Central West Classic 2017

2017 Central West Classic – Aero Tow Hang Gliding Competition

The Central West Classic is a Trike Aero Tow Category 2, AA rated competition held at Gulgong (near Mudgee).
This region offers big air thermals and is ideal for getting in some big flights early in the season. As it is early season, the thermals should be a bit softer round the edge while still pumping in the middle. Last year, tasks averaged around 100km with 1000ups achieved (and it was a wet season).
Gulgong in late Spring is a perfect location for inland flying. Great lift, not quite as rowdy as peak summer. The area offers wide open landing fields and plenty of options for tasks.

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Comp dates:
Sunday 19th November to Saturday 25th November, 2017
Practice day and registration Saturday 18th November 2017

Pilot Numbers:
Soft Limit of 30 pilots. Please note, your place will not be confirmed until your payment has been received.

Entry Fee:
$225 if paid before October 22nd 2017.
$245 if paid after Octber 22nd, (entry includes late fee of $20)
Includes registration, eligibility for prizes, info pack, shirt and presentation night dinner.
Also note that tow cost of $400 is to paid on arrival at the competition HQ.
Any refund must be negotiated with the comp organiser before October 22nd 2017 so as to be able to allocate the spot to another pilot on the waiting list.

Min. Requirements:
Valid HGFA membership
Inland experience with (preferably) intermediate rating
Aerotow Rating
Recently repacked parachute
Vario
GPS (for scoring - with data PC connectivity)

Comp HQ:
Guglong Aeropark

Registration:
Saturday 18th November, 2017

Comp Organisers:
Newcastle Hang Gliding Club ph Karl Kindl 0412 675 293

Meet Director:
TBA

Competition Classes:

1. Open Class
Sports Class gliders will fly the same task. The terrain allows for reasonably easy landing in most areas, so dropping short is not a major issue.

Trophies Awarded for:

Open class: 1st, 2nd & 3rd

Daily Morning Briefing:
The first briefing will be at Gulgong Aeropark at 9:00am. Please be sure to attend the first one as YOU will be voting in the task and safety committees. The time for subsequent daily briefings will be set dependent on the conditions.

Committees:
The task committee will be selected from experienced pilots flying in the competition. This committee will be made up of 3 pilots of which at least one will be representing the sport class. We will also have a safety and complaints committee.

Launch protocol:

1. Open Window
2. Top 1/3 orfthe field in reverse
3. Rest of the field in order
4. Open Window and relights

Scoring system:
GPS reminder: Please bring a lead for connecting your GPS to the scoring PC.

Comp Downloads
Waypoints will be available for download here at a later date

The latest version of GPSDump (Version 5) can be found at the link below. It can open both KML and GPX format as well as WPT format
GPSDump download here

Getting There
Gulgong Aeropark operates from its own airfield located 10km north of Gulgong township.It can be accessed via Barneys Reef Road and Stubbo Road from the west. Access from the east is not advised if you are not familiar with the area. Best Access is via Stubbo Road:
From the Ten Dollar Town Motel drive north on Medley Street (Barneys Reef Road) for 7km. Turn right into Stubbo Road and continue for another 2km. The airfield is on your left.
Beela Road Access:(east access).
From Loneragans Flour Mill drive north on the Ulan Road for 8km. Turn left into Beela Road and continue on for another 4km. The airfield is on your right. Those traveling from Merriwa-Ulan will pass Beela Road before reaching Gulgong. Both Stubbo and Beela roads are gravel roads.
The field is on coordinates 32.18.02S 149.33.42E, Elevation 1500'. It has an all over grass surface and a usable length of 2km (over 6,000') in an east/west direction. There is ample area for aero tow take offs in any direction.

Casual Flyers
Casual Flyers and non flying people are welcome.
Even if you can't make it for the whole comp, you can still get involved.
We're still working out the details, but when we do, they will be posted here.

Notes
Do not land in fields with crops ever! Do not land in fields with live stock wherever possible. There is ample landing area that has no crops or stock, do not upset the landholders.
Check and double check landing areas. Single strand electrical wires abound in this area and are invisible from the air. They may span for extreme distances across paddocks with very few poles. Any buildings, dams and especially pump houses should be treated with extreme suspicion.
All households in this area use UHF CB for communications when out and about on the farm and in town. Your radio chatter WILL be heard (all channels are utilised somewhere) and the whole competition judged accordingly. Please be polite and courteous at all times. Keep transmissions short sharp and to the point with no unnecessary chatter. To legally use the Ham frequencies, you MUST use a callsign for every transmission (which means you MUST have a valid callsign).
Leave all gates as you found them, if the gate was open then do not close it. Leave all areas as you found them. Take litter with you (even other peoples). Treat this country area and its people well and you will no doubt be treated the same.