2013 GTA Schedule & Rules
Mark your calendars and look for flexible weekends in 2013. We start off with a new Site to fly at this year. Sarah will host the Split regional, the first 3 days are the Labor day weekend co-scored as a Regional & GTA, the following weekend finished up the Regional. We will have some flex weekends – plan it for Chilhowee, but if the weather and attendance is good enough we can go over to Marion Co, to enjoy the Sequatchie valley, other sites may have a rain day prescheduled.
Our rules are based on the SSA Sports Class Regional rules with only a few changes. We standardized on a pilot meeting time of 11:00 am, Grid at Noon. Also standard Grid procedure will be: A class first on the first weekend Day, then B Class grids first on the 2nd day. We strongly encourage pilots to pregrid before the pilot meeting – this will keep us from missing an hour or so of the best soaring due to late start times.
You do not need to attend every race. Just come a few weekends a year to be competitive in the scoring. However the more you race the better your chances. In order to qualify for a trophy the pilot must compete on at least 4 days during the season.
For 2013 we will score the best 6 races. If there are ties we will compare points on head to head races between tied pilots.
For a valid day, the standard minimum Task in A class will be 40 handicap miles & need a minimum of 2 pilots competing for 1000 points, if only 1 A class pilot flies/competes 600 points is the max, for B class it will be 30 handicap miles & 1 pilot for 1000 points. [Since 2009]. Start Gate does not open until most of the competitors can maintain 3300’AGL. For GTA we standardize on a 3 mile radius start cylinder. Our finish standard is a 1 mile radius finish cylinder with a minimum of 1000’AGL.
Flight traces must be turned in promptly to allow for scoring. At regionals you have until 9am the following morning or you do not get scored. The GTA scorer does not need to wait more than 72 hours after the flight to allow for flight log submissions.
The CD should provide the following information to the Scorer:
- Type of Task: MAT or TAT
- Start Gate opening time for each class:
- Start Gate Turnpoint #:
- Start Height:
- Start cylinder radii (3 mile GTA standard)
- Minimum Time for task:
- Finish Gate (confirm 1 mile 1000agl GTA standard)
- Turnpoints Called and Radii:
- Contestants: Race ID, First & Last Name, Glider Model, A or B Class
- .IGC files submitted by CD or by pilot [please encourage everyone that flies to turn in a trace even if they did not complete the task, we use the information to guage participation]. Do not change the name of the .igc file, Winscore requires the default file name.
- Optionally please write up a description of the day.
Information on our competition sites can be found on the links page.
This schedule is subject to change, so check back occasionally. Schedule Updated: April 6, 2012
GTA 2013 Schedule Proposed Avoids Easter March 31, Mothersday 5/12 & Fathers day 6/16
Race # location Dates Days Notes
Seniors FL March 10-16
Bainbridge [rather than Quitman] March 23, 24 / rainout =30, 31 2 rain day of 31st is Easter
Moontown April 6,7 2
Eagleville April 13,14 2
Perry Region V N April 22-27
Chilhowee May 4,5 rainout =11,12 2
Monroe May 18,19 rainout = June 15,16 2 May 12 is mothers day, which we were trying to avoid
Cordele May 25, 26, 27 3 Memorial Day, windrift as backup
Cordele Region V S probably june 1-8 but not firm yet
LaGrange June 22,23, rainout = 29,30 2
Tullahoma [combined w Eagleville] July 6&7 2 Leo volunteered in Oct 2012
Chilhowee July 20, 21, rainout July 27-28 2
Moontown August 3,4 or Aug 17,18 2
Chilhowee Region V W August 31, Sept 1, 2 3 Combined w regional first weekend
Windrift Sept 21, 22 2
13/24 valid days in 2013. 8/24 valid days in 2011. 14/25 2010.9/23 in 2009. 9-11/25 in 2008. 19/22 in 2007 16/26 in 2006. 18/24 in 2005. See Archive of past schedules: 2000 – 2011