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Rules Clarifications and Highlights

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We'll use this thread for various clarifications and such. The official rules and FAQ are long and it is possible to miss stuff. These notes do not change the rules; they only clarify and emphasize.Matt, Reggie and Mike-----Rules Clarifications and HighlightsHere are a number of notes that clarify or emphasize rules.Route East-to-West.The overall routing is E-W but occasionally you will find yourself flying north-south or even W-E. Any west to east directions during the actual route are okay as long as the general route goes around the world opposite of how all the teams have done for the past three years. We want you to

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"Teams should be careful that they land at Luxembourg and that they land at two airports at least 500nm apart."Does this mean that on each continent there should be a leg of at least 500nm long OR that on each continent there should be at least 500nm of distance between the farthest removed airfields visited.For example if we were to fly to Bucharest, Luxembourg, and Bergen in that order, Bucharest and Madrid are more than 500nm apart, the other 2 pairs (which are the actual flown legs) are not.This distinction is critical (and also applies to the airports north of 60N and south of 40S of course) and should be qualified in order to prevent arguments over possible (unintentional) rules violations.IMO the first is not a good option as it requires specific aircraft to be used that can make such distances, thus eliminating even more of the freedom teams have to determine their routes and equipment than the rules already do.

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From the FAQQ. When making the two full-stop landings 500nm apart on a continent, do those landings have to be in consecutive legs?A. No.Any way you can get at least 500nm straight distance between two airports on the continent in any combination of flights counts.But do remember two airports must be on the main landmass of the continent, not offshore islands. Many airports - such as KJFK - are actually on islands and would not count for the continental requirement.Last year both Avsim and FlightSim flew several short legs including team flights to cover a required 500nm distance in Australia. (The South requirement was 35S last year - attainable in Australia only)

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in that case, there's no problem whatsoever (would have had to reschedule a few landings otherwise).On to plotting the course through the last few thousand miles and we're home.

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Hi!Just wanted to make sure I understand the leg authentication (since it seems to be quite a change from previous years). We don't have to post the duenna picture and text file on the forum, just make sure it's uploaded to the tracker? So if you check my flight in the current practice thread, that would be correct posting?Thanks,Klasse

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Yes. You just say "authentication uploaded to official server" or something similar.Note that it certainly isn't a bad idea to save authentication files on your computer in case there's a problem later.MattRTWR Executive Committee

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The rules state that similar airframe and similar plane; the P-38 and P-61 have the same airframe according to rules? Please clarify!I know the fuselage looks different however they generally look the same; it would be a credit to the P-61 to give her a chance to fly (!!); should we need the variety and the P-61 would do nice.Windflyah

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Like I told you already, they're quite different. They're NOT the same in any way.They only have passing similarity if you view them from certain angles and don't know the distances to each one, and then only if the P61 is a lot further away than is the P38.The rule is meant for actual versions and derivatives of aircraft types, NOT for different aircraft that have similar external configuration (like in this case twin tailbooms).

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Jeroen is right here. The idea of "aircraft type" is an artificial one designed for our "Aircraft Variety" rules.The Northrop P-61 and the Lockheed P-38 just are not the same aircraft type. ("Type" as opposed to "model" or "variant". If you'd like, the FAQ goes into this in more detail.)Hope this helps,Mike

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