The Wilotree Park Nationals competition is a flatland aerotow competition and part of the U.S. National Hang Gliding Championship Series. The competition is held in Groveland, Florida for Open, Sport, Swift, and Rigid wing classes.Expand page for more, including Payment & Cancellation info
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.Expand page for more info
- left before start of event
- before registration 20/11 00:00 (US/Eastern)
Good phone coverage
The region generally has good phone coverage
Live trackers mandatory
Live Tracking is MANDATORY in this event to score. You must provide your own livetracker.
- Open Class
- Rigid Wings
- Sport Class
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.
The Wilotree Park Nationals competition is a flatland aerotow competition and part of the U.S. National Hang Gliding Championship Series. The competition is held in Groveland, Florida for Open, Sport, Swift, and Rigid wing classes. The competition will be USHPA and CIVL Category 2 sanctioned. USHPA NTSS and CIVL WPRS points will be awarded. Check-in is on Sunday, May 1st. Task days are May 2nd to May 7th (six task days).
Local rules will be posted 60 days prior to the competition's start. NOTE that to be eligible to compete, pilots (Sport and Open) must have a USHPA Hang 3 or foreign equivalent rating, at minimum. In addition, pilots must have an aerotow rating or provide evidence of extensive aerotowing experience. Lastly, pilots must have turbulence (TURB) and cross country (XC) sign offs. A USHPA membership is also required (temporary 30-day memberships will be availlable at minimal cost on site for foreign pilots).
Maximum 75 pilots.
• Daily Prizes
• Event Tee-shirt
• Food and drink Saturday evening
• 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
Selection and entry fee
Aerotowing fee - $375 (If paid by PayPal there is an additional fee). Fee includes a free tow on check-in day.
Aerotowing before the check-in day is additional.
Non-US pilots can register at any time, and we allow up to 100% non-US pilots.
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 while 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
Day prizes will be given as available and determined by the organizer.
Check-in is on Sunday May 1st, Check-in 0930 to 1200 and 1300 PM to 1600
Check-in location will be outside near club house
A welcome event will be help around clubhouse at 1900 on the 24th.
Monday, May 2nd, 9 AM: Initial Task and Safety Committee meetings
Monday, May 2nd, 10 AM: first pilot with initial safety briefing
Note that times are subject to change.
11 AM: Pilot briefing /Task briefing
12:30 PM: Take-off window opens:
10 PM: Provisional results
Accommodation and Activities
Lodging is available at the flight park (rooms fill up fast so make reservations early), RV hook-ups, and plenty of shaded tent camping, first come first served. Goto https://www.wilotreepark.com for rates and to make reservations.
We will have group rates available at the Holiday Inn Express and Hampton in Claremont. Contact the hotels directly;
Holiday Inn Express - https://www.guestreservations.com/holiday-inn-express-clermont/booking?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIzNiYsKzX7gIVTvDjBx0IXwHGEAAYASAAEgLDb_D_BwE
Hampton Inn - https://www.guestreservations.com/hampton-inn-and-suites-clermont/booking?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIp5q8pK3X7gIVv_zjBx0cDgASEAAYASAAEgLmNvD_BwE
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 United States
The nearest international airport is Orlando. From there you take a car to Quest Air hang gliding club.
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.