Paragliding Competition Rules - change to NZPRS / WPRS formula - pending.

The paragliding competition rules have been updated to version 21.

The only change is to section which reduces the number of NZPRS points that are available to pilots for flying nominated overseas FAI sanction competitions.

This rules are available for comment/objection until 22nd September 2018, at which point they will become official.

You can download them here.

New Zealand Paragliding Nationals -Nelson 2019


The location and dates of next years paragliding Nationals have just been finalised.

Hamish Barker, supported by the Tasman Club, is directing and conducting the New Zealand National Paragliding competition to be held in Nelson from the 3rd February - 9th February, 2019.
This will be an FAI Cat2 sanctioned event and is open to just 80 pilots.

On site registration, compulsory briefing and a practice day are on the 2nd February.

Nelson is a fantastic and spectacular place to fly. The primary launches are at: Barnicoat, Takaka, Inwoods Lookout, Mt Murchison, Havelock, Canvastown, Tapawera and Sherry River.

There is a wealth of extra curricula activities for those non-flying days and for families.

Cost: $200 prior to 1st December 2018 and $225 there-after.

Stay tuned to Airtribune for online registration and further information

Soliciting bids to organise next PGOpen round(s)

The Paragliding Competition Committee is soliciting bids from anyone keen to organise the next round(s) of the PG Open, which form our National Paragliding Championship.

The rules allow for two rounds of the PG Open in the 2018/19 Season.

Please get in touch with the PCC on

Waikato regional paragliding competition this weekend

The weather is looking great and we think there might be one or two pilots left in the North island so why not run a quick comp to end the year. Paeroas will probably be the site of choice but we'll make a final call on go or no go and which site to aim for on Thursday night. Waypoint files will be available for download from the competition download area soon or from Airtribune when we get it set up. Scoring will use airscore .

New PG Ladder pending... and FTV on the way

This is advance notification of major rule changes coming from the PCC regarding the National Paragliding Ladder, and how we score competitions.

The current national ladder will be replaced with a New Zealand Pilot Ranking System (NZPRS) which is very similar to the World Pilot Ranking System. Scores are obtained based on a pilots overall performance in a competition, rather than on a task by task basis.

This allows us to introduce Fixed Total Validity (FTV) scoring which encourages more competitive flying.

It is important to get this change underway as soon as possible to allow us to introduce FTV for the PG Open in Wanaka. This reflects the desires of the community to introduce a more competitive racing style that will strengthen our international standing and create a ladder that is more suitable for our World Championship team selection for 2019.

The PCC is in the process of updating the rules to reflect these changes, but the following has been agreed:

* The old ladder positions will be transposed to "seed" scores in the new system... so nobody will change positions purely as a result of the change
* The recent overseas league in Canungra will be the first competition to be scored using FTV and the first competition to affect the new ladder
* The Auckland Regional comp will be next

We apologise that the rule book has not been completely updated in time for this change and that we will be back-dating some of the scoring, but there are some complex issues that still need to be resolved before we can publish the rules.

We appreciate your patience and hope for your understanding.