RE: AMA Scale Aerobatics National Championships
AMA Scale Aerobatic National Championships 27-30 Jun 2011
1. The AMA Scale Aerobatics NATs will be held June 27-30, 2011 at the AMA Site in Muncie Indiana.
2. Entry fees are as follows (if payments are received prior to June 10, 2011): $45 under 15 yrs old, $65 for 15-19, $120.00 for those over the age of 19.
Please note, the entry fees will increase significantly for entries received on or after June 10, 2011. Your entry fee covers the contest and one banquet ticket. Remember the AMA has a cut off for all registrations on June 15, 2011.
a. Please note when filling out the Contest form there are some additional questions to answer:
2) Are you planning to participate in the Freestyle Contest?
3) Confirm 2.4, Ham, or 72 (72 will be per AMA Registration)
4) Additional banquet tickets will be available for purchase during the event.$10 (See score runners, Cheryl and Tina)
3. Open practice at both sites starting on Saturday June 25, 2011 until Sunset. Should a contestant arrive after 2pm on Sunday June 26, 2011, the late arriving contestant may go to the head of the practice line for the first flight. Please sign in at the front desk and receive you Contestantâ€™s Packet prior to flying.
4. Flight lines will be announced no later than June 20, 2011 on the IMAC web site under the NATs forum.
5. Pilots Meeting will be held Sunday June 26, 2011 at 6PM.
6. The flight order will be established at the Sunday evening at the Pilots Meeting.
7. A Judgeâ€™s meeting will immediately follow the pilots meeting Sunday June 26, 2011. Pilots are welcome to attend.
8. The 2011-2012 AMA Scale Aerobatic Rules SHALL be followed. For questions, refer to the rulebook. The only exception to the 2011-2012 AMA Scale Aerobatic Rules will be the final day drop schedule.
a. Side Force Generators will not be permitted during any flight (including freestyle) during the AMA Scale Aerobatic National Championships.
9. Final Pilotâ€™s Roll Call 7:30AM Monday June 27, 2011. This meeting is MANDATORY for all contestants and event staff. Final Pilots Roll Call time may be adjusted earlier if attendance is higher than expected. If a pilot is a no show, their pin will be pulled from the flight order.
10. The Monday UNKNOWNS will be passed out at the Final Pilotâ€™s Roll Call Monday Morning.
11. The Monday UNKNOWNS will be flown the second [2nd] round.
12. Wheels up Monday June 27, 2011 will be immediately after the Final Pilots Roll Call.
13. DROP Schedule â€“ Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday â€“ SEE APPENDIX 1
14. The Tuesday and Wednesday Unknowns will passed out each evening after all flying is complete Monday and Tuesday; they will be available at both runways and shall be flown the first [1st] round the next day.
15. Unknowns will be flown the first [1st] round each day Tuesday and Wednesday.
16. Wheels up Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday mornings will be 8am with the Unknown Round. Wheels up time may be adjusted earlier if attendance is higher than expected.
17. We are hoping to get in as many known rounds as possible and one unknown each day. Your cooperation by being ready to fly when it is your turn will facilitate more flying. Tuesday June 28, 2011 we will have a better idea of the flight line time lines and a possible schedule modification.
18. There will be two flight lines on each runway; Scale Aerobatics time constraints will be in place and adhered to:
13.1: â€śThe contestant has two (2) minutes to start his/her engine and become airborne.â€ť
The clock will start at the beginning of the 7th maneuver being flown by the preceding pilot.
13.2: â€śThe contestant has one (1) minute from the time the wheels leave the ground during takeoff to enter the aerobatic airspace.â€ť
You may need to enter a holding pattern to allow the preceding pilot to complete their sequence. You will have 1 minute from the time the previous pilot call out of the box to call in the box.
