ACTHPA 2020 TURNPOINT CHALLENGE
 REGISTRATION FORM

1 OCTOBER 2020 - 31 AUGUST 2021

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS  |  ENTRY FEES  |  TERMS & CONDITIONS  |  REGISTER NOW
WAYPOINTS  | REGISTERED PILOTS  |  RESULTS

THE RESULTS

The Mystic Magic 2020 Challenge has now come to a close.
This Challenge was set up to beta test the new Turn Point Challenge system and has been a great success.  From a system point of view we think it is now looking great, very user friendly, performing well and ready for the season ahead.

Aside from testing the system, the Mystic Magic Challenge was a lot of fun.
With the COVID lockdowns, regional Victoria has been lucky to have fewer restrictions than Melbourne so 17 local pilots of all skill levels were able to get out and enjoy it.  Even during our winter conditions, there has been a few days where pilots were still able to get out and achieve some great results.

For the most turn points tagged during the entire challenge - in the advanced class David Cocks won with 36 Tps tagged, followed by David Snowden on 32 and Roger Turner on 30.  Well done guys! 

For the most turn points tagged in a single flight Dave Cocks won overall with 23, then Phil Joughin  and Wally both with 18.

Fantastic flying guys!
Winners each category are shown below.  Full results and results in each category can be found here.

WINNERS - MOST UNIQUE TURN POINTS FOR THE ENTIRE CHALLENGE

 

FUN

 SPORT 

ADVANCED

EXPERT

PARAGLIDERS

8
Christie Hamilton

17
Jacqx Bryanna

36
David Cocks

32
David Snowden

TANDEM

   

5
David Snowden
Scott Stephens
David Cocks


 

HANG GLIDERS

No entries

No entries

No entries

No entries

WINNERS - MOST UNIQUE TURN POINTS IN A SINGLE FLIGHT

 

FUN

SPORT

ADVANCED

EXPERT

PARAGLIDERS

5
Harry Prescot

6
Jacqx Bryanna
Mike Chapman

23
David Cocks

18
Wally Arcidiancono

TANDEM

   

5
David Snowden
Scott Stephens

 

HANG GLIDERS

No entries

No entries

No entries

No entries

To see all of the results for the challenge click here

WELCOME TO THE ACTHPA 2020 TURNPOINT CHALLENGE

The ACT Turnpoint Challenge is run annually starting this year in October after a trial run in September.  It is open to anyone flying in the Canberra region.  The task area is a mixture of flatland and inland flying.

This competition aims to foster XC novices through to advanced pilots, allowing you to hone your navigation and thermalling skills at your own pace.  Challenge yourself to get in the air, to get to that next turnpoint, or get out to a new site.

We have over 150 turnpoints including remote XC locations as well as our local sites:

  • Spring Hill
  • Lake George
  • Collector
  • Lanyon
  • Honeysuckle (Tumut)
  • Corryong (turnpoints collected here can be posted to both this and the Victorian challenge).

Each flight must be uploaded within 2 weeks of the flight having been completed & all flights must be submitted within 7 days of the close of the challenge.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS FOR AUSTRALIAN BASED CHALLENGES

  • Pilots must be financial members of SAFA throughout the event
  • Rules & regulations according to the SAFA Ops manual must be adhered to
  • Local site rules must be adhered to
  • Pilots must comply with their respective licence restrictions

EQUIPMENT REQUIREMENTS

  • A GPS instrument capable of producing an IGC file
  • A serviceable UHF Radio supporting CTCSS
  • A reserve chute
  • Helmet

SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS

  • Honesty based submissions
  • Pilots must be registered with the Turnpoint Challenge
  • All claims must have a Turnpoint Challenge registered track log of the flight for the day.  
    (Track logs may or may not be independently checked)
  • Turnpoints considered as achieved if flown within the official radius of the given coordinates as specified by the Challenge Master File.
  • Turnpoints may be "achieved" from flights from any launch
  • A site counts as a turnpoint if it's on the list and is used either as launch or in flight
  • IGC File submissions must be flown and uploaded between the competition start and end dates and within 14 days of the date the flight took place and 7 days of the final challenge date.
  • For local short challenges, tracklogs should be submitted on the day of the flight
  • The Turnpoint Challenge admin team reserve the right to assess and move a pilot into another class if deemed fair and reasonable.
  • The Turnpoint Challenge admin team reserve the right to remove a submitted flight if the flight is deemed to be inaccurate, fraudulent or contravenes airspace restrictions

