Competition Tasks

Constellation Task

In this multi-part task, competitiors attempt to drop a marker or achieve a track point on multiple targets laid out in random order. Each Marker or best track point is measured and the result(s) is used to determine the Team score based on the scoreing methods specified in the TDS. This task would utilize either the Combined or Sum-of-All scoring methos. Results could come by utilizing all targets available or limited as detailed on the TDS.

Shortest distance(s) from observed mark to target is best.

Team Convergent Task

Team competitors select their own launch areas at a TDS stipulated distance from the goal and one another and fly to a common target selected by the Director. All pilots drop their markers as close as possible to the same target. Shortest distance from the target to observed mark is best.

Team Declared In-Line Goals

All three team competitiors launch from a CLA and attempt to fly to three separate goals. The goals must be within the parameters of a set directional corridor and distance apart provided by the Director. Corridor set direction, variance in meters and minimum distance (e.g. 75°, 1000 meters and minumum of 500 meters apart) included on TDS. All pilots drop their markers or work to achieve a valid track point as close as possible to the selected goal. Shortest distance from target to observed mark is best. 

Team Elbow

Each team member uses a marker (with observers) or a track point (with GPS loggers) to create points A, B, and C. The team attempts to achieve the greatest change in direction during the flight. Team membrs are required to fly a minimum distance from A to achieve B and a minumum distance from B to achieve C. Each team member's track is analyzed to determine the best combination fo the three points to calculate the greatest change in direction expressed in degrees. 

 

Details on how to achieve points A, B, and C are contained in the TDS. 

Team Judge (or Pilot) Declared Divergent Goals

In the judge declared version, the Director identifies the targets, but each team member must fly to a different target than his team mates. In this version of the task the Sum-of-All or Sum-of-Two scoring method is used. 

 

In the pilot declared version, the team selects three distinct goals which are a stipulated distance apart per the TDS. Competitors attempt to drop a marker or achieve a valid track point close to the target. Shortest distance is best. 

Team Land Run

Competitors attempt to achieve the greatest area of a triangle A, B, and C inside a circle with a defined center point and radius. The center point can be declared by the Director or the competitor as stated on the TDS. Similar in many respects to the LRN described above, except points A, B, and C are entry and exit track points of the circle created by the team members. At least two team members must have valid entry and exit points to achieve a result.

 

Each team members' track is analyzed to determine the best combination of the three points to callculate the greatest area of the triangle, expressed in square meters. Up to six (6) points are analyzed to determine the best result unless the TDS stipulates otherwise, e.g. Team Captain must establish Point A. Greatest area is best.

 

A team task run in this fashion must be scored using the 3-in-1 scoring method. 

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