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. This main tasks are limited to members of the six northern clubs (see banner above), but the Hike and Fly is open to all BHPA members.
For those not of a competitive bent then tasks can be looked on as useful pilot development 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 three downloads. These are:
* AIMS and RULES
* Additional GUIDANCE NOTES on the main and subsidiary tasks
* A TASK LIST with all the links into xcmap. (Final tasks not available until after 10th Jan 2018. Regard this list as an exemplar)
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.