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    The BARCS AGM will be in in the function room of the Plough Inn, Marsh Gibbon (Near Bicester) at 7pm on Sunday 29 May, 2016.
    The AGM will follow the earlier  “Multi-launch” competition, part of Radioglide 2016
    Minutes of the Previous Annual General Meeting. Matters Arising. Receive an Annual Report from the Executive Committee. Review an examined statement of the funds of BARCS. Elect the Executive Committee. Set the annual subscription for the ensuing year. Appoint Examiners of the accounts for the ensuing year. Consider and vote on proposals listed below (and any late safety proposals). AOB. ----------------------------------------------------------
    Committee Proposal 1 – BARCS Committee requirements
    That in the Constitution section of the BARCS Handbook 1.2.9 the requirement that the Executive Committee meet at least four times per year be changed to a requirement to meet at least three times per year.
    That additionally the Quorum definition for meetings of the Executive Committee be changed from a minimum of six attendees including at least two officers to a minimum of four attendees including at least two officers
    That additionally the period of notice for Members Proposals which according to clause 1.2.12 (a) is 60 days be changed to 30 days prior to an AGM.
    Reason:  With the advent of electronic communications there is less need for physical face to face meetings with the expense in both time and money involved. It is now custom and practice for the Executive Committee to meet three times per annum and this (augmented by significant electronic communication) has proved adequate for the orderly administration of BARCS.
    Additionally the Executive Committee is smaller than in years past when there were Regional Representatives and also, to avoid travel, it is more efficient for some Officers to report in writing rather than physically attend.  The revised quorum definition is not an expectation that such meetings will be only four people but is a prudent step to ensure that such meetings are not nugatory, if events result in an occasional meeting with a smaller attendance.
    Additionally the 60 day period of notice is a legacy of the lead time required to insert such a proposal into a hard copy document to be sent to members.  Now that the AGM notice is posted on the web site, 30 days notice is entirely adequate and allows for members who only recall the perceived need for a proposal once an AGM looms.  
    Committee Proposal 2 – Landing Tape Standardisation
    That in the text in sections 4.1/6(d) i and 4.2.9 (h) of the BARCS Handbook dealing with bonus points when landing in Open and Multi-launch rules be amended to reflect the wording of the relevant ELG rules section. That is: 
    Landing bonus will be awarded provided the model comes to rest within the arc of the landing tape. The measurement shall be taken from the nose of the model. No landing bonus is awarded if the model touches the competitor or his assistant during landing.
    A landing within 1metre of the target scores 50pts - within 2metres of the target scores 45pts.
    A landing within 3metres of the target scores 40pts - within 4metres of the target scores 35pts.
    A landing within 5metres of the target scores 30pts - within 6metres of the target scores 25pts.
    A landing within 7metres of the target scores 20pts - within 8metres of the target scores 15pts.
    A landing within 9metres of the target scores 10pts - within 10metres scores 5pts. A landing beyond 10meters receives no bonus points.
    Reason: The current Landing tapes for Open and Multi-launch contests are 12.5 M long graduated from 50 to 0, in 10 point increments. The ELG tapes are 10 M long with 5 point graduations.  The shorter tapes allow use of smaller spot spacing so helping with smaller fields and, above all, prevents CDs having to find multiple versions of Landing tapes – those for F3J and F3B are still different but the ELG  tapes are standard for F5J and all other electric powered soaring rules.  Such electric events are now in the majority and standardisation of the landing tapes is sensible and makes life much easier for CDs.  These ELG tapes retain the 50 point maximum landing bonus (rather than the 100 potential bonus points for F3J) and 50 is considered to be a more appropriate number for BARCS events.
