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Old Mar 18, 2012, 08:31 AM
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Old Mar 18, 2012, 08:36 AM
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What about if a guy badly wrecks his plane? Each person reacts differently to that and there are different etiquette considerations based on the person.

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Old Mar 18, 2012, 08:49 AM
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What about if a guy badly wrecks his plane? Each person reacts differently to that and there are different etiquette considerations based on the person.

Ryan
Good point!

I usually play it by ear ... And if I am talked to, I try and be hopeful.


It's especially hard if you are the timer.

Having someone tree a plane can be a similar situation.
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Old Mar 18, 2012, 08:55 AM
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Having respect for your timer is also important... I will never yell at my timer.

I take responsibility for having a clock in my own head... a timer is just icing on the cake... and a timer that can read air for you is a privilege, not a right.

That said, there are exceptions to this rule, as some pilot-timer combinations have their own way, and it works.
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Old Mar 18, 2012, 09:01 AM
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What about if a guy badly wrecks his plane? Each person reacts differently to that and there are different etiquette considerations based on the person.

Ryan
You been to a whole bunch load of contests, and timed for many world class pilots.

I'm wondering how you would handle such a situation.
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Old Mar 18, 2012, 09:28 AM
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Old Mar 18, 2012, 09:42 AM
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Someone had suggested that the ideal ALES routine is to fly a round, time for a round, then take a short break. This format has created more of a spectator gallery than at our other events and you will often hear cheering when a pilot is scraping and trying to reach the tape, or a collective groan if a pilot lands short.

Last week the gallery noted that one pilot's landing tape wasn't straight and as a joke began to protest loudly. To goad them on, during the flight, the pilot decided to occasionally kick the tape with one foot until there was a tangle of tape surrounding the nail. Now the gallery complained that he had turned the landing tape into an arrester to stop the plane.

I think that the top priority is safety, and the next priority is fun. If we can maintain those priorities, ALES should grow quickly and be a strong new addition to our sport.

I'm attaching a photo that Al Strahm took at our first event of the gallery.
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Old Mar 18, 2012, 10:21 AM
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You been to a whole bunch load of contests, and timed for many world class pilots.

I'm wondering how you would handle such a situation.
Like you said I think it depends on the pilot. Since i have wrecked or lost (not crashed, lost) models in about every possible way and at any possible circumstance If the pilot seems to be embarresd i try to relate a personal story to ensure the pilot that he isn't the only person to have problems.

The last time I had one of these scenarios I was timing for a 10 year old girl and she lost her model (not crashed, lost).

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Old Mar 18, 2012, 11:15 AM
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The most important thing to do is to pocket your cigarette butts... no one wants to see them on the ground......No one wants to trip over beer bottles either.
Thats an easy one. No smoking or drinking on the contest grounds
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Old Mar 18, 2012, 11:17 AM
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Thats an easy one. No smoking or drinking on the contest grounds
Do you fly contests in Europe?
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Old Mar 18, 2012, 11:31 AM
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When a pilot is taking a plane out really far, we joke that they might end up in Meaderville, or BruceLandia, fictional places named after club pilots that like to fly at extreme distances or have gone out too far and didn't make it back.

Losing a plane can be devastating, but knowing that you have well respected company even among top pilots can help temper some of the disappointment.
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Old Mar 18, 2012, 01:59 PM
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Do you fly contests in Europe?
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Old Mar 18, 2012, 02:07 PM
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Competitors shall replace their divots (and fill their craters).

Happy Landings,

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Old Mar 18, 2012, 02:41 PM
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Old Mar 18, 2012, 03:11 PM
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I, do, pick up my butts

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