Contest Rules – F5J USA Tour

Recent updates:
12-20-2019 – Changes per the 2020 FAI rules release.
4-23-2019 – 2019 season changes based on FAI rule changes for 2020 season.

The F5J USA Tour is allowing certain deviations to the FAI rules. These deviations are designed to enhance safety and remove barriers to participation and will be allowed at all Tour events. Note that the Advisory Group will review the need for deviations every year based on pilot feedback and the effectiveness of the deviations.

1. FAI F5J Rules The contest rules for each Qualifying Event must follow the latest official FAI F5J rules (posted here) with the following deviations and changes:

1A.  FAI Rule Deviations – The following FAI rules deviations are in effect for all Tour events:

(a) Emergency motor restarts – Emergency motor restarts are allowed but will result in a zero flight score i.e. not a penalty (Note 1).

(b)  Altimeter hardware is allowed – Installation of altimeter hardware that enables reporting of a plane’s altitude is allowed but active reporting of altitude data must be disabled during Tour events.

(c) Launch delay before turning – For enhanced safety reasons launches must be straight forward for 3 seconds before turning. This has been in use in F5J USA Tour contests for 2018 and 2019.

(d) Launch location – As dictated by the CD the launch location will either be within 4 meters of the landing spot, or will be inside the Access Corridor within 2 meters of the lane indicator (flag). Zero flight score for violating.

Other FAI deviations will only be accepted if they are pre-approved by the Tour advisory group.

2. 2020 FAI rules highlights The following 2020 FAI rules are highlighted here to address common questions:

2A. Reflights – 5.5.11.6 (a) (iii) – A reflight is (also) awarded if the timekeeper fails to keep proper time as long as the pilot informs the timekeeper about the position of his plane within a reasonable time before landing. Re-flights due to timekeeper failures/errors were always allowed; this rule change now clarifies the conditions under which such a re-flight can be claimed.

2B. Launch location – 5.5.11.10 (d) – The model must be launched in the Access Corridor and within 2 meters of the lane marker, usually a flag; a zero flight is given if this launch position is violated. Alternate Tour rule deviation: If dictated by the CD launches can instead be done within 4 meters of the landing spot.

2C. Landing direction – 5.5.11.11 (b) – Landing approach direction can be chosen by pilots on each flight, or, at the discretion of the CD, the landing direction may still be declared by the CD.

2D. Stability systems and airborne sensors – 5.5.11.1.1 – The use of stability systems, gyros, or airborne sensors that could be used to actuate control surfaces are prohibited.

3. Rules deviations in announcements – Any additional FAI rules deviations that are not defined above must be clearly identified in the RC Groups and/or email contest announcements.

4. Safety – If field layout prevents an Access Corridor (safety lane) from being laid out then the CD must clearly explain the walking path(s) that pilots should take to the flight line.

5. Sportsmanship – The F5J USA Tour Advisory Group reserves the right to sanction or ban any pilot who demonstrates poor online or on-field sportsmanship.

Note 1: This deviation is allowed for enhanced safety reasons.