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F2D combat in Houston the third weekend in May brought out some serious flyers on this ever more popular venue of control-line combat. This triple-elimination contest started with test flying noon on Friday and the finals match completed on Sunday at 5 pm. Over eighty matches flown, awesome competition that gave our USA team headed to Spain World Champs this summer a chance to exercise their skills. Our team looks real solid. Thanks are extended you for all the help in running this contest. It makes for a wonderful weekend hanging out with a great bunch of friends who love chasing streamers.
We had twenty-four entries. With the triple-elimination format and reflies included, we had some eighty matches over two days competition. Sheila Cranfill did matrix duty. We attempted to try and keep teammates from having to fly each other but it is always difficuly to keep everyone happy. Chis Hess did most of the center marshall duties, with Mack Henry and I calling cuts and some help from Sheila on the tough matches.
It was a bit windy and about the most cuts would be two and then the knot. The plastic tablecloths work pretty well, but early on we had to switch from black and orange to black and red because the pilots could not see the orange.
With the full F2D rules, we did try and enforce the penalties as best we could with our limited manpower (no 3-person jury to watch for infractions). I am not sure, but about 4 to 6 flyaways with only 3 resulting in reflys. Another 4 or 5 matches required reflies from ties or JUDGING ERRORS. How do you get a judging error? Well, by handing out the wrong color streamer during a match in progress and the timers stop judging. Also, by DQing a pilot who has lines break while flying staight and level. This is a general AMA infraction but NOT FAI. We got most of the calls OK with a few glitches, which got sorted out.
From my vantage point of mainly just watching airplanes for cuts, the contest went very smooth. When I did circle marshall duties, I observed no bad conduct, no sawing, and only a small amount of excess physical action in the center circle.
Several items that helped make for a pleasant contest:
Contestants from nine different states and Mexico is pretty good mix of pilots.
Another great contest,