Originally Posted by Jim Deck
My original intent was a sincere compliment to members of the Florida Soaring Society and their willingness to experiment. My compliment still stands and I or any member of the LSF Board will listen to suggestions on how to continue the LSF's relevence.
Jim Deck LSF President
Jim, Old habits die hard. I thought your original post was great.
I'm flying a scratch built electric Bird of Time. I was recently told it wasn't a "real" sailplane because of the motor. Of course when I mentioned a "real" glider gets launched with a motor called a winch, I'm faced with irrelevant and esoteric arguments trying to explain the difference.
As the numbers of traditional TD pilots continue to dwindle down to a handful of hard core purists, the louder they complain about things changing. When a large city like Orlando can't muster more than 8 or 10 contestants, the handwriting is on the wall.
It's no longer a matter of the traditional TD guys allowing electrics at their contests. It's now a matter of the electric guys allowing their field to be cluttered with a winch.