Gliding Federation of Australia with sa gliding Association and Waikerie Gliding Club Internode Australian MultiClass National Gliding Championships waikerie, sa, Monday 4th – Friday 15th January 2010

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Gliding Federation of Australia

with SA Gliding Association and Waikerie Gliding Club
Internode Australian MultiClass National Gliding Championships
WAIKERIE, SA, Monday 4th – Friday 15th January 2010


Safety is everyone’s responsibility, in the air and around the airfield. At this competition there will be zero tolerance on safety breaches. Pilots who breach these requirements will incur serious penalties.

We want this to be a friendly competition and ask that all competitors, crews and organisers adopt a friendly attitude and bring their sense of humour to this competition. These rules specify the conditions of the contest, but most important is that all participants enjoy their experience at this competition.
1. Organiser: Waikerie Gliding Club supported by SA Gliding Association on behalf of Gliding Federation of Australia.
2. Location: Waikerie Aerodrome

Latitude 34 10.994 S Longitude 140 02.020 E

Elevation 138 Ft.

Waikerie Aerodrome is a Registered aerodrome, operated by Loxton / Waikerie District Council, located 2 NM east of Waikerie township on the River Murray in South Australia. Council approval has been obtained to stage the competition from the Waikerie Aerodrome.

CTAF procedures apply using 126.7
3. Dates: The competition period from Monday 4th January 2010 to and including Friday 15th January 2010, with an official practice day on Monday 4th January 2010.
4. Rules: The rules applying to the Competition are:

  • The Gliding Federation of Australia, Australian National Championships Competition Rules, version 1.7 June 2009,

  • ASC Anti Doping Rules & Procedures

  • these Local rules

It is a condition of entry that entrants agree to abide by these rules.
5. Registration: All competing pilots must enter using the Official Entry Form. Registration, which will include signing the compulsory declaration, must be completed before any flying from Waikerie Aerodrome which is associated with this competition. This includes the official Practice Day.

Pilots must submit for inspection the following documents at Registration:

  • 3rd party liability insurance policy with competition endorsement as per Rule 14.1

  • current GFA membership card

  • current Competitors license

  • current glider maintenance release

  • log book evidence of current annual flight review or signed statement of flight currency to MOSP 2 requirements

6. Entrance Requirements: The entrance requirements for this competition are as detailed in Section B of the Australian National Championships Competition Rules.

Fees: 1. An Entry fee of $295 is payable in advance, plus a late payment fee of $60 for entries received after 30th November, 2009.

2. Tug ferry levy of $200 is payable at registration and applies to all entries including those electing to self launch (Ferry costs for 5 tugs are in the order of $16,000 covered by tug ferry levy and $91 of the entry fee)

3. 10 Tows at $450 is payable at registration (unused tows refunded at $45 each at the end of the competition)

4. The Organisers reserve the right to charge additional levies which may arise from time to time.
7. Briefings An initial compulsory briefing, including safety briefing, for competing pilots, tug pilots and crews will be held in the Briefing Area at 0900 hrs, 4th January 2010.

Daily briefings will be held at 1000 Hrs each day, unless notified otherwise by a Notice Board NOTICE in the Briefing Area.

Competition pilots must attend each daily briefing.
8. Competition Web Site
9. Entry Limitation Maximum 59
10. Competition Classes: The Competition includes four classes being Open, 18m, 15m and Standard.

All classes will be tasked, gridded, started and scored separately.

11. Tasks & Turnpoints Competition tasks will be either Assigned Area Tasks (AAT) or Assigned Speed Tasks (AST).

A definitive list of start, turn and finish point descriptions and coordinates which are the reference for all scoring procedures will be provided to each pilot at registration. This list will be made available on the Worldwide Turnpoint Exchange website for download to GPS loggers. Check this list within two weeks of the competition for latest updates. (or and – mirror sites )

12. Maps / Charts All competition turnpoints are included on the World Aeronautical Charts for Adelaide (WAC 3458), Broken Hill (WAC 3355) and Hamiliton (WAC 3469).

Pilots are encouraged to have a copy of Visual Navigation Chart VNC-8, 19th November 2009 Version.

13. Radio Frequencies Required

Waikerie CTAF 126.7

Start/Finish 122.9

Waikerie Base 122.9

Gaggle / Safety frequency 122.9
14. Radio Procedures:

The following radio procedures will apply:

Marshalling – While marshalling or moving from / to tie down area on the airfield, monitor 126.7 on a handheld radio, if available.

Launching - Monitor 126.7 during aerotow and until above 3000 ft AGL (3138 ft QNH) or laterally clear of the aerodrome by 10km.

Starting - Advice re Start Gate status will be broadcast on 122.9 & 126.7.

Finishing - Make 2 calls inbound on 122.9, advising distance and direction:

- first at 10 Km.

- second at 5 Km.

- Gliders should remain on 122.9 until after landing.

