José Luis Esteban, Spanish Delegate.
Planning in quarantine
4.26.3 Pilots must be qualified for flight planning in navigation or economy tasks. Competition directors are encouraged to run some of the navigation or economy tasks in a way that pilots must prepare their flight plans individually.
This is a clearly marked area to which aircraft and crew must go from time to time as instructed by the director, usually for the purposes of scoring, fuel measurement and scrutineering of fuel tank seals, fuel systems, telephone seals etc. [...]
In this time of high quality land images provided by Google, Bing and other services it becomes necessary to avoid their intense use trying to spot pictures before next morning's flight. Pilots feel forced to do so when they have the opportunity, but this practice doesn't improve airmanship at all, and takes plenty of time for pilots who would rather be resting or maintaining their aircraft.
Option A enforces planning in quarantine for any photo spotting task.
Option B extends the quarantine for all tasks where a flight plan is needed, as long as pilots do fly their planned route in Google Earth several times. Not only this is irrelevant as airmanship is concerned, but this also imposes the necessity of a broadband Internet connection. If each team has to care for its own broadband connection, this leads to a difference of opportunities among teams. Otherwise, if a broadband connection has to be supplied by the organiser, it will always become a source for problems.