Here's something interesting that will effect more than I care to discuss. FAI-F3A is considering rules changes. Two specific proposals that are under consideration by CIAM is A. Changing the weight rule to 5500g or B. Eliminating the weight rule completely. We had plenty of this discussion during the USA Rules Proposals. I find it interesting CIAM is considering this now. This does not mean it will pass, it's just interesting it's here again.
Unlike changing this rule for AMA Pattern, this would change the face of pattern all together. Huge biplanes which drive the cost up OR older planes that couldn't make the 5000g +1% which could drive down the cost. Obviously, on this platform, folks are going to have the best equipment possible so I don't foresee a lesser cost. Changing anything on this level changes pattern for everyone. Change it just for AMA pattern, it changes nothing as far as weight goes as the market is driven by the world market (FAI) vs. AMA pattern exclusively.