Free

1. General Rules

1.1 Objective

Promotion of cross-country soaring and soaring in general.

1.2 Organizer

WeGlide UG (haftungsbeschränkt).

1.3. Time and Location

The flight is scored in the country and region to which the takeoff airport belongs.
Last scoring day is the 30th of September. The following season starts on the 1st of October. Only flights carried out during this period will be counted. The contest is carried out decentralized.

1.4 Participants

Every glider pilot worldwide is entitled to participate. Participants are individual pilots, or two-pilot teams for two-seaters. By registering with WeGlide participants agree to the competition rules. By uploading the flight the participant agrees to the publication of his flight data and files by WeGlide. The User Agreement applies for all uploaded data.

1.5 Validity of Score

The scoring of a flight becomes final 14 days after its registration if no protests against the flight have been lodged. Participants are required to keep the IGC files until one month after the end of the current scoring period.

1.6 Registration

Participants must register with the provided sign up form. With their registration the participants declare their acceptance of the conditions of participation.

2 Scoring

The winner in each scoring year is the participant who gets the most points with up to his/her five best flights.

All gliders, including those with a retractable engine or front electrical engine are scored in one class. Each participant can register any number of flights for evaluation.

For flights with two-seaters, only the pilot counts as a participant. All flights are scored according to the currently valid index of the used aircraft on the DAeC index list.

2.1 Individual

Even though all gliders are scored in one class, each flight belongs to the scoring class in which the flown aircraft is classified by the DAeC index list.

Filters can be applied to determine the winner of the WeGlide Free Contest in the following classes:

  • Open
  • 18m
  • 15m
  • Standard
  • Club
  • Two-Seater

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 Club Scoring

All scoring points of all participants of each club are summed up. The winner is the club with the highest number of points.

2.3 Airport Scoring

All scoring points of all participants of each airport are summed up. The winner is the airport with the highest number of points.

3 Flight Documentation and Entry

3.1 Documentation

The documentation of the flights is exclusively possible with approved approved GNSS flight recorders. Flight recorders can either be

  • IGC approved
  • WeGlide approved

The list of approved flight recorders can be found here.

For the documentation of flights for league and speed scoring, IGC approved flight recorders are required. The IGC file must have a valid signature (G record).

3.2 Errors

The error codes apply. Gaps in logging intervals must not exceed 120 seconds. Flights which are performed with motorized gliders, have to be documented with one of the sensors specified here. For front electric sustainer (FES), the engine run must be recorded by a sensor specified here.

3.3 Flight entry

Each flight must be entered online not later than 12:00 local time two days after the day of the flight landing. If no landing was recorded, this applies to the last recorded fix. With the flight entry, the pilot confirms the correctness of the details given.

4 Scoring

4.1 General

WeGlide combines multiple scoring systems in the WeGlide Free contest. The free 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 WeGlide 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 WeGlide FAI

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 WeGlide Out & Return

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 WeGlide Free

The WeGlide free distance is scored with 1.0 raw points per km. The WeGlide FAI distance is scored with 0.3 raw points per km. The WeGlide 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 WeGlide Area bonus.

The raw points of the WeGlide Free score are obtained by adding the WeGlide Area bonus to the WeGlide 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 Conditions of Participation

Participants of contests organized by WeGlide must not violate any aviation regulations with their flights. Appropriate airspace clearances must be obtained from the competent authority where required. If WeGlide becomes aware that the above terms were violated, WeGlide reserves the right to nullify the results of a flight.