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Skills or Silicon? 3 years 6 months ago #765

  • James Deck
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Recently, R/C aircraft have appeared on the scene with electronic aids (gyros) to aid the new pilot. As LSF has two programs (SAP &EASP) to increase participants' skills, should sailplanes equipped with these pilot's aids be allowed in pursuit of LSF Levels? Does the use of these aids dilute the achievements of those who achieved a Level without them?
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Skills or Silicon? 3 years 6 months ago #767

  • Joseph C Hayes
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No, they should not be allowed.

Joe

Skills or Silicon? 3 years 6 months ago #768

  • Ingo Donasch
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There have been lots of discussions about this over the last couple of month. The current consent in FAI contests is that they are considered illegal!
I personnally think they should not be used, but here are my experiences with gyros in sailplanes:
pros:
- rudder gyro keeps the tail straight when shooting a crosswind landing.
- aileron gyros are very helpful to keep the plane level when landing in a strong rotor.
cons:
- any gyro action prevents the pilot from reading air, you'll miss thermals, it slows you down on the slope.
- a pitch gyro maintains the planes attitude, but what you really want is to keep your airspeed constant!

I will continue using them in PSS to help with the landings but banned them from all the sailplanes (E or winch).
ingo

Skills or Silicon? 3 years 6 months ago #776

  • Ryan Woebkenberg
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Just playing devil's advocate here, the FAI rules also disallow varios/telemetry but we allow that.

Ryan
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