Aerobatic contests can't be organized and run without a coordinated team of volunteers. You do not need to be a pilot to volunteer, just have a willingness to learn and to step in where help is needed. Some of our most valuable volunteers have never even flown in a small aircraft (really). Sign up via the button below and keep on reading!
Flying within the boundaries is an important skill for competition pilots and the boundary judges have an important role to monitor this. The boundary judge should be able to read Aresti and keep track of where a pilot is in a sequence. The two boundary judges sit on two opposite corners of the box and use a corner sighting device to determine if the pilot flying is in or out of the box, then relay this information over a radio to the Chief Judge.
The recorder sits on the judges line and writes down scores and comments on individual figures as the judge grades the flight. These comments are then returned to the pilots and help them understand their scores. Serving as a recorder is a great way to get more exposure to Aresti and learn what the judges want to see if you are interested in flying competition some day.
The assistant judge must be able to read and correctly call (speak) Aresti and keep track of where the pilot is in the sequence. They sit next to the judge and keep him/her aware of what they should be seeing in the air. They also help count "points" on rolls, which way a plane turned, etc. This is the most advanced volunteer position outside of being a grading judge.
The box monitor keeps an eye on the pilot in the box and other aircraft that might be in the area, especially during practice sessions. This position requires the ability to use a handheld radio and a keen eye to spot traffic that could interfere with contest flying.
Volunteers in the office help out starting on the registration and practice day. The office is a beehive of activity and there's almost always something to do. Non-flying volunteers can assist as the score sheets arrive from the judges line, as well as prepare each contest day's paperwork. If you are organized and like air conditioning this is the place for you!
We need runners both on the judging line to help collect scores, as well as to drive vehicles to the boundaries and run errands as needed into town.
To assist both our chapter and others in training volunteers, we have put together the following training pages. Please link back if possible or credit Chapter 26 if you use these materials on other sites.
What to expect on the judges line if you volunteer as a recorder, runner, or assistant. Hint: bring sunscreen.
In order for pilots around the world to be able to describe and fly the same figures, the Aresti pictoral language was developed.
Often marooned in the middle of nowhere, the boundary judge has an important contest role to play.
An overview of contest volunteering and tips to make your volunteer experience worth Instagramming.