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> From: Fred Lodden <email@example.com>
> Date: December 5, 2017 at 9:24:47 PM GMT+11
> Subject: Millennium Cup – new rules for electric launch
> It was resolved at the last round in Nowra to switch away from winch launch to electric launch.
> Paul Gibson ran an online survey of those in the email group to ascertain various views on the issue.
> I has been decided to make the transition sooner rather than later and so the very first event at Appin on the 14th of January will be to the new rules. We intend to run the entire 2018 series to these rules.
> The new rules are attached.
> To assist pilots attempting to determine the parts required and where to get them, Peter Pine of Electric Flight Australia has put together a list of what he feels are suitable items . This list is attached in a pdf format. If you want any of these items please contact Peter directly.
> Les Safari will also have a number of Altis4+ loggers (preconfigured for the new 150m/30s motor cutoff criteria), plus some of the new Multi3 (with OLED display) and some CAM limiters. If you want to know the difference between these units a little Googling might answer your questions, or call Les on 0410 794 173.
> A covering note for the new ruleset, prepared by Colin Woodward follows –
> New Millennium Cup Electric Competition
> Hi all,
> Due to increased interest in electric launch gliders, and to encourage new participants, we are going to use electric assisted launch gliders at the Millennium Cup contests, instead of winch launch models, from the beginning of 2018.
> Please find attached a set of rules for electric assisted models to be used at future Millennium Cup contests.
> The electric assisted glider rules have been developed to keep the same simple, low cost and fun theme that the Millennium Cup has always tried to achieve.
> The electric model is essentially the same as the winch launch model but is allowed to have an extra radio channel to control the electric motor. The model will also require a height limiter to switch the motor off at 150m height, or 30 seconds of motor run time – whichever comes first. To keep an even playing field, the power of the model limited to that of roughly equal to the output of a standard Parkzone/E-Flight Radian, 180watts (measured with the models fully charged normal flight pack after 10sec of continuous motor run). There will be a wattmeter made available in the Millennium Cup equipment box with various battery connectors for people to “self police” their models. Random tests may be conducted if the CD of the day or the Committee notices an obvious breach.
> The contest director will choose a launching spot which for safety has no equipment or people upwind. As aircraft are launched, the pilot and timer will reposition onto their landing spot.
> The contest director will have to “meter” launches depending on available landing spots.
> The electric assisted models will require their time keeper to start a watch when the model leaves the launcher’s hand. At 30 seconds the time keeper will announce that the motor
> should be turned off, if the pilot or limiter has not already done so. The pilot will need to fly for a total of 6min 30sec from when the model is released. Once the model has been
> released, no relaunches are allowed. If the motor is started again then the flight time will stop, there will be a 50 point penalty and no landing points. This is to try to mimic an out
> landing for a winch launch model and to deter flying for maximum time points when there is no chance the model will get back to the spot.
> A score will be submitted which includes total flying time up to 7 minutes (6 minute 30 seconds for maximum score), landing distance and motor re-run penalty if required.
> At no stage will an electric model be launched or motor started pointing towards people or the pits.
> Landing will be the same format as the winch launch gliders.
> We welcome any comments as the competition series progresses, to further improve the format. This set of rules will be made available on the Heathcote Soaring League Website, hsl.org.au
> Colin Woodward