2nd FAI Women's European Hot Air Balloon Championship
|This page contains information directly related to the competition such as rules, task, maps etc.
Update: 9 September 2012.
On the FAI/CIA Conference it was decided that we have to use the FAI logger.
Competition areaThe competition area is bordered by two hill ranges and in the middle the Rhein is flowing from south to north. The river sediment formed a flat area between the hills with an average altitude in the competition area of around 100m.
In this area you find industrial centers along the Rhein, agriculture, vineyards and little cattle farming.
The competition area is bounded to the north by airspace restrictions of Frankfurt airport. There is US military base Coleman, Manheim airport and Worms.
The flying area is fine and generally good landing and take-off opportunities will be found.
The PZ1 and 2 constitute prohibited zones by air law. PZ3N, C and S constitute a large chemical complex and must be avoided. Coloman airbase is a Yellow PZ. Blue PZ5 (north of the line PZ5W-PZ5C-PZ5E)is the beginning of the Frankfurt airport restrictions and the maximum altitude is 4500ft MSL. South of that line is Blue PZ6, here we can fly up to 9000ft MSL.
MapThe competition map is ready and is being printed now. You will get two copies at check-in, further copies may be purchased.
The map is accurate however in my opinion the colours are a bit ‘hard’ but this cannot be changed.
The Rhein divides three ‘federal states’ in the West Rineland-Palatine, in the north-east Hesse and the south east Baden-Württemberg. In Rineland-Palatine the map is drawn in a quite different style e.g. build up areas are pink and in the east they are spotted black …
I have prepared an electronic copy which we will use for scoring. You may download that version here. The file is zipped and contains a copy of the map in TIF format, OziExplorer format both normal and ozf. There is also a PZlist in OziExplorer WPT and Google Earth kml format. Other formats need to be made by yourself.
Official PZ list Version 1 PZlist_V1.pdf (80kb)The official PZlist Version 1, 04/09/2012 is ready. This version is subject to change as necessary. We are still negotiating the use of Worms airport. Coleman airport is a US military airbase and we hope that we will be able to take-off, set targets or even land there. But until further notice it is a yellow PZ. The motorway PZ is valid for the motorways shown in the image. Be advised there are a number of windmill clusters and isolated windmills in the competition area most of them shown on the map however there may be new windmills that are not shown! They are very high and dangerous especially in poor visibility. You are advised to study and mark them on your map.
The rules are ready and needed to be adapted according the CIA decision to use the FAI logger.
The Rule book is printed in a handy DIN A5 format. You will get two copies during check-in.
Section III is a literal copy of the AXMER 2012. SI and SII are adapted for this Event. The PZ List (SII. 3 PZ LIST) is a separate document because of possible frequent changes but is an integral part of the rules!
The rules can be downloaded here: wec2012rules.pdf (560kb)The interpretation about flying persons in the basket is:
Here are some task date sheets of past competitions:
Note: Some TDSs are from 4 years ago and tasks will probably set different today!