Bateleur Cup


1. General Rules

1.1 Objective

The goal of the Bateleur Cup is to promote long-distance soaring and South African glider pilots.

1.2 Organizer

Organizer is the SSSA (Soaring Society of South Africa)

1.3. Time and Location

The Bateleur Cup is carried out decentrally. The scoring period is from October 1st to September 30th. The summer period reaches from October 1st to March 31th, the winter period reaches from April 1st to September 30th.

1.4 Participants

Participating clubs can be gliding clubs that are members of the SSSA. Participants can be glider pilots who are full members of a participating club or the SSSA. Participants may only register for one participating club in a season. With the first reported flight, the participants determine for which club they are participating in this evaluation period. Participants are considered to be juniors if their 25th birthday is after January 1st of the competition year or they are younger.

1.5 Rules

The participants are responsible for the duty of care for compliance with official regulations, as well as the other regulations and recommendations applicable to gliding.

The distance calculation is based on the WGS84 ellipsoid (Vincenty’s formula). Only flights that take off from an South African airfield are considered in the Bateleur Cup. The reports about competition flights must be submitted online via the online platform

1.6 Enrollment for championship

The first submitted flight for evaluation of a participant counts as registration for the championship. The participant thereby recognizes the rules of the Bateleur Cup to the exclusion of legal recourse. With the application for evaluation, the collection, processing and use of the participant's personal data takes place within the framework of the evaluation and publication of the flight data. The data protection declaration that can be viewed on the WeGlide platform applies

1.7 Violations

Participating clubs and people who try to gain advantages in the evaluation through false information or unfair methods can be disqualified from the Bateleur Cup. In the event of deliberate violations of the rules, a ban of 5 years will be imposed and the name of the person / association concerned will be published. In the event of repetition, the ban is 10 years. In these cases, the regional associations reserve the right to take further measures.

1.8 Objection

Objections to evaluations are to be addressed to the SSSa. An objection must be made no later than 48 hours after the flight has been rated. A decision on an objection should be made promptly, but no later than October 10th after the end of the evaluation period.

1.9 Award ceremony

The announcement and publication of the winners will be carried out by the SSSA.

2 Scoring

Participants can register any number of flights for evaluation. A flight is scored in the class assigned to the aircraft type flown in the valid WeGlide index list. All aircraft up to and including index 106 can also be scored in club class. Club class aircraft can be flown with variable ballast in accordance with the flight and operations manual. If participants have reported flights on aircraft of different classes, they will be scored in each of these classes or ratings.

Flights in doubleseaters are also included in the women or junior ranking (,,, if the co-pilot is also a woman or junior, or if the doubleseaters are flown with one person. All flights are scored with the aircraft's index according to the currently valid WeGlide index list.

2.1 Distance

Winners in the distance evaluations are determined in the following classes:

  • Open class
  • 18m class
  • 15m class
  • Standard class
  • Club class
  • Doubleseater class

The winner in the respective class is the participant with the highest number of points from five flights in this class.

2.1.1 Junior Scoring

A flight is also scored in the junior ranking, if the 25th birthday of the pilot and potentially the copilot lies in the applicable calendar year or he is younger. If only the name of a copilot is entered, the flight is not scored in the junior ranking.

2.1.2 Women Scoring

A flight is also scored in the women ranking, if the pilot and potentially the copilot are female. If only the name of a copilot is entered, the flight is not scored in the women ranking.

2.2 Rankings

2.2.1 Ranking list

In a ranking list of distance scoring (4.1), the three highest point cross-country flights of participants from the individual scoring according to 2.1 are taken into account. Ranking list of women

The rated cross-country flights by women are also summarized in a ranking list of the women's distance rankings. The individual winner is the participant with the highest number of points from three flights. Ranking list of junior

The cross-country flights rated by juniors are also summarized in the junior distance ranking list. The individual winner is the participant with the highest number of points from three flights.

2.3 Team distance ranking

Three participants from a participating club form a team with their highest point cross-country flight from the distance evaluation ranking according to 2.2.1. Several teams per club are possible. The team winner is the participating club with the highest number of points on its team.

3 Flight certification

The certification of flights is only possible with IGC-approved GNSS flight recorders or with position recorders with WeGlide approval. Cross-country flight tasks can be registered online or via a GNSS flight recorder: For GNSS flight recorders, the last valid declaration (C record in the flight recorder) applies.

The online declaration is made via If there is an online declaration, the declaration in the GNSS flight recorder or in the position recorder is void. The online declaration is only valid if it takes place before the start and no other online declaration is made after take-off until the flight is reported. The IGC file must have a valid signature (G record). This includes that this file can be validated using standardized procedures.

The participant is responsible for the proper certification. A flight is only rated if the flight from the point of departure to the end point was carried out without engine assistance and an uninterrupted altitude record and proper certification of the flight path from take-off to landing can be proven. If engine support is used between take-off and reaching the end point, the flight is only counted up to the last coordinate that can be proven to have been reached without engine support.

The interval between two recording points should not exceed four seconds. If technical problems occur, failures in the flight recording of a maximum of 120 seconds are tolerated. The flights must be reported online by 12 a.m. (local) two days after the landing.

4 Scoring

4.1 General

The Bateleur cup score is a combination of the free distance score and the area bonus. For the area bonus, the scoring program determines the largest FAI triangle and the largest Out & Return distance that can be fitted into the flight route.

4.2 Definitions

  • Scoring start: Time at which the powerless flight begins
  • Scoring end: Time at which the powerless flight ends
  • Start point: Recorded GPS position marking the start of the scored route
  • Finish point: Recorded GPS position marking the end of the scored route
  • Turn point: Recorded GPS position after the start point and before the finish point
  • Start altitude: Altitude at the start point
  • Finish altitude: Altitude at the finish point
  • FAI distance: Sum of the lengths of the legs between the FAI turn points

4.3 Scoring

4.3.1 Distance

A start point, five turn points and a finish point are chosen from the flight path such that

  • the distance from the start point around the turn points to the finish point is maximized
  • the start altitude is no more than 1000m above the finish altitude

4.3.2 FAI bonus

Three turn points are chosen from inside the closed flight path such that they define the greatest possible FAI triangle such that

  • the shortest leg is at least 28% of the FAI distance
  • if the FAI distance is 500 km or more, the shortest leg is at least 25% and the longest leg at most 45% of the FAI distance.

The start point can be between two turn points of the triangle. The flight path is considered to be closed if the finish point is within 1 km of the start point, and the start altitude is not more that 1000 m above the finish altitude.

4.3.3 Out & Return bonus

A start point, one turn point and a finish point are chosen from the flight path such that

  • the finish point is within 1 km of the start point
  • the distance between the start point and the turn point is maximized
  • the start altitude is no more than 1000 m above the finish altitude

The distance of the Out & Return score is twice the distance between the start point and the turn point.

4.4 Point calculation

The free distance is scored with 1.0 raw points per km. The FAI distance is scored with 0.3 raw points per km. The Out & Return distance is scored with 0.2 raw points per km. The maximum of either the FAI points or the Out & Return Points constitutes the area bonus.

The raw points of the bateleur cup score are obtained by adding the area bonus to the distance raw points. To compensate for the differences in glider performance, the raw point score is multiplied by 100 and divided by the DMSt index for the corresponding aircraft. The result is rounded to two digits and is the final score for the flight. The minimum score for a flight is 50 points.

5 Additional rules for motorgliders

The motorglider must have a flight recorder with a propulsion time recorder suitable for the engine system in accordance with the Sporting Code Section 3.

6 Error Codes

The flights are checked on the basis of the Error Codes stored by the provider WeGlide.