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01/Competition Introduction

The 2019 FAI World Drone Racing Championship is the most authoritative, professional and top-level Drone racing event officially certified by FAI. The event is hosted by Aeronautical Radio Model Sports Management Center of General Administration of Sport of China, Aero Sports Federation of China (ASFC), People’s Government of Xiangshan and Zhejiang Starmach Sports Co., Ltd. This event is the FAI World and continental championships (CAT.1) which has industry benchmarks and great historical significance. The players are all world-class pilots selected by FAI and various countries.

The 2019 FAI World Drone Racing Championship will be held from 11st December to 14th December at the Banbianshan Scenic Zone, Xiangshan. Over 100 top-level pilots from 27 countries and regions including China, France, Germany, Japan, Canada, South Korea and Thailand will be attracted to participate the event. The competition’s purpose is to convey the spirit of competitive sports to the society, to display the level of top technology, and to spread wise life concept.

Unlike traditional sports events, the 2019 FAI World Drone Racing Championship combines competition, exhibition, experience and other contents. production, sales, training, competition and exhibitions. The event will attract high-end technology innovation companies and the top-level pilots, aiming to drive the overall growth of the drone industry through hosting this international top IP.

02/Host City Information

Located between Xiangshan Harbor and Sanmen Bay, Xiangshan County covers 1,382 square kilometers, surrounded by coasts on three sides and two harbors, jurisdiction over 10 towns and 5 townships and 3 subdistricts, a population of 550,000. Xiangshan has achieved varieties of titles of honors successively, including the first batch of Demonstration Area of Ecological Civilization Construction, National Hygienic City, Nominated as a National Model City of Civilization, Five Consecutive of National Double Support Model City, the first batch of Provincial Demonstration Area of Beautiful Village, No Illegal Construction County, Provincial Civilized Demonstration Site, Provincial Garden City, Provincial Forest City , Dayu Tripod and Pingan Silver Tripod.

Xiangshan has formed an industrial cluster of fashionable knitting,die construction, marine organism, new energy, new material and port-vicinity equipment manufacturing industries as the leaders. Construction brings many tangible benefits to the local economy, realizing annual output value of 127.2 billion yuan, accounting for 27.6% and ranking 5th in Zhejiang Province. Xiangshan scores impressive success with its tourism. So far, Xiangshan has four scenic areas officially approved as 4A-level, receiving 22 million tourists and tourist income reached 24 billion-yuan RMB, selected as the first batch of National Tourism Demonstration Sites and the Most Beautiful Holiday Resort County. Agriculture has also kept ahead of other cities in Zhejiang while yearly production of marine products ranked national Top Five on account of its good reputation in Yangtze River Delta region. Xiangshan has also boosted platform development efficiency, including settlement of Ningbo Aerospace Intelligence Science & Technology City National Cloud Manufacturing Demonstration Base, an ever-quickening pace of city-industry integration and Starlight Town’s having been selected as provincial demonstration towns through great endeavor made by numerous major platforms Xiangshan Film City, Songlan Mountain, Damuwan New Town and Xiangshan Bonded Area.

03/Venue Introduction

Banbianshan Scenic Zone, covering an area of about eight square kilometers, is by far the largest ecological comprehensive Marine tourism project in east China. Scenic Zone include overseas taoyuan four seasons baicao garden, donghai school, huahai sports ground, 100-li slow tour road, peninsula tourist base, ningbo xiangshan seascape crowne plaza hotel, ningbo worker’s sanatorium, nanlong beach, etc.

04/Organization

Organizer:

The World Air Sports Federation

Undertake Unit:

Aeronautical Radio Model Sports Management Center of General Administration of Sport of China

Aero Sports Federation of China

People’s Government of Xiangshan

Zhejiang Starmach Sports Co., Ltd

Co-organizer:

Ningbo Banbianshan Investment Co., Ltd

Zhejiang Ydool Networks Inc.

Execution Unit:

Zhejiang Starmach Sports Co., Ltd7.

05/Track

Xiangshan is famous for its seafood, so the track takes fish as its shape, surrounded by two fish and symmetrical before and after. There is a long arch bridge behind the gate of the track. It is called "fish jump". A long tunnel on the left makes the track interesting.

