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Old 12-30-2002, 05:52 PM
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Default How do IMAC, pattern flying, 3d, TOC relate to one another?

Is IMAC contests run by a different organization than pattern flying contests and TOC?

Or are they different styles of flying? Different planes?

Do pilots crossover from one style/plane/organization to another?

Is there a plane that can fly competitively in IMAC, Pattern, TOC and 3d?

I know(?) Imac is scale planes. It seems that the TOC is also. But pattern are unique pattern planes. Do they have the same or similar sequences?

How do pattern planes differ in flying capabilities from Imac scale planes?

And where the heck does 3d fit in? How about fun fly?

How about the phrase "precision flying" or "precision aerobatics"? Who does that?


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Old 12-30-2002, 06:55 PM
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OK I'll take a shot:

here are some quick answers:

lets start with pattern. pattern is also called "precision aerobatics" or "Precision flying". the sequences are designed to be flown smoothly and are well thought out. all classes up to masters are AMA classes. the top class flys the FAI sequence (federated aeronautic international(??)) AMA also follows FAI rules as far as the planes themselvs are constructed. the must be under 2 meters wingspan and 2 meters in lenght and must weigh under 11 lbs. the "pattern" planes are pupose built within these rules and are quite unique.

IMAC is also known as Scale Aerobatics (SA). IMAC replicates the full scale aerobatic planes and sequences - International Aerobatic Club (IAC) the "M" in IMAC stands for Miniature. the planes must be scale copies of their full scale counter parts. the design rules allow for 10% deveation from scale to help our models perform alittle better in the manuvers.

TOC is the highest level of "precision flying" and is an invitational event. the competetors fly IMAC large scale planes, but their sequences are not limmited to IMAC or AMA rules. I beleive they follow FAI criteria for judging and sequence design (?) most TOC competitors fly both FAI and IMAC.

freestyle or 3D is the expresion part of flying. roughly speaking 3D means high alpha and sometimes high energy manuvers that most full scale airplanes could not execute. there are always new and exiting 3D manuvers being created and pilots doing some unbelievable things with their planes. then you can string these manuvers together along with some choreography to music and put together a "freestyle" flight routine. that routine is judged on choreography, dificulty of manuvers, originality, just like a figure skater would be judged in the olypics.

wow, thats not quite as short as I though it would be

these are (I hope) generalizations, and if Im wrong somewhere, Im sure someone will correct me

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Old 12-31-2002, 12:22 AM
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Hubb,

There is no longer a 10% rule in IMAC, if you can get the CD to agree that it sorta looks like some full scale you are ok.

In the TOC judging and sequence design are really specific to the TOC and not limited to FAI legal manuvers.

3D and freestyle are not the same thing. A good freestyle combines 3D, precision, and frequently less than precision high speed stuff.

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Default HUBB - BEST Answer!

I've read pages and pages attempting to synthesize what you wrote in a few paragraphs! VERY well done, and really would help just about anyone understand the differences, if not the finer points.

Great JOB!!!!

(Wish I'd have written it.... )
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hubb,

yes, very lucidly explained. Makes sense to me now.

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