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PostPosted: Tue Feb 08, 2011 03:56 am    Post subject: Serious Q's & A's for People Interested in getting into Competition Management. Feb 22 2013 Reply with quote

Note Text of the following info will be pondered over until each is reduced to 4-5 word sentences. This is also useful to reduce translation work load.

For some events there are some Transport Canada official processes that should and occasionally must be implemented. Reference:

Transport Canada defines a (Para and) Hang Glider as a Glider (aka sail plane) with the word Hang and / or Para appended in the following quote.
- NB: This is THE historical moment when we became officially recognized as Aircraft under CARs.
- The exact moment in time that got us the HAGAR and exactly the moment that got us Class E Airspace Access. 4 Mar 1997:

Arlo Speer Chief, Recreational Aviation & Special Flight Operations Transport Canada wrote:
“Hang gliders are included within the group of gliders." Canadian Aviation Regulations (CAR 101.01 defines "hang glider": as "a glider that is designed to carry not more than two persons and has a launch weight of 45 kg (99.2 pounds) or less. (aile libre)".

Therefore, without specific reference to the contrary, any exclusion which applies to gliders must apply to hang gliders as well as all other kinds of gliders.”
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RA&SF Operations Transport Canada at later date(s) wrote:
"We are not going to make one regulation for Cessna's and one for DeHaviland. So regulations for gliding are regulations for hang gliding unless specific exclusions so stated apply. Where Specific Canadian Aviation Regulations and Standards are required for Hang Gliding, Paragliding and / or AeroTowing they will be published in CARs.

If certain Gliding CARs are obviously irrelevant they can obviously be ignored. Where there are Grey areas use your best judgment. Any question(s)? Best to take the safer course of action and / or obtain assistance from your Recreational Aviation Specialist at Transport Canada's Civil Aviation Branch and / or The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB)."

This level of bureaucracy is not unique to Canada:
See: FFVL France; and DHV Germany; the HGFA Australia and its HGFA Operations Manual; the NZHGPA New Zealand; and the BHPA UK.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 08, 2011 03:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Serious Event Managers need to be totally on top of Weather Forecasting.

Daniel Heckenberg <<danielh>> created this video of Davis Straub's soaring forecasting talk given to a few pilots at Stanwell Park at the Country Women's Association lodge in January 2013.
See: http://youtu.be/f1XuUbDF4vA.

Davis talks and answers questions for an hour: "I can't imagine anyone sitting through it all, but it does guide you through the process of using the available tools."

This presentation provides a basis using RASP (and BLIPMAPS) tools to forecast cross country flights and competitions.

RASP in Canada: http://home.comcast.net/~wxtofly/RASPfraser.html
from: http://home.comcast.net/~wxtofly/ via http://www.drjack.info/RASP/

XC Skies: http://www.xcskies.com/

Soaring Forecast: http://www.soarforecast.com/

Weather No Stepper (generates a Thermal Updraft Projection) http://weather.nostepper.com/

Atmospheric Soundings: http://weather.uwyo.edu/upperair/sounding.html

Soaring Predictor (Western USA) http://www.soaringpredictor.info
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 08, 2011 03:57 am    Post subject: Where do I start? Reply with quote

Introduction to Event Organization:

Start Here: The HPAC Competition Rule Book.

Read the The Meet Organizer Assistance Package

FYI: Sanctioning Requirements for "Events" in the USA.

The largest challenges are associated with organizing major international competitions.
While the new FAI / CIVL Website is being proof read and repaired, a list of quick links will be placed here.

General Section of the FAI Sporting Code is here. Then click here and for the "Sporting Code Section 7: Hang Gliding & Paragliding" (etc) and wait for the drop down list of pdf links to appear.

To obtain the required Catergoy 1 FAI Organizers Agreement Application Form:
Insert the text "Request for Organizers Agreement Form" in the Subject Line addressed to General Inquiries here.

