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    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.
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    Robin Sleight

    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.
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