Rules And Regulation

These local regulations are to be used in conjunction with the most recent versions of:

  • General Section of the FAI Sporting Code
  • Common Section 7C of the FAI Sporting Code
  • Section 7C of the FAI Sporting Code.


The purpose of the competition accuracy “Championships" is to provide a safe, fair and satisfying contest flying in order to determine the Individual champion of 1st Sikkim Paragliding Red Panda Accuracy Open Championship 2017, FAI CAT II, contest and to reinforce friendship among pilots.

1. Contacts

Sikkim Paragliding Association Reshithang Gangtok East Sikkim (India). Phone no: +919564074123, +91 7407320008 , +91 9547116119 , +91 7797192826

Competition Organiser:
Sikkim Paragliding Association, Official website:

2. Officials

Chief Organizing SPA
Meet Director Miss Violeta Masteikiene (Lithuania)
Safety Director: Gurpreet Dhindsa
Media & Publication Sikkim Express/VOS/Radio Misti/Sikkim Chronical/XC Mag
Launch Marshal Arjun Kumar Rai
Chief Judge Jaka Goranc ( Slovenia )
Event Judge Vijay M Soni
Target Judge TBC
Target Judge TBC
Target Judge TBC
Scoring Judge TBC

3. Programme

Date Description
16 Dec 2017 Arrival /Registration at HQ.  
17 Dec 2017 Official General Briefing / opening ceremony Official practise round- have to take part, its mandatory for qualification
18 Dec 2017 Competition Day
19 Dec 2017 Competition Day
20 Dec 2017 Competition Day
21 Dec 2017 Competition day/ Closing ceremony/ price distribution

The programme is subject to change. Any changes before the start of the competition will be posted on the website. After the start of the competition, any program changes will be announced by the Meet Director at the Team Leaders’ briefing and posted on the official notice board at headquarters.

4. Daily schedule

8:00 Team leader briefing
8:30 Transportation to Take off
9:30 Pilot briefing/Start of competition day
16:30 End of competition day

The daily schedule is subject to change. Any changes before the start of the competition will be posted on the website. After the start of the competition, changes will be announced by the Meet Director at the Team Leaders’ briefing and posted on the official notice board at headquarters.

5. Entry

The maximum number of pilots in the championship is 125 The maximum number of pilots constituting a team is 4 total from any gender, not necessary to be from same nationality.

The competition is open to all pilots which countries are Member and Associated Member of FAI. The competition will comprise individual man and individual women categories and team classification. If there are at least 7 women pilots competing, individual rankings will be awarded in female class.

6. Entry Fee

The Entry fees will be:
  • 150 Euro per pilot.
  • Competition Registration Euro 50
The Entry fee includes
  • Home stay accommodation on twin sharing basis
  • ID card
  • Competitor identification
  • Transport within Gangtok Town during Event
  • Daily food at HQ on competition days
  • T-shirt.
  • Free access to all championship events and parties
  • Free Internet – Wi-Fi – access at the HQ
  • Winners Prizes
  • Emergency rescue and first aid medical service

7. Pre – Registration

Registration for all pilots will be open on the competition website from October20 ToDecember 15, 2017 We are recommending to all pilots to write in advance application form on the web page of competition

8. Registration

On registration day, pilots must report to registration office to have their documents checked and to receive supplementary information.

Pilot documentation required :
—Pilot Registration Form
—Pilot ID or Passport
—Evidence of pilot qualification  IPPI card or Training certificate from known schools along with logbook with minimum 100 hours flying time.
—Entry form
—Receipt for payment of entry fees
—Satisfactory evidence of glider airworthiness according to Section 7C
—Signed Release of liability documents
—Insurance proof.

