Local Rules

This competition will be governed by the rules as set out in the HGFA Competitions Manual and the FAI Sporting Code Section 7b. Local rules and amendments to these documents are specified below

Table of Contents

Scoring

Competition days

Airscore

GAP parameters

Score display

Additions to the scoring system

Height determination

Nominal median distance (NMD)

Kilometer leading out (KLO) points

Height bonused End of Speed section (HBESS)

Premature Start gate exit penalty

Airspace

VHF

Exemption to VHF in Class E airspace

Manuals

Pilot procedures

Launch procedures

Launch Window Validity

Check out

Re-Flights

Top Landings

GPS Goals

Post Task Check In

Pilots helping a pilot in distress

NoNos

Smoking

Landing in designated “no landing areas”

Aerobatics after reaching the goal line

Aggressive Behaviour

Protocols

Use of another glider

Kiting / pre-flighting gliders on launch

Scoring

Competition days

The competition will run from 10-16 February, 2018 with no rest days.  In the event that a flying accident resulted in a fatality of one of the competitors then the following day will not be flown as a mark of respect

Airscore

Scoring will be conducted by the online Airscore system.

GAP parameters

GAP 2007 scoring with lead outs points via the Airscore program will be used, the task committee has the option to switch off lead out points for elapsed time tasks.

Nominal median distance - 40km

Nominal time         - 120 min

Min distance         - 5 km

We will be using FTV at 75%

Score display

Scores are only available online. A laptop will be available at HQ

Additions to the scoring system

Height determination

We will use GPS height to determine height

Nominal median distance (NMD)

Nominal distance and nominal goal are now obsolete and has been replaced by nominal median distance.

Kilometer leading out (KLO) points

The philosophy of KLO is to meaningfully reward pilots that are leading out.

Each day the task committee will decide the KLO% to be used for that task

Height bonused End of Speed section (HBESS)

The philosophy of HBESS is to reward pilots that use best speed to fly rather than maximum speed to approach and cross the end of speed section (ESS).

When a pilot crosses the ESS they can be awarded bonus time depending on the height with which they cross the ESS.

Premature Start gate exit penalty

The philosophy of the premature start gate exit penalty is to allow pilots to start a Race task before the start time in the knowledge that there is a significant point penalty for doing so

Airspace

Pilots need to be familiar with the airspace boundaries around the Bright area.

Airspace infringements will be considered as per the HGFA Competitions Manual and FAI rules as per a Cat 1 competition, heights will be determined using GPS altitude only.

VHF

A HGFA radio operators licence is not required.

Exemption to VHF in Class E airspace

We have applied for an exemption to requiring VHF in certain Class E airspace to 10,000ft. The geographical boundaries of this exemption are defined in temporary danger areas (TDA). The exemption is not active unless advised at each daily task briefing.

Details of TDAs will be published on the competition HQ airspace notice board

If we use the exemption and you experience an equipment failure which renders your GPS mapping instrumentation unusable then you must descend to the Class G airspace below you. If your equipment failure includes your altimeter then you should land immediately.

We are not permitted to enter any restricted airspace such as the Class C and D around Albury.

Manuals

The current HGFA competition manual and FAI rules will not be printed unless on request. They are both available online

Pilot procedures

Launch procedures

Each day the Meet Director will nominate if the launch is Open or Ordered.

When Open launch order is in effect; if a pilot in the launch queue chooses to step out of the queue then that pilot must return to the back of the queue.

If launch is closed then those pilots on launch will have one minute to launch once the windows is reopened.

Launch Window Validity

Launch and access

Type

Slots

Average launch time

Launch time required based on 100 pilots

Mystic, 2WD

Open

6

2 mins

34 mins

Gundowring. 4WD

Open

3

2 mins

67 mins

Buckland Ridge, 2WD

Open

6

2 mins

34 mins

Check out

All pilots must check out with the launch director before flying or reflying each day. No launch check out then no scored flight

If pilots elect not to go to launch or fly on any day they should advise the Safety director by phone, SMS or in person

Re-Flights

Reflights are allowed unless notified otherwise at the task briefing. When reflights are allowed  you must land in one of the designated refly zones for the site being used on that day. In order to provide evidence that you are eligible for a refly, you must NOT clear your GPS track log between flights as the track log from your first flight will be used to confirm your landing position.

Once one turn point has been achieved you are considered on course and become ineligible for a refly even if you do land in one of the designated refly zones.

Top Landings

No top landings are permitted except in the case of an emergency.

GPS Goals

Goals will usually be unmanned cylinders. Any changes will be announced during the task briefing.

Post Task Check In

Pilots must check in to the Competition HQ within the time period stated on the Day Task Board.

In the event of a delayed retrieve where it would be impossible to arrive at HQ in time, pilots must SMS through their landing details

A pilot may score zero for the day at the CD discretion if a post task check in to HQ as described above is not made by the stipulated time. The reason for this rule is that a full search and rescue operation may be commenced if the organisation has not accounted for all pilots by the check back time deadline.

Pilots helping a pilot in distress

In addition to the compensation points that can be awarded as defined by the HGFA Competitions manual; the CD has discretion to award additional points to pilots assisting a pilot in distress. The pilot’s total score is limited to the max score determined by the day's validity.

NoNos

Smoking

During summer the hazard of bush fires is a serious danger.  Smoking is prohibited on launch and in all goal and landing fields by all pilots and their crew.  Smoking is permitted only inside the confines of a car.

Penalties may be applied at the discretion of the competition director for infringements of the smoking rules

Landing in designated “no landing areas”

There are areas marked in the pilot notes or on the launch notice board as no landing areas.

Penalties:

As per the NEVHGC membership rules

Aerobatics after reaching the goal line

Aerobatics within 1km of the Goal line is seen as an unsafe practice for those approaching Goal.

Penalties:

1st offence – Verbal warning with points penalty at the discretion of the meet director

2nd offence – 100 points then doubling for every offence after that

Aggressive Behaviour

No pilot shall act in an aggressive or intimidating manner towards competition officials, those assisting with the competition or anyone participating in the competition

Penalties:

1st offence: Verbal warning with points penalty at the discretion of the meet director

2nd offence: Removal from the competition

Protocols

Use of another glider

A pilot may use a glider other than that originally entered. The Competition Director (CD) must be notified of and approve all such changes before flying.

A tandem glider may be used at any time by a competing pilot in the task for publicity or media purposes provided the CD has been notified.  The Competition Director (CD) must be notified and approve.

Kiting / pre-flighting gliders on launch

Pilots kiting or pre-flighting their gliders on launch must be correctly clipped into their harness with their helmet on.

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