ON 07JL19


This contest replaces the ALES 3 contest normally run by Gerry Marcicki but he ask me to do this one for him and I have accepted the challenge. Following is some stuff you may want to know before coming to this contest.

The difference between the US TD Electric contest (ALES) and the European TD Electric contest (F5j) is somewhat dramatic, the US version is simple by comparison and is based upon a “level playing field” by starting all contestants at the same launch height whereas the European version is based upon “individual skill at finding lift at low altitudes”. There are differences in format also that an ALES pilot could be “caught out” in if they did not read the rules in detail and really understand them.  I suggest you read the FAI rules (  closely before coming to the field because although this contest is meant to get you initiated into the F5j format to see if we as a club want to migrate to the more complicated format (from ALES), or not.

In order to test the club for this format without making it too difficult for those that do not have the different equipment that F5j requires (from ALES) and to ease the membership into this new format. I will run the contest rather loosely with respect to the FAI rules set (you still need to know them to see what I am talking about, so go look them up).

Specific Line Items that may differ from the FAI or ALES rules:

1. We will allow the use of the CAM altitude switch and the contestant can set it to whatever they want but the altitude used in scoring will be the set value plus      20M. The 20M was determined by testing last year by several of our club  members to set up the TALES rules and it was determined that most planes overshot the 100M set limit by 20M. So 100M=120M, 150M=170M, and 200M=220M. Know that the penalty is 0.5 point/M up to 200M and over 200M is 3 points/M so an 160 point penalty at 200M.
FAI legal switches and Altitude Permit switches will be used as per the FAI rules.

2. We will allow restarts to save your plane but of course it will zero the flight same as ALES.

3. There will be no 10 second launch window, the round clock starts at the initial buzzer and ends at the final buzzer. This means most pilots will launch at the buzzer but if you wait, your timer starts the watch at your launch but ends at the final buzzer so you cannot get the maximum time.

4. The final buzzer is the end of the round this means that the watch stops and if you have not landed before the buzzer, it is zero landing points.

5. Landing Points will be by our ALES tapes that max at 50 points.

6. Scoring will be done using Glider Score and the audio will be set to 3 min between groups if more than one group. I will probably allow more time between rounds to enter scores etc.

7. There will be no protection for teams.
If you have any questions let me know before hand as once the contest starts I expect you to know what you are doing. I may have missed something here so let me know if I did.

Jack Iafret
Official ORF

2019 F5J Contest Rules Modifications