It is time for the Virtual Aerobatic World Championships once again. This is the third Championship competition held by Michael Garbers and Flightxtreme.com. The Virtual Aerobatic World Championships are based on the real Flight Aerobatic competition and pilots are held to the same standards and rules as the official rules set by the FAI.
There are five classes in the competition. These include primary, sportsman, intermediate, advanced, and unlimited. Each class has its own set of rules for the competition, as well as the general rules. You can also compete in the four minute freestyle portion of the competition and the independent glider competition.
It is important for all contestants to study and be familiar with the FAI's “Rules CIVA Regulations Part 1-Events for Powered Aircraft Section 6.” These regulations apply to the Virtual Aerobatic competition too. Michael keeps his regulations as close to these as possible. First, you must choose which class you are going to be in. Once you have decided this, it is a good idea to practice and train.
You want to choose the right aircraft for aerobatics. Not all aircraft and a good fit for this sport. It is best to choose your aircraft based on trial and error. If you are flying primary or sportsman, try the Decathlon or Marchetti. These aircraft have better spin characteristics. The Christen Eagle II is good for height. For training, start out small and work your way to the big stuff. It is wise to always check your flight from the tower view in replay. This is how the judges are going to view your sequences.
When it is time to compete, make sure you do both sequences in your class and follow the rules. Each class has its own set of rules that must be followed. The rules govern things like the aerobatic box, horizontal outs, and K-factor of positioning. Once you have completed your two sequences, be sure to submit both the video and the flight recorder for each.