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From: Don Peterson <autotech at flash.net>
Date: Fri, 03 Jan 1997 04:41:35 UTC
The BOD minutes plus these posts got me thinking. I have no stake in this directly (yet?) but am wondering about the whole team selection process. As I recall the gist of the minutes, it was made clear that the ASF was responsible for picking ("inviting"?) the team members. I also seem to recall that somewhere in the dark past that the NAA delegated that authority to the IAC. The ASF was created to provide funding and organization, but was not necessarily responsible for picking the team. If this is (was?) so, then shouldn't the method of team selection and judges selection still reside with the IAC and therefore its members until and unless there is some sort of general vote handing it over to the ASF? Also, if there is to be a change, as is contained in the current minutes, shouldn't it be treated like any other rule change and be a "proposed" rule for the year after next, giving time for comment and board ratification after the comment period? The way the new rules strike me, you have to do very well at the two contests, unless you have a convincing note from your mother, or a really big reputation, in which case the ASF can pick you. Meanwhile, it sounds as though the unlimited judges will be selected by some sort of popular vote among "known" unlimited competitors. Could this mean that a well organized clique of unlimited pilots could vote together for a group of judges that was well-briefed on who the preferred team members were to be? I rather dislike that these thoughts even occur to me, as I would rather give any new idea a chance to prove itself before lobbing negative thoughts toward it. In this case, there just seems to be an awful lot of anti-democratic methods at work. There was something rather satisfying about the concept that the top placers earned a place on the team, period. In a related sense, I believe that all national judges should be considered equal to the task. If we have problems with judges' certification or recurrent training, then that should be addressed, not the secret little means that we use to select who gets to work the line. We ought to treat it like our pilot's licenses. If you are licensed, then you get to use the airspace on an equal footing with all others. Don Peterson Dallas, Tx.