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Old Jun 21, 2012, 10:59 PM
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Appreciate all the replies. lots of wisdom and insight.

This was our clubs second ALES contest. the pilot involved is a good friend and top notch pilot with lots of contest experience. He and another one of our club members are always very competitve but in a good way. So I was alot tougher on this guy than I would have been on someone with less experience or who had come from out of town. I was suprised by the situation and had not thought it through before hand so made the call that I did.

I think I will try to avoid this in the future by reminding every one to test their motor and wiggle the sticks prior to starting the 10 sec launch window. That way any unforeseen electrical or mechanical problems that are simple fixes, say in a 2-5 min window, can be corrected before the flight group launchs.
longer fixes , will move the pilot to the next flight group.

Flying and fun are what I want our ALES contests to be about.

Any other tricky or unusual situations that you guys have seen in your contests ? How did the CD handle the situaiton?

AS a new CD I want to learn from the experience of others. So all may have a good time and want to fly in a contest again.
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