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XCSoar Users:

Your participation is requested in a petition directed at the OLC to expand
their Validation process to include XCSoar as a valid software package for
posting flights to the OLC. This would not make XCSoar an IGC-approved
logger for FAI record or badge flights, but it would enable pilots to submit
IGC files from XCSoar to the OLC and receive the green "V" OLC validation
and be included in the daily scores.

Historically, the OLC has approved about a dozen PDA software packages for OLC submission, a process that requires the software vendor add an
OLC-approved electronic signature to each IGC file, providing a level of security against tampering with the flight data. The OLC stopped accepting
new PDA programs to their validation process in 2005 because they had limited resources and believed enough software products existed.

Our position is that XCSoar is used by many pilots who want to post their IGC files on OLC, but the OLC does not validate the files. To correct this,
we want the OLC to expand its validation process to include new PDA programs that are willing to follow the OLC's validation process.

We are asking users of XCSoar to write and email letters to ???@XCSoar.com that expresses this position. We will then forward the batch of letters to
the OLC. The contents of the letters should be unique and include your own thoughts, but should discuss reasons why the OLC should expand its
validation process to include XCSoar. Please send you letters by October 1, 2007 so we can forward them to the OLC on that date.

Some points you might include in your letter are:

* The is becoming increasingly popular throughout the soaring community and should be able to validate PDA-created IGC files from popular software packages

* The current version of XCSoar's User Manual has been downloaded over 5,000 times

* The current version of XCSoar has been downloaded over 2,100 times in the past 4 months

* Many pilots do not fly with loggers other than their PDA and post their ICG files to the OLC with "Negative Validation" and are not ranked in the daily score

* Many XCSoar users have requested that XCSoar add OLC validation to the software

* The OLC has validated other PDA software programs in the past

* XCSoar supports in-flight optimization of OLC scores

Thank you for your help.

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