QLD Paragliding

Hi All. 

 

The 2018 round will commence Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th November. This season, I will once again be assisted in the organisation by our local legends Matts, Pete, and Ivan. All are previous year winners of this historical trophy.  

Congratulation to Jan Tupy as the 2017 Queensland Paragliding Champion!! …and our site record holder.

Ian


Where is Jan Tupy?  Regards, Martin Havel w: www.fly2base.com.au ]


 

This season has some very important and exciting differences to past years. Key features this year include:

1.      It will run from the 25th November 2017, every three weeks (thereabouts) up to and NOT INCLUDING the Canungra Cup 2018. A tentative calendar will be drawn up and shared.

 

2.      The TASK COMMITTEE may choose from a variety of TASK TYPES depending on the conditions. These include:

a.      Traditional XC task

b.      Cross country racing but with a handicap system that uses different start time instead of just playing with the numbers in the scoring. The faster pilots will start after the slower ones and we will meet up somewhere along the task to fly together finding thermals and doing the transitions. That way we all get to fly together at different points of the task and arrive in goal at a similar time. This will give the less experienced pilot a change to do the difficult transitions with an experience pilot close by. And for the experience pilot it is an opportunity to show the way.   Matts will manage the handicap ranking and scores. Your handicap will be advised at Task Briefing.

c.      Thermaling tasks.  At this task we will stay local and measure how many meters we can climb in for example 1 hour. To avoid any dangerous manoeuvres to lose height, the clock will only run when we are climbing. For example if the cloud base for the day is 1300meters the task could be set from 600 to 1200 meters. The clock will then start as you climb through the 600 meters from below and stop as you climb through the 1200 meters. When you have 1 hour of accumulated climbs you are in goal and the most meters wins the day , the winner get the average top score from the comp at that point and everyone else proportionally less.    

d.      Towing XC distance task.      At this task we will organise a towing day or weekend where we fly as far as we can for a set time in a set direction starting from the time of the tow. A registration fee may apply on these days.

e.      Ground handling task.    At this task we will kite our glider over a 50-100meter task with turn points.   It will be scored in a similar way to normal task but with no handicap time added. The top score for the day will be the average of the top score in the comp at that point. 70% off the score will go towards distance; the fastest time will get 30% as speed points and the slowest time will 10% as speed points.

f.       X-Alp type task.  At this task we will stay local.  The race starts with the gears still in the backpack. The task will be an easy out and return or triangle. At the set start time you unpack your gear and launch, fly the task and top land at designated area pack-up and walk back to launch and you are in goal. You will need to write down your time back on a spread sheet yourself.  It will be scored as a normal task with ESS and goal back at launch with packed glider.

   

Not all TASK types may be used throughout the season, and will be chosen by consensus of our competition organisation and task committee teams. We hope that with a variety of task types, we may get more rounds in, broaden the skill development programme particularly over the winter months.

 

 

Retrieves

Unless we have some volunteer drivers, we will need to manage amongst ourselves. No one will be left out without a retrieve at the end of the day. We ask that if you get back to your car –  see who else might be on the ground and need a pickup. 

 

Registration

All pilot contact details and “status” can be accessed with your login at  http://safepilot.com.au/We will also be using the WhatsApp groups  for real-time communication on the day for pickups and coordination. This has been working very well to-date.  See specific details below {Communication}  

Pilots who have participated in the Queensland Championships before will shortly receive an email from the safety registration system ( http://safepilot.com.au/ ) . To register your interest just click the link to automatically register for each round.

For new pilots simply complete the registration at http://qldpg.safepilot.com.au/register.php and you will then be automatically registered for th first round and then  receive all competition information emails for each subsequent round.  

The safety registration system (safepilot.com.au) has been established to help support the organisation of local events - specifically the formal pilot registration and daily check in and check-back process. 

 

 

Communication

 

Register Here : http://qldpg.safepilot.com.au/register.php

 

This site keeps your master contact details and list of participants for safety checkin at the end of the day. Please register an account if you havn’t already in the past.  Register your attendance at each round via the email you will receive in the week leading up to each round. We need this so, If we don’t hear from you we come looking. In the future this safety list will integrate with WhatsApp directly and further streamline the process. 

