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Subject Restarting Tasks: Pure Gliders vs Motors
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Author Santiago Cervantes
Posted 29-Jul-18 07:12:00
  As a club ladder steward I've recently had an email conversation that has raised an issue which may merit some discussion.

The question is:

Is it fair that a self sustainer/ self launcher can restart a task having started the engine to save one from a field landing?

A pure glider in a similar situation would inevitably land out and would only be able to reattempt the task by a retrieve to the airfield and relaunching whereas a self sustainer/self launcher is effectively getting a "second bite of the cherry".

To me the BGA Ladder ( and OLC for that matter) are there to promote cross country soaring in friendly competition with the minimum of rules and personally I think its pretty successful. Both are similar with regards to engine start rules.
The fact that both the ladder and OLC are open to all types of gliders and through their designs are able to differentiate between glider categories/types are, I reckon, all in all, pretty equitable.

I do feel however, that this issue is a wrinkle that needs addressing.

As a point of discussion could I propose that in event of an engine restart beyond gliding range or at a defined distance from the start point that if the task is reattempted then it be scored as for an undeclared flight.
The option to relaunch from site is taken as a given.

With regards to club tasks I currently don't have a fixed opinion on that one.

Any opinions or thoughts?

Sant Cervantes


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