FAI Secretariat wrote:
"Christine Rousson FAI Secretariat" info@fai.org on Dec 28th 2011 said: Best regards. The FAI Organizer Agreement Document is sent only in case of a BID which is already accepted.


FAI Secretariat wrote:
"Christine Rousson FAI Secretariat" info@fai.org on Dec 28th 2011 said: Good afternoon, There is no organiser agreement for category 2.


For the Organizing FAI / CIVL Category 1 and Category 2 Events see the Requirements and Guidelines here.

Note that their Application form for FAI/CIVL sanction as a Category 2 event is a separate document from the Organizer Agreement.

FAI FS Software and FAI / CIVL Approved Software for Online Contest Systems

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 08, 2011 03:58 am    Post subject: Who can I go to for advice? Reply with quote

Some of our Experts in Event Management that can be asked to provide guidance include:

1. Nicole McLearn HPAC Competition Committee Chairman. (Paragliding)

2. Mark Dowsett, Past HPAC Competition Committee Chairman. (Hang Gliding)

3. Brett Yeates and Fiona Katay from Kimberly BC are hosted Canada's 2011 Hang Gliding Nationals and Paragliding Nationals.

4. The WCSC's Bridal Falls Air Races (BFAR) is one of our most successful Fly-Ins.

5. Davis Straub's OzReport is the resource for Hang Gliding Competition management. It is chock-a-block with helpful articles.

a) Scoring meets, part 1 - 2007's article "What software to use"
b) Scoring meets, part 2 - Downloading flights to create IGC files.
c) Scoring meets, part 3 - Creating tasks, comparing IGC track logs to tasks
d) Scoring meets, part 4 - Giving the pilots points for their flights
3) OzGap 2005
Davis' OzGap 2005 scoring program (version 1.60)
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 08, 2011 03:58 am    Post subject: Human Resources Reply with quote

Be that Special Aviation Event Order's (SAEO) (Application Form) are a legal requirement for Aviation Events here in Canada, and yes, that includes Fly-Ins.
- NOTE #1: You have to apply at least 60 days in advance. SAEO's are processed through Head Office in Ottawa.

An exemption to the Order may be issued in the right circumstances. Example: when Spectators are not invited; and/or for events held in comparatively remote locations and/or when no defined tasks or activities are organized...

See: CARs 603 Special Flight Operations
and their CARs Special Flight Operations Standards - Special Aviation Events

Reference: http://www.tc.gc.ca/eng/civilaviation/publications/tp13304-tp13304-369.htm

Read also: Special Aviation Events - Air Shows (TP 13304) (Transport Canada System Safety's Guidebook.)

A prerequisite to obtaining a SAEO si that you are required to establish minimum Safety Standards. Information on what is required is included on this simple application form.

How do so many Events get away without applying for one?

There is no Air Police. We operate under the Honor System in Canada. We are not living in a Police State.
Abusing these privileges can have unfortunate consequences.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 08, 2011 04:00 am    Post subject: Special Aviation Event Order Reply with quote

What benefits are obtained from a Special Aviation Event Order?

A. You will have assured Transport Canada System Safety etc. and thereby NAV Canada (FIC) that adequate safety measures are in effect.
. a) This is also the route to obtain a NOTAM and, where needed, a Temporary CYA so that (foreign) entrants can avoid having to write their HAGAR exam.

B. Your Event will be legally approved by Transport Canada: an official branch of the Government of Canada.

C. Therefore any negative Public Relations consequences will be far less likely to reflect badly on us and our sport.
Following the letter of the law will help shield our Insurance Policy and Coverage from situations that would put our program at risk.

Without an SAEO you could be placed in an awkward position, and maybe ourtoo. Not nice stuff to think about. Crying or Very sad
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 08, 2011 04:00 am    Post subject: NOTAMs Reply with quote

Question 5: Why should I get a NOTAM at the same time? What possible use would it have?

