SEN-502 November 16 2000
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News and Reports 2000 -
SCAT Electronic News 16 November 2000 issue 502
Table of Contents
Wanted: F1B Team Selection Photos - F1Tom
NZ Contest - Vincent
Trackers and transmitters - Erguner
Enforced Rules Assures Contest Fun - Wood
Patterson Correction - Brun
Chase Bikes and Lighter Fluid - Ramrod250
Wanted: F1B Team Selection Photos
I'm in need of F1B photo's taken at the 2001 Team Selection Finals to be used
in the pictorial review that SCAT is publishing. If you have any photo's,
posed, action, candid, etc. of F1B flyers that you feel would be a good
addition to the review, please send to my address below. I have very few F1B
photo's so this is my primary need, however if you have something you feel is
very special on the other events, please submit. Credit and a review copy
will be given to those used and photo's submitted will not be returned unless
I see you at a contest.
Hope you can help out, should be a neat review.
28140 Ridgecove Ct.
Rancho Palos Verdes
Roger, re your query in Scat 500 if there are any
World Cup events in New Zealand
round the time of the Aussie events the answer is No.
There was to have been one but the organiser had to pull out.
However on March 24/25 2001 at Carterton there are the North Island FF Champs
In conjunction with this Stew Cox will be running a trial to pick the NZ team
for the next series against Australia. This is in the FAI classes and I am sure
the Kiwi trialists would like a bit of overses competition to push them along
Trackers and transmitters
I would like to add a few more suppliers to Andrew Barron's list published on
11/14/00. I recently purchased a very small, and portable yet a very strong
and accurate receiver from "http://www.finntracker.com". A larger variety of
frequency options is also available from
"https://secure.northwoodsfalconry.com" although I believe finntracker is the
main distributor. The receiver I purchased is the Maxima 1000/5 which is
fully programmable. Initial tests gave very good results. I will be using it
at Wawayanda on Nov 18-19, interested flyers can take a look. The main
difference of this receiver from most of the others on the market is its yagi
type folding antennas attached directly on the sides of the receiver. In
folded position it is very small, light, and can be carried in a holster
during tow and return from retrieval making it very convenient. The digital
signal meter which is backlit automatically in dark is also another big plus.
A Waltson type receiver I came up with during my research can be viewed at
http://www.wildlifematerials.com/Product/Receivers/3s/3s.html". Although all
the above listed suppliers also supply transmitters, I have ordered a
transmitter from Vin Morgan from Australia at a more reasonable price. It is
flexible with frequency.
Enforced Rules Assures Contest Fun
I may get myself in trouble for speakin out but here goes:
At several FAI Americas Cup contests it was stated that the contest was just
for fun so the rules would not be worried about. Just relaxing fun.
THOSE CONTESTS WERE NOT FUN. THINGS WENT WRONG!!!
However, the team trials was run to the letter of the FAI sportsmans code.
Guess what? It was fun! The team trials was the most exhilerating fun for me
since high school athletics, hands down.
STICKING TO THE RULES PROMOTES FUN
THE CD SHOULD ASSURE THAT THE RULES ARE BEING FOLLOWED.
**The CD should at least have a scale on the field.
Coupe motors should be 10 grams maximum with lube. Audits would not hurt.
Coupe motor weight has not been audited in 22 Americas cup Contests (2000)
The only motor audit occured at the Southwest Regionals Flyoff (1999).
Bob White said he wished that they would EVEN weigh P-30 motors sometime.
** The flight line location should be clear!
I pointed out to a flyer that he could not run after a
thermal with fluffys at the
CUFFMAC contest last week. I considerd him to be part of the PMAC team.
He was not used to the FAI rules and was allowed to run after thermals
in past loosly run Americas Cup coupe contests,
so he didn't know the rule.
It should be OK to teach your team the rules.
They want to do it correctly!
But the croud seemd to think I was being a troublemaker
for pointing it out.
One round I forgot to fly from a pole in my FIRST FAI contest.
Bob Piserchio reminded me of the rule. I appriciated him teachin me very
ALLOWING FLYERS TO DEVIATE FROM THE RULES
HURTS THE FLYER IN THE LONG RUN.
TEACHING THE RULES HELP FLYERS IN THE LONG RUN.
I hope many agree that following the rules eliminates confusion and promotes
I BELIVE: "GOOD CD'S ENFORCE THE RULES TO ASSURE THE FUN" DW
CORRECTION TO THE PATTERSON FORMAT.
THE TIME FOR THE FIRST FLIGHT IN GLIDER WILL BE ONLY 3 5 MINUTES
[Pierre, I assume that 3 5 means 3.5 better known as 210 seconds]
Chase Bikes and Lighter Fluid
Thanks to those who replied to a previous posting about my search for a
Sacramento-area chase bike. The benevolent nature of a certain Alien (Mr.
Gutai, The Legend) has taken care of the bike part; now I need to get a home
Question now is whether anyone else would consider sharing space in one of
the self-storage areas near Waegell Field (a la the pre-trailer days at Lost
Hills) or if there's another storage alternative in the area. The two places
I checked were about $400/yr, which is pretty strong for one person/bike.
If anyone would like to share space, or has a better idea, I'm all for it. I
will need to get the bike from Lost Hills to Sacramento/wherever at the time
of the 14-Rounder, and find it a permanent home in greater Sacramento, the
Bay Area, or in between, after that.
Cold-weather starting: A trick learned years ago, flying in northern Ohio and
reinforced on a 38-degree morning at the Livotto a few years ago, is to keep
a bottle of lighter fluid around for engine priming. A little goes a long
way, but it really makes a difference when it's cold.