Virtual navigation through waypoints and tasks.
This link takes you to a map with captions on waypoints to help you navigate some of the routes we tend to fly.
There are several great resources for strategies and tips for flying in competitions. These are shown below. Most of the content of these is based around a positive attitude, being adequately trained and mentally prepared and not pushing the envelope too much.
There is a great discussion page on the paragliding forum that might be useful.
This is a great article written by Josh Cohn a few years ago, but still very relevant.
Here are some excellent articles.
This article wriiten by TimO should be the Bible on flying competitions.
The first is from British pilots Adrian Thomas and Mark Hyman.
This article written By TimO gives some very sound advice.
Having a checklist may also help in getting prepared too:
Prior to the Competition – Verify and pack the following:
At the Competition – Prior to the first task:
- Give wing and harness a once-over including:
- Wing overall condition
- Line condition – Stretch lines if deemed necessary
- Clean out any debris
- Check Speed bar lines within harness
- Look-over reserve bridle and pins.
- Verify all contents of kits (survival, tree, etc.)
- Preflight All Electronics:
- Transceivers – spare batteries and chargers
- Vario and GPS batteries, chargers, and cables
- Load waypoints in units if available
- Camera, batteries, charger, cable, and memory cards
- O2 system should be checked & filled
- Pack the following in rucksack, and spares in storage:
- Condom catheters and tubing
- Hot-Hands, gloves, cold wx gear
- Food carried in harness
- Water carried in harness and rucksack
- Spare writing implements and tape to copy task
At the Pilot Briefing
- Charge all batteries and electronics
- Fill water bladder
- Verify Electronics set-up correctly, Clear track logs, put freq’s in memory, phone #s in cell-phone
- Fill O2 if necessary
- Bring area flight deck electronics, maps, pen, and paper, to the briefing
- Eat a good meal prior to the pilot meeting and hydrate properly
30 minutes prior to planned launch time
- Get a good seat, away from noise and take notes
- Copy all parameters of task prior to inputting into GPS
- Don’t let others distract you. Finish the prep before helping others and don’t bother other pilots until they have completed their set-up.
- Check and recheck task and all parameters – WP radius – start times –
- Look over forecast for the day – Plan launch time.
- Think about the task. Get advice and discuss. Make a plan.
When entering the launch queue
- Do a final preflight of your gear and verify all electronics are ready to go.
- Depending on WX, get dressed for flight and install catheter & hot-hands, etc.
- Verify all pockets and equipment are secured
Launch and make it to goal.t is not necessary to fly in every event. Instead the points each pilot has accumulated in hal
- Verify the vario audio is on. Verify all electronics are on & get a radio check.
- Assess launch conditions and plan the launch.
- Leg straps & reserve pins – final check.