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Chapter 10

Appendix 3. Electric R.T.P. Manoeuvres contest

Electric Round-the-Pole Manoeuvres Contest

General

This is a contest for any electric powered model, using a standard line length of 25ft. (Length can be adjusted to suit available conditions). This contest was devised around Pat March's "Voltswagon" (RTP.1105), but is suitable for most electric models capable of flying on these length lines. It is a contest which would depend on skills of the pilots, while performing several limited types of manoeuvres, and in his ability to produce a model capable of the different requirements of the contest.

The pilot to score the least number of points is the winner.

1. BALLOON BURSTING (OR SIMULATED ALTERNATlVE)

The pilot has an unlimited number of laps, in which to burst one balloon, after he has nominated his start. Each lap will score one point.

2. NOMINATED HEIGHT

The pilot will fix the adjustable height marker to the height he nominates, and will attempt to fly four consecutive laps after announcing the start with his wing tip level with the cenire graduation mark. This carries nil marks. There are three further graduation marks above, and below, the centre graduation, and for each one there is a penalty score of 5 points. If the pilot should miss the graduation altogether, he will score 20 points.

3. OVER AND UNDER

This will consist of six consecutive laps, after start nomination, in which the pilot will attempt to fly over a fixed pointer at 6ft., and under a fixed pointer at 3ft. in each lap, the pointers being diametrically opposite. 5 points are scored for each failure at each height.

4. SECTOR LANDING

The sector will be of an agreed size, and landing must commence and finish within these boundaries. One point will be scored for each foot of sector laken up in landing, measured from first boundary to centre of wheels. If touch down occurs before first boundary, a penalty of 20 points will be given, and each foot inside the boundary will count as 2 points. If model carries past last boundary. 2 points will he scored for each foot taken outside boundary.

5. SPEED RUN

This will consist of ten laps to be limed from pilot's nomination. Score one point for each second. The faster the run, the least number of points scored.

6. SLOW RUN

In an effort to score minimum points, the slower the flight the better, as the time taken in seconds is deducted from a nominal 60 seconds, and a point given for each second of the result. In this instance, points may be positive or negative, and will be added to, or deducted from, the progressive total for the flight.

7. TOUCH AND GO

Three attempts will be made, not necessarily in consecutive laps, and will take place in the landing sector used in section 4. 5 points will be scored for each failure.

8. SPOT LANDING

Using the "start" line as a marker, one point will be scored for each foot from this line when stopped. No throttle change will be allowed after touch down. Failure to stop will score a penalty of 25 points.

During the contest, the model must not touch down except where this is part of the manoeuvre. Any unauthorised touch down will score 2 points.

 
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