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Pay Entry Fee Here: $525 (includes $175 Wilotree Park Fee), $625 after March 10th) http://ozreport.com/2020Wilotreepay.php. This gets you confirmed for a spot in the competition.

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Flatland competition in Florida where the weather is so good so early.

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Flying site

Wilotree Park (Sheets airfield) is located one mile south of Groveland in Florida, United States. Groveland itself is situated in Lake County, in the center 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

Pay Entry Fee Here: $525 (includes $175 Wilotree Park Fee), $625 after March 10th) http://ozreport.com/2020Wilotreepay.php. This gets you confirmed for a spot in the competition.

Click "View more" below (if there)

Flatland competition in Florida where the weather is so good so early.

This is a CIVL category 2 competition set up for Class 1 Open pilots only.. It will take place at the same time as the World Championships (https://airtribune.com/2020-world-championships/info/details__info)

Check-in on Sunday, April 19th.

Live tracking with Flymaster trackers provided.

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

Maximum 125 pilots minus participants in the Worlds.
• Daily Prizes
• Event Tee-shirt
• Food and drink Saturday evening
• Brunch During Prize-giving Ceremony
• Weaklinks
• Flymaster Tracker
• Live Tracking
• On-line Turnpoint Coordinates
• On-line airspace files
• On-line task maps
• Free WiFi
• Evening Parties and Entertainment
• Weather Briefing on Pilots’ Phones
• Task Sent to Pilots’ Phones
• Access to Professional Retrieval Coordinators (Retrieval Goddess’s Retrieval Service)
• Wilotree Park (includes access to clubhouse and amenities - e.g. swimming pool, kitchen, pool table, etc.)
• Camping available
• Help with finding accommodations
• Beer and wine available at no additional cost each night

Flying site

Wilotree Park (Sheets airfield) is located one mile south of Groveland in Florida, United States. Groveland itself is situated in Lake County, in the center 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 two miles south of the intersection with state highway 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.

Paradise Airsports is a year-round hang gliding flight park located at Wilotree Park.

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 from Wilotree Park 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

The Oz Report
Davis Straub
Meet Director
Belinda Boulter
Meet Organizer
Kate Griffin
Scorekeeper/Tracker wrangler

Selection and entry fee

Pay Entry Fee Here: $525 (includes $175 Wilotree Park Fee), $625 after March 10th) There are additional PayPal fees. http://ozreport.com/2020Wilotreepay.php

Aerotowing fee - $650 (If paid by PayPal there is an additional fee of $32)

Aerotowing before the official practice day is an additional $35/tow.

You can fill out some waivers in advance, print out and turn in at checkout at: http://ozreport.com/2020waivers.php (not available yet).

After the registration please follow your status on the Pilots tab. Here is an explanation of statuses:

Waiting for payment – Registered but we have not received entry fee payment.

Confirmed – Registered and received payment.

Waiting list - (this is the default that Airtribune sets automatically when you register) probably we haven't yet set you as "Waiting for Payment," which we do unless we see that you have paid at the same time that you register. But, while we've never had a Waiting List before, who knows, we may have one in the future and you may be on it.

Prize fund and scoring categories

Trophies as per USHPA rules.
Daily prizes are given out from the sponsors.
Depending on the number of entrants there may be prize money.

General schedule

All times and dates are US Eastern Daylight Time (Eastern Standard Time before the second Sunday in March at 2:00 AM)

Unofficial Training Days: Wilotree Park provides year round instruction and opportunities to fly cross country and learn the region. Aerotowing is the primary mechanism for propelling hang gliders aloft. Attendees that are not aerotow certified are advised to arrive no less than one week early to receive aerotow training.

Registration (check-in): 9AM – noon and 1 PM – 4 PM, Sunday April 19th.Wilotree Park Club House

Opening Ceremony: 7 PM, Sunday, April 19th, Wilotree Park or Groveland (yet to be determined)

Mandatory Safety Briefing: Monday, April 20th, 9 AM. Wilotree Park Club House
The mandatory for the organizers briefing will take place prior to the execution of the mandatory training task and provide some orientation to the area. Pilots will have been required to sign-off that they have read the pilot safety briefing book or on-line, upon check-in.

Official mandatory training task: Monday, April 20th. This task will be mandatory for the Worlds organizers to test and confirm that the organization, logistics, schedule, and personnel are in place. We will do a complete run through of a typical contest flying day with pilot briefing, weather forecast, task assignment, towing, flying a task, tracking and score keeping.

Official Flying Days: Tuesday, April 21st through Thursday, April 30th.

Closing ceremony and prize giving: 10 AM, Friday, May 1st, Wilotree Park Club House

Daily schedule

9 AM: Headquarters open
10 AM: Task and Safety Committee meetings
11 AM: Pilot briefing /Task briefing
12:30 PM: Take-off window opens:
All day: Scoring office opens
10 PM: Provisional results

Accommodation and Activities

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

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How to get here

Wilotree Park/Sheets airfield 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.


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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