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Rules

  1. The OCSA 2008 Just-For-Fun Contest is open to all pilots and students, whether OCSA members or visitors. All contest submissions must comply with the rules, the spirit of the contest, and good sportsmanship. Flight claims are submitted on the honor system and are generally not validated. Flight claims are subject to acceptance by OCSA. Any disputes will be resolved in the sole discretion of the OCSA, and OCSA reserves the right to amend the rules at any time.

  2. All flights must originate in Southern California, which includes the southern areas of the Sierra Nevada, Central Valley, and coast ranges. Each flight may count toward all three contest goals: distance, altitude, and/or duration. Flights need not be declared beforehand.

  3. The 2008 contest period is for flights from January 1, 2008 through November 30, 2008. All flight claims must be posted by midnight on November 30. Flight claims must be submitted through the OCSA contest web page. Flight claims may not be changed or deleted through the web page. If you wish to correct or withdraw a claim, or have difficulty submitting a claim, contact the OCSA webmaster.

  4. Distance: The total length of a maximum of three contiguous legs of your flight in whole nautical miles. A leg is defined as the straight-line distance between any two points, at least one nautical mile in length. If you use a logger, GPS receiver, or flight computer, the system may calculate the distance automatically; the log files need not be submitted for validation. For flights without electronic recording, calculate the leg distances using a sectional chart. Round up or down to the nearest mile. If you calculate your distance both electronically and manually, you may submit the greater distance. This is an honor-system contest, so we'll believe you. Please submit a brief description of the turnpoints or landing location in the space provided. If a distance is disputed, you may provide logger traces or turnpoint photos to substantiate your claim.

  5. Altitude gain: Maximum altitude minus the lowest altitude after release. For motorgliders, maximum altitude minus the lowest altitude after engine shutoff.

  6. Duration: Time from release (or engine shutoff) to touchdown (or engine restart).

  7. Awards: No awards or prizes are offered. The top ten flights in each category will be posted permanently on the OCSA web site.
     
  8. Skill Level (new for 2008): To continue to encourage new pilots to compete among themselves, there are now two divisions: pre-Silver, and Silver. Each submission must now state whether the pilot held an FAI Silver badge at the time of the flight. Results will be presented separately for the pre-Silver and Silver divisions.

  9. OCSA Members Only: Flights submitted to the Just-for-Fun Contest also qualify for the annual OCSA Family Soaring Contest in the Lone Eagle and Dual Eagle categories. See additional rules here.

 Please send any comments or questions to the OCSA webmaster.