Answer: Nav Canada's FIC will issue the NOTAM and all (IFR) commercial aviation will be aware of our activities and they will be rerouted to avoid the NOTAM airspace. It is free, it is easy, so its a no brainer to "go for" through this "piece of cake" process.

- Note: it does not preclude regular aviation from flying through the NOTAM area. (I.e: It does not become Restricted Airspace.) But whilst flying through, they will be aware of our activities and they will be flying VFR.

Canadian NOTAM Manual
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 08, 2011 04:07 am    Post subject: Airspace exclusion and (foreign) pilots without HAGAR Reply with quote

Question 6: Why should I apply for a Airspace exclusion that lets (foreign) pilots without HAGAR at the same time?
- Individual ones for each and every planned Task Route! Twisted Evil Evil or Very Mad What possible use would it have?

Answer:
. . A. You will not then be required to ensure that all entered pilots have their HAGAR and that each individual "phone bombs" FIC to file their flight itinerary.
- (There is no legal path for one designated person to file a flight itinerary for a group, no matter how large.) (Though in practice they allow it or all regional air traffic would "stop in its tracks.")

. . B. You will not then have to tell foreign pilots not to come unless they can drop into a Capital City and write their HAGAR well in advance. (Processing takes time. Translation issues are not supported, other than French which is fully serviced.)

. . C. You will not then have face the liability issues and Public Relations nightmare with near miss or worse situations with Regular Aviation. It will be THEIR Public Relations nightmare, not ours.
- or worries about pilots who don't have their HAGAR re the above.
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Temporary CYA apparently do not exist any more. Unless Temporary CYR's are available, this is a crisis item for us.
The FAI is the Official Recognized Olympic Organization for Aviation.

The money our BCHPA has been putting into our sites was in hopes of us hosting international Competitions.
- Pilots would arrive from all over the world to fly in our Cross Country Tasks.
Transport Canada is not capable of putting out HAGAR study material and exams in the 180 Languages in our sport.
Without Temporary CYR's pre-established for separate task days, activated by NOTAM as required, the only option is for Non-Canadian Residents to ground skim or fly illegally.
- Until Transport Canada officially recognizes the the FAI / CIVL ... IPPI V Rating System and IPPI License Cards as the official, internationally recognized license for Cross Country flights through Class E Airspace et cetera.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 08, 2011 04:08 am    Post subject: Search and Rescue Reply with quote

Question 7: How do I handle a Search and Rescue Situation?

Answer
1. All requests for Search and Rescue MUST go through the RCMP via telephoning 911.
. .
a) Note that calling from Cell phones may put you into the WRONG 911 Call Centre. It is a VERY good idea to enter the DIRECT number to your LOCAL RCMP in ALL Event Management Team Members Cells. (Or provide them with a paper safety info sheet with this included on it.)

2. So do Not Phone Search and Rescue directly yourself.
- Charges MAY apply, but are far, far less likely to apply if you clearly explain to the RCMP that it is an Aviation Occurrence and the reason(s) for calling.

Alternatively you can phone FIC.
1-866-WX-BRIEF is the same phone number used all across Canada. (French Service 1-866-GOMÉTÉO)

. . i. They can call Search and Rescue for you. (Equals near ZERO chance of any fees or charges applying to the victim.)
. . . . . - PLUS: It is hard to imagine anyone else, anywhere else, better trained and ready to handle an Aviation Search and Rescue. Just think of the training they must go through and the number of hours they commit to it!!!

. .ii. They may or will (by request) Immediately direct local General Aviation pilots to Air Search the area for you, if and as required, if and as soon as you have STOPPED THE TASK and pilots are clearing the area or landing. S&R Air and Ground HAS THE RIGHT OF WAY. Period.

