FPV Racing is new, and the rules become ever evolving. This is our start of our Rules and Regulations.
Official Rules and Regulations are as posted at each race.
RULES AND REGULATIONS
FPV Racing Events and Today’s Race Director want to ensure a SAFE and Fun Experience.
All participants and spectators must be aware of and adhere to the following regulations for RACEDAY.
- Do Not Enter the Racing area (rope lines/netting) until the Heat/Race has expired.
Entering the Racing Area without permission of the Race Director or their designate will result in immediate disqualification.
- Course will only be open between heats for less than 3 minutes.
- Be Aware of All Restrooms and Fire Extinguishers.
- Do not fly or power-up any object to be controlled remotely without approval from the Race Director.
Hovering in the pits (with VTX Disconnected or in Pit-Mode) must be done safely, and not exceeding a 5′ distance from the Pilot and 5′ distance from the ground.
- Do not enter the Flight Line unless it is your time to race, prepare to stage (mount any provided equipment the race prior to yours) or spot.
Only registered pilots or their designated spotters may enter the Flight Line during these time-frames.
- If you are injured, please immediately bring it to the attention of the Race Director.
Classes may include some or all of the following designations.
- 4″ Props (Micros Class)
- 5″ Props / 220mm Minimum Wheelspan (250 Spec Class)
- 5″ Props / no restriction (Race Spec)
- 4S / no restriction (4S Open)
- Open (Run What You Bring)
- Beginners (All MultiRotors Welcome)
Beginners: this class is designed for new racers
- Racers in Beginners: can not have had a podium finish in (top-3) in the previous season at a grand scale event including Beginner
- Racers in Beginners: will be immediately removed should they qualify in an A-main of a race (top-7) including the race they are at, if it is the top one-third of all entries in that class (i.e. top-7 of 21), in a non-beginners class.
- Racers may move themselves up at their own discretion, though they may also be moved at the discretion of management
- Pit Preference is awarded on a first-come, first serve basis
- ANY VTX BROADCASTING OFF THE TRACK FROM THE START OF REGISTRATION UNTIL PODIUM AWARDS IS NOT PERMITTED.
- ANY DAMAGE CAUSED TO A “LOST” CRAFT OR CAUSED BY THAT CRAFT WILL BE THE LIABILITY OF THE PERSON NOT ADHERING TO THE ABOVE RULE. (ALL CRAFT ARE TO USE ASSIGNED CHANNELS ONLY, AT THE SCHEDULED TIME/HEAT.)
- Intermittent opportunities between sessions/heats/mains may be available for rapid testing of your VTX. This is to be requested of the Flight Line Director, who will provide a test VTX and permission, once the Race Director has been notified.
- Ensure that your failsafe mode is “down”, not “hover”.
- Be Knowledgeable and READY! Be next to the Flight Line the race BEFORE YOURS for VTX/Transponder mounting and staging. Once your race is called to the grid, you will forfeit your heat if you are not able to proceed with the scheduled heat.
- As the race before yours is staging and running, place any provided equipment (VTX and Transponder) on your craft and place your craft on your staging area.
- Be gentle with all provided equipment (VTX/Transponder). Damage results in liability for replacement.
- All pilots will be allowed to use their own VTX as long as it does not exceed the power rating (i.e. 25mW or 200mW) and is compatible with all assigned channels (i.e. RaceBand). Exceeding the power rating results in immediate removal from the premises.
- You will be assigned a NUMBER before your session/heat/race. This correlates to VTX Channel (and possibly the Transponder provided by Race Management).
- You may be directed to carry your craft through the Finish Gate to check-in transponder. This will be as your heat is called to the Grid.
- DO NOT POWER UP VIDEO UNTIL DIRECTED BY FLIGHT LINE DIRECTOR OR RACE DIRECTOR. THIS WILL BE IMMEDIATELY BEFORE YOUR RACE.
- Place your craft on the take-off zone when directed. Power up video on the take-off zone only. Go to assigned position in Flight Line.
- Bump Boxes may be used, but must not exceed 5″ off of the deck at its highest point, and may not be angled greater than 25* degrees, unless provided by management.
