For the 2021 flying season, we have decided to bring back the Utah XC League.
What is the XC League”?
The XC league is a cross country competition where pilots are scored on out-and-back (flat/free triangle) and FAI triangle flights. It aims to award flights that are not simply pure distance and to hopefully inspire new aesthetic routes. Flights are done at each pilot’s leisure. It is not a race to goal competition.
What is a flat/free triangle?
A flat triangle is an out and back flight where the distance between start and finish point (i.e. the closing distance) is less than 20% of the entire distance as given by the 3 turn points (start, farthest point away from the start known as the turnpoint distance, and finish). More complete details can be found on the xcontest rules page. https://www.xcontest.org/world/en/rules/
What is an FAI triangle?
An FAI triangle is a flight with 4 turnpoints where the triangle is defined by the start turnpoint (location at or close to the start), and the next 2 turn points. Per FAI definition, the shortest leg of the triangle must be at least 28% of the length of the entire triangle. Additionally, like a free/flat triangle, the closing distance (distance between the end turnpoint and start turnpoint), must be less than 20% of the entire distance defined by the triangle. More complete details can be found on the xcontest rules page. https://www.xcontest.org/world/en/rules/
Scoring is done by uploading your flights onto xcontest.org. Note, each flight must be uploaded to xcontest no later than 2 weeks after the flight, otherwise xcontest will not accept it and therefore it cannot be scored for the Utah XC League. So we recommend you immediately upload each flight and thus not forget before it is too late to do so. The highest scoring of your 3 triangle flights will count towards your overall summed score. The XContest software will automatically optimize each of your tracklogs and choose the flight type (flat/free or FAI triangle) and path that results in the highest score.
More details on how each flight is specifically scored for points can be found on the xcontest rules page. https://www.xcontest.org/world/en/rules/ Study these to figure out how to optimize your flights for optimal scoring. Note, you can also look at many other flight logs that others have uploaded and see how they were scored to gain a better understanding of it all. Use flight logs within Utah, and anywhere else in the world to inspire your flights. Basically though, the bigger the triangle and the closer it finishes to the starting point (the closer it is to closing), the greater the number of points it awards. You can also plan out your triangles ahead of time and figure out what will score highest using an xc planning app/website like this one: https://flyxc.app/
Just like the Utah Cup all flights that are used towards your score must follow the same airspace rules. See those rules here. http://www.uhgpga.org/the-utah-cup/
All flights must originate in Utah and end in Utah.
You must be an annual member of the UHGPGA club.
Just like the Utah cup, there will be an overall xc league comp, and then other separate comp classifications by the level of glider flown: D class comp, C class comp, and A/B class (and corresponding HG classes). The same classification rules as the Utah Cup apply, with PG and HG competing together.
All other rules/scoring follow the xcontest format found on the xcontest rules page. https://www.xcontest.org/world/en/rules/
Simply let us know that you are competing and send us your xcontest weblink where all your flights are listed. That is the pilot detail page, such as this one: https://www.xcontest.org/world/en/pilots/detail:arash.farhang
We will evaluate which of your flights meets the XC League criteria and use the top 3 towards your score. You can send us your flight page as soon as you are registered for the 2021 xcontest. We will keep it on file and evaluate the flights at the end of the season before the annual UHGPGA club party.
Note: All flights made in 2021 before the announcement of the XC league (i.e. 05/19/2019) that have not been uploaded to xcontest within the 2 week timeframe, but which are otherwise qualifying flights for the xc league, will be considered, as long as the pilot can provide the igc tracklog file and proof of how many xcontest triangle points the flight scores. Most flying apps will actually list the xcontest triangle scores of each flight, so if the pilot provides a screenshot of all the flight details of such a flight, including the xcontest triangle points, and the igc file, then we will also consider those flights not uploaded to xcontest, that were made before 05/19/2021.
The winner of each category will be awarded a gift card for $100.00.
Second place will be awarded $50
Third place will be awarded $25
Hang gliding and paragliding are INHERENTLY DANGEROUS; UHGPGA recommends pilots complete a pilot training program under the direct supervision of a USHPA-certified instructor, including a full XC-focused SIV course using safe equipment suitable for your level of experience. Flying cross country in the Wasatch is more demanding and dangerous than many other sites due to the high-mountain desert climate and frequency of high winds aloft.