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

2nd FAI World Hang Gliding Championships Sport Class, 14th FAI Women’s World Hang Gliding Championships, 9th FAI World Hang Gliding Championships Class 5, and 21st FAI World Hang Gliding Championships Class 2

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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

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

2nd FAI World Hang Gliding Championships Sport Class, 14th FAI Women’s World Hang Gliding Championships, 9th FAI World Hang Gliding Championships Class 5, and 21st FAI World Hang Gliding Championships Class 2

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Dates: Sunday April 19th through Friday, May 1st, 2020.

Check-in on Sunday, April 19th.

Live tracking with Flymaster trackers provided.

Maximum 125 pilots.

Helpful instructions: http://ozreport.com/2020WorldsHelpful.php

• Daily Prizes
• Color map of task area showing take-off, turnpoints, landing fields and restricted airspace and areas, with clearly visible grid matching the GPS coordinates used for the competition
• ID card and safety/contact information.
• Event Tee-shirt
• Medical Emergency Services
• Food and drink for Competition Opening/Ceremony
• Brunch During Prize-giving Ceremony
• Weaklinks
• Flymaster Tracker
• Live Tracking
• On-line Turnpoint Coordinates
• On-line airspace file
• On-line task maps
• Free Wi-Fi
• Free access to 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 minimal cost each night
• Contrasting stickers for your leading edge
• Pilot number sticks for down tube or helmet

After allocation in January: Pay Entry Fee Here: $525 (includes $175 Wilotree Park Fee) http://ozreport.com/2020Worldspay.php

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/Meet Organizer
Belinda Boulter
Meet Organizer
Kate Griffin
Scorekeeper and Tracker Wrangler

Selection and entry fee

When we call for payment at the allocation: Pay Entry Fee Here: $525 (includes $175 Wilotree Park Fee) http://ozreport.com/2020Worldspay1.php

$425 per team leader (includes $175 Wilotree Park Fee). Team leaders who are also pilots in the competition will not have to pay an additional team leader fee.

$175 for assistants.

To save time when you check in, you can fill out waivers on your computer after you download them from : http://ozreport.com/waivers.php, print them out and bring them to check-in (not available yet).

Aerotowing before the meet is an additional $35/tow.

Aerotow fees are set at $650 per pilot. (If paid by PayPal there is an additional fee of $20.)

Selection is determined by CIVL rules.

Eligibility:

• For all Classes:

USHPA membership required. A 30-day memberships will be available at minimal cost. The equivalent of FAI IPPI 5C (requirements described in Safe Pro Delta Stage 5C except for Sport Class).
Aerotow rating or evidence of extensive aerotowing experience.

• Class 1: As per Section 7A 2.2.

In the 36 months before December 1st, 2019 which is 3 calendar months before the championship starts, a pilot has to have:

Been ranked with at least 20 WPRS points in Hang Gliding Class 1

Participated in one or more FAI sanctioned competitions with at least 30 pilots.

• Class 2:Swift flying experience
• Class 5: As per Section 7A 2.2.1.

In the 36 months before December 1st, 2019, which is 3 calendar months before the championship starts, a pilot has to have:

Been ranked with at least 20 WPRS points in Hang Gliding Class 1, 2 or 5.

Flown a Class 5 glider in at least one Second Category event with at least overall 30 participants (total including all classes

• Class Sport: Pilots

Must not have finished in the top 2/3rd's of a non-Sport Class Category 1 competition held since January 2014. Are required to have at least 1 WPRS point in the last 36 months (earliest date in January 1, 2017). Must have flown in a competition with at least 10 pilots (including all classes).



After you register here on-line please follow your status on the Pilots tab.

“Waiting List:” pilot waiting for organizers to make an initial check

“In Progress:” pilot registered on Airtribune

“Verified:” pilot registered on Airtribune and entry fee paid

“Qualified:” pilot registered on Airtribune and pilot meets the requirements for eligibility to compete.

"Confirmed:" pilot registered on Airtribune, pilot meets the requirements for eligibility to compete, pilot approved by their national sport pilot association to compete in this competition, and entry fee paid.

“Team pilot:” pilot registered on Airtribune, entry fee paid, pilot meets the requirements for eligibility to compete, and has been selected by their NAC to be on the National Team

"Waiting List:" Late in the process if there are not enough slots available and waiting for pilots to drop out.

Prize fund and scoring categories

Medals as per CIVL rules
Daily prizes are given out from the sponsors.

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. Championship attendees that are not aerotow certified and are unable to do so in their respective nations, will be 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

First Team Leader meeting: Sunday, April 19th, 5 PM. 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 organizers to test and confirm that the organization, logistics, schedule, and personnel are in place. It will also provide pilots and teams that are new to a formal Category 1 event the opportunity to ensure their logistics 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.

Championship 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
9 AM: Team Leader meeting
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.

http://ozreport.com/accommodationsquest.php

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.

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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