REMEMBER:
As an official Event Management Team Member, in charge of the situation until the FCMP takes over, you can ask, convince if need be, the RCMP, that the Search and Rescue Crew be put on STAND BY until you are MORE certain that they will be needed. S&R people work. S&R is a volunteer activity. No Pay. These people live with huge issues Re: Loss of Pay from their regular employment (and resulting family stress) in many, many regions.
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Here is a good Search and Rescue Form. It itemizes all the questions you need to ask the victim and / or to inform the RCMP and S&R so that time and manpower are not wasted, when time may be a vital factor. (There are a few items in the form you can input in advance) which will help make dealing with a crisis like this a fair bit easier; and to ensure it is better and more proactively managed.

Here is the HPAC's Site Emergency Information Form, which can be filled out and posted at Launch and LZ.

c) Ensure you write in on your S&R Form (and keep in mind) that pilots fly with WAD84 which compensates for the Earth's curvature whilst flying.
- While Ground Crew S&R Teams MUST use GPS settings that are dead accurate to mercantile maps.
- and that therefore, as they get close to the corners of their map THEY CAN BE UP TO ONE THOUSAND METERS from the GPS Coordinates that you and / or the victim gave them.
. . . . . - That that measurement is on flat ground. Translate that radius on a steep slope vs a 20 man ground search crew! Then think of drifting off search because you are using totally different system settings.
- That pilots standing on Wet Ground and / or in a Ravine and / or under a heavy tree canopy will have a "reduced accuracy reading" on their GPS's;
- That victims may have head injuries that muddle their thinking, and you are not face to face to see it.
- That victims may have injuries, even serious injuries that don't let themselves be known for hours. The brain has a marvelous system to protect itself from Excess Pain that "XCess ive" pilots can do to themselves from time to time. It ignores the pain entirely or can muffle it. Therefore the info you may be getting by radio / cell from the victim may be completely out of whack with reality. Keep your ears peeled for the signs.

NOTE:
All out of Province entrants should be strongly encouraged to get Medical Travel Insurance ie BCAA's Insurance but from another provinces provider. (Travel insurance is not valid in the Province you buy it in.)

Read: The Golden Hour "A concept which states that preparing for a serious injury accident may have a direct bearing on the survival or recovery of the victim."

IN CONCLUSION:
The BEST and biggest stress REDUCING things that ANY Event Organizer can do... are these:
a) On the Pilot's Entry Form make ABSOLUTELY certain that 100% of the participants (free flyers, wind dummies and competitors) provide the following:
. . i. Name and emergency family contact person's contact info.
. .ii. Pilot Phone # , Cell Number, Radio Type and Frequency and alternate Frequency(s) planned and SPOT Tracking etc url.
. iii Support / Chase Crew Pilot Phone # , Cell Phone Number, Radio Type and Frequency and alternate Frequency(s) planned
. . . - ZERO Tolerance Rule must apply here for those who "have to have" their own secret frequencies.
. iv. Print out labels with the Meet Organizer, Safety Director's cell number and Radio Safety Frequency Channel.
- These to be attached to flight instruments.
. v. Wing Colors and, if known, Reserve Parachute Color. (Both could be hung in a tree or can be laid out to increase visibility for air and ground search teams.)
. . . - Wing type, size, ""children" and ancestral line of the wing" who the "h" cares??? Its irrelevant really except for those whose Sponsors pay's their way.
. vi. Develop and produce hiking trail access to major areas on route.
Print these out and hand out to team members.
Calling in S&R is done by the RCMP, not the general public.
So control information to the RCMP so that S&R is not dispatched when not needed.
Establish a prior arrangement with them to ensure that.

Then print it out and give a copy to Each and Every Event Management Team Member and Each Team Leader / drivers (those with excellent local back country knowledge) along with a copy of a good back country roads maps for your task routes.


. viii. Plan for internal searches for downed pilots, especially those without injuries requiring medical transport
- keep the main stream news ignorant of all minor incidents.

