We are excited to bring the fourth Expo Challenge Cup in partnership with the Helicopter Club of Great Britain to Heli UK Expo.
It is a crowd facing series of races where the spectator can watch some thrilling flying as helicopters race up and down parallel courses against the clock and speed is of the essence!
The event will be flown by two competitors at the same time on parallel courses. The challenge requires precise flying with a large boat fender and rope lengths in a sequence of 4, 6 and 8 metres, and a flying time of 60 seconds.
The helicopter will fly through the entrance gate and the timing will begin. The helicopter then flies to each container in the given order and drops the fender into that container before proceeding to the next container. When the fender is dropped into the third container the timing finishes. There are penalties to be collected along the way for missing the entrance gate, touching the ground and flying the course in the wrong order.
This time the co-pilot is flying with a bucket full of water. The object of the race is for the helicopter to fly from the departure gate with the bucket on the end of three metre rope up to a container of water. The bucket is then filled with water, the helicopter will increase its altitude and the bucket will be five metres below the helicopter. The pilot will then fly up and down the course giving a total of ten gates to pass.
After completing the course of all ten gates the pilot must then fly the helicopter to the target table where the top resembles a bulls eye and place the bucket as close to the centre as possible.
The Helicopter Club of Great Britain was formed in 1966 to bring together helicopter pilots, owners and enthusiasts.
Its objectives are to encourage and support the use of the helicopter as a cost effective means of social, private, business, corporate and emergency transport and to generate a wider interest in the sporting use of helicopters in the UK; also to promote safety and encourage awareness of environmental needs and to represent helicopter owners and pilots to Government Authorities.