2018 F5J Team Selection Rules, Processes and Guidelines
Rules and Rules Interpretations
- 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
- The following interpretations
of the rules will be in effect:
- Working Times-Saturday
and Sunday will all be 10 minute working
times. Monday all flights will
have 15 minute working times.
- AMR 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
happens it is the pilot 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. e
- Launch Direction-Pilots must launch in the direction indicated by the
CD at 90 degrees to the launch
for 2 seconds. There will be a lane to indicate when 2 seconds has elapsed. Pilots
turning before the buzzer will be assessed a 100 point
penalty. Penalties are permanent and NOT dropped with a low score. buzzer
- 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
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.
- Plane Registration-All planes will be registered on Friday
afternoon. You are allowed 3 planes. The individual parts of
all planes will be stickered. Once registered you may only fly
planes that are comprised of stickered parts.
- 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.
- 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.
- Start of day’s flights. Be prepared for the start of the event, we
anticipate starting the prep time at 8:00AM.
- 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.
- Awards-Presentation of awards will occur immediately following
completion of the last round.
- Lane assignments. Lanes will be randomly assigned via the flight
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Timer Error- In the event of an error during a flight by an
official timer the pilot has 2 choices:
- Immediately request a reflight and immediately terminate the flight.
- Immediately continue the
flight by providing the official timer with a functioning backup watch.
- Providing the watch to the
official timer to continue the flight waives your right to a reflight for the timing error.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.