US League

Flying far? Join the US League on XContest!

Overview

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USHPA has sponsored a US League on XContest.org that is open to all USHPA members. This is an online system to track flights that occur within the competition time period. Pilots earn points for flights based on various calculation methods. Flights are submitted online based on the output of flight recorders (in IGC format from a single instrument).

The rankings will be based on the six highest-scoring flights in the United States for each pilot. The rules and scoring parameters will match the world XContest for the 2017 season, with the exception of the start date. Flights made between March 1 and September 30, 2017 will be counted this year. In the future, the season will run all year long, starting on October 1 and ending on September 30, to match the World XContest and other national leagues.

How to participate

1 - Register as a Pilot on xcontest.org (only needed if you've never registered before)

2 - Register with the US League

3 - Go flying

4 - Upload your flight to xcontest.org ("Flight Claim")

Rules

The standard World XContest rules will be used, with a couple of small exceptions. Complete rules are available on the USA XContest Rules page.

The winners will be recognized in the following categories, based on glider class, mirroring the USHPA National Champion categories:

Paragliding

  • Competition Class
  • C Class
  • B Class
  • Womens Class

Hang Gliding

  • Open Class 1
  • Sport Class 1
  • Single Surface Class 1
  • Womens Class
  • Class 2 
  • Class 5

The pilot with the most points in each scoring class, is the “US League XContest Champion” for this class.

Three types of flights are possible, with different multipliers. Free flight, flat triangle, and FAI triangle. Any flight that doesn’t qualify as a triangle will be scored as free flight, where the distance is optimized through three waypoints. Free flight tracks score 1 point per kilometer. Any triangle that does not conform to the FAI specification will earn 1.2 points per kilometer. Triangles where no leg is shorter than 28% of the total distance count as FAI triangles and earn 1.4 points per kilometer. The XContest software will automatically optimize your tracklog and choose the flight type that results in the highest score.

To keep the scores current throughout the season, track logs must be uploaded within 14 days of the flight. Logs must be uploaded in IGC format with a valid G record. 

All flights must be conducted in accordance with applicable air law and any flight found to be in violation of airspace, including Class A, will be disqualified. Foot-launch, towing, and aerotowing (hang gliders only) are permitted. For tow-launch flights, the maximum release altitude is 3,280 ft (1 km) AGL.

Fees

This season, entry will be free for the first 50 paraglider and 50 hang glider pilots to register. Pilots not among the first 50 will be required to pay a nominal fee to help cover the costs of the scoring system.

More information

To participate, simply visit the contest home page here: http://www.xcontest.org/usa/ You will find links to register, view the rules, and view the scores by category. Results will be visible as soon as flights made on or after March 1st are submitted.

Please direct any questions to Reavis Sutphin-Gray who will be administering the league this year: reavis@sutphin-gray.com

Good luck!

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