2020 Series is CLOSED: For final positions by year use links below.
XCmap - 2020 (Final positions)
The 2021 Series will OPEN 1st March (this is a change due to Covid lockdown 3) and close on 31st October. Minor changes can be accessed by the downloads under the latest (Jan '21) Rules and Aims.
The Background and Aims are worth a read if you're unfamiliar with the NCS.
NEW FOR 2021
There are two new tasks for 2021. These are Stags Fell (NOTE - DHPC Members Only) and Murton .... the task has been changed to allow progressive scoring.
In addition to the two main winners, there will (tbc) be an EN C and below winner.
Powered by XCMAP.NET (with thanks to Chris Foster)
The Northern Challenge Series 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 NCS is designed to overcome current difficulties and add extra spice (and learning) to a day's flying.
The NCS 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. Please note ... the odd site (Stags Fell) may be 'members only'. Read the Club site guides.
For those not of a competitive nature 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 in various formats, 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
PLEASE SEE BELOW FOR ALL DOWNLOADS, INFORMATION and TASK WP SETS.
Windrose for tasks including task types. Courtesey of Tam Morrison
The tasks for 2021 can be download and stored as a 'set' direct from the the xcmap task page. Below are zipped folders for the Oudie, LK8000 and a gpx set for the Skytraxx. Thanks to Tim McDonald for the Oudie set and Tim Rogers for the LK8000 set. As many now use xctrack or flyskyhy the formats can be found on the task pages.