|What maneuvers do I fly in a scale contest?
That's the most asked question we receive. Before we begin with that, there is a process you must be aware of if you are going to show up at a contest...and be ready to win! Yes, I know of no reason why a first timer can't win their first scale contest.
I know, I know, you think we're just teasing you to get you to read on. Yes & No...Yes, because of the misconceptions about scale contests. No, if you're not interested...you'd not be reading this far along!
This will provide first time contestants with a simple to follow flight plan for their first scale contest experience.
Q: Flight Plan, what's a flight plan?
To participate in a scale contest you must write down a flight plan or routine which you must fly 9 maneuvers in sequence. Flight plans are used by the judges to identify what maneuver you are performing. The judge utilizes a judge's guideline to identify each maneuver and problems typically encountered when the maneuver is performed.
Q: Where do I get a copy of a Judges Guide?
The AMA and Scale Masters have different Judges Guides. Every pilot should acquire a copy of both documents as they are "not" identical.
Q: What maneuvers should I pick?
Be your best friend and pick maneuvers you already know how to fly! Most of you know how to fly a figure 8, a straight flight past, and obviously the two primary events in every flight...the take off and the landing. Go to the list of maneuvers at left to find six or eight more which every airplane can perform! Then you arrange these into a flight presentation for the contest.
There are many many more maneuvers aircraft can perform. It is important to fly prototypical maneuvers which could be accomplished by your specific airplane. Do not try attempt to perform maneuvers beyond your skill level, as that serves no useful purpose!!! Relax and fly your aircraft normally!!!
Judges who recognize a maneuver as being non-prototypical will downgrade your score for not being performed in kind to the family of aircraft in which your aircraft model falls.
Remember, you only fly 9 maneuvers each round. You should select maneuvers you feel comfortable with then, practice, practice, practice.