September in the SE

Posted by Steve Sides
Posted on 10/3/2015

CalendarTemps are getting cooler, kids are getting used to the school schedule and weather forecasters are starting to mention things like ‘frost warnings’ and the sun is setting way too early.  Hard to believe that the season wrap up is near. 



The Clover Creek Aerodrome started off the month with their IMAC Challenge contest held over the Labor Day weekend.  Twenty three pilots got in a total of 9 known sequences and an CCAunknown – lots of flying for this time of year as the days are getting shorter.  The tightest race was in the Sportsman class where only 25 points separated 1st and 2nd places.  Thanks to CD Gil Major for stepping up to run the contest and to John and Tina Schroder for once again extending their hospitality to all the attendees.
Mid month saw the Central Georgia IMAC contest in Roberta, Georgia with 26 pilots attending.  Among the attendees were a group from Miami (yes Florida) who made the long trip up north.  Great to see these folks travel such a long way to enjoy an excellent contest.  This contest is held on the property of CMJ Hobbies south of Roberta – a beautiful field with little or no overfly issues.  This contest included a large Intermediate and Unlimited classes (8 pilots each).  This is the 2nd time an event has been held at this location.  John Wolfe ran the contest in fine fashion getting in 4 known rounds, an unknown and freestyle.
Flying and Judging Question

Calling the box when starting a sequence.  When the pilot begins his/her attempt at a sequence either the pilot or caller must make a verbal announcement of that intention.  Keep in mind that there are many things going on including other aircraft running and flying adding to the ambient noise. It’s not enough to simply make that announcement but also to be sure that the judges have heard it so there is no confusion.  Often a caller will look at the judges to be sure they are ready to begin.  So what happens if there is no verbal call made before entering the box or the call not heard by the judges ?  In that case, the pilot becomes subject to time limits, no aerobatics, etc.  The net result is that the entire round receives zeroes – pretty stiff penalty.

  One thing that I like to do as a judge is to repeat the pilots/callers verbal declaration back to them so that there is no doubt that I’ve heard the declaration.  There is no rule requirement to do so as a judge but it serves as a reinforcement to the pilot that all is well.  If only 1 judge hears the verbal declaration that is sufficient and judges should confer.  As always, the pilot should be given the benefit of the doubt in all cases where possible.