IDRL RACE RULES

 

  1. CONTEST OBJECTIVE, LOCATION & TIMES

 

This is an overview of the rules associated with the IDRL (known as the International Drone Racing League Championships “Drone Racing Events”) sponsored by the IDRL (International Drone Racing League LLC the “Sponsors”).

 

The FPV Spec Wing Race will be held at North Beach, Atlantic City, NJ 08401 between June 15th 2019 and June 16th 2019 from 8:00 AM EST to 7:00 PM EST. The closest building to the beach area for this race is Ovation Hall at 500 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, NJ 08401.

 

The Open Class Drone Racing event will be held at the Atlantic City Convention Center at 1 Convention Boulevard, Atlantic City, NJ 08401, between June 27th 2019 through June 30th 2019.

 

The qualifying rounds will take place Thursday June 27th from 1:00 PM EST to 5:00 PM EST (start time is subject to change) and Friday June 28th 2019 from 9:00 AM EST to 5:00 PM EST.

The semi-final will take place on Saturday June 29th 2019 from 9:00 AM EST to 5:00 PM EST.

The finals will take place on Sunday June 30th 2019 from 9:00 AM EST to 5:00 PM EST.

The Drone Racing Events are intended to support and encourage the use and enjoyment of drone technology. The “Sponsors” (the IDRL) encourage those who enter the contest to use their racing skills to compete to the best of their ability to win each contest.

 

  1. ELIGIBILITY

 

The event is open to any attendee or participant that qualifies. To qualify for the FPV Spec Wing Race, participants must be Part 107 certified. If the participant is between the ages of 8 and 18, the minor must have written consent from a parent or guardian to participate. We do not accept participants under the age of 8.

To qualify for the Open Class Drone Racing Event, participants must be at least 8 years of age.  All participants between the ages of 8 and 18 must have written consent from a parent or guardian.

 

Qualifications for both races are also reiterated in sections 7 (Judging & Selecting Winners), and 10 (General Conditions).

 

Employees, contractors or interns of the IDRL, including immediate family (spouse, parents, siblings, and children) and household members of such employees, are not eligible to enter. Members of the judging panel, and immediate family members of judges, are also not eligible to enter.

 

By submitting an entry to the race, participants represent that their participation in this event and receipt of any prize under this event does not violate any applicable law. The IDRL reserves the right to change these rules if necessary, to comply with any applicable law.

 

  1. ENTRY PERIOD

 

Entries must be received by May 31st 2019.

 

  1. ENTRY SUBMISSIONS AND REPRESENTATIONS

 

Applicability of the above eligibility standard shall be determined in the sole and absolute discretion of the IDRL.

 

  1. HOW TO ENTER

 

Registration can be completed online under Events within www.IDRLC.com. Each participant can register for an individual event once.

 

  1. CONSENT TO USE

 

Entering the race constitutes consent for the IDRL to publish and reproduce the racer’s name, biographical information and photo in IDRL marketing photos, social media posts, press releases, websites and other marketing collateral (both print and digital) and/or in promotional uses relating to the future events. Furthermore, the IDRL may request interviews and photographs of the participants as part of its marketing initiatives. The participants agree to fully cooperate with the IDRL for such marketing initiatives and give consent of such marketing initiatives.

 

All minors must have written consent for marketing participation within the IDRL and its associated events. Letters of consent may be emailed to [email protected].

 

  1.  JUDGING & SELECTING WINNERS

 

The Judges:

 

The judging process for the Drone Racing Events will include the use of timing devices to ensure timely completion of the course. The timing system includes hardware used to measure pilot times per lap among other criteria. The pilots also act as “spotters” that will be ensuring that the participants complete the course as required within the meets and bounds of the Drone Racing Event.

 

All participants flying outdoors are required to be FAA Part 107 certified pilots (in this instance, the certification applies to the FPV Spec Wing Race taking place on June 15th and 16th of 2019.)

 

Participants flying indoors between June 27th– June 30th 2019 are not required to be FAA Part 107 certified.

 

Selecting Winners for FPV Spec Wing Race:

 

  • Qualifying rounds (Heads up racing first to predetermined number of laps, which is determined by the IDRL): Best (3) out of (5) rounds
  • Semi-final round will include the top 25-50 pilots, depending on the number of pilots that have signed up. If there are under 100 pilots, the top 25 go to Semi-final; if there are over 100 pilots, the top 50 reach the Semi-final round
  • The Final Round will include the top 5 pilots

 

Selecting Winners for Open Class Drone Racing:

 

  • 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 (there is a 6 battery-pack limit per day and the participant will receive more if IDRL allows)
  • 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
  • Participants may fly any drone from 1 inch to 8 inches of the propeller diameter, which is limited to propeller-driven drones
  • 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” 2

 

The list of winners of the Open Class Drone Racing will be published by Tuesday July 2nd 2019 on www.IDRLC.com and on www.LiveFPV.com.  

