This post has been a long time coming, so I apologize for the lateness of it, but we ARE having an MHSFA speed cup at IRCHA this year... ;)
Most people already know about this, but I wanted to get the official word out and post a link to the RCFlightDeck registration page.
Once you've registered, please send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org with what classes and skill levels you'll be flying in. See an excerpt from our rules document below and let me know if you have questions!
If you need more details on the rules, then see our Basics, Course, and Details webpages... See you all soon! - Justin
Classes are differentiated by body type and blade size. See detailed descriptions below:
Sport - A standard, pod-and-boom model with a canopy that is open (not fully enclosed) starting at the axial location of the main shaft and extending to its aft-most extent axially and starting at the height of the boom and extended to the ground vertically. Models shall also have a rotor shaft perpendicular to the boom. Models shall meet the homologation rule.
Formula - A model with an airframe that is fully-enclosed by a fuselage. The model shall have a nearly continuous outer mold line with the exception of the point of egress of the main rotor, tail rotor, and landing gear assemblies. Models need not have a rotor shaft that is perpendicular to the boom. Models need not meet homologation rule.
Class 1 - 200-400mm Class 2 - 401-530mm Class 3 - 531-630mm Class 4 - 631-720mm Class 5 - 721-780mm Class 6 - 781-850mm
In order to allow pilots to compete amongst their peers and have equal opportunity for recognition within the community, each MHSFA-registered pilot will be given the choice of which skill level in which to compete for each season. The two available levels are Novice and Master.
Novice is a category intended for those pilots who are just beginning or still learning the speed discipline or for those people who do not have aspirations to progress to a more advanced level. Novice pilots will only compete against other novice pilots and will not be subject to the pre-stage rule for their course. This is level is intended for the so-called “weekend-warrior.”
Master is a level intended for those pilots whose experience level and scoring consistency put them in the top few percent of their respective classes nationally or internationally for a given season. These pilots are subject to the pre-stage rule for their course.