shall fly at his own risk. |
competitor shall fly within the operating limitations of equipment. |
|3)||Once the competition
has started, competing glider may not be replaced. Damaged glider may be replaced
if the Competition Director gives permission. |
must follow aviation laws. |
A competitor who meets with an accident must immediately report it to the
organizer. The cost for rescue, including the cost for requesting a helicopter,
will be paid by the competitor or his family, both in the case that there was
any request for a rescue or the rescue was done because there was no report from
the competitor. A competitor witnessing any kind of accident must try to inform
the organizer as soon as possible using the radio. The details of required information
will be found in the section 33. The competitors who stopped the task and supported
rescue actions will be awarded bonus points to their score. The amount of bonus
points will be decided by the Competition Director.
A helmet is compulsory. Competitors must carry a serviceable rescue
Personal health matters
A competitor may not fly unless he is fit. Any
drugs or medication that might affect the competitor's performance in the air
A competitor joining another in a thermal shall circle
in the same direction as that established by the first competitor. A competitor
involved in a collision in the air must not continue the flight if the structural
integrity of his glider is in doubt.
Cloud flying is prohibited. Competitors will be watched by the organizer
and other competitors. "Cloud flying" means that a part of a glider or its pilot
goes into the cloud and become invisible from third party. If many competitors
concern cloud flying, the Competition Director may cancel the task of the day.
A competing glider may carry jettisonable ballast only in the form of fine sand
or water. A competitor shall avoid dropping ballast at any time in a manner likely
to affect other competing gliders and other third parties. |
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Competitors shall use radios within the national law.
Task Committee shall be formed by two elected competitors and the Competition
Director. Task Committee sets tasks, collecting as much information as possible,
and evaluates the safety aspect of the task. Task Committee shall ask all competitors
to agree with their decision on the task setting. Task Committee selects the appropriate
airspace, take-off place, and a task, in accordance with the weather forecast.
Safety Committee shall be formed by three elected competitors. Safety
Committee shall report the Competition Director when they found the conditions
on course became unsafe. According to that information, the Competition Director
must determine whether the task shall be continued or not, although the competitors
in flight shall have the final responsibility to decide to continue flying or
not by themselves. Safety Committee shall also confirm whether the task set by
the Task Committee can be run safely or not.
are the General Briefing and the Task Briefing.
All competitors should participate in General Briefing. As for the important
information, it will be posted on the official bulletin board.
|14-2)||Task Briefing |
will be held around Take Off, with all competitors. Detailed weather and site
information will also be announced. Launch window shall be opened after 15 minutes
or later from the end of the Task Briefing but in case where the task is pre-decided,
the time interval will be at least 5 min.
of Task Results |
The result of the day will be published on the official bulletin
board at 19:00. If it is impossible, the result will be published at 07:45 in
the next morning.
and Disqualification |
The Competition Director may impose penalties on competitors.
a) A competitor who committed a severe violation shall be scored
zero for the task.
b) Unsporting behavior may result in disqualification from
the event. Examples:
*Cloud Flying: Scored zero for the task.
to submit a landing report by the specified time: Scored zero for the task.
to report back: Scored zero for the task.
*Violation of turning direction
rules: 1st offence=warning, 2nd offence=Scored zero for the task.
in the forbidden airspace or landing on the forbidden zones: Scored zero for the
task. All penalties will be published on the score sheet of the day.
A Complaint may be made to the Competition Director to request a correction.
Prior to submitting a Complaint, competitor must have sought redress of the problem
by asking to the person in charge. If your problem is resolved, the procedure
stops there, if it is not you may proceed to a Complaint. The time limit for Complaints
is 30 minutes after publication of the provisional task results, except that after
the last contest task it is 10 minutes.
If your complaint is not accepted, you may make a Protest to the Competition
Director. The time limit for Protests is 30 minutes after the occurrence of the
problem, except that after the last contest task it is 10 minutes. A Protest must
be submitted to the Competition Director in writing with protest fee \5000. It
will be returned if the protest is upheld.
The Jury shall be two persons who are independent from the Competition Organizer.
The Jury shall deal with the submitted protests expeditiously.
are 2 take-off area, one is PG main take-off(facing SE) and the other is North
take-off(facing N) *Take-off system is Time Interval Launch Order.
Take off area will be divided into "Take off Zone" and "Stand by Zone". And "Priority
Lane" will be placed between them. To go into "Take off Zone" a competitor must
pass through "Priority Lane"|
To go into "Priority Lane" a competitor must show his intension when the gate
marshal confirms the intention at decided intervals (for example: Every ten minutes).