ENTRY TO THE ACTHPA 2020 TURNPOINT CHALLENGE IS FREE

It is a goal of the Turnpoint Challenge team to keep the challenges free, however, we do have costs to cover.  We are wanting to raise an additional $1,500 over the year to cover running, promotional and event costs.

If you'd like to donate as little as $5 for participating in one of our challenges we would be most appreciative!

REGISTERING FOR THE CHALLENGE  -  IT MAY BE A 2 STEP PROCESS

STEP 1 - REGISTER
If you haven't already done so, register your pilot details here - your pilot category, your wing etc

www.turnpointchallenge.com.au/registration

STEP 2 - JOIN THE CHALLENGE
Join the ACTHPA 2020 Turnpoint Challenge by filling in your SAFA details below

WHERE ARE THE WAYPOINTS

With 150 waypoints in the ACTHPA 2020 challenge, there are plenty of opportunities for pilots to achieve really great results.  Enjoy the excitement of launching from new locations and stretching your wings in unknown areas.  
The turnpoint challenge helps give purpose to your flights, especially when flying an unfamiliar site.

Please give the map at least 30 seconds to appear with the waypoints on it .. sometimes it can be a little slow.


 

DOWNLOADING ACTHPA 2020 WAYPOINTS

Waypoints last updated v1.0 @ 4:00pm 3 October 2020

Different flight instruments require different file formats for their waypoints.
We have attempted to be as flexible as possible by providing 3 different waypoint formats.

If these 3 options don't suit your needs then try converting the waypoint file to one that suits your instrument using GPSDump.

If you need help uploading the waypoint files check the FAQ & TIPS page to see if we have written any how-to manuals for your flight instrument.

1.  WPT format 

This is a common file format for a lot of flight instruments.
When importing it into your flight instrument please remember to set a 400m cylinder radius for each waypoint. 

Some instruments allow you to set a standard default, others will require you to set the cylinder radius for each waypoint.

Some of the coastal waypoints are actually in the ocean however, with the 400m radius tagging the turnpoint will not require flying over the ocean.  

REMEMBER: You do not need to hit the waypoint in order to tag the turnpoint.
See FAQ - What is the difference between a waypoint and a turnpoint.

2.  CYLINDER AIRSPACE TXT FORMAT

Our resident guru Jan has created an airspace file that you may be able to use on some flight equipment.  It will automatically show all of the turnpoints as 'general' airspace and will neatly draw the turnpoints at the correct 400m radius on your maps. 

You may need to check your equipment settings to see what notifications these turnpoints will produce as it may be a bit disconcerting to be constantly alerted to airspace infringements.

Our 'cylinder' airspace file has F class airspace entries in it, so you can tailor your flight equipment to display and notify for F type airspace accordingly.
We have called it a 'cylinder' airspace file as all of the airspace areas within it are cylinders.

REMEMBER: You do not need to hit the waypoint in order to tag the turnpoint.
See FAQ - What is the difference between a waypoint and a turnpoint.

3.  KML FORMAT

One of the best ways to familiarise yourself with the waypoints locations is to see them on Google Earth.  This allows you to see the terrain that you will be flying over, landmarks etc. 
If going to a site you've never flown before this is a great 'warm-up' for your flight.

Just download this file and import it to Google Earth and take a virtual flight.

NOTE:  These are waypoints, not turnpoints so you will not see the 400m cylinder on Google Earth. 
If flying coastal waypoints don't be alarmed if some of them appear to be over water.  When the 400m cylinder is added you will be able to fly over land to achieve the turnpoint.

REMEMBER: You do not need to hit the waypoint in order to tag the turnpoint.
See FAQ - What is the difference between a waypoint and a turnpoint.

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