International Postal Contest - What is it?
The International Postal Contest (IPC) is an invitation only contest held in April and September each year. It is an opportunity for RC Sailplane pilots to fly in friendly competition with fliers from around the globe without traveling to distant locations. Each club's and individual pilot’s score is mailed to a coordinating club who assembles the scores. Unlike other contests, weather conditions vary on the specified days so alternate days may be chosen to allow all participants to fly in the best possible weather.
Each pilot flies five rounds. A maximum of 6 minutes of flight time is imposed for each round plus "landing points” of up to 100 pts may be earned by landing in a landing circle. The closer you are to the center of the circle the greater the points earned. If the flier is in the air more than 6 minutes, one point is subtracted for each second over the six minute limit. Therefore, one round equals a maximum score of 360 time points plus an additional 100 landing points.
The competition is co-ordinated by LIFT, a r/c soaring club in Michigan USA.
MRSSA has been a long time supporter of this competition and it is a membership favourite each year. The links below are to other participating clubs.