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Old Mar 23, 2012, 08:46 AM
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I would think that the LSF membership needs to look at what is happening to their member base. It's shrinking. Badly.
That probably isn't the case. Once a person becomes a member they are a member for life. So unless the death rate exceeds the growth rate I doubt that is the case. We should be doing better with new membership growth. As a member, I am the LSF, and I am trying to at least do my part (haven't succeeded yet).

What you might be doing is equating string launch=LSF. Maybe that is shrinking, I'm not sure. I'm going to try do significantly more string launch contests this year than I have in the past few years so I guess I'm going to find out!


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In the NW region, where I fly in the summers, hlg contests, I believe, already exceed TD contests.
I think we as a community (I'm including me, I'm trying to do my part) should do a bit more to get DLG enthusiasts interested in the LSF. To start I started a thread that didn't do too well on the hand launch forum.


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If the LSF doesn't welcome ALES, it risks becoming marginalized in the sailplane community.
I see 2 main avenues. Both or one or none could be persued:

* Vote to include altimeter switch flying in the current SAP

--- Feelers are being put out for this now. My gut feel is that the current membership base doesn't support changing the SAP. I could be wrong about that.

* Create a new program(s) to try to appeal to new segments of the modelling community.
--- In this area at least we have some data to go on. Some guys started the SSP a few years ago. I know I started but haven't completed Copper. Even some early participation numbers in this program might give valuable insight into how well other new programs might (or might not) be embraced.


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