Rules

Rules

Mutley's Easter Bunny Air Rally is an autonomous event that is run by Mutley's Hangar and our own Rally Committee. The event draws upon the base concept and rules in the Great Air Rally Grand Prix series, but with variations to provide event differentiation and diversity.

Yes, unfortunately, there is a need to have rules to successfully conduct events such as the MEBAR. The MEBAR is intended as a fun event and is open to everyone who is interested in virtual flight. Please take the time to read the rules. Registration in the event is interpreted as acceptance of the rules.

Objective and Event Format

1. The MEBAR will be officially conducted over the period 13th April - 22nd April 2017 and will involve a total of 5 flights. The MEBAR is not a race nor a competition! It is an event in which individuals participate against their own flying ability by navigating over a series of flight legs on which they are aiming to fly as close as possible to an individually calculated "target time". Flight legs can involve either and / or a combination of VOR, NDB and "dead reckoning" navigating under visual flight rule (VFR) and / or instrument flight rule (IFR) conditions with variable departure times and weather conditions.

2. The event is conducted using MSFS versions FS9 and FSX/P3D. These are the only officially supported flight simulators for the event. Participants wishing to use X-Plane for the event are welcome to do so, but the availability of extra scenery files is very limited.

Eligible Aircraft

3. Participants may fly any piston or turbo-prop single or twin engined aircraft of their choice. Turbojet, turbofan and other such engined aircraft are not eligible for entry in the event.

4. It is the responsibility of individual participants to ensure their nominated aircraft is suitable for use in the MEBAR. Changing to another aircraft type once the event has begun is not permitted. Other considerations will include the flight leg distance and runway surface. This information can be found under the "Flight Schedule" link.

5. It is highly recommended, but not mandatory, that aircraft have both a VOR and NDB navigation capability. Additionally, a DME capability would also be useful. Whilst it is intended and highly encouraged that these be the primary instruments of navigation, it is acknowledged that some participants may find the event too challenging. Therefore, the use of GPS, FSNavigator, Plan-G or other such navigation aids is not precluded.

Target Times

6. The "target time" for each flight leg is calculated for each individual participant based on a test flight over a specified course in their chosen aircraft. Additional time elements are included for the "climb to cruise" and "landing circuit" phases of each flight leg. The test flight time is submitted during the pilot registration process. The details for the test flight are contained under the "Test Flight" link. The "target time" for each participant for each flight leg will be displayed under the "Results" link.

Note: In the interests of presenting an additional challenge during the event, the “target time” for selected flight legs may be "blind", i.e. not provided. In such instances, the Proficiency Ratings will still be calculated as per other flight legs.

Pilot Registration

7. Pilot registration for the event will open upon the opening of this website. Prior to registering, complete the test flight as per the instructions under the "Test Flight" link. Pilot registration closes at 23:59 UTC Wednesday 12th April 2017.

8. Persons wanting to participate in the event must complete and submit the application under the "Registration" link. All applications must be completed fully. Incomplete applications will not be processed. On acceptance, each participant will be allocated an ID number which MUST be quoted in all PIREPS and correspondence. It is not intended to issue registration confirmation emails. Participants can confirm their registration in the event by checking for their name on the Roster under the "Roster" link. It may take up to three days for a name to appear on the Roster.

9. Participants can submit multiple entries for the event flying different aircraft. A separate pilot registration is required for each entry.

MEBAR Downloads

10. A series of downloads are available and are necessary to participate in the event. These are required to set up standard flight parameters for weather and departure time for each flight and provide a necessary flight leg and weather briefing for each flight leg. All necessary downloads are available under the “Downloads” link.

We have provided some additional links to excellent resources both free and payware and the exceptional Plan-G flight planning software which is free but I am sure you will consider making a donation to help fund future development. These files are available under the "Downloads" link.

PIREPS

11. Participants must file a separate PIREP for each flight leg by 23:59 hrs UTC on the date specified on the Flight Schedule. Any participant failing to file a PIREP within the specified time period will be declared "withdrawn". Participants may fly and submit PIREPS in advance of the time and date specified in the flight schedule. Results from PIREPS submitted in advance will not be posted until after the respective flight leg specified reporting time and date.

12. All PIREPS are to have times submitted in minutes rounded to two decimal places. For example, a flight of 1 hr 2 mins 56 secs would be submitted as 62.93 mins. It is recommended that you download and use Tom Goodrick’s FTime from the link on the "Downloads" page. It records time from when the aircraft reaches 35 knots on takeoff until it decelerates to below 35 knots on landing. Alternatively, you may record the time using a panel clock, but convert the seconds to decimal minutes. i.e. 30:45 on a clock would be 30.75 minutes. The use of external clocks, watches, etc, is prohibited. All timers must be internal to the flight simulator.

13. The honesty and integrity of participants is relied upon entirely in entering this event and for submitting PIREPS that are accurate. Where a PIREP appears questionable or to be in error, the organisers may return it for correction or confirmation before posting the results.

14. The format for submitting PIREPS is detailed under the "PIREPS" link.

Proficiency Rating

15. The proficiency rating system involves a participant starting each flight leg with 100 points. The "actual time" flown for each leg is compared to the "target time" and for each percentage point difference, a point is deducted. For example, the "target time" for a flight leg is 50 mins, the "actual time" flown is 52 mins, therefore the score for the flight leg is 96 points. Conversely, using the same example but where the "actual time" flown is 46 mins, the score for the flight leg is 92 points. The proficiency ratings for each flight leg will be accumulated over the entire rally. All proficiency ratings will be calculated to four decimal places and rounded to two decimal places.

16. The results will be updated ASAP after the closing time for each flight. However, the organisers do not guarantee that updates will be applied within any particular timeframe.

Time Zone

17. Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) is the standard time zone used for the event for the purposes of pilot registration, flight schedule dates, PIREPS, etc.

MEBAR Forum

18. The organisers have provided a forum where participants in the MEBAR may leave comments, however, due to limitations of software integration, you will need to register separately if you want to use this free facility.

20. Pilots are encouraged to use this forum for messages, etc, for other pilots and / or generally discuss their progress in the event. This forum should not be used as a means for formally contacting the organisers with official queries or messages. It can also be used to post screen shots of your flight(s) if you wish, but is not obligatory. Forum Link

Official Correspondence

21. All official correspondence relating to the MEBAR should be addressed to the MEBAR Rally Committee

General Caveats

22. The MEBAR is intended purely as a fun event for all participants. There is no obligation, legal or otherwise, on the part of the organisers to conduct this event to its conclusion. The organisers cannot be held responsible for any matter or thing which may arise from the conduct of this event.

23. The decision of the Rally Committee, on any matter concerning this event is absolutely final and no correspondence or other communication will be entered into.

Great tour again guys, already looking forward to next year! Thanks for all the lovely work you have put in this one!

MEBAR Pilot