Albuquerque Aerostat Ascension Association

Scoring

Scoring System for AAAA Flying Events 2020

Current (2020) - The AAAA Flying Event scores are calculated using a modified "international formula" for ballooning competitions. The formula divides the participating pilots into two scoring groups. The pilots finishing in the upper half of the competition receive a score proportionate to the distance of their markers from the target. Pilots finishing in the lower half of the competition receive a score based on their relative position in the ranking order, regardless of the distance of their marker from the target.

The first-place pilot will always receive 1000 points. The pilot finishing in the median position and all pilots below the median position are awarded points using a rank order formula. Competitors with results between the first-place pilot and the median-place pilot will receive scores in proportion to the distance of their markers from the target. Thus, if two pilots finish in the upper half of the competition and at nearly identical distances from the target, they will receive nearly identical scores. Pilots registered for the flying event but not achieving a successful drop will share the remaining points equally "show up points".

In order to encourage more participation in the competitive aspect, the ones who score on the target will not only get their placement scores, but their "show up points" as well.

If a hare and hound task is called the hare pilot will receive the average score of the pilots who scored plus regular show up points.

If no pilots score on the target and no official cancellation is made "participation points" will be awarded to those pilots who signed in.

The only way an event will be cancelled is if conditions are outside our waiver and won't be decided until briefing time.

Scoring system subject to change at the discretion of the Flying Events Committee without notice.

Scoring System for AAAA Flying Events 2021 (Proposed)

  • The target area will be 100 Meters or the confines of the field.
  • Flying Window will be approximately two hours but will be set that morning.
  • Unless otherwise noted, pilots must launch minimum 1 mile from target
  • All participating pilots and their balloons must be registered with the AAAA.
    1. Pilot is responsible for uploading both their pilot and balloon information that is required for the FAA Waiver into PAD, to our new Pilot & Aircraft Database.
    2. This includes, but is not limited to, aircraft registration, airworthiness, annual, pilot certificate, currency, and insurance.
    3. All valid and current information must be entered into PAD by 1700 the day before the flying event and must remain valid and current throughout the duration of the respective flying event, for the pilot to both participate and receive points.
  • To receive points for that day’s flying event, Show-Up and/or Scoring, pilot must be fully registered in PAD, and sign up that morning on the field prior to pilot briefing if the pilot event includes an in-person briefing. If the pilot briefing is conducted by Zoom, then the pilot must be logged in for the duration of the meeting to receive Show-Up Points.
  • If you plan on participating in either the Friends and Lovers and/or Jingle Bell Balloon Rallies, and you wish to compete for AAAA Flying Points, then you must be entered into PAD by 1700 on the Friday before the respective Balloon Rally.
  • Landing, or touching down in the scoring area, is not permitted and will lead to disqualification. Exceptions will be made when necessitated for emergencies, or the flying event has officially ended.
  • All participating pilots must carry an operating aircraft radio to monitor in case the flying event is canceled once released.
  • Only official standard “flying event baggies”, supplied by the pilot with their full name clearly marked on the tail, are to be thrown.
  • Baggies thrown outside the scoring area will not be scored and may not be retrieved.
  • Baggies must not be capable of injuring or maiming any members of the scoring committee!
  • No Live Streamed Video allowed during competition.

Weather

A scheduled flying event will be cancelled if weather conditions are outside the waiver, or if there are deteriorating weather conditions that makes a flight unsafe for all, or if the flying events chairperson, or the Safety Office for that event feels it is ultimately unsafe to fly.

If you show up and the flying event is cancelled that morning, every pilot who attended pilot briefing, and registered that morning before pilot briefing, and entered all their information correctly into PAD the day before, will be awarded show-up points.

If the event is cancelled by 2100 the day before through an email to all AAAA pilots, then no points will be awarded.

In the event that a Zoom Pilot Briefing was conducted for any flying event, pilots must be logged into Zoom for the duration of the Zoom Briefing to receive Show-Up Points.

Points will be awarded as follows:

Show-Up Points - 200 points, awarded after check-in at pilot briefing

Scoring Points – determined by your score on the target

100 Meter Scoring Area

Total Scoring Points possible – 1,000 points
Each meter out from the center is -5 points
We will score to exact distance; distance will not be rounded off

Points will be distributed as follows:

Throw dead-center on the X = 1,000 points
Throw 25 meters out from the X = 875 points
Throw 50 meters out from the X = 750 points
Throw 75 meters out from the X = 625 points
Throw 100 meters out from the X = 500 points

Pilots who score on the target will receive both their 1) Show-up Points, and 2) their Scoring Points.  Scores shown below are for illustration purposes only.  We will score to exact distance; not rounded off.

  • So, if you 1) show-up with a registered balloon, and 2) you throw dead-center on the X, you would receive 1,000 points plus 200 points = 1,200 points
  • So, if you 1) show-up with a registered balloon, and 2) you throw 25 meters out on the X, you would receive 875 points plus 200 points = 1,075 points.
  • So, if you 1) show-up with a registered balloon, and 2) you throw 50 meters out on the X, you would receive 750 points plus 200 point = 950 points.
  • So, if you 1) show-up with a registered balloon, and 2) you throw 75 meters out on the X, you would receive 625 points plus 200 points = 825 points.
  • So, if you 1) show up with a registered balloon, and 2) you throw 100 meters out, you would get 500 points plus 200 points + 700 points.

Sign Up Points - All pilots who attend pilot briefing and sign in that morning before the briefing, and have all their information correctly entered into PAD by 1700 the day before, will receive Show Up Points.

In the event that a Zoom Pilot Briefing was conducted, pilots must be logged into Zoom for the duration of the Zoom Briefing to receive Show-Up Points.

Scoring Points Calculation – Total Possible Scoring Points (1000) minus the result of the Actual Distance Scored in Meters times 5, then add Show-Up points (200).  We will measure to exact distance; no rounding off.  See Points Calculator below.

Flying event Tasks - Fly-In-Task, Judge Declared Goal, Watership Down, or Hare ‘n Hound. Task announced at Pilot Briefing
If a Watership Down or Hare ‘n Hound task is called, the hare pilot will receive the average score of the pilots who scored (out of 1000 points) plus their individual show-up points.

AAAA Flying Events Points Calculator:

https://hotairballooning.org/about-us/committees/flying-events/scoring/

To Enter Pilot/Balloon Information into PAD:

https://www.cognitoforms.com/AAAA23/AAAAPADSupportingData