2014 Rules Clarifications and Corrections

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2014 Rules Clarifications and Corrections

Post by Mike.MacKuen » Wed Feb 12, 2014 7:09 pm

Notes on Specific Aircraft, Flight Models, and the White List


The Vertigo F8F Bearcat.

A question has arisen about Tom Falley's acclaimed flight model for the Vertigo Bearcat. (It creates separate F8F-1 and F8F-2 flight models and produces more realistic behavior.)

The main problem is that Tom's update is NOT readily available in a public place. (Some people have it, others do not. It is no longer available through the original two-year-old discussion thread at SOH.) We have a general principle that all aircraft used must be readily available a month before the race. It was not available, and is not available, in a public place. (By public place, for freeware we typically mean on one of the main searchable libraries.) Thus, we do not allow it. The White List allows only the standard Vertigo Bearcat flight model. The flight model's excellence is not in question; its availability is the problem.

Pilots who fly the Vertigo Bearcat with the standard Vertigo flight model will be legal. Pilots flying with other flight models will have their legs disqualified and cause the team to accrue a serious punitive penalty.

The MilViz 737-200.

The MilViz 737-200 is, by all accounts, an excellent representation of that classic aircraft. Our problem for this year's race is that its flight parameters (the Vne in particular) are a bit higher than the other aircraft in the "Twin Engine Regional Jet" class. The question is not the realism of the flight model: the author is very well respected, knows the aircraft, and we completely trust his work. The problem is that the aircraft would have a natural "racing advantage" in the class of "Continental Jets." We are unhappy to have the fastest aircraft in the class to be a payware FSX-only version. Thus, we have not included it in the Jet White List. This is not a matter of the aircraft's verisimilitude. It is a matter of setting a competitive class that includes roughly equal options for FS9 and FSX and for freeware and payware.

(The MilViz was on our original draft of the White List. The aircraft would surely be fine for the broader class of wildcard-eligible aircraft, although it is not really competitive in terms of speed. We chose to eliminate it to avoid confusion. If a team truly wants to fly it as a wildcard jet, please contact us and we shall seek the consent of the other teams for this one instance.)

The MilViz 737-200 is not eligible in the RTWR 2014.

The Flying Stations Hawker Sea Fury.

In response to suggestions, we have tested the Flying Stations Hawker Sea Fury. This is an interesting and well-developed model. However, it is too fast for RTWR purposes. At 16,500 feet one can attain a top speed of 425 KTAS. That is roughly 25 kts faster than the published maximum speed for the in-service Sea Fury. That 25kts is about the edge of "hot speed" that we have typically allowed. Further, the aircraft would have been listed in the "thoroughbred" class and would not have been at the top of the list there. We decided it not worth bending the standards to include the Flying Stations Sea Fury.

The Flying Stations Hawker Sea Fury is not on the White List.
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The Citation X and Wildcard Eligibility.

Post by Mike.MacKuen » Fri Feb 14, 2014 8:11 pm

This year we have explicitly introduced the Cessna Citation X as a wildcard option. The problem is that the Citation X does not easily meet the 30,000 pounds takeoff weight requirement for wildcard aircraft. (In fact, the freeware FS9 Citation by Alejandro Rojas cannot carry that weight.)

Accordingly, we make a special rule for the 2014 wildcard legs.
In the 2014 RTWR wildcard legs, pilots must fly an aircraft with a takeoff weight of 30,000 pounds or more – except those legs flown in a Cessna Citation X. For (up to two permissible) Citation X legs, there is no minimum takeoff weight requirement for this aircraft.
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