The big news is that for all VFSAA scale competitions there will be a separate class for ARF scale models. The ARF models will be required to fly the normal FAI pattern but will not be subject to any static judging and the Builder of the Model rule will not apply.
The ARF class will be held at all Sportscale competitions, State Championship and VFSAA Trophy events.
Static scores will be required for all Scale competitions except for Flying only categories.
If a model has not yet been static scored by the VFSAA, the association can be contacted prior to the event to arrange for static judges to be made available on the day of the event.
All scale flyers are invited to this event – it is not necessary to be a member of the VFSAA to enter. If you have never flown in a scale competition, give it a go. You will be surprised at how friendly and enjoyable it can be.
Please check with this website on the Competitions & Events page for the current calendar.
We hope to see you at some of our competitions this year.
FAI Rules can be found Here
WHAT HAPPENS AT A SCALE COMPETITION?
Entry to a Flying only competition requires no ‘Proof of Scale’ documentation or ‘static judging’ therefore ARF’s and planes not built by the owner can enter.
Eligility requirements are:
- A pilot must be current member of the MAAA (for insurance purposes)
- The model is a replica of a person carrying heavier-than-air aircraft but not a helicopter or rotor driven type.
- Maximum weight is 25 kg.
- Motive power may be internal combustion engine/s, ducted fans and jet turbines. Electric power is accepted subject to the limitations of the MAAA Rules regarding battery capacity.
Flying schedule includes 4 mandatory manoeuvres:
- Take off.
- Figure eight
- Descending 360 degree Circle
- Approach & Landing
- Six (6) Optional manoeuvres (according to aerobatic or non-aerobatic plane type)
All models are judged for Realism in Flight based on:
- Engine Noise & Tuning
- Speed of the model
- Stability & Trimming
- Size of Figures
- Flight Elegance
- Choice of manoeuvres
For more info check out the pages of Flight Schedule
Optional manoeuvres manoeuvres for Aerobatic Aircraft include:- retract/extend landing gear, extend/retract flaps, dropping of bombs/fuel tanks, stall turn, immelman turn, loop, split S. cuban eight, 3 turn spin, roll, parachute, touch and go, overshoot, side slip, two functions as flown by the prototype, flight in a straight line with motor(s) throttled back (multi engine only), taxi, inverted flight and alternate landing approach.
Optional manoeuvres for Non Aerobatic Aircraft include:- chandelle, flight in a rectangular circuit, flight in a triangular circuit, flight in a straight line at 6 metres height, lazy eight, wingover.
In all events the manoeuvre is announced just prior to commencement by the pilot calling “NOW” and on completion calling “FINISHED”. Judges sit just behind the competitor parralled to and at a safe distance from the flight line. Take off and landings are allowed into the wind but any manoeuvre performed behind the judges line or over spectators scores a zero.
WHAT HAPPENS AT STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS & VFSAA TROPHY?
Entry to State Championship and VFSAA annual events for FAI and Large Scale, requires a minimum of a published color photo plus a 3-view showing front, side and plan of the plane modelled, or a sihouette plus 3 photos (eg: oldtimer where no drawings exist), Minimum wingspan (or fuselage length in the case of a modern jet fighter) in the 3-view is to be 255mm (10″). Static judging is performed during the event.
Note: At these two events, ARF models are welcome and are not required to be static judged therefore no documentation is needed.
Eligibility requirements are:
- The pilot must be a current member of the MAAA (for insurance purposes).
- The model is a replica of a person carrying heavier-than-air aircraft but not a helicopter of rotor driven type.
- Maximum weight is 25 kg.
- Motive may be internal combustion engine/s, ducted fans and jet turbines. Electric power is accepted subject to the limitations of the MAAA Rules regarding battery capacity.
- Builder/Flyer must be the same person.
- Documentation (as above) is required for static judging.
- Static Judging is from a distance of 5 metres from the model except for F4C where judges may approach closer to assess scale details.
Flying schedule is the same as above.
Flying Scale Aircraft at any level of competition can take you from ‘mystery’ to mastery’ and help you really enjoy this part of our hobby, all it takes is for you ‘to have a go’.
On another page we will look at how flying manouvres are best performed.