FAQS

This overview of the frequently asked questions about the NFC 2020 will be regularly updated and extended.

Feel free to pose any questions you have via our contact form.

 


Postponed Competition Weekend

When is the new date?

22 - 26 October 2020

What about timelines for handing in the reports and presentation?

The competition keeps running! The NFC-Jury decided to stick to the time table for handing in the final design report ("FDR") and your presentation slides. They will be evaluated and scored.

How long is the taxi distance?

Max. 20 m.

below you see a map of our airfield, so you can figure out how the airport layout will be during the competition.

 

Note: "Flugbereich" (red area) means the area on the ground (airfield area) where aircraft may take off, land or taxi by their own power. It is an area secured by fence to the spectators. See info below for flight area information.

What are the dimensions of the flight box?

The size of the manouvering flight zone expands 1000 m x 350 m on the north side of the airfield. Take off and landing will be on the asphalt runway according to wind direction. All manouver directions follow a left- or right-hand traffic pattern on the north side of the runway accordingly. Overflying the runway to the southern side where spectators or other teams are waiting is strictly forbidden!

 

What happens, when my team cannot travel to Germany in October?

The organizers and jury know about the difficult situation of several teams in all countries all over the world. Let us know if you have any concerns about this as soon as possible.

Is there a time limit to reach takeoff position when released from waiting point?

 

When cleared for lineup you must leave the holding point and reach takeoff position to be fully ready for departure within 5 minutes.

 

What is the surface pavement of the taxiway?

 

Taxi shall only take place on taxiways of the airport where surface is asphalt.

 

What are the dimensions and mass of the datalogger?

 

You will resceive a GPS logger from jury prior flight with dimension max. 60 x 60 x 50 mm and 200 g. It will work on its own.

What is the size of the metal plate?

 

By German law your A/C must be equipped with a metal plate with holder's name. Minimum dimensions are 25 mm x 10 mm to a max. size of 40 mm x 15 mm.

 

Check https://www.dmfv.aero/rechtundwissen/kennzeichnungspflicht/ [unfortunately German only, but maybe google translator can help you.]

 

Will time be measured during loading of payload?

 

There is no time recording of loading the payload into your aircraft, but it should be within reasonable time. This does not affect grading.

Does the XT90 battery connector has to be used or may we use a smaller version because currents are much smaller?

 

Use the XT90 connector!

 

Can we use FPV to fly?

 

You should fly safely without FPV. But you could record your flight for evaluation purposes.

 

Are Li-Ion cell batteries allowed to use?

 

Rules of regulations states, that Li-Po cell batteries should be used for competition aircraft as these are common for model aircraft.

How does the competition benefit myself as a participant?

 

-During several stages of the event you will face situations in which you have to take responsibilities but also times you and your team are forced to make compromises in order to achieve a mutual goal.

Furthermore you will be able to make contact with numerous other aviations enthusiasts from all over the world and representatives of our partners and sponsors from the aircraft industry.

 

Who can participate in the New Flying Competition?

 

Participants of the New Flying Competiton have to be enrolled as degree seeking students in a university. Every team is allowed to have one PhD-student as a team member.

If you presumably graduate inbefore the actual date of the competition (24 - 28 September 2020) you still can participate if your graduation does not take place more than 8 months prior to the competition.

How do I apply?

 

Registration for NFC 2020 is open until 31 October 2019.

Who is going to evaluate the reports and the flight-performance of the teams?

 

There will be an independent jury - the so-called Advisory Council - consisting of representatives of the aviation-industry and experts in model-aviation. 

Is it possible to improve an existing design of a model-aircraft or does every team have to design a completely new model?

It is possible to improve an existing design if it fulfills ALL the criteria given in the Task and the Rules. For example, you cannot attach a payload-box to the outside of your aircraft to carry the payload. If you improve an existing design you still have to present your calculations and design to the jury in form of the Preliminary and the Final Design Report.

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