This is an overview of frequently asked questions about the NFC which will be regularly updated and extended.
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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 (22 - 26 September 2022) you can still participate if your graduation does not take place more than 8 months prior to the competition.
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.
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.
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.
Would it be possible to clarify what "The use of UAS for critical missions – reliably, promptly and can be used under Nordic weather conditions" on page 5 meant exactly. Is this a specific competition requirement, and if so, does this mean that the aircraft must remain flightworthy in, for example, snowy conditions?
When the weather in and around Hamburg presents itself from its "Nordic" side or Nordic weather conditions this means clouds, light rain and sometimes strong gusts of wind at possible cool temperatures (for example 10 degrees Celsius). Therefore, the UAS should be designed accordingly…But who knows how the weather will be.
On page 7, under section 4.4, it states that the payload box (PLB) must be 1. fixed during flight, and 2. horizontal positioned. The questions we had were whether a system that allowed for the rotation of the PLB was considered 'fixed', or if, rather, 'fixed' meant that the PLB would not slide or rotate during flight in any way?
Fixed means that after the box has been weighed by the organizer and implemented back into the UAS by the respective team, it does not move. For safety reasons, the box is prevented from having a dramatic negative impact on the center of gravity of the UAS due to improper fixation and from falling out of the UAS during flight and possibly endangering people.
Horizontal means that the box is aligned lengthways to the main flight direction or aircraft nose direction (pos. x-axis) over all flight phases.
How long is the taxi distance?
Max. 20 meters.
Below you can 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 your 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!
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 will be no time recording while your loading the payload into your aircraft, but it should be within a 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?
The XT90 connector has to be used.
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.