ORIGINAL: Tangy Tom
I'm not talking about point scoring or any of that "bigger is better" stuff (don't know how you got that impression anyway as it was never mentioned). Even my old Gran could tell you that bigger will perform better. I was talking TOC performance as in how it pulls out of a hang, how it pulls round a one roll rolling loop starting downwind etc etc.
And I'm not whining, having a dig at EF, claiming this new Yak is an over weight sea monster or anything else (you really have got thin skins over the water don't you). All I'm saying is that I personally think it wants more than a 5hp engine.
Tom, I understand what you are saying. IMO mentioning TOC in reference to a 50cc airplane is as if I presented a reference to my Chevy Suburban and NASCAR. TOC had always been a showcase of the best and biggest the industry had to offer at the time. Suffice to say we have different perspectives regarding TOC and what it means.
We will most likely have have different perspectives on what we would like to see in an airplane. there are lots of guys that want rocket like acceleration out of a hover or feel that after a double snap on an upline that the airplane should regain it's energy quickly and that is just fine.
For me I would like an airplane that that would perform at the slower speeds thus the requirement to overpower is eliminated. I hope I am explaining this so it can be understood. For sequence flying I like the airplane to have a solid feel. Some airplanes require more airspeed than others to aquire this feel. At a higher airspeed the pilot has more workload to present his sequence to the judges. For 3D this will apply as well. If an airplane has a solid feel to it at slower speeds then the pilot workload is less. IMO a large lightly loaded airplane with lots of fuse area may just be the ticket.
This is why I think it is important to hold jugment on this new airplane until the flight reports come in from customers whom have built and flown the airplane.