. ix. CIVL Incident Report form - Print these out and hand out to all staff and team members
http://www.fai.org/component/phocadownload/category/?download=2799:incident-report-form

. x. Aggressive Media Relations prior to the event and during the event.
Have them on your side, get to know them, how they deal with situations and how to work with them.
Do not respond to surprise questions. Have them give you a list of questions and time to mull over them to respond professionally and accurately.
It is next to impossible to correct a mistake after the fact, already spread world wide by reporters.
If incidents happen, you contact them first before they find out. Control timing and deadlines to your needs and availability.
- but do not delay to where they look elsewhere for quick news flashes.

. xi. Tell pilots who outland to spread their wing's most colorful parts out, reserve too if feasable. Easier to find.
That even in a summertime campfire ban the fastest way to get rescued by S&% / Heli is to light a small smokey fire in a safe place.

. xii. Tell pilots whose cell, radio and or GPS batteries are getting low to turn off their instruments and turn on at pre-determined times like 1/4 and / or 1/2 hourly intervals, five minutes at a time.

Local Flying Site Emergency response plans focus normally on up and down flights only.
For them the big risk is landing and takeoff.

For XC Competition Events the big risk and problem areas is pilots going down / reserve deployments on course.
Big difference.

===> If you come up with any novel approaches I have not thought of, please pass them on. <===
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 08, 2011 04:08 am    Post subject: GPS Scoring Software - Updated: Feb 23d 2013 Reply with quote

Updated Feb 20th 2013

GAP Scoring Resources

1. FAI WXC Appoved Software for Online Contest Systems

2. The FAI CIVL has RACE, FS and GAP Software, CIVL is now promoting its new (free) FS for all its events.
The FS pages are at http://fs.fai.org Please use the FS Forum for general support or questions about the FS software and related issues.
- They are looking for new programmers to join their team too.

Mac OS GPSdump page

3. FAI / CIVL GAP Scoring Formula Guide. (Pdf)
a) The GAP Scoring System explained: Sketch out how the points should be allocated between distance, speed, etc.

GAP 2002 Where is this scoring system leading us?

Next: a discussion on GAP 2002 "Leading" Points.

4. Paragliding World Cup PWC GAP 2012 (PDF)
a) Altitude Arrival Points are now in PWCA rules, see section A.!.23:
http://pwca.org/rules/PWCA%20Competition%20Rules%202013.pdf

5. The NZHPA Gap Guide or http://www.nzhgpa.org.nz/hgcomps/thegapguide.pdf

6. A PGF explanation of GAP Lead-out Points and Linear Scoring Formula

7. Nominal Distance Articles:
a) Setting the Nominal Distance. - The minimum task distance that should be worth 1000 points.
b) Setting the Nominal Distance, Part 2. - What is the minimum average distance flown needed for full distance validity.?
c) Setting the nominal distance, part 3. - Going big - tasks bigger than 100 Km.
d) What happens if we have a twenty minute time interval between start clock opening times?
e) Comparing Leading and Departure Points GAP 2000 vs GAP 2002

8. OzGAP 2005 is simply a time based Arrival Points system that constitutes ¼ of the available speed points, that means that if the maximum Distance Points available is 600 points, 300 will be available to speed and 100 points will be available for arrival points. The rate at which the points drop of is fixed.

a) OzGAP 2005 now includes AAT Scoring. (Assigned Area Tasks)
You can find the script here: http://ozreport.com/docs/GAPAAT.txt You just replace the existing script with this one.

See also here: http://ozreport.com/Davis_Scoring_Manual.php

GAP is named after the initials of the creators of the formula: Gerolf Heinrichs, Angelo Crapanzano and Paul Mollison.

