Collegiate Program Rules


Eagle Collegiate National Championship Award Program

 

Program Rules

Purpose

The purpose for the award is to increase the interest level of college pilots in aerobatics, aerobatic competition, and the International Aerobatic Club (IAC). Two awards exist: The "Collegiate National Championship Team Award" and the "Individual Collegiate National Champion Award."

General Guidelines

The program is intended to encourage interest in aerobatics through Collegiate Competition among college age students. Safety is always first and foremost in priority. Second is the inclusion of as many college age student competitors as possible. Rules are intended to encourage as many students as possible to participate and for those students to fly in as many competitions as their schedules permit.

Safety pilots are encouraged as permitted by IAC rules. Only the scores of the highest contests and individuals are used. Students are eligible for contests flown in the season before beginning college and the season following graduation within that calendar year.

Criteria

The purpose for Collegiate National Championship Team Award is to recognize the highest scoring U.S. collegiate team. The Individual Collegiate National Champion Award recognizes the top three (3) highest scoring individual collegiate competitors in Sportsman or higher category.

Qualifications

Team Qualifications

A qualified collegiate team competing for the Collegiate National Championship Team Award must:

  • Be full-time undergraduate students who are enrolled in the same accredited college, junior college, or vocational program such as an FAA-approved Airframe and Powerplant (A&P) Mechanic program.
  • At each contest registration, participating collegiate competitors must identify themselves and the college at which they are currently enrolled.
  • Declare your intent to participate in the Collegiate Program when registering for a contest by checking the appropriate box and selecting your school on the Contest Registration Webpage. Confirm with the contest registrar that you have declared your intent to participate at each contest. Scores will be submitted to IAC Headquarters along with the usual contest data. All competitions will be conducted exactly as normal with the exception of this small administrative change.

  • Have at least one of the team members fly in the Sportsman category or above in at least three (3) IAC-sanctioned contests.
  • By the end of the year, the university must have had at least three (3) pilots competing in three (3) IAC-sanctioned competitions with one of the pilots flying in the Sportsman category or above at each contest in order to be eligible to receive the Collegiate Team Award. For collegiate pilots who choose to fly in more than three (3) contests, only the highest scores from a total of three (3) contests will be used to determine the overall team standings.
  • For teams with more than three (3) team members, only the scores from three (3) team members will be used to determine the overall team standings. To choose which team members' scores will be used, the following procedures will be followed:
    1. Scores from the highest scoring pilot flying in the Sportsman category or above will be selected
    2. The two next highest scoring pilots regardless of category will be selected.
    3. The average of all three pilots' scores will determine a team's final standings.

Individual Qualifications

A qualified collegiate competitor competing for the Individual Collegiate National Champion Award must:

  • Be a full-time undergraduate student who is enrolled in an accredited college, junior college, or vocational program such as an FAA-approved Airframe and Powerplant (A&P) Mechanic program.
  • Compete in the Sportsman category or above.
  • At each contest registration, participating collegiate competitors must identify themselves and the college at which they are currently enrolled.
  • Declare your intent to participate in the Collegiate Program when registering for a contest by checking the appropriate box and selecting your school on the Contest Registration Webpage. Confirm with the contest registrar that you have declared your intent to participate at each contest. Scores will be submitted to IAC Headquarters along with the usual contest data. All competitions will be conducted exactly as normal with the exception of this small administrative change.

  • Compete in at least three (3) IAC-sanctioned competitions. For individuals who choose to fly in more than three contests, only the highest scores from a total of three contests will be used to determine the individual overall standings.
  • To calculate the individual scores, only the pilot's top three scores will be used in determining the individual overall standings.

Presentation

Master Trophy

The master trophy will recognize both the collegiate team and the highest scoring collegiate individual winner. The master trophy remains on display at IAC Headquarters in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

Traveling Team Trophy

One "traveling" team trophy will be awarded to the university of the first-place collegiate team. This trophy will reside at the university until the end of the following competition season or until such time when a new first-place collegiate team is chosen.

Team Trophies

First, second and third place team trophies will be awarded to the university of these winning collegiate teams.

Individual Trophies

Individual trophies will be given to the top three highest scoring individual collegiate award winners.

IAC Collegiate Program Chair: jashley1990 [at] gmail.com (Jordan Ashley)