- General informations
El Free Fly World Tour es un nuevo concepto de evento de parapente que gira en torno a una competencia de 4 días de vuelo libre en equipos, que reúne a algunos de los mejores pilotos del mundo para desafiarlos a volar lo más lejos posible cada día junto con sus compañeros de equipo.
Free Fly World Tour crew in partnership with local organisers.
1.3. Teams of 6 members (1 captain + 4 pilots + 1 team leader)
In the first events, the captains will be chosen by the organisers based on their achievements and results. The captains should choose the other 5 members of their teams at their own discretion. In the future, the FFWT will develop a ranking system to rank captains.
1.4. Competitors and conditions of participation
All pilots should have a proper license issued by a recognized national confederation and all necessary insurance documentation (incl. third party liabilities) to satisfy the legal requirements for cross country flying.
1.5. Entry fee
Entry fee of €300 per pilot + €150 team leader is required.
- General regulations and rules.
2.1. Flying rules
A flight is defined as the phase of moving in the air between takeoff and landing. Flights must be conducted in accordance with all applicable national and/or international laws. The pilot is solely responsible for ensuring this compliance. Should a pilot be warned or penalised by air traffic control, the organiser or national administrators reserve the right to cancel and remove such flights from the scoring. Pilots have the responsibility to fly outside of restricted airspaces. Cloud flying is strictly prohibited. In case of reclamation, tracks will be checked, and infractors will be penalised by losing their day points. Once the window is open each team will exercise their own safety criteria to choose the flying direction and daily goals. There will be no task boards or pre defined tasks. Once a day has been declared taskable by the organization, tasks will never be stopped or canceled. It is strictly forbidden to fly inside any prohibited airspace whatsoever, such as CTR, TMA or any sort of power plants or government zones.
2.2 Launching Rules
As one of the basic principles of FFWT is freedom, there will be no restriction regarding relaunching, which could be done as many times as the teams need, in case of bombing out on oficial LZ. There will be a preference order for launching, and every team will have 5 minutes (plus 1 minutes of tolerance) to get their pilots airborne. On the very first day, any captain can claim to launch first, but his whole team has to be 100% ready and officially authorised by the launching organiser (LO). Every captain has to manifest the intention of launching to the LO, who will arrange the teams in order of claim. Team members have to launch together as soon as their team gets authorisation from the LO. If the whole team cannot launch together in the time given, their grounded members will go to the end of the claiming line. On the first day the takeoff order will be given by a random draw the organization will make after registration is completed the day before the 1st flying day. On the second day, the preference order will follow the general ranking of the first day. On the third day, to increase fairness and fairplay, the preference order will be the general ranking from bottom to top, so the last team will have the preference, followed by the second last and so on. On the fourth day, the preference order will again follow the general ranking of the competition.
2.3. Competition Duration
The events consist of one registration and training day, followed by 4 official competition days, with a 5th reserved day for weather and 1 day for closing ceremony.
2.4. Competition Venue
For the Free Fly World Tour, flight locations that meet certain special standards are required: easy access to take off, unrestricted airspace, a good road network and, most importantly, good conditions for free flight.
2.5. Launch methods
Recognised distance rounded to 0,01km will be scored by coefficient of relevant discipline.
Documenting a flight may only be done through the use of an appropriate instrument: Mobile phone/tablet with GPS Standalone GPS GPS with variometer and barograph GPS integrated flying instruments Logger For all flights an altitude record (either GPS, barometric or both) must be supplied.
3.1. Deadline for flight
Pilots must land before 21:00. Pilots must report landing situations within 20 minutes from landing. In case of extreme necessity, unusual situations, Pilots have until 11:00 AM of the following day to present the flight track or make any claims from the previous day.
3.2. IGC tracklog files
Once a pilot has uploaded an IGC tracklog file to the FFWT server it becomes public property.
4.1. Evaluation of tracks
After landing, the recorded tracklog should be examined to determine the scoring distance flown. Here the start point , up to 3 turn points and the finish point are to be positioned on the tracklog to provide the greatest possible distance. A flight may be scored as a triangle, when the distance between start point and finish point (= closing distance) is less than 20% of the entire distance as given by the 3 turn points. The scoring distance will then be given by the turn point distance, minus the gap (finish to start) distance.
