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      Agenda for BARCS AGM 2012

      By Robin Sleight, in BARCS,

      1. Apologies for Absence
      2.  Minutes of the 2011 (41st) AGM
      3.  Matters Arising
      4.  Fellowship Proposal
      5.  Treasurers Report and Annual Accounts
      6.  Officers Report
      7.  Election, Executive Committee For 2013
      8.  Fixing of Membership Subscriptions 2013
      9.  Appointment of Auditors 2013
      10.  Radioglide, Interglide & the Nationals
      11. Consideration of Motions
      12. Any Other Business
      13.  Calling of the 43rd AGM
      Committee Proposals
      Proposal 1
      That the Regional designation be removed from Open Leagues and a National league created instead.
      Reason: The number of participants has fallen and Open models are largely flown in Multi-launch events with few class specific competitions now being run. This also brings Open League in line with all other classes.
      Proposal 2
      That the ‘k’ factor be removed from RES scores in calculating All Rounder Trophy
      Reason: The ‘k’ factor was designed to reflect the achievement of scoring in well contested classes. RES is a sub class, in particular of 100s models, and therefore is being rewarded disproportionately.
      Proposal 3
      That the text in the Multi-launch and ELG rules listing specific part numbers for height limiters be deleted and replaced with: “any appropriate height limiter device”.
      Reason:  When the listing was initially created only one height limiter was commercially available.  Three types are currently listed and a fourth is now available and it is probable that more types will follow.  The change proposed will avoid year on year retrospective action to amend the listing.
      Proposal 4
      That the provision allowing models with a power limit of 200Watts/Kg in ELG competitions be deleted.
      Reason:  200W/Kg was always seen as a transitory provision following the introduction of height limiter devices.  Now that multiple height limiters are available and almost exclusively used, the 200W/Kg provision is not needed.  In any event it was hard to enforce and there were real difficulties in implementing the associated processing.
      Proposal 5
      That the requirements for minimum numbers of competitors to provide for a valid competition (for league purposes) be reduced in all classes down to 8
      Reason:  It is clearly desirable that as many competitions are held at local level to increase and maintain the participation in all classes.  It is not easy to ensure the previous minimum of 16, or in some classes 12, entrants was achieved and this factor deterred CDs from even attempting to stage any events.
      Proposal 6
      That the requirement for the minimum number of flyers in a “slot” be reduced from 4 to 3 in all classes.
      Reason: This follows directly from the previous proposal, if the entry numbers are low it may not be practical to matrix 4 flyers per slot. Although 4 is encouraged as the normal minimum, this change provides some flexibility