19. Official Flights / Attempts / Notification â€“ 10.1.1 & 10.2.1: â€śAn official flight (round) for the known/unknown program is defined as one (1) sequence. Contestants shall have one attempt to complete the sequence. An attempt begins when the pilot or caller calls â€• â€śIn the boxâ€ť or "Entering." This specific vocal signal is MANDATORY to initiate the attempt. If this vocal declaration is not made the pilot becomes subject to the other standard constraints stipulated in these rules, e.g., time limit for entering, no aerobatics before entering, etc. Once the attempt is made by means of the vocal declaration, judging will begin as soon as the aircraft departs from the wings-level horizontal entry line and enters the first maneuver of the sequence. The horizontal entry line to the first maneuver of a sequence is not judged.â€ť
20. Turn around maneuvers - After Takeoff, in accordance with Competition Regulations 2011-2012,
13.5: â€śPrior to entering the aerobatic airspace, between sequences, and prior to landing, pilots shall only be allowed to perform the following trim and positioning maneuvers: - Turns; - Half Cubans with only a single Â˝ roll on the 45 down line; - Reverse Half Cubans with only a single Â˝ roll on the 45 up line; - Half loops up or down (Immelman or Split S) with only one half roll on entry or exit; - Single half roll to inverted immediately prior to entering the aerobatic airspace for the case in which an inverted entry to the first maneuver is required; - A vertical up or down line with a simple push/pull for entry and exit. A single 1/2 roll is allowed on this vertical line only if required to orient the aircraft properly for entry to the first maneuver. Exceptions to this limitation may only be directed by the CD or line boss in the normal course of safely managing the airspace. Pilots will follow such directions and no penalty will apply. Turnaround maneuvers may not be performed at low altitude or directly in front of the judges. No other aerobatic maneuvers are allowed immediately following the airplane breaking ground except for the Four Minute Freestyle. Any infraction shall result in a penalty of zeroing the round. The intent here is to prevent anything that may be viewed as â€•practiceâ€– and hence give one competitor an advantage over another. Therefore, snaps, spins, point rolls, Humptys, Tailslides, etc, etc.... may NEVER be executed after breaking ground and before entering the sequence, between sequences or after completing the sequence(s) and prior to landing.â€ť
21. The Scorekeeper will have runners to pick up score sheets. Scores will be available for viewing at the scoring booth after the scores have been input and flying is complete for the day. Please do not ask to see your judgeâ€™s score sheet or score print outs prior to this time. Request for score sheet printout shall be made on the Sign Up sheet NO LATER than 2pm (1400) each day.
22. Thursday, June 30, 2011, the top 50% in each class will advance to the final day with no less than 10 contestants and no more than 15 contestants in each class. Example â€“ if a class has only 20 participants then the top 10 will move forward to the final day; but, if there is 18 in a class, Â˝ would be 9, so the top 10 will participate in the final day. But, if there are 36 in a class Â˝ is 18 so only 15 will move on to Thursday.
23. Wednesday evening at the banquet two  UNKNOWNS will be passed out for Thursdayâ€™s flights.
24. The finalists will go into the 4th day of competition with the previous three (3) days scores normalized as one day.
25. Thursdayâ€™s (finals) flying will consist of an UNKNOWN, a KNOWN two (2) Sequence Round, followed by another UNKNOWN.
a. One (1) Unknown shall be dropped
b. One (1) sequence of the Known will be dropped
c. So One (1) Unknown and One (1) Sequence of the Known will be combined with the previous three day scores to determine the final score.
26. Upon completion of precision aerobatic competition there will be a Freestyle Pilotâ€™s and Judges Meeting. Then the Freestyle will begin.
27. Once all flying is complete, and the scores tallied there will be the awards presentation by the IMAC President.
28. The Unlimited Winner will receive an invitation to the 2012 Clover Creek Invitational as an Invitational contestant. If the winner has already secured an invitation then the invitation will go to 2nd place. If 1st and 2nd have alreadyâ€¦â€¦â€¦â€¦â€¦
29. The recipient of the Bennett Cup will be announced for the pilot who has achieved the highest % of possible raw score.
Some more information which some may find helpful. I will update the list as it becomes available.
Concessions will be onsite. (Arranged by AMA)
The Wednesday night banquet will on site at the AMA venue.
It will be hot so please stay hydrated. But, remember in 2009 it was in the mid 40s for much of the contest.
After hours, please feel free to mingle throughout the campus and get to know your fellow pilots.
Please obey all traffic signs while on AMA property.
FOAMIES are welcome