The Great American Aero Derby (GAAD) is an international online flight Competition event held every 6 months.
The GAAD competition is held from January 1st till June 30th, and from July 1st till December 31st of the year in progress.
Competitors should be between the ages of 6 and 99 on the day they submit the flight information to us.
Rules and Regulations
In case you have questions about the rules and/or regulations, please send an email with your question and/or concerns on our contact us page.
AERO DERBY FLIGHT COMPETITION
Aircraft legal to participate. All aircraft kits manufactured by AeroRacers Inc. Including all Powered aircraft kits, all glider kits and all FunShuttle (TM) kits. You can visit AeroRacers.com to view and purchase legal aircraft kits.
Mandatory Aircraft Requirements
The aircraft must retain overall original kit appearance. The airfoil, wing chord, wing span and overall length must remain stock. The propeller must be of one piece injection molded design and must be the original propeller that came in the kit. No propeller substitutions are permitted.
If the aircraft is shown with a landing gear in our catalog or online, it has to be flown with the landing gear for the GAAD competition.
The aircraft may be lightened but must retain the overall original shape. Condenser paper is not permitted as a replacement for the wing skin, but lighter competition paper like Japanese tissue is allowed.
All decorations must be in good taste. There will be absolutely no advertising of tobacco or alcohol products on the aircraft.
The aircraft will be hand launched indoors or outdoors by the competitor. The helper filming the flight should make sure with a close up shot that we can tell which aircraft it is. Then the helper should step away and film the whole flight. This is done easiest if you zoom out and step away from the competitor. The aircraft filmed has to remain in the frame at all times. As we watch your video, our stopwatch will be activated the moment the aircraft leaves the competitor’s hand. The stopwatch will be stopped when the aircraft touches the ground, stops flying as it hits a building/obstacle or flies out of sight or out of the camera frame. It is the responsibility of the person filming the flight to keep the aircraft in the frame. Practice makes perfect.
If a glider has not detached from the high start and does not free-fly 10 seconds after launch, it is considered a false start with 10 seconds only being awarded for the flight
As you watch your video at home before submitting it to us, time the flight by activating a stopwatch when the plane leaves the competitor’s hands and stop the stop watch
when the aircraft touches the ground, stops flying as it hits a building/obstacle or flies out of sight or out of the camera frame.
Film the entire flight and make sure that the aircraft does not leave the frame. Zoom out and stay at a distance from the plane itself so you can keep it in the frame easily.
Should your aircraft break one of our existing record flight times, we will contact you for additional information.