Online competition - Rules

Rookie: a type of micro capacitator powered model aircraft.


A free flight model airplane powered by a capacitor / electric motor combination with fixed propeller and in which lift is generated by aerodynamic forces on surfaces fixed in all flight phases. To make the competition as equal as possible for all kids, we recommend the Rookie kit of, but of course any model that fits within the character and technical specifications for is allowed.

The competition is divided into two main competitions: outdoor and indoor! For both all the rules are exactly the same, only difference is that there are two rankings, with separate times for indoor and outdoor times.


Conventional configuration of the wing, fuselage and tail sections.

Delta, Canard, or any other than conventional configuration are not allowed.

"Push-prop'' configuration is mandatory.

Low-, mid-, high-winged and bi-planes are allowed.

In addition to the conventional configuration, a V, T and H tail is also allowed.

Technical specifications

Capacitor: 5F 2.7V.

Power supply: 3 AA batteries, 4.5 V. Lipos or other types of batteries are not allowed.

Maximum propeller size: 60mm x 10mm. A ''folding propeller'' is not allowed.

Minimum weight: 10 grams.

Maximum weight: 20 grams.

Fixed wingspan: 280 mm.

Maximum length: 280 mm.

The thickness over the total surface of the wing is fixed at 2 mm. Changing the thickness to create a wing profile is not permitted.

Only a ''push-prop'' configuration is allowed.

The thickness over the total surface of the tail sections is set at 1 mm or less.

All materials are allowed, foam, balsa, etc.

When participating, the number of Rookies of a participant that meets the technical specifications is unlimited.

Number of flights

Each competitor may make an unlimited number of flights of which the best time counts for the classification.

Definition of an official flight

Time flown during a flight that has been recorded and timed by an adult in which the competitor  has launched the Rookie him or herself from the ground.

Definition of an unofficial flight

Timer errors.

Maximum flight time

There is no maximum flight time.


The best time flown counts in the final classification of that season. In case of equal results, there will be multiple winners.


Times are rounded up to whole seconds.

The flight must be supervised or clocked by an adult.

The official flight time starts when the Rookie is released by the competitor

The official flight time ends:

  • When the Rookie hits the ground.
  • When the Rookie remains motionless for 3 seconds or more. For example when it is stuck in a tree, or when flying indoors in eg. a volleyball net.
  • When the Rookie has disappeared from view of the TIMER.

If a competitor cannot find his or her Rookie, but the flight has been timed and flown under adult supervision, then it is a valid time for classification.

It is permitted to run after the Rookie to keep it in sight, then the time will continue and hopefully the timer will too.

Number of attempts

Any attempt to fly for a valid time may be repeated in the same season.

Number of helpers

At least one adult as a helper / timer is required.

The helper or helpers may or may do anything other than launch the Rookie.

Launch the Rookie

The Rookie is launched by hand, with the participant standing on the ground.

Any "jump launches" are allowed.


The FAI Rookie postal competition is open to pilots up to the age of 16.

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