Flat Racing Rules
These rules are in addition to the General Racing Rules.
- The Flat Races can include events for different ages or species of Falcon and for different classes of competitors.
- The race distance is normally 400 metres along a smooth, level track.
- The start and finish lines are infra-red or radar beam gates connected together to record timings to 0.001 seconds accuracy and screened at 0.01 seconds accuracy.
- The Falcon must pass through both start and finish gates.
- The start gate is 5 metres wide and the Falconer must stand no closer than 5 metres from the beam and no further than 20 metres from the beam.
- The finish gate is no more than 30 metres wide and 30 metres high at the beam.
- The Falconer can call the Falcon using only the lure (tilwah) and audible calls, and must stand behind the finish gate.
- The dress of the Falconer can be any type specified by the race Organisers.
- On unhooding the Falcon, the Falconer must keep his hand static. Attempts to launch the Falcon from the hand will disqualify the entry.
- A Falcon which fails to start after two minutes from being unhooded will be disqualified.
- If a Falcon fails to complete the course within three minutes it will be disqualified.
- If the Falcon wanders off, the Timekeeper will decide whether or not to fly the next Falcon.