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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,

    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.


  • Our picks

    • 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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      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.


      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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      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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