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  IS THE GIZMO PFW-95 FRONT END LEGAL FOR P-30?

After a 10 to 1 vote by the Free Flight Contest Board in favour of GizmoGeezer Products,
we can unofficially announce that the Gizmo Precision Freewheeler front end is
LEGAL for P-30 competition.
Our thanks to everyone who expressed their support of our position — directly to us,
among our colleagues, and to their area contest board reps.


 Statement: July '01...

     Our reluctance to comment on the controversy dealing with whether our Gizmo PFW-95 Precision Freewheeler Front End is legal for P-30 competition is motivated mainly by not wanting to appear to be self-serving, or to polarize the issue further. We do so now for two reasons. Many of our customers have asked for our opinion - and - we are very concerned about our company's business ethic as it relates to "truth in advertising".


 

       When we created GizmoGeezer Products, our goal was to supply free flight enthusiasts with contest-winning, high-quality, consistent and reasonably priced products and to do so with the best in customer service and technical support. We designed the Gizmo PFW-95 primarily for P-30 and advertised it for this application. Since our customers (many of whom are new to the hobby) trusted our advertising, we feel in part responsible for their disappointment if the Gizmo were to be banned from competition.

       The section of the P-30 rules that's at the crux of this debate is the part that relates to the propeller. Since our prop is molded plastic with a diameter no larger than 9.5 inches and our Front End is "commercially available," this part of the rule shouldn't be an issue. What some folks are attempting to do though, is extend the second part of the propeller rule, which deals with prop modifications, back to us as manufacturers.

       We believe that the INTENT of the prop rule is to prevent the EXCLUSIVE advantage that an experienced modeler might gain over the novice…. not to prevent entrepreneurs and manufacturers from developing new and better products for the free flight marketplace. We also believe that the SPIRIT of the rule is to encourage new free flight modelers to participate in competition with an entry-level rubber-powered model. We feel that the Gizmo Front End (which is reasonably priced and easily obtained) actually levels the playing field by giving the novice a Front End performance that is as good as any expert may obtain, in an event that even now has become very competitive and dominated mainly by experts.

       Another real concern is the negative precedent that might be set that would discourage companies like ours from investing the considerable money and time to develop new products, for what is already a meager marketplace.

      SO WHAT IS THE MAGIC THAT GIZMOGEEZER PRODUCTS DOES TO ITS PROPS THAT MAKE THEM WORK SO WELL AND CAUSE ALL THIS CONTROVERSY?
        Because of less-than-ideal molding and handling conditions, the lightweight, well-designed and reasonably priced props which we import for our Front End, have varying degrees of blade warp. The blades have warped to a much lower pitch than the mold design, and what makes things worse is that most have warped differentially. That is to say, one blade has a different pitch than the other, giving the prop various degrees of dynamic imbalance. Not good for performance and - worst of all - not consistent. One in twenty props seem to come without this warp, and our experience with the 8 inch props, which don't warp as badly, tells us that the original specifications for the pitch is approximately 1:1.25 P/D.

      The Magic We Do Simply Restores The Prop's Original Specifications By Removing The Warps
      Some folks have suggested that we just use the props the way we get them, thereby avoiding the rules issue. This would certainly be more profitable for us… but we believe it would be unethical to subject our valued customers to "luck of the draw" performance, instead of selling the best and most consistent product we can make.

Marcy and Orv

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