SPHGC NORTHERN BEACHES XCOASTAL 2020 TURNPOINT CHALLENGE
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7 OCTOBER 2020 - 30 APRIL 2021

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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 SPHGC NORTHERN SYDNEY XCOASTAL 2020 TURNPOINT CHALLENGE

The SPHGC Northern Beaches Turnpoint Challenge will run annually from spring to autumn.  The SPHGC has positioned this challenge as a self-development tool for pilots of all skill levels.  As you accumulate tagged turnpoints, the ability to log your flight and then review your track is a tremendous feature of the Turnpoint Challenge.

With 50 turnpoints strategically positioned along the Northern Beaches there is ample opportunity for pilots everywhere and of all skill levels to participate.

Designed to encourage pilots to safely challenge their coastal flying and to use their GPS Instrument for navigation, this is the must-do challenge for anyone that loves their flying and wants to stretch their wings further this season.  The turnpoints range from Green to Black and challenge low airtime pilots as well as experienced pilots.

The challenge is also a fantastic way to see where to fly if you are visiting from interstate.
Always be sure to seek site briefings before launching. 
Go to https://www.flysydney.com.au/public/pages/site-guides for the Site Guides as well. 

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.

COMPLIANCE REQUIREMENTS FOR ALL PILOTS FLYING IN AUSTRALIA

  • 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

CHALLENGE SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS

  • Open to paragliders & hang gliders only
  • Pilots must only launch for sites which match their pilot rating. 
    Flights which breach this rule will be removed from the results and pilots may be disqualified from the Challenge.
  • Pilots must seek a site briefing from an SPHGC SO before launching at a site for the first time. For safety reasons, pilots should avoid flying to tag turnpoints without other pilots being present.
  • Pilots should familiarise themselves with site guides before flying. https://www.flysydney.com.au/public/pages/site-guides 
  • Pilots should consider flight planning prior to launch taking into consideration the forecast conditions, wind speed/direction, tides and availability of a clear landing zone.  Do not overreach for a turnpoint when conditions are not right and beyond your capability to achieve a safe landing. 
    Some beach landing areas can be difficult in high tide and are used heavily by beachgoers especially on the weekend.

EQUIPMENT REQUIREMENTS

  • A GPS instrument capable of producing an IGC file but also capable of displaying a map with the Challenge Turnpoints. If you have a mobile phone then you can be ready to use free apps for this purpose quite quickly.
  • A helmet
  • A VHF radio if flying within CTAF airspace - Dee Why and south

EQUIPMENT RECOMMENDATIONS

  • A personal flotation device is highly recommended, especially when flying over the ocean at some launch sites and when connecting turnpoints.  Your life may depend on it!
  • A serviceable UHF Radio supporting CTCSS or with the HGFA channels pre-programmed – ask other pilots for the frequency in use at the site.
  • A serviceable mobile phone
  • The means to get back to your car e.g. Opal card, wallet, friendly retrieve driver.

SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS

  • Submissions are honesty based and include the self-assessment of the pilot proficiency. 
    For the purposes of the SPHGC Northern Beaches Challenge, ignore the “distance flown” row in determining your pilot category. 
    The turnpoint challenge administration team reserve the right to assess and move a pilot into another class if deemed fair and reasonable.
  • Pilots must be registered with the Turnpoint Challenge
  • At the end of your flight upload your track log.
    (Track logs may or may not be independently checked)
  • Turnpoints considered as achieved if flown within the 50m radius of the given coordinates as specified by the Challenge Waypoint File.
  • A turnpoint centered on a launch is scored when the pilot flies out of the cylinder.  All other turnpoints are treated as entry cylinders
  • IGC File submissions must be flown and uploaded between the competition start and end dates and within 7 days of the date the flight took place and the 30th April 2021.
  • 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 or “no-landing” restrictions. 

ENTRY TO THE SPHGC NORTHERN BEACHES XCOASTAL 2020 CHALLENGE IS $10

The entry fee is $10 and will be donated to the TURNPOINT CHALLENGE organisers to assist in system development and administration costs.

REGISTERING FOR THE CHALLENGE  -  IT MAY BE A 3 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 - PAY THE SPHGC ENTRY FEE
The entry fee is $10 and will be donated to the TURNPOINT CHALLENGE organisers to assist in system development and administration costs. 

 

STEP 3 – REGISTER FOR THE SPHGC NORTHERN BEACHES XCOASTAL 2020 CHALLENGE

After you have paid the entry fee you will be sent a link that will allow you to register for the SPHGC Northern Beaches XCoastal Challenge 2020.  And then you’re good to go!!

