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2015 CHALLENGE OVERVIEW
Challenge yourself. Fly more.
Though many RFC members conduct flights throughout Eastern Ontario, Western Quebec, and beyond, until now, RFC has not had a specific vehicle to encourage or recognize flights to other airports.
The 2015 Challenge is a vehicle to encourage independent (you plan the date, time and destination) flights, and to highlight and recognize those flights as part of the overall flying activity of the club.
Every flight is eligible, provided it is conducted by a member, and it Is not a flight leg which originates AND terminates at CYRO Rockcliffe (see the FAQ for examples, and more details). Flights need to be logged/entered in an online system to be counted as part of the Challenge.
Flights can be performed in rented Club aircraft, or in privately-owned aircraft.
RFC will recognize accomplishments of members for the Challenge period, from April 15 2015 through to November 15 2015. All flight legs must be entered by December 1 2015.
There are two ways to be recognized:
- Arrive at an airport, either as PIC or as a second pilot (seated at the second set of controls). As the objective is to expand the number of airports to which our member s fly, each airport will be credited once during the Challenge (even if you arrive there more than once);
- Complete an accomplishment which exercises/expands your skills. The current set of accomplishments can be viewed on the Flight Leg Entry Form – by claiming an accomplishment you will earn points. More points give you more chances in the prize draws.
The accumulated data will also be used to identify other accomplishments (to be determined). For example:
- Furthest airport North/South/West/East;
- Most number of airports visited;
- Highest percentage of airports visited within 75NM of CYRO.
At the conclusion of the Challenge, and optionally at certain waypoints (Canada Day and the Volunteer Recognition Barbecue come to mind!), there will be prizes awarded in each category (renter, owner). The more airports you visit, the more flights you complete, and the more accomplishments you claim the more entries you get in the draw.
As a commitment to increased flying by Members, RFC will financially support the Challenge by:
- For those who rent RFC aircraft: a 5% discount on aircraft rentals for Challenge-eligible flights;
- For those who purchase fuel at RFC: a $0.05 per litre discount on fuel (in addition to the member discount of $0.05 per litre);
To receive the discount, members will identify a Challenge Flight at the time of booking and payment.
When was the last time you practiced/performed a Diversion? An off-field precautionary landing? For those who perhaps feel a bit rusty on their cross-country skills, rent an RFC aircraft and receive FREE instruction (from our CFI!) on skills most applicable to cross-country flight.
It is hoped that the Challenge will encourage "Buddy Flying" – rather than flying solo to a destination (and back), take along another pilot and share the duties (and cost!). Two initiatives will support this growth in Buddy Flying:
- Finding a Buddy: RFC is investigating methods to identify those who would like to pair up with other pilot(s). We might use sign-up lists, the Bulletin Board, and use technology such as the RFC Facebook page and perhaps set up a MeetUp;
- Flying with another pilot: RFC will schedule a "Multi-Crew Operations" seminar. As a pilot, how do you act as a passenger? Are you just another pair of eyes, or are you a resource available to be utilized? If you see an unsafe practice, what do you say and how do you say it? If you are the pilot, how do you utilize the resource sitting next to you? If your pilot/passenger identifies a particular situation, how do you accept, respond and react to the comment?
Pilots love to have a reason to fly – it is disenchanting to not have a purpose or destination to a flight – one can only perform Steep Turns in the practice area so many times.
The Rockcliffe Flying Club organizes several flying activities each year, including:
- A flour-bombing contest;
- A spot-landing contest;
- An aerial rally;
- A weekend fly-out;
- Destination flights, such as breakfasts.
Each of the group activities gives us a reason to fly, but are date/time specific and are therefore weather-dependent. As a result, they sometimes get cancelled – thus the addition of the Challenge.
The 2015 Challenge is compatible with all existing programs. Many of the RFC-organized activities will involve flights to other airports, and thus are Challenge-eligible.
GKSK will be held for Challenge bookings for weekends until Thursday at 6pm. After 6pm it will be put into the regular schedule.
Challenge yourself. Fly more.
As with any organized event, there are some rules and operating guidelines to provide structure.
The Rules for the Challenge are as follows:
Fly Safe. This is a challenge, not a race;You are not required to declare your destination before the flight – to do so would establish a mindset of "get-there-itus" for that destination, contrary to our safety goal;If flying with another pilot, ensure you have a pre-flight briefing on your respective roles and responsibilities – how are you going to interact during the flight? Who is in command? How will you utilize the skills of the person sitting beside you?
