WHAT IS PYLON RACING


What is Pylon Racing?

Radio Control Pylon racing is an adrenaline rush like few others offered in RC.


Racing head to head against 3 other pilots around the course tests your flying ability and will leave you craving more.
Pylon Races are not just for pilots, but are great events for spectators, too.
There is a lot going on during a pylon race and flying is only part of the activity.
 

 

SAFETY

• Pylon Racing South Africa is all about safety. All of our members and pilots participating must be paid up members of SAMAA.
• Each pilot and his helper must wear a helmet while near the course.
• Helmets can be hard hats, skateboard helmets and alike.
• Safety netting is also constructed around the flying pits area to protect pilots and callers while flying.

CLASSES FLOWN WITH PYLON RACING

The Planes

The Following Regulations for Pylon Racing discuss everything from the spinner to the trailing edge of the rudder.
Design Specifications in the regulations for each class of competition include those for the wing, fuselage, power plant, landing gear, propeller, construction materials, and many other parts of the plane. In the past there have been multiple classes, that have flown in and around South Africa.
At the moment we are flying five classes. These classes and their descriptions can be found below.
Club2200
Club 2200 is our brand new E-Class, specifically designed for the beginner as well as the more advanced pilot.
This class is all about growing the ever rising popularity of electric based aircraft. The rules are simple in order to keep the class open to various different aircraft, eliminating the need to purchase special equipment. In this class the wing span is limited between 800mm - 1300mm in length, we also limit the weight of the aircraft to fall between 1,020Kg - 2Kg, there are no limits on the type or size of motor and ESC, however we are limiting the Battery to the following specifications, 4 Cell, 2200Mah capacity.
It all boils down to tactics, and setup. If you race with a very fast motor you might run out of battery power during the course of the race, so a fine balance must be met between speed and efficiency in order to finish in first place.
Sportsman Class
This is our entry level class.
This is the class for the beginner / novice who wants to try his/her hand at pylon racing.
The rules in this class is very relaxed, the reason behind this is to allow the everyday pilot to bring along his/her aircraft and fly it against friends or similar skilled pilots.
Caution! this class is HIGHLY addictive, and fun! Pilots are welcome to bring any 40-50 size aircraft ranging from trainers to sticks and sport aircraft. the construction of these planes must be from Plywood or balsa wood.
The maximum size motor allowed in this class is .55 Glow, with a standard muffler, no tuned pipes.
Any specialized racing aircraft or motors will not be permitted to compete in this class
Standard Quickies
Designed for the racer who wants to take it to the next level, in this class we allow a specific rule set to which all pilots must adhere, leveling the playing fields. the Standard Quickie class is also the next logical step for a pilot, who wants to start competing at a more serious level.
The various aircraft fielded in this class have similar dimensions, a set motor size and propeller.
The Allowed Motor is up to .46 Glow, with a tuned pipe or performance Muffler fitted. Specialized racing motors or modified motors will not be permitted in this class.
Hot Quickies
Hot Quickies (Q500) is a class where you will find the seasoned pilots, The “500” refers to the minimum wing area for the class of 500 square inches.
The Aircraft in this class follow the same regulations and dimensions as the Standard Quickie class, in Hot Quickies the Hot refers to a motor that is designed for racing.
These motors are specifically designed for racing, no throttle regulation, it full power or nothing, and can swing the 8,5" propeller in excess of 23 000 revolutions per second on the ground.
These aircraft can reach speeds in excess of 250 Km/h during a race.
Q40 (Quarter Midgets)
The Quarter 40 (Quarter Midget) is the fastest class currently flown in South Africa.
These planes reach speeds in excess of 250-300 Km/h during a race. Q-40 / F3T planes are often all composite and “painted in the mold” resulting in beautiful, sleek and fast aircraft. As specified in the regulations, the planes in this class must also resemble real airplanes, with cockpits painted onto the fuselage.
Seeing these aircraft in action is a spectacle of note, the speed and sound alone, can silence any crowd. As they can only watch in awe of the control and speed of these aircraft.

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