F3J Team Selection Rules and Processes
Team Selection will be hosted by the Soaring League of North Texas (SLNT) over
Labor Day weekend September 5-6-7. The field will be available Friday the 4th
at 7:00AM for winch testing and practice. The field is not available prior to
this time. The field is located West of Greenville, TX which is approximately
35 miles East of Dallas on Interstate 30. Greenville is easily accessed from
either DFW or Dallas Love field. Greenville has most major hotel and
restaurant chains, those on the West side of Greenville on I-30 are within 5
minutes of the field. Lane assignment for all 3 days of competition will be
randomly drawn and available on arrival at the field. You may leave your
equipment on the field if you wish. No security will be available but we have
never had a problem, your call. Tent or car camping is allowed, no open
fires. Cold water will be available on the field. It will be “warm” so be
prepared with hats, sunscreen, and shade. Access to the flying site is from
the intersection of Monty-Stratton Parkway and I-30. Drive west on the I-30
north side service road approximately ¼ mile, turn right into sod/grass farm
and follow SLNT yellow signs. Bring appropriate food for your lunch needs as
we will not break for lunch.
following clarifications/interpretations/processes will be implemented for Team
- A pilot’s meeting will occur at
4:00PM at the CD tent Friday September 4 at the field. One member from
each team is required, preferably your designated TM, but all are
welcome. I am available by phone or email prior to the event to address
- A short, informal pilot meeting will
be at the CD tent Saturday morning between 7:30 and 7:45 to address any
last minute questions.
- First flight 8:00AM.
- Teams should be set up on their
assigned lanes prior to 7:45AM. We WILL start the prep time at
8:00AM.. This applies to all 3 days.
- The last round for Saturday and
Sunday will not be started after 5:00PM. The last round on Monday will
not be started after 3:00PM.
- Lanes will be assigned randomly
before the event.
- There will be one throw out round
applied after six complete 10 minute rounds have been flown. There will be
a second throw out round applied for 15 minute flights after 5 complete 15
minute rounds. If there are less than five 15 minute rounds completed,
and more than 5 rounds complete overall, there will be a single throw out
for the complete contest.
- All other F3J rules shall be in
- The official timer for a team is one
of the pilot’s designated callers. CD will assign a line judge for a
minimum of 2, and a maximum of 3 launch lanes to judge early launches and
- Timer error is NOT grounds for a
reflight. It is recommended that a backup watch be started by the pilot’s
other caller or other helper on the team. If a failure of the primary
watch occurs, the backup watch time should be used as the official flight
time. A timing error without a backup is considered a zero!
- The current FAI rules regarding line
crosses and cuts during launch will be followed. Crossed lines on the
ground prior to a launch WILL be considered as a hindrance and cause for
reflight, but only if the lines are crossed when the pilot is hooked up
and ready to launch, and the CD or his designated line judge is notified
immediately. Cut lines during a launch will be considered a cause for a
reflight provided the cut was witnessed and / or brought to the immediate
attention of a contest official and the contestant did not waive his right
to a reflight by continuing with his launch and/or flight. Airplane
collision with another competitor's line is cause for reflight. Pilot
airplane collision with another competitor’s line is cause for reflight if
observed by a contest official. Crossing of lines without a cut is NOT
cause for reflight.
- If a pilot lands out of the landing
zone and chooses to refly, they must mark the spot of the resting place of
the nose of the plane before retrieving it for the next flight. If the
spot is NOT marked and the pilot chooses not to make the reflight, then
the round is ZEROED! This prevents pilots/helpers from retrieving planes
that may have landed outside the 75m landing requirement from obscuring
the actual landing spot and then not relaunching and expecting to get
their time from the initial flight. The pilot may leave the plane at its
resting spot and use an alternate for the next flight, or place a marker.
The CD will determine if a measurement is needed at the end of the round.
- The F3J reflight rule is modified as
follows. Application of the reflight rule as described in “220.127.116.11.
Neutralisation of a flight group” in a finals round will be applied to all
flight groups. Any reason for reflight granted within 30 seconds of
launch will result in the group being terminated immediately and the
reflight of the same group. Reflights granted outside of the 30
second window will be handled according to the current J-Tour reflight
- Flyers granted a reflight for any
reason after 30 seconds will be positioned in a flight group using the
- in an incomplete group, or in a
complete group on additional launching/landing spots; (note that if the
groups are full this will be unlikely.)
