2019 Series is CLOSED:  For final positions by year use links below.


XCmap - 2020 ( OPEN again - on those sites that are open).

XCmap - 2019 (final positions).

XCmap - 2018 (final positions).


The *2020 Series will OPEN on 1st February and close on 31st October.  Minor changes can be accessed by the downloads under the latest (Jan '20) Rules and Aims. The Background and Aims are worth a read.

What lies behind the NCT and how to use the NCT Series.
NCT background and Aims.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [590.4 KB]

                           Powered by XCMAP.NET (with thanks to Chris Foster)

The Northern Challenge Trophy is an extended competition offering a fresh approach to accommodating the British weather and pilot availability through a series of standing, focused tasks. In short, it provides maximum convenience and flexibility for pilots wishing to be involved. In large part it's a response to the difficulty of getting enough pilots and the weather to coalesce around fixed date events. The NCT is designed to overcome current difficulties and add extra spice (and learning) to a day's flying.


The NCT runs from 1st February - 31st October and offers up a series of 14 main tasks plus a subsidiary set of four Hike and Fly tasks running as separate events. ALL tasks are open to full members of the  BHPA members. There is no entry fee or prior registration.


For those not of a competitive bent then tasks can be viewed as useful pilot development challenges with the emphasis on instrument and navigation use, decision making and exploring what's possible (pushing your own envelope). They could form useful coaching activities.


The tasks are hosted on xcmap.net which provides for  easy downloads of the tasks, task map with cylinders and straightforward uploads with integral scoring. 


Full details are provided via the two downloads. These are:


*  AIMS and RULES  

*  Additional GUIDANCE NOTES on the main and subsidiary tasks




              Windrose for tasks including task types.      Courtesey of Tam Morrison

Updated and current Jan 2020
MAIN AIMS and RULES - 2020.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [845.7 KB]
Task guidance notes plus HIKE n FLY rules/guidance.
Guidance notes on tasks - 2020.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [780.1 KB]

The tasks can be download and stored as a 'set' direct from the the xcmap task page.  Below are zipped folders for the Oudie and LK8000. Thanks to Tim McDonald for the Oudie set and Tim Rogers for the LK8000 set. Please note - the waypoint/task downloads for 2020 are the same as 2019 so have been left unchanged to save me an extra job.

Main task set in .cup format for the Oudie
All 14 tasks for the MAIN set. Check before use.
NCT .cup set - main.zip
Compressed archive in ZIP format [10.2 KB]
NCT task set for the Hike & Fly in .cup format for the Oudie
Suitable for Oudie users. Check before use.
NCT .cup - HF set.zip
Compressed archive in ZIP format [2.5 KB]
Main task for LK8000 - with thanks to Tim Rogers.
Compressed archive in ZIP format [8.6 KB]
HIKE and FLY tasks for LK8000 - with thanks to Tim Rogers.
Compressed archive in ZIP format [2.3 KB]
Submitted article to Clubs for background reading.
Northern Challenge Trophy - background.p[...]
Adobe Acrobat document [953.1 KB]
A ppt .... no commentary but another way of understanding the NCT without the long read.
NCT 2018.pptx
Microsoft Power Point presentation [6.8 MB]
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