ORIGINAL: jim woodward
ORIGINAL: Steve Neu
Here is one view that might cause some thought...
Is it not the object of the contest, Nats or FAI to see who are the best pilots? Does counting the last gram or dB help in that objective? Is there any advantage in having a plane that weighs 20 or 50 grams more than another? Does the louder plane perform better? The short answer is no. Some of the rules that are being talked were relevant at one time but as the equipment has changed the rules have not. Seems that from time to time it would be good to toss out the parts that no longer support the objective of the event.
Steve, your input here is definately welcomed. I would though, like to add my thoughts on the rules. Building airplanes to the rules, maintaining airplanes that fit within the rules, is EVERY PART the competition just like FLYING is. Making weight can be easy, or it can drive you absolutely crazy to the point of exchanging rudder cable hardware from 4-40 to 2-56 just to get everything off the plane you can. Trying to make weight with a heavy plane can cause you to burn the midnight oil relentlessly, and burn through ''green-backs'' while doing so.
I gaurantee you - making weight will F-up your day and entire effort to compete for those that truly are trying to make it legitimately. It will bring all your modeling skill and purchasing decisions into question, and you'll wear our your friends and the internet looking for the lightest components
Pattern is pretty much ''run what you brung''...... as long as it PASSES NOISE, WEIGHS LESS THAN 11 LBS (OR 5 KG), and IS LESS THAN 2M square.
It is really sad that for such a simple airframe rule set, that we (pattern) continually have suspicsion cast on the measurements taken and what appears to be selective favoritsm (or innocent neglacence), over the fair application of the rule set.
Congratulations for everyone that made the effort to compete for sure though, from Last to First it is a huge untertaking to go to the Nationals and every competitor deserves a fair application of the rules.