4.2. FFWT – Strategies points
1) Free distance – 1 km = 1.00 p
2) Free triangle – Triangle which not conform FAI triangle specification. 1 km = 1.20 p
3) Closed free triangle – with closing distance < 5%. 1 km = 1.30 p
4) FAI triangle – Triangle as the FAI definition (the shortest 28% of the total). 1 km = 1.30 p
5) Closed FAI triangle – Triangle as the FAI definition with closing distance < 5%. 1 km = 1.50 p
6) Out and Return – 1 Km = 1.20 The scoring rule which gives the most points will always be used. All scoring results will be rounded to 2 decimal places. For valuation of each flight will be chosen from such tracks, whose distance exceeds the minimum distance.
4.3. Evaluating the flight tracklog
After landing, the recorded tracklog should be transferred to a computer to the valid IGC file format. Once this has occurred, the IGC file should be uploaded to the FFWT server to be entered in the scoring.
4.4. Prize Giving
4.4.1 Team Prices
The FFWT will award the top 3 teams of the competition.
4.4.2 Solo Prices
The FFWT will award the top 3 solo performances of the competition.
Scoring and results
Teams have 5 pilots – the best 4 of each team score each day.
There will be no discard for team results.
There will be 1 discard for solo classification if all 4 flying days are scored.
5.1 Landing Bonus
There will be a bonus of kilometers awarded when teams manage to land together:
50 km bonus when 5 teammates land in a radius of 5km from each other.
40 Km bonus when 4 teammates land in a radius of 5km from each other.
30 Km bonus when the last 3 flying teammates land in a radius of 5km from each other.
20 km bonus when the last 2 flying teammates land in a radius of 5km from each other. If flight is shorter than 100km there will be no landing bonus.
5.2 Provisional results
Provisional results will be constantly updated and may be viewed on FFWT.
5.3 Final results
Final results are valid once the protest deadline has been reached. Final results may also be viewed under FFWT.
Liability and disqualification
The organisers accept no liability for damages to competitors or third parties. A Waiver must be signed by all participants.
Competitors who wilfully make false flight claims or fail to comply with these regulations in order to benefit themselves in the scoring, or who give good cause for belief that this is so, can be disqualified from the competition.
The organizer reserves the right to sanction a whole team or one individual pilot with warnings, in case of bad behaviour, aggressive flying, cloud flying, crossing prohibited airspace, limits of height, lack of interest in the briefings or reaching take-off too late.
1º Warning – Written message from organization exposing the situation.
2º Warning – 50 points from team’s scoring or pilot.
3º Warning – removed from the competition.
7.1. Protests against other competitors
Should an organisational committee not accept a complaint regarding flight scoring or the scoring advantage of another competitor, the pilot in question may protest this decision. The protest must be sent to the organiser and must arrive no later than 11:00 AM of the following day. The organiser should then decide if the protest is valid. The final decision on the protest may be taken by a protest jury Protests due to infringement of controlled airspace will be handled by the organisers.
7.2. Protests due to non-acceptance of a flight
Should a flight not be accepted by the organiser, then every pilot has the right to firstly register a complaint, and thereafter to enter a written protest against the decision. A protest must arrive no later than 11:00 AM the next day. The jury is responsible for deciding if a protest is valid or not.
The jury is formed from FFWT race directors and local organizers, together they make the final decision with regard to protests. No further appeals or legal actions are permitted
Technical specificationsEvery pilot is responsible for choosing his or her own recording instrument, logger or GPS. The pilot is responsible for recording a continual tracklog, correct transferral, evaluation uploading as an IGC File. Recorded tracklogs may only originate from a single instrument; tracks compiled from recordings from more than one instrument will not be accepted.
8.1. GPS hardware recommendations
The organizer makes no special recommendations regarding GPS hardware. Flight documentation performed via GPS is fully equivalent to that performed with a GNSS-logger . The compatibility of a particular piece of GPS hardware is largely dependent on the supporting software available for it.
8.2. Recording interval
It is recommended that the tracklog recording interval be set between 5 and 15 seconds.
8.3. GPS failure
Flights with GPS failures of longer than 5 minute or more then two separate GPS failures will not be allowed for the registering and scoring.
8.4. Altitude record
For all flights, an altitude record (GPS, barometric or both) must be supplied.