Originally Posted by bruceuk
Yes, that seems correct to me. I'll raise it.
I sure hope not. 804 says the options for relief can be limited as a special condition with approval of the TM. 805 then lays down some requirements for special conditions, not a loop hole for when a "special condition" can be permitted for limiting relief options.
I don't see where a TD could say, "this island I've drawn around this pin is a 'special condition' requiring a mandatory retee unless you land safely. It's not 'OB.' It's a 'special condition,' so I don't need permission from the tour manager."
If that's allowed, then the rule change has no teeth at all. Sure, the TD can declare a drop zone and specify whether a penalty is assessed for using it, all without TD approval. But saying an area can be declared as not OB, but that limited relief from the area is mandated as a "special condition" sounds like complete BS to me.