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To those outside the USA for an overdose of USA Selection stuff.
Hi,EC 2010 will be end of july 2010 at Istanbul FF Cup Field. (Unofficialy).
It will annonced in 2 week.
You can find field information. www.turkey-ff.info
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From The Editor
I would like to know which way the various TSC Delegates voted? Seeing the delegates are representing the particpant I do not believe this should be a secret ballot?
.. so if any of the delgates read SEN - how di you vote? .. and if you don't read SEN you probably should not be a FAI Free Flight team selection delegate?
From Roger Coleman
FAI at Muncie??? Damn fools can drive another nail into the Free Flight coffin... just watch the ranks shrink until you're buying a single trophy for events nobody flies anymore. NUFF SAID!!!
From Walt Ghio
The replies to my first e-mail have been very low for such an important subject. I guess most of you just want to sit on the sidelines and see what happens. The way I look at this you need to voice your opinion. Not on the field at the next contest, which I know a lot of you will do, but using your keyboard and put down your feelings and let the rest of us read them.
I would like to point out that no flight in a World Champs has been less than three minutes. Most World Champs fields are of good quality and their is no issues with the flight time. History shows that you do not get three days of excellent weather at the Muncie site and we will end up using less than a three minute max. Is this a good way to pick a team that will have to fly for three minutes at a World Champs? I would also like to point out the last time we had a finals this area of the United States the contest was completed in California eight months later. I believe we will have a good chance of this happening again. But then the Muncie contest director will just lower the max time to two minutes so we can finish the contest on his turf. Again, this is lowering the quality of the program. We need to fly for three minutes and each flyer must have a fare chance of completing the required flights. Not by the luck of the draw as to where he / or she ends up on the long flight line which dictates where your model lands down wind.
To address Dave Edmonson's remark about the "desert" I know of only one USA site that would prepare you for the first round of this years World Champs. That is Taft at 8 am to 9 am. No other field in the USA has the conditions that we had. Also, contestants come to the NATS because of the extra American Cup points that are collected from the NATS contest, not the field.
We can go on and on about the good points and bad points about the Muncie site. It will come down to a vote of the flyers. Reading George Batiuks comments on the SCAT web site it looks like our committee had already taken a vote. Did they make contact with the flyers from their district before they did the voting or did they just vote what their own personal views are? It would be interesting to know. For sure, I was never asked. I understand some of them are calling around to flyers trying to get them to vote for Muncie. I also understand that one of our committee members says that Lost Hills is too easy. I fly a lot at Lost Hills and never find it easy.
From The Leaper
From Randy Secor
From Ben in Wyoming!
Now I have been out of the game for over the year, but I still read every SEN that comes my way. First of all, I have referred to the actual flying field at Muncie as "Freeflight Heaven" and it truly is. Where else can you tow on nicely mowed grass, ride your motorcycle on nicely mowed grass, and then do a baseball slide when said motorcycle slips on the wet nicely mowed grass? Answer? NO WHERE. However, if the field is heaven..off the field is hell. The beans, corn, rivers, powerlines, wind, and grizzly bears(woops..sorry thats whats outside my window..but they might as well be in Muncie) create a very difficult chase. Again I love the field, I love the people who put on the contests there, and I absolutely love camping on the field. But I can say that I would never even think for a second about competing in the most intense competition in FAI in Muncie, Indiana. Call me west coast whiner/biased/traveling challanged...whatever you want to, but Lost Hills really is the best choice for a finals...virtually unlimited chasing, a strong club(muncie of course has one as well) and experienced finals staff. Last thing I need to address...someone made mention about flying on a field you might be flying on in Europe..very true, but I can tell you that even though I might have to fight off a Grizzly bear or a Moose someday, I sure aint asking Bullwinkle or Yogi to step outside for some rough and tumble. There is plenty of space out here in Wyoming, I'll put together my proposal for a 2012 finals in the meadows of Teton Village, Wyoming. But until then. Fly Max Win!
Benjamin Pierce Coussens
PS:I miss you guys!!!
From Ken Bauer