This is a building event. Teams will build and test ahead of time up to 2 rubber powered helicopter(s). A flight log containing at least 6 parameters for at least 10 test flights must be written and turned in at the competition. At the competition, teams will have 8 minutes to complete up to 2 official flights for the maximum time aloft.
Teams MUST bring their helicopter(s) and flight log.
Event Leaders will bring tools necessary to measure and check the helicopters, and the official scoresheet.
High score wins. Points are earned for seconds aloft of the best single flight. Teams missing part or all of their flight log will be penalized. Ties are broken by the best non-scored flight. Bonus multiplier this year for single-bladed rotors (up to 3 rotors per helicopter, 10% bonus each, max 30% per flight)
- Balsa wood can be bought at most hobby stores, or in bulk from Tower Hobbies or other online stores
- Rubber band motors and winders can be bought at some hobby stores, or from Midwest or other online stores, search for rubber motor or contest rubber. Also, make sure you know the gear ratio of your winder. 1:5, 1:8, and 1:16 are all common, and will affect how many turns you make to achieve the ideal number of winds on your motor. The first number (1) is how many times you turn the crank compared to how many times your motor is turned on the output side (the 2nd number).
-There are quite a few tutorial YouTube videos on how to make a helicopter. They have been embedded below.
-Know which way to wind your helicopter! If you wind it backwards it will go straight down instead of straight up.
2011 Coaches Institute Presentation (2012 rules)
2010 Coaches Institute Presentation (2011 rules)
Parts of a Helicopter:
Pictures and Video: