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,
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.
WHAT IS THE MAGIC THAT GIZMOGEEZER PRODUCTS DOES TO ITS PROPS THAT MAKE
THEM WORK SO WELL AND CAUSE ALL THIS CONTROVERSY?
Magic We Do Simply Restores The Prop's Original Specifications By Removing
Marcy and Orv