How to use and manage the Comps Leagues

What is Leonardo?

Leonardo is the most active global free flying track lock database. Leonardo provides an excellent platform for world, club and national XC leagues, whilst doubling up as a fantastic online log-book. With recording track logs easier than ever, it is possible to upload track logs as soon as your feet have hit the ground via many of the mobile track log apps (XC Soar, FlySkyHy, etc.).

 

How Do I Create a Leonardo Account?

In order for you to upload track logs and join leagues, you will need to create a Leonardo (Paragliding Forum) account. The website has a comprehensive Dummies Guide that walks you through the process of setting up an account. It is available here:

http://www.paraglidingforum.com/leonardo/doc/XC_league_how-to.v2.pdf

 

What Leagues are Open to Entry by Pilots in Ireland?

In cooperation with the UHPC, the IHPA have set up three Leagues on the Leonardo server:

League

League Open To

Flights Applicable to League

Administrators

Irish HG and PG Association - IHPA

IHPA Members
(Hang gliders and paragliders – all categories)

Flights starting in the Republic of Ireland

Phil Lardner (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

David May (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

 

Ulster HG and PG Club - UHPC

UHPC Members
(Hang gliders and paragliders – all categories)

Flights starting in the North of Ireland

Dave Tweedie (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

 

All Ireland XC League

IHPA or UHPC Members
(Hang gliders and paragliders – all categories)

Flights starting anywhere on the Island of Ireland

Phil Lardner (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

David May (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Dave Tweedie (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

 

 

Further details on the UHPC League are available on the UHPC website, here.

 

How Can I be added to the Leagues?

To have your Leonardo profile added to these leagues, you first need to find your account number. To do so, follow these instructions:

  1. Go to your account by logging into Leonardo and going to “Main Menu” > “My profile”.
  2. In the URL bar, you will find the address “http://www.paraglidingforum.com/leonardo/pilot/#_#####, where the part marked “#_#####” is a unique number. This is your account number.
  3. Copy your account number and email it to the administrators, David May (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Phil Lardner (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) to have your account added to the league.

 

How Can I Access the Leagues?

The leagues are accessible via a few different routes on the Leonardo website. The following is a list of links to the various league views:

League

Current Season (2017)

All Time Totals

Irish HG and PG Association - IHPA

Click here

Click here

Ulster HG and PG Club - UHPC

Click here

Click here

All Ireland XC League

Click here

Click here

 

The views of the leagues can be manipulated based on your personal preferences, using filters and search functions. The Leonardo Help guide provides details of how to adjust these views according to your requirements.

 

What are the Rules of the Leagues?

For all three leagues effective on the island of Ireland, the following rules apply:

  1. In order to count towards the XC league, flights must be logged within 28 days of the flight being completed.
  2. All flights must be flown in the current calendar year to be counted for that calendar year. The leagues are reset every calendar year.
  3. Track logs must be submitted in a recognised format – i.e. a recognised 3D GPS track log format, such as IGC format – that must visibly include both the take-off and landing.
  4. Flights can be hill-launch, tow or winch launched.
  5. Dual / tandem gliders are allowed, but only the pilot in command can log the flight.
  6. Only a pilot's 6 best submitted flights will be scored to create the aggregate total for the calendar year. Flights will be automatically scored by Leonardo using "Open Distance”, i.e. Linear Distance and “FAI Triangle”, i.e. open & closed triangles, whichever is the most advantageous methodology for the flight.
  7. Any submitted flight shown to have infringed restricted airspace, including ‘temporary’ airspace such as active parachute drop zones, will be disqualified and the track log removed from the league table. If a submitted GPS track log shows that an infringement of airspace has occurred, even by the smallest amount, then the flight will be disqualified. No alternative evidence will be considered. It is the responsibility of the pilot to ensure that the first track log submitted is clear of airspace. Tracks can be checked for airspace infringements using the IHPA airspace infringement checker, Aircheck – available here. Aircheck is the official tool used to check for airspace infringements by the IHPA and UHPC XC League administrators.
  8. Pilots should be aware that for the majority of our XC flights the most accurate altitude measurement is obtained from a barometric altimeter set to QNH. For practical reasons, GPS altitudes are used to check altitudes in the league but when flying close to restricted airspace pilots are advised to use barometric altimeter altitudes, set to QNH, as the most accurate measurement of altitude.
  9. All temporary airspace (e.g. parachute drop zones) should be regarded as active at all times unless the relevant authorities have been contacted before take-off to confirm that they are inactive. (Beware, NOTAMS can introduce temporary restricted airspace.) If the pilot fails to do this and the flight enters the temporary airspace the flight will be disqualified, even if it is later verified that the drop zone was inactive. BEFORE being posted to Leonardo, evidence MUST be submitted, providing details of:
    • Name of organisation(s) contacted
    • Telephone number used
    • Name of person answering
    • Date and time of call
    • Statement of what they said

IHPA members should submit this information to either Phil Lardner (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or David May (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). UHPC members should submit this to Dave Tweedie (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). NOTAMs for Ireland can be quickly and easily viewed on-line here – or through the IHPA's Flight Safety - Airspace page (http://www.ihpa.ie/index.php/home/flight-safety/airspace). UK NOTAMs are available here.

  1. Flights flown during a competition will not be entered into the XC League by the organisers.
  2. There is no need to land between submitted flights provided that complete evidence is provided for each one. For example, you could complete a triangle then fly open distance, or fly round the triangle twice without having to land in between.

 

Who do I contact if I have a Problem or Query about the Leagues?

If you have a problem or query about the leagues, contact one of the appropriate administrators:

League

Administrators

Irish HG and PG Association - IHPA

Phil Lardner (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

David May (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

 

Ulster HG and PG Club - UHPC

Dave Tweedie (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

 

All Ireland XC League

Phil Lardner (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

David May (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Dave Tweedie (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

 

 

Notes to Administrators

To add or remove pilots from the IHPA Leonardo league:

  • Login as username: ihpa
  • Mouseover the Home/House icon (top menu)
  • Scroll down to 'Irish HG & PG Association - IHPA' and click on 'Administer this Club' just beneath the club name
  • From this Admin page you can Add pilots by entering their Leonardo account number or Remove pilots from the list.

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