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The following are the very few rules that will help us have a great event and maximize the fun during the Ozone Caribbean XC Challenge:


Equipment

For safety reasons, the following equipment is mandatory:

2m (VHF) radio (frequencies: 145.000 MHz and 145.600 MHz).
Reserve (rescue parachute).

Flights will be validated by analyzing the track log in your GPS, so you will also need a...

GPS (you must bring your interface cable).


Takeoff

Not much to say about takeoff, just that:

The only allowed takeoff is the one designated for the day by the Meet Director.
There is no takeoff window. Pilots can takeoff any time after the morning briefing.


Flight

There is only one limitation on where you can go:

You must stay in Dominican territory! That means that flying into Haiti is not allowed.

You are allowed to make more than one flight in the same day. In case you do...

Only your best flight will score for the day.


Landing

   
 

These simple landing rules are set for safety reasons. We will use the day in the most efficient way possible, but we do need to set these deadlines in order to make sure everyone is safe on the ground at a reasonable time.

There is a time deadline for landing defined for each day. Flights will only be scored up to the time of the deadline.
There is a final deadline for landing defined for each day. All pilots must land before this deadline.

This by no means implicate that you will have a short time to fly! We estimate that the daily flying window will be at least 6 hours long...


Scoring

The scoring system is quite simple and is based on the basic idea of many XC competitions: X kilometers flown equals Y points. The following are the details:

Distance in km over a maximum of three turn points (four legs maximum) is scored with a factor of 1.5 (i.e. 50 km = 75 points).
Distance over a closed circuit (out and back and triangles) is scored with a 1.75 factor (i.e. 50 km = 87.5 points).
FAI triangles (the shortest leg is at least 28% of the total triangle distance) are scored with a 2 factor (i.e. 50 km = 100 points).
A flight will be scored as a closed circuit when the distance between the start point and the finish point is less than 20% of the total distance of the circuit. The scoring distance will be given by the distance over the turn points minus the gap.
The scoring formula that gives the most points is the one that will be used and it is selected automatically by the evaluation software.
Additional points may be granted for landing in designated areas.
Each pilot will score a maximum of three flights (his/her best ones).


Cloud Flying

For safety and sporting reasons...

Flying into clouds is strictly forbidden.


Categories

There are four different categories according the level (homologation) of the glider you are flying:

DHV AFNOR CEN
Category 1 1 A
Category 2 1/2 B
Category 3 2 Standard C
Category 4 2/3 Performance D
Open Class Open Class (DHV 3, comp gliders, load tested only)
Prizes will be awarded to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd in each category (cat 1 to 4; no prices for open class).


Teams

Registered pilots can team up and compete in the Teams Ranking. The following are the rules for team size and team scoring:

Teams can have a maximum of 5 team members and a minimum of 3.
Teams can have a maximum of 2 team members flying Category 3 or higher rated gliders (DHV 2 or 2/3, AFNOR Standard or Performance, CEN C or D). The rest of the team members can only fly Category 1 and Category 2 gliders (DHV 1 or 1/2, CEN A or B).
Open class gliders are not allowed in Teams.
The three best flights of the week of each team member will count for the Team Ranking. Each and every Team member adds to the Team Ranking.
Prizes will be awarded to the 1st team.



 


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