Recycling this old thread…
I’ve been talking to some of the officers about this idea about since I started posting on Leonardo last year. It seems to me that our club Leonardo site is a bit of a wasted resource. I don’t know how much the club pays for the site every year, but I don’t think its all that much, and if it were opened up to everyone in the club, it could be so much more useful to EVERYONE in the club. I’d like to propose some changes with the following goals, and benefits in mind:
- When people post their flights (TIMELY), its a huge benefit to help correlate the weather forecasts and conditions to what actually happened that day.
- New pilots (and old) can study tracklogs when posted, and even overlay everyone’s tracks from the same day, (or different days if you like), to see where the thermal triggers were working. With enough track logs, over time, with lots and lots of data, we could map out the thermals on our classic routes and even put a probability to each!
- Even posting “sled rides” is very useful for this data gathering! again- to help correlate forecasts to actuals.
- In general, more of this data could/should = evolution in pilots personal decision making and ability to call out the good days and fly longer and further.
With these goals in mind, and as a benefit to every pilot in the club, rather than just a few who are participating currently, I propose the following rule changes to the club Leonardo:
- Leonardo is open to ALL pilots in RMHPA with no additional fees (the increase in fees last year should more than cover it, I imagine).
- RMHPA members can post ALL flights, anywhere in the world, if they wish- this would be for sharing and creating conversations in our community. More participation = more data = evolution in collective local flying knowledge for everyone here.
- Encourage everyone to post all flights in Colorado so we can build our thermal map, and polish our weather forecast decision making.
- The friendly “competition” can continue with the same rules if there is anyone interested, and pull the data out of the Leonardo at year end. Pilots would be responsible to pull out their own 6 best flights to the Flight director for scoring at the end of the year, for example.
As a final note, you don’t need a fancy comp vario to participate; you don’t need a vario at all. You don’t even need a dedicated GPS unit. ANYONE who has a (smart)phone can download FREE any of the many apps using the GPS in their phone to record their tracklogs and upload them to Leonardo. One example that I use and think works pretty well (in my opinion, the most likely FREE app to replace your entire flight instrument) is called FLYME (xcglobe.com/flyme/)
Its for Android, but there are others for IOS as well. If your phone has a barometer- like the samsung S3, 4, 5, 6… you can use it for a vario as well. If not, you could pair it via bluetooth to BlueFlyVario ($70-100). It will use the GPS for vario if nothing else, but that isn’t really good enough for a primary vario, you really need a barometric vario.