REGULATIONS FOR THE
BMAA ULTRALIGHT SINGLE SEAT RALLY (USSR) 2011
For Sub-115kg Single-Seat and footlaunched microlights
The USSR normally consists of a three or four day event which starts and
finishes at a single location. It is for sub-115kg single-seaters and
Self-Propelled Hang Gliders (SPHG)s - hereinafter referred to as footlaunched
aircraft - and its purpose is to encourage the use and development of these
classes of aircraft, to allow entrants to explore parts of the UK they have not
seen previously, and foster self-reliance among entrants. Rules are
deliberately kept to a minimum, and entrants will be reliant on their own
resources for the majority of the Rally.
GPS tracks will be used as the main source of validation of an entrant’s
claim for any of the trophies. The organization will issue GPS data loggers for
this purpose. Prizes
will be awarded to entrants of special merit - such as those who complete the
greatest distance - but the award of these prizes is at the discretion of the
Committee, who will ensure that competitiveness is not allowed to overcome good
airmanship and compliance with the law.
Rally - The Ultralight Single Seat Rally (USSR) as defined in these
BMAA - British Microlight Aircraft Association.
Entry - A pre-defined combination of pilot and aircraft taking part in
the Rally. Neither pilot nor aircraft may be changed during the Rally, although
reasonable repairs may be carried out on the aircraft at the Committee’s
Rally Organiser - the individual appointed by the Committee to oversee
the running of the Rally in accordance with these rules and the instructions of
Rally Organisation - the Rally Organiser and other officials appointed
to oversee the running of the Rally. Officials are answerable to the Rally
Footlaunch - Self-Propelled Hang Glider (SPHG) as defined in the Air
Navigation Order current at the time of the Rally.
Sub-115kg Microlight - sub-115kg microlight as defined in the Air
Navigation Order current at the time of the Rally.
The purpose of the Rally is to foster good airmanship, personal
self-reliance and the sharing of experiences. Although prizes are awarded to
entries of special merit, the primary purpose of the Rally is not competitive.
Entries shall comply at all times with Air Law and the requirements of
good airmanship, and nothing in these rules shall supersede this requirement.
A committee shall be appointed by the BMAA to oversee the Rally. The
Committee shall consist of at least three members, one of whom will be
appointed Chairman. The Committee members may not be considered for any of the
The Committee shall appoint such officials as they deem necessary for
the proper organisation of the Rally. This would normally include a Rally
Organiser, scrutineers to verify the eligibility of pilot and aircraft for the
Rally, and marshals for the start and finish, but may include other functions
where considered necessary.
3.2 At least one month before the start:
Application for entry into the Rally together with the entry fee must be
made at least thirty days in advance of the published date. Later entries may
be considered at the discretion of the Committee.
The entry fee is £15 for BMAA members and £20 for non-members.
The minimum age for pilots is 16 years at the start of a contest.
Each pilot must have gained at least 30 hours as Pilot in Command on the
aircraft to be flown.
Each pilot must have valid Third Party Insurance in accordance with CAA
requirements for regulated aircraft (currently around £750,000). Pilots insured
with the BHPA must show a current membership card with a SPHG rating.
All aircraft must conform with either the definition of a sub 115kg
microlight or of a Self Propelled Hang Glider (including Paramotors) as defined
by the CAA in the Air Navigation Order current at the start of the Rally.
Entry fees may be returned if:
•The Committee rejects the application
•The entry is withdrawn in writing at least thirteen days before the
start of the Rally
All persons participating in, or in any way connected with a BMAA event
shall be bound by the rules of the Rally and accept any consequences arising
from participation in it.
3.3 Registration - Friday afternoon
On arrival at the start at Sywell Aerodrome, Hall Farm, Sywell,
Northamptonshire, NN6 0BN on Friday 26 August 2010, all pilots must check in
between 1400 and 2100.
At registration each entry shall show to the Rally organisation:
•Evidence of valid Third Party Insurance in accordance with CAA
requirements for regulated aircraft (currently around £750,000).
Pilots insured with the BHPA must show a current membership card with a
•Up to date CAA aeronautical chart for the Sywell area. You are legally
required to carry charts for everywhere you fly, so you are likely to need more
than this one. (Charts may be available from the Flylight office, depending on
•Evidence of at least 30 hours as Pilot in Command on the class of
footlaunch to be flown.
•Copy of Certificate of Registration and CAA Noise Certificate (or
exemption) for the entry aircraft.
