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Trans’Alps is a new type of paragliding competition, combining all positive aspects of Sport competitions and long distance XC contests.

- Individual results counting against French permanent ranking and FAI WPRS ranking.

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Flying site

Flying sites will be selected and announced to pilots the day before the task, depending on weather forecasts. 10 major take-offs across South Alps are considered – See the list below, from South to North:

- Col de Bleine (Alpes Maritimes, 06)
- Moustiers Sainte Marie (Alpes de Haute Provence, 04)
- St André les Alpes, Le Chalvet (Alpes de Haute Provence, 04)
- Montclar, Plateau de La Chau (Alpes de Haute Provence, 04)
- Saint Jean Saint Nicolas, Les Richards (Hautes Alpes, 05)
- Laragne, Chabre (Hautes Alpes, 05)
- Aspres sur Buech (Hautes Alpes, 05)
- Col du Noyer (Hautes Alpes, 05)
- Pas du Serpaton (Isère, 38)
- Cabane du Col Vert (Isère, 38)

On our dedicated web site, pilots will have the possibility to upload and print A4 maps of each site, showing waypoints, restricted areas and topography.

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Event info

Trans’Alps is a new type of paragliding competition, combining all positive aspects of Sport competitions and long distance XC contests.

- Individual results counting against French permanent ranking and FAI WPRS ranking.
- Long distance tasks along aesthetic routes, to promote endurance and regularity. Typically, 50 to 200km tasks depending on weather conditions and flying sites.
- A wide selection of take-offs across South Alps, to mitigate the risks of bad weather conditions, to optimize flight plans and to enhance cooperation and flight strategy.

Free distance’ closed tasks will be preferred, but ‘races to goal’ and ‘elapsed time on paths’ tasks will be also considered. Priority will be given to the distance more than to the technical difficulty: If your ambition is to fight against the other pilots using full bar for no more than 2 hours, this may not be the competition you need! But if you dream of beautiful long distances and breathtaking views of wild massifs, we strongly recommend that you register shortly.

MOBILITY PRINCIPLE.

To fly far and long with a maximum of fun, early take-off is a must and the choice of the flying site is key. To optimize flying plans vs. weather conditions, Trans’Alps pilots will consent to a light and flexible organization:

- Breakfasts and sandwiches will not be provided by the organization. Local bakeries and bars are doing substantially better than us.
- Transport to take-off will be insured by the organization in two 9 places shuttles.
- Take-off details of the next day will be defined during the pilots daily briefing.
- After landing, pilots will retrieve and move to the next day site on their own. Hitch-hiking is an easy and fast solution in the area, and the organization will design the tasks to enable closed itineraries
along main roads.
- In case of late or far retrieval, the organization will take over. Two 9 places shuttles will be dedicated to picking pilots up. No one will be left behind. Our main concern is to ensure pilots security and quiet flights, with no inhibition due to retrieve constraints.

In short, we prefer to use our resources to propose beautiful tasks and to take full advantage of best flying conditions. To enjoy flying longer and better, while proposing attractive registration fee for a week of competition.

Flying site

Flying sites will be selected and announced to pilots the day before the task, depending on weather forecasts. 10 major take-offs across South Alps are considered – See the list below, from South to North:

- Col de Bleine (Alpes Maritimes, 06)
- Moustiers Sainte Marie (Alpes de Haute Provence, 04)
- St André les Alpes, Le Chalvet (Alpes de Haute Provence, 04)
- Montclar, Plateau de La Chau (Alpes de Haute Provence, 04)
- Saint Jean Saint Nicolas, Les Richards (Hautes Alpes, 05)
- Laragne, Chabre (Hautes Alpes, 05)
- Aspres sur Buech (Hautes Alpes, 05)
- Col du Noyer (Hautes Alpes, 05)
- Pas du Serpaton (Isère, 38)
- Cabane du Col Vert (Isère, 38)

On our dedicated web site, pilots will have the possibility to upload and print A4 maps of each site, showing waypoints, restricted areas and topography. Large scale task maps will be also available at launch. Airspace restrictions and security information about thermic breeze and local flight conditions will be reminded during the daily pilot briefing.

Web site : Refer to https://transalps2020.webnode.fr

Selection and entry fee

SELECTION

Selection is based on chronological order of registrations. Registration opens on February 15th, 8pm and are due on the FFVL page of the competition: https://parapente.ffvl.fr/compet/3599.
update Feb. 18th: REGISTER HERE ON AIRTRIBUNE ONLY WHEN SELECTED ON FFVL WEBSITE!

