2016 Edition

The events counting towards the MSA club championship are listed in the calendar. All the thermal and E-soaring events are held at Fish Meadow, Upton-upon-Severn.   All events counting towards the club championship start at 10:30 am. Entry fee to club championship events is £1.50 including a draw ticket (extra tickets are £1.00 each) for the end of year raffle. Types of raffle prizes, which can vary from gliders to servos, are at the discretion of the Competition Secretary and are of a total value up to approx £200.

The idea behind our club competitions is that they should be low-key events that are not over demanding on the pilot or the glider. Their aim is to encourage you to improve your flying skills and to provide that little extra edge to go further, fly higher, stay up longer or whatever, in the company of other members. We do have a range of skilled and novice pilots in the MSA, so you can measure your progress this way. Competition has always been a really enjoyable element of our sport - so why not give it a try? There will be an award at the end of the year for the "best novice". A novice is defined as any member who has never previously won either the club open, the thermal, slope or E-Soaring championship or the best novice award.

For the thermal events anything from a light two channel, two metre glider upwards with a wing capable of withstanding a winch, bungee or hand tow will suffice. Members are expected to share launching equipment in club thermal competitions. Towlines and bungees should both be 150 metres unstretched length; winches, when set out, are restricted to 200 paces from winch to turnaround, which should equate to no more than 175 metres of line before launch.

Thermal E-Soaring gliders can be of any span up to the FAI maximum. Currently member's gliders are in the 2.50 to 3.6 metre span range. The glider must have an on board height limiting device that can be preset before launch to 100, 150 or 200 metres height at motor cut-off. Click on E-Soaring rules for the general MSA rules for this class.

The MSA Club champion, who wins the Autogroom Trophy, is decided from the results of all club competitions, by taking the best three scores from the four thermal events and the best four scores from the six E-Soaring events and adding them together. The Thermal Champion, who is awarded the "Jim Kirk Memorial Shield", is decided by taking his best three scores from the four thermal events. The E-Soaring Champion is decided by taking his best four scores from the six E-Soaring events.

Competitions will be postponed a week or cancelled if it is agreed on the day by those who entered that the weather conditions are unsuitable. If only three events or less are held in a category, then one score in that category can be dropped. The scoring system is 100 points for a win, 2nd-90, 3rd-80, 4th-70, 5th-65, 6th-60, and so on down to a minimum of 30 points for flying. All entries have to be in by 10:30 am sharp. The events normally finish before 1 pm.

Our Competition Secretary has produced this guide to the events in the competition programme:


PRECISION DURATION: This event requires the competitor to make a flight lasting for one of a set of pre-specified times. The target time can be decided during the flight. For example, times set could be - 4 minutes - 6 minutes - 8 minutes etc. All target times set must be attempted only once. The pilot with the smallest total error in seconds wins, one discard is allowed.

BARCS RES Rules: Competitors, flying in groups, attempt to fly for ten minutes within a 12 minute slot, using a glider equipped only with rudder, elevator and (optional) spoilers. The flight, after a duration as near to possible to 10 minutes, ends with a spot landing. The competitor with the highest score is awarded 1000 points and the rest are percentaged against the winning time.

LONGEST FLIGHT: The longest flight made during the competition is his final score.

3 FLIGHT AGGREGATE: Similar in style to the previous competition however the aggregate of his three longest flights made during the competition is his final score.

PROGRESSIVE TIME: This event relies on the competitor flying for specified times in a progressive manner with no discard flights being allowed. Each flight ending with a spot landing. Times for example could be - 5mins - 7mins - 9mins etc. These having to be flown in sequence.

BARCS RULES: Simply put the rules for this consist of the competitors flying in 10 minute slots. Launching on the sound of an audible signal and landing as near to possible to the completion of 10 minutes with a spot landing. The competitor with the highest score is awarded 1000 points and the rest are percentaged against the winning time.

ALL UP, LAST DOWN [AULD]: This is a electric thermal competition. As the name suggests all competitors launch at the same time to the agreed height, normally 100 metres but this can be changed by on the day depending on weather conditions. The height limiter which is approved is the CAM height limiter which can be purchased from: Hyperflight. The target flight time is 10mins and the longest flight time wins the round. So with 6 fliers the first down scores 1 point and the winner scores 6 points. No landing spots are used and those who fly out the full 10 minutes score the average of the remaining points. On average 7 rounds are normally flown.

REGRESSIVE TIME: This competition is the direct opposite of the progressive time shown above.


For all competitions there will be Multiple rounds,depending on entries and time. Start time 15.00 and finished by 17.00 at the latest.

LOOPS: Each round will consist of 2 flights per person within the same flight , one powered and one unpowered. 1min 30 seconds from take off to complete as many powered loops as possible then reduce height to head height when the time will start again. 3 minutes to complete as many unpowered loops as possible. Power can be used to gain height multiple times in the unpowered session, but the pilot must call power off in level flight before attempting loops.

BALLON BURSTING: Tethered balloons to be burst in a 3 minute flight, using either the propeller or a drawing pin attached to the nose for pusher propeller aircraft. The model must be safe for spectators, so no long needles or other sharp projections to be used.

LIMBO: Flying  between 2 poles below head height, poles at least 3 metres apart. 3 minute flight time from launch to complete as many passes as possible.

SPOT LANDINGS: Launch and fly to an agreed height, power off and land closest to the spot. Cumulative total of multiple landings, one per round.

SLALOM: 3 minutes to fly as many laps as possible around 3 poles set apart.

BOMB DROPPING: Releasing a bomb, consisting of a large nut and ribbon as near to a spot as possible. Scoring will be done based on how close to the spot each bomb drop is. Cumulative total of bomb drops, one per round.
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