•Copy of pilot’s licence (including the Certificate of
Experience and medical), valid for the entry aircraft, for the duration of the
All accepted entries will receive:
•A copy of these rules
•Guidance notes about participation in the Rally
•24hr contact details for the Rally Organisation
•Declaration for prizes
Each aircraft must be made available during the registration period for
an acceptance check in the configuration in which they will be flown for
compliance with the relevant definition (i.e. sub-115kg deregulated
single-seater or footlaunch). This may include, for example, checking the empty
weight or (for sub 115kg) measurement of the wing area.
Aircraft must be in an airworthy condition. The Rally Organiser may
check the condition of any aircraft and ground it if he considers a safety risk
A Mandatory initial briefing will take place at 21.00 on Friday 26 August 2011 covering:
•Local area regulations
•Airfield circuit patterns
•Arrival and departure procedures
•24hr Contact details for the Rally Organisation
•The start window and duration of the Rally
•Any additional information as deemed necessary.
All pilots are expected to pay full attention to the Rally Organiser and
other briefing staff at the briefing. Side conversations may cause the
participants to miss important detail and distract other pilots who are trying
to listen. Failure to respect this basic requirement may result in a pilot
being asked to leave the briefing tent. Any pilot excluded from the initial
briefing will not be permitted to participate in the Rally.
All flight requirements given at briefing carry the status of
regulations. Regardless of competition requirements, pilots must at all time be
aware of and comply with UK Air Law and carry a current, relevant aeronautical
chart of their choosing when airborne.
3.5 Mandatory Equipment
A protective helmet must be worn whenever the pilot of a footlaunched
aircraft is strapped into the harness of an aircraft with the intention of
flight or running the engine.
The carrying of emergency parachutes is mandatory for paramotors.
3.6 The Start
As always, it is the pilot’s decision as to whether he/she flies or
not. If he/she considers that he/she is not fit to fly (through illness,
fatigue, etc), then it is his/her responsibility to make the decision not to
3.6.2 Preparation for Flight
EACH PILOT TAKES OFF, FLIES AND LANDS ENTIRELY AT HIS/HER OWN
Each competitor is obliged to assess the weather conditions with
reference to his/her own capacity as a pilot and the performance of his/her
equipment before making a decision to fly.
3.6.3 Airfield Discipline
The takeoff window and the Rally duration will be promulgated at the
briefing, but the initial plan is for takeoff to be on the morning of Saturday
27 August and Rally duration to be 50 hours. Entries will take off in accordance
with Air Law and good airmanship, the directions of Sywell ATC and the Rally
marshals. Marshals will log the actual takeoff times of each entrant. After
take off, all entries must clear the Sywell circuit as promptly as possible in
accordance with the directions given at the briefing.
3.7 The Rally
Before taking off on each flight, entries shall contact their planned
destination to confirm that it is safe, check on weather conditions, and
receive a briefing on circuit details. If an entry makes a precautionary
landing at another location, they shall make all reasonable efforts to contact
the landowner before taking off. Except in an emergency, entries may only land
once at each location they visit (including Sywell). Entries may fly as
they see fit in accordance with the rules of this Rally, Air Law and good
airmanship, giving consideration for other flyers and the general public.
An aircraft joining another aircraft in a thermal shall circle in the same
direction as that established by the first, regardless of height separation.
If an entry is shown to have flown outwith the requirements of Air Law
they may be disqualified.
Entries may fly either in company with others or on their own. They must
make their own arrangements for fuel and overnight accommodation.
Local flying is not allowed, in order to minimise the disruption to
other flyers and noise.
Entries are responsible for ensuring that their GPS data logger is
switched on and functioning whenever they are flying. GPS tracks will be
uploaded on completion of the Rally and scrutinised to ensure that all flying
was legal, and to verify claims for any prizes.
Entries must contact the Rally organisation immediately if they:
•are injured, or knows of another entry who is injured.
•decide to retire from the Rally.
•are involved in an Airmiss, Airprox, or any other infringement of air
law or good airmanship.
•wish to report a possible contravention of Rally rules by another
•Find that their GPS track logging is not functioning correctly.
In the case that their GPS is found not to be working part way through
the Rally, they may (by agreement with the Rally organiser) submit alternative
evidence (such as alternative GPS records, photographic evidence, etc) of their
flights, and these will be considered by the Committee.
3.8 The Finish
As with all other flights, before returning to Sywell, entries should
contact the Rally Organisation or the airfield to receive an update on weather,
wind, circuit and any other instructions.
Entries shall approach Sywell and land in accordance with all
instructions given. During opening hours, it is a busy airfield, and it is
important to keep a particularly good lookout for other entries as well as
normal airfield traffic.
