Top Gun Rules and Regs

Top Gun

2016 Rules and Regulations

  • Should any item in these Rules and Regulations conflict with the current Top Gun bylaws, the bylaws shall take precedence.
  • Top Gun will adhere to the rules and regulations published in the most current version of the BFA Competition Rules, Regulations, Policies and Procedures (BFA Rules) published at the time tasks are flown unless otherwise stated. Should a rule change occur mid-year, the change will be applied going forward not backward.
  • Top Gun event scoring will be by method of proportional scoring as described in the BFA Rules as of our annual meeting that year. Changes to the BFA national ranking system will not affect Top Gun ranking methods for that year.
  • All HACD scores will be submitted to the BFA unless otherwise stated in writing prior to an event as required by the BFA.
  • Annual dues are $40 for pilot membership and $5 for official membership. A pilot may also be an official member and vice versa if so inclined provided they hold a current private or commercial hot air balloon pilot certificate. Double membership will only receive one vote in elections or any matter voted upon.
  • Membership to Top Gun can be revoked by majority vote of the board for behavior deemed detrimental to the club, the ballooning community, or the public
  • A board member’s membership can be revoked either by majority vote of the board or two-thirds vote of the general membership.
  • Monthly flying events will cost $5 for pilot entry. This fee covers administrative expenses and is non-refundable if we don’t fly. For a task to count toward Top Gun ranking or BFA ranking pilots must pay the corresponding membership and event dues before the task is flown.
  • Top Gun will reimburse any Top Gun member’s BFA HACD competition card fees for the coming year if a pilot participated in at least two-thirds of the previous year tasks.
  • To qualify for year-end Top Gun ranking or Rookie of the Year a pilot must fly a minimum of one-third of all Top Gun tasks flown during the year.
  • To be eligible for Rookie of the Year a pilot may not have qualified for it in any previous year.
  • Pilots will be assigned a number based on the order of application with the exception of #1 which will be reserved for the previous year champion. This will be the pilot’s typical baggie and logger number for the entire year and pilot will be responsible for any loss or damage. Other numbers may be assigned as necessary.
  • Pilots are responsible for replacing lost baggies and/or loggers. Baggies are $5 and Loggers are charged at current replacement cost.
  • A category AX9 will be accepted with conditional approval by the Event Director.