F3J Team Selects Contest 2013 Clarifications, Interpretations and Processes


Pilots must organize their own teams for the team selection! Organizers will not be placing unaffiliated pilots onto teams. If a pilot remains unaffiliated to a team at close of registration cut off which is 30 days before the start of the event, he will not automatically be assigned to a team, and his registration will not be accepted.  Note that you may use the team organization program on F3XEVENTS to arrange teams.  If you are open to teaming with anyone, then register as a PUBLIC team and anyone can join your team.  It is YOUR responsibility to contact other teams that may have open slots or other pilots that may want to fly with you.

Legal Battery rentals are $40 and must be specified and paid for at registration time. There is a place on the registration form to order batteries.

1. The following clarifications/interpretations/processes will be implemented at the 2013 F3J Team Selects Event: Location Ė Central Sod Field, 111th and Route 30, Plainfield, IL

2. The event will be conducted over 3 days in Plainfield IL - Aug 31, 2013 thru Sep. 2, 2013.

3. Models will be checked in at the field on August 30, Friday afternoon beginning 10:00AM until 5:00PM. Please make sure all models intended to be flown over the three days are submitted at that time for identification marking. As there are a lot of models to mark please do not delay in presenting your models.

4. Winches will be checked on August 30, Friday afternoon beginning 10:00AM until 5:00PM. All winches being used at the contest must have adjustable resistance for the purpose of calibration and must be tested by the organizers. Please have your winches available for testing at the field early in the afternoon.

5. The pilots meeting will be held at the field on Friday afternoon August 30 at 5:00pm sharp.

6. Another short pilotís meeting will occur on Saturday Aug 31 at 7:45am at the field. First flight at 8:00am. The am pilots meeting will be brief and used only for clarification questions and points the CD Bill Christian desires to make. The goal is to ask any clarification questions to the organizer robinmeek@gmail.com via email prior to the event.

7. Flight line and lanes will be setup on Friday 30th. Lanes will be chosen randomly prior to the event.

8. Teams must be set up on their assigned lanes prior to 8:00AM on Saturday 31st.

9. There will be no downsizing. This means no fly-off on Monday. All pilots will compete all three days.

10. There will be one throw out round applied after six complete 10 minute rounds have been flown. If there are at least 5 15 minute rounds completed there will be an additional throwout. One will apply for the 10 minute rounds and one will apply for the 15 minute rounds.

11. 10 minute rounds will be flown on day one and day two, with no rounds starting after 5:00pm. The goal is 5-6 rounds on each day.

12. 15 min rounds will be flown on day three - Monday, with no round starting after 2:00 pm.

13. All other FAI - F3J rules shall be in effect.

14. Official timers will be allocated for each team and these timers may change during the day. Each team must provide a working stop watch for official timers.

15. 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 re-flight, 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 re-flight 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 re-flight by continuing with his launch and/or flight. Airplane collision with another competitor's line is cause for re-flight. Pilot airplane collision with another competitorís line is cause for re-flight if observed by a contest official. Crossing of lines without a cut is NOT cause for re-flight.

16. If a pilot lands out of the landing zone and chooses to re-fly, 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 re-flight, 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 re-launching 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.

17. An early launch is considered an attempt. The pilot must immediately land and re-launch within the working time.

18. Pilots granted a re-flight for any reason will be positioned in a flight group using the following priorities:

a) In an incomplete group, or in a complete group on additional launching/landing spots; (note that the groups will be full so this will be unlikely.)

b) If this is not achievable, then in a new group of several (minimum 4) re-flyers;

c) If those were not achievable the original group(s) for the pilots will be re-flown.

19. Sound

a) We will have 1 speaker for every 2 flight stations placed along the flight line - there should be no appreciable delay in the sound to any team.

b) NOTE: THE BEGINNING OF ALL HORNS INDICATE 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 re-launch.

20. 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. 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 re-fly the group.

21. 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.

22. Safety Zones - The safety zones will consist of the launch corridor, the Officials Tent, the pit/spectator areas and the parking area.

a) Contact with an object within the defined safety area (including the launch corridor) will be penalized by deduction of 300 points from the competitorís final score.) Contact with a person within the defined safety area (including the launch corridor) will be penalized by deduction of 1000 points from the competitorís final score.

c) For each attempt only one penalty can be given, If a person is contacted within the defined safety area and during the same attempt an object is touched, the 1000 points penalty is applied.

e) Penalties shall be listed on the score sheet of the round in which the infringement(s) occurred.

f) If necessary the organizer may define a part of the airspace as safety space. In such a case he must appoint at least one official who observes the border (vertical plane) by a sighting device. This official must warn the pilot if his glider crosses the border. If the glider doesnít leave the safety space immediately a penalty of 300 points is given.

23. Prep Time - we will be trying to speed the contest up by reducing the prep time. We will be running a continuous loop of announcements. There is a 45 second delay at the end of a flight group, followed by a 2 minute prep time. (By running 2 minute prep times, we will get one complete extra round in per day.)

24. In accordance with FAI rules the pilot may have 3 helpers plus a TM. Any helper can perform any duty.

25. F3B winches will be used with monofilament air lines and braided ground lines with the turnarounds staked no further than 150 meters. (Please read the F3B Winches section below for details.) There will be a line with lane markers on the field to indicate appropriate turnaround position. Place the turnarounds in line with the lane numbers.

26. 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 for the IRKS Club members to deal with!

27. Lines may be checked, the CD may choose more checks at his discretion. Tow mono lines will be checked in-place using a 150 meter steel cable and a fishing scale marked with a 2kg pull. If a line measures long, the previous flight in that lane will be scored 0. If any lines seem abnormally long, the CD may ask that the line be measured.