- if 1. is not achievable, then in a
new group of several (minimum 4) reflyers;Reflights from different rounds
may be grouped together at a convenient time.
- There will be no get out of jail
free cards. Pilots chosen to participate in the reflights are
participating as spoilers only. They will not get the better of their 2
scores. Pilots may choose not to participate in the reflight if chosen
and another pilot will be selected.
- F3X Events Scoring system use is
required. Each team requires at least one phone or mobile device that
is capable of browser internet access at the field. All pilots will be
sent an email with the web address of the scoring application and
instructions for use prior to the event. Each team is responsible for
entering their pilot's scores into the application on the phone by the end
of the round. This will transmit the scores electronically to the
scorekeeper who will verify that all the scores are entered, that all
overflights are recorded correctly and any safety penalties have been
assessed correctly. Once verified, the scorekeeper will close the round
and the standings will be computed. These standings are then immediately
available in the application on your phone. You will be able to see the
summarized standings and the details for all completed flights. The
organizer may decide to enter scores in the F3X System for pilots and in
this case printed scorecards must be issued, used, and signed by the pilot
to validate his score.
- One speaker for every 2 flight
stations shall be placed along the flight line - there should be no
appreciable delay in the sound to any team.
All flight announcement timing will
be backed up by a manual watch. In the event of a timing system
announcement failure after the launch signal, the signals will be
generated manually using the backup watch and the PA system by the CD. In
this case you will only get the 2 minute warning and the horn at the end
of the slot. If the PA system fails such that the launch, 2 minute warning
or end horn cannot be heard, we will refly the group.
Unsportsmanlike conduct will not be
tolerated. You need to follow both the letter and intent of the rules.
Intentional unsportsmanlike conduct will result in either the
disqualification of a flight or from the contest based on the gravity of
Safety Zones - The safety zones will
consist of the launch corridor, the Officials Tent, the pit/spectator
areas and the parking area. We are using the F3J style safety penalty
rule. Simply put, if your aircraft hits any object in the safety zone you
are penalized 300 points. If you hit a person anywhere, then you receive a
1000 point penalty. The one exception is that a helper that intends to
catch the aircraft for a relaunch is not considered a safety infraction
(whether he catches it or not). If he fails to catch it and hits someone
or something else, then it is a safety infraction. The catch must be
attempted outside the safety area. Penalties are permanent and cannot be
removed by a throw-out.
Prep Time -There will be a one minute
silent period at the end of each round to allow you to clear the landing
area. After the one minute silence the 4 minute prep time will begin. This
cycle will run continuously. Once the prep time starts it will not be
stopped unless the CD determines there is rightful cause.
Winches MUST have the turnarounds
staked at designated marks on the field. There will be a line on the field
as marker for the appropriate distance. F3B winches will be staked at 150
meters from the upwind launch corridor line.
Two F3B winches may be used with 150
meter length mono, with braided nylon line for the ground line.
- NOTE: THE BEGINNING OF ALL HORNS INDICATES
THE TIME! If you are landing, and not on the ground at the beginning of
the horn - then you are late! If you are launching and the plane leaves
your hand prior to the start of the horn - then you are early and must
land and relaunch.
- The braided nylon ground line should
have a minimum breaking strength of 290lbs.
- The turnaround positions will be
marked by the organizers. Not adhering to the proper turnaround location
or winch location will result in a zero flight.
- The winches will be positioned on the
upwind edge of the launch corridor at the designated launch station
- Batteries of any capacity may be
used. Regardless of the battery used the winch system must be in
compliance with the F3B winch testing rule: “The complete winch (battery,
cables, switch and motor) must have a total resistance of at least 23.0 milliohms.
ALL winches will be tested on practice day. The CD of the event may
call for a winch test for any competitor equipment at any time. If
the result of a test performed according to the F3B rules results in a
measurement less than 23.0 milliohms, the previous flight in that
lane will receive a zero score.
- Two winches will be allowed per
- All stakes/spikes/nails or similar
things that are punched into the ground MUST have orange flagging on them
to ensure removal. These things do bad things to the mowers and cutters,
and we don’t want to leave the field in poor condition with metal stakes.
- For the Team Select the landing
tape will be 1 inch wide white polyester tape 4 meters long in the
standard FAI increments. This tape will have a small brass
grommet and equally small spike in the grass. For those that
need a longer measurement an additional tape will be available to complete
any measurement over 4 meters.