9. Acceptance

The organizers require documentary proof evidence of qualification and recommendation of senior pilots. During the test round MD, Safety director and Technical adviser will monitor qualification of the pilots and if pilot would not be able to show proper start, flying or landing technique he or she would not be accepted to take part on the competitions, but he/she would be welcome to stay on all competition events. Entry fee will not be refund

10. Insurance

The organizers require documentary proof in English of valid insurance covering public liability risk to the value of minimum 5,000 Euros. Documentary proof must be presented to the organizers at registration; Also, Personal accident/hospitalization/repatriation insurance is mandatory for pilots.

11. Equipment

All equipment must comply with Section 7C. Every pilot must have his own equipment.Changing glider is not allowed without consulting with Meet Director.

Contest number
Will be supplied in accordance with Section 7C.
The number is 15 x 10 cm and must be displayed on the leg.

Every pilot can fly with radio VHF – 2 metres radio – set on given official frequency Radios are not to be used for the purpose of providing advantageous competitive information, for coaching.Only the radio frequencies allocated by the organizers for safety, organization, teams’ must be used.

12. Safety Committee

A Safety Committee might be implemented

13. Competition Site

Take-off Anne Gumpa--1450 mts ASL Orientation – SW, Dynamic
Launch is enough to spread 1or 2 gliders.
Foot lunch from Hill site
Landing place SW, ASL
Shortest line length 1 km.

1. -Take offHill launch
  • a. ) Competitors must have good nil-wind as well as strong wind take-off skills.
  • b. ) At the Launch Meet Director's discretion, a pilot may be temporarily stood down or permanently withdrawn from the competition if he/she appears unable to launch safely in wind and weather conditions that fall within operating limits.
  • c. ) A failed take-off attempt or safety problem arising immediately after take-off (and which is not a result of pilot’s poor pre-flight check) which results in a landing at take-off, or away from the target, will be eligible for a re-launch for that round when allowed by Meet Director
  • d. ) Competitors must follow the priority or launch order.
  • e. ) Competitors not ready to fly in the established flying order when called forward to launch by the Launch Marshall, or who take off without the Launch Marshall’s permission, will be liable to a maximum score.
  • f. ) A pilot who is not present at launch will be marked ABS in the results of that round and a maximum score will be recorded.
  • g. ) A pilot who did not fly will be indicated as DNF in the results for that round and a maximum score will be recorded.
  • h. ) The average launch interval is 90 seconds/pilot.

1. Flying Time
  1. Pilot should land approximately in the same order as take off.
  2. Pilots must fly to the target as soon as they have enough height

2. Final Approach
  1. Competitors should be afforded a fair attempt at a target landing. They should have sufficient time during the flight to reach the target area directly from launch, to make a considered final approach to the target.

3. Landing for Accuracy
  1. Competitors will be scored according to the distance in centimetres between the first point of ground contact with their body and the edge of the dead centre (2 cm) disc to a maximum score of 1000 cm
  2. The measuring Field will have clearly marked circles set at 2.5m, 5m, and 10m.
  3. Landing must be made on the feet. Falling is not allowed and a maximum score will be recorded, if the competitors fall.
  4. Fall means if any part of the body or equipment (excluding footrest speed system) touches the ground before the wing does.
  5. If competitor’s lands with both feet together and the first point of contact cannot be determined, then the furthest point of the footprint is measured
  6. A pilot landing outside the target area must report to the Judging Team as soon as possible. Failure to do so may invalidate any claim for a re-flight.

14. Number of rounds

Day There will be maximum of 6 full rounds completed within the time available, and minimum of 1 round must be completed to validate the competition.

15. Rest Day

No specific rest day is planned

16. Signals for Landing Accuracy

  1. The official signal for pilots in the air to fly away from the target for safety reasons will be the waving of a red signal flag by event judge in the measuring field or by an order from the radio.
  2. Competitors will be permitted to re launch if the signal waved because of two pilots approach target in the same time.