Pilots must be Flying, Sustaining or Life members of the Rockcliffe Flying Club. Pilots will therefore have at minimum a RPP or PPL;"Buddy Flying" is encouraged. A second (or more) pilot on board increases safety, comradery, and (hopefully) fun, and has the bonus feature of reducing costs. An additional pilot, who is seated within reach of the controls, can also claim an airport arrival provided that the pilots fly a proportionate number of flight legs over the duration of the trip – see the FAQ for examples;
Because there are different economics for renting club aircraft vs. flying your own aircraft, for recognition purposes there will be two categories of pilots: The first category of pilots will include pilots flying only club aircraft; and the second category is for owners flying their own aircraft (though perhaps with a rented club aircraft in the mix);
A map of all Canadian airports can be found here: 2015 Challenge Google Map (the full URL is https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?mid=zXPofxZoxlVA.kdhoz_WwMHKA&usp=sharing )
All cross country flight legs are eligible. Ineligible flights are those with both origin and destination as CYRO;Destinations must be listed in the CFS as a Certified or Registered Airport/Aerodrome to qualify for this challenge (non-Canadian destinations must have similar qualifications in the CFS-equivalent document for that jurisdiction);Private aircraft may land at any eligible airport, subject only to the discretion of the aircraft owner and the judgement of the pilot;RFC aircraft may land at destinations with paved or grass runways (no gravel);You can fly to a destination as many times as you wish;The flight must have a full stop at the destination. Touch and go, stop and go, low and over do not count;
The Pilot (and the additional pilot, if applicable) must each enter the flight leg information into a web-based application. Each flight leg is entered individually;The Pilot in Command will also claim all "Accomplishments" which were achieved on the flight leg,For each airport visited the participant(s) will upload photographic verification of the full-stop visit. This could be a picture of the participants outside the aircraft, a picture of the aircraft at the airport, a gas receipt, ticket stubs from the Opera, a panoramic picture of the fly-in breakfast – whatever it takes to provide confidence that the visit was accomplished. With your permission, the photographs may be posted by RFC on the bulletin board, in Crosswinds, or on RFC social media (Facebook, Twitter, RFC website);Submissions may be entered at any time after the flight – there is no "must be entered within 48 hours" requirement. However, all submissions for the 2015 Challenge must be entered before December 1, 2015.
Accomplishments generate points, which in turn will be used to recognize participants and award prizes;
In addition to visiting airports, participants will also claim "Accomplishments" for each flight leg. Accomplishments are a measure and encouragement for pilots to challenge themselves, and to utilize a full breadth of skills;Accomplishments are claimed on the submission form (there are checkboxes);
In addition to the Accomplishments identified by the Challenge organizers, participants can declare their own Personal Challenge. You get points for declaring your Personal Challenge, and more points for completing it. Your Personal Challenge can be anything you want, with as much "stretch" as you want. As examples, you might:
Fly to the USA;Fly to a grass strip and camp under the wing for a weekend;Fly a flight leg longer than 2 hours;Join a fly-out planned by the RFC Flying Activities Committee;Or any challenge you choose, which will grow/stretch/practice your skills;
RECOGNITIONThis is not an inter-pilot competition. Therefore, during the Challenge RFC will be publishing total accomplishments ("RFC pilots visited 26 airports in June"), but there will be no regular publishing of individual statistics or leaders;Submit a photograph and grant permission for use, and you could see your accomplishment on the bulletin board, Crosswinds, or elsewhere;At the conclusion of the Challenge, and optionally at certain waypoints (Canada Day and the Volunteer Recognition Barbecue come to mind!), there will be prizes awarded in each category (renter, owner). The more airports you visit, and the more accomplishments you claim the more entries you get in the draw.
Frequently Asked Questions
Which flights are eligible?
All flight legs which:
Are flown by a member of RFC;
Do not have CYRO as both the origin and destination of the flight – there must be a full stop (engine shutdown) at another airport. This will mean there are at least two lines in the aircraft Journey Logbook (or on the flight board, for RFC aircraft);
Is not a student training flight (one which is recorded in your PTR). "Build time" for CPL students are eligible, provided it meets all other criteria.
I did a touch-and-go at Gatineau, then came back to Rockcliffe. Is this flight eligible?
No. This is a single flight with origin and destination of CYRO. You need to do a full stop (engine shutdown) for this to be two eligible flight legs (CYRO-CYND, and CYND-CYRO).
How do I record my flight?
Go to this website: http://www.123contactform.com/form-1365540/Flight-Entry. You will also upload your photograph here.
I did a "circle tour" of Eastern Ontario – we landed and stopped at three airports for breakfast, lunch, golf, and then home. How do I enter this on the website?
This is recorded as four flight legs, not one flight, so you'll make four entries: CYRO to A, A to B, B to C, and C to CYRO. None of these flight legs are CYRO-CYRO, so all four flight legs are eligible for the Challenge.
I entered my flight incorrectly (did not enter a photo, wrong aircraft registration, ...). How do I correct this?
Just re-enter the flight for the same date and time – we'll de-duplicate the entries.
