Where has the season gone ?

Posted by Steve Sides
Posted on 7/27/2016

Already we’ve logged 12 events (including the NATS) with several more left to go before we wrap up 2016.  I took a vacation trip to Maine and while there got to attend the Maine IMAC challenge.  I was expecting cool mornings needing to get out the sweats but didn’t find that here.  Matter of fact the weather felt an awful lot like North Carolina summer heat.  These guys keep promising that I’ll need those sweats but still running the AC in the trailer.



Since my last post the folks in Florida have been busy with contests in Glen St. Mary, Land O’ Lakes and Delray Beach.  Out in Tennessee Gil Major ran the Clover Creek contest and Tidewater RC got a Virginia contest on the boards.  After the NATS Doug Bracey ran the Andersonville contest. Coming up are contests in Randleman and again at Clover Creek.  Plenty of opportunity to get out and compete.


Things to Come

I know it’s early but as you’ll see the 2017 National Judging School is on the schedule for next January.  2017 of course is a ‘rules-change’ year so we’ll need to refocus our attention to judging schools in the upcoming season.  I’ll be talking with the regional instructors and start getting schools lined up for next season.  My goal is to have a school within reasonable driving distance for everyone in the region.  I’ll be contacting folks to start getting those lined up for 2017.

There’s a new contest on the schedule in Iron City, GA.  For those who don’t know where that is, you’ll find Iron City in the SW corner of Georgia.  I’ve not been there (yet) but am told it’s a fantastic venue.  With it’s location, it could be attractive to Georgia and Florida pilots.  IMAC’ers in Alabama can dust off there planes and get back in the game.  In years past there was a contest in Prattville, AL but lately IMAC activity in that area has been pretty hard to find.  This contest could reignite that IMAC spark perhaps.


Flying and Judging Question

When there is a rolling element ending a looping figure (such as an Immelmann ),  if the pilot draws a line between the looping portion and the rolling portion there is at least a 2 point deduction – and perhaps a zero.  If the pilot begins the rolling portion before the looping element is complete, there’s a deduction of 1/2 pt per 5 degrees of the loop portion.  So what constitutes a ‘line’ being drawn ?  And when is a line drawn a zero ?  This is where the judge must make a determination if a line was drawn and if so did the pilot draw such a long line that it appeared to be a separate part of the figure (ie. pilot forgot it, etc).  And please remember that when questionable, the pilot always gets the benefit of the doubt.  Please check out section 8.7.2 in the Flying and Judging Guide.