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    BARCS ELG Monday August 26th - a non-BMFA Class at the BMFA Silent Flight National Championships 2019, held at the BMFA National Flying Centre, Sewstern Road, Buckminster, Grantham, NG33 5RW
    This event is open entry and all competitors must be members of BMFA. Entry is £15.
    BARCS ELG allows a double entry, each entry must be with a different size-class model i.e. Open, 100” or 2Mtr. A second entry is discounted to £10.
    ALL JUNIOR ENTRIES ARE FREE OF CHARGE but must be made using the attached entry/information form and not online. barcs-elg-nats-2019.pdf
    Enter BARCS ELG online HERE or use the postal entry form above.
    ENTRIES CLOSE MONDAY 19th AUGUST.
    This page is only for entry to BARCS ELG, a non-BMFA class at the BMFA Silent Flight National Championships 2019.
    Entry for F5J, F3K and for all other BMFA classes at the Silent Flight Nationals (and Buckminster camping booking for anyone) is via the fillable, saveable PDF that can be downloaded from the BMFA website: http://bmfa-nats.org/event/silent-flight-british-national-championships
    Please note that the schedule does not allow the same pilot to enter both BARCS ELG and the BMFA Open eSoaring (on the BMFA entry form): these classes are being flown at the same time on different flight lines.
    Austin

    RADIOGLIDE 2019 Entry

    By Austin, in BARCS,

    40th Festival of Flat Field Soaring May 25th – 27th taking place at the BMFA National Flying Centre, Sewstern Road, Buckminster, Grantham, NG33 5RW
    All events are open entry and all competitor must be members of BMFA.
    BARCS ELG allows a double entry, each entry must be with a different class model e.g. Open and 2Mtr. A second entry fee is reduced to £5.
    F5J will be run as two separate competitions, both counting towards BARCS and BMFA leagues.
    The RadioGlide F5J Champion will be decided by the best results of both events combined.
    RadioGlide ‘Victor Ludorum’ Trophy will be awarded for the best combined score from 3 events.
    BARCS members discount = £5 off each event entered, but no further discount on second ELG entry.
    ALL JUNIOR ENTRIES ARE FREE OF CHARGE but must be made using the attached entry/information form and not online. RG2019.pdf
    Camping facilities now include showers and toilets. Chemical Toilet Disposal also available and Cold Water. Cost is per head, per night. Site will be open on Friday afternoon and must be cleared by Monday evening. Campers are responsible for clearing up and disposing of all rubbish.
    No flying allowed in the campsite. Flying on Friday subject to a £4 field fee to be paid at the BMFA Centre Reception. See http://nationalcentre.bmfa.org/visitor-info/camping for more information.
    Enter online HERE or use the postal entry form above (RG2019.pdf)
    ENTRIES CLOSE MONDAY 20th MAY.
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    • by Sydney Lenssen, July 2018

      Brian Austin has been co-opted by the BARCS Executive Committee as the new President of BARCS. His three year term of office will be confirmed by the membership at the AGM 2019. I am confident that this announcement will be welcomed by all BARCS members. Many, if not all, members know Brian from his long record of achievements and activities in the silent flight field. He is especially known for his friendly cheerful manner, always at hand to help fellow modellers.


      Four years ago, Brian was awarded BARCS’ Eppler Trophy, in my opinion, the association’s the most prestigious award with a long list of distinguished aeromodellers such as Eppler himself.

      Graham James, BARCS President at that time, wrote the following citation: In the early years of BARCS, awarding was often a relatively straightforward decision as new construction methods, materials, wing sections, control methods and launch and landing requirements demanded continuous model development. Today, many of us have moved onto moulded ready builds and the skills of the true modeller are largely being lost.


      One person, Brian Austin, continues to lead the field in home design and build models. Responsible over the years for many familiar Open and 100s designs, his name is now better known in electric circles not only for his planes but also as a driving force behind competition rule progression. Names like Trilogy, Alacrity and more recently the Watts series of electric gliders, of which Watts New is the latest incarnation, will be familiar to us all. For many years, he has also been the responsible for running a very successful series of competitions in Essex.

      Although tempted by shiny plastic models too, he continues to fashion exquisitely beautiful soarers, built to standards that most of us can only
      aspire. They take the latest look and feel of moulded machines, but are built in more traditional ways. Brian pilots competition winning models.
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    • Can F3J survive the treatment meant to save it
      What are the new rules?

      Two weeks ago the RC Soaring Technical Meeting in Lausanne took the bull by the horns and introduced new rules aimed at saving F3J glider contests from sliding off the world and continental championship schedules - the death of what for many soaring pilots is the most popular of silent flight competitions.