Davis Straub wrote:
See the NavIter SeeYou Competition Software download. (Follow their text links as the "Next" Button does not work.)
- NavIter SeeYou version 4.13 is their information page for their flight planning and analysis tool for pilots.
- SeeYou Tour (PC)

NavITer Support Forum SeeYou Competition Scripts

NavITer Support Forum SeeYou Competition AAT Task Script

NavITer Support Forum SeeYou Competition Assigned Area Speed Task for EGC 2002 Script


Registered Event organizers get in-built software with Organizations like
1. XContest (Hang Gliding and Paragliding) http://www.xcontest.org/xrace/about-aat/
- See also their Hang Gliding and Paragliding Cross Country Rules - including Assigned Area Tasks (AAT)

Example:



2. the XC Open (Paragliding) Programs: http://www.xc-open.org/index.php?option=com_remository&Itemid=44&func=select&id=3

3. A fun and successful meet format: The Paragliding World Cup (PWC.)
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Waypoint Planner: an easy way to make waypoints for comps by Tom Payne Moderator of the Paragliding Forum
- XC Planner is is an ideal tool to plan tasks and is also Copyright © Tom Payne
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 08, 2011 04:09 am    Post subject: GPS Tutorials Reply with quote

3. A GPS Tutorial.

A good and free GPS Manual can be found in the FlyTec 6030 Manual (PDF). It takes you right through from Basic Beginner level, right through to the most intense Expert Competition uses.
- and the new Flytec Element Manual is spectacular! It bodes well for their next generation of flight instruments, just now starting to come on stream.

NOTE:
The Flymaster's B1nav GPS/Vario got an excellent review XC Magazine.

But if you buy a 6030 (consistently THE #1 rated Flight Instrument for Hang Gliding and Paragliding) sourced through Steve Kroop (USA) at http://flytec.com you get an excellent manual. A Much better Manual than the one from Flytec Switzerland which is free on their website for download.
Reference: http://flytec.com/Support.htm "Enhanced/improved manuals are available to customers of our authorized dealers. To obtain Flytec USA documentation please submit a request along with your instrument serial number and the name of your dealer here."

I have not found anything decent in comparison yet on the web or in print. My Garmin manual looks a tad sad in light of the Flytec 6030!
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But back to the more basics re GPS, downloading and Software:

Load My Maps Google up to your Garmin GPS with http://www.takitwithme.com/
- Use this tool to upload Google My Maps directly to your Garmin GPS or convert them to GPX format. Simply copy a My Maps URL into the form and click 'Load My Maps' to get started.
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Use Virtual Box to download YOUR flights or GPS to a small netbook or a Mac.
- Use Fortrex 201 GPS with a Serial to USB adapter for a netbook in Windows and in various Linux distributions running Wine.
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From Davis Straub:
We just want to to be able to run:

Garmin USB drivers: http://www8.garmin.com/support/agree.jsp?id=591 You'll need a USB Garmin GPS to install this. You need a USB cable also.

FlyChart: http://www.flytec.ch/download/flychart452_36.exe Install this and the above first.

GPSDump 4.34: http://www.multinett.no/~stein.sorensen/body_gpsdump.htm

SeeYou: http://www.naviter.si/download/seeyou/seeyou-evaluation/download-2.php?Itemid=27

G7ToWin: http://www.gpsinformation.org/ronh/g7towin.htm

And then be able to download GPSes with that software. Thanks for the help here. It looks good.
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For Macs, see also: http://www.paraglidingforum.com/viewtopic.php?t=6513&highlight=mac
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GNU / Linux Aviation HOWTO
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 08, 2011 04:11 am    Post subject: GPS resources for pilots Reply with quote

At the recreational pilot level:

1. XC Planner Shocked Wow! Very Happy - XC Planner is also Copyright © Tom Payne
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2. If you carry a GPS when you fly, then now you can replay your flight in Google Earth with StarTraX - it's free!

StarTraX is an amateur project… no commercial strings at all. "I just wanted to give it a try a few years ago and looks where it’s taken me!"