- Tone starts will be in place.
- Do Not Do Extra Laps. Do not “freestyle” above spectators or other pilots.
- Do not fly your craft anywhere but on the race track or designated line of site flying areas.
- A 60′ Ceiling is in place. Do not exceed it. Failure to do so will result in Disqualification.
- Keep your LiPo in a LiPo Sack if under cover or indoors. Failure to do so will result in Disqualification.
- Missed gates result in loss of lap should you not return and successfully re-attempt on that lap.
- Do not enter the raceway following the start of the race, unless approved by the Flight Line Director or Race Director.
- Once you are done racing and the race is over, retrieve your craft, gently remove any leased or loaned VTX/Transponder, and return to your assigned seat to spot the next race.
You will have 3 minutes or less to return to your seat. All Pilots are required to Spot. Failure to do so will result in penalties.
- Proper sportsmanship and conduct is to be exemplified. Examples of poor conduct would include, but are not limited to: affecting another Pilot’s Race or Equipment by speech or any sort of tampering or aggressive behaviour.
- Penalties – First Time May Be a Warning unless stated otherwise, 2nd: Lose your fastest qualifier / podium placing, 3rd: Exit
- No harassment of officials, pilots, sponsors or spectators will be tolerated.
- “Goggles down, thumbs up.” – command to prepare for start. Verify video clarity and immediately mention any issues.
- “Pilots, Arm Your Quads.” – standby for start tone warning.
- “On the tone in less than 5” – command prior to a tone start.
- “3, 2, 1, Go” – in lieu of a tone start
- “Stop, Drop or Hover” – immediately cease forward direction. Save your craft as best as possible.
TIMING AND SCORING:
- A VTX timing System will be in place to measure lap times.
- Spotters are to track missed gates, to be recorded as full-lap penalties before results are final.
- If a Racer is fouled due to reasons outside of their control (lost video due to another craft not on the track, crashed into at the start of a race, major scoring discrepancy, etc.) the Flight Line Director and/or Race Director may offer a Re-Race.
- If a race is started and was not deemed clean or fair (i.e. lost video for a number of racers, object on the track, etc.), a Re-Start may be called by the Race Director.
- Re-Starts will either happen right away, only following a majority vote of the racers in that heat, or as late as possible in the program (i.e. the end of the round, or immediately before the next-higher main).
- Re-Races will be run at the end of the round. In Practice or Qualifying, these may be all classes combined.
Regional Event Rules
- Events must be posted up to event calendar for the community to see at least 1 week before event day.
- Group heads will confirm point allocation from event to be posted onto the FPV Scotland scoreboard.
- Maximum of 4 events per group can be held.
- Pilots can only score points from their registered group.
- Regional points will go onto regional scoreboard.
Top 2 scoring pilots from each regional group pre-qualify for the Sunday knockouts as well as the next top 2 pilots from SDRL leader board.
Regional events can be run anyway the regional groups see fit, as long as everyone agrees on the format. The regional group head will feedback the points to the SDRL scoreboard.
Regional event points
1st – 8 pts
2nd – 7 pts
3rd – 6 pts
4th – 5 pts
8th – 1 pts
Turn up – 1pts
Main Event Scoring:
Everyone who attends SDRL main events will score points on main SDRL scoreboard. This provides another avenue to qualify for Sunday’s finals out with any regional qualifiers.
1st – 16 pts
2nd – 15 pts
3rd – 14 pts
4th – 13 pts
16th – 1 pts
Turn up – 2pts
Saturday/Sunday morning will be an open qualifier where the top 10-14 pilots proceed to the Sunday final to join the pre-qualified guys. This will give us the top 2 regional pilots, the top 2 leader board pilots and the best pilots from the day. These pilots will then be seeded into groups of 6 and go head to head through a series of knockouts. We will run semi’s/quarters 2-3 times to mitigate 1 mistake and your out scenarios. The top 6 pilots will then race in the SDRL 2018 final.
3 Ways to Qualify for the Sunday knockouts
Be 1st or 2nd in your regional group.
Be at the top of the SDRL leader board (1st or 2nd)
Be the best on the Saturday of qualifying.