SN Open 2006
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The main goal of the competition is to determine a champion, and
fairly to rank all pilots individually according to the presented
knowledge, skills and decision-making.
Additional aims are to develop paragliding and competitiveness and
friendship between pilots of all nations, improving pilots' knowledge
and skills and safe flying.
The competition is not commercial: the small entry fee covers part
of the expenses while sponsors help with the rest and provide the
motivating prices for the winners.
2. Participating pilots (no matter age or gender):
- Have the necessary experience for safe flying in strong mountain
- Hold valid FAI licence;
- Are equipped with: paraglider, harness, reserve parachute, helmet
and GPS (- GARMIN:all models; - Magellan: 2000XL 6.00 and above,
3000XL(two channel) 4.00 and above, 3000XL(12 channel) 5.00and above,
4000XL(two channel) 4.00 and above, 4000XL(12 channel)5.00 and abopve,
GPS Meridian XL 4.02 and above, GPS Trailblazer XL 4.01 and above,
Nav 6000 (two channel) 1.00 and above, Nav 6000 (12 channel) 2.00
and above, GPS Tracker, GPS ColorTrak, GPS 315, GPS 320, Map 410
1 and above; - MLR: SP12 X, SP24, SP24 XC, SP24 XC VOL LIBRE, FX312,
FX312 XC, FX312 4X4, FX412, FX412 XC; - GALILEO Brauniger; - for
all other models except GARMIN bring your PC cable).
3. The tasks will be "Race to goal" (such as Sopot-Iasenovo-Sopot:
80 km) or "Free Distance" (such as Sopot-Sliven: 130 km).
The individual ranking of pilots will be made with using the program
RACE 2000 (GAP 2000)
4. Safety rules
- Entering and flying in clouds is forbidden;
- Except the first thermal above the take off (which turning
direction - counter or clockwise will be given by organizers daily),
all other thermals are turned in the direction set by the first
pilot entering it, no matter of height. In case of multicore thermals
turning with the same direction of neighboring thermalling pilots
- Entering a thermal in which are thermalling other pilots is made
tangentially and not through the middle of their circles;
- All pilots with radio are obliged to switch it on to the frequency
as determined by the organizers. This frequency will be used for
emergency cases or dangerous changes in meteorological conditions.
All radio contacts on other frequencies are forbidden.
Canceling a task by a competitor in order to help a crashed pilot
will be compensated and encouraged by organizers.
It is recommended that all the pilots are prepared to help in first
In case of an accident, the radio procedure is:
- "MAY DAY, MAY DAY, MAY DAY";
- nature and location (GPS coordinates if possible) of the
- name (if known) and condition of the victim (Is he moving?
Answering the radio?);
- close and safe landing possibilities (be aware of dislodging
stones if landing above the victim);
- name and competition number of the reporting pilot.
Then the pilot witnessing the accident may be given instructions
to fly in the vicinity of the accident (if possible) and
give more information or help.
When reaching the victim:
- Check of vital functions and condition (pulse, breathing, open
and closed fractures, external and internal bleeding) and if
needed first aid is applied (artificial breathing and heart massage,
stopping the bleeding, immobilizing);
- Reporting the situation;
- Preparing the area for the coming of a rescue team or a helicopter
(packing the gliders etc.);
If possible, the victim pilot must contact the organizers quickly
(through radio or mobile phone) and inform about the nature
of the accident, type of injuries and his location.
Pilots unable to complete the task/course must inform the organizers
of their location immediately after landing (this is to avoid
unnesessary rescue action).