NATIONAL FUN FLY RULES
(rule changes made February 2013 marked in bold)
Run under the auspices of SAMAA
added to or removed from the aircraft e.g. wings may not be removed or extra weight added to suit certain events.
than 20% heavier than the lightest.
into wind. Some events may not have a judged or timed landing but these must still be on the
runway and within 90 degrees of the correct direction.
change in conditions the judges may, at their discretion, change the runway or take-off and landing direction to be used during one event.
that. A fast landing and then careering off the tarmac onto the surrounding grass or dirt will score a ZERO or be penalised as described in the event rules.
pilot deliberately pushes in a marked down elevator command, which crashes the model onto the tarmac or target. If, as a result there is any obvious damage which renders the aircraft immediately unflyable (damaged structure, covering torn, broken propeller or any detached components like wheels or tank) then the landing shall be considered a tactical crash. The pilot will score ZERO for the event.
flown manoeuvres, their decision is final.
time. In the event of one judge failing to time or his watch failing or the times of the judges differing by more than 3 seconds, then a refly will be permitted if requested by the pilot. Otherwise the judges will determine which time to record. The judges must confer and reach a unanimous decision. If all the competitors and judges agree, individual judges may time certain events alone to speed up the competition.
agree on the measurement.
then the judges will confer and be unanimous in their decision as to the number of manoeuvres and the sequence flown. In the event of a difference, the chief judge’s ruling will take precedence. Competitors can ask the judges to inform them during the flight how many manoeuvres they have seen to have been completed. Judges must not instruct the pilots how to fly a manoeuvre during the competition events.
defined at the particular flying field. He will inform the judges immediately if any aircraft enters the demarcated zones and judging/timing etc will cease from that moment. If the event/task has not been completed the pilot will score a ZERO.
in the event rules, he must not help time any event for the pilot or use a watch or any device with a bleeper etc to aid any times. Disqualification of the pilot from the competition will result if any outside help is used, be it intentional or unintentional.
will be disabled before the competition starts, or if disabling is not possible, then the transmitter will have the display covered during the critical pilot only timed events. Any bleeps from transmitters will render the pilot liable for disqualification.
If a pilot thinks he can improve on his score for an event during the competition, then he may inform the judges that he will be using his wildcard and he will be given a re-flight sometime during the event. He must inform the judges no later than the end of the flight following his own. He may not see the scores recorded by any other pilot before making his decision. The re-flight score will count whether it is better or worse than the original score.
The first place competitor will get 100 points. The other competitors will then get a percentage based on their time, distance or number of manoeuvres etc compared to the winner’s performance, i.e. scores will be normalised, with a minimum score of 10 points and with ZERO being used for pilots outside limits, flying into No Fly Zones, disqualification etc. A points bonus may be awarded for certain criteria in certain events. A pilot’s time, distance, score etc will be made known to him on request immediately after his flight, but only his personal score. Other pilots’ scores will not be made known to the enquiring pilot.
concerned. A protest fee of R500 must accompany the protest. Three persons not directly involved in the event will adjudicate the protest. If the protest is upheld the fee will be returned. If not it will be paid into NMFFA funds.