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Event info

Our Mission: To provide an Educational Mentored Race-to-Goal Event that’s fun and rewarding.

Objective: To enable a pilot to successfully prepare for flying in a competitive environment and foster XC skills.

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Flying site

Wilotree Park (FA42-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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  • 30 Pilots Confirmed
  • 30 Pilots total registered
  • 350 USD Entry fee
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  • left before start of event
  • before registration 14/09 08:00 (America/New_York)
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    The region generally has good phone coverage

    Good phone coverage
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    The organisers will give you printed maps at registration

    Maps are supplied
  • The organisers will have free WiFi available at HQ

    Free WiFi
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    There will usually be goal beers for winners

    Goal beers
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    There will be a social evening with food

    Food
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    There will be an organised party during or after the event

    Party
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    There will be live music or a DJ at the event

    Live music
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    You will receive a tshirt or other welcome gift

    Free gift
  • ♻️

    The organisers support reducing the use of unnecessary plastic at the event. This includes NOT giving disposable water bottles

    Plastic reduction

Where is it

Groveland, FL Airport - Sheets Field (FA42)
6548 Groveland Airport Rd
Groveland, FL 34736



Event info

Our Mission: To provide an Educational Mentored Race-to-Goal Event that’s fun and rewarding.

Objective: To enable a pilot to successfully prepare for flying in a competitive environment and foster XC skills.

We are a USHPA Accredited Competition Event (ACE). However; This is not a sanctioned event where national team competition points are awarded. We strive to provide a developmental fun competition training event with a race to goal format. In general, this event promotes:

• Safety
• Community
• Positive public image
• Pilot engagement
• Diversity of participants
• Growth of the sports
• Fun and skill development.

This is a Sport Class only event. There will be advanced pilot mentors to help with small groups of pilots.

Prerequisites for Entry:
Minimum requirements for mentees, or equivalent for other countries.
USHPA ratings: H3, AT, XC, TUR, & RLF
H3= Intermediate
AT= Aero Tow (you may be able to get your aerotow rating prior to the event or early morning. Pre arrange with an instructor. Contact Paradise Air Sports)
XC= Cross Country
TUR= Turbulence
RLF= Restricted Landing Field

Registration Fee for Mentees: $350 USD
Tow Fees: $420
No Registration Fee for Mentors.
Maximum Number of Mentees: 30 plus 10 Mentors
Mentees, please register online as "Class 1 Sport"
Mentors, please register online as "Class 1"
Practice Day Tow Fees: 1st tow during practice day is included. Additional tows during practice day $30 (Please prepay additional tow tickets at the main office) - Optional



Visit our Blog "Green Swamp Classic Memoirs" where pilots new to XC and seasoned pilots share their experiences from previous events



Scholarship opportunities available.


Does attending the Green Swamp Sports Klassic sound like fun? Does attending also sound expensive? We would like to see you there this year and maybe the scholarship fund could help. The target candidate would be a pilot with little or no competition experience and someone who would benefit from a mentored introduction to competition flying. Our goal is to provide funds to cover the cost of entry and or tow fees depending on the number of requests made and funding available. If you would like to attend and find yourself with extra enthusiasm but limited funds, consider requesting a scholarship. Send a brief email to greenswampscholarship@gmail.com and tell us about your hang gliding experience and something about yourself.


Generosity opportunities available.


If hang gliding has been rewarding for you and you would like to give back in a way that might encourage the next generation of pilots, this is your chance. Visit https://gofund.me/bf118098



Flying site

Wilotree Park (FA42-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 and Trike aerotowing.

Interesting Notes:
Wilotree Park - Name of the Park Site (Camp sites, lake, picnic tables etc. Managed by the same team as Paradise Air Sports)
Paradise Air Sports - Name of the hang gliding, aerotow, tandem operation
Quest - Name of the former hang gliding operation in this site. Some people still refer to the site as Quest and is also the name of the waypoint located at the field.
Sheets Field (FA42) - Official name of the field in aeronautical charts
Groveland - Name of the nearest town
Clermont - Name of the nearest larger town (more hotel options, more restaurant options)

Selection and entry fee


Prerequisites for Entry:
Minimum requirements for mentees, or equivalent for other countries.
USHPA ratings: H3, AT, XC, TUR, & RLF
Registration: $350 plus aerotow fees (TBD) for mentees
Mentors: No registration fees
Once registered, payment instructions will follow via email.
All participants must use a GPS/Vario that can generate a valid IGC file, make sure you bring the necessary card reader or cables and means so you can download the file and email it to the scoring official.
Live Trackers won't be provided.
For retrieval and safety purposes we will use web services that show pilot position for Garmin InReach or SPOT Satellite Locators, as well as services such as Loctome that can display position from your mobile phone. More details will be provided in the following weeks.

Documents required at registration

  • The organiser requires you to present your National flying licence.

    National Licence
  • You will need to sign an applicaton form at the venue. Usually the organiser will provide it on arrival.

    Signed Application form
  • You will need to sign a waiver or release document to show you understand the risks. Usually the organiser will provide it on arrival.

    Signed Waiver/Release form

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations and refunds handled upon request and after determination by event management.

Prize fund and scoring categories

General schedule

Saturday, April 2nd 2022 - Sign In and Practice Day

10 am to noon - Check In
1 pm to 4:30 pm - Meeting with mentors
1pm to 5pm - Practice tows
6:30 pm, Get together

Sunday, April 3rd through Sunday April 9th

10am - Safety and Task Briefing
12:00pm - Launch window opens (estimated)

Sunday, April 3rd through Saturday, April 9th - Competition flying days.

Evening, Saturday, April 9th - Awards ceremony

Daily schedule

9:00 Task & Safety Committee Meetings
10:00 Safety, Pilot's briefing / Pervious task / Task definition
12:00 Launch window opens (estimated)
17:00 Task closed
22:00 Provisional results

Accommodation and Activities

Camping on site. Tent camping and RV Boondocking,
No water and no electricity.
Outside bathrooms and showers available.
$15-$25 per tent or RV (includes 2 people).
Additional guests are $5/person per night.
Contact Wilotree Park
https://www.wilotreepark.com/
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Multiple AirBnB options. Look in Groveland or Claremont, FL
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Hotels: Several options in Clermont, FL (Holiday Inn Express, Fairfield Inn, Home2 Suites, Days Inn

Activities for non-pilots:
Kayaks, paddle boards, swim in the lake, volleyball, swimming pool.
Dogs welcome (check with Wilotree Park for the rules)

How to get here

Orlando (MCO) is the nearest airport. 50 minute drive. Uber/Lift available to and from the Orlando airport.
Tampa (TPA) 1hr and 20 minutes drive. Recommended as an alternate to Orlando and if you are renting a car (or expect a +$100 Uber ride)

6548 Groveland Airport Rd Groveland, FL 34736
Groveland, Florida United States

Downloads

Waypoint files

Organizers

WolfPack Hang Gliding, LLC
Rmcaylor@gmail.com
(717) 576-8013
Ric Caylor
Meet Director
Rmcaylor@gmail.com
(717) 576-8013
Tavo Gutierrez
Registration Support
tavo.gutierrez@gmail.com
(773) 450-2225
Attila Plasch
Score Keeper
(415) 300-6276
jibeandfly@hotmail.com

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Tasks and results

Task 1

03 Apr, 2022

Class 1 Sport — 27.2 km — Race to goal

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Task 2

04 Apr, 2022

Class 1, Class 1 Sport — 38.4 km — Race to goal

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