2018 Series CLOSED:  For final positions see xcmap. NEW tasks and info for 2019 is now available at:  XCMAP NCT 2019


The 2019 Series OPEN:  Rules, with minor changes can be accessed by the download link below - look under:


                         MAIN AIMS and RULES                      

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

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 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.


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 2019)

*  Additional GUIDANCE NOTES on the main and subsidiary tasks




              Windrose for tasks including task types.      Courtesey of Tam Morrison

MAIN AIMS and RULES - 2019.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [823.3 KB]
NCT 2019 changes and guidance.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [538.7 KB]
Task guidance notes plus HIKE n FLY rules/guidance.
Guidance notes on tasks - 2019.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [751.7 KB]

NOTE:  If anyone wishes to produce a task set for Flyskyhy, or any other instrument or app then please be my guest. If you let me have them they can be made available here for users.

Main task for LK8000 - with thanks to Tim Rogers.
Compressed archive in ZIP format [8.6 KB]
HIKE and FLY tasks for LK8000 - with thanks to Tim Rogers.
Compressed archive in ZIP format [2.3 KB]
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]
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