FLYING RULES

Flying contests are conducted as follows:

  1. The Central Timer must be notified by Friday (8pm) of the scheduled fly weekend at the latest by all flyers intending to fly in competition, whether competing in Honor or Official systems.
  2. At the time of release, the Fly Report must contain the following information: name and address of flyer, date, age, sex and band numbers of kit birds as noted by the Timer if flying under official system, and flyer if flying honor system. At completion of the fly, time flown, summary of weather conditions and general remarks should be noted. Be sure Report is complete and accurate, containing all stated information
  3. Timer is to have access to any location he is appointed to judge. Should the Timer see just cause for disqualification, the Timer must acquaint the flyer of the reason before leaving.
  4. Any flyer insulting or hindering the Timer in the execution of his duties shall be disqualified and a report of the incident filed with the Executive Board by the Timer involved
  5. Anyone who is an FTCNA member or a person whose name is registered with the FTCNA as a local Timer, not related to the flyer by blood or marriage and not the flyer's partner, may act as a Timer if familiar with the Flying Rules and not barred from flying or being a Timer
  6. A Timer may be relieved at any time during the day, but he must not leave until the relief Timer has arrived and been briefed and the band numbers of the kit given to that person. Both Timers must sign the Fly Report and state time that the relief Timer took over
  7. No one is allowed near the flying loft while the kit is flying, except with the permission of the Timer
  8. A copy of the Flying Report should be submitted to the Central Timer. Submit in person or by email or by mail within 48 hours following the fly. Reports submitted by mail, must be postmarked within three working days after the fly
  9. Any Timer refusing to sign Flying Report; flyer may submit it to the Central Timer with a complete report by both the flyer and the Timer and the fly will be taken under consideration by the Executive Board if the Central Timer feels it merits their consideration.
  10. Timer is free to judge from whatever location timer considers best to verify the kit is performing in compliance with competition rules.
  11. A fancier may not fly a kit and simultaneously time another flyer's kit
  12. No flyer is to alter the appearance of the loft in any way within the seven (7) days prior to the competition date
  13. Any nuisance belonging to the premises must not be allowed in the area during the competition
  14. Any person frightening birds or causing them to be frightened or chased, either directly or indirectly, the Timer shall satisfy himself that the flyer did not personally frighten his kit, or induce outsiders to do so
  15. Otherwise, time shall be noted on flying report and a complete report of the incident shall be submitted to the Central Timer. The Timer shall, however, continue to time until the kit drops. Both times to be shown on flying report. Executive Board rules on the matter and decides whether the fly is allowed or not
  16. After trapping, the kit's band numbers are compared to the aforementioned list. If not identical, flyer to be disqualified
  17. Flying contests shall proceed as follows:


  18. Each flyer to fly a minimum of three (3) to a maximum of seven (7) Tipplers in FTCNA competition.
  19. The kit longest on wing to win, providing that there are no substantiated objections made against kit or flyer
  20. The FTCSA will not designate an official starting time, but will leave this up to the option of the flyer. Timer must be on hand to check the band numbers of each kit bird and to observe the release
  21. Kit to be liberated no earlier than one hour prior to sunrise as stated in the local newspaper of the area and with no limit on how late a kit might be released for the fly
  22. In competition, Tipplers banded with FTCNA bands are encouraged. However, all competing, young or old, birds with any reputable Tippler club's seamless, size "A" band showing the year, organization (CNTU, FTS, BMTU, NPA, etc.) and number are welcome and fully eligible in competition. A flyer found flying Tipplers with bands that are stretched or altered in any way, before release, bird is ineligible, not allowed; after release, flyer is disqualified
  23. Lights may be used prior to release for handling the kit and verification of band numbers, but all artificial lighting belonging to or controlled by the flyer or the flyer's partner must be extinguished before the kit is released
  24. No gadgets or whistles may be attached to birds in competition
  25. Kit must be released within a 100 foot radius from the center of the flying loft known as the flyer's boundary
  26. Any bird settling within flyer's boundary at starting time, five (5) minutes from starting time shall be allowed for flyer to get it on the wing again. Should he fail to do so in the time limit, he shall be disqualified.
  27. Any flyer's kit raking out of sight of the Timer during the first 2 1/2 hours of the fly, must reappear within the remainder of that 2 1/2 hours or 1 hour, whichever is longer. Thereafter, the kit must be seen at least once every hour until the conclusion of the fly
  28. Any competitor's kit flying until dark (that period of time falling ten (10) minutes after official local weather bureau designated time for sunset) may continue to fly in competition as long as they can be seen once each hour as a kit. No artificial lighting (flash light, spot light, etc. belonging to or controlled by the flyer or the flyer's partner) may be used for this task, public street lights, etc. excluded
  29. Should flyer decide to drop the kit, he should inform Timer of intentions to do so and method of the drop
  30. If eligible to drop kit, time is to be taken when method of drop is acted upon
  31. Any breed other than Tippler may be used as a dropper working outside of a wire confinement or exposed directly to flying kit. Tippler(s) may be used in a wire confinement, but not exposed directly to the flying kit at any time during dropping and trapping period or any time thereafter until kit band numbers are checked
  32. Time is to be taken when first bird drops from kit without inducement, droppers shown or released, dropping signal given or lights put on. Elapsed flying time determined by the difference between earliest of these times and the time of liberation. Flyer has one (1) hour to trap the entire kit or be disqualified. Flyer may catch any bird dropping/roosting within the flyer's boundary. Kit is considered trapped when all are in the flying loft, in the possession of the flyer or a combination of both
  33. Tippler(s) dropping outside flyer's boundary is automatically disqualified
  34. If the kit splits (odd ones, unrecognizable as a kit, not able to be seen by the flyer/timer at the same time) during daylight or dark, time is to be noted and kit is allowed one (1) hour to regroup or kit again. If the kit does not regroup within the hour, fly is disqualified
  35. Should any bird(s) return to flyer's loft during the flying period, time shall be noted, a description given, band number taken, and matter decided by the Executive Board.
  36. Any circumstances arising that are not governed by the forgoing rules, the Executive Board shall have full power to act thereon and their decisions in all matters will be final

Club Record Fly

  1. A record may be established in a scheduled fly, a weekday fly or in a pre-arranged manner. Scheduled flies are self-explanatory. Weekday flies are granted by the Executive Board to allow members unable to compete on scheduled weekends to join in competition. Pre-arranged flies are granted by the Central Timer or Secretary/Treasure to allow members to choose favorable dates for record attempts only, are not considered a competition fly and are not included in aggregate results.
  2. In a pre-arranged fly, the flyer must inform the Central Timer or Secretary/Treasurer (If the Central Timer is unavailable) of the flyer's intentions a minimum of five (5) days prior to the fly date, and submit the name(s) of the Timer(s) and the date of the fly. The flyer is required to have at least one qualified Timer
  3. If a record is broken, a detailed flying report must be sent to the FTCNA Central Timer or Secretary/Treasurer (If the Central Timer is unavailable) as described in Rules No 1 and 2. For a record to be established, it must pass a two-thirds majority vote of the Executive Board before being accepted as a club record