The Glider Operations Centre will monitor CTAF frequency (126.7) and provide advisory information on 122.9 if necessary. In addition Pilots may at their discretion monitor and call inbound on the CTAF frequency.

The finish line is a circle of 1.5 Km radius from the aerodrome reference point. A compulsory final turnpoint, of Woolpunda Tower, or Maggea may be set by the Organisers to direct all finishes from either the East or the South.

Preferred runway and circuit direction will be advised at the Daily Briefing.

Taxying after landing is not permitted unless it is directly in-line with the landing direction.

15. Marshalling: Launch order and takeoff direction will be posted in a nominated position prior to briefing. Aircraft not marshalled when launching is about to commence will be held until launching of all classes is complete. There will be no marshalling while launching is in progress.

Self launching glider marshalling procedures will be announced at the Initial Briefing.

16. Launching: Tug tickets will not be issued. Pilots will be required to purchase Ten launches at Registration. Unused launches will be refunded at the end of the competition.

Self launch gliders will use the same runway as the aerotow operation under the direction of the Launch Master. It is expected engines will be shutdown at or before approximately 2000 feet.

17. Start Procedures: Remote start points will be used. These are shown in the Turn-point List, together with their co-ordinates. The Start Zone will be a 1 km radius of the Start Point. Pilots will be allocated a start point or points and must start from one of these.
18. Thermalling: While within 5 Km of the aerodrome , pilots are required to fly only right hand turns.
Thermalling below 1500 feet AGL is not permitted while within the circuit area of the active runway.
19. Other Operations: Other operations during the competition, and in particular during the launch, start and finish periods will be limited as far as is practicable.

Other operations may include Flying Training organisations and RFDS aircraft (Pilatus PC-12). Launching may be briefly interrupted by the organisers so as not to disrupt RFDS operations.

20. Vehicles: Crew vehicles and drivers are required to be specifically authorised to drive on the “airside” of the airfield. Briefings will be provided. Crew vehicles must display the relevant glider registration on the rear window.

Vehicles must remain clear of the powered aircraft operating areas and all vehicles must give way to all aircraft at all times.

21. Handicaps and Reference Weights:

The aircraft handicaps and reference weights for this competition will be published on the GFA web site.
22. Flight Data Recorders (FDR’s):

FDR’s, as specified in para 12.2 of the Competition Rules, are mandatory for this competition. Competitors are advised to become familiar with the sequence of FDR use outlined in para 30.3 of the Competition Rules. Photographic evidence for tasks flown will not be accepted. Observed starts will not be available.

23. Entries: Entries will be received in the order of receipt up to a maximum number of entries

24. Retrieves: Crews must notify the Organisers of any road retrieve before departing from the airfield.

Aerotow retrieves must be authorised by the Organisers, but are otherwise a private arrangement between the Tug Pilot and the glider pilot or his crew. Paddock requirements for aerotow retrieves are shown on the reverse side of the outlanding sheet.

25. SAR Search and Rescue procedures will be activated for any glider remaining overdue after 2000 Hrs (CSDST) if no outlanding advice has been received by the organisers.
26. NOTAM The organisers will arrange to promulgation of a NOTAM to advise all airspace users of the increased gliding activity in the contest area for the duration of the competition.
27. Controlled Airspace It remains the responsibility of the Pilot to remain outside of Controlled Airspace, including the buffer zones of 1,000m horizontally and 500ft vertically.  The actual Air Services Controlled Airspace is defined by the “Controlled Airspace file” and the Controlled Airspace with Buffer Zone is indicated by the “Airspace Plus Buffer File”. These airspace files are provided only for the guidance of Pilots to assist them to remain outside of Controlled Airspace. They will also be used by the Scorer to assist in identifying possible infringements of Controlled Airspace and the defined buffer zones. Both files will be made available on the Worldwide Turnpoint Exchange website for download. Check this list within two weeks of the competition for latest updates. (or and – mirror sites ).  A hard copy will be provided to each pilot at registration.

For the avoidance of doubt – Whilst the scoring program will use both airspace files to assist the Scorer in determining breaches of both “Controlled Airspace” and “Buffer Zone Airspace” the final determination of an airspace breach and the related defined penalty will be made by the Scorer.

Airspace clearances will be advised at the daily briefing.

28. Flying prior to Competition Flying prior to the Competition will be under the control of Waikerie Gliding Club. Local flying during the Competition period must be authorised by the Competition Director or delegate.
29. Water Ballast Water ballast will be available. Filling points will be advised at the initial briefing. Pilots need to bring 60m of standard garden hose with clip fittings.
30. Glider Weighing Facilities for glider weighing will be available.
31. Check Weighing Random check weighing of any glider may be required on any day.
32. FLARM Pilots are reminded that carriage of a functioning FLARM device is mandatory.
33. Facilities Oxygen filling will not be provided. Workshop facilities will not be provided. There will be no hangar space available.

Competition Organising Committee.


John Hudson

Competition Director

Ross McLean

Chair - National Competition Committee

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