Very interesting thread.
Even though the grid format had been posted and discussed long before WSIKF, there were many folks who still had no concept of it. There needs to be some sort of format where the pilots can see what kind of line up is expected; long before gathering for the fly. If they have an idea of what's expected, than JB or whomever, will not physically have to place people in their row/columns. That took a long time and for those that were in position early on, I'm sure their attention span waned. Perhaps a preflight meeting with a printout of the format, very early in the week could be helpful.
All of this is indeed under development between Felix, Mr Hoath and myself as we speak... If any of you know Stephen or myself well as mega team coordinators, along with Felix's immeasurable experience and organizational skills, you know the tools and guidelines we're putting together will be as fair, inclusive and empowering as possible for everyone
1. Identify the standards required for LARGE mega fly participation.
2. Make those standards available and achievable through resources, checklists and curriculum.
3. Ensure those standards are balanced between practicality and inclusiveness.
4. Identify a leading body of pilots who have the background to effectively organize and maintain LARGE mega flies.
In speaking with Stephen and Felix, we've fairly well established that the IROR guidelines will almost exclusively come into effect in groups of 30 pilots or more (at which point safety and effectiveness are real tangible factors), although it's already obvious that the benefits and standards set forth will have significant beneficial effects for ALL teams and team fliers in groups of any size simply due to the clear and present information that will become available.
Tentatively, we'll be "opening the doors" to IROR discussions and participation sometime in the next 2-3 weeks after the recognized "faculty" (proven veteran LARGE mega team organizers and coordinators) have laid the groundwork.
Remember as well, please, this is NOT an attempt at government, all things will be up for discussion, evolution and adjustment.
For the purposes of efficiency and practicality, the foundation and initial set of guidelines does need to be laid by those with the most hands on experience in LARGE mega team management... Not everything will be right straight out of the gate, but we're ready for that too.
As far as ability, John, you have discussed formats of evaluating a pilot's ability. This was not, and is not intended to say who's better than the next, but for reasons such as a Mega Fly of mega proportions. Bart has questioned what skills he needs to be able join in the mega fly (comfortably). If there is a checklist of sorts, one can know exactly how qualified they are. Then, there's no question of "can I do this?" I guess it would serve a dual purpose, as then there are specific goals to reach for each individual; if so inclined. Again, this would not be intended for the purpose of saying who's superior to whom.
I hope this makes sense.
Makes tons of sense, no argument at all... This is among our ideals.
Just to provide some insight into the level of consideration, the idea of "star" (1, 2, 3) ratings came up and was ultimately not included due to the "classing" of pilots that would ensue... This isn't our goal, furthest from it.
At this time, it looks like we'll have a simple and slightly broader "on/off" certification based on a given set of skills (which will be published for all to use, study and learn)... Outside of this, the primary mega team coordinator on any given day will have the executive ability to have pilots stand down in conditions which render them ineffective... This will of course be done with tact, and the understanding that assistance and education will be available to help such pilots succeed in the future, or even later on any same given day.