French Nation N.Mazaudier
04 – Gate distance from pylons and pylons stadium position in slalom competition
None, it is adding a new paragraph for annex 7 or 8.
The reason for the proposed amendment is that the distance is mandatory because it promote small canopy and huge engines, and that means “normal” pilots are obviously excluded of this activity.
Most of pilots are flying on 20 or 22 square meters. It is also a question of regulation; it is pushing pilots not respecting wings features of makers.
In a short summary:
Sporting arguments > with a limited gate distance, we favor the piloting rather than the pure speed.
Safety arguments > a gate at 130m (as 4th WPSC) promote high speed entry and thus increase the possibility of loss of control by canopy collapsed. Nowadays wings are flying at more than 90 km/h and the long distance from the gate motivate to fly with very small wings and powerful engines.
*We suggest a distance about 50 meters from the gate *to the axis of pylons will be a great choice. And 80m between each pylon in a square chape, one in the middle.
*And for sure distances should be standardized. *This will allow every nation to prepared in the real race conditions.