Adrian and Emile are blogging at the British Open in Gemona this week. To read what they have to say click on the blog icon at top right, or else click HERE.
The first round of the British Championships to be held in Gemona, Italy is now full. All pilots who are currently registered for the competition, but have not paid, have been placed on a waiting list. Places may (will) become available if pilots withdraw from the competition before it starts. Full details of the process for selecting pilots from the waiting list can be found here
The British Championships has been at the forefront of live tracking since its introduction into our sport. However, technology has moved on quickly since we first introduced it into our competitions. As more instruments are now offering live tracking features we believe a more generic tracking solution, integrated to Livetrack24, is the future. The British Championships 2014 will provide multiple options for tracking. The primary solution will be use of the Flymaster F1 device, which will be provided by the British Championships organisation to each competitor at each competition. However, after the success seen at the Paragliding World Cup using the Flymaster LIVE instrument, we would also like to encourage pilots to invest in their own tracking device, and so at the British Championships 2014 we will actively support the use of the Flymaster LIVE and C-Pilot Evo instruments. We will also be offering a discount to pilots wishing to purchase the Flymaster LIVE.
In more detail the three tracking devices, which will be supported at the British Championships 2014 are:
1) Flymaster F1 (provided by the British Championships organisation)
The units will be provided to all pilots that do not have an alternative option, at no cost and as part of the entry fee. This will include the SIM’s and data to operate the units.
2) Flymaster LIVE
For those pilots that own a Flymaster LIVE, we will make the same firmware available that the PWCA currently uses. This instrument has been used at PWCA competitions this year with excellent results, both from a safety perspective, online viewing perspective and indeed for easier task programming on launch, as the task is now transmitted to the instrument automatically. No more trying to program it from the task board!
The latest firmware has the following functions:
• Allows Live tracking;
• Alarm sounds on landing giving the pilot the option to select “Need retrieve”, “Need assistance”, or “Do not need retrieve”;
• Conditions can be given while flying, reporting level 1, 2, or 3;
• Task are automatically downloaded to the instrument on task briefing;
• Own fields can be defined.
The Flymaster LIVE is now the primary means of tracking by the PWCA and so we believe it will receive excellent support for a number of years and would like to encourage pilots to consider investing in one of these devices. The price, only available to competitors of the British Championships, is still being finalised, but is expected to be heavily discounted and subsidised from the retail price. Please contact brett-janaway(at)bhpa.co.uk if you would like to purchase a Flymaster LIVE at a reduced price.
3) We will also support tracking through the C-Pilot Evo (with GPRS module). This system has however not been trialled, or tested, but as it is already integrated to the Livetrack 24 website, it should be able to offer live tracking.
All SIMS will be provided and data costs included in the competition.
The tracking devices supported by the British Paragliding Championships will be reviewed in the future as more devices become available.
Note we also encourage pilots to get either a SPOT or InReach device that works with satellite communications, as all the tracking devices discussed above are highly dependent on mobile networks and are thus are not always reliable.
Please record the personal website address of your SPOT device when registering for competitions on this website, or provide us with the address when you register at the start of a competition.
The 2014 series of Open competitions that form the British Paragliding Championships are presently restricted to Serial Class (EN-D) gliders and below. This means any glider previously certified, as per the rules, is acceptable, but gliders that are not certified will be disallowed. This includes gliders that are scaled from certified versions. However, we have provision in the rules to expand this to allow uncertified wings providing the following conditions are met before the first Open competition, in June 2014:
- The BHPA extends its current limitation to more then certified wings
- The host countries for the British Open competitions 2014, namely Italy & Spain, do the same
The venue for the 1st round of the British Championships has had to be changed from Meduno, Italy to Gemona, Italy. The start date has also changed from Saturday 31st May to Sunday 1st June, with first task on Monday 2nd June. The end date of the competition remains the same, which means it will be a maximum 6 task event, with last task day on Saturday 7th June.
The reason for the change of venue is because no Italian aeroclub is willing to approve CAT 2 status for the event at Meduno. The reason for the change of start date of the event, is because the town of Gemona is hosting a large cycling race the weekend of 31st May/1st June and so there will be a lack of accommodation in the town on Saturday 31st May.
Gemona is approximately 40km to the NE of Meduno. It is the same distance as Meduno from the main airport for the region, Venice. Gemona is a proven competition venue, having previously hosted several CAT 2 competitions, and is a town and so a much bigger place than Meduno. Competition tasks can be set in the area of Gemona that, whilst remaining safe, are much more interesting than is the case at Meduno.
The HQ for the event will be Hotel Willy, which has 45 bedrooms, several large meeting rooms and an events/party room. The Organisation has an agreement with the hotel that all the bedrooms will be held for reservation by competitors for one month, from 2nd February, and that the hotel will offer a substantial discount on the cost of the bedrooms. Competitors should contact the hotel directly to make a reservation and explicitly state they will be competing in the British Paragliding Open. For those that prefer to camp there is also a campsite outside the hotel. It caters for tents and campers and has all amenities such as showers, etc.
The main landing field is 2km from the hotel. Transport will be provided for those that need it. There is a bar at the landing field. It is a 45 minute drive to launch (it is a BIG mountain), which is a large grass area and has recently been improved.
More details to follow…..
The championships venues for 2014 are confirmed as:
- Gemona, Italy Sunday 1st June to Saturday 7th June. Registration Sunday 1st. Tasks 2nd to 7th.
- Ager, Spain Saturday 23rd August to Saturday 30th August. Registration Saturday 23rd. Tasks 24th to 30th.
If you have not competed in our competitions before then you can find a full description of the registration process, including pilot entry requirements and fees here
In the meantime check out this video of the fun we had flying in Portugal in 2013.