I think the main problem is not the scenary (indeed you can get FAI badges in different parts of the world), but the weather model.dr.phees wrote:We could try to stick to one scenery for badge tasks. We could "freeze" one scenery and put the download somewhere
For example: what about the horribly tilted thermals? Until now, to therm a therm in 50 knots wind it's more or less like to try catching a train with a lazo... if tomorrow this problem will be fixed, the same task in the same scenary will be pretty much easier (and more realistic). The same for superwaves, etc...
As the weather model will - hopefully - be ameliorated along years, coming closer and closer to reality, I wouldn't like to "freeze" the situation in a certain moment. I would rather porpose to have versions in badges. Each time the weather or aerodynamics model would be changed, a new version of the badges should be out.
You could - for example - have the "silver 1.8" already (taken with Condor version 1.8 ) and when version 1.9 will be out, a new badge would be available and you might try to get it. Newer badges should be regarded as more qualifying. Alternatively we might consider not to have "categories" but to remove old badges owners (after a transition period of several months) from the "official registry", if they don't achieve the requirements under new conditions.
This could sound like time consuming for the pilots interested in having "the latest badge", but on the other side, I don't think that weather model is going to be changed frequently. AFAIK, a revision was foreseen only for version 2.0, but the bugs introduced lately imposed to have it already in 1.9.
Concering availability in following up the project, I give mine essentially in terms of contribution to the debate in designing of the overall concept: I personally don't feel I have enough experience to "make the difference" in issues like task setting, pogramming, etc... Moreover I decided to try to supoprt PBY in developing a very small part of the Alsace scenary...
EDIT: I think - however - that the more the proposal is discussed publicly, the more we might get consensus around it, the more pilots will be interested in trying to get the badges... a bit like the choice of VT of discussing LLC score system, I believe. So - regardless of the formation of a "project team" - I would invite you to keep the debate public.