FAI Free Flight World Cup Rules 2013

1. Classes

The following separate classes are recognised for World Cup competition: F1A, F1B, F1C, F1E, F1Q, F1A Junior, F1B Junior, F1P Junior and F1E Junior. In F1C events, F1P models may be flown to the F1P class rules alongside the F1C models and be included in the F1C World Cup (and also for F1P Junior for junior fliers).

2. Competitors

All competitors in the specified open international contests are eligible for the World Cup. Only Junior competitors are eligible for the F1A Junior, F1B Junior, F1E Junior and F1P Junior World Cup.

3. Contests

Contests included in the World Cup must appear on the FAI contest calendar and be run according to the FAI Sporting Code. The contests to be counted for a World Cup in one year are to be nominated at the CIAM Bureau meeting at the end of the preceding year and are to be indicated on the FAI contest calendar. A maximum of two contests may be selected for any European country. A maximum of three contests may be selected for countries outside Europe. A country may choose to fly a World Cup event at a flying site in another country provided that the organising country submits the FAI calendar registration for the event and the name of the organising country is included in the title of the event.

4. Points Allocation

Points are to be allocated to competitors at each contest according to their placing in the results as given in the table and the following items:

Placing  1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9  10  11  12  
Points  50  40  30  25  20  19  18  17  16  15  14  13   

Placing 13  14  15  16  17  18  19  20  21  22  23  24
Points  12  11  10   9   8   7   6   5   4   3   2   1 

Each competitor awarded placing points is eligible for a bonus according to the number of competitors they have beaten in the competition. The bonus points are calculated as 1 point per 10 people beaten in F1A, F1B or F1E, 1 point per 5 people in F1C, F1Q, F1A Junior, F1B Junior, F1P Junior and F1E Junior. The number of bonus points is rounded down to the nearest whole number. The number of people beaten by someone in place P is (N-P) with N the number of competitors defined in b) below.

a) Points are awarded only to competitors completing at least one flight in the contest.

b) Points are awarded only to competitors in the top half of the results list (if N is the number of competitors who completed at least one flight, then the points from the above table are awarded only for places 1 to N/2, rounding up when necessary in calculating the N/2 place).

c) In the event of a tie for any placing, the competitors with that placing will share the points which would have been awarded to the places covered had the tie been resolved (round up the score to the nearest whole number of points).

d) For F1A Junior, F1B Junior, F1P Junior and F1E Junior points are awarded according to Junior classification.

e) If a junior competitor scores more World Cup points in an F1A, F1B, F1C or F1E open classification than he would be awarded in the Junior World Cup from the junior classification, then his Junior World Cup points will be increased to the same as his open classification points.

5. Classification

The World Cup results are determined by considering the total number of points obtained by each competitor in the World Cup events. Each competitor may count the result of all competitions, except that:

a) a maximum of two competitions can be counted from events flown in the same country in Europe (according to the venue of the competition, irrespective of the organising country). The best two scores are taken if a competitor has scored in more than two events in one country.

b) a maximum of three competitions can be counted from events flown in the same country outside Europe (according to the venue of the competition, irrespective of the organising country). The best three scores are taken if a competitor has scored in more than three events in one country.

To determine the total score, up to four events may be counted, selecting each competitorís best results during the year.

In the event of a tie the winner will be determined according to the following scheme. The number of events counted will be increased from four, one at a time, until the winner is obtained. If this does not separate the tied competitors then the winner will be determined by considering the points obtained in the best four events multiplied by the number of competitors flying in each event. The winner is the one with the greatest total thus calculated.

6. Awards

The winner earns the title of Winner of the World Cup. Certificates, medals and trophies may be awarded by the Subcommittee as available.

7. Organisation

The Subcommittee shall be responsible for organising the World Cup and may nominate a responsible person or special subcommittee to administer the event.

8. Communications

The Free Flight Subcommittee should receive the results from each contest in the World Cup and then calculate and publish the current World Cup positions. These should be distributed to the news agencies and should also be available by payment of a subscription to any interested bodies or individuals. Latest results will also be sent to the organiser of each competition in the World Cup for display at the competition. Final results of the World Cup are to be sent also to the FAI, National Airsports Controls and the Aeromodelling press.

9. Responsibilities of Competition Organisers

Competition organisers must propose their event for inclusion in the World Cup when nominating events for the FAI International Sporting Calendar. The final selection of events from these proposals is made by the CIAM Bureau as defined in paragraph 3.

Immediately after the event, the competition organiser must send the results to the World Cup organiser, at least within one month as required in the Sporting Code B.5.4. Any failure to return results promptly will be reviewed by the CIAM Bureau when considering the competition calendar for the following year.

10. Jury

A Jury of three responsible people shall be nominated by the CIAM Free Flight Sub-committee to rule on any protest concerning the World Cup during a year. Any protest must be submitted in writing to the Free Flight Sub-committee Chairman and must be accompanied by a fee equivalent to 35 Euros. In the event of the Jury upholding the protest, the fee will be returned.

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