Competition Tasks


Pilot Declared Goal (PDG) - Rule 15.1

The pilots declare individual goals, usually road intersections, before take off. This task tests the ability of the pilot to forecast wind speed and direction, and navigate to a place of their own choice.

Judge Declared Goal (JDG) - Rule 15.2

The Championship / Competition Director (Tasksetter / Balloonmeister / Judge) declares a goal, usually a road intersection or other identifiable point. The balloons launch from a common launch site and try to drop a marker closest to a target located near the declared goal.


Hesitation Waltz (HWZ) - Rule 15.3

The object of the Hesitation Waltz is for the pilot to select, in flight, and attempt to fly to one of several goals previously declared by the Championship / Competition Director. The pilot's decision on which target to select will be based on the available wind speed and direction.


Fly In (FIN) - Rule 15.4

The object of the Fly In task is for the pilot to select their own launch site that will allow them to fly to a nominated target. The launch site is required to be a set minimum distance from the target. This is often combined with a Fly-On task.


On (FON) - Rule 15.5

The object of the Fly On task is for each pilot to select a goal during flight a set minimum and maximum distance from their previous goal that can be flown to after completing the previous task.


Hare & Hounds (HNH) - Rule 15.6

The Hare balloon, nominated by the Director takes off several minutes before the competitors, the Hounds. The Hare's role is to lead the Hounds on a merry chase for a set period of time. The Hare's landing site becomes the goal for the Hounds.


Watership Down (WSD) - Rule 15.7

A combination of the Fly In and Hare and Hounds tasks. Pilots select their own launch site a set minimum distance from the nominated launch point of the Hare balloon. The Hare balloon launches at a set time and flies for a set period. The hare's take-off point is the first goal for the Hounds and its landing site is the second goal.


Gordon Bennett Memorial (GBM) - Rule 15.8

Competitors attempt to drop their marker closest to a set target within a defined scoring area. To to make the task more difficult the scoring area may be triangular or some other irregular shape with the target in a corner.


Calculated Rate of Approach (CRT) - Rule 15.9

The object of flying a CRAT task is to arrive at the target when the nearest or inner most scoring area is "open" as per the rules. If a pilot arrives early or late to the target they can only achieve a result based on the scoring area open at the time. There may be several scoring areas at varying distances from the target.


Race to and Area (RTA) - Rule 15.10

The pilot attempts to drop their marker in the shortest time within a defined scoring area. This task replaces the Race to a Line in which timed take offs and line crossing times were used to calculate a competitor's result.


Elbow (ELB) - Rule 15.11

After taking off and flying for a specific period of time or distance the pilots drop their first markers. The pilots then attempt to fly a path that deviates the most from the direction they flew on the first leg. The greatest change in direction wins the task.


Land Run (LRN) - Rule 15.12

After taking off and flying for a specific period of time or distance the pilot drops their first marker, Point B. This marker together with a point nominated by the director, Point A, forms the side A-B of a triangle. The pilot then flies on and drops a second marker, Point C, completing the triangle A-B-C. The pilot creating the triangle that contains the greatest area wins.


Minimum Distance (MDT) - Rule 15.13

The object of this task is the opposite to the maximum distance, to fly the shortest distance from the common launch site in a set period on time.


Shortest Flight (SFL) - Rule 15.14

The object of this task is for the competitors to drop a marker closest to the common launch point within a set scoring area.


Minimum Distance Double Drop (MDD) - Rule 15.15

Competitors drop two markers close as close as possible to each other in two different scoring areas.

MDT (1)

Maximum Distance (Time) (XDT) - Rule 15.16

The object of this task is for competitors to travel the greatest distance from the launch point within the maximum time allowed before dropping the marker. 


Maximum Distance (XDI) - Rule 15.17

The object of this task is to fly the greatest distance from the launch site within a set scoring area. The pilot achieving the greatest distance is the winner.


Maximum Distance Double Drop (XDD) - Rule 15.18

Competitors drop 2 markers within one or more scoring areas. The greatest distance is best.


Angle (ANG) - Rule 15.19

Competitors will attempt to achieve that greatest change of direction from a set direction. The change of direction is the angle between the line A-B and the set direction. Where A is the launch point and B is the landing point of the marker or balloon.


3D Shape Task (3DT) - Rule 15.20

Competitors attempt to achieve the greatest distance within set airspace. The result is the accumulated horizontal distance between valid track points in the set airspace(s). Greatest result is best.