 

WhatsApp Group:

Canungra Paragliding : All general competition info leading upto and in the day. Daily safety check back can also be done  by posting to here.  Pilots requiring retrieve should post and drop a pin at there location. Join the group here:

 

https://chat.whatsapp.com/BkX36xQRMmHK2F1q2GVVHz

 

Canungra Retrieve Group

 

Join This group here:

https://chat.whatsapp.com/3x85IYpXbWc6LOOcSEqbiR

 

This group is shared with the Hanggliders and will be useful and its use should be encouraged on free flying weekends, as well as on competition days. 

 

One of the great features of Whatsapp is that if you see a pilot needing a pickup, and your heading in that direction, its so easy to just click on the link and call that pilot directly, even if you don’t have their contact details in your phone. 

 

Qld Paragliding Championship

PG JT xc

The 8th round of the Qld Paragliding Championships are on this weekend.  Saturday looks like our best chance for a task. Sunday’s outlook is for stronger north west winds.

 

A further briefing and weather update will be sent out by email on Friday;


The forecast for Saturday is light to moderate westerly winds. This mean we will be flying from Mt Tamborine Launch. Sunday’s outlook is for rather fresh north westerlies, and so may not be task-able.  

 

Saturday Location: Canungra -  Mt Tamborine  

Meeting Place and Carpool fromCanungra Hall Carpark

Time 9.30AM

 

 

Other Details

 

Unless we have some volunteer drivers, we will need to manage amongst ourselves. No one will be left out without a retrieve at the end of the day. We ask that if you get back to your car –  see who else might be on the ground and need a pickup. 

 

All pilot contact details and “status” can be accessed with your login at  http://safepilot.com.au/We will also be using the WhatsApp group for real-time communication on the day for pickups and coordination. This has been working very well to-date.    

Pilots who have participated in the Queensland Championships before will shortly receive an email from the safety registration system ( http://safepilot.com.au/ ) . To register your interest just click the link to automatically register for each round.

For new pilots simply complete the registration at http://qldpg.safepilot.com.au/register.php and you will then be automatically registered for th first round and then  receive all competition information emails for each subsequent round.  

The safety registration system (safepilot.com.au) has been established to help support the organisation of local events - specifically the formal pilot registration and daily check in and check-back process. 

 

Ian     


The 6th round of the Qld Paragliding Championships are on this weekend.  24th & 25th June 2017  

Saturday looks like light winds for a Tamborine task

 

A further briefing and weather update will be sent out by email on Friday.   

 

Saturday Location: Canungra 

Meeting Place: Hall Carpark

Time 9.30AM

 

How did you go?

The true believers turned up today – not even one naysayer  J

 

Thank-you task committee.  You tried gallantly to set an achievable task, despite the stable winter conditions. 

 

Launch conditions today were safe for all pilot skill levels, and most of us had a chance to blow out the cobwebs which have collected over the past many weeks of abstinence, test out new wings or harnesses with some gentle ridge soaring.  

 

Hopefully tomorrow, we see improved XC conditions at Tamborine launch.   

 

Sunday Location: Canungra 

Meeting Place: Hall Carpark

Time 10:00am


Other Details

 

Unless we have some volunteer drivers, we will need to manage amongst ourselves. No one will be left out without a retrieve at the end of the day. We ask that if you get back to your car –  see who else might be on the ground and need a pickup. 

 

All pilot contact details and “status” can be accessed with your login at  http://safepilot.com.au/We will also be using the WhatsApp group for real-time communication on the day for pickups and coordination. This has been working very well to-date.    

Pilots who have participated in the Queensland Championships before will shortly receive an email from the safety registration system ( http://safepilot.com.au/ ) . To register your interest just click the link to automatically register for each round.

For new pilots simply complete the registration at http://qldpg.safepilot.com.au/register.php and you will then be automatically registered for th first round and then  receive all competition information emails for each subsequent round.  

The safety registration system (safepilot.com.au) has been established to help support the organisation of local events - specifically the formal pilot registration and daily check in and check-back process. 

 

Ian     

Qld Paragliding Championships

What's on - Weekend 3rd 4th June 2017

The 5th round of the Qld Paragliding Championships are on this weekend.  Saturday looks a bit windy at this stage from the S/SE. Sunday looks lighter. 

 

There has been a new S/SE launch established at Ma Ma creek (Gatton). However, with the CHGC General meeting on Saturday, Canungra will be the nominated site. Ma Ma may be a consideration for Sunday if the outlook is  still windy.    

 

A further briefing and weather update will be sent out by email on Friday.   

