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Default 2002 Toc Pilot's Aircraft

"I wonder why that info isn't posted on the net? Anyone know?"

I thought this would be some info if interested!


TOC 2002 Preliminary Rules

Since its inception in 1974, the Las Vegas Tournament of Champions has become the premier event for radio control aerobatic model aircraft. Trends established by this event have greatly influenced the sport of Radio Control. Aircraft flown in this competition closely simulate their full-scale counterpart. Full-scale aerobatic competition rules are not strictly adhered to but have been modified to suit the requirements of radio control aircraft. The catalog that will be used in developing the sequences flown at the 2002 TOC will be the 2002 version of the FEDERATION AERONAUTIQUE INTERNATIONAL (FAI) aerobatic maneuvers catalog.


Model aircraft shall be a replica of a full size aircraft designed for aerobatic maneuvers. Suitable military aircraft will also be acceptable. It is the responsibility of the contestant to document both the aerobatic capability and proof of scale of the full size aircraft chosen. Contestants must provide three view scale drawings of both the original aircraft they have selected and their version of this aircraft. Deviations from scale should be noted to aid contest officials in processing.

Contestants will be provided with three-view drawings of representative aircraft with the desired location of dimensions to be checked and noted. Drawings and other documentation should be sent to the contest director no later than May 15, 2002. Aircraft will be inspected and specifications checked on Monday, Tuesday and Oct. 7 and 8, 5:00 PM till 6:30 PM.


a. The outline dimensions of the model as viewed from the top and side shall be within a 10% deviation from scale. The horizontal stab location must be within 10% of the full scale based on the height of the vertical fin. Example: if the full scale vertical fin is 10 ft tall and you have a 50% scale model then the horizontal stab can be moved from its full scale location by the following formula, 5ft x 12in x 10%= 6 inches up or down. The wing location must also be within 10% of the scale airplane based on the tallest part of fuselage not counting the vertical fin area (The tallest part is normally near the canopy area). Example: if the full scale airplane fuselage is 6 Ft. tall then the wing can be moved on a 50% scale airplane 3ft x 12in x 10% = 3.6 inches up or down. All airplanes must meet the rules in 2000. No more grand fathered airplanes.

b. The scale of the model will be determined by the models wingspan (top wing of biplanes) as compared to the full size aircraft.

c. The general contours and shapes of the model shall be similar to the full size aircraft.

d. The model's airfoil need not be similar to the full size aircraft.

e. The control surface hinge locations and type can be different on the model as compared to the full size aircraft.

f. Additional controls and flight surfaces cannot be used on the model unless the full-scale aircraft had such controls or control surfaces. Note: The use of split ailerons, coupled ailerons to the elevator (flaperons) and weight/cg shifting devices are not allowed. However, adding a fixed weight to shift CG is allowed.

g. Any type of radio control equipment and control levers or switches can be used. (Gyros and timed snap switches are NOT ALLOWED.)


Maximum engine size is based on the wing area of the model as follows:

Wing Area MAX Engine Size
2200 sq. in. or less 6.8 cu. in.
2201 to 3000 sq. in. 9.3 cu. in.
3001 to 3500 sq. in. 15 cu. in.
3500 to 4000 sq. in. 20 cu. in.
greater than 4000 sq. in. 30 cu. in


Minimum wing area for monoplanes shall be 1400 square inches and for biplanes 1600 square inches.

Judges will score maneuver from 1 to 10 points. 1/2 points may be used at the judges' discretion. All judges' scores will be counted. Contestants' scores will be the composite of the judges' total scores multiplied by the applicable "K" factor. The "K" factor is a difficulty coefficient assignment of each flight maneuver as specified by the TOC "K" factor book. "K" factors have been adjusted to more closely represent the degree of difficulty a model pilot has in accomplishing a maneuver. For 2002 TOC we will be using a version of the full scale TBLP scoring system. Scores will then be normalized and weighted.

Contestants will be required to perform the following programs:

Known Compulsory Program #1, #2, #3.
Unknown Compulsory Programs #1, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6, #7.
Four-Minute Free Program

For qualifying, Known Compulsory Program #1, #2, #3, will be flown once. For the Sunday finals, two of the Known Compulsory Programs will be flown.

For qualifying, Unknown Compulsory Programs, #1, #2 and #3 will be flown once. For the Saturday finals, Unknown Compulsory Programs #4 and #5 will be flown once and For the Sunday finals #6 and #7 will be flown once.

For qualifying the Four Minute Free will be flown three times. For the finals the Four Minute Free will be flown twice each day. (Sat and Sun)

This program will be composed of 10 to 12 figures flown in normal and inverted flight, performed consecutively and continuously, observing the prescribed sequence of the figures.
The patterns will not be given to the contestants until the night before they are flown. The maneuvers will be selected from a known list of 21 maneuvers that are distributed before the contest. There will be three separate known patterns selected from the list of 21 maneuvers and all maneuvers will be used during the contest. All patterns will have a total of 400 K of difficulty. For the Sunday finals two of the preliminary known will be flown.

The contest management will use the same general criteria in the preparing the sequences for this event as are used for the Known Compulsory Program.

All contestants will fly this event. Anything goes as far as maneuver selection and the FAI catalog need not apply. A written or verbal description of the flight need not be furnished to the judges. The contestants may use music or other special effects to enhance their performance. (A music system will be provided that allows the use of cassette tapes or compact disks. Contestants must provide their own music). Direction of entry into or exit from the aerobatic zone is optional and entry may be made in any attitude. However, the flight must be planned to ensure safety of all concerned. (Flying directly at the spectators at show center and crossing the runway foul line will not be allowed.) Contestants must fly the same aircraft as the known and unknown flights.

*Contestants using their own tapes and CD's must adjust the music levels on contest provided equipment before the start of the contest.

This is a show-off event, which should be fun for both contestants and spectators.

The Four Minute Free Program will be flown Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday as the last event of the day. On Saturday and Sunday the programs will be flown as the last event of the rounds.

After flying competition is finished for the day, Known and Unknown Compulsory Program #2 will be given to all contestants and judges. The details of the program will be discussed at this time.

After flying competition is finished for the day, Known and Unknown Compulsory Program #3 will be given to all contestants and judges. The details of the program will be discussed at this time.

After the end of the day's competition, Unknown Compulsory Program #4 and #5 will be given to the top 14 contestants and judges. The details of the programs will be discussed at this time.

After the competition is finished for the day, the two Knowns will be selected and Unknown Compulsory Programs #6 and #7 will be given to the judges and the 7 final contestants. The programs may be discussed at this time.



For the Saturday finals the top 14 flyers will compete. Hey will be selected based on their top two scores of each program (lowest score dropped). The only score that will be carried into Saturday will be the highest Known from the previous three days. For the Sunday finals the top seven flyers will be selected based on their highest score from each program on Saturday (lowest score dropped) and the known score carried in. The winner will be determined by the taking the highest score from each program on Sunday. Weighing of the programs is: Known 35%, Unknown 50%, Four Minute Free 15%.

Prize Money for 2002 TOC

Place Prize

1. $50,000
2. 30,000
3. 20,000
4. 10,000
5. 8,000
6. 7,000
7. 6,500
8. 6,000
9. 5,500
10. 5,000
11. 4,500
12. 4,000
13. 4,000
14. 4,000
15. 4,000
16.-21. 0