>The idea all along was to make it effective 30 days after publication, which
>I guess is the date it leaves the printer. That was about (don't know
>exactly) 19 July. I didn't get them until a week later due to local snags,
>but we drop-shipped a bunch to eager event organizers, so lets call the first
>public access date 22 July, meaning it's effective on or about 22 august. As
>a practical matter, Boston SKC was the first sanctioned event after the
>book's release; Marty could say whether it was used or not. I'd guess not.
>But NYSKC will use it on 22 Aug.
BASKC didn't use the third edition. We felt that it would be unfair
since it was so close to the publication date. New York will use it
this weekend. In fact, there is going to be a meeting (I think that it
is at 7:00) to discuss the rule changes and how they will affect
There are lots of small changes, but the biggest changes (my opinion,
of course) are the league style precision events, and the assessment
of standard deductions and penalties.
League style flying is where 4 figures are designated. The flyer must
fly the 4 figures as drawn, in the order presented, with transition
moves between the figures. Each of the figures is scored from 0 to 10
and account for 20% (each) of the total score. The transition moves
are considered together and account for 20% of the total.
The section on standard deductions and penalties is a step towards
more uniform judging. Ranges of deductions are set forth for
unintentional ground touches and various forms of crashes as well as
"improper endings". I think that it will take a while for judges to
get used to these penalties, on first glance they seem overly complex,
but in the end the sport will benefit from this.
>I'm sure that the book will be reproduced in other countries. I'm not so
>sure that this is an appropriate thing to distribute via rec.kites. There
>are 30 pages of rules, 25 pages of diagrams, and another 20 pages of
>appendices. Assuming I had the disk, which I don't, it would take God knows
>how long to upload it, assuming I wanted to spend my evenings that way.
>Seems cheaper and easier to mail you a copy for $5.00 member, $7.50
>nonmember, plus $2.00 overseas postage. (commercial not intended.) Let me
>know. MC/Visa is best.
One of the things that Electronic opportunities is working on are
standards for publication. If we can set forth guidelines for how to
do publications (suggested formats for text and graphics for
instance), making the transition to electronic publication will be
technically easy. Publications could reside on an AKA BBS or on an FTP
For now, I agree with Brooks, the fastest way is to order from the AKA
or buy the rule book from an event or a kite shop.
Marty Sasaki Harvard University Sasaki Kite Fabrications
617-496-4320 10 Ware Street Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
Cambridge, MA 02138-4002 phone/fax: 617-522-8546