Rules

FPV Racing is new, and the rules become ever evolving.  This is our start of our Rules and Regulations.

Official Rules and Regulations are as posted at each race.

RULES AND REGULATIONS

Preface

FPV Racing Events and Today’s Race Director want to ensure a SAFE and Fun Experience 

All participants and spectators must be aware of and adhere to the following regulations for RACEDAY.

ALL ATTENDEES:

  1. Do Not Enter the Racing area (rope lines/chalk/cones/netting) until the Session/Heat/Race has expired.  Entering the Racing Area without permission of the Race Director or their designate will result in immediate disqualification.
  2. Course will only be open between heats for less than 3 minutes.
  3. Be Aware of All Restrooms and Fire Extinguishers.
  4. Do not fly or power-up any object to be controlled remotely without approval from the Race Director.  Hovering in the pits (with VTX Disconnected or in Pit-Mode) must be done safely, and not exceeding a 5′ distance from the Pilot and 5′ distance from the ground.
  5. Do not enter the Flight Line unless it is your time to race, prepare to stage (mount any provided equipment the race prior to yours) or spot.  Only registered pilots or their designated spotters may enter the Flight Line during these timeframes.
  6. If you are injured, please immediately bring it to the attention of the Race Director.

RACE FORMAT:

  1. Advertised/Posted Formats and schedules may be modified at the discretion of the Race Director.  To contribute to a “full program”, ensure that you are prompt and punctual before, during and after your heat(s), and aware of what race is on the track.
  2. RaceDay may consist of 1 practice round, a minimum of 1 qualifying round, and a championship main round.
  3. Practice Sessions will be 2/3 minutes in duration.  If utilized to seed the first Qualifier Round, each pilot’s fastest individual lap per class may be used.
  4. Qualifiers will be 2/3 minutes in duration.  If more than one Qualifying Round is offered, “Rocket Round” will be used to select each pilot’s fastest Qualifying Time (# of Laps recorded within the designated time period, i.e. 7 laps in 3:13.609) or Qualifying Seed Time (based on fastest # consecutive laps within the 3 minutes allotted, or similar.)
  5. Mains will be based on a number of laps (most likely 5).  When the leader goes onto their final lap, everyone crosses onto their final lap.
  6. When more than one Championship Main is on the schedule, there should be transfer or bump-up positions.  These will be announced as final between qualifying and the mains. (i.e. Top 2 from the B-main instantly qualify for the A-main).
  7. An alternate Championship format may be a “Double-Elimination” Bracket where a percentage of the entire field will qualify for a Long-Round, with half of each heat “moving up”, and the second half “moving down”.  This will allow every pilot 1 loss on their way enroute to the final.
  8. RaceDay Programming is designed to afford as even of an amount of flight time per pilot as possible, regardless of skill.

CLASSIFICATION:

Classes may include some or all of the following designations.

  1. 4″ Props (Micros Class)
  2. 5″ Props / 220mm Minimum Wheelspan (250 Spec Class)
  3. 5″ Props / no restriction (Race Spec)
  4. 3S / no restriction (3S Open)
  5. Open (Run What You Brung)
  6. Beginners (All MultiRotors Welcome)
    Beginners: this class is designed for new racers

    • Racers in Beginners: can not have had a podium finish in (top-3) in the previous season at a grand scale event including Beginner
    • Racers in Beginners: will be immediately removed should they qualify in an A-main of a race (top-7) including the race they are at, if it is the top one-third of all entries in that class (i.e. top-7 of 21), in a non-beginners class.
    • Racers may move themselves up at their own discretion, though they may also be moved at the discretion of management

ALL PILOTS:

