running until 31st October 2024


















               NCS - At the heart of PILOT DEVELOPMENT



All the tasks and Rules for 2024 are now available for download. The tasks - MAIN and HIKE n FLY can be directly accessed via the links below.


XCMAP - Main Series 

XCMAP - Hike& Fly


The *2024 Series will open 1st February and close on 31st October.  Minor changes can be accessed by the downloads under the latest (Jan '24) Rules and Aims.  *The OPEN date above applies ONLY if the resident club has notified the site as being open.


The Background and Aims are worth a read if you're unfamiliar with the NCS.


Also. purely background reading, are some  general notes on task setting (mainly designed for task setters) .... but they provide some insight for everyone.




NEW FOR 2024                                        


MAIN series -  A major revamp and refresh of the Series. Nine new tasks, four new sites.              

HIKE n FLY series -  The Dales Three Peaks is retained, otherwise a new set of 'day tasks'.       

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

For previous year results please go to xcmap

What is the Northern Challenge Series (NCS)?


The Northern Challenge Series is, in part, an extended competition offering a fresh approach to accommodating the British weather and pilot availability through a series of standing, focused tasks. It  provides maximum convenience, flexibility and opportunity for pilots wishing to use it as pilot development.   In large part it's also 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 - be all things to all pilots 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 six Hike and Fly tasks running as separate compeitions. ALL tasks are open to full members of the BHPA (including visiting pilots). There is no entry fee or prior registration. Please note ... the odd site  (Stags Fell/ Model Ridge)  may be 'members only'. Read the Club site guides.


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


The tasks are hosted on which provides for  easy downloads of the tasks in various formats including a QR code, a task map with cylinders and straightforward uploads with integral scoring. It also contains an historical task league.


Full details are provided via two downloads. These are:


*  AIMS and RULES  

*  Preliminary tasks for 2024 (MAIN) and the HIKE & FLY elements.




              Windrose for tasks including task types.      Courtesey of Tam Morrison

Updated and current Dec 2023
MAIN AIMS and RULES - 2024.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [942.1 KB]
Preliminary tasks for 2024 (MAIN series)
Northern Challenge Series 2024 sans link[...]
Adobe Acrobat document [6.2 MB]
Preliminary tasks for 2024 - (HIKE & FLY series)
Northern Challenge Series HIKE FLY 202[...]
Adobe Acrobat document [3.2 MB]
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