Types of Competition
"HOW TO" Video series (courtesy of RCSoaring.co.nz)
There are a great variety of competitions within soaring, both
thermal, slope and electric. All the thermal and electric events,
include some element of duration task i.e. staying up for as long as
possible within a predetermined time frame. Other events involve
speed , distance and scale sections.
||A duration event with a measured, scored
landing. Flown man on man with scores normalised. i.e. best
time gets 100, everyone les getting a percentage based on
their time in relation to the winners.Flown over matrixed
rounds to ensure no one flies against the same people too
often. World Championship event.
||A duration event, flown man on man with
scores normalised and matrixed rounds. Models of 100" or
less, with 3 functions. (rudder, elevator and
airbrakes/spoilers) Used as an entry level class.
||Involves duration, speed and distance
tasks. Specialised event with small entry. First World
Championship event recognised by CIAM.
||A racing class, flown one at a time.
Fastest time for 10 laps of a 100m course set up on the lip
of the slope. Normalised scores.
|60" EPP Pylon Racing.
||A racing class, flown with 60" models
made from EPP foam(almost indestructible). Flown over 70m
course on slope with 3-5 planes at a time. first over the
line wins and progresses to he next round. Very close,
exciting racing with frequent mid air collisions, hence the
||Slope & Thermal
||Scale models of real gliders and
sailplanes, marked for accuracy and then having to complete
a qualifying flight set by organisers.
||Fastest time around a set course (often a
couple of miles long ). Course also has waypoints at which
gliders has to complete a set task e.g. low pass, 2
clockwise turns. Fastest time or furthest round the course
||A duration event, with limited motor run
time for launch. Scored as for 100s
||As for F3B,, but using electric motor for
||Proposed class for hand launch glider,
DLG & HLG (see DLG/HLG flying page) or visit
The F3k Website
This is a very basic introduction to the competition classes and
anyone interested should seek further information from one of the
bodies in the LINKS page, e.g BMFA