To take off in as short distance as possible.
This task is intended to be included as a small element of another task.
Takeoff permission is granted after the pilot has indicated he is ready to take off.
The maximum distance on the ground, from where the pilot’s feet or aircraft wheels have been since the start signal, to where the pilot’s feet or aircraft wheels permanently leave the ground will be measured and scored. (permanently is defined as aircraft is airborne for more than 10 sec.)
- There will be time and distance limits established at briefing according to the weather conditions.
- If not otherwise briefed, the time limit for this task is 1 min.
- No restrictions on number of attempts within the time limit.
- No penalties for the wing touching the ground on each attempt.
- If not otherwise briefed, the distance limit is 30 m.
- Exceeding either time or distance limits will be signaled with red flag and scored zero.
Pilot score = 100 x (Smin / Sp)
Smin = The shortest distance in metres for a takeoff.
Sp = The pilot’s takeoff distance.
The scoring can be done separately or may be integrated into the overall task scoring as S.
If the pilot scores 0 then the penalty shall be no more than 10% of the overall task score.
Marking pilot’s footsteps or wheels on the ground can be a tricky task for marshals. Using 2-3 m long rods (sail battens, fishing rods or similar) has proven to be effective to help in fixing visual observation results on the ground before they are measured.
Alternative methods can be developed and used for more precise measurements.