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Flatland competition in Florida where the weather is so good so early. Open, Sport, and Rigid wing classes.

You can find out more about Quest Air, the site of this competition, here: http://questairhanggliding.

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Flying site

Wilotree Field (formerly Sheets airfield) is located one mile south of Groveland in Florida, United States. Groveland itself is situated in Lake County, in the centre of the state. The surrounding area is dominated by pasture lands intermixed with treed swamps and some residential areas.

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How to get here

Fly into Orlando. Head west on Florida's Turnpike (a toll road). Get off at Exit 272, Hwy 50 (Clermont). Continue west to Groveland and Highway 33.

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Event info

Flatland competition in Florida where the weather is so good so early. Open, Sport, and Rigid wing classes.

You can find out more about Quest Air, the site of this competition, here: http://questairhanggliding.com

Flying dates: Sunday April 15th through Saturday the 21st, 2018.

Practice, Check-in and Welcome on Saturday, April 14th.

Live tracking with Flymaster trackers provided.

The competition is USHPA and CIVL sanctioned so USHPA NTSS and CIVL WPRS points will be awarded

Maximum 60 pilots.

Helpful instructions: http://ozreport.com/2018QuestAirhelpful.php

Payment here: http://ozreport.com/2018BQuestAirpay.php

The easy way to do waivers: http://ozreport.com/onlinewaivers.php

Waivers: http://ozreport.com/waivers.php

Flying site

Wilotree Field (formerly Sheets airfield) is located one mile south of Groveland in Florida, United States. Groveland itself is situated in Lake County, in the centre of the state. The surrounding area is dominated by pasture lands intermixed with treed swamps and some residential areas. Flatlands at about 100 ft MSL.

The airfield is a grass runway field with north/south and east/west runways. One can easily find it on the east side of State Hwy 33 one mile south of the intersection with state Hwy 50.

The field is surrounded by trees. Plenty of extra landings areas in all directions off the runway especially to the north.
Take-off and landing will be in generally the same location, whatever is appropriate for the winds at that time.

Quest Air Soaring Center is a year-round hang gliding flight park located at Wilotree Park.It has the largest collection of Bailey-Moyes Dragonflies in the world. Most have high power four cycle engines for getting you into the air fast.

The flying season is best in April and May or September and October. Quite flyable in summer, but rain in the afternoon. Some flying from November through March.

Average weather forecast for May: Low 65 degrees, high 89 degrees, rain: 3.1 inches. Software edged thermals, 300 – 500 fpm. Spaced a few miles apart. Cloud base from 3,000’ to 8,000’. Average around 4,000’ – 5,000’. Wind direction varies considerably.

The record distance made fromQuest Airis 283 miles, the East coast record, held jointly by Jonny Durand, Jr and Dustin Martin. First 200+ mile flight on the east coast was made by Davis Straub, 212 miles. Numerous 100+ mile flights to the north and south are made there, for example, 125 miles to the Florida Ridge flight park.

Take off Wilotree field
GPS (Degrees): Lat: 28° 31' 58.320'', Lng: -81° 50' 48.180''

East/west runway: Length: 1780 ft, Width: 155 ft
North/south runway: Length: 2000 ft, Width: 115 ft
Launch method: Dragonfly aerotowing.

Organizers

Belinda Boulter
Meet Director
Davis Straub
Meet organizer

Selection and entry fee

Entry fee - $150 (tentative, will confirm in mid December). Aerotowing fee - $350 (tentative - will confirm in mid December, fee paid upon check-in).

Aerotowing before the meet and on the practice day is an additional $25/tow.

Pay at http://ozreport.com/2018QuestAirpay.php.

Download and fill out in advance waiver forms and medical form from here also: http://ozreport.com/2018QuestAirpay.php or from the list of downloads seen below (not there yet).

If your pilot status here in the Airtribune web site is listed as "Waiting list" that means we have not received your waivers, medical form, and payment.

If listed as "Waiting for Payment," we have received waivers and medical form, but not your payment.

If listed as "In Progress," we have received payment but not all your waivers and medical form.

If listed as "Confirmed," all three steps have been completed.

Prize fund and scoring categories

Trophies as per USHPA rules.
Daily prizes are given out from the sponsors.
Instead of prize money, we are planning to keep the entry fees low.

General schedule

Saturday April 14th, Registration and Official Practice Day
10:00-12:00 and 13:00 -16:00 Check-in, outside near Quest Air club house
19:00 Welcome in Quest Air club house
Sunday, April 15th, 9:00 am - First pilot briefing

Daily schedule


Monday, April 16th through Saturday, April 21st
11 AM pilot briefing
12:30 PM or later launch opens
19:00 Track log download if needed
20:00 Scores available

Accommodation and Activities

Plenty of shaded tent camping, $10 per night, first come first served.

http://ozreport.com/accommodationsquest.php

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How to get here

Wilotree Park (nee Sheets airfield) (Quest Air Soaring Center) is about one and a half mile south of Groveland, Florida, on State Highway 33. It is a left turn at a busy bend in the road (be careful). Headquarters is the club house, first building on the right.

Sheets Airport-FA42, 6548 Groveland Airport Rd, Groveland, FL 34736, USA
Groveland, Florida US

Plane

The nearest international airport is Orlando. From there you take a car to Quest Air hang gliding club.

Car

It take about 1 hour driving from Orlando. Take highways 528, Florida's turnpike and FL-50 to get to Sheets airfield. This route is about 42 miles.

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