    • BARCS AGM 2012 Information

      By Austin, in BARCS,

      BARCS SOARING MARKET – IMPORTANT UPDATE
      It’s now just a few days to the Soaring Market on Sunday morning,  2nd December. Unfortunately we’ve just heard from Dave at Flywize Models to say that due to unforeseen circumstances he will not be attending this year. However we have had a new booking from Fine Flight, so subject to any last minute changes, the confirmed list of exhibitors is:
      ACEMODEL will be displaying models from the Nan range of competition and sport mouldies along with other items. www.acemodel.co.uk
      eSOARING GADGETS is a new name to the model world but dealing in an established range of products and components associated with eSoaring and all model aeroplane modelling and flying. www.esoaringgadgets.co.uk
      EASY COMPOSITES are suppliers of resins, cloths and pre-moulded tubes, rods and flat sections. Matt Statham is our main contact. www.easycomposites.co.uk
      FINE FLIGHT will be bringing their selection of Electric flight kits & spares; Motors, ESC, batteries etc.
      HYPERFLIGHT undoubtedly the largest stockist of Electric Soarers and Discus Launch Gliders in the UK they also offer scale and sport models and a comprehensive range of servos, batteries and other essentials. www.hyperflight.co.uk
      INWOOD MODELS are with us once again and we expect them to bring their usual huge stock of kits, radios, batteries, servos and other essential modelling bits and pieces. www.inwoodmodels.co.uk
      PICHLER- MODELLBAU vintage scale gliderswill be represented by UK agent Gordon Upton. www.pichler-modellbau.de
      PUNCTILLO is a long established model shop based in Hinckley and has recently moved to new premises, they are top dealer in Multiplex, Pichler and many other brands. http://www.modelspot.com/
      SLOPESIDE are back again. Probably best known for Speedo gliders, they also have receivers, batteries, motors and lots of other items available. www.slopeside.co.uk
      THE FLYING WIDGET is primarily an on-line and ebay store but owner Charlie Warren also likes to get out and about to bring his huge range of, well widgets, from servos to onboard battery checkers, leads to lipo bags to the public. www.flyingwidgetsupplies.com
      WEST LONDON MODELS probably no shop in UK has been associated with electric flight longer. Hacker, Aeronaut, Thunder Power, Extreme Flight and Multiplex being just a few of the many brands they stock www.westlondonmodels.com
      All our traders invite you to visit their websites and if you see something you really want, contact them and they’ll try and bring it along.
      Don’t forget the ‘Bring and Buy’ stand which is manned by the inimitable Peter Beadle. No commission is taken, just bring along your unwanted soaring related items, marked with price and description and make sure Peter has a contact number for when you are wandering around buying.
      Entrance £2 BARCS members; £5 non members. New joiners will have £3 refunded against the BARCS membership fee of £10. Existing members will be able to renew their membership too.
      Parklands Leisure Centre, Wigston Road, Oadby, Leics LE2 5QG. Doors open 9am, close 1pm
      Graham James.

    • League Summary 2012

      By grj, in BARCS,

      Sunday 7th October marked the end of the BARCS 2012 Soaring Leagues. This year more than any other, the weather played a huge part in the structure of the league. The lads in Scotland and particularly CD Andy Lewis had a largely disrupted programme. If it wasn't water from above, it was flooding from below as their fields were passed impassable on several occasions.
      Nevertheless a full series of events were flown and congratulations to all the class winners shown in the accompanying leagues. It’s also good to see a number of new names competing and also some new cream rising to the top.
      Certificates will be issued prior to the AGM and current trophy holders contacted regards redistribution of the silverware.
      And the Neil Webb All-Rounder League will be published in due course.
      So season 2013 begins. The Peterborough Winter series will be of interest to those in the South and East wishing to get an early start in the Open League.
      Thanks to all the CD’s on behalf of BARCS for their resilience in organising some great events. We look forward to receiving details of your events for inclusion in the Soaring Calendar.
      Graham James

    • Radioglide was again affected by the weather, although we did enjoy 3 full days flying out of the four offered by the extended bank holiday. This was slightly frustrating because the normal time for the event, end of May weekend enjoyed beautiful weather. However this year the bank holiday moved back a week so we, along with much of the rest of the Nation, suffered a very wet Sunday, forcing the cancellation of the Multi-launch event. This was unfortunate as it removed an opportunity to see how the electric launched gliders (now with a 150 meter height limiter cut off) performed relative to the winch launched pure gliders.
      Saturday started off with low cloud and light drizzle but the rain stopped quickly and the cloud base lifted enough early on to allow a prompt start to the F3K league competition. This  event shared the field with Electric Launched Gliders (ELG) which had to wait for conditions to improve and allowed us to marvel at the launch heights now being achieved by the DLG’ers.
      I can’t give a detailed report on F3K as I was on the other side of the field but 11 pilots flew 8 rounds of the various tasks available. One score was dropped for the final placings, with Richard Swindells inevitably taking the win with 6962 points followed by Martin Halston and Simon Jones.
      After the delayed start for ELG, good air was to be found and most slots flew out the ten minutes. Indeed almost uniquely for an ELG competition there were no re-launches whatever during the event. The entry was very low for a national status competition however the standard of flying was high – the winner Cliff Hannam returning a perfect score of 6000 closely followed by Peter Allen who might also have achieved a 6000 score if he had not, by mistake, touched his motor control on final approach so turning that flight into a zero score. All “Open Class” ELG entrants flew moulded models, Pike Perfects being much in evidence, used by the many of the competitors, including Cliff Hannam, with Storks, Supras and Pulsars in evidence. The shared field (with F3K) worked without any problems.

