Tandem Challenge | First of the World

Start Date: November 03, 2020 End Date: November 08, 2020 Location: The Babu Adventures HQ, Nepal

The first Tandem paragliding challenge in the world. During this non-profit event there will be 3 different tasks to find out who is the best paragliding tandem pilot of the year. 

Task 1: Race to goal 
It is a race on a course predefined by the task committee just before the start. The route will be inside a 40km FAI triangle in an official Civil Aviation (CAAN) airspace, marked by tags (GPS coordinate) to be crossed in order. The goal is to complete the course by reaching the goal as quickly as possible.

Task 2: Accuracy landing
Challenging the paraglider pilot’s ability to fly their canopy to a very small target landing pad. The target point is an electronic pad of 15cm in diameter with 1m, 5m and 10m diameter circles surrounding it.

The pilot is scored for each landing according to their first touch on the target area. The closer they touch to the centre of the target, the lower points they score. The pilot with the lowest accumulated score wins the task.

Task 3: The last pilot in the air
The objective is to fly as long as possible. All pilots take off and have to stay as long as possible in the air in a predefined area. The pilot with the longest airtime wins the task.

Rewards
- Best accuracy 
- Best XC
- Longest in the sky
- Overall : The best tandem pilot of the year

Event Overview
Tue, 3 Nov 2020 - meeting in Pokhara and departure to Sirkot + registration
Wed, 4 Nov 2020 - opening ceremony, general and safety briefing, practice day
Thu, 5 Nov 2020 - Task 1
Fri, 6 Nov 2020 - Task 2
Sat, 7 Nov 2020 - Task 3 + prize giving and closing ceremony
Sun, 8 Nov 2020 - Transport back to Pokhara

Accommodation
Camping in The Babu Adventures HQ Camp

Food
Nepali food, 3 meals a day
Water from the source (bring your reusable bottle)

Transport
Pick up from Pokhara
Jeep from landing zone to take off
Retrieve
Drop off in Pokhara

Participants selection & requirements

All competing pilots must be qualified to meet the following requirement:

  • Valid passport and nepali VISA
  • A valid tandem license issued by a government recognised organisation 
  • Radio
  • GPS tracking
  • Certified equipment (see Pilot’s equipment section)

Insurance

  • All participants must have third party liability insurance.
  • All participants must also be insured to cover all types of expenses in case of an accident: search and rescue expenses, hospital expenses, medical expenses, repatriation, etc.
  • The insurance must be valid in Nepal and cover paragliding sport.
  • All participants must have an insurance that covers paragliding tandem flight (pilot and passenger).
  • An English (or Nepali) proof of the above insurance details is required.

Equipment

Glider

  • Pilots must fly with the same glider during the whole event. 
  • Only certified tandem gliders EN 926 or LTF 91/09.
  • The pilot must fly in the homologated weight range.
  • On registration, pilots have to specify the model, size and colours of the glider to be flown during the competition.

Glider Checking

A glider may be checked at any time throughout the competition. It is the pilot’s responsibility to prove that the wing conforms to certification requirements, and that the pilot is flying within the certified weight range. Failure to meet certification requirements will result in disqualification of the pilot from the competition.

Harness
Every competitor must use a pilot and passenger EN/LTF certified tandem harness. 

Protective Equipment
Every competitor must wear a protective EN966 certified helmet and carry a tandem certified emergency parachute during all flights.

Communication

  • Radios (2 metre band) are mandatory for all pilots and must be used for safety purposes only.
  • All pilots’s radios must be switched on and tuned to the safety frequency announced at the task briefing.
  • All pilots must carry a mobile telephone with them while flying.

GPS

  • All pilots must be equipped with at least one GPS receiver with GPS altitude recording capability.
  • It is the pilot’s responsibility to have at least one working GPS receiver, and to set it up with the right parameters.
  • Pilots must bring their GPS receivers to report-back after each task in order to download their flight tracks.

Live Tracking

  • The organisers will provide a tracker for each competitor as a safety measure.
  • Each competitor must take the Live Tracker at take-off, and he must carry it on his person.
  • Any competitor that does not take his Live Tracker will not score any points.
  • A pilot who does not return his Live Tracker may be not be displayed on score sheets until it is returned.

Passenger

  • The passenger has to remain the same during the whole competition

Note: If a passenger, in case of sudden illness or emergency, is not able to participate, the pilot has to report to the meet director.

Registration 

The registration will take place online via AIRTRIBUNE website.

1. Payment

Online payment (Paypal)  via Airtribune platform.

2. Cancellation by the pilot

        Any pilot who cancels their registration will be given refunds as follows:

    1. Cancellation date more than 30 days before competition start date – 50% refund 
    2. Cancellation date between 30 and 15 days before comp start – 30% refund
    3. Cancellation date less than 15 days before comp start – 0% refund

Note: Any pilot not able to participate due to proving illness (medical certificate required) should contact the organiser as soon as possible.

Cancellation of the competition by the organisation

If the organisers have to cancel or reschedule the competition before the first scheduled day participants will be entitled to a refund of any entry fees paid to the organisers.

After the start of the competition any refunds will be at the sole discretion of the organisers.

The organisers will not be liable for any costs incurred by anyone attending or intending to attend the event or any consequential losses arising from the cancellation relocation or rescheduling of the event.