Gradient XC Africa paragliding comp

Tuesday 4 August, 2009

Entries for the Gradient XC Africa paragliding competition, to be held ffrom 14 – 19 November 2009, are flooding in and there are only 26 places left.

The emphasis in this CAT2 cross country paragliding competition is definitely distance flying. During last years event, 19 pilots flew their personal best and a new SA Ladies open distance record was set at 203km. This year Gradient, Northern Cape Tourism Authority & Fly De Aar invite you to come and try to set your personal best & fly some real distances.

Two new rules have been introduced to ensure safety and fairness:

1. A strict land by time will be enforced.
2. As this is a winching event, the number of entries will be limited to 50 pilots (so be sure to pre-register so we can monitor the numbers & avoid  disappointment) Paid up entries will receive precedence to unpaid entries.

For more information and entries:

There will be medical assistance on stand-by. Foreign pilots are please to provide proof of medical insurance.
GPSs are required for scoring.
All Pilots must have a working radio which can be set to 141.600 & a working cell phone (it is recommended to use a local sim card)
Foreign Pilots are required to become SAHPA temporary members (see SAHPA- see visitors section)

Recovery is not included in the entry fee & pilots are recommended to join a recovery group. Local drivers are also available for hire.

The entry fee is R850 & includes the following:
Gift Pack with Winch release & T/shirt
Map of the immediate area (100km radius)
GPS Co-ordinates for area reference, these correspond to the maps
Local Sim Card
2 Winches (tows p/pilot p/day)
Daily weather reports
Scoring Facilities
Prize giving dinner & prizes for the various categories

Linda Willemse
SAHPA Marketing & Communication

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