GET OUT AND FLY!
All competitors need to practice safe flying procedures and we strongly encourage competitors to abide by pre-flight checklist protocols.
Challenge 1: Tight Landing
Land on the smallest possible space measured by square area.
This challenge is called the Tight-Landing Challenge. The objective of the challenge is to land your drone on the smallest possible landing space. In order to successfully complete the challenge and submit your score, you must take off within line-of-sight and bring the drone to at least 5-foot height before descending to the designated landing spot. To record the landing as successful, the drone must have all propellers come to a stop and have the drone sitting upright atop the landing zone; it is not required that all landing pads of the drone be in contact with the landing zone. Most importantly, you must start or end your video submission by giving the length and width measurement of the item you will be landing on. (We recommend doing the measurement after a successful landing.) Scoring: The area of all competitors’ landing zones will be calculated and the competitor landing on the smallest area will be awarded 10 points, with each other competitor earning one less point in descending order according to size.
Challenge 2: Limbo
The objective of the challenge is to fly underneath an object that is as low as possible.
This challenge is The Limbo Challenge. To complete the challenge, you will first set up a limbo pole (examples are a broomstick, board, or piece of string) in between two objects. Second, you will need to launch your drone within line-of-sight and fly under the object without coming in contact with it or the ground. Last, the drone must land on the other side of the limbo pole to record the challenge. In order to receive points for the challenge, you must videotape measuring the height of the pole from the ground to the center point of the limbo pole. (We recommend doing the measurement after a successful landing.) Scoring: The measurement taken from the ground to the object that is the smallest will be awarded 10 points, with each other competitor earning one less point in ascending order according to measurement.
Challenge 3: Threading-the-Needle
The objective is to fly through a designated rectangular object as many times as possible in one minute.
This challenge is called Threading-the-Needle. In order to complete the challenge, challengers should build/create a rectangular space (examples are a hollow box or the limbo setup) that your drone can easily pass through. For this challenge, it is not required that the pilot launch or land their drone within the timed minute. In order to earn a point, the drone must enter the rectangular object and exit. You will earn points only when entering and exiting in the same direction; you can return to the entrance of the rectangle from any direction except reversing through the rectangle. Scoring: In the video submission, the first pass through the rectangle will be the start of the minute and count as the competitor’s first point. During that minute, every pass through will earn the competitor one point.
Challenge 4: Infinite 8
The objective is to fly through two objects in a figure 8 pattern as many times as possible in one minute.
In order to complete the challenge, you must launch your drone from line-of-sight to begin the minute countdown. Once your drone is airborne, you will earn a point for every time you cross in between the two designated objects. When the minute has elapsed, no more points can be obtained, and only if your drone can be clearly seen in between the two objects at the end of the minute can that last point be counted. There is no requirement to land your drone in this challenge. Objects we suggest for the challenge are garbage bins, yard chairs, and large boxes. Scoring: One point will be earned every time the drone passes through the center of the two objects after making a full rotation around one of the objects. Points will only be earned if a figure 8 flight pattern is maintained; no multiple rotations around one of the two objects. What is most important is that competitors pick objects large enough to maintain a flight pattern below the top of the objects while passing through the center as points will be taken away if the craft is above the object line when passing through. The points accrued in this challenge will be added to the competitor’s overall score.