      Joe Wurts, the first F3J World Champion in 1998 at Upton-upon Severn, UK. Twenty years later with the latest F3J WC about to take place in Romania, many soarers are fearing that this could be the last.


      THE NEW RULES

      From next year pilots can use electric winches - either/or hand held winches - for launching their models. The models must have a maximum surface area of 150 dm2 and a minimum loading of at least 20 gm/dm2. There will be no dropped round in fly-offs, and no reflights for mid-air collisions after 60 seconds into the slot.

      CIAM, the world ruling body for this class is hoping that its new rules will halt the massive fall in numbers of F3J pilots wishing to compete, sixty per cent over the past five years and still falling, and restore its popularity.

      But among many F3J pilots, the bull is still shaking its horns. There has been an extraordinary shock reaction: hundreds of pilots from all over the world have reacted on social media, protesting, angry and forecasting the end of this class. Many pilots are concerned, ranging from previous finalists and champions to your typical enthusiast who enjoys travelling across country and continental boundaries to participate in their friendly sport. Only a few can see the logic and reasoning and are prepared to wait and see how the changes work in practice. More than a few want CIAM to think again!



       
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    • Rule changes to halt terminal decline
      Uncle Sydney’ Gossip column returns

      FAI’s Aeromodelling Commission meets next month, 27/28 April 2018 in Lausanne, Switzerland. For F3J pilots the main topic on the agenda is how to halt the decline in silent flight contests. What does CIAM want to change?  What chance for these changes to save terminal decline?

      Winches to be allowed.

      If this proposal goes through the “launch of the model aircraft will be by hand held towline or winch.” Ever since 1998 when the first F3J world championships were held at Upton on Severn, pressure has been on CIAM to bring in winch launching. At numerous team managers’ meetings held by Jury President Bartovsky during World and European championships, arguments for and against have raged. Many countries do not have enough people to give one or two man tows, so they run their qualifying comps to local rules using electric winches. I guess more than half of countries do this. When they turn up at FAI championships, their pulleys and hand winches are brought out. In the UK perhaps we had one or two practice sessions at home before leaving.

      Certainly there is a difference between a regulation F3B winch and a two man tows. The best pilots still gain the most height either way. The big difference is what you need to carry on your travels, especially by airline. Winches and batteries are bulky and heavy. So far all votes have been to stick with hand towing.

      In CIAM agendas, any rule amendment is followed by its reasoning. 

      The winch proposal stems from Slovakia and they say: “The majority of pilots are older persons who are no longer physically capable of towing models. ( Uncle’s note: I have not seen anyone on crutches yet!) .....


       
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    • by Sydney Lenssen, BARCS President and Gary Binnie, BARCS Chairman

      We and the BARCS executive committee wish all members, and indeed everyone who enjoys model flying and thermal soaring, a very happy Christmas, and also a very special year ahead in 2018. May all your achievements, higher scores and hopes be realised.

      Year 2017 has been a mixed year, probably for everybody. The biggest triumph by far has been the successful opening of BMFA’s National Flying Centre at Buckminster. BARCS can be very proud that it was the first group of aeromodellers to utilise the facilities on offer by organising a successful Radioglide 2017 at the end of May. 

      There is still a long way to go until BMFA realises all its ambitious plans for the NFC. Very sensibly, they are taking a careful financial route. Many members will not have even seen the site so far. Don’t hesitate. Many other members are in the band of volunteers, regularly making the Centre bigger and better. Offer to help if you can!

      One of the prime movers to establish the National Flying Centre is Chris Moynihan as chairman of the BMFA and also a member of the BARCS executive committee. Many years ago, it was Chris who tackled the difficult job of persuading BARCS to grow closer to the BMFA. He then went on to become chairman of the BMFA with his dedicated drive and skill at bringing together proponents and opponents. Very sadly, due to health problems, Chris has stepped down from both the BMFA chairman role and the BARCS committee. We shall all miss his wise counselling. 

      All the very best - and plenty of thermals - for 2018!

      Sydney Lenssen, BARCS President
       
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    • Interglide F5J 2017 Report and Results
      This year’s Interglide over the weekend 24-25 June run by BARCS saw a necessary change from F3J to the electric launch format of F5J which proved to be very popular.

      Cracking flying site. Forty-seven pilots booked in. Prizes acquired, particular thanks going to UK KST agents, Flightech and C & M Rapid (Model Glasses) Ltd. for their generosity. The previous week saw fantastic weather. So what could possibly go wrong at Interglide 2017. Well, being the UK in June it’s no surprise, the weather changed for the week. Full report in the link above
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