The CFS is an alphabetical listing of destinations – lots of essential flight planning data but difficult to determine a listing of nearby airports. Is there a listing by distance?
How about a map? If you click on a push-pin a pop-up will show the nautical mile distance from Rockcliffe. The different colour of push-pins indicates the "mileage band" from CYRO (less than 75NM, between 75 and 150NM, etc.).
Are there any airports in Canada which are not eligible destinations?
Canadian destinations must be listed in the CFS as Registered or Certified aerodromes/airports.
Are US destinations eligible?
Absolutely. Enter them into the online application (4-character airport codes, please), and we'll add them to the map.
I flew to Mont-Laurier for lunch, twice this summer. Should I bother to enter the second flight?
Absolutely! For the recognition and prizes you'll only get one ballot for each airport, but this is a second flight (two legs), plus points for accomplishments. And since this is a Challenge flight you'll also get the discount on gas (at CRYO), and the rental.
I'm visiting my brother in Victoria this summer. While there I plan to rent an aircraft at the local flying club and pilot a sight-seeing flight. Is this flight eligible?
Yes. The origin and destination are not both CYRO, so the flight is eligible. You will get credit for all airports at which you land and perform a full stop (even if the flight is CYYJ-CYYJ), as well as any accomplishments for the flight.
Why do you want documentation for the flight, in the form of a photo at the destination?
We can build up a library of flying photos, which we can use (if you grant permission) for the bulletin board, Crosswinds, website, Facebook, and more;
Rewards and recognition are part of this Challenge. To avert any issues it was decided that some sort of minimal validation would be appropriate;
We want to see you having fun.
I messed up the entry on the website (date wrong, aircraft registration wrong, no photo). How do I correct it?
Re-enter the flight leg. We'll see the entries, and de-duplicate the data. If things are really confusing, send an email to 2015Challenge@rfc.ca
What are Accomplishments?
Accomplishments are another method of challenging yourself. Yes, you are flying to another airport and performing a landing – but it has a grass runway. Yes, you are doing a cross-country flight to eat somewhere – but it is an organized fly-in breakfast, with a sky full of airplanes and marshalls on the ground. Yes, you've been to Kingston both during training and after being licensed – but this is a night flight.
The Flight Submission Form provides a number of checkboxes which can be checked for each flight leg – you can claim accomplishments if you wish (some will be claimed for you even if you forget to check the box – we know CYYZ is a towered airport).
How will Accomplishments be recognized?
Accomplishments will be transformed into points on a sliding scale (more points for more significant accomplishments). The points will in turn transform into entries in the periodic prize drawings.
How much "stretch" should I select when declaring my Personal Challenge?
As much as you want! Stay within the bounds of your personal safety limits. But the objective is to write down a Goal, and then to complete that Goal.
Will Personal Challenges be private or public?
Personal Challenges may be anonymously public – some may be selected and published under "See what Challenges our Members have set for themselves." The objective it to have other members think "What a great idea – I should try that! It will make my flying more interesting."
How many Personal Challenges can I have?
As many as you want. But you will receive Accomplishment Points only for only one completed Challenge.
My buddy and I did a day-long flying tour, stopping at 4 airports and returning to Rockcliffe. Which flight legs are eligible to be part of the Challenge?
All of the flight legs are eligible, as none of them were CYRO-CYRO.
I was PIC (left seat) for three of the legs, and my buddy was PIC for two legs. What can I claim?
The PIC for a leg can always claim the flight leg, and all the accomplishments, for that flight leg. So you would record three of the five flight legs as PIC.
Because the flying duties for the series of flights were shared approximately equally, an additional pilot, can also claim the flight leg if seated at the second set of controls. In this case, you can also claim the remaining two flight legs as the "second pilot". You will get credit for the arrival at the two airports for the two non-PIC flight legs. You will also claim all applicable Accomplishments, though some may not earn points for the second pilot (e.g. only the PIC will get point for landing on a non-paved runway because only the PIC is performing the landing).
Same situation, but this time there were three pilots on board? Which legs can I claim?
You can claim any flight leg where you were seated at either set of controls. If you were in the back seat of a C172, that flight leg is not claimable.
If the three pilots shared the PIC duties more-or-less equally then accomplishments can be fully claimed by two of the three pilots for each flight leg.
My pilot buddy and I went flying. He was PIC for all legs because my medical is not current. What can I claim?
A pilot license is validated by a current medical. As your license is not currently valid, no flight legs can be claimed.
My pilot buddy and I went to a fly-in breakfast. Crosswinds were very strong. He is much more experienced, so I requested that he make the landing (from the right seat) for my flight leg. Can I claim as PIC for that leg?
Good decision. For the purposes of the Challenge you were the PIC for the flight leg. To have a pilot set aside good decision making so that "checkmarks can be earned" would be contrary to the safety-first orientation of this Challenge.