Operate as pilot in command of a sport pilot eligible aircraft
• Carry a passenger and share expenses (fuel, oil, airport expenses, and aircraft rental);
Fly during the daytime using visual flight rules (VFR). Three statute miles visibility and visual contact with the ground are required.
Cross-country flying anywhere in the U.S.
Fly up to 10,000 feet above mean sea level (MSL) or 2,000 feet above ground level (AGL), whichever is higher.
Fly solo or with one passenger.
Share operating expenses with another person.
Fly in Class E and G airspace (and B, C, and D airspace with appropriate training).
Allows sport pilots to fly production (standard airworthiness certificate) and experimental amateur-built aircraft that meet the definition of a light-sport aircraft.
Allows rental of special light-sport aircraft (S-LSA).
Rocky Mountain Soaring Association
Contest Program  

Effective January 2011

Red type indicates changes added in 2011


1.       To help members develop flying skills by competing against an equally skilled group.

2.       To allow advancement to a higher level skill group.

3.       To challenge all members to develop their design, building, and flying skills.


RMSA usually schedules at least one contest per month, March through November. Tasks are chosen to provide variety and challenge for all skill levels. At the beginning of each year, the Board of Directors normally schedules nine regular monthly contests to be counted toward Open class season points. The Board or individual contest directors may from time to time also request or schedule additional specialty contests. All AMA/RMSA sanctioned Open class unrestricted contests will count toward season point totals and awards.  In order for an open class contest to count for season points it must have at least 6 pilots, with at least 5 of them being Masters class. If an insufficient number of pilots is determined the contest must be rescheduled. If the original CD cannot accomodate the new date, the board shall be given the responsibility to find an alternate CD.  If no alternate CD can be determined, the board will cancel the contest.  The contest must have at least 3 rounds.

RMSA also schedules at least 9 contests for Discus Launch Glider class for DLG season championship points.  A contest must consist of a minimum of 4 rounds, and must consist of at least 4 pilots.  Tasks for the contest must be drawn from the official FAI F3K task list.  A CD may draw upon any of those tasks to fill out the contest's rounds.  The contests will follow official F3K rules for all aspects, unless otherwise stated by the CD at the pilots' meeting.  F3K rules will also be followed with respect to throwout rounds.  

RMSA may also conduct season awards programs for other classes of events such as 2-Meter and Rudder/Elevator/Spoiler classes as determined by the Board of Directors at the beginning of each season. Specialty contests, fun flys, etc. are non-point events.  


The Colorado Challenge Cup is normally held in July and sanctioned by the club holding the cup for the year and is a counting event regardless of the club holding the event.

F3J in the Rockies is considered a national event and may be counted as a national contest.

To encourage AMA members to participate in national level competitions, any national contest spanning two or more days with 30 or more contestants may be counted towards season total points.

Contests must be of a class compatible with the RMSA class they will be counted against, e.g. Open Thermal Duration (including F3J and F3B) for the RMSA Open class, or DLG for the RMSA DLG title. 



Novice                 New members with limited flying experience. Novice pilots are limited to Rudder-Elevator-Spoiler sailplanes. Pilots flying full-house sailplanes are automatically promoted to Sportsman.

Sportsman            Members with contest experience and have advanced by contest points.

Master                   Member having advanced through contest achievement from other classes.

New Member Classification

At AMA/RMSA contests, all members are expected to identify themselves as novice, sportsman or masters pilots based on the above guidelines. New members should elect to place themselves in the Sportsman class if they are accomplished RC pilots (power or glider) or have had significant prior contest experience. The Novice class is intended to encourage new flyers to enter the club contests. New members with vast contest experience may petition the Board to be placed directly into the Master class.


Members may petition the board for consideration of changing classification either up or down based on extenuating circumstances.  The board will examine the merits of the petition and make a recommendation based on fairness to the member and other competitors.


All club contests will be normalized to 1000 points.  For single day contests that have a preliminary and final stages, only the normalized preliminary scores will be used for contest season points.  Two day F3J contests that are to be counted will use the club approved algorithm for computing the final normalized scores.  This algorithm is calculated as follows:

All pilots that do not make the finals receive their normalized preliminary scores.

Normalized scores for the pilots that make the finals shall be calculated as follows:

The preliminary normalized score of the last pilot to make the flyoffs shall be recorded as “base”.

The scores for the finals (FS) shall be calculated as a normalized percentage – the winning pilot gets a 1 and the rest of the pilots receive their percentage of his score.  For example – if a pilot received only half of the score of the winning pilot they would receive “.50”.

The available points (AP) shall be calculated as 1000 - Base

Pilot finals points (FP) shall be calculated as FS*AP

Contest score for club points shall be calculated as FP+Base for each pilot


Class points are given as follows;

1st place in class = 3 points

2nd place in class = 2 points

3rd place in class = 1 point

Advancement to the next class requires the following:

1.   Novice to Sportsman = 12 points and 1 class win or 3 class wins.

2.   Sportsman to Master = 21 points and 2 class wins or 4 class wins.

In all cases there must be at least three competitors in your class to be counted towards advancement points. No class points are carried forward at advancement, however class points are carried forward to the next contest year.


Normalized scores from each contest will be used to develop advancement points and annual awards. Annual awards shall be given at least through third place in each class. Only the six best Open contests are counted towards annual Open points. For Handlaunch only the best 3 contests are counted.   In addition only one of the special noted contests may be counted toward the six best.

For Discus Launched class year-end standings will be calculated using each pilot's scores from the official club contests.  One "major" non-club contest score may be substituted for a club contest score.  A pilot's final season score is determined by adding up their scores for all club contests, and his 1 requested substitution.  If the club flies 4 or fewer contests, all scores are used.  If 5 to 8 contests are flown, one contest is thrown out.  If 9 or more contests are flown, two contests are thrown out.

The RMSA club champion shall be recognized as a true champion pilot, showing both skills as a pilot and the willingness to compete against his peers inside and outside of RMSA.  Points for the club champion trophy shall be computed from the total of the normalized, documented scores from all RMSA normally scheduled contests entered during the year by that competitor. Normalized points from outside contests must be documented, and submitted to the club scorekeeper prior to November 15 for that contest year. Annual awards shall be given in the class where the pilot spent most of the year. Example: If the pilot advances from Sportsman to Master by virtue of contest points during mid-year, he/she will be eligible for an award only in the class where he/she spent the majority of that year's club contests.  In the event of a tie for any standings, co-champions will be declared.