The whole track is dominated by curves, which fluctuate irregularly after the straight track. It is difficult to fly. More exercises are the basic skills of the competitors.

The length of the track is 650 meters, with 17 gates.

Dimension /Unit(meter):

gate 4*2.5

TV gate 4*5

Flag 3

Dive 4*4*4

Tunnel 4*3.5(length28)

Track Width 4

Total track length 650

06/Competition Schedule

2019-12-11 Wednesday

Today's schedule

09:00-14:00

Model processing

10:00-15:00

Official practice

19:00-21:00

Global Drone Sport Industry forum

2019-12-12 Thursday

Today's schedule

09:30-10:30

Opening Ceremony

11:30-14:00

Qualifying round 1

14:30-17:00

Qualifying round 2

17:30-20:00

Qualifying round 3

2019-12-13 Friday

Today's schedule

09:00-10:00

Additional round 1

10:30-11:30

Additional round 2

12:00-13:00

Additional round 3

15:00-17:00

1st Elimination round (Races 1 to 16)

17:30-18:30

2nd Elimination round (Races 17 to 24)

19:00-20:00

Double elimination sequences (Race 25 to 32)

2019-12-14 Saturday

Today's schedule

09:30-11:00

Double elimination sequence (Races 33 to 44)

11:30-12:00

3rd Elimination round (Races 45 to 48)

12:20-13:20

Double elimination sequence (Races 49 to 54)

13:40-14:00

4th Elimination round (Races 55 and 56)

14:20-14:50

Double elimination sequence (Races 57 to 59)

16:00-16:10

5th Elimination round (Race 60)

16:20-16:30

Double elimination sequence (Race 61)

16:45-17:00

Women Final

17:00-17:15

Juniors Final

17:15-17:30

Overall Final

18:00-19:00

Prize-giving and closing ceremony

20:00

Banquet

07/Contest Organisation

The contest will be organized on the basis of three stages:

- Qualification stage (rounds for qualification for the elimination stage).

- Elimination stage (to qualify for the final stage by successive elimination rounds).

- Final stage.

Each round for the qualification stage and the elimination stage is organized by groups (subdivision of the round corresponding to the number of pilots flying at the same time in the same race).

1. Qualification stage

Each competitor will be entitled to participate to 3 (three) qualification rounds.

Qualifying rounds will be run with 6 (six) pilots per group.

Composition and flight order of the groups will be determined with a blind draw. The draw will be different for each qualifying round.

Each qualification round will be done with a maximum allocated flying time of 4 (for) minutes.

After the start, 3 (three) consecutive laps will be timed. After the 3 laps are finished, the pilot must land the model.

Reflights will be flown at the end of the concerned round.

Races with less than 6 pilots, for example in case of withdrawal of a pilot, will be put at the end of the draw of the round, in order to allow a complete pilots race with pilot(s) that have been granted a reflight in the round. If necessary, the last groups of each qualifying round may be rearranged by the supervisor judge(under supervision of a FAI Jury member) in order to achieve as much as possible a minimum of 3 pilots per group.

The result of each competitor for the qualification stage will be the average of the 3 (three) best times recorded to perform one valid circuit lap taking in account all the qualifying rounds. Those best times may be done in the same qualifying round or in different ones.

A provisional ranking will be established at the end of the qualifying stage, taking in account the result obtained by each competitor. In case of a tie for the last place(s) for selection to the elimination stage, the 4th best time recorded to perform one valid circuit lap result will be considered to split the tie, and then if necessary the 5rh one, and so on. In case the times are not sufficient, a tie-break flight will be organized between the competitors still concerned by the tie.When the number of competitors required for the elimination stage is not reached with the competitors getting 3 (three) times, competitors getting only 2 (two) times to perform one valid circuit lap will be considered taking in account the average of their 2 times. If it is still not sufficient, competitors getting only 1 (one) time to perform one valid circuit lap will be considered.

