Originally Posted by Richard S
I think your highlighting two separate issues.
1. The WAG selection process is a bit of a joke, it should have been constructed in such a way that each country has their own selection process and the top 2 pilots get an invite.
2. An "international hand-launch" festival, should be just that. (EDIT - having said this, I can understand the organisers dilemma, as a international WAG contests requires an FAI license, and it is unrealistic to expect domestic pilots to have to pay out for this, just to enter the contest.)
IMHO the selection process is badly thought out as it gives individual countries an opportunity to manipulate the results to pretty much guarantee entry. Invite all your friends and family to an event, give them an alula and a transmitter and tell them to give it a quick chuck-glide when the slot starts.... and 'ta daaa' you have given the competition winner a load of extra points to carry onto the 'world ranking table'. (as points carried forwards are dependent on the number of entrants.)
Right Richard. Good to see at least a few of us have understood how this "competition" works.
As for Poway (I mean the F6D Friday selection contest and not the IHLGF) : I don't see why pilots with a valid FAI licence would not be entitled to carry their scores forward to the world ranking table.
Let's be logical and turn this thing around : pilots - independant of their nationality - without a valid FAI licence should not be eligible for selection of an FAI event (WAG 2009). Nor should they be allowed to participate in a 2008 WAG selection event, even if it is an AMA sponsored event. This does not make any sense at all. It's a joke.
As a Belgian competitor I can effectively score points during the forthcoming WAG selection contest in Torino, but I cannot by flying the WAG selection contest on the Friday in Poway. This is illogical.
Yves De Vriendt