Please take a moment to view the short YouTube clip at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-hbJtiBq4lg then download StarTraX from the web site at http://www.gpsanimator.com
You can also follow developments on his Facebook page (search for StartraX)
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3. Use your Iphone for gps tracking of your flights with http://www.motionx.com or http://www.teamgps.com.
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4. There are some free options if you already have a PDA. You can try them out and see if you really need a flight computer.
1. Competition Pilot for the Palm OS.
2. LK8000 for Windows CE.
3. FlyMaster Nav+ for Windows Pocket PC.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 08, 2011 04:12 am    Post subject: Goal Cylinders vs Goal Lines at Distant Finish Locations. Reply with quote

Goal Cylinders vs Goal Lines at Distant Finish Locations.

Do not put a Goal Line out at a distance goal, just back at the landing field (or alternate goal) close to the launch.
Pilots land out at a distant goal often because they can't come back because of the headwind.
Because of the wind you can fly a lot faster than the Goal Judge driving a car. Sometimes they get there first. Sometimes they don't.
- It isn't worth the heart ache of bending the rules after the fact.
(If some pilots arrive before the goal line is put out, and score by Goal Cylinder and those arrive later score by Goal Finish Line (declared for the task)
- you are likely to have an Official Protest lodged against the competition.)

Put the line out if you can, but make the goal the cylinder. The line is there to help pilots find the goal.
If it's not there, just fly to the goal point. In that case you just don't get the extra help of a visible line identifying the field.
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Separate topic:

Free Flight Risk Management

And a topic on the subject on the Oz Report here: http://ozreport.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=22678
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 15, 2011 12:50 pm    Post subject: Planning a Paragliding World Cup Reply with quote

FWD from Xavier Murillo Re: Planning a Paragliding World Cup
PWCA Office - 364 route d'Annecy - 74210 Marlens - FRANCE - Tel +33 4 50 32 83 83 - Fax +33 9 55 95 65 74

FYI this information in memory of Xavier (RIP my Friend!) Crying or Very sad was valid as of Date: Tuesday, March 1, 2011 2:50 pm

Xavier here saying Hello to all my friends!
- It's easy ! Before planning a World Cup, you must have a Pre World Cup. Ask questions at our new PWC Forum

Everything is in the following letter which Laura Sepet laura@pwca.org is sending to the organizers asking about "how to organize a Pre World Cup."

Following your message, would you kindly read below the procedure for Pre World Cup events approval.

Any new organizer must run a Pre World Cup event before running a World Cup event.
This Pre-World Cup event must be submitted for approval to the PWCA Office usually 6 months before the event (don't pay too much attention to that long period, we can manage it even if it's closer to your event).

The Pre World Cup event consists in organizing a representative competition where we recommend to use the PWCA rules and the official PWCA scoring and flight verification.
In some cases, you may apply the rules and use the scoring/flight verification system you want (e.g. : national opens).

The Committee will appoint a PWCA Observer. His role is to check if the organization, the site, flying conditions, rescue, retrieval are acceptable to organize a World Cup event in the future.

At the end of the competition, the observer will write a report about the Pre-World Cup. This report will be sent to the organization and to the PWCA Committee. The organizer has to send the final results of the competition to the PWCA Office.

The observer's trip from/to the nearest airport, local transports during the competition, accommodation, food, laundry, entry fee, local Sim card, are paid by the organizer.

In 2011, each Pre World Cup organizer pays the same amount of 600 euros.
This includes the Pre World Cup fee, the publication in the PWCA calendar, the rights to use the World Cup logo on all posters, documents, banners, t.shirts, caps, and other items. It includes also the international travel costs of the observer.

If you need some help in organizing the competition, you can appoint experts approved by the PWCA.
Experts will take part in the organization more or less like the Technical Delegate and Technical Advisors we have on all World Cup events.
These expert's work is paid by the organizer. The usual cost is all expenses + 1500 €/comp.

