2018 Helicopters

Event At a Glance

VA ModificationsNone
Eye ProtectionNone
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Students will design, build and test free flight rubber-powered helicopters to achieve maximum time aloft.

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Event Rules

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During our tournaments, VASO will enforce only those clarifications issued by VASO; National clarifications and FAQs will not be valid in Virginia tournaments. For the State Tournament, the last day to submit clarification requests is March 28 and VASO will post all outstanding clarification responses, with the exception of any specific room dimensions required by the rules, by midnight, March 31. Room dimensions will be posted as they become available, usually two weeks before the tournament.

VASO Clarifications

March 18, 2018
At the State tournament, Helicopters will share the ballroom with Wright Stuff. The ballroom is 40.8m long x 13.7m wide x 7.1m high.
February 9, 2018
At the Woodson regional, Helicopters will be held in a room 3.6 meters tall.
January 9, 2018
At the Charlottesville regional, Helicopters will be held in the open library area, which is at least 6 meters tall.
October 5, 2015
The Constructed Devices Policy of VASO states the judging conditions under which teams are allowed to use kits to build the devices for VASO tournaments. Because Rule 3a specifically allows for kits to be used in the construction of the helicopters, Event Supervisors will not apply that "Usage of Kits" portion of the policy to helicopters built from kits. In other words, Event Supervisors will not require that the devices built from complete kits to be substantially and materially customized. However, teams should carefully evaluate any kit for compliance with the current year rules - even kits that claim that they are Science Olympiad approved.