- 40 places available for either French or foreign pilots, including 5 for organization.
- Recommended flight level: FPRS ranking below 200 or WPRS ranking below 1000 or 3 XC of 80km or more in the Alps (igc tracks to be shared upon Meet Director request).
- plan to constitute a 4-mates-team even if it is not mandatory to do it prior to the registration
- plan to come with companion(s) on who you can rely to help your logistics, as you understood you wll have to regularely moove from site to site
- your ability to sleep on the next day site will be your benefit


Important: Acceptance into the event is according to the order of PAYMENT, not registration. Be aware, your payment can be nonrefundable and cannot be transferred to another pilot. These recommendations will be clearly expressed on the FFVL page of the competition.

PAYMENT

Entry fee is 120€ until august 14th included.
Extra cost of 30€ will be considered for late registration.
Fee can be paid by check (French pilots) or bank transfer (foreign pilots) – Bank details to come.

Attention: Transfer extra costs are yours.

REFUND POLICY

This policy will be confirmed on the day of selection and may be modified depending on the number of people on the waiting list.

Cancellation of the registration until August 14th included: You get 100% of your costs, regardless of the number of people on the waiting list.
Cancellation of the registration from August 15th: No refund.

ADMINISTRATIVE REQUIREMENTS

All pilots must hold the following. All the below will be checked at registration

- A FAI IPPI-4 license. Included in the FFVL competition license for French pilots.
- A FAI Sporting License. To be requested on the FFVL web site ahead of the contest for French pilots.
- A tracking device (satellite, GSM or smartphone app) compatible with Air Tribune tracking. A back up device is recommended for security and scoring.
- Third party liability insurance. Included in the FFVL competition license for French pilots.
- A medical insurance, including rescue and repatriation for foreign pilots. Included in the FFVL competition license for French pilots.

Also:

- SMS text phone
- Recently repacked reserve parachute
- Certified helmet
- Harness with certified back protection
- 2M Radio capable of 143.9875 MHz FM

Prize fund and scoring categories

Scoring categories will be detailed in the coming weeks. Typically, we expect:

- Open Class
- Sport Class
- Women Class
- Reynolds Class
- Team Class (4 pilots maximum)
- Tenacity Podium, based on the largest cumulative flight time in non-goal-reached tasks.

For scoring and safety purposes, live tracking will be proposed on the Air Tribune web page. No specific tracking system will be provided by the organization. Tracking will be based on the pilot own satellite / GSM device or smartphone application (backup solution recommended). No contestation of the scoring will be considered without a valid igc track.

General schedule

More detail will be published in due course. Depending on weather conditions and cumulated flight duration, a day off can be decided by the Meet Director.

- 22th August (Saturday) = Noon to 17:00, Registration and equipment check – Gap main HQ.
- 22th August (Saturday) = 17:30 to 18:30, Mandatory general briefing – Gap main HQ.
- 23th August (Sunday) = First task – Mobile HQ.
- 28th August (Friday) = Last task, and closure ceremony – Mobile HQ.

Daily schedule

On competition days,

- 08h30 = Transport to take-off
- 09h30 = Selection of the next day take-off
- 10h00 = Pilot and day task briefing at take-of f& previous task official results
- 11h30 = Take-off window opens
- 18h30 = Task closes, Scoring office opens
- 19h30 = Definition of the next day provisional task
- 20h00 = Move to the next day flying site
- 22h00 = Provisional results

The daily schedule is subject to change. Any changes to the schedule will be posted on the task whiteboard and will be announced by the Meet Director at the daily briefing.

Accommodation and Activities

Flexible accommodation will be a standard during the competition, as the next day flying site will be confirmed only 24 hours ahead of the task. However, South Alps being highly touristic, there are many camping sites close to each of the take-off and last-minute housing might not an issue – List of camping sites to come.

Specific leisure activities – Schedule to be arranged depending on flying conditions.
Mid-week BBQ.
Conference by M.Szpirglas: « Risk management, or how to drive performance in a tricky situation ».

How to get here

For the first day of the competition, main HQ will be localized in Gap (Hautes Alpes, 05), or Digne (Alpes de Haute Provence, 04).
For the rest of the contest, mobile HQ will be considered. Pilots will have to move from one flying site to another using their own means of transport. Individual cars or trucks are strongly recommended as the organization will not manage pilots’ transit.

Gap (05) Exact location to come
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Organizers

FFVL, LVL PACA
Trans’Alps 2020 is strongly supported by FFVL CCP and LVL PACA.
Maud Bidaud
meet director & organiser
Jocelyn Tabourdeau
meet director.& organiser
GUIEN Patrice
meet director & organiser
Arnaud BEUGNETTE
meet director & organiser
Laurens Pierre
meet director & organiser
Szpirglas Mathias
organiser
Benoit Morel
Meet director organiser

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