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Bright ideas on a MAT

Bright ideas on a MAT

A MAT task is a Modified Assigned Task, used at US contests. There are a lot of details and complexities that require reading the rules. However the basic idea is you get to choose the points that you can use, giving the pilot flexibility to avoid storms, bad areas,...
Hero to Zero

Hero to Zero

No matter how many times we talk about this, it happens. Some of you might be following the FCC contest in Slovakia that finishes today. A club class pilot did it again. Won a day, then well, then he didn’t win the next day, actually he didn’t make it home...
Lawn Darts

Lawn Darts

Based on the ancient Roman game plumbata, lawn darts was banned in 1988 in the US. Whoops, wrong Wikipedia page… What I actually want to discuss is a term we use in racing, lawn darting. You start and go straight into a field. Maybe you found a thermal. Maybe...
Wrong start gate

Wrong start gate

How many different ways can we make this mistake?   At the 15 m Nationals in Tonopah NV, I was in one start group for multiple days. The organizers warned us that they would be changing groups daily, however, when my group changed, I didn’t notice. I...