IMAC, being the leader in Scale
Aerobatics, has seen the need to standardize not only all
contests (Nationally & Internationally) but also to streamline
the judging techniques being used in these events. Hence, the
natural progression to stage an International Judging Seminar
was fostered by the present Board of Directors. Countless hours
were spent by the four instructors in preparation for the event
which became a reality on the weekend of Feb 1-3 2008 in
Jacksonville FL. Instructors included: Wayne Matthews, Stan
Stockman, Ty Lyman & Kent Porter. Unfortunately, Fred Johnson
was very ill and both Julie Johnson & himself were unable to
join us as instructors.
The first day (Friday) was
dedicated to Instructors only. They came from near and afar...as
far away as Australia & Canada and all of our US Regions except
the South West. During this 11 hour "marathon", we went through
a "myriad" of scenarios and discussions regarding our "Red Book"
rules & judging criteria. Integrated with the training were
video and flight simulation which enhanced its entirety.
We were "graced"
this year by
Horizon Hobby/JR, who
donated a complete JR DX7 radio system as a raffle prize, which
was won by 11 year old Alex Porter of N. Carolina. We were
also fortunate enough to have
Duralite Flight Systems as
one of our Corporate sponsors who helped to off-set the cost of
staging such an educational function with a donation of $250.00. Great
donated a Real Flight G4 system to IMAC
for use in the visual aids/flight simulation area of our
Durant Direct Drive.com supplied very nice stick planes for
each attendee which will be put to good use during the contest
contributed various Propellers and apparel giveaways.
provided several propeller bags which were used in the raffle.
donated apparel items which were avidly snapped up by
the attendees. IMAC
provided a grant which helped tremendously in making this
three day Seminar a reality.
On the second day (Saturday) at
instituted our complete Judging Seminar which began with a "full
house". At 10:00am Stan & I held the rudder for the Advanced
"Breakaway" session where we were able to get into more details
with the "meat of the matter" in judging. We did find a few areas
that needed clearing up & these will be passed on to the Rules
Committee & the upcoming Educational committee for
clarification. In a separate room, focus was centered on our new
members & those who had not attended a Seminar previously. Ty &
Kent steered this training, which started off with learning to
read Aresti and then going through the details of the judging
criteria for each "Family of figures". It was a full day's
work for us all as both groups then rejoined at approximately
5:00pm & we went the full 11 hours again with Stan going into
Break penalties & the Airspace Control Score. After drawing all
the raffle prizes we had now finished off the theoretical side
of the Seminar & the practical application was slated for