Proposals would change 15 Fast Combat starting procedure, correct engine displacement
Voting is now open!
Gene Pape has proposed two changes in the Northwest 15 Fast Combat rules. One would change the match-start procedure to match current practice; the other is a housekeeping change that clarifies the engine displacement limit.
The 15 Fast rules have been in use since 2014 in "provisional" status, which means that they have never been approved by a ballot. Therefore, the vote on this rules change proposal would be the first formal approval of the Northwest 15 Fast rules.
Summary of proposals
1. Deletes Section 6.2, which provides a 30-second starting and launching period.
Rationale, as explained by Gene Pape:
The part about no air time for the first 30 seconds was used in other Combat events for a few years after these rules were written. This has generally been considered as not as good an idea as planned and has been dropped for all other events and was waived at the recent Portland contest.
Current rules list the engine displacement as .15, which is fractionally smaller than the 2.5cc F2D engine size. The event is intended for F2D engines. This change would have no measurable effect on performance.
A thread for discussion of this topic is active on the Northwest CL Forum. See what others have been saying and post your comments about the proposal there. Note that comments posted on that forum are not counted as votes. Only votes cast via the procedure explained below will be counted.
Approved changes, if any, will take effect after the conclusion of voting and the announcement of results.
Voting is now open
Proposal 1, deleting Section 6.2, which provides a 30-second starting and launching period. Vote yes or no
Proposal 2, specifying displacement limit at .1526 cu. in. Vote yes or no.
Who can vote
Any resident of Academy of Model Aeronautics District XI (Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Alaska) and British Columbia who has participated in Combat in a Northwest contest either as a contestant or an official within the past five years can vote on these proposals.
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How to vote
You can vote by e-mailing the rules coordinator, or by mailing your vote to Flying Lines, 2456 Quince St., Eugene, OR 97404.
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All votes must be received by the coordinator by July 19. The coordinator will acknowledge receipt of votes; if you don't get a reply, check again to make sure your vote was received.
Note: Comments by e-mail and posts in the NW forum are not votes. Only votes e-mailed or mailed to the coordinator within the June 19-July 19 voting period will be counted.
For more on the process of promulgating and revising Northwest control-line competition rules, see the Northwest Rules section.
Proposed new rules and the current rules are below.
Proposed rule change
This page was upated June 19, 2022