Approved! 15 Fast Combat starting procedure revised, engine displacement corrected
Voting has approved two changes in the Northwest 15 Fast Combat rules that were proposed by Gene Pape. One changes the match-start procedure to align with current practice; the other is a housekeeping change that clarifies the engine displacement limit.
The 15 Fast rules had been in use since 2014 in "provisional" status, which means that they had never been approved by a ballot. Therefore, the vote on this revision is the first formal approval of the Northwest 15 Fast rules.
Summary of proposals
1. Deletes Section 6.2, which provides a 30-second starting and launching period.
Rationale, as explained by Gene Pape:
The part about no air time for the first 30 seconds was used in other Combat events for a few years after these rules were written. This has generally been considered as not as good an idea as planned and has been dropped for all other events and was waived at the recent Portland contest.
Current rules list the engine displacement as .15, which is fractionally smaller than the 2.5cc F2D engine size. The event is intended for F2D engines. This change would have no measurable effect on performance.
A thread for discussion of this topic was provided on the Northwest CL Forum.
The new rules are in effect as of Aug. 1, 2022.
Proposal 1, deleting Section 6.2, which provides a 30-second starting and launching period. Approved.
Proposal 2, specifying displacement limit at .1526 cu. in. Approved.
The vote was conducted via the Northwest Rules approval procedure outlined in the Northwest Rules section.
Approved new rules