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Remotely piloted aircraft fly around the course trying to knock the other guys out of the sky, like a roller derby in the air.
Battlebots, where remote control robots try to destroy
other have been around for a long time. This would be an
race version similar to roller derby, which is an event
where gals on roller skates race
around a ring trying to knock the other gals down.
All entrants would need
to follow two rules. 1) No
and 2) all aircraft must adhere to a weight limit, say 100
So the competition would be twofold. Pilot skill in the air
and at the drawing board where these are designed.
You've got 100 pounds to work with, where to you put
that weight? In a heavy cutting propellor? In armor on the
trailing edges? Do you put all your weight into a powerful
enough engine and super lightweight frame so you can
avoid contact all together and just avoid the other
combatants? What happens when you try to lap that
heavily armored sky tank and he just flies in front of you?
All the remote controls would have limiters placed on
them where a set limited size air corridor constrains all
the aircraft. So if you try to fly outside that course, the
limit automatically stops you. This would keep the
formations tight and keep people from wussing out and
just avoiding the fight.
Each plane would have an insignia. At the end of the
race, planes would have the insignias of planes it
knocked out of the sky painted on their cowlings, WW2
fighter plane style.
Might have prop and jet categories too.
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||"Simply" having aircraft of a set weight flying around
pylons in a corridor of a set
size automatically constrained by the R/C systems
exactly as was indicated in the post.
||That would make the stupid ideas in the link
||What about lasers ? EMP weapons ?
||Hmmm. Those do sound like fun.
||Ok, two categories. No weapons, ramming only and
||Baked. Weight limit 55lbs per Academy of Model
Aeronautics rules. R/C "Combat" (cut a towed
ribbon) and "Pylon" (race) are well established, and
ground fire is baked by the tradition of flying R/C
aircraft at low altitude through the annual Big Sandy
Shoot in Arizona, USA.
||For the experience of aerial battle, the computer
game "Starsiege: Tribes" does pretty well.
||//I'm gonna fishbone this, just shy of calling [mfd] as
a variation on an existing activity - a "different
flavor" so to speak //
||Oh my god! Thank you for not typing the letters mfd!
I don't know if I'd ever recover! Oh, wait, I couldn't
possibly care less.
||The flight corridor constraint has been suggested
||Constrained automatically by the remote controls?
||Might want to read the idea before going into Im
the new sheriff in town! mode.
||<Gratuitously offensive racist Blazing Saddles reference/>
||I'll also point out that the cowling kills art isn't
done yet either. In short, this would be interesting
and exciting with measurable victory metrics
including the spectacle of seeing a champion taxi
onto the flight deck sporting 25 kills on its cowling.
THAT'S going to be watched.
||Bunch of buzzing things bumping into each other?
Not so much. You can also load a lot more weight
onto an airplane vs a quadcopter. More weight
equals more arms, armor, weapons, in short, more
||And 8, not sure what I was thinking saying there would be
an un-armed category. Weight limit? Yes. Weapons
limitation? Of course not. Everything up to very small
would be allowed but they'd be allowed too.
||Does it correct the path and steer it back into the ring or
engine? Stopping the engine stops the action
doesn't it? Having it automatically steer back into
the fray keeps it going.