F5b Explained

F5b is a type of remote control electric model aircraft contest that consists of doing as many laps as possible between 2 poles 150 meters apart in 200 seconds followed by 10 minutes of thermalling, and then landing on a 30 meter landing circle. The laps must be made while gliding only, no motor allowed, so the motor is used to rapidly climb and power into the course. There is a limit of 10 climbs, so to get more than 20 laps (a complete circuit- to the far pole & back- is 2 laps) the plane must climb high and glide 4 laps. To score more than 40 laps, the plane must glide a combination of 4 laps sets and 6 lap sets.

A typical F5b aircraft is commonly referred to as a hotliner. For more information on the rules, one may refer to Fédération Aéronautique Internationale(FAI) Sporting Code Volume F5 Radio Control - Electric Powered pg. 12 http://www.fai.org/aeromodelling/system/files/sc4_vol_f5_electric_11.pdf