LT
2017 Lithuanian Open Paragliding Accuracy Championship (FAI 2)

LOCAL REGULATIONS

1. Objective

The objective of the competition is to determine best individuals and Team Champion in PG Accuracy Landing.

1.1 The Winner

The Winner of each category will be the individual or team with the lowest aggregate score, where appropriate.

1.2 Place

Trakai, Galvės Lake (reserve place – Paluknys Airfield)

1.3 Date

16th-19th February, 2017 - Lithuanian Open Paragliding Accuracy Championship

1.4 Organizers

1.5 Registration

Deadline for online registration and reduced entry fee payment - 14th February 2017 (inclusive).

Online registration: LSPSF competition schedule. Those pilots, who has not managed to pay entry fee online and register till 14th February 2017, will be able to register for the competition on 15th-16th February and pay increased entry fee at registration place on specified time. All pilots must register personally (by signing) at competition office on the first competition day at registration time. Info by e-mail: info@orosvente.lt.

1.6 Entry fee

Entry fee includes take-offs on competition days. Possibly: warm lunch, tea at the competition site, souvenirs etc.
In case the competition will be held in the reserve place (Paluknys Airfield), pilots accommodated in Trakai will be transported to Paluknys Airfield by bus. Transportation Trakai-Paluknys Airfield-Trakai will be included in the entry fee.

2 Eligibility

2.1 Classes

2.2 Requirements for pilots

2.3 Insurance

2.4 Requirements for equipment

2.5 Precautions

2.6 Safety director rights

2.7 Pilots obligations

2.8 Teams

In LT Open pilots may form teams of clubs, towns, regions, etc. A team consists of 2 pilots at least but not more than 7 pilots. A team can participate in team class with a condition that team introduces its mask-costume. Team name can be associated with a mask-costume or not - it's under team decision. More information about masks' festival - here.

2.9 Provision of Personal Equipment

Pilot must have orderly flight equipment, rescue parachute and tow release system.

Risk:

Flight equipment and other property is everyone’s responsibility during the competition. By registering, participant refuses of any claims to the organizers in connection with injuries and property damage.

3. Site and Equipment

3.1 Target

Location of the target must allow landing from any direction and it is defined by Competition Director. The target may be relocated during the event (though, not during the same round). 15 cm radius automatic distance meter shall be used at target center, the results being indicated at the screen outside the target. In case the meter is out of order, distance is measured by the judges. Clearly maked circles shall be set at 0.5 m, 2.5 m, and 5 m radius. Take-off by winch, tow height 100-120 m.

3.2 Measuring field

Measuring field is a flat area where competitor’s scores are measured. It is represented by clearly marked circle. Radius of measuring field is 5 meters. Measuring field shall be prepared so that allows judges to define pilot’s first ground touch (Landing point). Measuring field has to be at the level of the field where it is located. The Chief Judge and Event Judge shall determine the area around the measuring field that will be restricted to Duty Competition Officials only (minimum 20 m radius from the target).

A pilot confirms his result by signing next to his score in the results list.

3.3 Indication of Wind Direction

A high visibility wind sock shall be located in the vicinity of the target area as high as possible.

3.4 Wind Speed Recorder

The wind shall be recorded within 50 m of the target with the measuring sensor positioned between 5 m and 7 m above ground level. Wind sensor must not prevent a pilot to land in the target.

4. Competition

4.1 Number of Rounds

Minimum rounds - 2, maximum - 10. The results obtained in any round shall count towards individual and team scores, only when a round has been completed (i.e. all of the competitors have received a score or a penalty). In the event of a break in the competition in the middle of a round, the competition shall be resumed from where it left off.

4.2 Contest Numbers

Pilots shall be drawn to random flying order. Random order shall be determined personally during registration and shall be valid during all competition day. Last round order shall be set according to current results of previous rounds, starting with pilots who have accumulated maximum scores. Each pilot must display his contest number on his leg.

4.3 Take-off

Competitors must follow the determined order. Competitors not ready to start in the established flying order when called forward by the Launch Marshal shall be liable to maximum 500 score penalty in lieu of their score for that round. Take off time - 2 minutes.

