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Posted - 02/26/2004 :  10:49:02 AM  Show Profile
Updated Feb., 2004 - Lois Zeigenfuse

GOAL OF THE EASTERN SOARING LEAGUE: Enhance the sport of radio controlled (R/C) thermal soaring through the establishment and maintenance of reasonable standards of contest operations.

Following is a summary of the rules created by the ESL to accomplish the above goal.

Contest Scheduling and Conduct

1. An ESL schedule for the upcoming contest season is compiled at the annual ESL meeting. Additions, deletions, and corrections may be made by contacting the ESL Contest Coordinator.

2. A club wishing to have an ESL approved contest must have at least one ESL member and must have a representative in attendance at the ESL Meeting or send a written request to an ESL officer to have a date reserved at the ESL meeting.

3. The contest season starts in April and ends the first weekend in October. (Changed 2002) The ESL can extend dates as necessary when scheduling the upcoming season’s events. No two ESL contests shall be scheduled in consecutive weekends. Only 2 contest days of Hand Launch Glider shall be allowed to count for ESL points. The Baltimore BRASS club shall have the only approved ESL HL Glider contest to count for ESL points. (Added 2000).

4. The contest must have been listed prior to the scheduled meet date in the AMA Competition Calendar, Eastern Soaring Line, or a mailing of the announcement to the ESL membership.

5. The contest must have at least three rounds for points to count toward ESL ranking.

6. The contest must have no fewer than twenty (20) contestants in each event (i.e. Unlimited, 2-Meter, Hand-Launch), including Juniors, for points to be counted toward ESL ranking.

7. There must be a minimum of five (5) ESL member contestants in order for scores to count toward ESL rankings.

8. The event will be conducted and awards presented in Expert, Sports Flyer and Junior classes.

9. The contest must be an AMA sanctioned event.

10. The contest must be located in the geographical area of: MA, RI, CT, NY, NJ, PA, DE, MD, NC or VA.

11. The Contest Director (CD) must have flown in 3 meets in the previous year or have been a past CD.

Sanctioning Fee

1. Each club holding an ESL contest shall remit $2.00 per contestant per day starting in 2003. This replaces collecting individual dues. Clubs may have the option of increasing the entry fee by $1.25 - $1.50 per day to cover the increase in sanction fees. See Membership section for further details.

2. The sanctioning fee must be paid for that club’s contest to be included on the following year’s schedule.

Contest Winches and Batteries and other ESL equipment

1. ESL winches and batteries are available for use by any club holding an ESL approved contest. Arrangements should be made with the CD of the previous contest for transportation of the winches and batteries. Winch line will be furnished by ESL and replaced as necessary.

2. Any equipment problems should be noted in the Winch Log Book, and arrangements made to correct any problems before the next contest.

3. The ESL tracking equipment, line pole and any other misc. equipment shall also be the CD’s responsibility for transportation. (Added 2003).

Contest Tasks and Rounds

1. Task, landing option and launching equipment will be included in the announcement as per AMA rules. Tasks and options, once established and announced at the Pilot’s Meeting, must not be changed during the contest. Conditional tasks and rounds may be used. Example: Three rounds, fourth round if third round is completed by 3 p.m.

2. Only two (2) scheduled one (1) day contests on consecutive days constitute an ESL contest.

3. Only two (2) events (i.e. Unlimited, 2-Meter, Hand Launch) per day may be flown.

Contest Results

1. The CD will forward complete contest results to the ESL Scorekeeper and the ESL Editor/Webmaster within two weeks. (Changed 2001).


1. Free ESL dues and free End of Year entry fee for the ESL President, Sec./Treas., Newsletter Editor, Webmaster, Scorekeeper and Battery Keeper.
(Changed 2001).

2. ESL dues will not be collected but the sanction fee will be increased to $2.00 to compensate for the lost dues income. See Sanction Fee heading. All persons that enter an ESL contest will be considered ESL members and will receive the ESL newsletter by email. The current membership list of 2002 will be used as the base line membership and as contests are held new members will be added to the roster. Those persons who wish to receive an ESL Newsletter and not fly in any ESL contests, need only to submit their email address to the newsletter editor. Those who wish to contribute money to the ESL can do so by sending it to the ESL Sec./Treas. (Added in 2002).

3. All contestants must have a current AMA license.


Edited by - F3jeb on 02/26/2004 10:53:42 AM
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