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NWSS MASTERS CLASS

The NWSS Masters Class is a designation that has been created to honor those individuals that have shown themselves to be highly competent in the areas of flying ability, leadership and technical aspects of the hobby. To qualify for the honor of membership in the NWSS Masters Class, the individual must show competence in the following three categories: Competition, Leadership and Technical. The NWSS Board of Directors will review each candidate's application and will announce those individuals that are advanced to the Masters Class.

Applicants should submit their application and supporting data to the NWSS Board of Directors by August 15 of the year that the Masters Class aspirant feels that he meets the requirements. The NWSS Secretary will provide application packets upon request. When completed with all of the required information, the application form is to be validated by the signatures of two fellow NWSS members. Submittal of additional supporting data, such as Newsletter Articles, Magazine Articles, Photographs, etc. is appropriate and desirable. Note: At the option of the applicant, he/she may wish to have an appropriate quote or saying inscribed on his/her Masters Class award. This should be done at the time the application is submitted to the NWSS Board of Directors.

In addition to the above, a person in good standing in the NWSS may be nominated for Masters Class by any NWSS member.  The nominator should put together a data package that shows that the nominee has shown competence in the categories of Competition, Leadership and Technical and submit it to the NWSS Board of Directors for the nominee's consideration to be awarded the status of Masters Class.

COMPETITION:

Must meet the requirements in at least two of the following categories.

1. NWSS Season Points Championship (Open Class, RES or 2 Meter Class)

Maintain an average Season Point score of 90% or greater, including throw outs as, for three consecutive years, starting with the 1995 season and thereafter. Must qualify for consideration for season points championship, i.e., fly eight contest days. (RES and 2 Meter require only six contest days for the years 1995-1998.)

NOTE:

In a contest year, Season Point scores may be used from only one class. The applicant may use all scores from one class in all three of the required years or a mix of scores from different classes in the three years.

2. NWSS Contests (Standard/Open, RES and/or 2 Meter)

Place first through fifth in at least six contest days during each contest season for three consecutive years, starting with the 1995 season and thereafter. The flyer must accumulate 25 points per flying season based on: five points for first, four points for second, three points for third, two points for fourth and one point for fifth. Place in contest day must be validated by the CD. Note: For any of the classes, (Standard/Open, RES and/or 2 Meter) in which there are less than five participants, the winners points for that day will be based on the number of participants flying in that class. For example if there are only 3 participants in the class, the winner would receive three points for the win that day in lieu of five points. Second place would receive 2 points, etc.

NWSS Contests (Standard/Open, RES and/or 2 Meter):

Yearly points for open; RES or 2 meter can be counted toward the 25-points/year total but not all in the same year.

NOTE: For example, the flyer may use all standard/open class Season Point scores, all RES Season Point scores, or all 2 meter Season Point scores, or a mix of scores (e.g., one year 2 meter class and two years standard/open class or vice versa).

3. NWSS Tournament

Place in the top 35% of all contestants for three years in a row, starting with the 1995 tournament and thereafter. Place in the tournament must be validated by the tournament CD or assistant CD for each year of participation .

4. At the discretion of the board, competition requirements for the Masters Class may be modified or waved for individuals at or beyond the age of 65 years old, with a history of exemplary contest performance.

LEADERSHIP:

Must meet the requirements in at least two of the following categories.

1. AMA/MAAC LEADER MEMBER - CD.

Must be an active AMA/MAAC Leader Member.

2. NWSS Board of Directors.

Must be or have been a member of the NWSS Board of Directors.

3. Local Club Participation.

Must show that the individual has been an active member of any local club activities that promotes all facets of glider and electric model advancement. Validated by letter from club leadership showing accomplishment.

4. Flight Training.

Must show that the individual has been an active participant in the development of a flight-training course or acts as an instructor pilot in flight training. Validated by letter from club leadership showing accomplishment.

5. Cliff Mink Award Winner or Co-winner.

6. Other appointed/elected/voluntary NWSS Officers.

Must be or have been one of the following for a minimum of one year.

NWSS Scorekeeper.

NWSS Secretary.

NWSS Treasurer.

NWSS Newsletter Editor.

NWSS Contest Schedule Coordinator.

7. Other appropriate items not mentioned above.

TECHNICAL:

Must meet the requirements in at least one of the following categories.

Advances the state-of-the-art in the following areas:

1. Open, Standard, RES and Two-Meter Class Glider Designs.

2. Hand Launch Glider Designs.

3. Launch, flight and landing controls. I.e., Winches, Retrievers, Motors, Flaps, Spoilers, Control Surfaces, etc.

4. Scale Gliders.

5. Electric Flight.

6. Slope Glider Designs.

7. F3B Glider Designs.

8. Unique Component Design i.e., Hinges, Servo Savers, Servo Mounting, etc.

9. Software for Scoring and/or Glider Design.

10. Structural Design.

•  Unique Building Techniques.

•  Prepare/write articles related to improving the hobby.

•  Other appropriate items not mentioned above.

REVISION PAGE:

MASTERS CLASS Revision "A"

In the Second Paragraph added. " the year that the Masters Class aspirant feels that he meets the requirements in the area of Contests, Technical Merit and Leadership "

Under Competition.

Paragraph. 1. A and 1. B. Changed "Normalized" to "Season Point".

Paragraph. 3. Added. " for each year of participation"

MASTERS CLASS Revision "B"

Added RES to the appropriate paragraphs.

MASTERS CLASS Revision "C"

Paragraph 1.B. Added " fly eight contest days 1999 and on."

MASTERS CLASS Revision "D"

Under Technical.

Paragraph 1, added RES.

Added paragraph 12.

Old paragraph 12 became paragraph 13.

MASTERS CLASS Revision "E"

Revised the wording in the first two paragraphs for clarification. (Wordsmith.)

Added wording regarding award inscription.

Under COMPETITION.

Deleted paragraphs A and B and combined information into one paragraph.

Revised wording NOTE:

Added Paragraph 4.

Under TECHNICAL.

Added, "Write "to paragraph 12.

MASTERS CLASS Revision "F"

Under COMPETITION.

Revised Paragraph 2. to add the following. " Note: For any of the classes, (Standard/Open, RES and/or 2 Meter) in which there are less than five participants, the winners points for that day will be based on the number of participants flying in that class. For example if there are only 3 participants in the class, the winner would receive three points for the win that day in lieu of five points. Second place would receive 2 points, etc. "

MASTERS CLASS Revision "G"

Added the following to the opening paragraph, "In addition to the above, a person in good standing in the NWSS may be nominated for Masters Class by any NWSS member.  The nominator should put together a data package that shows that the nominee has shown competence in the categories of Competition, Leadership and Technical and submit it to the NWSS Board of Directors for the nominee's consideration to be awarded the status of Masters Class. "

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