2018 Hovercraft

Event At a Glance

DivisionB and C
VA ModificationsNone
Eye ProtectionB
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Participants will be tested on their knowledge of classic mechanics and related topics as well as their ability to construct a self-propelled air-levitated vehicle that moves down a track.

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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

Mar 18, 2018 Rule 3.d. - Must dowels be wood?
A non-wooden dowel is allowed if all other dowel criteria are met and it functionally breaks the laser beam.
Mar 17, 2018 Rule 3.g. - Are modifications to a commercial cooling fan allowed?
Modifications are only allowed to mount the fan.
Mar 5, 2018
Rule 4.n. - The team must not touch a vehicle after the dowel crosses the starting line the supervisor removes the wood block until it the dowel passes the finish line or the supervisor declares a failed run.
Jan 11, 2018 Rule 3.f. - Are NiCad and NiMH batteries allowed, even though some contain small amounts of lithium?
Yes. The National SO Battery Policy has been amended to allow this.