CUGC Micro Tasks
These tasks are all within local soaring which means that you do not need a Cross-Country Endorsement to attempt them. These tasks are intended to stretch early solo pilots and teach them about cross-country flying. They also allow pilots without a cross country endorsement to participate in the BGA Ladder and Cuppers competitions.
Always discuss with an instructor before doing any of these tasks.
Safe heights to be at in nill wind conditions, if you are upwind of the airfield these heights are fine. You should avoid being too far downwind without a cross-country endorsement.
Turnpoints on Google Maps
These are simple out and return tasks to nearby turnpoints, to get you used to being outside the local circuit area on your own. There will always be an appropriate choice regardless of wind direction:
The medium tasks come in to types: (i) out and returns over a greater distance (up to the limits of local soaring), to get you comfortable a bit further out; (ii) small triangles to practice flying between turnpoints without routing via the airfield.
The hard tasks, push to the edge of what is possible with local soaring. Larger triangles of different shapes, often involving flying cross-wind, so you need to be more aware of your position. By the time you've finished all of these you should be able to recognise the local landmarks approaching Gransden from 15k away in all directions: useful for when you do your first cross-countries
Gransden Lodge - St Neots South - Cambridge West - Gransden Lodge
Gransden Lodge - Papworth - Cambridge West - Gransden Lodge
Gransden Lodge - Cambridge West - Foxton - Gransden Lodge
Turnpoints to Avoid
Royston (ROY) - Due to airspace turns over Royston must be between 3,500 ft and 4,200 ft QFE it would be difficult for an inexperienced pilot to stay in the allowed hight band for the required time to reach and return from the turn point.
Biggleswade (BIG) -Due to airspace is not possible to turn Biggleswade turn point under local soaring rules.