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See you guys in Cleveland this year!!!

Introduction

The 2012 Empire Hobby World Micro Heli Cup is now in its sixth year and has already proven itself as a high profile show for the world’s best indoor micro helicopter pilots. Our fifth annual event will take place on Saturday, October 13th and Sunday, October 14th at the iHobbyExpo located in the I-X Center in Cleveland, OH. We look forward to the larger flying cage and high ceilings! Like last year, we expect great crowds, great media coverage, and lots of cash and prizes to be given away.

Pilots

Pilots for the WMHC will be selected by the WMHC planning committee. We will accept applications via fax or email using the form at the end of this document.

Classes

There are two competition classes at the event. Each pilot may enter one or both classes:

Micro Class (e.g. Hurricane 200, Blade CP, Axe CP, etc.):

Main blade length to be 255mm or less

Mini Class (e.g. T-Rex 450, Blade 400, etc.):

Main blade length to be 340mm or less but not less than 300mm.

Prizes

1st Place(Mini & Micro Class): $750.00 Cash Prize
2nd Place (Mini & Micro Class): $500.00 Cash Prize
3rd Place (Mini & Micro class): $250 Cash Prize

Venue

The competition will take place on the show floor of the I-X Center during the iHobbyExpo hobby show. For a map of the show floor, visit the FLOORPLAN on the iHobby web site. The contest will run on Saturday, October 13th and Sunday, October 14th from 2pm – 4pm each day.

Frequencies

You must fly on either a 2.4 GHz system or 72 MHz using an ODD numbered channel!

General Rules – All Classes

Overview

This year’s event will be conducted with 10 pilots (subject to change) in each class with one 4 minute flight on Saturday. At the conclusion of Saturday’s competition the judges shall tally the scores and only the top 5 pilots in each class will continue Sunday where each pilot shall receive 2 rounds of flying, not to exceed 4 minutes each flight. This year’s format will consist of one required maneuver flown first, one optional maneuver flown second followed by a 2 and 1/2 minute freestyle choreographed to music. The freestyle will be directly followed by an optional “limbo style” finish to the flight

To help ensure adequacy of music files, all music for day one must be submitted no later than 24 hours prior to the start of competition. These can be submitted to mailto:fatcatpro@gmail.com. Sooner is better. All music will be held in confidence as not to disclose a pilot’s routine to other contestants. It is encouraged to change up your freestyle to show pilot diversity should you make Saturday’s cut. Optional secondary music files for Sunday shall be submitted no later than the end of the day on Saturday October 22nd after the pilot cuts are announced.

Safety

Safety is paramount. The head judge shall have final authority on the flight line regarding matters of safety. Each pilot shall stay behind the established flight line and at no point after the helicopter’s rotors are turning or while the helicopter is moving under its own inertia, may any part of the helicopter pass behind the flight line. Doing so will scratch the entire flight and result in zero points for that flight. Pilots will not be permitted to “pit” or spectate in any area that is forward of the flight line or not in a designated safe pit zone. Violations will result in one warning followed by penalties up to and including disqualification from the contest. Your cooperation is appreciated.

Flight Time

Contestants shall have no more than 45 seconds from the time they are called to fly to have their helicopter in the landing area ready for flight (with some rotation of rotors). On the judges’ signal, the spotter may advise the pilot that the flight may commence. Timing is critical.

Each contestant shall have 4 minutes of actual flying time to complete their flight.
Each pilot will have one flight (per class) on Saturday and two flights (per class) on Sunday. Contest shall begin at 2 PM each day and the pilot’s meeting and roll call will be held at 1:30 PM.

Mandatory Maneuvers

Each pilot must perform the one mandatory maneuver and one of the optional maneuvers specified below. Pilots shall complete contestant data sheet during the pilot’s meeting. The data sheet is to include pilot’s name, age, hometown, gear being flown and optional maneuver selected. These forms shall be submitted to the judges indicating the maneuver that they have selected prior to the start of the competition.

Judging

The emphasis on this event is participation, encouragement and fun. Judging should reflect this as well as pilot ability.

Scoring & Penalties

Pilots will be scored on two scales. There are up to 70 possible points for completing mandatory maneuvers. Point awards are subjective and based on the judge’s perception of whether the pilot; (a) completed the maneuver according to the rules and (b) completed the maneuver in a controlled and smooth manner. There are another 70 points possible for the freestyle routine. The optional limbo finish can score up to an additional 20 points. Judges will award points based on creativity and synchronicity as well as overall appeal to the audience. Creative use of the available airspace and existing venue obstacles will be taken into account for the scoring of each pilot’s freestyle routine. Total flight time (required maneuvers, freestyle and limbo) shall not exceed 4 minutes. The spotter shall alert the pilot at 3:00 and 3:30 and the pilot shall plan to land prior to the 4 minute mark. Pilots going beyond the 4 minute mark will receive a 10 point deduction.

If a pilot crashes during a flight, he may immediately switch to a back-up helicopter. The pilot’s time will continue to run and he will receive a 10 point deduction.