If there are more than one competitor who shows the intension, competitors can
enter "Priority Lane" according to their priority order (for example: a competitor
with priority order NO.3 can enter in front of a competitor with priority order
NO.10). Number of competitors who can enter at one call is limited to 10. Competitors
who are once in "Priority Lane" cannot go back to "Stand by zone" except for those
who are classified in items d and e below. Those who go back to "Stand by zone"
according to items d and e will have no longer their priority order.|
Competitors must get ready before showing their intension to go into "Priority
Lane". Get ready means that completing the line check so that it is possible to
take off by just spreading the glider and have GPS acquire satellite position.
Competitor(s) in "Take off Zone" will be in free take off condition unless there
is(are) competitor(s) in "Priority Lane". When there is(are) competitor(s) in
"Priority Lane", competitor(s) must take off within 30 seconds after the direction
of the start director or go back to "Stand by Zone". In case the take off area
is closed by some reason, 1st competitor in "Take off Zone" must take off within
1 minute after the take off area is reopened or go back to "Stand by Zone".|
2 take off failure is permitted but after 3rd failure the competitor must go back
to "Stand by Zone" When a competitor fails to take off, he must follow the direction
of the start director.|
The priority order is assumed to be the order of an official ranking until the
day before. At the first task, the priority order will be determined by lot at
the registration. |
Take Off Closing |
The Take Off Director may close the Take Off temporarily
because of overcrowding or a weather condition that is not appropriate to taking
In a speed run task, the "Re-start" rule will not be applied. The "Re-start"
rule means that a competitor who has once crossed the start line and next turnpoint
crosses the start line again and then elapsed time is taken from the second crossing
of the start line.
To allow re-flight or not will be determined on every task.
|24)||Final Start Time|
Speed Run task, Final Start Time will be set. Start time of competitors who start
after the Final Start Time will be assumed to be the Final Start Time.
Start will be determined by crossing the start line designated by cylinder
on GPS track log. There are 2 types.
Individual start in the air: The start time will be measured at the time when
a competitor crosses finally the start line. In this case the start line will
be a big cylinder where the start time is measured when a competitor finally enters
the cylinder or a small cylinder where the start time is measured when a competitor
finally exits the cylinder.|
Simultaneous start in the air: The start time will be pre-determined and same
for all competitors. Competitors must cross the start line after this time. Start
line will be same as in a).|
Goal judgment is made by GPS track log, using a virtual goal line or a goal
*Virtual goal line: A line of 200-400m long on each side of the
goal coordinate and at right angle to the line between the last turnpoint and
the goal coordinate.
*Goal cylinder: A cylinder of 200-400m radius centered
on the goal coordinate. 26-1) Goal line control
Competitors must cross the
virtual goal line. Time will be taken on the GPS clock.
Closing Time |
The final time when the task is measured is announced by the
task briefing, and posted on the task board. The flight after the task close time
will not be counted for the task score.
Report Time |
Competitors are required to submit a Landing Report to confirm
their safety landing. Competitors must make a landing report by the specified
Landing Report Time. Landing Reports shall be made immediately after landing with
a cell phone or some other means so that the organizer does not have to start
a needless search and rescue action. The competitor shall tell the Head Quarter
whether he needs retrieval by the organizer or he can return by himself.
competitor who landed outside the specified landing fields shall meet the situation
in good faith. Any property damage has to be dealt with the competitor's own responsibility.
The competitor shall also mark the landing position on the GPS unit and report
the coordinates on the task report form.
Report Back must be made by the competitor himself.
TO GOAL |
The purpose of competitors is to come in first to the goal. Start
time is same for all competitors. Start type is simultaneous start in the air.
TO GOAL |
The purpose of competitors is to fly a designated course in the shortest
time. Start time is the last time the competitor crossed the start line. However,
for those who crossed the start line after the Final Start Time their start time
will be the Final Start Time.
Minimum distance |
Minimum distance shall be 3.8km in this competition. 31-2)
Validation of a Task A task shall be validated when all three criteria below are
of a Task |
A task shall be validated when all three criteria below are met.
a) The cumulative launch window open time is more than (2X+Y) minutes, where
X is the cumulative launch window open time of main take off and Y is the cumulative
launch window open time of North take off. Or all competitors launched except
those who have cancelled to fly on that day.
b) Not fewer than 20% of competitors
(including those who did not fly) fly more than the minimum distance.
least one competitor flies not less than 20km and the total flown distance by
first 10 competitors is not less than 128km. Or, at least one competitor flies
not less than 10km and the total flown distance by the first 10 competitors is
not less than (Z+0.6Z×9) km where Z is the distance flown by the top competitor(task
validated as a less than 20km).
