Competition Information

Dates: July 26 – Aug 1, 2015
Entry Fee: $200  (Prize Money for Top 3 Pilots!)
Meet Director: Bubba Goodman
Organizer:Beth Burgin, &  Jay and Kim Browder
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Meet Head-Quarters Location  Map to Lz1 & HQ

Meet Headquarters will be in the two-story white farm house, on the right, about 100 yards before turning into the road to LZ1.  Try this address for your GPS: 2874 Silverstone Rd, Zionville, NC 28698

All parking is on the left side of the driveway at LZ1. Please avoid parking near the RV on the right.

The address for the driveway for LZ1, and all parking, is: 3070 Silverstone Rd, Zionville, NC 28698.

Pilot Requirements

Pilots with P2 ratings and higher are welcome. All pilots must meet the following requirements:
  • Current USHPA membership and waiver.
  • Current Tater waiver (part of registration).
  • USHPA Signoffs: FL, 360, TUR, RLF.
  • Flying hours: 20+
  • Flights: 20+ mountain flights from more than 1000 feet above your LZ.

The signoff and experience requirements are for your safety. This is a cross country flying meet where you may need to land in a field you haven’t seen before, with wires and other obstacles, in moderate thermic conditions. It is very important that you have this capability before you participate in the meet.

Equipment

To participate in the comp you must have:

  • A paraglider or hang glider, helmet, harness, and reserve parachute each less than ten years old. And, 2M transciever.
  • An approved GPS.  Approved brands are Flytec, Flymaster, Brauniger, Garmin models 76 (all versions) and 96 (all), Digi-Fly, and Magellan.  No Other GPS models will be scored.

Turnpoints

Turnpoints (“waypoints” in GPS language) will be loaded into your GPS at registration. Tasks (“routes”) will be set on launch each morning. If you are new to comps please practice with your GPS before you come to the meet so you understand routes, waypoints and waypoint cylinders. If you have a Garmin GPS, make sure it is set not to auto advance to the next waypoint.Many comp pilots fly with 2 GPSes so that if there is a problem with one of them they still have a valid tracklog.

Scoring

Scoring at the Tater Hill Open uses the GAP formulas with bonus points added to the scores of lower level and older gliders. The bonus percentages are these:
Glider class Recent model Model Certified
more than 3 Years
before the First Day
of this year’s Meet
 Open class – competition  0%  10%
 DHV 2-3 or EN-D  10%  20%
 DHV 2 or EN-C  20%  30%
 DHV 1-2 or EN-B  30%  40%
 DHV 1 or EN-A  40%  50%

For example, if you fly your new EN-C wing and earn 500 points on the course, you will score 600 points that day (500 x 1.2). If your buddy flying his older DHV 1-2 glider earns 430 points on the course, he will score 602 points (430 x 1.4) and will beat you for the day.

Glider age is based on the first date of DHV certification (when the first size is certified). If it has no DHV certification the EN date will be used. As you can see, a glider that is more than 3 years old gets the same bonus points as a new glider one class lower.

In the event that your glider has DHV and EN ratings that fall in different categories the DHV rating will be used for calculating your bonus points.

Occasionally smaller sizes of wings get higher certification ratings than the larger sizes, yet small wings generally perform less well rather than better. For the purposes of this meet all wing sizes of a particular model will get scored the same as the first size certified.

The goal of our bonus points is to give pilots who fly really well a chance to do well in the meet regardless of which glider class they are flying. Please expect that the handicapping will be more or less effective depending on conditions. Some days may favor one glider class and some another, and no adjustment will be made. The percentage assignments are also not intended or expected to exactly reflect the differences between particular gliders, and there will be no adjustment within a class of glider, even though some gliders in that class may perform better than others. The percentages are not open for debate. You are welcome to bring and fly the glider you think is fastest in any class!

All tasks will be scored with no throwout.

GAP Scoring Software Parameters
Parameter Open race P2 race
Nominal distance 25 km 4 km
Nominal time 1 hr 20 min
Minimum distance 3 km 1 km
Requirement for minimum distance points Start Launch
Nominal pilots in goal 3 pilots 50%
Speed points On On
Leading points On Off

Tasks, Open Racing and P2 Racing.

P3 pilots and above race in an Open competition. P2s race in a separate P2 competition. The two competitions are scored separately and have their own prizes.

There will be one start for all pilots. Each task will start with the day’s P2 Task, which might be a couple of turnpoints on the ridge followed by goal at one of our three LZs.

The P2 goal is the end of the P2 task for the day.

The Open task will then continue with more advanced legs to challenge more experienced pilots.

P2s who are unable to make one of the turnpoints are expected to plan for a safe landing in one of the three main LZs. P2 pilots who make goal are expected to land in the P2 goal and not continue on the course.

Whatever your level, you are solely responsible for your own safety at all times.

The launch window will normally be as long as practical for the day, to give pilots who sink out early the best chance to go back up, relaunch, and fly the course.

Remember to turn in your GPS to the scorekeeper after you land!

Meet HQ is just up the road 100 yards at the two-story white farmhouse this year.  Map for LZ1.