  1. Pit Preference is awarded on a first-come, first serve basis
  2. ANY VTX BROADCASTING OFF THE TRACK FROM THE START OF REGISTRATION UNTIL PODIUM AWARDS IS NOT PERMITTED.
  3. ANY DAMAGE CAUSED TO A “LOST” CRAFT OR CAUSED BY THAT CRAFT WILL BE THE LIABILITY OF THE PERSON NOT ADHERING TO THE ABOVE RULE.  (ALL CRAFT ARE TO USE ASSIGNED CHANNELS ONLY, AT THE SCHEDULED TIME/HEAT.)
  4. Intermittent opportunities between sessions/heats/mains may be available for rapid testing of your VTX.  This is to be requested of the Flight Line Director, who will provide a test VTX and permission, once the Race Director has been notified.
  5. Ensure that your failsafe mode is “down”, not “hover”.
  6. Be Knowledgeable and READY!  Be next to the Flight Line the race BEFORE YOURS for VTX/Transponder mounting and staging.  Once your race is called to the grid, you will forfeit your heat if you are not able to proceed with the scheduled heat.
  7. As the race before yours is staging and running, place any provided equipment (VTX and Transponder) on your craft and place your craft on your staging area.
  8. Be gentle with all provided equipment (VTX/Transponder).  Damage results in liability for replacement.
  9. All pilots will be allowed to use their own VTX as long as it does not exceed the power rating (i.e. 25mW or 200mW) and is compatible with all assigned channels (i.e. RaceBand).  Exceeding the power rating results in immediate removal from the premises.
  10. You will be assigned a NUMBER before your session/heat/race.  This correlates to VTX Channel (and possibly the Transponder provided by Race Management).
  11. You may be directed to carry your craft through the Finish Gate to check-in transponder.  This will be as your heat is called to the Grid.
  12. DO NOT POWER UP VIDEO UNTIL DIRECTED BY FLIGHT LINE DIRECTOR OR RACE DIRECTOR.  THIS WILL BE IMMEDIATELY BEFORE YOUR RACE.
  13. Place your craft on the take-off zone when directed. Power up video on the take-off zone only.  Go to assigned position in Flight Line.
  14. Bump Boxes may be used, but must not exceed 5″ off of the deck at its highest point, and may not be angled greater than 25* degrees, unless provided by management.
  15. Tone starts will be in place.
  16. Do Not Do Extra Laps.  Do not “freestyle” above spectators or other pilots.
  17. Do not fly your craft anywhere but on the race track or designated line of site flying areas.
  18. A 60′ Ceiling is in place.  Do not exceed it.  Failure to do so will result in Disqualification.
  19. Keep your LiPo in a LiPo Sack if under cover or indoors.  Failure to do so will result in Disqualification.
  20. Missed gates result in loss of lap should you not return and successfully re-attempt on that lap.
  21. Do not enter the raceway following the start of the race, unless approved by the Flight Line Director or Race Director.
  22. Once you are done racing and the race is over, retrieve your craft, gently remove any leased or loaned VTX/Transponder, and return to your assigned seat to spot the next race.  You will have 3 minutes or less to return to your seat.  All Pilots are required to Spot.  Failure to do so will result in penalties.
  23. Important Commands:
    1. “Goggles down, thumbs up.” – command to prepare for start.  Verify video clarity and immediately mention any issues.
    2. “Pilots, Arm Your Quads.” – standby for start tone warning.
    3. “On the tone in less than 5” – command prior to a tone start.
    4. “3, 2, 1, Go” – in lieu of a tone start
    5. “Stop, Drop or Hover” – immediately cease forward direction.  Save your craft as best as possible.
  24. Proper sportsmanship and conduct is to be exemplified.  Examples of poor conduct would include, but are not limited to: affecting another Pilot’s Race or Equipment by speech or any sort of tampering or aggressive behaviour.
  25. Penalties – First Time May Be a Warning unless stated otherwise, 2nd: Lose your fastest qualifier / podium placing, 3rd: Exit
  26. No harassment of officials, pilots, sponsors or spectators will be tolerated.