If you would like to become a member of SPHGC go to https://fly-sydney.tidyhq.com/public/pages/join-our-club

 Should you have any enquiries about this process please reach out to the Sydney Paragliding and Hang Gliding Club (SPHGC) https://fly-sydney.tidyhq.com/public/contact_us

 

WHERE ARE THE WAYPOINTS

With 50 turnpoints in the SPHGC Northern Beaches XCoastal 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 horizon.  

The Northern Beaches XCoastal Turnpoint Challenge helps give purpose to your flights, especially when flying an unfamiliar site.  This challenge is entirely coastal flying but there is opportunity for experienced pilots to fly XCoastal (headland to headland connection).

Because this is a coastal challenge involving water crossings and many flights are initiated from rated sites, the explanation of the various coloured turnpoints has been modified from the original concept and turnpoints have been aligned with pilot rating.  See the explanations below:

 

TURNPOINT COLOURS & PILOT RATINGS EXPLAINED

GREEN TURNPOINTS

TURNPOINT DESCRIPTION:
Nearby landing options are within easy glide. 
Not particularly intimidating and easily gained from a local launch.

PILOT RATING: 
PG2/PG3/Novice and above *

BLUE TURNPOINTS

TURNPOINT DESCRIPTION:
Has good landing options nearby within easy glide if pilot has sufficient altitude.  May be located over the ocean and will require a pilot to fly away from the ridge.  Not in a particularly intimidating fly zone.

PILOT RATING: 
PG2/PG3/Novice and above *

RED TURNPOINTS

TURNPOINT DESCRIPTION:
Turnpoints are some distance away from launch which requires a good flight and judgement to both achieve and return from.   Has landing area which will require the pilot to make decisions about approach and actual landing away from turbulence caused by headland.  These turnpoints are considered somewhat difficult to achieve and will require the best site conditions.  Best get a good site briefing.

PILOT RATING: 
PG4/Intermediate and above **

BLACK TURNPOINTS

TURNPOINT DESCRIPTION:
These turnpoints have very few or no local landing options and are difficult to achieve.  They require a launch from a PG5 or uncontrolled site. Get a briefing from a senior pilot with experience at the site.  Accessible only on in the best conditions for the route.  Requires considerable understanding of local aerology/terrain/ wind/ weather/tide patterns.

PILOT RATING: 
PG5/Advanced


*Operations limited to Club or SAFA recognised sites and designated by controlling clubs to be suitable for PG3 Pilots, unless; (i) Flying at a PG4 site whilst under the on-site supervision of an Instructor or Senior Safety Officer. (ii) Flying at a higher rated site whilst under the direct supervision of a Flight Instructor (FI) or Chief Flight Instructor (CFI). (iii)Operating at an uncontrolled site, whilst under the direct supervision of a Flight Instructor (FI) or Chief Flight Instructor (CFI), who deems the location suitable for PG3 operations.

**A PG4 Pilot Certificate authorises the holder to act as Pilot-In-Command of a paraglider subject to: (l) Operations limited to Club or SAFA recognised sites, designated by controlling clubs to be suitable for PG4 Pilots, unless; (i) Flying at a PG5 site whilst under the on-site supervision of an Instructor or Senior Safety Officer. (ii) Operating at an uncontrolled site, after consultation with a local SSO or instructor, who deems the location and conditions suitable for PG4 operations. Pilots flight logbook to note who was consulted.

 

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


 

DOWNLOADING SPHGC NORTHERN BEACHES XCOASTAL 2020 WAYPOINTS

Waypoints last updated v3.0 @ 4:00pm 4 November 2020

A waypoint is a set of co-ordinates that identifies a single point on a map.
These waypoints then have a cylinder set around them of infinite height which becomes a turnpoint.

The cylinder size that we use for the SPHGC Northern Beaches XCoastal Turnpoint Challenge has a 50m radius.  This means that if you fly within 50m of the waypoint you will have hit the edge of the turnpoint and have successfully tagged it!

Different flight instruments require different file formats for their waypoints.
We have provided here a .wpt file which is the most commonly used file format

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 50m cylinder radius for each waypoint. You may have to do this manually as the information is not contained in the .wpt file.

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

For instruments that do not allow a radius to be entered into the waypoint data then we have come up with an alternative for you below with the use of an airspace file.

REMEMBER: You do not need to hit the waypoint in order to tag the turnpoint.
 

2.  CYLINDER AIRSPACE TXT FORMAT

We have 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 50m 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.

Swap any existing airspace file on your instrument for this file while doing the SPHGC Northern Beaches XCoastal Challenge.

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.

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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