“Contest corner” column ideas
These are organized by topic, but I’m not going to write in that order. Instead, I’m going to vary the topic month to month. Feel free to suggest other topics, or to express enthusiasm for hearing some of these sooner rather than later.
Local contests/other formats:
-Enterprise Comp in
-Options in the current rules. MATs with many assigned points; Triangles.
-The Grand Prix. Lessons (Chip?) Strategies. Participant contests vs. spectator/pro contests.
-World vs. US scoring. Pros and cons. What’s in the world scoring!
-The line vs gate controversy
-Radios for regionals?
-ELTs and contests
-Sports class vs. club class
-Cellphones, weather data
-Sports class tasking.
-Rules controversies as they come up.
-Dehydration, Sun, oxygen
-The numbers – how dangerous is it, really?
-Being better than average. Quantitative limits and preplanned actions and thoughts
-Psychology, state of mind; Fish stories, good thoughts, bad thoughts
-How to fly the finish line.
-How to fly the finish gate.
-Abandoning the task.
-Landouts; avoiding the stall spin
-Landouts: committing to the landing
-Avoiding midairs. Prestart, gaggle flying, gaggle avoidance.
Flying faster tips:
-MacCready theory lives
-Upwind/downwind turnpoints, new graph
-Average vs. marginal climb rate; centering time.
-Flying fast to the ridge
-Ridge vs. thermals
-MacCready setting vs. altitude
-Psychology and decision-making. Avoiding self-evaluation, tenacity, open minded
-How big to make course deviations
-Flying in wind; zigzag flight
-Thermal entry and exit (no more “dive through the core”)
-Start time choices
-PST strategies – using wind; when to stop; avoiding beer suck
- Circulation patterns; Pagen, altitude bands, bunching.
- Size of clouds, moisture, where to look for lift, sniffing for the core.
-Dynamic soaring possibilities
-What contests will look like once we have thermal detectors
Stories / reporting
- Site reports. What’s it like to fly a contest at
-“Lessons learned,” contest reports
- Good stories from contest flying.