Ryoya IGARISHI (JAP)
01 - Normalization of point values for paramotor championship task types
4.29 CHAMPIONSHIP TASKS
4.29.1 On each flying day a task shall be set chosen from A4, unless prevented by the weather.
A precision task may be combined with a cross--country task or set separately as specified
at briefing. If possible, two tasks should be set on each day for each class.
4.29.2 The tasks to be used shall be chosen from the Task Catalogue defined by the Director,
based on the Master Task Catalogue, S10 A4.
The Task Catalogue shall be approved by CIMA and precisely set out in the local regulations
together with the method of scoring.
4.29.3 Tasks shall, as far as practicable, conform to the following guidelines in standard championships:
For Microlight aircraft classes AL, WL WF and GL
A Tasks for flight planning, navigation, etc with no fuel limit: 65% of the total value of the tasks flown.
B Tasks for fuel economy, speed, duration, etc with limited fuel: 20% of the total value of the tasks
C Precision tasks: 15% of the total value of the tasks flown.
For Paramotor aircraft classes PF and PL
A Navigation: 33% of the total value of the tasks flown.
B Economy: 33% of the total value of the tasks flown.
C Precision: 33% of the total value of the tasks flown.
The score of each task must be evaluated equally in the championship competition.
Section 10 states that where practicable, the tasks should ideally be balanced by 33% to each type of task:
Navigation tasks 33%.
Economy tasks 33%
Precision tasks 33%
The points awarded at AOPC2017 were heavily weighted towards precision tasks.
Economy task T6 T9 T13 scored up to 90 points, 23% of total points value
The navigation task has a T1 T9 scored of up to 60 points, 15.3% of total points value
Precision Task T2 T3 T4 T5 T8 T10 T11 T12 scored up to 240 points, 61.5% of total points value
Total score 390 points were distributed as follows: Economy tasks 23%, Navigation tasks 15.3%, and Precision tasks 61.5%
This ratio is clearly far outside of the CIMA S10 recommendation for task balance at classic competitions, and may have significantly disadvantaged pilots that have selected their equipment optimized for economy or navigation.
This proposal is made out of concern that a similar imbalance might occur 2018 World Paramotor Championships, which will be hosted on the same site by the same organization team, which would contravene CIMA S10 guidelines and the spirit of fair and balanced competition that is the objective of classic style competitions.
I propose to solve this problem with this amendment to S10 to be approved by the CIMA Plenary. For example, if many precision tasks are flown at a classic championship, you will normalize the total of that score to a maximum of 3000 points, so do not affect the results of other Navigation or Economy tasks.
Japan delegate Ryoya Igarashi