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Provisional HLG rules for NWSS Contests

 

  •     AMA rules will apply except as listed here, or designated in the contest flier.  Maximum wingspan is 1.5 meters, and will be checked at pilot's meeting. All flight times will be truncated. For example, a time of 27.99 seconds is scored as 27 seconds.
  •     All heats will be flown man-on-man and scores will be normalized to 1000 points for each group (i.e. there will be 2 or more flight groups per round, each flight group is normalized by only the pilots scores in their flight group).
  •     Pilots are responsible for knowing which groups they are in, and for being ready on time. Any pilot who does not fly in his or her assigned group, will automatically receive a zero score for that round.
  •     There is no restriction on the number of planes a pilot may fly during a round or the contest, provided all planes are on the assigned frequency.
  •     Pilot may have only one plane on the field at any one time. Backup planes must be stored outside field boundaries or in a designated "pits" area.
  •     All pilots must launch their own plane with the following exceptions: Junior (15 years of age or younger) and "disabled" pilots may have assistance in launching with the contest director's approval. "Disabled" pilots will be declared at the pilot's meeting.  Pilot and thrower must tag between plane touching the ground (or land-based object) and re-launch.  Throwers will be volunteers from the general pilot pool, and randomized by the CD to the extent possible from the existing volunteer pool.  Don't plan to bring a "ringer".
  •     Each pilot is limited to one person as a spotter/timer on the field at any time. ("Disabled" pilots may have their thrower and a spotter/timer).
  •     All launches must be made from within the field boundaries.  Upon landing, the plane must come to rest with the nose within field boundaries.  If the plane is caught by the pilot, the pilot must be standing with both feet within field boundaries in order for the flight time to count.  Field boundaries will be clearly defined at the pilots meeting.
  •     Flight time commences when the model leaves the hand, and ends when the model comes in contact with any land based object, including people, or at the end of the window time (end of the final buzzer). Times will be truncated, no rounding.
  •     Any launch made before the official launch buzzer starts will not count. If the contest director or the field judge says that the launch was made before the start of the buzzer the pilot must land immediately and re-launch.
  •     Mid-air collisions will receive no re-flight consideration. Pilots should observe "Blue Sky" rules.
    The "Blue Sky" rule is as follows: "Always keep blue sky between your plane and the other aircraft in the sky."  In this context the "Blue Sky" rule is an admonition that, if you fail to keep blue sky (airspace) between your plane and other planes, any consequences are your responsibility or fault.
  •     Transmitter impound is at the discretion of the CD.  If there is no impound, pilots are responsible to follow CD's rules concerning frequency control.
  •     Each pilot is responsible for the accuracy of his or her own score cards. The contents of the score cards as handed in are final. "Over-perfect" scores will receive a zero score. Score card forms will be provided to all pilots.  Your score for each heat must be turned in to the official scorekeepers at the conclusion of each heat.  Scores will be tabulated at the conclusion of each round. 
  •     Each day of NWSS-HLG competition should be scheduled for at least 6 rounds of flying.  Tasks should be published by the CD's as part of the contest flier (including how many rounds are planned to be flown for each day).  If a contest is interrupted by weather (or some other unforeseen circumstance) a minimum of 3 full rounds must be flown for the day to qualify for NWSS season points. "Fly-off" rounds (i.e. rounds that do not include all pilots) will not count towards NWSS season points.
  •     Anyone can participate in a NWSS-HLG contest, but only NWSS members will accumulate points for NWSS season points. The top scoring NWSS member for each day will earn 100 points and all other NWSS members will earn a percentage of that.
  •     Warm-up and test flights will only be allowed between heats
  •     The "Zero Tolerance" rule will be strictly enforced.  This rule states "any pilot who hit another pilot, timer, or other individual while launching shall receive a zero score for that round.
  •     Any NWSS HLG contests held on or after the weekend of the annual NWSS banquet will count towards the season points for the following year.
  •     A pilot's top 5 days will be used to determine his or her hand launch season points for 2005

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