FAI Free Flight World Cup Rules 2023

Note that there are no World Cup rule changes introduced this year.

1. Classes

The following separate classes are recognised for World Cup competition: F1A, F1B, F1C, F1D, F1E, F1Q, F1A Junior, F1B Junior, F1D Junior, F1P Junior, F1Q Junior and F1E Junior.

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, F1D Junior, F1E Junior, F1Q 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 event is registered on the FAI online application following the prescribed procedure and both the hosting cocuntry NAC and the organising country NAC indicate approval on the online application. The name of the organising country must beincluded in the title of the event.

4. Points Allocation

Points are allocated to competitors at each contest according to their placing in the results and the number of competitors beaten according to the following items:

a) The only competitors considered for the calculation of World Cup points are those who have recorded a time on at least one official flight during the competition. The number of these competitors is denoted by N and the place of an individual in this list is denoted by P.

b) Points are awarded only to competitors in the top half of the results list (if N is the number of competitors, then points are awarded only for places 1 to N/2, rounding up when necessary in calculating the N/2 place, denote this number by H).

c) The number of points awarded is 500 for the winner and linearly decreases to zero for the highest place competitor receiving no points. For the competitor in place P This is expressed by:

points = 500 * [ 1 - (P-1)/H ]

The points calculated are rounded up to the nearest whole number of points.

Additional points are awarded for the top three places subject to the requirement (b) to be in the top half of the results. Place 1 receives 75 extra points, place 2 receives 50 points and place 3 receives 25 points.

d) 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).

e) Each competitor awarded placing points is also eligible for one bonus point for each competitor they have beaten in the competition, but counting only the competitos with a flight time in round one of the competition. The number of people beaten by someone in place P is (N-P).

f) For F1A Junior, F1B Junior, F1D Junior, F1P Junior, F1Q Junior and F1E Junior points are awarded according to Junior classification.

g) If a junior competitor scores more World Cup points in an F1A, F1B, F1C, F1D, F1E or F1Q 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. World Cup Board

A Board of three persons shall be nominated by the CIAM Free Flight Subcommittee Chairman to rule on any issue concerning the implementation of World Cup rules during a year. Any such issue must be submitted in writing to the Free Flight Subcommittee Chairman. The World Cup Board is not entitled to deal with any kind of complaint or protest concerning a single competition, which must be considered by the FAI Jury for that competition.

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