If you want to send a bid, please let send me back the following details about your event at: http://www.paraglidingworldcup.org/contact

General information:

- Name of the event (when confirmed the name of the event must include the title "PRE-WORLD CUP")

- Location:

- Flying site(s):

- Dates (1st day in the calendar is always the registration & training day. Last day is the last flying day & prize giving) :

- main email address for pilots:

- web site address:

- special local regulations:

Name and contact for the following people:

- General organizer:

- Meet director:

- Name and address to establish the organizer fee invoice if your event is accepted:

- Safety manager:

- Competition doctor:

- World Cup pilots involved in the organization or supporting the event:

INFORMATION ABOUT THE COMPETITION:

- Events already organized in the past (n° of pilots, tasks, flying times, distances):

- Possible sponsors and partners? Tourism Office? Official bodies ? Private sponsors?

- Location of headquarters?

- Size of take off (how many pilots can take off at the same time?

- Altitude of take off & ground altitude ?

- Time to go from HQ to take off & kind of access (cars, 4 wheel drive, walking, ...)

- Timing of good flying conditions (e.g. 12:00 to 16:00)?

- Planned amount of the entry fee? (with list of services included)

Pictures, maps, links, ..., about the take off, landing, flying and organization are welcome.
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Xavier Murillo PWCA General Secretary ± 1995 - 2011 http://www.paraglidingworldcup.org/

The 2011 Paragliding World Cup Tour is sponsored by:

ADVANCE - AEROTACT - AIRCROSS - AIRWAVE - AXIS PARA - GIN GLIDERS - JAPANESE PARAGLIDING ASSOCIATION - KORTEL DESIGN - MAC PARA - NIVIUK - OZONE - PARAPENTE MAG - PORCHER SPORT - RIP'AIR - SOL - SWING - UP - WOODY VALLEY
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This information fwd by Fred Wilson.
- Xavier was a lifetime best friend of mine since I met him as a young man Xmas 1982 at a Photo Shoot he was doing in Saltzberg Austria. A wonderful story and a fond memory of him and our first time together.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 08, 2015 07:32 am    Post subject: Issue re: No downloading software needed in latest generation Flight Decks. Reply with quote

DaveWheeler wrote:
As a (PG) comp scorer the mass storage device route found in these latest generation Flight Decks is a bit of a two edged sword.
Flytec wrote:
"The new Flytec Element behaves as a mass storage device. This means no USB drivers are necessary to connect it to another device and it can be used on Mac, PC, Android, etc.

This also means that no downloading software is needed - flights are saved in the device as IGC files and can be dragged and dropped, copied, transferred and saved as you would any computer file.
Even better is that firmware updates (that add new features) will also be similarly drag and drop so upgrading should be super easy, convenient, and fast.

More info on the element here"
: http://flytec.com/Element.html

Yes, they don't require a virtual serial port driver, but not being able to use GPSDump means that getting the IGC file into the correct place for the scoring program (FAI FS) doesn't fit into the normal download workflow.

I created a web based solution that lets pilots upload their own IGC file and the backend uses Dropbox to put the correctly named file in the correct scoring directory.

More pilots are using this since it doesn't involve standing in line for a download but the majority still like to have someone else ( the scorer ) do everything for them.

The choice of mass storage or USB virtual serial port would be nice.

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 08, 2015 01:47 am    Post subject: Airtribune Reply with quote

Fwd from Airtribune:
We are happy to announce that our “all-in-one” service for airsports now has got special features for hang gliding competitions.
The main difficulty of setting separate tasks for different classes within the frame of one event is now solved.
Multitask - our new feature allows you to set different tasks for each class, or a groups of classes.
Now when you have flex and rigids competing you can set each class it’s own task and show the races separately.
Pilots will be automatically sorted in the players based on their wings.
Now you can happily host events in as many classes as you can manage. All is run on do-it yourself basis.

https://airtribune.com/news/hgcomps-welcome
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