Entries must make their approach and landing as expeditiously as
possible, and clear the runway / landing deck as soon as possible so that it is
clear for the next arrival.
Entries must immediately go to the Rally Organisation to download their
If an entry lands after their finish time they may be penalised or
The Rally organisation reserves the right to examine an aircraft on
completion of the Rally to ensure compliance with air law. They shall inform
the entry of their wish to do so within one hour of landing.
Within one hour of landing, pilots shall submit their Prize Declaration
Form to the Rally Organisation, together with any additional information to
substantiate their claim to a prize.
The Rally organisation will assess claims and scrutinise corresponding
GPS tracks in order to allocate prizes in accordance with these Rules.
Provisional prize winners will normally be announced on the day of the
3.8.1 Landing Obstructions
In the event of an incident occurring or of an obstruction on the
footlaunch landing deck, a marshal shall be posted upwind of the obstruction
with a red flag.
In such a situation, pilots are to watch for and comply with all
directions from marshals, whilst maintaining full awareness of other returning
To be eligible for a prize, an entry (see the definition in section 2)
must fly out of Sywell and fly back within the times specified, without
infringing Air Law. All distances and times claimed must have been flown by the
Priority will always be given to those who have flown all the way. In
the event that no entry meets this requirement, it will be disregarded.
Award of all prizes is at the discretion of the Committee, who will
ensure that competitiveness is not allowed to overcome good airmanship and
compliance with the law.
Prizes (to be awarded in each category; sub-115kg and footlaunch)
3.9.1 Maximum point-to-point distance flown
This will be the sum of all legs flown, measured as straight-line
distances. Pilots are not required to land to count that location as a
turnpoint for a distance prize claim. A claim will consist of a series of
turnpoints, with no less than 20 miles between successive turnpoints, starting
and finishing at Sywell, plus leg and total distances.
The pilot may choose his declared turnpoints to maximise his claimed
3.9.2 Maximum distance from the start / finish (i.e. Sywell)
A claim for this prize will consist of a single point and the distance
of that point from Sywell. The complete out and return distance must be
completed by air to qualify.
3.9.3 Maximum number of different landing sites visited
For this prize, pilots must gain permission to land at the sites claimed
in advance. In addition to using the published airfields, pilots may declare a
list of possible outlanding sites before they go, along with a contact number
for each site. A map with dots and contact numbers will suffice. Only these
sites and the published airfields may be claimed for this prize. The claim will
consist of a list of airfields/locations visited (in
NB. Entries will be expected to justify excessive use of precautionary
3.9.4 Maximum duration of any one flight
A claim will consist of a date, a start time, a finish time and the
duration. Top claims for this prize will be verified using the GPS data.
As laid out in 3.8, pilots must submit their claims for any of the
prizes within one hour of landing back at Sywell. The claims will be sorted
into order and the highest claims verified using the GPS (and any other)
evidence presented. Once validated, prizes shall be awarded.
For both of the distance prizes, there must be no gap between a landing
point and a subsequent take-off point. In the event that a pilot is unable to
launch from the same point as he/she landed, he/she should over-fly the landing
point after take-off to ensure a continuous overall track.
Actions that will normally result in disqualification are as
•Bringing the contest, its organisers or the BMAA into disrepute. The
use of hostile 'tactical protests' falls into this category.
•Landing after your finish time without good reason
•The use of performance enhancing drugs.
•Flight outside the specified flight envelope of the aircraft or
•Non-carrying by paramotor pilots of an emergency parachute.
•Repeated violation of additional rules.
•Any flight or other activity deemed by the Rally Organiser to be unsafe
3.11 Complaints and Protests
3.11 Complaints and Protests
The Committee’s decision is final, but where appropriate, pilots
may challenge decisions using the correct process as described below.
A complaint or enquiry may be made to the Rally Organiser to request a
correction or query a prize award. It should be made before 2100 on Monday 29 August 2011, by completing a Complaint/Enquiry form (available from the Rally Organisation)
and returning to him. Complaints/enquiries will be dealt with expeditiously.
Any appeals by entries shall be heard and decided by the Committee no
more than one week after the completion of the Rally. In the event that a
competitor is not satisfied with the Rally Organiserʼs decision
he/she may lodge a Protest in writing to a Jury comprised of the Rally
Organiser, the BMAA Competitions representative and one other organisation
official accompanied by a £20 protest fee. The protest fee will be refunded if
the protest is upheld either during the competition or later at appeal.