Competition Information

The Willi is open to PG and HG pilots. The winners of this meet will be the registered pilot in each class with the best total points for 3 flights over the course of the competition – July 23 to July 30, 2016 inclusive. You may fly as many flights as you wish every day – re-launches are allowed.  Only your best 3 flights over the competition will be counted. Please complete a landing form for all flights. Landing forms must be in by the end of the pilot meeting the following morning in order to be counted toward your points, but please have them in as soon as possible after your flight.

Scoring

Please note: In 2015, we moved to GPS scoring using the XCanada on-line site to process flight tracks. Information has been sent to all registered pilots and posted on this site – click here.

All pilots other than Novice pilots (see below), will be required to have a GPS capable of tracking their flights in order to be scored for the full value of their XC flights.

Novice pilots scoring only flights from launch to the Muller Flight Park LZ will not need a GPS to have their flights scored.

We decided to use online scoring in order to encourage use of the online contest site to…

  • Facilitate information sharing and learning about XC flying amongst pilots.
  • Standardize flight scoring and verification.
  • Encourage creativity in flight planning. The system automatically checks for O&R and FAI Triangle qualified flights, and provides bonuses (1.2points/km for O&R, 1.4 points/km for Triangles).

To use the XCanada/XContest World flight verification method, you must be registered at http://www.xcontest.org/canada.

Pilots already registered for the 2016 contest are ready to go. If you are registered for the XContest World, please add yourself to the XCanada list by going to http://www.xcontest.org/national/, and choosing the Canada contest to register. This is important because we will use XCanada rules. These rules are roughly the same as World rules, with the exception of a 5% closing rule for all triangles (FAI and flat) vs. the 20% closing rule used in XCContest World.

For instructions to sign up for XCanada, click here.

We encourage you to familiarize yourself with the XContest Rules: http://www.xcontest.org/world/en/rules/.

Only flights from the Lookout (drive to) or Upper launches (hike in) at Mount 7 in Golden will be counted in the meet unless a decision is made by the Meet Committee to designate an alternative launch. Please mark your start point on your GPS prior to flying.

You will receive a zero score for any flight that violates the restricted airspace in the area, involves a landing in a restricted area including the National Parks, or results in an unresolved conflict with a land owner. Restricted airspace and landing areas will be discussed at the Pilot Meeting Saturday morning. Pictures are available at Muller FP.

Special Novice Competition: “Super Sledder”

The “Super Sledder” prizes will go to the HG and PG pilot in the Novice category completing the greatest number of flights from launch to Muller Flight Park, with only sledder (5) XC points claimed, and a bonus-worthy landing (on your feet, no aluminum/harness fabric touching or broken, and safe, as adjudicated by the throngs watching every landing). The contest will start at noon, Saturday (after the morning Pilot’s Meeting) and end at 5:00 PM the following Sunday. The more landings you make, the more chances you have to win.

Insurance/Waivers

Our agreement to use the launch and Muller FP requires all pilots to be insured by HPAC (with $3 million liability insurance). If you reside in Canada you must be a member of the Hang Gliding & Paragliding Association of Canada. Foreign pilots may obtain temporary HPAC Insurance on the HPAC website.

All pilots will be required to sign a waiver for both the meet and Muller FP.

Registration

Pilots may register for the event anytime during the event. However, flights made prior to registration will not be counted toward points, except where prior arrangements have been made in advance with the Meet Director.

Headquarters

Headquarters will be located at the Pavilion (Barn) in the G.E.A.R (Golden Eco Adventure Ranch).

Pilot Meetings/Information

There will be an informal briefing at the Pavilion each morning at approximately 10:00 AM. Please plan to attend, or check with someone who did. Standings and weather will be posted at breakfast each morning (as possible). Your decision to fly or not fly is your own. Please check with the locals if you have concerns about the weather. Unless otherwise announced, final standings will be posted and prizes distributed at Muller FP after flying on Sunday, August 2.

Check In

Please be sure to check in each day as soon as possible after your flight, using the steps described in the “Important Contact Information” unless otherwise amended during the meet. Check in procedures will be clarified at the first pilot meeting on Saturday July 23, 10 AM at GEAR, and discussed or amended at daily morning pilot briefings.

Personal Decision Making

At all times, your decision to fly is your own. In the case of inclement weather or poor flying conditions, the Meet Director may decide to delay, suspend or cancel competition. These decisions will be made with the best information available, and to ensure a fair and safe meet for all competitors. However, in the absence of a decision by the Meet Director or anyone else involved with the meet, you must still decide personally whether it is safe for you to fly. Do not take any decision or lack of decision on our part as either endorsement of the flying conditions, or recommendation that you fly.

“Thanks for the Ride” Prize

Please get the name and phone number of any person who gives you a ride and include it on your landing form, including friends or family members. We will have a draw for a prize for drivers at the end of the week.