Composite tails are now allowed Nationally for 424
At the National level there was discussion about the handling when a racer receives a light and a cut at Pylon one. If this occurs the racer is entitled to an automatic refly. There is work being to to modify the Judgeman system to only allow one button to be pushed at Pylon one. This is being targeted to be used at the NATS in 2017. It will become available as an upgrade to the judgeman system sometime this year.
If a heat is re-flown, any pilot that was on the start line is eligible for the re-fly, even if they received a zero
The workerless Pylon system has received more funding and research continues, progress is being made but it still needs more development.
Shimming the EVO motor is legal.
Mark Beaudoin will be in a newly created position named Race Director. The objective of this position is to bring consistency to the races. If there are any disputes about a race that cannot be resolved at the start line, Mark will be the next one in line to resolve the concern before it goes to the CD. (let me know what other details should be put here).
Buddy reminded everyone that callers must remain with their pilot until their plane is on the ground. This is for the safety of all. Please make sure the plane is on the ground before going to the starter for information or disputes, safety first.
It is legal to retrieve your plane before everyone lands, if and only if both the pilot and their caller agrees that it is safe to do so. The starter can override your decision. If the starter says you cannot retrieve your plane by the starter you must not run out and retrieve it. This is a common sense rule, so be smart about it and keep everyone safe.
Fuel must be ordered and paid for by Feb 14th, see the forum for more details.
There was much discussion about an addenum to the rules involving pilots moving into Expert class. The following was voted on and approved. It goes into effect starting this season (2017).
Current Rule: If a Standard pilot receives 3 times under 1:20, the pilot moves into the Expert class for the next race (they remain in Std for the current race). When this occurs, the pilot has the option to keep their points in the Std Class for the remainder of the year or move them into the Expert class.
Addenum to the above rule, voted on and approved on 1/24/2017 If a Std pilot moves into Expert and that pilot won the Std championship the previous year, their points automatically go to the Expert class. The pilot does not have the option to keep their points in the Std class. If the pilot moves into Expert class on the last race of the year, then this rule is not in effect and they are eligible for the Std championship 2 years in a row. Note: A pilot can receive the Std Championship multiple years in a row, as long as they do not move into the expert class.
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