      ELG Prize winners L -R Robin Sleight (Restricted Class) Peter Allen (Open runner up) Cliff Hannam (Open Winner) Terry Pelling (Open Third)
      The F3J competition on Monday enjoyed the best of the Bank Holiday weather and also had the largest entry.  The competition was one of the “National” status events for the BMFA F3J team selection league but the bulk of the entrants were the regular flyers in the BMFA Southern group of F3J events.  With a modest northerly breeze, conditions were good albeit cold for June and virtually all slots flew out.  
      The competition ran along smoothly and the scheduled five rounds were completed in good time to allow a two slot fly-off of the top five pilots going into the fly-off were Graham Wicks, Colin Paddon, Chris Glover, Peter Allen and Mark De Vall.  As always the fly-off produced some outstanding flying and the old master of such events, Colin Paddon beat Graham Wicks by a small margin to once again get his name on the Radioglide premier trophy.
      Without exception as one would expect, all models were moulded. Neil Jones was campaigning the new Pike Perfection from Samba Models. Samba must employ someone well versed in English language superlatives as they have, with the Pike series, progressed from the Pike to Pike Plus, Pike Superior, Pike Perfect and now the Perfection!  An interesting model with an ultra thin, tall fin and rudder, the latter being unusually large. The latest Xplorers, Tragi Clusters, Supras and Maxas were all on show, with a smattering of older Shadows, Graphites, Starlights  and Experience Pros.

      F3J Fly Off  L – R Colin Paddon (Winner) Graham Wicks (Second) ‘Fozzie’ Devall (Fifth) kneeling  Chris Glover (Third) Peter Allen (Fourth)

