The objective of flight shooting is to propel an arrow as far as possible. Although not practised widely in Australia due to a lack of convenient and available venues, it remains a popular aspect of the sport.
During flight competitions, six arrows are shot by each archer and constitutes a flight event.
Flight tournaments are shot in two classes, OPEN and LIMITED. Flight events are shot with traditional recurve flight bows.
Many events also include target tackle events, which allows archers to shoot their normal recurve, compound, longbow or crossbow used in club activities.
Equipment - Traditional Flight Recurve Bow, Recurve Bow, Compound Bow, Longbow and Crossbow
a) Traditional Recurve Flight Bow:
The bow is an instrument consisting of a handle (grip) and two flexible limbs ending in a tip with a string nock. The bow is braced for use by a single bow string attached directly between the two string nocks only and, while in operation, is held in one hand by its handle while the string is drawn, held back and released by the other hand. These bows are usually very short, using overdraws that enable the use of very short arrows. These bows may also be constructed with a "keyhole" in the riser.
Mechanical or other devices with moving parts such as release aids are not permitted in Traditional Recurve Flight Bow. However, traditional flight release devices may be used, including:
- flipper or strap or
- any one piece release aid, i.e., ring, block, hook, etc.
Traditional Recurve Flight Bow
b) Recurve Bow:
This division comes under the umbrella of Target Tackle Flight. Refer to standard recurve equipment rules; equipment must be as shot in target events.
Target Tackle Recurve Bow
c) Compound Bow:
This divisions also comes under the umbrella of Target Tackle Flight. Refer to compound equipment rules; equipment must be as shot in target events.
Refer to longbow equipment rules as used in target and field archery; no form of release aid may be used.
a) Arrows for Traditional Recurve Flight can be made of wood, aluminium or carbon fibre. Usually flight arrows are make of barrelled carbon fibre using short stiff fletches.
b) Arrows for Target Tackle must be the same as used in target events.
Each arrow must be plainly marked with the name of the archer, the bow weight class in which it is to be used and numbered. An arrow cannot be used more than once in any event.
The minimum arrow length for Traditional Recurve Flight arrows must be 356 mm.
For Traditional Recurve Flight, a safety loading stick may be used and its length shall not exceed 203 mm measured from the inside flat surface of the bow.
The recognised weight classes are:
Men & Junior Boys: Unlimited; up to 40 kg, up to 33 kg and up to 25 kg.
Women & Junior Girls: Unlimited; up to 25 kg and up to 18 kg.
Cadet: Up to 25 kg and up to 18 kg.
To determine the weight of a compound bow, it will be determined by the maximum peak weight of the bow.
Weighing of Equipment
Bows must be weighed in all limited weight class events. To allow a record, a bow shall be considered to be unlimited, unless it has been weighed before the event.
Archers will have access to the official scales on the day before the event.
Weighing devices are be accurate to a tolerance of +0.25 kg
All weighing of limited bows and all strings to be used, shall be at the event and the DOS shall ensure that no adjustments are made to draw weights between weighing and shooting.
Bows shall be weighed to the point where the longest arrows for that event would drop off the rear of the arrow rest, provided such arrow rest is fixed to the bow in such a manner that provides no easy method of alteration in position, such as sliding or slotted adjustments.
The length of draw for the purposes of weighing shall in each case be considered as the length of the longest arrow to be used in the event, measured from the base of the nock groove to the tip of the point.
The flight shooting field should be an open, flat area. The landing area, should be at least 200 metres wide and up to one kilometre long.
This area should be free of obstructions and hazards such as trees, buildings, fences, ditches, etc and should provide, where possible, a grassed area favourable for arrows to lodge into and be readily visible. The grass should be short enough to allow arrows to be easily seen.
A shooting line 20 metres long shall be marked on the ground and one metre in front of this shall be a second line, the foul line.
An area 20 metres long by 5 metres wide shall be roped off behind the shooting line with access through a 1 metre gateway. This is the Equipment Area.
A central line shall be marked on the ground, from what is considered to be the minimum distance that will be shot, to 100 metres beyond the furthest distance expected to be recorded.
Stakes shall be placed at nominal 100 metres intervals along the central line and shall be appropriately labelled.
Shooting Control and Safety
Before shooting starts, the DOS will check that the shooting field is clear.
No person other than the archers, scorers, Judges and/or Field Assistants is allowed on the shooting field.