NATIONAL FUN FLY RULES

(rule changes made February 2013 marked in bold)

Run under the auspices of SAMAA

  1. There will be an entry fee of R250 per pilot at the Masters and R40 per pilot at each of the Postal Rounds
  2. There will be up to ten events flown on Day One and up to five events on Day 2 of the Masters. Each Postal Round will consist of six events.
  3. Three independent non-flying judges/officials will be present throughout the events. They will time, count and record all scores on the official scoresheets provided. Additional assistants may be co-opted as required as line judges etc.
  4. No prior notification of events, which will be flown at the 3 Postal Rounds or at the Masters will be given. Typical events will be similar to those flown during the 3 Postal Rounds in 2011 and 2012, or will be similar to the events flown at the Fun Fly Masters at 2011 and 2012.
  5. The rules of the events are given to the judges in sealed envelopes. The judges will open the envelopes on the day of the event. The judges may change the order in which the events are flown, taking into account the flying conditions. The judges will read out the rules for each event immediately before the event is flown.
  6. All aircraft will be of fixed wing type. A competitor may have TWO aircraft. One aircraft MUST be the primary for use during the competition. The other is a back up and may only be used if the primary aircraft is damaged. The damaged aircraft may be repaired, but must be scrutinised by the judges and CD before being pronounced fit to fly. An aircraft may be shared between competitors, but if it sustains any structural damage, then all the pilots using that aircraft MUST use the same back up aircraft.
  7. Sportsman Class models must be a sport model in accordance with the rules published on the SAMAA website. Wing loading greater than 15ozs/square foot (4. 8kgs/square metre)  -- Example: 1500mm wingspan x 300mm average wing width must weigh 2.16kgs minimum with full tank of fuel or battery fitted if electric -- and a maximum wing thickness of 18% -- Example: average wing width including ailerons is 300mm then wing thickness must be a maximum of 54mm. Maximum aileron & elevator width is 55mm. No flaperons or aileron to elevator mixing and no brakes etc. Two aileron servos may be used.
  8. If a model is measured and found to be outside these limits, it may still be used if all the competing pilots agree. If it is not agreed the pilot will have to fly in the Open Class.
  9. Other than fuel, batteries and parts that may be replaced during the repairs, nothing may be      

added to or removed from the aircraft e.g. wings may not be removed or extra weight added to suit certain events.

  1. If more than one battery is used during the competition, the heaviest battery must be no more

than 20% heavier than the lightest.

  1. All take-off and landings in any one event must be in one direction, and on the runway, normally

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.

  1. The runway to be used for each event will be determined by the judges. In the case of a drastic

change in conditions the judges may, at their discretion, change the runway or take-off and landing direction to be used during one event.

  1. In the event of a specified landing with stopping on the runway, then the aircraft must do just

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.

  1. Tactical crashes are not permitted under any circumstances. A tactical crash is defined as when a

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.

  1. All manoeuvres MUST be recognisable in the opinion of the judges, and in the case of poorly

flown manoeuvres, their decision is final.

  1. In the case of timed events, the stopwatch times of the judges will be averaged for the final score

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.

  1. In the case of measured distances at least two judges should measure the distance together and

agree on the measurement.

  1. Where an event calls for a number of manoeuvres to be flown in a certain time and sequence

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.

  1. A line judge may be nominated to check for aircraft straying into the No Fly Zone(s) as

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.

  1. A pilot may have a caller but the caller may only call manoeuvres. Unless otherwise specified

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.    

  1. Most modern transmitters have visual and audible timers built in. The visual and audible timers

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.

  1. A “wildcard” is given to every pilot to use once each during the Masters competition.

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.

  1. Scoring will be done, separately for Open Class and for Sportsman Class, as follows: -

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.

  1. A competitor may enter a protest in writing to the CD, no later than 30 minutes after the events

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.