    Members Proposal 1- change to Multi-launch rules for HLGs
    Proposal by Jef Ott 3184
    Seconded by 
    Mike Fantham 1795
    Tony Hickson 3669
    Richard Swindells 3529
    Proposal:  That the Multi Launch rules be amended as follows:-
    (new words shown in red here)
    i)  Clarification for hand launch gliders  - change the last sentence of 2c) to read :-
    Devices except bungee equipment which do not remain part of the model during and after launch are not allowed.
    ii)  Clarification for hand launched gliders - add new words to the end of 4. :-
    Each competitor is allowed two helpers and a timekeeper. The timekeeper
    may act as a helper and may also launch the competitor’s model unless it is a hand launched model.
    iii)  Safety corridor fixed at 5 metres and field layout diagram added in 6.  – the first sentence to read :-
    In the layout of the field it is recommended that a 5 metre wide “Safety Corridor” must be set out. of about 6 metres width  See sketch below.
    iv)  Sentence in 6. modified to put all launches upwind of the safety corridor :-
    All launches and re-launches should take place upwind of from the safety corridor at its upwind side.
    v)  Addition of time penalties for catching and landing in the safety corridor – add a new paragraph after the end of the first paragraph in 6. :-
    The flight score is zero if the model:-
    a) touches a person other than the launcher during launch.
    b) touches a person during flight or landing.
    c) is caught.
    d) is not entirely outside the safety corridor on landing.
    vi)  Relaunch bonus increased for hand-launched gliders – change the sentence in 9 f) to read :-
    For these hand launched gliders a 2 6 second bonus will be added to the flight time of their second, third and fourth flights in any slot. No such bonus will be added if any part of the model is upwind of the downwind edge of the safety corridor when it comes to rest on landing.
    vii)  Addition of zero landing bonus for safety issues – add new words at the end of 9 h).
    No landing bonus is awarded, if any part of the model is in the safety corridor when it comes to rest after landing, if the model touches a person other than the launcher during launch, or if it touches a person during flight or landing.
    viii)  ‘Novice flier’ exception introduced – change the last sentence in 9 f) to read :-
    Only the final landing (in a flying slot) qualifies for potential bonus points for the landing unless the competitor is a Novice Flier – see 9i).
    ix)  Include the concept of ‘Novice Fliers’.  Add new paragraph 9 i) :-
    9 i)  A Novice flier is a Hand Launch Glider pilot that has never flown in a BMFA F3K League event, and has never had a top 4 place in a BARCS MLG comp.  Novice fliers get the option to nominate the best landing of the possible four landings, per slot, for their Landing Bonus.

    Participation in F3K is shrinking, because of a lack of new blood. Hand Launch Glider pilots need encouraging to get more of them to compete in Multi Launch comps. It is thought that maybe F3K is a bit daunting, for anyone that has never flown in a competition with an HLG.
    It is our belief that BARCS MLG might be a good platform for encouraging fresh pilots with Hand Launch Gliders, including bungee launchers, into competition, if the rules are adapted to make it more attractive.
    However, the present rules are slightly ambiguous regarding the catching of models and the field layout is at CD discretion, regarding incorporating a safety corridor. Both of these things need firming up before our suggestion can work / be acceptable in all cases.
    We believe it needs stating that a safety corridor must be used, as per the attached sketch, and that all launching occurs at the upwind side of this. Once this is done, it becomes possible to have a standard field layout, and a standard sensible time bonus equalling the time to retrieve a Hand Launch model from the landing area, transfer it to the launching area and re-launch it. My suggestion as stated below is the minimum that should be awarded for re-launching, and should be reviewed after practical experience has justified whether the revised bonus is sensible.
    The changes in the Proposal will make for a more level playing field across the disciplines in Multi Launch Competitions.
    ISS 3 11/04/2016
    March 30th saw the end of the BARCS 2015 League year. This revised date was adopted as part of the overall changes to the fiscal year voted on at the EGM held in May 2015, aligning membership, league year with the revised AGM date of May. So overall the 2015 season lasted almost seventeen months. In reality the majority of the competitions were completed by October 2015, though had the weather been kinder, the traditional Peterborough Winter Series might have been included. As has become quite noticeable in recent years, weather has played an increasing part in a competitions success, with some CD’s declaring Saturday and Sunday dates, to be finalised depending on local conditions.