      Colin Paddon, Winner F3J
      The forecast for the 100S event on the Tuesday was also far from promising with rain forecast in the early afternoon and a 12 to 15 mph southerly wind blowing. However, urged on by CD Peter Allen, a very prompt start was made to the flying and a light drizzle had only just started by the time of the final two slots of round five. These final slots were completed without problems but by then it was obvious that serious rain was on the way (the forecast was very accurate!) so the round scores were used to calculate the final positions.  
      In spite of the overcast sky, many slots were flown out – primarily due to a wave type of lift rather than normal thermal and some of that lift was quite powerful but good penetration was essential to reach the area where the wave lift might exist. As usual with 100S competitions, Trackers were much in evidence but there was also a range of other models, all proving competitive including a couple of Eliminators as well as a Chieftan flown by Garry Binnie and Sagitta by Robin Sleight providing some ‘Classic’ competition.  
      In the end however both the first two places were eventually taken by Tracker flyers with Radioglide newcomer Mick Thorpe taking first place and narrowly pushing Alan Morton into second spot.  The many outings in the Peterborough series of 100S events obviously does help the scoring of flyers such as Mick and Alan, relative to many of the other competitors who only fly 100S models on an infrequent basis – could be that there is a message most of us could take from that; the more you fly a specific class, the better you will tend to be!
      So all in all not a bad weekends flying for the many, made possible by the efforts of a few. Peter Allen once again secured the field for us, along with toilet facilities, took in the entries, laid out flightlines as well as CD’ing 100s. Neville Warby and his magic van were there with equipment for the 100s comp. ‘Uncle’ Sydney Lensenn bought his quiet, polite and efficient tones to running the F3J event, matrixed by Mike Raybone and was very ably assisted by Gill Glover in the tent, scoring. Where would we be without the many ‘better halves’ who help out at competitions. Simon Jones CD’d the F3K event assisted on scoring by Tony Beckett. We hope this marks the return of F3K to the Radioglide calendar. And last but not least Robin Sleight, who ran the ELG event and kept an eye on everything throughout the weekend.
      ELG Scores
      *Flying a “Restricted Class” Model (2 M Span)
      Note all models flew with height limiters (no 200W/Kg models)
      All the Open models used the RC Electronics Height Limiters, CAM limiter in the 2M model
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      Pos Name Drop 1 Total RND 1 RND 2 RND 3 RND 4 RND 5 RND 6 RND 7 1 Cliff Hannam 6000 1000 1000 1000 1000 803 1000 1000 2 Peter Allan 5941 1000 1000 941 1000 1000 1000 0 3 Terry Pelling 5835 984 929 998 984 940 531 1000 4 Ray Gadene 5797 990 978 722 1000 881 1000 948 5 Glyn Chambers 5776 941 968 670 952 1000 926 989 6 Terry Weeks 5688 961 1000 1000 956 799 791 972 7 Martin Bell 5507 992 761 1000 932 649 822 1000 8 Graham James 5068 1000 566 732 586 1000 835 915 9 Robin Sleight 2M* 4699 636 829 921 670 672 663 944 F3J Preliminary Rounds
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      Pos Name Raw Score Rnd1 Dur Rnd2 Dur Rnd3 Dur Rnd4 Dur Rnd5 Dur Penlty 1 Wicks, Graham 4990.4 995.3 1000 1000 1000 995.1 0 2 Paddon, Colin 4973.5 1000 983 1000 995.5 995 0 3 Glover, Chris 4830.2 990.2 1000 986.3 999.9 853.8 0 4 Allen, Peter 4781.8 1000 996.9 993.8 1000 791.1 0 5 Devall, Mark 4760.3 984.1 1000 790.2 986 1000 0 6 Osbourne, Ozzie 4757.3 998.2 781.5 1000 985.3 992.3 0 7 East, Dave 4640.1 982.1 1000 796.5 994.5 867 0 8 Dart, Kevin 4638.6 1000 644.7 993.9 1000 1000 0 9 Beale, Kevin 4629.6 998.4 882.9 774.8 999.4 974.1 0 10 Guerrier, Austin 4555.9 1000 1000 865.4 997.8 692.7 0 11 Duff, Ian 4497.6 999 541.5 983.3 973.8 1000 0 12 Jones, Neil 4486.9 862.8 993.2 856.4 1000 774.5 0 13 Binnie, Gary 4472.7 979.7 949.2 1000 965.4 578.4 0 14 Dickenson, Bob 4419.7 867.6 894.9 657.2 1000 1000 30 15 James, Graham 4249.1 961.1 863.1 621.9 988.8 814.2 0 16 Warby, Neville 3981.2 862.6 723.6 782.5 923.1 689.4 0 17 Borowski, Andre 3972.5 1000 824.1 730.7 998.3 419.4 0 18 Philcox, Cengiz 3845.1 555.6 950 595.8 801.1 942.6 0 19 Pelling, Terry 3984.6 420.3 846.8 1000 879.5 838 300 20 Boorman, Colin 3612 979.6 578.9 553.3 993.7 506.5 0 21 Sleight, Robin 3426.1 540.3 814.4 864.5 559.3 647.6 0 22 Lipscombe, Alan 3358.9 648.4 562.3 776.4 731.7 640.1 0 23 Thorpe, Mick 3594.8 652.4 923.3 560.2 980.6 478.3 300 24 Goddard, Ken 2979.4 927.5 411.5 538.5 464.3 637.6 0 25 Satinet, Tom 2898.5 0 698.2 774.6 726.5 699.2 0 26 Hannam, Cliff 2664.3 0 673.4 990.9 0 1000 0 F3J Fly Off Scores
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      Pos Name Score Rnd1 Dur Rnd2 Dur Penlty 1 Paddon, Colin 2000 1000 1000 0 2 Wicks, Graham 1925.3 982.4 942.9 0 3 Glover, Chris 1522.4 593.8 928.6 0 4 Allen, Peter 1494.9 614.6 880.3 0 5 Devall, Mark 1298.5 583.4 715.1 0 100s Scores
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      Pos Name Score RND 1 RND 2 RND 3 RND 4 RND 5 1 Mick Thorpe 4980.8 1000 1000 984.6 996.2 1000 2 Alan Morton 4946.1 1000 1000 946.1 1000 1000 3 Jon Hullett 4800 1000 1000 1000 800 1000 4 Ken Goddard 4783 1000 998.1 897.9 940.2 946.8 5 David Leech 4727.7 770.2 1000 1000 992.3 965.2 6 Al Lipscombe 4422.9 876.8 975 982.8 598.1 990.2 7 Nevillle Warby 4364.6 720.5 864.6 1000 893.6 885.9 8 Graham James 4221 806.6 886.4 1000 1000 528 9 Glynn Chambers 4048.7 666.7 1000 852.5 826 703.5 10 Robin Sleight 4044.1 807.7 646.2 942.2 1000 648 11 Mark Devall 3968.7 745.3 935.1 624.2 664.1 1000 12 Terry Pelling 3940.7 407.1 637.6 1000 1000 896 13 Bob Dickenson 3888 580.2 992.3 779.7 671.2 864.6 14 Robin Sleight (Classic) 3707.1 661.9 818.8 869.2 591.2 766 15 Gary Binnie (Classic) 3356.2 605.6 978.9 700 472.4 599.3 F3K Results


