Rules Rookie competition.


Free flight Rookie  model airplane powered by a capacitor / electric motor combination with fixed propeller and in which lift is generated by aerodynamic forces on surfaces fixed in all flight phases.

The competition is divided into two main competitions; Outdoor and Indoor! For both all the rules are exactly the same, only difference is that there are two rankings with times for indoor and outdoor times.

-Technical specifications.

  • Standard Rookie kit.
  • Capacitor: 5F 2.7V.
  • Power supply: 3 AA batteries, 4.5 V. Lipo’s or other types of batteries are not allowed.
  • Maximum propeller size: standard propeller as provided in the kit.

-Number of flights.
Each competitor may make an unlimited number of flights of which the best time counts for the classification.

–Definition of an official flight.
Time flown during a flight that has been recorded and timed by an adult in which the competitor  has launched the Rookie him or herself from the ground.

-Definition of an unofficial flight.
Timer errors.

-Maximum flight time.
There is no maximum flight time.

The best time flown counts in the final classification of that season. In case of equal results, there will be multiple winners.

- Timing
Times are rounded up to whole seconds.
The flight must be supervised or clocked by an adult.
The official flight time starts when the Rookie is released by the competitor.

The official flight time ends;
When the Rookie hits the ground.
When the Rookie remains motionless for 3 seconds or more. For example when it is stuck in a tree, or when flying indoors, when it is in the volleyball-net.
When the Rookie has disappeared from view of the TIMER.
If a competitor  cannot find his or her Rookie, but the flight has been timed and flown under adult supervision, then it is a valid time for classification.
It is allowed to run after the Rookie to keep it in sight, then the time will continue and hopefully the timer will too.

-Number of attempts.
Any attempt to fly for a valid time may be repeated in the same season.

- Number of helpers.
At least 1 adult as a helper / timer is required.
The helper or helpers may or may do anything other than launch the Rookie.

-Launch the Rookie.
The Rookie is launched by hand, with the participant standing on the ground.
Any "jump launches" are allowed.

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