Pilot Information/Local Rules
Dalby Big Air
Competition Organiser – Bruce Crerar – 0418 711 821
Competition Director – Annie Crerar – 0419 739 900
The competition classes are open and sports class. Upon registration pilots will need to provide their SAFA Licence or temporary SAFA Membership for International Pilots. Online registration opens at 24:00 07 October 2023 and closes at 24:00 on 07 March 2024. The entry fee of $200 is required for online registration to secure a spot on the Pilot List.
Onsite registration at the competition will be from 9am to 2pm on Saturday 6th April 2024. Please register prior to making your way to the tow paddock for flying.
Waypoints will be available for download via the Results Web Page website http://xc.highcloud.net/
The scoring system to be used will be Airscore. This system uses GPS flight verification and applies the scoring formula. The formula used will be GAP. Parameters for the scoring system will be:
Min Distance – 5km
Nom Distance – 50km
Nom Time – 1.5 hours
Nom Launch – 96%
Nom Goal -20%
Using Distance Points, Time Points and Arrival Position Points.
**Lead and Arrival Points will not be used on the first day of the competition**
**Lead and Arrival Points may be turned on or off on each subsequent day at the discretion of the task committee and will be announced during the task briefing.**
Following each task ensure your tracklogs is uploaded as an IGC file to AirScore via http://xc.highcloud.net/submit_track.html by the Track Submission cut off time that will be advised at the daily briefing.
Registration – 9am until 2pm, Saturday 6th April 2024 at headquarters.
Competition Flying Days – Sunday 7th April 2024 to Saturday 13th April 2024.
Award Ceremony – Saturday 13th April 2024 at 7pm at headquarters.
Briefing will be held at the DHGC hangar each morning at 9am, or as per advised by the competition director, which will include a safety briefing, weather briefing and airspace briefing. First day briefing is MANDATORY for all pilots to attend.
All committees will be nominated on the first competition day at the morning briefing by a pilot vote. There will be a TASK, SAFETY and PROTEST committee.
There will be 2 launch lines and launching will follow an ordered launch list. On the first competition day the launch order will be determined by a RANDOM launch order by draw.
For the remainder of the competition the launch order will be determined by the overall scores with the top 1/3 of the field reversed.
If an Alternate Launch is used then a maximum of 10 pilots will be allotted. The Alternate Launch will be determined by a random draw BEFORE each morning task briefing. Pilots wishing to nominate for the Alternate Launch can do so by putting a message on the What’s Ap group or messaging the Competition Director to be added to the draw. The results will be drawn prior to briefing and announced at briefing.
If a pilot does not get to launch within the allotted Alternate Launch time then they will go back to their order in the main launch line.
If a pilot refuses to launch within the Alternate Launch time then they go to the BACK of the main launch line.
If a pilot launches in the Alternate Launch time and bombs out after the Alternate Launch time has finished then they go to the BACK of the main launch line.
WEAK LINK BREAKS:
If a pilot has a weak link break ON TOW AT LOW LEVEL they are to report to the Launch Marshall on their launch line to be slotted back into the line FIVE places back from the head of the line.
If you have a weak link break on tow LAND STRAIGHT AHEAD and move off to the side of the launch area as quickly as possible. DO NOT carry your glider down the centre of the launch area as this is the tug taxi and takeoff zone.
If a pilot DOES NOT have a low level weak link break but bombs out and has to re-fly then they will go to the BACK of the launch line.
Please try to land on the launch line you were originally on if possible.
Please follow any directions/instructions given to you by the Launch Marshall’s.
The airfield at Dalby is a working airfield with a moderate to large amount of traffic. ALWAYS look out for other aircraft in the airport vicinity, approach as directed on out and return tasks and land in the designated hang glider areas. Airspace and airport rules will be discussed at each morning briefing.
YOU are responsible for having all your equipment for aerotowing INCLUDING weak links and rings for your tow bridle. These WILL NOT be supplied for you.
If you are given the tow rope please try to drop it over the airfield (away from the launch area). Please mark and enter the point where you dropped it on your GPS and notify the Competition Director or Launch Marshall’s so the rope can be retrieved.
If you have to land at the airfield while towing operations are still in progress please try not to land in front of the launch lines, as this is the tug take off area.
DON’T DRIVE INTO ANY PROPERTY WITHOUT PERMISSION!! and only drive on roads or tracks that the property owner has made. DON’T DRIVE INTO PADDOCKS EVER!!
Try to avoid landing in paddocks under crop or with livestock in them.
In cases of an outlanding emergency DIAL 000. Please advise the Competition Organiser or Director of the situation as soon as possible.
The speed limit in the airport grounds is 10km/hr. Please slow down when driving to and from the DHGC hangar.
Please be courteous and polite to all airport users.
Camping on the airport grounds is permitted down by the Green Hangar at the entrance to the airport on the right hand side. There is power and toilet facilities available but no shower facilities.
PLEASE NOTE THERE IS NO CAMPING AT THE DHGC HANGAR ANYMORE.
Please remove all rubbish from your campsite prior to leaving.
Noise is to be kept at a minimum at night as courtesy to other people who live near the camping area.
NO UNRESTRAINED ANIMALS are allowed in the airport grounds.
During the Dalby Big Air the hangar is used as competition headquarters. The hangar will be open from 8am to 6pm daily. The hangar will be locked overnight and we do not allow people to sleep in the hangar.
No Smoking permitted in the hangar.
No Hang Gliders are to be set up or left in the hangar as the hangar is used for storing the tug aircraft.
There is a selection of drinks available from the DHGC fridge. The fridge is run on an honesty system and there is a plastic box in the fridge for donations.