ALL SPOTTERS:

  1. Every Pilot is required to spot.  Each pilot will spot the same Grid/Channel/Transponder assignment they ran on, the heat following (i.e. Run on Channel #2, Spot on Channel #2).
  2. It is every Pilot’s responsibility to ensure that their spotting responsibility is covered.  If you are unable to spot, provide a spotter in your place.  If the Race Officials have to supply a spotter in your absence, you WILL be penalized.
  3. Spotters will count missed gates (via tally) for their assigned pilot.
  4. Following the heat, the Spotter will inform the Racer and the Flight Line Director of any penalties.
  5. Any grievances will be settled by the Flight Line Director and/or Race Director.
    1. If a DVR Video Replay system is supplied by management, the Racer may request a Video Review via the Video Review Process.
    2. The Racer will notify the Flight Line Director and/or Race Director of his request, and provide a $50 Video Review Fee.
    3. The Race Director will inform the Racer of the time the Video Review will take place.
    4. The Flight Line Director and/or Race Director will review the race, and inform the Racer of their decision.
    5. If the Video Review is deemed in the Racers Favour, the $50 Video Review Fee is returned to the Racer.
  6. Any discrepancy regarding the printed results are to be brought to the Race Director’s attention via written claim.
  7. Results will be deemed final following 30 minutes of posting.

TIMING AND SCORING:

  1. A Transponder System will be in place where available.  iLaps brand transponders are currently the only supported brand unless otherwise advertised.
  2. Racers may use their own compatible Transponder.  This number must be provided to the Race Director at Registration.  Race Management is not responsible for any malfunction of a Pilot’s personal transponders.
  3. Spotters are to track missed gates, to be recorded as full-lap penalties before results are final.

RE-RACES, RE-STARTS:

  1. If a Racer is fouled due to reasons outside of their control (lost video due to another craft not on the track, crashed into at the start of a race, major scoring discrepancy, etc.) the Flight Line Director and/or Race Director may offer a Re-Race.
  2. If a race is started and was not deemed clean or fair (i.e. lost video for a number of racers, object on the track, etc.), a Re-Start may be called by the Race Director.
  3. Re-Starts will either happen right away, only following a majority vote of the racers in that heat, or as late as possible in the program (i.e. the end of the round, or immediately before the next-higher main).
  4. Re-Races will be run at the end of the round.  In Practice or Qualifying, these may be all classes combined.
     

Race Management Supplied Transponder Installation and Use:

An iLaps Drone Model Transponder may be supplied by Race Management.  Please mount it in a safe place on your craft, and attach it to an open 5V Channel.  Alternatively, if you do not have an open 5V Channel, attaching to a second LiPo and using spare pins (Pin-to-Pin) is acceptable.

Race Management or Pilot Supplied VTX:

The only frequencies used in the race will be the 5.8Ghz Raceband frequencies, on 25mW or 250mW transmitters (which of these two will be determined prior to Qualifying.)

Race setup

There will be upwards a total of 8 flying stations. During the testing we may decide to roll less than 8 pilots in a race to allow better frequency separation in case we detect issues with interferences or certain frequencies not performing well. The 8 flight stations will be set up before the race, the pilots should provide their own goggles to connect it to the diversity or quasi-quad receivers at each flight station.

Each of the 8 stations will have its own frequency allocated and should not be changed throughout the race. The frequencies traditionally will be as follows:

Station
1
Station
2
Station
3
Station
4
Station
5
Station
6
Station
7
Station
8
5658MHz
RH
5695MHz
LH
5732Mhz
RH
5769Mhz
LH
5806MHz
RH
5843MHz
LH
5880MHz
RH
5917MHz
LH

For best performance, the transmission polarity will be alternated from one station to the next.

Goggle Requirements

Please note at this time we do not know if we will be able to provide goggles or not at every station. Our recommendation is that everybody will need to bring and use their own goggles for racing. The video feed provided will be through a standard Fatshark/Immersion AV cable terminated in a 4 position 3.5mm jack. The pinout for attaching your own goggles (if not Fatshark) is displayed below:

goggle pinout

If your goggles receive a composite (yellow video, red audio left, white audio right) input, please provide your own cable, as the Immersion RC Raceband Station also offers a Female Composite Out.

SIGNAL ASSIGNMENTS:

In an occasion that calls for non-RaceBand signal assignments, one of the following Signal Assignments may be used:

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BASE STATION CHANNEL ARRAY:

Base stations are capable of tuning into the following 40 Channels:

 

If you have any further questions about the race regulation, equipment setup, camera, VTX and/or other requirements, please contact us at http://fpvracingevents.com/team/


* revised November 15th, 2016

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