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.

2017/18 Season Paragliding Ladder

The National Paragliding Ladder has been updated for the 2017/18 Season. You can find it here.

It includes the inter-season devaluation, the removal of visiting pilots who's memberships have lapsed and, most importantly, the results of the Linzhou Open, in China, that was nominated as an Overseas FAI Comp by a few pilots.

New Paragliding Competition Rules available for review

A new version (19) of the Paragliding Competition Rules has been created and is available for review. If there are no significant objections then these rules will become official on the 10th of August 2017.

You can download version 19 here

Staffing changes on the PCC

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Regretfully, 2 year incumbent PCC member, Cameron Kennedy has tendered his resignation to me from the PCC. Cameron needs the time to concentrate on becoming a commercial helicopter pilot.

We accept Cameron's resignation and thank him wholeheartedly for all the work that he has put into the PCC over the past two years.

After only limited coercion, Wayne Rohrs has agreed to join the PCC and the NZHGPA Executive have endorsed this. 

We genuinely welcome what Wayne can bring to us, not least his exceptional IT skills which are a much sought after commodity.

The other two members of the PCC: Johnny Hopper and Tim Brown, remain on the committee.

Thanks, Cameron, and welcome, Wayne.

Johnny Hopper

NZ Paragliding Competition Rule book now at version 18

Version 18 of the New Zealand Paragliding Competition Rule Book has been made official. The only changes were regarding the XC Championship which moved, today, to the xcontest.org/newzealand platform.

You can download the new rule book here

PCC solicits bids for next season's PG Open rounds

The PCC is now soliciting bids from potential organisers of next season's PG Open rounds.
We may have two rounds next year. If you are interested in organising a round then please contact the PCC on nzhgpapcc@googlegroups.com or you can contact Johnny Hopper directly.

Bids should be made before the 30th of May 2017.

NZ Paragliding Competition Rules updated to version 18

The National Paragliding Competition rule book has been updated to version 18, to reflect the impending switch over to XContest as the platform for the online Cross Country Competition.

These rules will go into effect from 1st April 2017.

You can download the review copy here

National PG Ladder Updated since Aussie Comps

The National PG Ladder has been updated and now includes the scores for pilots who nominated either, or both, of the recent AAA Comps in Aussie.

  • The Bright Open
  • The Corryong Open
Toni Skerret has done well and is rocketing up the ladder. Louis Tapper has also nailed it and has hopped Tim Brown to go into 4th place over all.

This will all change big time after the PG Open in Rotorua.

You can download the latest ladder here

National Paragliding Ladder - Updated since Southern Comp

The National Paragliding Ladder has been updated to reflect the results of the recent Regional Paragliding Competition in Wanaka, by the Southern Club.

You can find it here.