Wood Crafters is dedicated to perpetuating the model builder, not the model buyer.
Woody Rules by Ray Hayes LSF 803
If you didn't build it, you can't fly it, with the following exceptions:
A one off you purchased that was built in the continental USA by a USA citizen.
A message to all those interested in continuing the events for "Woodys" using my Wood Crafter rules noted above.
Ray Hayes LSF 803
The Wood Crafter's rule has proven to be very popular, it is not just for AMA's Nostalgia class or RES class, it actually can promote modern design, building techniques and materials used for sailplanes that can be launched as high as the molded carbon D-Tube ARF designs without restrictions to controls.
There is great pleasure and pride in building our own, we builders know that. Wood Crafters was my attempt to keep the hobby of building your own alive and well. There is a resurgent in the number of builders, in part, due to the Internet Groups like RC Groups. http://www.rcgroups.com/aircraft-sailplanes-95/
Since the start of my Wood Crafter events, many clubs have sponsored very successful " Woody " events using my Wood Crafter's rules. To keep the Woody events alive and well, you will have to push your club to sponsor a Woody event. The story of most sailplane clubs has been a rush to the store bought ARF sailplane planes, very powerful winches with very heavy tow lines and a decline in membership due to the woody builders dropping out.
Dropping out is a mistake, but easier to do than stand up for your interests.
Hopefully, club leaders will recognize that a successful sailplane club serves all enthusiasts equally and not just self interest. But, it is up to you, to not let others push your interests aside.
If you belong to a sailplane club, designate a weekly day or evening for Woody flyers to gather and enjoy flying their creations with fellow woody enthusiasts. The same can be set up for Hand Launch, Electric's and Aero Tow. It is all good.
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