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Prize Purse Stipulations

Total Breakdown
Pilots Prize Purse 1st 2nd 3rd
20-39 $3,000 $1,500 $1,000 $500
40-59 $5,000 $2,500 $1,500 $1,000
60-74 $6,000 $3,000 $2,000 $1,000
75-99 $7,500 $3,500 $2,500 $1,500
100+ $10,000 $5,000 $3,000 $2,000

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Props: 31mm
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Saturday September 28th Practice / Qualifying

Check-in will be at 9:00 am for all pilots.

The qualifying rounds and practice rounds will take place Saturday September 28th beginning at 10:00 AM EDT (start time is subject to change) 


Qualifying will take place in groups of 20 pilots. 


Practice rounds will consist of all pilots.

The below schedule would be for a total of 60 pilots and it is subject to change. 

Practice rounds (2) begin at 10:00 am EDT – 12:30 PM EDT

Group A Qualifying (3 Rounds) 1:00 PM EDT – 2:30 PM EDT

Group B Qualifying (3 Rounds) 2:30 PM EDT – 4:00 PM EDT

Group C Qualifying (3 Rounds) 4:00 PM EDT – 5:30 PM EDT

Sunday September 29th Semi-final and Final Rounds

Top 50 pilots will compete in a Double Elimination Bracket pilots to be seeded based on qualifying times

Racing to begin at 9:30 am EDT

Race Format for Selecting Winners

  • Qualifying rounds consist of the (3) fastest consecutive laps
  • Pilots are selected using the table system and if their respective frequency is open, they qualify to fly
  • Only one of their quads will be allowed on the line at one time
  • Semi-final round will include the top 50 pilots if there are 100 or less pilots in total; it will include the top 64 pilots if there are above 100 pilots in total
  • The Final Round will include the top 24 pilots on a double elimination bracket ending with the “The Iron Man” Rule: If any one pilot wins all of their races, they are considered “The Iron Man” and only need to win 1 race in the Final Rounds to determine “The Golden Round”
  • Spotters You will be spotting for the heat prior to your flying heat. Please bring your drone with you with a fully charged battery ready to fly to the pilot staging area, once the heat you are spotting for lands you should be prepared to fly. Duties include:
    • Counting laps with fingers
    • Judging
    • Verifying pilot results
    • Keeping visual contact at all times of their assigned pilot
    • Emergency control of assigned pilot
    • Notifying Race Director of an unsafe situation

Race Rules

 

Qualifying Rounds

  • All gates and flags must be flown as indicated by the course map
  • A pilot flying out of bounds will be scored with a DNF (Did Not Fly)
  • All pilots are responsible for spotting the heat before their heat
  • Pilots not ready to race after the 2-minute timer will be disqualified for that race at the Race Director’s discretion
  • Pilots who false start will incur a 15-second penalty added to their fastest lap for that race (penalty is enforced after a warning)
  • If an aircraft fails to launch the pilot is out of the race
  • If a pilot loses video due to someone “plugging in on them”1, DVR (Digital Video Recording) footage will be reviewed and a rerun will be called at the Race Director’s discretion
  • Collapsed obstacles (gate, flag, etc.), fire on the track, people on the track, or any other unsafe condition will result in a restart at the Race Director’s discretion

 

Semi-Final Rounds

  • All Qualifying Round rules apply in addition to the below
  • If 2 or more aircraft don’t make it through the start gate, a restart will be called
  • Falling off a launch pad will be considered a false start
  • All false starts will result in a restart of that race
  • Pilots will be placed in a double elimination bracket
  • 6 remaining pilots will move on to Final Rounds
  • “The Iron Man” Rule:
    If any one pilot wins all of their races, they are considered “The Iron Man” and only need to win (1) race in the Final Rounds to determine “The Golden Round” 2

 

Final Rounds

 

  • All Qualifying Round rules apply in addition to the below
  • If 2 or more aircraft don’t make it through the start gate a restart will be called
  • Falling off a launch pad will be considered a false start
  • All false starts will result in a restart of that race
  • The Golden Round:
    • First pilot to win (2) races is awarded 1st place and those after will be awarded 2nd through 6th place in the order in which they have finished
  • Tie Breaker Round:
    • If (2) or more pilots contest a finishing place the Race Director will defer to the timing system
    • If the timing system confirms a tie within +/- 0.001 seconds (rounded up) a 3-lap heads up tie breaker round will be conducted in order to determine the place that was tied