17. Pre-Fliers – Free Flyers

  1. The official Championships pre-fliers will be notified to all pilots at the first competition briefing. They will be experienced pilots familiar with the local sites, who understand the importance of their role in the Championships. They will not be competitors
  2. There will be no free-flying allowed from the Competition site in use, either during the competition or during a stand down, either by competition pilots or by free flyers, except at the end of the Competition day, when declared by the Launch Marshall/Competition Director.

18. Penalties

  1. Dangerous flying:
  2. First offence: formal warning.
  3. Second offence: maximum score for the round.
  4. Third offence: exclusion from the competition.
  5. The Chief Judge and Launch Marshal shall liaise with the Safety Director and the Competition Director to report incidences of dangerous flying.
  6. Other rule infringements: As for dangerous flying.

19. Safety Committee

  1. A safety committee will be appointed. At the first briefing, a safety Committee will be formed. It is recommended the Safety Committee includes: meet Director (or his deputy), Launch Marshall (or Deputy), senior member of Judging Team, minimum of two experienced participating pilots (one of them a foreign pilot).
  2. The safety Officer's responsibility will be to monitor all aspects of safety. This includes but is not limited to:
    1. Addressing all pilots at a specific safety briefing.
    2. Attending all pilot briefings.
    3. Checking meteorological condition especially wind speed at launch and target.
    4. Checking pilot separation.
    5. Preventing pilot launching with unsafe equipment.
    6. Collecting accident reports.
    7. Discussing incidents with technical delegate and presenting conclusions at pilots’ briefings.
    8. The Safety Officer in conjunction with the Meet Director may stop the competition for reasons of safety. Any decision taken by him will be reported to the Jury president.

20. Emergency Procedures

One English speaking emergency doctor and an ambulance with appropriate equipment will be available during all operations.Expected response time for evacuation by ambulance from landing to the hospital in Gangtok City is 45 minute.
Radio Transceivers
  1. Every pilot must fly with VHF (2 meters radio)
  2. Radios are not to be used for the purpose of providing advantageous competitive information or for coaching.
  3. Radios or other communication devices are not to be used during competition flights, other than for emergencies. Only frequencies allocated by the organisers may be used.
  4. The official frequency during the competition and the safety frequency will be announced at the first Pilot briefing.

21. Wind speed

The maximum permitted wind speed will be 7m/s.

22. Scoring

The pilots constituting a team are chosen at registration. Once chosen, pilots cannot be replaced for any reason.
Team number is 4 pilots. The team score for each round shall be the aggregate score of the best three (3) pilots in the team.

23. Amateur video evidence

Amateur video evidence may be accepted. The Organizers will provide video recording on the landing. In the case where amateur video evidence is available when an official complaint is made, the Competition Director and Chief Judge reserve the right to choose whether and when to view that video evidence. The decision will be made on a case-to-case basis.

Further information regarding the policy on video evidence will be provided at the first pilot briefing.

24. Complaints and Protests

Refer to General Section, Common Section 7 and Section 7C. On the first briefing, Meet Director Violeta Masteikiene will be formed from independent members and announced.
  • A complaint may be made to the Meet Director, preferably by the Team leader, in writing in English, to request a correction. It must be made within one hour of the publication of the provisional results.
  • If provisional scores are posted more than 2 hours after sunset and before 6:00 am next day, then the deadline for a complaint is 8:00 am the next day.
  • For the last competition task, complaints must be submitted at the latest one hour after the publication of the provisional results.
  • Complaints will be dealt with expeditiously.
  • If the complainant is not satisfied with the outcome, a protest may be made to the Jury, preferably by the Team leader, in writing in English.
  • Protests must be submitted within 2 hours after the complainant has been informed by the Meet Director or his Deputy of the result of the complaint.
  • For the last competition task, protests must be submitted within 1 hour after the complainant has been informed by the Meet Director or his Deputy of the result of the complaint.
  • The protest fee is 50 Euros. It will be returned if the protest is upheld.
  • Team Leaders are encouraged to read Section 7C before making a complaint or a protest.

25. Other information

Hotel & Homestay information will be provided on the official competition web page.