    • Radioglide 2012 Information

      By Austin, in Radioglide,

      Radioglide 2012 June 2nd – 5th
      BARCS FESTIVAL OF FLAT FIELD SOARING
      Marsh Gibbon, Near Bicester, Oxfordshire
      View Larger Map Get Directions View Bird's Eye BARCS annual flat field soaring event aims to be bigger and better this year with four days of competition plus an additional F5J trial event being held over the Queens Diamond Jubilee holiday 2nd – 5th June.
      Saturday sees two competitions run in parallel with Electric Launched Glider (ELG) to BARCS rules sharing the field with the F3K (DLG) flyers. The F3K event is a BMFA team selection qualifying league competition. ELG rules allow for two classes of models. The first is a “Restricted Class” (100 inch span max and flying functions of Rudder, elevator & Spoiler OR two meter span max with no limits on control functionality). The second ELG Class is for Open models – no restrictions other than a maximum span of 4 meters. ELG are written around use of a height limiter with a 200 metre cut off for the motor. It is hoped, to hold an informal F5J Trial Competition, open to all who would like to have a go, probably with two rounds following the ELG event and two more rounds on the following day. See Martin Bell during the day if you would like to participate.
      Sunday will feature BARCS Multi-launch. Any ELG model can compete as well as pure gliders (including DLGs). Thus models as used on the Saturday, are equally suitable for this event, although ELG height limiters will need resetting to cut off at 150 meters.
      Monday will be an F3J competition (one of the “National” status events for the BMFA team selection league). Again if a flyer uses his F3J model in Multi-launch it can readily carry on for the following day.
      Finally Tuesday will be an all-day 100S competition. With the extra day available there is no need to try to curtail 100S as has been done in previous years and, weather permitting, this will be at least a six round event this year plus fly-offs. Any 100S flyer could of course also use his model the previous day in F3J.
      The F3K and F3J competitions are open to all flyers who meet the BMFA league entry criteria, the other events are for BARCS members only. To encourage BARCS members to enter multiple events, a special maximum price is applicable to members, regardless of the total number of events which members enter.
      Download Entry Form

    • BARCS AGM 2011 Report

      By Robin Sleight, in BARCS,

      The preceding “Soaring Mart” was well attended and, although there have been a larger number of “Traders” present in some years past, a good number did attend including some interesting newcomers and the quality and relevance of what was on offer was excellent and satisfactory business was done.
      The AGM itself opened with two prestigious awards being made. A BARCS Fellowship to Neville Warby for his years of unassuming but totally reliable and hard working support of innumerable events.
      The Eppler Trophy was awarded to Martin Bell for his key role in bringing height limiters into practical use so enabling the formats of all current electric soaring contests.
       
