SEN 97-40 - 27 Dec 1997

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News and Reports - 1997 Issue 97-40

SCAT Electronic News 27 December 1997

More on December Rubber

More tests on the December rubber indicate that it is maybe
not quite as good as previously thought.
We need to test it a little more. The
reason for this change of opinion is that the testing has been done
at colder temperatures and corrected to a standard
that the tester uses . It appears that the
factor to convert may, which dates back sometime
may not be correct for these latest batches
of rubber as it had been with earlier.

NFFS Election Results

Author : This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Subject : Results of the NFFS Elections

The NFFS Election ballots have been counted, and 357 NFFS
members voted. Our bylaws require that a minimum of 7% of
the USA members cast ballots for the
election to be valid. Our membership, as of August 29, 1997,
is 1829, so a valid number of ballots cast would equal 128.
Obviously, we exceeded this number by nearly 3 times.

The West Vice President balloting was:
Len Sherman 58
Hector Diez 41
Douglas Joyce Jr. 29
Robert Norton 16

Len Sherman was elected and will take office on January 1, 1998

The Northeast Vice President balloting was:
Hardy Brodersen 75
Phil Sullivan 37
Thomas Sanders 16

Hardy Brodersen was elected and will take office on January 1, 1998

The balloting for the bylaws change was as follows:
Bylaws change #1 - 501 (c) (3) designation
Yes 350
No 007

Bylaws change #2 - Increase terms of office to 4 years =
and establish a rotation of office.
Yes 347
No 010

Both items passed and will be incorporated in the revised =
NFFS Constitution
and bylaws. Copies of the bylaws may be obtained by s=
ending a large SASE with 55 cents to Bob Stalick,
5066 NW Picadilly Circle, Albany, OR 97321.

All ballots are being kept by William D. Shailor, whose law firm oversaw the
counting of the results. The ballots will be held until February 20, 1998 for
viewing. After February 20, they will be discarded.
Interested parties may contact Mr. Shailor at (248)539-2829.

Bob Stalick


From Jim Haught - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Interesting thoughts on Jim Parker's "comeback." I, too, find that the most
enjoyable part of competition flying is actually in test flying with other
fliers. Everyone works hard to get ready, but there's lots of give-and-take,
and appreciation for a good new model. The camaraderie there is one of the
best parts of Free Flight.

Sometimes I am asked if flying in contests is "fun." And really, I'd have to
say that lots of times, it isn't. It's work (voluntary, but work) and when you
have a competitive nature like mine, it can be easy to go overboard. I've
toned back on that, but still, the "fun" is testing and developing models--not
the contests, which are a sort of payoff. Flying well and winning is fun,

On Electronic timers from Torlief Jensen [the designer of the Danish
or Koster Timer.

Hi Roger.

Thanks a lot for your offers.

I'm afraid that attending the seminar for me is not possible. I'll have
a talk with Cenny though to see what we can come up with.

I think that so many electronic solutions exists now. We should
concentrate on a range of mechanical solutions that will work with all
the different electronic timers. It seems that the mechanical solution
sets the level of reliability now. At every important competition a
large number of mechanical parts are offered at "pusher street", why
don't we cooperate on designing mechanical solutions to be supplied by
those suppliers being good at mechanical manufacturing? I can offer
quite some experience from years of work with Thomas Koster.

I really appreciate your offer of a free notice on the scat web site.
I'll send you one soon.

Best regards,


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On the same subject
From Allard Van Wallene
in response to the invitation to the timer seminar.

Dear Scat,

Thanks for your invitation for the Timer Sympo. I appreciate your
initiative to 'equalize' timer knowledge.
Unfortunately I'm not able to come. My new born daughter (25 Nov. 1997)
won't let me!
Fortunately she allows me some time to work on my new timer based on the
well known Basic Stamp.
The software is ready, and flight data are uploaded with a PSION 3 C
organiser. I wrote a database program with
a user-friendly interface (drop down menu's) to load browse search change
store and send flight data to the model.
Next step will be designing the circuit board for the non-stamp electronics
(receiver interface, external oscillator etc.), and
hardware design (fuselage, tail setup etc.). The potential of the system
looks promising thanks to the flexibility of the Stamp.
I hope some lectures will be available in printed form.

Best regards, Allard