Barney Townsend (GBR)
13 Sec 10 Annex 4 Precision Wing Control - New precision task
S10 A4 3.C14
PRECISION WING CONTROL
Land and display precise control of the wing before taking off again.
This task will normally be flown in wind conditions in which a reverse launch is possible.
A straight course consisting of two sticks is laid out facing approximately into wind. The precise distance between the sticks is arbitrary but they should be a minimum of 100m apart.
The pilot enters the course into wind. They must kick the first stick to start their time. They must then land in between the two sticks, bringing the wing completely to rest on the ground with the lines seen to be slack.
When a marshal has confirmed that the lines are slack, they will show a green flag as a signal that the pilot may take off again.
The pilot will then launch and kick the second stick to stop the timer.
- A valid strike on a stick is:
EITHER one where the pilot or any part of the Paramotor has been clearly observed to touch it.
OR when electronic ‘kick stick’ sensors which have been shown to meet the standard tests are used, a valid strike is one which is recorded by the device.
- The clock starts the moment the pilot kicks the first stick and stops the moment he kicks the second stick.
- The pilot may have 3 attempts at kicking each stick.
- If the pilot relaunches the wing before being shown a green flag by the marshal they will incur 100% penalty for the task.
- If a launch fails the pilot may make as many attempts as they need to relaunch the wing, within the specified time limit.
- The maximum time allowed for a pilot to complete the course is 3 minutes.
Q: = (Tbest/Tpil)
Tpil = the pilots time
Tbest = the best time
Q = the task value before normalization
We need more options for tasks that offer pilots the chance to demonstrate precision skills without the requirement for high speed and high energy turns in order to make precision tasks safer in classic competitions.
This task has been tested in UK championships in 2014 and proved to work well in windy conditions.