 

Saturday Location: Canungra 

Meeting Place: TBA

Time TBA

 

Other Details

 

Unless we have some volunteer drivers, we will need to manage amongst ourselves. No one will be left out without a retrieve at the end of the day. We ask that if you get back to your car –  see who else might be on the ground and need a pickup. 

 

All pilot contact details and “status” can be accessed with your login at  http://safepilot.com.au/We will also be using the WhatsApp group for real-time communication on the day for pickups and coordination. This has been working very well to-date.    

Pilots who have participated in the Queensland Championships before will shortly receive an email from the safety registration system ( http://safepilot.com.au/ ) . To register your interest just click the link to automatically register for each round.

For new pilots simply complete the registration at http://qldpg.safepilot.com.au/register.php and you will then be automatically registered for th first round and then  receive all competition information emails for each subsequent round.  

The safety registration system (safepilot.com.au) has been established to help support the organisation of local events - specifically the formal pilot registration and daily check in and check-back process. 

 

Ian     

 

 

 

 

There will be a major MTB DH event happening this weekend June 3-4 at Hinchies (launch) property.   The SEQ DH Round 2 will take place on Sunday with practice on Saturday.   There will be a lot of traffic on the road up to launch (the start location of the DH track) 

The property owner has asked that if anyone uses the Hinchcliffe launch, that we must work in with the MTB shuttle bus so as to avoid any possible  head-on congestion on the road up. So if anyone wishes to go up to launch please do the following. 
1/. Car pool to the max.   Given the amount of people, bikes and traffic on the launch area, we really want to have the absolute minimum number of vehicles on launch. 
2/.  Wait at the first gate (unlocked one at the top of Toe Holt Rd) for the shuttle bus to drive up and go up in convoy with them. 
3/.  Don’t take vehicles onto launch unless absolutely needed there.  Best to leave vehicles on the western side of the last gate. 
4/.  Be mindful of not taking up to much space on launch with gliders when bikes are wanting to start their ride.   

Thanks a lot for your understanding about this.    We don’t want the MTB organisers to complain to John about any thoughtless actions by CHGC members.   It wouldn’t take a lot for us to loose on of the areas prime sites. 

 

Phil

PG JT xc

The 4th round of the Qld Paragliding Championships are on this weekend.  

13th & 14th May 2017  

Saturday looks to be the better day. Sunday is Mothers Day - Sorry about that.  Maybe you can bring Mum along :? Tandem flights on Mothers Day - share your love of flying with the ones you love.

 

A further briefing and weather update will be sent out by email on Friday.   

 

Location: Canungra 

Meeting Place: Hall Carpark

Time: 9.30am

 

Other Details

 

Unless we have some volunteer (Mums) drivers, we will need to manage amongst ourselves. No one will be left out without a retrieve at the end of the day. We ask that if you get back to your car –  see who else might be on the ground and need a pickup. 

 

All pilot contact details and “status” can be accessed with your login at  http://safepilot.com.au/We will also be using the WhatsApp group for real-time communication on the day for pickups and coordination. This has been working very well to-date.    

Pilots who have participated in the Queensland Championships before will shortly receive an email from the safety registration system ( http://safepilot.com.au/ ) . To register your interest just click the link to automatically register for each round.

For new pilots simply complete the registration at http://qldpg.safepilot.com.au/register.php and you will then be automatically registered for th first round and then  receive all competition information emails for each subsequent round.  

The safety registration system (safepilot.com.au) has been established to help support the organisation of local events - specifically the formal pilot registration and daily check in and check-back process. 

 

Ian     

Queensland Paragliding Championships

PG JT xc

 

The forecast is looking fair for Saturday and better for Sunday. 

 

Meeting Place – Opposite Hall Car Park (Nerang side of Outpost Café)

Leaving Time Sat 9:30

Car Pool to (probably Beechmont or Hinchies)

 

Queensland Paragliding Championships

 

Past and future round dates are included below.

 

Unless we have some volunteer drivers, we will need to manage amongst ourselves. No one will be left out without a retrieve at the end of the day. We ask that if you get back to your car –  see who else might be on the ground and need a pickup.  

 

All pilot contact details and “status” can be accessed with your login at  http://safepilot.com.au/

Pilots who have participated in the Queensland Championships before will shortly receive an email from the safety registration system ( http://safepilot.com.au/ ) . To register your interest just click the link to automatically register for each round.

For new pilots simply complete the registration at http://qldpg.safepilot.com.au/register.php and you will then be automatically registered and then  receive all competition information emails for each subsequent round.  