    Eighty five individual BARCS members took part in at least one competition with some recording up to twelve cards in any one class. Electric launch gliders continue to dominate as the favoured launch method, reflecting the development of airframes and electronics (as well as the ageing demographic of the aeromodelling population). The F3J format maintains a strong level of interest with twenty eight participants. 100s is championed by a small but fervent band of enthusiasts, mainly located around the East of England, though events such as Radioglide and the Nationals, see a wider spread of entrants.
    The full set of league results can be found on the BARCS homepage under the relevant class tab but I would like to congratulate League Champions: Peter Allen, Open; Neil Jones, F3J; Kevin Newitt, 100s and RES; Graham Wicks, Multilaunch; Bob Hope, Classic; Richard Swindells, Miniglider and Brian Austin, Open and Restricted Electric Launch, on a successful 2015. The Neil Webb Trophy is awarded to the competitor with the highest cumulative score from all the leagues they have flown to be BARCS All rounder, which for the third year running goes to Mark Fozzie DeVall, having competed in Open, F3J, 100s and RES leagues. I will be contacting the winners and current holders of trophies to arrange distribution and will be posting out certificates to winners and second and third place runners up in the next weeks.
    The All rounder league table can be viewed by clicking here.
    On behalf of BARCS and all competitors I would like to say a big thank you to all the CD’s for running competitions and to clubs for making their facilities available. A full list of current event can be found in the BARCS calendar. 
    The 2016 season is now underway and will run until March 30th 2017
    It is with the greatest sadness that we have to announce the death of Nick Neve. Nick passed away peacefully on Wednesday 30th March after a short battle with cancer.
    Nick had a very varied and interesting life and career.  A graduate of Jesus College Cambridge, he married Pat, his American wife, in August 1958. They had 3 sons, each one born in a different continent, as Nick’s distinguished Army career took them to many countries, including Australia, the USA and Germany. 
    Nick was bitten by the aeromodelling bug whilst in the USA in the late 1950’s, where he was first introduced to model gliders being flown off towlines. Back in the UK, and living in Sussex, the modern era for towline RC gliders can be said to have truly started with the publication of an article in the Aeromodeller magazine in 1968 by Nick Neve and Chris Foss. The models depicted used single function radio equipment and were “of the free flight type of glider design” (according to an extract from George Stringwell’s book on Thermal Soaring). The well-known “BARCS Open rules” which form the basis of the subsequent FAI rules for the F3J class, owe their origin to discussions between Nick and Chris Foss around a kitchen table.
    Nick and his family moved to the Malvern area in 1970 and in 1973 he was one of the founder members of the Malvern Soaring Association – still one of the most active soaring clubs in the UK today thanks to Nick’s efforts as club Chairman for many years. The various raffles run by the club were legendary with prizes which included multiple cakes baked by Pat.  Nick was an early member of BARCS and a Fellow and Past President of the Association.  To assist RC thermal flyers, Nick set up his cottage industry of Eynhallow Avionics producing hand tow and power winches for launching – multiple versions of these are still in wide use today. For the wider Aeromodelling community, Nick acted for many years as the UK’s FAI delegate and his honours include that of a Fellow of the SMAE. Of Nick’s many achievements, the one of which he was particularly proud, was the organization of the inaugural World Championships for thermal soaring (F3J class)  in 1998 at the MSA’s flying field at Upton-upon-Severn in Worcestershire.  Nick was the moving force behind getting the required UK support to stage this event and he dealt with all the complex administrative arrangements pretty much single- handed.  Nick and his wife Pat were excellent hosts and, over the years,  welcomed  many aeromodellers to Eynhallow, their home. 
    Besides these activities, Nick enjoyed very many other varied interests.  In retirement, he continued to travel widely, was a member of the Malvern Hill Fine Art Society, a member of his local racing pigeon syndicate (owning four birds which he named Mathew, Mark, Luke and John).  With his late wife Pat, he devoted much time to the local parish church and in recent times found happiness again with a new companion Allie, an American lady so that Nick spent significant time in the USA over the last couple of years.
    Nick will be sadly missed and fondly remembered by his very many friends.
