Practice Landing Heats

All practice landing heats at Oshkosh airport will be scheduled using the same event sign-up procedures as past years (review here). However the following specifics also apply.

  • Each appointment slot is for a specific position in the heat
  • Slots starting on the hour (:00) are for Short-Field
  • Slots starting on the half hour (:30) are for Power-Off
  • Full stop landing must be made at the end of your slot time, whether or not the next heat is ready at the runway

Signing up for practice slots is allowed no earlier than 5pm each evening for practice the next day. Judges will monitor the calendar and cancel any slots booked early or in excess of the posted limit. Reference the current limit of slots per team here: Chief Judge Updates. Certain slots may be reserved by the Chief Judge to distribute when necessary.

Use this link to sign-up for practice slots: appointment calendars page

Landing Event Details

  • Five (5) contestants from each team are permitted in each landing event.
  • Only two (2) landings will be permitted, both will count for score.
  • The pictures below depict the maximum authorized traffic pattern limits of a 0.75 NM wide downwind and a 1.25 NM final approach leg length. Click on the picture to download a full resolution version. Flight outside these limits will result in a penalty. A link is posted to a .kmz file that can be opened in Google Earth to view the pattern in more detail. Downloading and viewing of this file is highly recommended as well as viewing the pictures prior to arriving at SAFECON.

Landing Pattern Limits (Google Earth KMZ File)

NIFA Landing Events Safety Review

The above link is a safety review presentation containing detailed information on many penalties. The link below is a document containing descriptions of all current landing penalties.  Review of this material is essential to operating safely and should be reviewed by all contestants before arriving at SAFECON.

Penalty Descriptions for Landing Events

Power Off Landings Heat Sheet

Short Field Landings Heat Sheet