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© Sedgemoor Radio Control Flying Club
Near Bridgwater. Somerset, England
This is a long-established and friendly form of inter-club and individual competition, in which any of our member may take part. You may be surprised to know that the League has been in existence for over 40 years.
Taking part in the event is a great way sharpen up your flying and have the opportunity of flying at other clubs’ airfields, as well as getting to know some of their members. Here is some basic information:
Firstly, it is an event for fixed-wing r/c aircraft of 'scale type' - basically, a recognisable representation of a full-size aircraft. The models themselves are not judged, only their flying, and YOU choose the manoeuvres that you are judged on. ANY model is eligible, i/c or electric powered - you can fly an out-of-the-box ‘foamie’ if you wish.
The rules and organisation are as simple as possible, to encourage those who perhaps wouldn't normally think of entering a competition, to have a go. Each participating club hosts one round of the event during the year. For 2017, there have been five clubs involved: Pitney, Blackdown, Woodspring, Ilminster and ourselves, with a round held at each club's flying site. In 2017 we had had around 14-16 competitors taking part in each round.
Each pilot normally has two flights, morning and afternoon, with 10 minutes allowed to complete the schedule. Each flight is scored on four elements:
Taxi, Take-off and climb out. (factor x6)
Five manoeuvres (not necessarily aerobatic) chosen by the pilot. (factor x4 each)
Scale approach and landing. (factor x7)
General presentation and realism of whole flight. (factor x10)
Aircraft are judged as if they were the full-sized aircraft by two judges chosen on the day, who will give marks out of 10 for each manoeuvre. These marks are then multiplied by a ‘K factor' as indicated above. Awards are presented for the best performances on the day, together with various annual awards for club teams, individual pilots, scratch-build models, electric models etc.
That's it, basically. You don't even need to have a BMFA qualification to fly - why not join in?