      Neville Warbey                                                      Martin Bell
      Following the expiry of Chris Moynihan’s period of office as BARCS President, Graham James becomes President.  The BARCS committee was re-elected without changes and is: Graham James – President (but retaining his responsibility for trophies and Leagues), Robin Sleight – Chairman, Peter Alllen – Secretary (and for 2012 BARCS Rep to the SFTC), Jeff Stocking – Treasurer, Hayley Hawes – F3K, Martin Bell – Electric Soaring, Martin Newnham – F3F, Peter Mitchell – Membership records and Chris Moynihan and Chas Dunster as Committee members.  In addition Jon Edison was elected as the BARCS Rep to the BMFA Technical Council.
      The membership fees were agreed to remain unchanged from 2011, £10 per individual member.
      It was agreed that the web site was excellent and a vote of thanks was given to Austin Guerrier for his work on this.  However it is essential that to maintain its topicality that more people contribute especially with short event reports including a couple of photographs for interest.
      The view of members was sought on the future venue for the Silent Flight Nationals.  This is a decision for the SFTC but, on balance, the opinion appears to be that: given a choice between an excellent site or a juxtaposition with Barkston Heath, the preference is to get an excellent site.
      All committee proposals received an adequate majority and were therefore passed.  They have been incorporated into the 2012 Members Handbook/Rulebook but in summary are:
      * A “Restricted” class of electric soarer was agreed – either of 2 metre span with no limits on control functions OR a 100 inch span limit but with control functions (other than the motor) restricted to Rudder, Elevator and Spoiler.
      * In Multi-launch competitions where it was considered that the current rules unreasonably favoured electric models, the height limiter for such models must now cut off at 150 metres (not 200 as before 200).  There was concern expressed that this might now be too severe and give a bias towards winch launched gliders.  If experience shows this to be so, an option for the next AGM is to reduce the distance from the winch to the turnaround pulley – (say) to 130 metres.
      * In multi-launch competitions wording was changed to allow CDs the discretion to accept double entries but not to a level which would significantly cut the number of rounds would be possible to fly without such double entries.
      * The “CAM” height limiter for electric models was approved for use in Multi-launch and ELG competitions.
      * The dropped score in ELG competitions will now apply after six rounds and not (as in 2011) after only four rounds.
      A few points were raised for future consideration by the committee including that of allowing advertising on the web site
      The 2012 AGM was agreed to be scheduled for Sunday 2 December 2012 at the Oadby Football Club starting at (new time) 1.30pm.

