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Rules | Aerobatic Championship Series

Current rules for the Aerobatic Championship Series

General Rules

In this section, you will find the general information about the format and rules for the Aerobatic Championship Series. The rules and scoring of the competition have been modified from the real life aerobatic competitions, due to what is currently possible in the simulators.

Environmental Presets:

Weather preset to be live weather, unless noted otherwise. Time of day can be set to any time of day you would like. The current weather will be displayed on screen during the event, to keep all competitors honest.

Aircraft Selections:

The current list of acceptable aircraft for the Aerobatic Championship Series are as follows:

  • Aviat Pitts Special (Default)

  • Beechcraft Model 17 "Staggerwing" (Carenado)

  • Extra 330 (Default)

  • Geebee 3 (Got Friends)

  • Robin CAP 10 (Default)

  • Sbach 342 (XA42) (LivToAir)​

  • Sukhoi SU-31 (ndiaFoxtEcho)

  • Van's RV-14 and RV14-A (SWS)

  • Van's RV-7 and RV7-A (Deejing)

Keep in mind, this list will likely grow as we become more familiar with the aerobatic capabilities of different aircraft. Also, the Eagle S100 will likely be added, once it's available for purchase.

 

You can see the current list of third party aircraft in our hangar here.

Competition Box:

The competition box will define the boundaries for where your sequence is to be performed. Differing from the competitions in the real world, the competition box for each event will vary in size, and potentially in shape. Going outside of the competition box will result in deductive points towards your score. A graphical representation of the competition box will be provided in the competition package.

Sequences:

The sequences for each event will be a combination of real life known / unknown sequences, and competitors will be provided with the unique sequence roughly four hours prior to the event. Differing from real aerobatic competitions, competitors will be allowed to practice this "unknown" sequence prior to the event. All competitors will fly the same sequence and will be judged on their ability to perform the sequence as best as possible.

Interference:

If during your run, another competitor interferes with your line of sight you have two options:

  • Continue with your run, and elect to score that one

  • Continue with your run, and elect to have a redo

Rounds:

Each event of the Aerobatic Championship Series consists of two rounds. During each round, competitors will have once chance to fly the sequence. During each round, the format is currently set up to randomly choose a competitor to compete next.

 

You do not need to participate in both rounds in order to win.

Practice:

There will be a timer on stream for practice before each round starts. Round 1 practice occurs during the pre-show and lasts for 30 minutes. The final practice round is 10 minutes long, following the conclusion of the first round. When the practice session is completed, all competitors taxi over to the designated event parking area.

Sequence Start:

During each round, competitors will be selected in a random order to compete. Once you've been selected, taxi to the designated runway as shown in the competition package. Fly into the competition box and prepare to start your sequence. Once you are ready to start your sequence, perform three wing wags to inform the judges that you are starting your sequence. After the wing wags, you can begin your sequence.

Sequence Conclusion:

Once you've completed your sequence for the current round, land back on the runway and park your aircraft back in the designated event parking area. The area will be designated in the competition package.

Competition Package:

All competitors will receive a Competition Package, prior to the start of the event. The package will include the following information:

  • Event Sequence

  • Event ICAO

  • Event Server

  • Selected Weather Preset (Live, Unless Noted Otherwise)

  • Airport Diagram

    • Competition Box​

    • Designated Parking

    • Judging Location POV

    • Taxi Instructions

Scoring

In this section, you will find the general guidelines on how to score, and how the scoring works.

Scoring:

The scoring is rated on a scale from 0 - 10. Zero being the lowest score possible, and ten being the highest possible. Scoring is based on the scoring criteria (see below).

The winners are determined by the highest scores in either round. Having two rounds allows you two attempts to get the highest score.

Example: You score a 9.45 in round one, but a 4.51 in round two. If a 9.45 is the highest score across all the competitors and rounds, you are crowned the winner for that event

Scoring Criteria:

In this rendition of aerobatic competition, competitors are scored based on same criteria as seen in the real competition aerobatics:

  • Precision of the lines and angles,

  • Roundness of full and partial loops,

  • Symmetry of figures

In general, competitors want to be as precise and accurate as possible. A more detailed score criteria will be updated at a later date as we continue to iron out the series.

Scoring Deducts:

Scores are also negatively impacted for the following occurrences:

  • Flying a figure or figures incorrectly

    • Example: Flying a half Cuban eight instead of a reverse half Cuban eight

  • Flying outside the boundaries (competition box)

  • Touching the ground and / or the runway during your sequence

DNFs:

DNF's are given out for the following reasons:

  • Crashing onto the runway or onto the ground

  • TBD...

Redos:

Redos are given out for the following reasons:

  • Extreme Lag Scenarios

  • Interference

  • Aircraft Fails to Render

Tiebreakers:

Ties are generally able to be broken within the current scoring system, by utilizing your average score, with no scores excluded. If a tie still remains, then there will be a tiebreaker round between those competitors. This will repeat until the tie gets broken, and the winner will be awarded an additional .01 points towards their score. 

Scoring Commands:

To score, wait until you see the replay screen show up on screen. Once the replay screen shows up, the scoring will be open. To submit your score for that competitor, type "!score <#.##>".

ex. !score 8.76

Scoring Structure:

For clarity, scores are computed by removing the highest and lowest scores given for the competitor, and then taking the average of the remaining scores between them.

Leaderboard Points

In this section, you will find information on the leaderboard point structure for the Aerobatic Championship Series events.

Event Points:

Leaderboard points are as follows for each event throughout the regular season:

First Place - 3 Points

Second Place - 2 Points

Third Place - 1 Points

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