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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
Scoring will be conducted by the online Airscore system.
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%
Scores are only available online. A laptop will be available at HQ
We will use GPS height to determine height
Nominal distance and nominal goal are now obsolete and has been replaced by nominal median distance.
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
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.
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
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.
A HGFA radio operators licence is not required.
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.
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 and access
Average launch time
Launch time required based on 100 pilots
Buckland Ridge, 2WD
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
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.
No top landings are permitted except in the case of an emergency.
Goals will usually be unmanned cylinders. Any changes will be announced during the task briefing.
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.
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.
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
There are areas marked in the pilot notes or on the launch notice board as no landing areas.
As per the NEVHGC membership rules
Aerobatics within 1km of the Goal line is seen as an unsafe practice for those approaching Goal.
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
No pilot shall act in an aggressive or intimidating manner towards competition officials, those assisting with the competition or anyone participating in the competition
1st offence: Verbal warning with points penalty at the discretion of the meet director
2nd offence: Removal from the competition
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.
Pilots kiting or pre-flighting their gliders on launch must be correctly clipped into their harness with their helmet on.