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2The event consists of figures and maneuver’s composed by a pilot and report to the judges to approve on the day before the competition. The performance should not exceed over the restrictions contained at a helicopter producer manual nor endanger the safety of a pilot. Moreover, it should fit it the area of 1000x1000x300 meters and takes no more then 4 minutes.

The best-qualified and experienced judges may exclude some of the figures they find as a danger. The evaluation of the program considers such elements like composition (the level of difficulty and the advantages taken of the possibilities of the aircraft), pilot technic and general impression for the audience.
Because of the level of difficulty and limitations of several aircrafts, freestyle is not compulsory for all the competitors neither included to the general classification.

An actual World Champion is Austrian Siegfrierd Schwarz, the president of Red Bull team, who has presented his skills flying the Bo-105 helicopter.
In Europe there are only two pilots authorized for acrobatics and two Bolkov, especially designed for that helicopters).
It’s also interesting that the cost of a one hour acrobatic flight is estimated for about 50 000 euro.

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precisionThe precision event tests the skill of the pilot to fly a low level course with manoeuvres in all directions. The use of an altimeter is highly forbidden thus if there is any built-in, must be covered and sealed off.

The main idea is based on two chains: the 3-meters-long one is attached to the left skid and the other one meter shorter hangs from under the cabin of a helicopter. The trick is that the longer chain must not loose the contact with the ground while the shorter must not touch it.

The task is about to fly along the 200 meters long and one meter wide rectangular shape track, including two 360° turns at the indicated by the organizer corners and directions.

Another challenging rule says that an aircraft must be faced toward the direction of entering on the track during the whole flight. Accordingly, the first part has to be done forward, the second and the fourth sideways and the third backwards. A pilot follows the hints of a co-pilot who keeps an eye on the track and chains. During the flight to the left however, chains pass under the aircraft thus the vision of them is impeded due to the direction of the flight and the door being closed.

The co-pilot also counts down the time of the rotation, as it can’t take less than 15 second. Otherwise, the penalties are incurred.

After succeeding all of the elements at the quadrangle helicopter heads to the finish line through the 70-meters-long corridor still maintaining the same direction.

The event is ended with the helicopter landing on the landing line. The pilot will already have placed a marker tape on the skid of the helicopter prior to the event starting and he will now be measured to see how far he is from the landing line, this measurement is made in centimeters. The time to fly the course is 130 seconds. Pilots by controlling it during being on the route my estimate in the end how long they spend on careful landing. The penalties are accumulated for height and corridor violation, wrong direction or time retention of the turns and inaccuracies on the landing line.

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fenderfender2Fender – nothing else then a boat bumper. For a helicopter sport usage loaded down to the weight of 8 kilos and hooked up at the 8 meters long robe ended with a trapezoid shape handle.

Bumper is meant to be insert into the three barrels spaced out at the certain area in the correct order, extending the rope sequentially from 4 to 8 meters.

The order of checking in for each barrel is announced at the briefing before the competition hence the crews may train the route.

The run starts at the indicated line. A co-pilot – meaning an operator of the Fender sits in the standard position with a seat belt fasten. Both legs must be kept inside of an aircraft and hands should be visible for judges.

After the signal of a starter, the helicopter takes off vertically and while the rope reaches the length of 4 meters and the bumper in the aircraft moves towards the 3 meters wide opening gate, trying to pass it keeping the Fender between the pales. After plugging the bumper into the first barrel the rope must be extended up to the marker at the 6th meter and taking out the bumper the flight may be proceeded to the next checkpoint.

A pilot can see the barrel at a distance of 2-5 meters in front of the helicopter’s nose, thereupon is guided only with co-pilots instructions. A serious difficulty makes a strong wind. The area where the barrels are set is not located with an exacted wind direction, though a precise approach needs lot of practice and skills.

The competition ends with inserting the fender into the last barrel and dropping the rope. The time provided for that part is 50 seconds, after that team gets penalty points. Beside of that penalties are awarded for: touching the external part of the barrel, incorrect rope length as same as holding it in the wrong place, touching the ground, wrong barrel’s order or missing the opening gate.

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The most taxing of all the events which calls on all the skills of rotary wing control, airmanship, navigation and communication.

10 minutes before the departure the crew check in at the preparation line in order to be controlled in case of using any forbidden equipment. All kind of GPSes, mobile phones, short waves radios are highly prohibited same as altimeters and autopilots.

All crews are given the envelopes with tasks to accomplish and 5 minutes time for preparation. During that time they are supposed to plot on a map two turning points, which form part of the course, the exact route through each sectors, reckon the time between sections and set the stopwatch. Upon departure, the requirements en route are to identify 10 orange and black ground placed symbols within a search box of dimensions 5-25 Km long x 2-5 Km wide at a nominal height of 250 metres and a further 3 symbols to be overflown at 50 metres sited at turning points.

With a speed not less then 30km/h and high at least 10 meters 1kg rice filled bags need to be dropped on to two 5 metre circles 100 metres apart. To accomplish the event remains only placing a bowl hanged on 7-meter long rope in the 40-centimeter hole of constructed roof.

slalomSlalom is one of the most spectacular helicopter events. A bucket full of water is held on a 5 meter rope by the crewman out of site of the pilot, the object is to fly the bucket through a course 200 meters long by 120 meters wide containing 12 gates in total in 3 minutes 20 seconds time.

The challenge starts at the indicated line. Empty 3 kilo bucket lies on the ground. After the sign is given a helicopter sets off toward the barrel full of water to fill the bucket as soon as possible. The rope is extended to 5 meters afterward the flight might be proceed to the first gate direction. The gates are 2 metres high by 1 metre wide and their placing is clearly defined in the regulations. The 12 gates are flown consecutively and the pilot should avoid hitting the gates to ensure there are no penalties. The direction the pilot flies through the gates is released the day before the event. After flying all the gates, the co-pilot extends the rope to 11 metres to approach the target table, which from that distance is difficult to see. Penalties are incurred for missing or hitting the gates, losing water from the bucket, inaccurate placement on the table and not completing the course in the right time.

In order to increase the attractiveness for the public, a similar event is organized for two aircrafts simultaneously. Crews are supposed to fly through 6 instead of 12 gates and a fender, which is meant to be located in the barrel, replaces the bucket. Such racing however is not classified by FAI and is not included in general ranking.

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