Thermalling. DSC Rules and Techniques
Thanks Steve, interesting especially the note on aggressiveness which is unfortunately evident with a few of our pilots. Also I was unaware of the rule to change direction from a lower counter thermalling group to the direction of the upper group. I wonder if others are aware of this? I have certainly witnessed conflict as a lower group meets the upper group, I normally get out of the way to avoid the mess.
Circuit. May help some of our club pilots get into the air on the intimidating days?
Just to say this is worth a look, can we adapt it for the DSC. http://wiki.flightgear.org/Howto:Fly_a_circuit_pattern
I wonder if it is worth making a DSC circuit paten around our Take off and landing zones. For example, traffic can only fly left to right directly in front of take offs like. Bradwell, Mam tor East, Rushup, Treak cliff, (Mam tor NW may be only Right to left)
Some thoughts from a new CP.
Not sure if the benefits outweigh the negatives? Circuit flying makes sense in other forms of aviation because it's generally quite easy for different aircraft to fly a similar pattern. With paragliding our circuit patterns will change drastically in differing wind conditions, and people flying high performance wings with greater penetration will probably fly longer downwinds, low class wings shorter. Meaning you could end up with the worse performing wings always turning base earlier and cutting infront of those with a better glide
The Circuit I am thinking about is simply up to 100 ft above take off areas and up to 100ft out, Pilots fly with the ridge on their right? As it is now at take off we have to look left and right plus above and behind for plots overshooting top landing, As our sites become more crowded then is more order needed?
We could adopted the call TAKE-OFF idea used some places? Is it the job of a club to make flying safer for all?