Micro Class Event Rules

Mandatory Maneuver

Backward Inverted Figure of Eight - (35 points)

 Starting from an inverted tail in hover, the pilot will start the helicopter flying towards him and complete a reverse 360 to the right (counterclockwise).

 After the completion of the first 360, the tail should be pointing to and in line with the pilot. The pilot should then transition to a reverse 360 to his left (clockwise). The maneuver is complete at the end of the second 360 when the helicopter is again inverted, tail in pointing at and in line with the pilot.

 This maneuver should be executed at a constant altitude and constant speed. Start and finish should be stable and in line with the pilot.

Optional Maneuver (select one)

Sustained Pirouetting flips (aka- chaos) (35 points)

1. Out of an upright hover model begins to pirouette to the right or left, and begins stationary flips for at least 10 seconds. Model stops upright pirouetting to the left or right then after stopping the pirouette, models pauses in a hover.

a. Start and stop should be at the same altitude, position and same direction of the nose started in.
b. Flips should be centered, symmetrical, and consistent.
c. Pirouette rate should be consistent and appear to flow smoothly.

4 Consecutive Tail-Down Tic-Tocs (aka- metronomes) (35 points)

1. Four tail down “arcs”. There is no hesitation between arcs.

a. Stops should be at a consistent height.
b. No pauses or hesitation.
c. Arcs are symmetrical.
d. The high point of the arc is centered.

Snake (35 points)

1. Backwards horizontal arcs. Looking from the top of the maneuver it should resemble a snake figure. At least 4 arcs.

a. Enter/exit should be the same height as well at the center portion.
b. Arcs are same size/speed
c. Maneuver is symmetrical to the pilot’s center.

Mini Class Event Rules

Mandatory Maneuver

Collective Control & Flips (35 points)

Use Collective control to maintain as constant altitude as possible during these maneuvers.

1. Flips Forward (pick one of the 2 variations)

 With the helicopter hovering Tail-In, add forward cyclic and flip the helicopter to an inverted Nose-In hover, hold for five (5) seconds. From this inverted Nose-In hover add forward cyclic and flip the helicopter back to an upright Tail-In hover, hold for five (5) seconds.

 With the helicopter hovering Nose-In, add forward cyclic and flip the helicopter to an inverted Tail-In hover, hold for five (5) seconds. From this inverted Tail-In hover add forward cyclic and flip the helicopter back to an upright Nose-In hover, hold for five (5) seconds.

2. Flips Backward (pick one of the 2 variations)

 With the helicopter hovering Tail-In, add backward cyclic and flip the helicopter to an inverted Nose-In hover, hold for five (5) seconds. From this inverted Nose-In hover add backward cyclic and flip the helicopter back to an upright Tail-In hover, hold for five (5) seconds. With the helicopter hovering Nose-In, add backward cyclic and flip the helicopter to an inverted Tail-In hover, hold for five (5) seconds. From this inverted Tail-In hover add backward cyclic and flip the helicopter back to an upright Nose-In hover, hold for five (5) seconds.

Optional Maneuver (choose one)

4 Point Tic-Toc (35 points)

1. Starting nose vertical in tic-tocs the heli turns with the tail rotor 90 degrees to the right or left into an aileron tic-tocs, 90 degree turn to nose down tic-tocs, 90 to opposite aileron tic-tocs, 90 degree to starting position.

a. Model stays stationary.
b. Consistent Height.
c. Stops 90 degrees to each other.
d. Holding position at each stop for tic-tocs.
e. Pauses same time between 90 degree turns.
f. Maneuver is symmetrical to the pilot’s center.

3 backwards rolls continuing to 3 forward rolls (35 points)

1. Starting at right of left side model starts 3 backwards rolls. After 3 complete rolls, without hesitation go into 3 forward rolls.

a. Model starts/stops in the same position.
b. Consistent height/speed.
c. No hesitation between rolls.
d. No hesitation between reverse travel directions.
e. Maneuver is symmetrical to the pilot’s center.

Inverted Autorotation (30 points)

1. Starting the height of the ceiling throttle hold is shut off and on the descent one half forward flip is completed.

a. Half flip is centered on descent.
b. Landing is within 10 foot of the pilot’s center.
c. No bounces/blades touch the ground.

Freestyle Routine

The freestyle routine is to be 2 and ½ minutes in length. It will be judged on creativity, synchronicity, use of space and venue as well as difficulty of maneuvers. Music should not be offensive in nature as this is generally a family function. Pilot’s having made day one cuts are allowed to submit different music if they so choose for day 2. There will be 2 rounds of freestyle on day two and the pilot shall designate and submit track(s) to be used for each of the two freestyle rounds for day 2 no later than the end of day one (after cuts are announced).

PILOT APPLICATION (HELI)

Pilot Name

Address

City, State/Province (ZIP)

Country

Home PH

Mobile PH

EMAIL

Heli(s) to be flown ______________________________________________________

Team Affiliation

I intend to compete in: Micro Class Only Mini Class Only Both Classes

PLEASE FAX TO 480.456.1113 or
EMAIL TO apservos@aol.com

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