Build a pylon course based on a single point - Pylon 2 or 3 location - and a bearing toward the opposite pylon.
As we embarked on our journey to host pylon races, attempting to fit the layout of the various courses at our field - felt we needed a tool to assist in both placing within the confines, and providing the proper separation distances for workers, pits, etc. - with easy ability to try different starting locations and bearings to find what fit best.
Based on decimal GPS coordinates from a walk around the field - capturing runway corners, proposed location of pylon 3, proposed bearing to pylon 2,
and any other reference points or obstacles desired to show on the maps - the course is calculated and detailed GPS coordinates provided for all
pylons, start/finish line, pylon judges, and lap counters.
The results can be viewed in chart or map form (normal or satellite view).
A validate function shows how close the coordinates got to desired layout - typically in inches for distance and less than 1 degree for bearings.
Note: Google does not guarantee the accuracy of Google Maps imagery to use with absolute certainty... I recommend including GPS coordinates of reference points in addition to runway to help align the views. Building corners and entrance road markers can provide good references.
Course layout per AMA Radio Control Pylon Racing competition regulations:
|Deland Golden Hawks - Revision: 1 - Owner: Greg Cardillo|
|Deland Golden Hawks - North - Revision: 2 - Owner: Greg Cardillo|
|Jacksonville Pylon Draft - Revision: 1 - Owner: Greg Cardillo|
|LARKS Tavares - Revision: 1 - Owner: Greg Cardillo|
With the amount of spamming of sites/forms, we cannot give public access to create/edit - but would be happy to create an id on our site for
you to use in setting up your own courses. Of course you won't be able to edit anyone else's data - and can choose to have your
data publicly viewable or not. Send us your name, email, and AMA number
(we use the AMA number as userid on our site)
If you have an id - please login and you will be able to create/copy layouts and edit those you have created.
Use of this tool and the data provided is at the users risk. While we believe the calculations to be correct, and in compliance with AMA requirements/recommendations for course layout and safety separations, it is the users responsibility to verify both the input coordinates and output results - and to place the course in the correct location when transferring coordinates to 'planet Earth'.