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Jan 09, 2009, 11:06 AM
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Ihlgf 2009

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IHLGF 2009 :

The Torrey Pines Gulls invite you to participate in the 16th annual International Hand Launch Glider Festival (IHLGF) on April 25-26, at the TPG Poway Flight Center, located in Poway (San Diego), California.

This is the 16th year that the IHLGF will be held, and once again, the contest will be in its traditional location in Poway California. Poway has been synonymous with Hand Launch/ DLG flying since the beginning, but unfortunately due to the development of the property, this may be the last year the contest is held there. Many pilots have enjoyed this unique site over the last 15 years, developed their skills, and met and flown with friends. While we do not know what the future holds for year 17 and beyond, the time is now to come and fly in San Diego. This year the IHLGF will be held APRIL 24-25-26. The contest committee changed the date to April to provide the travelling pilot with some separation between large contests, capitalize on our beautiful weather that time of year, and to take advantage of off season rates in san diego during a year that will prove difficult for many. We are looking forward to seeing many international pilots make it to the IHLGF this year!

The IHLGF will feature FAI F3K tasks for 2009 and the task list will be published soon. You will find the contest schedule of tasks very similar to last year. There will be limited modifications to the F3K Rules, which will accommodate some of the unique characteristics of our field and contest format. One notable departure from the published f3k rules is at the IHLGF- your preliminary scores carry into the flyoffs.

We have updated our website, and registration is now open. The registration period will last until April 15th. After April 15th, registrations will not be accepted.

The website will feature a contest scores, pictures and stories from the IHLGFs of the past. Content will be added to the site on an ongoing basis, and it is a work in progress putting that history together. If you have any pictures in your personal achives, we would love to post them. Simply email me a your pictures, with the year of the contest and any caption you want, and we will post them with your name in the gallery. The 2008 gallery has about 60 pictures in it already.

We have always been blessed with an array of international pilots from all parts of the globe and we look forward to even more international pilots attending the IHLGF this year and in the future. We love our international pilots! Not only are they great pilots but they are always great ambassadors for their countries. If there are an special needs from our international pilots please let us know how we can help you.

There will be four classes of pilots this year: Open, Junior (15 and under), Senior (16-19) and Eagle (55 and better). Each class will have their own set of awards. Open class will have awards through 10th place and the Junior, Senior and Eagle classes will have plaques through 3rd place. This year, for the first time, if you make the top 10, regardless of class, you will be in the flyoffs. In the past, only open Class pilots will be eligible for the Championship Fly-Off. All pilots will have the opportunity to compete against each other during the rounds of open competition. As such, each pilot must launch his/her own plane. If you qualify (age) and wish to fly in a class other than Open, you must register as such on the entry form.

Once again we will have ONE "throw-out" round. The number of rounds will be announced when registration closes. The top ten pilots will be in the Championship Fly-Off and will carry their adjusted scores into the Fly-Off. Scores do not reset at the beginning of the Fly-Off.

One of the things that make the IHLGF so special is the social aspect. We begin Friday evening with a "Post Practice Social" which will be held at the Hamburger Factory. Saturday evening we have an old fashioned "all you can eat" Pizza Party planned at Round Table Pizza in Poway.

The field will be available beginning Thursday, April 23rd, for practice. Toilet facilities will be available beginning Thursday. RV parking/ overnite camping will no longer be allowed at field. Please check the website as we update the lodging page. We will be posting information on camping, RV parking nearby, and accommodations later this week. On Friday we will host a clinic in the afternoon.

We look forward to you joining us for another great weekend of IHLGF competition and camaraderie. If you have any questions, you can post on this thread, or contact me directly.

Michael Seid at 619-709-9779 or e-mail Michael at [email protected]

Please check back frequently to see our growing list of sponsors.
Thank you,

Michael Seid
IHLGF 2009 Chairman
Last edited by M Seid; Jan 13, 2009 at 02:32 AM.
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Jan 09, 2009, 12:59 PM
Oleg Golovidov
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Mr. Chairman, thanks for (finally) making the announcement :-)
Next time please post this in the HL forum, as everybody else is doing. If not for Mike's post in the HL forum, nobody would probably find this announcement.
Are you planning for 10 rounds as usual and 3 fly-off rounds? Any chance of having more rounds in prelims and fly-offs?

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