Your practice Assigned Speed Task (AST) can vary depending on the day and your focus. You could have a few
It is even better if you have some friends to race against to compare decisions.
Maybe you wait around for the best weather. You could start the morning with the desire to do a 500km flight. You pick your
Less inflight planning
No additional planning on where to make your turn in a 40mile cylinder, everyone is going to the same spot over the ground. This is a matter of hoping your forecasting skills are good. You can ‘guess’ what your speed is going to be at
No Chickening out
Unlike a MAT task, you cannot skip the last turn because you think it will take too long. You are going for it, granted this is all practice… However, if you never
Task setters like having some challenging areas. Since you are attempting to set this task before you takeoff there will most likely be some unforeseen trouble areas, so you do not necessarily have to go looking for them. Why do you want to have to transition through a weaker area? To practice gear shifting. When to downshift and take a weak climb to avoid getting stuck is the difference between first place and landing out.
You can be super ambitious with your tasking and have to take the last thermal at the end of the day to make it home.
George Lee’s Camp
At George Lee’s camp, we would set an AST every day. Typically something that resembled a triangle, the goal was 3-4 hours on
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