Petr JONAS (CZE)
09 - Video footage made available (microlights)
4.31.5 Take-offs and landings by Microlights in all tasks shall be completed within a 100 x 25 m landing deck, or for
the task “Short take off and landing over obstacle”, within a deck 150 m x 25 m. Aircraft not capable of
taxiing unaided from the deck after landing score zero. Landing provisions in the case of an emergency shall
be specified at briefing. Failure to comply with instructions regarding emergency shall incur a penalty.
Deck length shall be corrected for altitude at the rate of a 7% increase for every full 300m of elevation,
rounding the result to the nearest integer metre. The width of the deck may be decreased to be adjusted to
the width of the existing runway (S10 4.31.5).
To minimise the potential for incorrectly applying landing penalties for landing decks prepared on grass
runways, the approach area to the landing deck shall have its grass cut short. The length of the approach
area shall be at least equal in length to the landing deck unless otherwise constrained by airfield physical
limitations. When scoring landings to a deck, ALL video footage (ie all that available from differing viewing
angles) should be reviewed before landing penalties are confirmed.
The modern technology enables us to easily double check how each crew performed in the landing task.
I believe that each competitor would like to see their landing - not only so that they are happy with the scoring but also to learn.
Nowadays some of the individual national teams are sending their team members to the landing deck with video cameras to shoot their own video footage, but not everybody can spare a person in order to do that.
Making the official video footage available would also prevent "preventive complains" filed by competitors for the "what-if" case, when they are not sure about the result and scores.
When everybody can see all the videos, there is simply no room for doubts about the scoring.
One simple external hard-drive in the briefing room, where the team leaders can come with a laptop and download the videos would be a simple and cheap solution for this.