 

  1. RACE RULES

 

FPV WRA SPEC CLASS RULES

https://idrlc.com/event/atlantic-city-drone-fpv-spec-wing/

 

  • Flight buffer zones will be established in which no pilot shall cross during the race (***Crossing of any buffer zone constitutes an immediate disqualification and grounding of the pilot for the remainder of the event***)
  • At NO time are pilots permitted to fly beyond the buffer zones
  • Race course design will allow pilots to make turns toward buffer zones at a safe distance in order to ensure the safety of spectators
  • All pilots are expected to maintain control of their aircraft at all times
  • The Race Director may, at his or her discretion, force an unsafe pilot to land their aircraft
  • In the event of a video or control failure, pilots will do their best to navigate their aircraft to a safe landing zone away from people
  • In the event of a fire, the race will be cancelled immediately, and all pilots will either land or fly safely away from the fire so that emergency crews can extinguish the fire
  • Races will be started from a 10-second countdown with all aircraft in the air
  • Pilots may launch their own aircraft or have a designated launcher
  • One failed launch per race is permitted, provided the aircraft is airworthy and can be re-launched immediately
  • Time Penalties:
    • Missed Flag (must fly below top of flag) – 3 seconds
    • Missed Maneuver (i.e. split-S, Immelmann) – 3 seconds
    • Missed Gate – 10 seconds
  • Upon the completion of each race, pilots will land in the designated landing area in a timely manner so that the next race can begin promptly
  • Failure of a pilot to treat other pilots and spectators in a respectful manner may result in disqualification
  • All decisions made by IDRL are made final and at its sole discretion

 

Points:

 

Qualifying points shall be assigned as follows:

 

  • 1st Place – 10 pts
  • 2nd Place – 7 pts
  • 3rd Place – 5 pts
  • 4th Place – 3 pts
  • 5th Place – 2 pts

 

OPEN CLASS DRONE RACING RULES

https://idrlc.com/event/open-class-drone-racing/

 

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
  • Crashing into another aircraft disqualifies the pilot for that 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

 

  1. PRIZES

 

FPV WRA SPEC CLASS

 

* Prize Purses:

$16,000 total payout for Wing Racing

 

  • 1st Place: $5,500
  • 2nd Place: $4,000
  • 3rd Place: $2,000
  • 4th Place: $1,000
  • 5th Place: $900
  • 6th Place: $800
  • 7th Place: $725
  • 8th Place: $525
  • 9th Place: $425
  • 10 Place: $125

 

OPEN CLASS DRONE RACING

 

*Prize Purses:

$52,000 for Open Class Racing

 

  • 1st Place: $17,000
  • 2nd Place: $12,000
  • 3rd Place: $7,000
  • 4th Place: $5,500
  • 5th Place: $3,000
  • 6th Place: $2,500
  • 7th Place: $2,000
  • 8th Place: $1,500
  • 9th Place: $1,000
  • 10 Place: $500

 

*The IDRL reserves the right to change or cancel the prize purses at any time and without notice.

 

  1. GENERAL CONDITIONS

 

Winners may be subject to taxes on the value of prizes; taxes are the sole responsibility of the winners. All information supplied by participants must be truthful and entries may be disqualified if found to be in violation of this provision. Participants must be 18 years old to enter the race without written permission from a parent or guardian. Any participants between ages 8 and 18 years old must have written consent from a parent or guardian. Any child under the age of 8 is not eligible to participate.

 

The IDRL reserves the right to change the rules and cancel or postpone the events at any time. Participants are required to review the rules on a regular basis in the event that the rules have changed.  The IDRL is not responsible for any incurred expenses or losses associated with changed or cancelled events.

 

  1. RELEASE AND LIMITATIONS OF LIABILITY

 

By entering, all participants agree to release “Sponsors” (in this case, the International Drone Racing League LLC), and their respective parent, subsidiaries, affiliates, and each of their respective officers, directors, employees, and agents (the “Released Parties”) from all and against any claim or cause of action arising out of participation in the race or receipt or use of any prize, including, but not limited to:

 

  1. unauthorized human intervention in the race;
  2. technical errors;
  3. printing errors;
  4. late or undelivered mail;
  5. injury or damage to persons or property;
  6. force majeure or acts beyond the reasonable control of the IDRL.

 

Participant waives the right to claim any attorneys’ fees and any damages whatsoever, including, but not limited to, punitive, consequential, direct, or indirect damages.

 

  1. OPT-IN PERMISSIONS

 

When a participant enters the event, the participant opts-in to receive communication from the “Sponsors” (the IDRL) and their affiliates and partners or clients. This includes special event invitations, digital messages, text and e-newsletters. Participants may cancel and unsubscribe at any time.

 

  1. PRIVACY AND PUBLICITY

 

Any information the participant submits as part of the Drone Racing Events will be used in accordance with the Sponsor’s (IDRL) Privacy Policies. Except where prohibited, participant consents to the “Sponsor’s” (IDRL’s) use of participant’s name in any list of winners (if applicable) and for promotional purposes in any media without further payment or consideration. Please reference the #6 Rule titled “Consent to Use” for more clarification.  

 

  1. QUESTIONS and RESULTS

 

Questions and inquiries about contest rules can be emailed to [email protected] or mailed to:

 

International Drone Racing League LLC

2137 NJ-35

Holmdel, NJ 07733