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Andy Phillips - GBR

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Larger decks

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Annex 3: 3.1.4

THE LANDING DECK

  • A landing deck is a clearly marked area defined at the briefing. A minimum of 100m x 100m is required.
  • There will be one landing deck provided for every 30 competitors.
  • A landing deck will have a windsock within 100m of its boundary.
  • There will be no significant obstacles within 200m of the boundary of a landing deck.
  • Unless otherwise briefed, penalties will be awarded to Pilots or any part of their aircraft touching the ground anywhere outside the landing deck during a task.

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Annex 3: 3.1.4

THE LAUNCH AND LANDING DECKS

  • A landing deck is a clearly marked area defined at the briefing. A minimum of 100m x 100m is required.
  • The launch and landing decks are clearly marked areas defined at the briefing.
  • Occasionally, the same area may be used for both launch and landing depending on the requirements of the task.
  • Both launch and landing decks will normally be allocated as large an area as is available given the size of the airfield and any other space requirements imposed by the specific task being flown.
  • A minimum of 100m x 100m is required per 30 competitors and should be scaled and/or reshaped, at minimum, proportionally according to competitor numbers.
  • All delineating borders of a landing deck shall be clearly visible from the air.
  • There will be one landing deck provided for every 30 competitors.
  • A landing deck will have a windsock within 100m of its boundary.
  • There will be no significant obstacles within 200m of the boundary of a landing deck.
  • Unless otherwise briefed, penalties will be awarded to Pilots or any part of their aircraft touching the ground anywhere outside the landing deck during a task.

Reason

100m by 100m decks are a legacy from microlight competitions in which you only have one aircraft launching at a time. Paramotor decks should be as large as possible for safety reasons, either in the case of a change in wind conditions to allow for a safe launch in the face of potential obstacles, or because it reduces the need for pilots to run in-between other pilots who have laid their wings out but are not yet ready to launch.

A free (un-ordered) take off has been tested in UK competitions for several years and greatly speeds up launch times. Marshalling is made considerably easier, freeing up resources to focus on marshalling the task itself. This also allows for pilots to fix last minute problems on the deck (which are no reflection of pilot skill – for example, the last minute discovery of a frayed line) and still compete in the task. It may be appropriate to use an ordered launch in precision tasks towards the end of the competition in order to keep the top pilots flying in similar weather conditions.


Added by Andy PHILLIPS Last edited by Robert HUGHES on 27 Sep, 2012 08:11. Quick links: http://wiki.fai.org/x/UwLk or 25 = Larger decks
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