2018 F5J Team Selection Rules, Processes and Guidelines

Rules and Rules Interpretations

  1. The event will be conducted in accordance with FAI rules.  Pilots are expected to know the rules.  You can review the rules here: http://www.f5j-usa.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/sc4_vol_f5_electric_18-2018-F5J-rules-only.pdf The following items are clarifications of the existing rules and enforcement.  Pilots are encouraged to ask any rules questions prior to the event or at the pilots meeting on Friday.
  2. The following interpretations of the rules will be in effect:
    1. Working Times-Saturday and Sunday will all be 10 minute working times.  Monday all flights will have 15 minute working times.
    2. AMRT Devices-The first time a pilot device does not record a start height for any reason (including a restart) a zero flight will be recorded per the written rules. If a device does not record a height a second time, then the device will be examined. If the device is an FAI approved device and firmware, then the score will be recorded as a zero flight and assumed to be a device malfunction or operator error (e.g .not resetting between flights). If the device is NOT an approved device and firmware, the pilot will be disqualified. The rationale is that the first time a device does not record a start height, it could be a number of reasons including device failure, forgetting to flash the s/w etc. When thate happens it is the pilot’s responsibility to have a working approved device in the aircraft and to make any changes necessary to comply with the intent of the rules. A second occurrence with an unapproved device indicates a blatant disregard for the rules and is thus subject to disqualification.
    3. Launch Direction-Pilots must launch in the direction indicated by the CD at 90 degrees to the launch linelane for 2 seconds.  There will be a tonebuzzer to indicate when 2 seconds has elapsed.  Pilots turning before the tonebuzzer will be assessed a 100 point penalty.  Penalties are permanent and NOT dropped with a low score.
    4. Landing Direction-Pilots must land from the direction indicated by the CD.  The landing direction is the same as the launch direction unless the CD announces differently.  Final landing direction will be made at the 2 minute mark and will not be changed after that.  The announcement will be the direction you are landing FROM! Example – if the launch is to the North then a landing in the same direction will be “from the South”. Pilots landing from the wrong direction will be assessed a 100 point penalty.  Landing points still count. An approach is judged to be from the wrong direction when:

1.    The final approach to landing is not within the 180 degree arc of the designated landing direction.

2.    If the pilot does not make the tape it is not considered an approach and no penalty is applied.

d.    Safety Corridor-The safety corridor is to remain free of all obstructions, including planes.  You make take an extra plane to the launch area but it must be placed outside of the corridor.



  1. Plane Registration-All planes will be registered on Friday afternoon.  You are allowed 3 planes. You cannot share planes with another pilot. The individual  parts of all planes will be stickered.  Once registered you may only fly planes that are comprised of stickered parts.
  2. Friday Pilot Meeting – A pilot meeting will be held at 5:00PM on Friday.  We will review the rules and answer any questions.  The flight matrix and scorecards will be passed out.
  3. Pilots meeting. A pilots meeting will occur at 7:30AM at the CD tent. The pilots meeting will be brief and used only for clarification questions and points the CD desires to make. The goal is to ask any clarification questions to the organizers via email prior to the event.
  4. Start of day’s flights. Be prepared for the start of the event, we anticipate starting the prep time at 8:00AM.
  5. End of day’s flights. We will not start a round after 5:00pm on Sat or Sun. We will not start a round after 2:15PM on Monday.
  6. Awards-Presentation of awards will occur immediately following completion of the last round.
  7. Lane assignments. Lanes will be randomly assigned via the flight matrix.
  8. Audio distribution system. One wireless audio speaker will be used for every 2 flight lanes and positioned along the flight line. With this method there should be no appreciable delay in the sound to any lane.
  9. BEGINNING OF HORN INDICATES THE MASTER CLOCK 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 your motor starts or if your plane leaves your hand prior to the beginning of the horn – then you are early.
  10. Timing system failures. The CD will run a backup watch for the window time. In the event of a timing system failure after the launch signal, the timing announcements will continue with manual announcements on the PA system.  It is to your advantage to keep your own window time if you so desire as the manual countdown will only provide the 2 minute mark (if the failure is before that, and the last 30 seconds.  In the event that the sound system fails and is not reestablished before the 2 minute mark – the group will be reflown.
  11. Timer Error- In the event of an error during a flight by an official timer the pilot has 2 choices:
    1. Immediately request a reflight and immediately terminate the flight.
    2. Immediately continue the flight by providing the official timer with a functioning backup watch.
      1. Providing the watch to the official timer to continue the flight waives your right to a reflight for the timing error.
  12. Flying in the wrong group. In the event that a pilot flies out of turn (in a group he is not assigned), he will receive zero score for the round unless he can fly in the proper group in the same round.  
  13. No altitude limiters or altitude telemetry allowed. Per FAI F5J rules you are not allowed to use any form of altitude cutoffs or altitude telemetry. The CD reserves the right to conduct spot checks for this during the event.
  14. Recording of Scores and Penalties. PILOTS are responsible for the accurate recording of all times, violations and penalties.  If a pilot commits a violation it is expected that the pilot will ensure the violation is recorded correctly even if the official timer did not see or notice the violation.  Contest officials will be monitoring the lanes and if a pilot fails to record a violation that the official observes, the flight may be recorded as a zero if the official considers it an egregious or intentional omission. If the actions are repeated it could result in disqualification.
  15. Unsportsmanlike conduct will not be tolerated. You need to follow both the letter and intent of the rules. Unsportsmanlike conduct will result in either the disqualification of a flight or ejection from the contest based on the gravity of the conduct.
  16. Safety Zones. The safety zones will consist of the launch corridor, the Officials/CD Tent, the pit/spectator areas and the parking area. Simply put, if your aircraft hits any object in the safety zone you are penalized 300 points. If you hit a person in a safety zone, then you receive a 1000 point penalty. Penalties are permanent and cannot be removed by a throw-out.
  17. Prep Time. Usually 6 minutes prep time with a 1-minute overfly count (total=7 mins) is used. Once the prep time starts it will not be stopped unless the CD determines there is rightful cause. Not being ready is not a valid reason.
  18. Leave field free of debris. 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.
  19. Procedure for protests.  Pilots may protest a CD decision or action. Protests must be submitted in writing within one hour of an infraction, accompanied by a $20 fee. If the protest is rejected, the fee will be deposited in the F5J team fund. The protest fee shall be returned to the protester if the protest is allowed to stand.  Protests will be adjudicated by a pre-appointed jury.  Jury members may be remote and contacted by phone for their decision.