The safety registration system (safepilot.com.au) has been established to help support the organisation of local events - specifically the pilot registration and daily check in and check-back process. This will be used in conjunction with the WhatsApp group.  

DATES

 

 

Ian     

 

 

 

CHGC - Map Waypoints and Airspace: download files from Flying / Map

Damian

Queensland Paragliding (club) Championships 2017

The Queensland Paragliding (club) Championships are back for 2017. The Queensland Championships are founded in a tradition enjoyed by both new and experience cross country pilots. This year we will focus not only on introducing new pilots to flying cross country tasks, but also to hone the racing skills of our Australian Paragliding Ladder pilots. I look forward to your participation this year. 

 

The format will be a bit different this year. 

 

The champion will be decided over a number of weekend rounds Starting 3/4 March, then a round roughly 3 weeks apart, and concluding (but including) the Canungra Cup. 

The location/site of each round will be proposed by the organisers in the week leading up to that round. Although Canungra will be preferred option, sites to be considered by the organisers may also include Toowoomba, Killarney, and Northcoast. The rounds prior the Canungra Cup will be scored with 50% FTV .. which means that only your best 50% scores will count. Your preliminary round sore will be added to your Canungra Cup score.

 

We will be providing a loosely organised retrieve system for each round similar to that pioneered in the recent Northern Summer Series. 

 

Rounds may be held at any of our South East Queensland sites. 

 

DATES 

 

4-5         March

25-26     March

22-23     April

13-14     May

3-4         June

24-25     June

15-16     July

1-2         September

23-24     September

7-8         October

21-22     October

 

Ian McFarlane will be assisted by a number of experienced local pilots this year to coordinate the rounds and tasks. 

 

Pilots who have participated in the Queensland Championships before will shortly receive an email from the safety registration system ( http://safepilot.com.au/ ) . To register your interest just click the link to automatically register for each round.

 

For new pilots simply complete the registration at http://qldpg.safepilot.com.au/register.php and you will then be automatically registered for th first round and then  receive all competition information emails for each subsequent round.  

 

The safety registration system (safepilot.com.au) has been established to help support the organisation of local events - specifically the pilot registration and daily check in and check-back process. 

 

 

Ian Mcfarlane

Paragliding - 2017 Events

Bright Open and Pre PWC 14-20 January 2017

The Bright Open, FAI Cat 2, an Australian 7 day XC race paragliding competition and Pre PWC.
Based around the Mystic Flight Park in Bright, Victoria. This is the most popular Victorian Inland Site and has hosted numerous state, national competitions including a Paragliding World Cup event in 1998.


Corryong PG Open  22-28 January 2017

Welcome to the Corryong Paragliding Open 2017 and thanks for your interest in flying and competing at the best Alpine flying site in Australia, the mighty Mt Elliot. For those unfamiliar with the area, Corryong is located just a few thermal glides from Mt Kosciuszko the highest mountain in Australia where historically the very first Australian Paragliding Nationals were hosted not far from here in Thredbo 1990. Back then the first competition task was flown from the top of Mt Kosciuszko at 2200 metres. From on top of Mt Elliot you can see the Western face of the Main Range and in the early Spring and late Autumn its peaks are often still covered in snow. The Corryong Open is a high level AAA/CAT2 competition with 450 WPRS Points available, it's sanctioned by the HGFA and aimed at experienced inland intermediate to advanced rated pilots. If you fit this category of pilot we would love for you to come fly with us and experience the magic of flying cross country in Corryong. The Corryong open is the final AAA event of the Australian season and is therefore a pilots last chance to gain Ladder and team ladder points. Important info : Pilots are required for arrange there own retrieve drivers, A list of drivers will be sourced. VHF License is mandatory and is up to the pilot to bring your own.


FlyDubbo   About 22-28 January 2017 

Phil Mansell will be towing around Dubbo for those that missed out on Corryong and had already time allocated for flying during that time.


Flying tours with Phil   2017


Paragliding Guided Tours with Phil Hystek 

Fly New Zealand  28 January 2017 - 04 February  and 05 February - 12 February  and 13 February  - 20 February 2017

Europe Swiss & French Alps (Annecy, Interlaken, "The Coupe Icare” at Saint Hilaire) - contact for future dates. 

Fly Iceland and Norway  28 June 2017 - 08 July and 08 July - 16 July 2017