    By Steve Hannon, MSA Chairman and Robin Sleight, BARCS Chairman
    Entry is now open for Radioglide 2016. The event will take place from 28th - 30th May at Tudor Farm, Marsh Gibbon Road, HP18 0UA.
    BARCS Membership is Mandatory for 100s and Multilaunch events. Double entries will be accepted for Multilaunch event, so you might fly any two different classes of model in the one event. As F5J, F3J and F3K competitions are BMFA League Events, BARCS Membership is not necessary. 
    There is NO camping available on the field. Arrangements have been made at Gubbins Hole Farm which is a Caravan Club registered site about half a mile away (post code OX27 0AN). This provides toilets and hook ups for Caravans at a cost £10 per night, Tents £5. There are also fields available at the site for evening flying. The number of power hook ups is limited, so bear in mind it is Bank holiday and book early, ring Joe or Jackie Taylor on 01296 770259 quoting GLIDING
    BARCS Members entering F3K or F3J Team Trial events can enter one Saturday event Free. To obtain the free Saturday event online you must add F3K or F3J to the basket first. 
    You can enter online here 
    You can enter by post by downloading the Radioglide Entry Form 2016
    Directions to the flying site are available here

    John Whitaker

    By Austin, in BARCS,

    (BARCS member 35, Fellow and Past President)
    An appreciation by Denis Oglesby (Fellow)
    Jan Whitaker has sent me the sad news that early BARCS “activist” John Whitaker died peacefully on the morning of New Year’s Eve after a period of terminal deterioration following several years in a Yorkshire care home suffering from Parkinson’s.
    BARCS as we now know it, was, in the early years, actually a sub section of a slope orientated organisation of the same name founded by our first president Dave Hughes (No 2). Thermal soaring was then being promoted by Geoff Dallimer (No 1) and the late Dave Dyer (No 12) in Herts and Bedford respectively, R/C thermal soaring had started to become a practical proposition thanks to the recent commercial availability of two proportional channels. This relatively southern “outbreak” was soon racing northwards (neck and neck with Dutch Elm disease).
    Initially located in Lincolnshire, John was soon infected (not Dutch Elm) as was Terry Beedham and others of the same county. John (then in the Nat West Bank) served as BARCS Membership Secretary then Treasurer while Terry became the first Northern Area Rep and an early top flier.
    In the seventies, John was moved north to manage a bank on North Humberside and lived not far from where I worked. I was an early R/C thermal “attempter” from the very start of the seventies but had not recognised BARCS as relevant to the north. John rapidly changed all that, I often visited his house. Compared to my circumstances as a junior engineer, he seemed to live in a semi-detached mountain with a somewhat chaotic family plus a mad dog that did not like visitors! There, we would escape up two flights of stairs to his modelling refuge to discuss his latest project. He also enrolled me as member 193 (aerodynamically fortuitous!) and even tempted me onto the BARCS committee as the next NA Rep.
    From my first attendance at a BARCS AGM I was tremendously impressed at how directly democratic it was with any member who attended able to contribute to discussions, propose amendments and counter amendments to proposals, all under the wonderfully calm and correct chairmanship of Chris Tomkins (No 55). Later chairmen were sometimes less accommodating!
    By then BARCS was expanding so fast the task of greatly expanding the NA league calendar was a bit of a doddle, especially with frequent and always wise guidance from John.
    As a young enthusiast it was quite exciting to attend those early BARCS committee meetings. We were rapidly covering most of England, developing our own rules, awards, achievements etc. I was often impressed by John’s wise and moderate contributions to the few awkward problems that came along. Perhaps not many members realised that we actually had ZERO AUTHORITY in the many years before BARCS eventually affiliated to BMFA. Nevertheless, BARCS rules and activities were very well accepted and dominated nearly all thermal activities in England and soon a lot of Scotland then later to form the basis of the now international F3J thermal soaring rules.
    After just one year as NA Rep, BARCS secretary Bill Longley decided to stand down. Geoff Dallimer volunteered and was almost certain to be accepted except that, despite his considerable influence on thermal soaring, (and later helping to secure our 35MHz band) he had made other committee members a tad nervous as to how he might interpret his duties. It was then that John urged me to stand against him with the seconding of several committee members and thus I suddenly found myself a rather shocked young secretary of a national aeromodelling organisation!