Validation of the Competition|
*The competition itself is validated when one
task is validated. But minimums of two validated tasks are required to validate
as the Japan Championship.
*Competition ranking is determined by the sum of
the scores for validated tasks.
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and Stopping of a task |
The Competition Director may cancel a task after starting
the task if the weather becomes unsuitable for safety reasons. Task Cancellation
is informed to competitors through radios. If it is a Race to Goal task and a
minimum of one competitor is in goal, the task will be stopped and may be scored
if the section 31-2 is fulfilled.
for Assistance to a competitor in danger|
All competitors must pack their gliders
immediately after landing: a glider lying open on the ground means "I need help!"
A competitor witnessing any kind of accident must try to inform the organizer
as soon as possible using the radio.
Calling procedure: "MAYDAY, MAYDAY, MAYDAY".
Give details of:
Name and number of the competitor reporting the accident
Position of the victim (GPS coordinates)
Description of competitor/glider
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Scoring and Measurement of Distance |
||Measurement of Distance |
Distance measured on GPS track
log will be rounded up by 0.1km.
Best position on the GPS track log will be
scored unless specified otherwise.
Measurement of Time|
In principle, time is measured in seconds on GPS clock.
Scoring Formula (PJL Formula)|
Scoring formula is as below. A score given to
a competitor shall be expressed to the nearest whole number, 0.5 being rounded
Maximum Score for a task is 1000.
Distance Points = 1000 x (1 - g) x (D / Dmax)
Time Points = 1000
x g x [(G1 - Ss) ;/ (G2 - Ss)] ＾3
Total Points = Distance Points + Time Points
Distance Points = 1000 x (1 - g) x (D / Dmax)
Points = 1000 x g x (Tmin / T) ＾3
Total Points = Distance Points + Time Points
Nf: Number of competitors who made goal
Nto: Number of competitors
who expressed the intention to fly the task
D: Distance flown by the competitor
Dmax: The valid longest distance flown
Ss: Simultaneous Start Time
The time the first competitor crossed the goal line
G2: The time the competitor
crossed the goal line
T: Flight time of the competitor
Tmin: The valid shortest
flight time in the flight
g = 0.6 x Square root (Nf / Nto)
In case of a
task validated as less than 20km, the Total Points will be multiplied by (Dmax/20)^2.
||Flight Verification |
*All flight will be verified using
GPS track-log evidence.
*A competitor must have at least one GPS unit. The
GPS units that are acceptable are designated by the organizer. *Competitors must
set up their GPS unit parameters correctly.
*When a competitor reports back,
he shall upload his track log of the day to the organizer's PC.
*Only a track log from one GPS will be scored. A competitor may not
connect two or more track logs as one track log.
*A track log file or the
data that is downloaded on a GPS unit may not be used as an evidence for flight
verification. Data from a designated data logger may be used as an evidence for
flight verification. In this case the organizer may require the competitor to
submit a GPS track log that was connected to the data logger to confirm the validity
of the data from the data logger.
Valid GPS data Valid track log must fulfill the criteria below.|
at least two minutes and five continuous points before and after a turnpoint sector.
*There are at least two minutes and five continuous points before and after the
*Time data is recorded. Time interval of track log points is
advised to be less than 20 seconds..
GPS judgment criteria |
A track log to prove that a competitor has crossed the
start line or has entered into a turnpoint sector must fulfill criteria below.
*A point within a cylinder sector.
*Two continuous points before and after
the start line.
*"Mark + Enter" is not acceptable.
*In a Race to Goal
task, the tolerance of start time is five seconds.
Obligation to keep a track log |
If there are restricted Airspaces around the
flight course, the organizer will judge the violation of airspace with GPS track
logs. In this case competitors must keep their whole track of the day on a continuous
||GPS Operation |
*A competitor may use more than one GPS
unit or Data logger at the same time for the purpose of back up.
must be recorded in a GPS unit or a Data logger.
*A competitor must set up
his GPS unit and/or Data logger parameters correctly.
*A competitor must not
delete the data of last flight until the official score is confirmed.
a submitted track log could not be scored correctly, the competitor may submit
another track log. In this case the serial number of the secondary GPS unit or
Data logger must be registered to the organizer beforehand.
Penalties for Incorrect GPS track log|
*Missing start point: Scored zero.
track log when a continuous track log is required: Scored zero.
logs in a turnpoint cylinder: Scored based on the best position.
that best position cannot be detected, for example the competitor who did not
make goal did not turn GPS unit off after landing and moved on foot: Distance
points up to the last turnpoint before landing will be given.
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||Matters not described in these local regulations will be
dealt with according to JHF PG JL rules.|