the FREE TALES Scoring Program Here

Visit the Main TALES Discussion Thread Here

2017 TALES Contest Movie (12 min 40 sec)

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Oct 22, 2020, 09:52 AM
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Thanks for the write up. Just FYI, the rules has evolved since we started flying it back in 2017. So when Roger stated that landing points don't count in the video it was correct at the time, now they do. Just check the rules for the latest version.
Oct 23, 2020, 06:25 AM
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Sweet!


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