    BARCS membership was booming with at least 5 thousand competition flights taking place every year when John called a special meeting of some of the principal northern area members, the meeting was accessibly located just off the A63 in my house near Howden. He felt there was a need for a nationally centralised 2 or 3 day thermal soaring event that could be hosted by each BARCS area in turn with the first to be held at Pontefract racecourse on a spring bank holiday weekend. The details were prepared and organisational aspects delegated. I suggested we call it “RadioGlide”. I sketched an event transfer and later the BARCS transfer specialist, Dave Dyer, helped me finish the design that stayed much the same for years.
    Onwards and upwards was the continuing theme, again I think it was the influence of Geoff Dallimer that led to a fully independent pre-affiliated BARCS being awarded the FAI Diplome D’ Honneur. Eventually BARCS membership hit its peak of just under one thousand members.
    All the above had been helped by John’s continuing influence in those years but it would be amiss to not also remember the joy and humour we shared in those formative years. We towed each other a lot. Main spars were home built from spruce with wire joiners and long distance gentle tows were required to coax models to full height without folding the wings. I towed John to (and in) many a flyoff. His towing was certainly never the reason for my lack of trophies - he was usually getting difficult to see by the time I unhooked! 
    John was an early deserter of the usual Graupner 12% aerofoil glider of the time (it often failed to regain the flying field). He used one of the early large fibreglass fuselages available at that time and mated it with his own 12 foot span wing using the then state of the art 9% thick Eppler 387 aerofoil and became one of the first fliers I ever saw circling downwind in a thermal then successfully returning up wind! He campaigned much the same model for many years collecting plenty of trophies but often in a style that drew much humour from his fellow competitors. Some friendly rivals asked if John could teach them how he caught all his thermals they would teach John how to land! The early requirement to achieve a landing circle while flying towards the pilot often created orientation problems for pilots so he adopted the technique of facing away from the approaching model while watching it over his shoulder. Returning from downwind was often a problem in those early days and the urge to influence a model to the limits of its capability often caused pilots to use lots of “body language” to try and squeeze more performance on the approach. This would manifest itself in the style of an angler heaving his rod (aerial) over his shoulder to try and speed a model up. In extremis the tip of John’s long aerial was occasionally seen to be touching the ground behind him!  
    The rule in those days was that timing stopped at first contact with the ground and landing points were based on where the glider came to rest. On at least one occasion I saw John’s model cruising back towards the landing circle but running out of slot time. He would bang the model into the grass at speed just before the end of the slot then bounce back into the air to make a more leisurely entry into the circle. 
    Several of us particularly remember one of his far downwind thermalling excursions, we could see his model in line of sight between two levels of some high tension electricity grid lines in the middle distance. He eventually nursed it back to the circle and we asked him if he deliberately flew between the lines. He said he did not know, he had just controlled his elevator to maintain line of site clearance in between the lines until he was sure the model was his side of them!
    Jan said it for many of us when she wrote “John was a lovely, lovely man and I loved him to bits”.

    Dave Worrall

    By Austin, in News & Information,

    From Clive Needham
    It is with deep regret I have to announce the death of Dave Worrall.
    Dave has been fighting a blood disease for several years but managed to restart flying F3B when it became possible to use electric motors for launching.
    Dave was at the top of tree for many years with his own designed "plus" models for slope and thermal soaring and took part in several F3B World Championships the last being in Switzerland 2007. Taking the Bronze medal in 1983 England, Silver Medal 1985 Australia, narrowly missing the gold, was part of the team Gold in Australia that year and silver team in 1983 plus the same in 1987.
    He took part and won many contest both slope and thermal, taking part in the very first Radioglide at Pontefract Racecourse.
    As a qualified engineer working in the aerospace industry for most of his life, spending several years in Germany, he always took a measured technical approach to producing and flying model aircraft and will be sorely missed by his many friends..
    Image from F3B UK http://f3b-uk.blogspot.co.uk/