4.4 Pilots separation

Pilots flying have to separate themselves by height to ensure safe and unobstructed landing at the target.

4.5 Signalling Reference

The official signal for pilots in the air to fly away from the target (for safety reasons) is person or persons at the Measuring field waving a red signal flag.

4.6 Re-launches

A competitor may only request a re-launch following the disputed flight by applying to the Event Judge at the target before signing for their score. The competitor must register request for re-launch with the recording judge before communicating with any other person (with the exception of the Chief and Event Judges). At the time a re-launch is awarded the competitors score for the disturbed flight will be cancelled. Re-launches shall take place at the end of the full round in which they were awarded. If a re-launch is not awarded and the pilot refuses to sign for the score this will be deemed to be a complaint and the time at which the complaint arose will be recorded and notified to the pilot.

A re-launch may be granted only for the following reasons:

Having noticed the obstacle, a pilot must change his flight direction in order not to approach the target. For a direct approach, i.e. in case a pilot lands in a target, overflies, etc., however attempts the target before landing, a re-launch shall not be awarded.

5. Limitations

5.1 Wind Speed

The maximum permitted wind speed for the competition scoring is 6.0 m per second. If it is deemed likely that the wind speed exceeds 6.0 m per second during a competition flight, the competition will be halted until the wind reaches sufficient speed. The upper winds, which are not measurable, are not taken into consideration.

5.2 Target Obstruction

The competitor will be entitled to unobstructed visibility of the target during the final approach.

5.3 Freeze

Competition is suspended when weather temperature falls below -20°C. Competition may be suspended by decision of the Safety Director in cases when temperature is lower than -15°C.

6. Scoring

6.1 Method

Competitors shall be scored on the distance in centimeters between the landing point (first point of ground contact) and the edge of the dead center disc. The score shall be 0 if the landing point is at the dead landing disc. In case a pilot hits the ground at several points simultaneously (e.g. with both feet or full foot), the most far-way point shall be measured. If competitor lands outside the measuring field he scores a maximum score, which is the measuring field radius. Landing has to be made on feet. If competitor falls at landing, he scores a maximum score.

A fall means: if any part of the body or equipment (appendage, which includes any part of the harness) except the feet touches the ground before the wing does. Touching the ground with speed or tow release system is not considered as a fall.

6.2 Individual Scores

The score of an individual shall be the aggregate of all the scores achieved by the competitor. In case of 5 and more competition rounds, the worst score is rejected.

6.3 Team Scores

The team score for each round shall be calculated as the aggregate score of the best 4 scores achieved by members of the team. In case a team has less than 4 competitors, a maximum 500 penalty scores will be awarded to the each missing team member (e.g. if there are only 2 competitors in a team, the team’s score for that round will be the aggregate of the score achieved by two competitors plus two maximum scores).

6.4 Tied Scores

In case (after final round) of tied total score between first three competitors, these pilots make additional flights until a winner is clear.

6.5 Validation of Scores

As soon as possible, when the round ends the recorder shall post the scores from the round (with the posting date and time clearly identified) on the main briefing board labelled PROVISIONAL. Any protest with the scores must be lodged within 1 hour of the scores being posted. At the end of the 1-hour from posting the scores the round shall be declared as OFFICIAL.

7 Complaints and Protests

Complaints and protests shall be solved according to the Section 7 and General Section. Competition participant may give his protest to the Chief Judge or Event Director. Protests shall be given in written form pointing reasons, violated rules and demands. Giving the protest shall be paid by 10 EUR deposit. If a protest is satisfied the deposit is given back. Protest is given in 1 hour after official results are declared. After the protests are considered or in case of no protests in 1 hour the results are declared as FINAL.

7.1 Disqualification

Pilot may be disqualified because of any violation of these competition or other rules. Any person participating in the competition may be eliminated in case his behaviour harms the reputation of the competition. Pilot might be eliminated from the competition in case he raises any threat for his or any other person safety.