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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 March - 30th September and offers up a series of 12 main tasks plus a subsidiary pair of Hike and Fly tasks running as separate events. The main tasks are limited to full members of the six northern clubs (see banner above), whilst the Hike and Fly is open to all BHPA members. 

 

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  (including the Cumbria Cup 2018)

*  Additional GUIDANCE NOTES on the main and subsidiary tasks

 

*  The link below takes you into XCMAP showing details of all the tasks for 2018 (subject to change until 2nd February).

 

     TASK LINK INTO XCMAP.NET

 

There is a growing prize fund donated into by the clubs and some personal donations. Details of how the full fund will be awarded at the end of the season can be found in the AIMS and RULES section above.  Anyone wishing to contribute to the fund or sponsor is very welcome and contact details can be found within the downloaded documentation.

 

 

PRIZE FUND  (pledges)

 

Currently the fund stands around £350, so the incentive to take part is there.  You are more than welcome to make a small donation into the pot, every penny will be given out in prizes and donors acknowledged at the end of the season.

 

PLEASE SEE BELOW FOR ALL DOWNLOADS FOR INFORMATION and TASK SETS.

MAIN AIMS and RULES.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [815.4 KB]
GUIDANCE NOTES on TASKS.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [511.8 KB]
Task files for xcsoar
With thanks to Richard Meek for producing the tsk files. These can be loaded into the xcsoar task folder Saves a lot of work and the chance of error in doing it yourself. STILL CHECK FOR YOURSELF HOWEVER.
NCT Tasks (1).zip
Compressed archive in ZIP format [7.7 KB]
Task files for LK8000
With thanks to Tim Oliver for producing the lktsk files. As with all the tsk files please check each route before flying it. They should be correct but you never know.
Northern Challenge LK8000 tasks.zip
Compressed archive in ZIP format [9.1 KB]
Task files for Flyskyhy
With thanks to Geoff Crossley for producing the .wpt task files that load into Flyskyhy. Again, it saves you building up the tasks, BUT YOU MUST DOUBLE CHECK YOURSELF THAT THE ORDER AND CYLINDERS ARE CORRECT.
nct.zip
Compressed archive in ZIP format [5.1 KB]

NOTE:  If anyone wishes to produce a set for LK8000 or the Oudie then please be my guest. If you let me have them they can be made available here for users.

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]

Below:  Windrose for tasks including task types.      Courtesey of Tam Morrison

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