2018 F3J Team Selection Rules and Processes



The Team Selection will be hosted by a combination of Central and Northern CA clubs September 16-17-18, 2017.  The field will be available during the week prior to the event for winch testing and practice.  Sponsor: San Luis Obispo Flyers inc. ( SLO Flyers) and the Pismo Beach Soaring Association( PBSS)

Location: Historic Santa Margarita Ranch, Santa Margarita, California 93453

Staffing: 7-10 local and other California club members will be appointed to be line judges to oversee launching and landing compliance. They will also carry a watch for oversight timing purposes but will not be official timers. Additional staff will be on hand to facilitate the smooth running of the contest. Mike Wilson will be the winch test master.

Weather: Santa Margarita (zip 93453), California, gets 25 inches of rain per year. The US average is 39. Snowfall is 0 inches. The average US city gets 26 inches of snow per year. The number of days with any measurable precipitation is 28. On average, there are 286 sunny days per year in Santa Margarita (zip 93453), California. The September high is around 93 degrees. The January low is 31. Sperling's comfort index for Santa Margarita (zip 93453) is 83 out of 100, where a higher score indicates a more comfortable year-around climate. The US average for the comfort index is 54. Our index is based on the total number of days annually within the comfort range of 70-80 degrees, and we also applied a penalty for days of excessive humidity.

Equipment: All equipment necessary for scoring, sound, and tenting for the CD and score keeper will be provided by local clubs. F3XEvents interactive scoring system will be used for scoring. Each teamsí winches will be tested to FAI standards. Any battery may be used as long as winch/battery combo meets resistance requirements. Mike Wilson will be the winch test master. Line length will be checked and spot checked.

Field: The field is a 900 acre space with mown pasture grass. There are no no-fly zones. Contest director: Phil Reneau.

Accommodations: motels in Atascadero (6 miles), San Luis Obispo (8 miles), Paso Robles (15 miles) are the closest to the field. For coastal locations Pismo Beach (18 miles) Morro Bay (26 miles)

Camping at the field: Dry camping and RV parking are available at the field at no charge. Portable toilets will be provided. The organizers will be investigating RV units to be brought to the field for the weekend to be available for participants to rent.

Food: Arrangements will be made for local clubs or food wagons to serve at the field.

Airport locations: The San Luis Obispo regional airport is the closest airport (20 min) with connecting flights from/to San Francisco, Los Angeles, Denver and Phoenix. Los Angeles

International Airport is 3 1⁄2 hours drive from south and San Francisco 4 hours drive from north. Fresno Regional airport is 3 hours drive from east.


The following clarifications/interpretations/processes will be implemented for Team Selection:


  1. A pilotís meeting will occur at 4:00PM at the CD tent Friday September 15 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 your questions.
  2. 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.
  3.  First flight 8:00AM.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Lanes will be assigned randomly before the event.
  7. 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.
  8. All other F3J rules shall be in effect.
  9. The official timer for a team is one of the pilotís designated callers.  CD will assign a line judge to judge early launches and late landings.
  10. The use of cell phone video capture of a pilotís landing will be allowed and is recommended (but not mandatory). It may be introduced for immediate use by the landing judge/CD to finalize a decision. The judge/CDís decision is final; a protest is not applicable.
  11. Timer error is NOT grounds for a reflight. It is recommended that a backup watch be started by the pilotís 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!
  12. 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 competitorís line is cause for reflight if observed by a contest official. Crossing of lines without a cut is NOT cause for reflight.
  13. 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.
  14. The F3J reflight rule is modified as follows.  Application of the reflight rule as described in ď5.6.5.2. Neutralisation of a flight groupĒ 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 rules below.
    1. Flyers granted a reflight for any reason after 30 seconds will be positioned in a flight group using the following priorities:
    2. 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.)
    3. 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.
    4. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. Speakers for every flight stations shall be placed along the flight line - there should be no appreciable delay in the sound to any team.
  1. 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.
  2. 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 the conduct.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Two F3B winches may be used with 150 meter length mono, with braided nylon line for the ground line.
  1. The braided nylon ground line should have a minimum breaking strength of 290lbs.
  2. 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.
  3. The winches will be positioned on the upwind edge of the launch corridor at the designated launch station number.
  4. 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: ďThe 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.
  5. 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 donít want to leave the field in poor condition with metal stakes.