The Lower Mainland Eaglet League
Do you have a freshly minted HPAC Novice/USHPA P-2 in hand, plan to fly in the Lower Mainland of British Columbia, and are now wondering what next?
If so, you are our kind of pilot.
The Eaglet League was envisioned for pilots just like you, pilots looking to build airtime and expand their experience beyond that of the local hill.
Eager Beaver - greatest total number of flights during the season. Let your sled runs shine.
Stayin' High - greatest cumulative airtime for the season. Not ready to leave the local hill/'nest'? No problem, this one is for you.
Towelie - single highest altitude achieved of the season. Climb out or launch high, both work.
Christopher Columbus - greatest number of unique launches flown from over the course of the season. Get out and explore. Help clear some of those 'rusted out sites', join a heli-para, or hike and fly Cheam. For a launch to be considered unique, it must be at least 1 km straight line distance from a previously claimed launch.
Bushwacka - greatest number of unique LZs (landing zones) landed at over the course of the season. For a LZ to be considered unique, it must be at least 1 km straight line distance from a previously claimed LZ.
Low Savior - single best climb out from below launch height, turning a quintessential Titanic into a save of epic proportions. Please let us know if you've had an epic club out after submitting the track log.
Le Grand Tour - best combined XC scores (as determined by XCanada Contest) for a single flight from each of the 4 primary Lower Mainland sites -> Woodside, Lower Bridal, Lower and Upper MacKenzie. Travel the Fraser Valley, see the sights in Pemberton.
We Are Not Worthy - pilot to cross the Fraser Valley in the shortest time. A Fraser Valley crossing is a flight beginning at either the Woodside or Lower Bridal launch and ending at the Bridal LZ (in the case of a Woodside launch) or at the Riverside/Ranch LZs (in the case of a Lower Bridal launch).
1) The Eaglet League is open to pilots that possess an HPAC Novice/USHPA P-2 at some point during the 2013 Eaglet season (May 25 to October 25) and are flying an EN A or B wing (LTF 1/1-2). For pilots that possess ratings in both HPAC and USHPA, the higher of the two ratings will be used to determine eligibility. We encourage pilots that are Intermediate qualified (> 150 flights) to focus instead on competing in the HPAC and WCSC XC leagues.
2) Pilots interested in joining the Eaglet League must register via the form below. Registration is free. Flights recorded prior to registration will not count. Flights submitted after the end of the season will not count.
3) For a flight to count in the Eaglet League (after registration), it must be solo, foot launched, occur within the region administered by the West Coast Soaring Club, and require a turn to final. Training hill flights (i.e Diefenbaker Park, Burnaby Mountain) will not count.
4) Valid flights are to be submitted via the XCanada Contest. The easiest way to extract and upload tracks to XContest is via Gipsy. For those without a variometer, smartphone options such as XCTrack for Android exist which can generate the track log .igc file.
5) Pilots in the Eaglet League are expected to follow all rules, regulations, and laws set out by the West Coast Soaring Club, HPAC, Transport Canada, and municipal/provincial/federal governments. This includes memberships, 3rd party insurance, and airspace restrictions.
6) In the event a pilot is eligible for more than one award, they will be awarded only the highest award. The free award will then be awarded to the next highest scoring pilot. Awards are ordered from the above list with 'We are Not Worthy' as the highest and 'Eager Beaver' the lowest.
7) In pursuing the above awards, pilots are expected to always fly in a safe and courteous manner. Safety must always be top priority.