Well, we finally finished the 2009 Championship Rules. No major changes.
Here's a summary:
1.1 - Changed to allow the possibility of "special" tasks, e.g. Harris
Hill 1998 last day.
5.1 - removed FTP (final turn point). With the finish cylinder, a FTP is
no longer needed.
5.3, 5.4 - wording change only.
6.3 - Changed so that "normally" tows at 2000'. For safety reasons, or to
reach a local "hot spot", tows may be higher depending on the location.
7.4 - removed last 6 words.
7.5 - To use a penalty start, the pilot must have a fix within 1 mile of
the start cylinder. Now, the penalty zone is the same as for turn areas.
8.1 - Stipulate that left turns are to be made in the tiny MAT cylinders
also (just like when we had photo turnpoints).
9.1 - Reworded, and allows flexibility in determining the location of the
finish cylinder. Emphasize that there is no minimum altitude (and the CD
cannot change that).
10.4 - Removed reference to gaps in the flight log (see the new 10.5)
10.5 - Added wording for track logs with no altitude data, and wording
about gaps in the log (underlined for emphasis). Gaps in either the track
data or altitude data will not incur a penalty, but see 13.1-13.4.
13.1-13.4. Tun area and penalty zone credit will only be given if an
actual GPS fix lies inside. No "line between two fixes", which could pose
problems if there are long gaps in the flight record.
Kevin Ford (#157)
Rule Committee Chairman