    • 2011 AGM Committee Proposals

      By Robin Sleight, in BARCS,

      Committee Proposals for changes to BARCS Handbook Rules
      Committee Proposal One
      To create a “Restricted Model” class for Electric Soaring events
      3.3 Model Characteristics
      That a new section 3.3.7 be created with the following text:
      “A restricted electric model must either have a wing span not exceeding 2 metres (with no limitations on the control surfaces or functions) OR alternatively have a wing span not exceeding 100 inches but with control functions (other than the motor control) limited to rudder, elevator and spoiler only.  The control functions for the flying surfaces are thus the same as for a 100s model”. 
      Renumber the existing 3.3.7 and 3.3.8 (dealing with nose radius definition and ballast to become 3.3.8 and 3.3.9 respectively.
      Also change section 4.2.2 (dealing with multi launch rules) to read:
      Electric models shall also lie within the area, weight, wing loading restrictions as defined in the Standard Rules but in addition they may not exceed 4000mm in wingspan for Open Class models, or 2000mm/100 inches as relevant for the restricted model class.
      Also change section 4.2.1 (dealing with the ELG rules) to read:
      The electric models can, if the flyer so elects, be of the restricted model class rather than Open electric. If a restricted electric model is used throughout the event that will count towards a restricted model electric league score as and when such a league is established.
      Reason
      This change formalises the class which includes 2 metre models but avoids creating yet another sub class. There are numerous redundant 100s models suitable for electric conversion and the performance of an RES model of 100 inch span (including the greater difficulty of achieving a precision landing should be comparable to a multifunction 2 metre model. This change is to encourage greater participation by giving a new lease of life to such 100S models.
      Committee Proposal Two
      To better equalise the launch height gained in Multi-launch events
      That the text of the final two sentences of section 4.2.2 b of the Multi launch Rules be changed to read:
      The height limiter device should be set for cut-off at a height of 150 metres above the launch height or for 30 seconds from “power on”, whichever comes first.  The height limiter switch must be installed in such a way that adequate venting to it occurs such that outside air.
      Reason
      Experience of Multi launch competitions during 2011 has shown that electric models with the height limiter set at 200 metres are at a significant launch advantage relative to winch launched gliders.  This is especially so in light winds.  Additionally the electric models can use the “power on” phase to penetrate to the most promising section of the sky whereas the winch launched gliders are, by necessity, restricted in where they are positioned when free of the winch line.  This again gives the electric models an especially valuable advantage in windy conditions.  The change will even out the playing field in both light and stronger wind conditions.
      Committee Proposal Three
      Use of Models in Multi launch competitions
      That the text of section 4.3.2 a be changed to read:
      Double entries where, for example, the second entry is of a different model class, will be permitted with the specific agreement of the CD.  The CD will determine whether or not to accept double entries dependant on the total number of entries received. This is to ensure as much flying, with as many rounds as possible, for all competitors in the time available.
      Reason
      The current text of this section prohibits double entries for “large” events and generally does not encourage them.  Provided the double entries received do not result in a significant loss of the number of rounds which may be flown in any event, such double entries can be valuable in making up the numbers, indeed they may be necessary in order to ensure a viable competition.
      Committee Proposal Four
      To allow an alternative height limiter for electric models
      This is intended as a provisional change to allow the impact of it to be monitored through 2012 and also in recognition that further height limiting devices are confidently expected to be available during the course of 2012.
      That Multi launch section 4.2.12 be amended to add to the list of allowed height limiters is the (USA manufactured) CAMlimiter.  This would be achieved by changing the words January 2010 to January 2012 and inserting after the web address for RC-Electronics the words:
      The “CAM” limiter is also approved for BARCS ELG events”
      ELG Rules section 4.4.1.d.  Incorporate the same changed wording as for 4.2.12 above
      Reason
      The CAM limiter (which does not have downloading capability) is cheaper and has been widely used in the “Bartletts” series of events without any problems. The nominal lack of “anti zoom” feature of this limiter has not proved to be an issue in practice relative to the RC-Electronics limiters. However this will be monitored during the 2012 season to ensure that flyers are not unfairly exploiting this feature by flying techniques not thought to be in the spirit of the rules.
      A check on the setting of the limiter (as may be required under Rule 4.3) is still possible (by counting the set up bleeps) without downloading and this limiter can be set to 100, 150 or 200 metres thus making it suitable for both multi launch and ELG events.
      Committee Proposal Five
      Dropped scores in ELG events
      That the dropped score in ELG rules 4.4.7a applies only after six or more rounds are flown – not four as at present The text would now read:
      Where more than 5 rounds are flown the lowest score will be discarded.
      Reason
      Due to the nature of the event, ELG contests proceed quickly and, given reasonable weather, it is not difficult to get five or more rounds completed.  Thus dropping a score after (just) four rounds is not best suited to this type of event.
      Download the Proposals here.

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