Online Free Flight Competitions: Existing Events and Future Developments


COVID-19 has forced many pilots to stay home and drop out or temporarily reduce practicing their favorite air sports. However, model aircraft enthusiasts are more fortunate than others, as they can still work on model airplanes at home or fly them in their backyard.s. In addition, despite the cancellation or postponement of hundreds of their events, In some countries they or they are able to compete online.

The FAI Aeromodelling Commission Education Subcommittee is currently working on a new online competition that would accept applications from pilots from around the world. It would be a special free flight class event for kids who would use simple electric gliders with capacitor motors to compete.

Junior project with catapult models

Although no global event currently exists, several online contests have already been held long before the Coronavirus. In Sweden, for example, MFK Gladiatorerna Tullinge has been running a job competition for many years.

MFK Gladiatorerna Post Contest Profile

Who can participate in the Post Contest?

Anyone living in Scandinavia.

When does this take place?

There are two editions per year, one winter and one summer. The two editions take place over three months, with one competition per month.

What is the aim of the competition?

It is intended to expand free flight and to allow the organization of small competitions.

What are the rules?

The rules are simple: it is a combination of international rules, as defined by the FAI Sporting Code and Swedish national rules.

Only introductory lessons are flown, which means simpler models than those used at World and Continental Championships, and for a maximum of two minutes. Catapult models (small gliders started with a rubber band) and manual launch gliders (60cm wingspan models started with manual launch), which pilots can fly for a maximum of 60 seconds, are also used. .

how does the competition work?

Drivers simply post their scores online. A forum allows them to share their experience and post their photos.

The big winner is the driver who scores the most points in the quarterly competitions of the winter or summer session.

When to register

Pilots can enter the competition at any time (i.e. not just at the start).

How to register?

Go to

Top photo: Oskar Findahl with a scale model of F1H airplane (introductory class)

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