Page Last Updated: 07-09-2021
Rules and contest running procedures for F5J USA Tour events are divided into FAI F5J Rules, Tour Contest Rules, and Tour CD Guidelines, presented below. A rules outline is also provided below for pilot training and for use as a handy rules reference.
The easiest way to view the latest FAI rules for F5J is to download the following PDF document. It has been edited to only show the F5J ruleset.
If you want to go right to the source you can download the full set of FAI rules from the FAI CIAM Documents page, then click "Sporting Codes", then click "Sporting Code - Section 4: Aeromodelling", then download "Sporting Code Section 4 - F5 Electric". That will get you a PDF file that has all F5 (electric) rulesets, including F5J.
Contest rules for Tour events are dictated by FAI rules along with several Tour rules and FAI rule deviations.
Tour CD Guidelines include FAI F5J rule interpretations and clarifications as well as recommended operational procedures based on Tour event experience.
Clubs and contest groups that would like to offer F5J learning sessions are welcome to use the following tutorial PDF outline which also serves as a handy rules reference.
The following document deals with setting up the throttle, electronic speed control, and AMRT (altimeter) properly for your F5J sailplane. If you've ever had the dreaded "---.-" after landing when you didn't intend to restart your motor, this article is for you!