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|Existing text of Annex 8 to S.10 is as it was originally proposed in 2017 by Estonia. |
|[View the document through this link|http://wiki.fai.org/download/attachments/36307001/WPEC+2017+A8+Proposal.pdf] |
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|I propose an amended version of the document, updated to reflect recent developments in the UK and to match the official S.10 annex format. |
|[The new document can be viewed through this link|http://wiki.fai.org/download/attachments/36307001/S10+-+2020+A8.pdf] |
|In the UK, we see great potential in this format for the future, and we have adopted it as the primary format for our British National Paramotor Championships in 2018 and 2019. This has allowed us to refine the format, test the tasks involved, and smooth out any poorly defined aspects in relation to both pilot safety and fairness of the competition. |
|In essence, our new proposed format is the same as the original in that pilots have many available flying hours during any particular day, a very large area map to fly, and may choose their own route and task between turnpoint hunt or precision navigation routes, according to their judgement of the weather conditions. This still allows for a competition in which there are minimal amounts of briefings and in which pilots may plan a flight and navigation strategy for themselves over a period of days, not just for a particular task on any one day. |
To summarise the most essential differences between the 2017 version and my proposed versions:
|*Use of GPS for Navigation* |
|We propose that at international level, pilots should still be navigating using map only, and that use of GPS for navigation should be banned. |
|*Balance of navigation to economy* |
|We introduce the option for directors to set a fuel limitation on the turn point hunt aspect of the task on any particular day of the competition so that pilots must fly economically to gain more points, using economical equipment. This also reduces the incentive for pilots to choose highly specialised equipment of small wings and big engines. |
*Fairness to all competitors*
|We organise the competition to ensure that refuelling can only take place in designated and monitored areas, and not just anywhere a pilot lands (as per the 2017 version of the rules). This makes it much more fair for pilots that do not have large ground support teams who can follow them around the map and provide fuel for them wherever they choose to land. It also improves safety because any refuelling takes place in officially monitored areas with adequate fire safety protection. |
|We reorganise organise the competition to ensure that refuelling can only take place in designated and monitored areas, and not just anywhere a pilot lands (as was allowed in the 2017 version of the rules). This makes it much more fair for pilots who do not have large ground support teams that can follow them around the map and provide fuel for them wherever they choose to land. It also improves safety because any outlanding and refuelling only takes place in areas that are monitored by marshals and provided with adequate fire safety protection. |