Competition Category F3B

What is F3B?

The FAI has divided model flying into classes and grouped them under the F register. The 3 stands for the fact that the model aircraft are remote-controlled and the B for the fact that they are not powered, i.e. they are gliders. Behind the designation F3B are comprehensive regulations, which are only briefly described here: glider models suitable for use in the F3B class have wingspans of around three metres and a mass of around two kilograms. Such models are partly produced in small series and can be purchased, or they are built by the pilots themselves using state-of-the-art materials. Three different flight tasks must be completed with one and the same model, namely time, distance and speed flight. The first two tasks are flown in groups. In speed flight, one takes off after the other. These three tasks denote one round.

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Start – a dynamic feat of strength. The glider models are started on electric winches. These winches are limited in power to ensure equality of opportunity. The high-launch ropes are made of polyamide and have a diameter of between 1.0 and 1.4 millimetres. Depending on wind, weather and technology, the heights achieved are between 200 and 350 metres. The models are subjected to 30 times the acceleration due to gravity when they are released.

Duration – performance in direct comparison. Up to ten pilots must complete a ten-minute time flight with a final target landing within a twelve-minute time frame. Deviations from the target time as well as an inaccurate landing will result in points being deducted. The best pilot in the group receives 1000 points, the others proportionally less.

Distance – Exciting races. A 150-metre course must be flown through as many times as possible within four minutes. Groups of up to five pilots have seven minutes to make tactical decisions. Acoustic and optical signals indicate to the pilots that a route has been flown through.
Here, too, the best group receives 1000 points.

Speed – Pure nerve. In this task, the 150-metre course must be flown through four times as fast as possible. This task must be completed within a time frame of four minutes. The world record (link: is 12.93 seconds, which corresponds to an average speed of 180 km/h. The best pilot will receive the coveted prize.
Here, the best flier receives the coveted 1000 points.

Text: Hans-Peter Gölz (translated by CONTEST)

Upcoming CONTEST Events

22.-23.06.202415. SonnenwendepokalNardt (GER)
06.-07.07.20242. East Belgium F3B CupBüllingen (BEL)
17.-18.08.202413. International F3B Cup (new Date!!!)Jesenik (CZE)
24.-25.08.2024Hohenstoffeln-PokalBinningen (SUI)
21.-22.09.202426. Lippeweiden PokalLünen (GER)

Anstehende Veranstaltungen

F3B final results 2023

von links nach rechts: Andreas Herrig, Andreas Böhlen, Steffen Besemer

Final CONTEST results F3B 2023

F3B Hall of fame

Hall of Fame of the FAI World Championship F3B

Hall of Fame of the FAI World Cup F3B

F3B Tourmanager

Christian Rieger, born in 1988 is a mechanical engineer, working on UAV technology to finance his hobby.
He lives near Munich/Germany and was infected with the F3B virus when the WC was close to his home town in 2003. He made some excursions to F5D and GPS-triangle as well.
His goal as CONTEST tour manager is to advance the F3B sport further and, together with the competition organizers, keep this great sport going for a long time. Personally, he wants to get more connected with international model pilots all around the globe that share his passion.
Since last year (2023) you can read his competition reports on and on
Personal message:
I would like everybody to participate in our great sport. If you have questions, problems or have an idea to improve some aspect of our sport or CONTEST, you will find me with an open ear. Please don’t hesitate to contact me online or on the airfield! (
I would like to thank Thomas Schorb for over 10 years of managing the Eurotour and gathering all the results! Thank you!

Christian Rieger

CONTEST Scoring Regulations coming here soon.


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National Associations / Teams / Blogs
Youtube channel with great and current reports on F3B  The swedish F3B scene
F3B team foo – Fooblog
F3B team Kulmbach (=> Christian Fiedler)
F3B at home (=> Sergi Valls)
F3B team lomcovak (=> Roman Voijtech)
F3B in England  The finnish F3B scene  The swiss modell aircraft scene   The italian F3B scene

F3B in Forums
RCgroups ( english )
rc-network ( german )

F3B international at Facebook

F3B in Chile

F3B-Stimmung super eingefangen, 2013 in Lünen (deutsch)
F3B-Lektüre: MCM-Magazine (deutsch)
F3B-Geschichte – Sammlung auf RCgroups ( english )
F3B-FAQ – gesammelte Fragen und Antworten zum Thema ( english )
Filme: David Olsons youtube-Kanal (english) –
linksammlung zur 2017er WM und teams auf dem fooblog

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