OK, I'm home. I was gonna start a thread tonight for this discussion, so this works well for that. This post will be long, so go get a beer.
Here are a few things that Don Lowe hade to say:
"I think that if the council approves our recommendation the tail touching part will be removed. I personally never supported that requirement. I fly giant scale, Iattend a lot of events and have witnessed this maneuver many times; never with a safety problem. "
And "I'm not a tail toucher but I have never been very concerned by the low speed 3D that I see performed all the time. I hope we can clear this up at the April council meeting. I am in favor of the minimum required separation; 25ft"
Here are a couple from Sandy Frank:
"but let me tell you that there are several on the ama EC
that see keeping this rule9 as LIFE and DEATH
and are very stubborn about it..
this will require a full court press
stay on top of this..."
"this will take lost of gentle persuasion
many on the ama EC
just do not see the light
and will try to teach us a lesson for crossing them...
this will possibly need a letter writing and email campaign"
I just wanted to put it out there for you to see who is on our side.
For clarification, You had the first motion for the "removal of the wording from rule 9", that was my motion. The second motion was to table the first motion. Those that voted against the second motion were IN FAVOR of the first motion and wanted a vote. VIII is Sandy Frank. Then you see a motion to refer it to commitee for "alternative solution to Safety Code Radio Control item #9 the portion dealing with any part of the model touching the ground other than the land gear. A report is to be given at April 24, 2004 EC meeting." Just wanted that to be clear.
On Don Lowe, and the "25 foot" separation. First off, he is a very respectable, intelegent guy, who deals every day with 3Ders. Second, he thinks BIG PLANES. 25' to a 40% is like 2 feet to my Taco. And I really think we can convince him of that. Plus, the 25' separation already exists for everyone but the pilot, and is actually much more for spectators.
My position is now firm at WE DON"T NEED NO MORE RULES! But I won't shout or use double negatives with the AMA. You probably already saw my post on The Yahoo groups so I won't go into the details.
If you have some input, please give it!!!!! I'm not here to toot my horn, I want to make sure that we have a voice in what AMA is doing RIGHT NOW!!! This is simply the squeeky wheel (me) getting some attention. If we could convine them to drop this fight now, we will have one round one. I don't hold any fairy tale, happily-ever-after hopes that this is going away. But I prefer to be on the offense, or at least aware of who the enemy are and who are our friends. If nothing else, we are threshing out the "for and against", and in this case there is no middle ground.
Thanks for all 3 of you that might actually read all this!!! :lol: