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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).
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.
Currently the fund stands around £350, so the incentive to take part is there.
Below: Windrose for tasks including task types. Courtesey of Tam Morrison