Pilot Ranking List for US Contests

The Pilot Ranking List shows each pilot's ranking score and the year and contest in which it was achieved, as well as a link to the score sheet. For each contest, a pilot whose final score is greater than zero receives a Pilot Ranking score which is (Contest Weighting Factor) * (Pilot's final score) / (Winner's final score)

The Contest Weighting Factor depends on the competition type and class. Since 2013 the following weights have been in effect.

Type/ClassContest Weighting Factor
Full Contest Three-Day Contest Two-Day Contest
FAI-class and Sports-class National competitions100   95   0
Regional FAI-class and Sports-class, and Championships (Seniors and 1-26)92    92   88

Team entries (applies to all Regional classes and Sport Nationals) receive a ranking score that applies to the team; individual members (maximum of four) of the team receive a ranking score equal to 75% of the team's ranking score.

A pilot's score on this list is the best Pilot Ranking score achieved in any sanctioned contest within the previous three years. The ranking is used for determining contest entry qualification and preferential entry into contests that may be oversubscribed.

Because of the cancellation of most contests during the 2020 competition season, the Rules Committee proposed a change in calculating pilot rankings. Instead of using the best ranking in the last three years, the last four years will be used until 2020 is the last of the four years.

Competition SeasonYears Contributing to Ranking
2020, 2019, 2018, 2017
2021, 2020, 2019, 2018
2022, 2021, 2020, 2019
2023, 2022, 2021

These listings are based on the SSA membership number of the pilot, and their attribution is not always unambiguous.   The score sheets frequently just say "Smith", or "Leonard", and there may well be errors in identifying the correct member of the clan.   The McX and MacX names may be mutilated as well. Please help straighten things out, and send along any corrections.

These standings are based upon the contest results posted on the SSA server.

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