When the number of competitors required for the elimination stage is still finally not reached, an additional qualifying flight will be organized for the competitors who have not been able to set a time at that stage. This will be repeated until the appropriate number of competitors for the elimination stage is reached.In any case, the competitors who need an additional qualifying flight to achieve a time to be selected for the elimination stage will be placed after those who are already selected, and then those who need a second additional flight, and so on.

2. Elimination stage

All elimination rounds will be run with 4 (four) pilots per group.

64 competitors will be selected for the elimination stage, from the qualification stage.

All races of the elimination stage will be run on a defined number of laps taking in account the performance achieved during the qualification stage. Except under exceptional circumstances, the number of laps will be identical for all rounds of the elimination stage.The placing for each race is determined taking in account the time achieved when the number of laps is completed.

Those who will not finish their flight will be ranked considering the distance completed (number of laps and part of the last lap completed), disqualified competitors being placed at the end.

The two best placed will be directly selected for the next round. In case of a tie for the second place, the placing in the provisional ranking established at the end of the qualifying stage will be considered to define who is selected for the next round.

Double elimination Instead of direct elimination of the competitors placed third and fourth in each race of any elimination round, the double elimination sequence will be applied.

This sequence allows competitors eliminated in elimination rounds to continue to fly still getting possibility to access the final.

Competitors placed third and fourth in any race of the double elimination sequence are definitively eliminated.

Organisation of the races For the first elimination round, the composition of the groups for the races is defined considering the provisional ranking established at the end of the qualifying stage.The organisation of the rounds up to the final and the composition of the races for the first elimination round are detailed in Annex 2.

3. Final stage

All finals will be run with 4 (four) pilots per group.

All finals will be run with 4 (four) pilots per group. In any final, those who will not finish their flight will be ranked considering the distance completed (number of laps and part of the last lap completed), disqualified competitors being placed at the end.

Overall final

The two best placed in the last elimination round (one race) and the two best placed in the last round of the double elimination sequence (one race) are selected for the final to determine their final ranking from 1st to 4th place.

Junior final

A junior final will be organised subject junior competitors from at least four nations participate to the WDRC Grand Final. The four best placed juniors in the overall individual classification are selected for this final to determine their final ranking from 1st to 4th for the junior individual classification.

Note: Organisation of a specific junior final may be reconsidered if three or four juniors are selected for the overall final.

Women final

A women final will be organised subject female competitors from at least four nations participate to the WDRC Grand Final. The four best placed women in the overall individual classification are selected for this final to determine their final ranking from 1st to 4th for the women individual classification.

Note: Organisation of a specific women final may be reconsidered if three or four women are selected for the overall final.

4. Additional rounds sequence

All competitors not selected for the elimination stage (competitors placed over 64 in the qualification stage ranking) will be entitled to participate to 2 (two) additional rounds to determine their final placing from the 65th place to the end.

Those additional rounds will be run with 6 (six) per group.

Composition and flight order of the groups will be determined with a blind draw. The draw will be different for each additional round.

Each addition round will be done with a maximum allocated flying time of 4 (for) minutes.

After the start, 3 (three) consecutive laps will be timed. After the 3 laps are finished, the pilot must land the model.

Reflights will be flown at the end of the concerned round.

Races with less than 6 pilots, for example in case of withdrawal of a pilot, will be put at the end of the draw of the round, in order to allow a complete pilots race with pilot(s) that have been granted a reflight in that round.

If necessary, the last groups of each qualifying round may be rearranged by the supervisor judge (under supervision of a FAI Jury member) in order to achieve as much as possible a minimum of 3 pilots per group.

The placing for the additional rounds sequence will be done taking in account for each competitor his(her) best registered time to complete 3 consecutive laps.

The registered time to complete 2 consecutive laps will be considered for the placing of the competitors who did not succeed to complete 3 consecutive laps. For those who did not succeed to complete 2 consecutive laps, it will be considered the registered time for their first lap.

Competitors with 3 consecutive laps will be placed ahead of competitors with 2 consecutive laps, which in turn are ranked ahead of competitors with one lap only. Competitors which have not been in situation to complete one lap will be placed at the end. In case of ties, the placing in the provisional ranking established at the end of the qualifying stage will be considered to split the tie for the concerned competitors.

08/Sponsors