Blue Ray Electric Pylon Race Rules
(This is a fun-fly event, not an AMA sanctioned pylon race event.)
Blue Ray Pylon Race Rules:
•Pylons are set 150 feet apart.
•The entrants will be divided into groups not to exceed six planes per heat.
•Start option #1: All planes must circle upwind of the start line until the start signal is given. Any plane that "false starts" by crossing the start line early will receive a one-lap penalty.
•Start option #2: Le Mans start - pilots or helpers simultaneously launch aircraft on signal from starter.
•Any aircraft that cuts inside a pylon must fly outside the pylon before continuing the race.
•Helpers calling turns for a pilot must stand next to the pilot. Turn Callers are not allowed at the pylons.
•Contact with a pylon is acceptable as long as the aircraft flies around the outside of the pylon.
•Laps must be called out by the pilot or the pilot's helper as the aircraft crosses over the start/finish line.
• Aircraft battery charging or replacement between heats is allowed.
•Heat Races: One heat is 10 full laps with points awarded based upon finish order. If in the opinion of the judge, two planes are too close to call, they will be awarded the same points.
•Determining the race winner: The pilot with the highest number of points shall be the winner.
◦Heat race points:
◦1st Place = 10 points
◦2nd Place = 8 points
◦3rd Place = 6 points
◦All aircraft that complete 10 laps = 4 points
If a points tie exists after all heats have been run, the tie breaker will be a final ten lap race with the first to finish declared the contest winner.
To compete in the Blue Ray Pylon Races, the aircraft must be built as shown on the plans. Motor and Prop recommendations for competition are shown on the Build Instructions page.
The firewall must be a minimum of 1¾" x 1¾" square.
Permitted modifications are:
a. Lay-down or stand-up aileron servos in the wing or a single center mounted servo driving both ailerons
b. Ailerons & Elevator may be foam or balsa
c. Wing saddle may be moved ⅜ inch (10 mm) aft
d. Nose may be extended by no more than 1 inch (25 mm)
e. Either a solid foam wings or the original foam sheeted wing is allowed
Minimum Ready-to-Fly Weight:
2-cell class = 310 gram (11 oz)
3-cell class = 340 gram (12 oz)
Underweight aircraft will be required to add weight to meet the minimum specified weight.
The same airplane may be raced in both the 2-cell and 3-cell class.