Scoring in Combat
1. Causing an opponent’s plane to strike the ground and cease flight after a mid-air contact scores a point. No matter who initiates the engagement, the plane that remains flying after such an event, and
demonstrates flight control by performing a verification maneuver, shall gain one point.
2. Mid-air contact that does not result in a single aircraft striking the ground and ceasing to continue flight, and in the remaining aircraft being able to demonstrate flight control, will net no score for either pilot.
3. Points shall be verified in one of two ways by the victorious pilot of an engagement
(A) Execute a single, 360-degree roll and return to fully controlled straight and normal flight, or
(B) Execute a single 360-degree loop and return to fully controlled straight and normal flight.
1. The point verification maneuver must be performed prior to re-engaging in combat with another aircraft.
2. If an aircraft crashes as a result of attempting to complete the point verification maneuver, no points will be awarded for the engagement. The judge for a given aircraft will determine if the verification maneuver was successfully completed and that straight and normal flight control was demonstrated.
3. Multiple collisions. If an aircraft collides with multiple aircraft in the pursuit of a single engagement, points will only be awarded for the last such collision unless a point verification maneuver was successfully performed prior to each individual collision.
4. One bonus point will be awarded if a pilot can fly an entire round without the aircraft coming to rest on the ground.
Combat Aircraft specifications
1. The maximum allowable wingspan shall be 49 inches.
2. The maximum allowable flying weight shall be 35 ounces.
3. With the exception of control surfaces, covering and structural reinforcements listed below, the aircraft must be constructed entirely of expanded bead, plastic foam material.
4. Wings shall have a plastic foam leading edge at least 1 ½ inches wide, measured chord wise, the entire span of the wing. The wing may be covered with film covering material, vinyl tape, fiber reinforced vinyl tape or any combination of the three. Wood, metal, solid plastic, carbon fiber, Kevlar or any resin impregnated fiber material on or in the wing leading edges are not permitted.
5. Wing spars of any non-metallic material are permitted, provided they do not violate the provisions of Section 5.4 (more than 1 ½ inches away from leading edge at any point along the span). Maximum total cross sectional area for spars shall not exceed ¾ sq. in. Moveable control surfaces at the wing trailing edge (ailerons) will not be considered a part of the total spar cross section.
6. The fuselage of a Conventional Aircraft must have a plastic foam nose section at least 1½ inch in length. The fuselage may have longerons of any non-metallic material provided their total cross-sectional area does not exceed ½ sq. in. area, and that the longerons do not extend into the forward 1½ inches of the nose. The fuselage may be covered with film covering material, vinyl tape, fiber reinforced vinyl tape or any combination of the three.
7. Any flight control surfaces may be constructed of wood or corrugated plastic/paper material. Metal, solid plastic, carbon fiber, Kevlar or any resin impregnated fiber construction or covering material on the control surfaces is not permitted.
8. Any ballast added to an aircraft must be imbedded and secured internally within the aircraft structure and may not be attached externally to the aircraft structure.
9. No plane shall use any form of thrust power. Engines, electric motors, compressed gas or chemical propellants are prohibited. Aircraft converted from electric power must have the motor, motor battery, propeller and any hard surface hatches removed from the aircraft prior to competition.
10. There shall be no limitation on the number of controls. The builder-of-the-model rule does not apply for this event.