Section 1: Introduction
The race rules for the 2015 World Wingsuit League China Grand Prix are designed to maximize safety, fairness, and competitiveness so that the participants, race staff and spectators can enjoy an exciting, world-class sporting event with plenty of action and without injury or dispute.
Section 2: Definitions
All or any parts of the human anatomy, including normal prosthetic appendages, that make up a competitor’s physical being.
The designated path that competitors navigate during the race. As indicated by course markers and/or course outlines.
When the race is stopped for any reason, to include accidents, judging or communications system malfunctions, excessive and/or otherwise dangerous winds. Course closure will be signaled by pre-arranged means specified during the pre-event competitors briefing (smoke, flags, radio). Generally, in the case of a course closure, the official starter will instruct competitors on how to proceed. In no case will competitors be allowed to fly the course after a course closure.
Objects used to delineate the boundaries of the race course. Course markers will be easy to see from exit and during flight.
When a competitor is removed from the race for committing a safety violation, or at the digression of the race director.
The parachute, lines, container, harness, risers, toggles, slider, bridle, and pilot chute that comprise a complete parachute system.
The moment when the competitor is no longer in contact with the launch ramp.
The line used by the judges to score the completion of the race.
The time between competitor exit and pilot chute deployment.
The moment when the jumper contacts the surface again after opening.
The lanes are defined by the course markers, which indicate the inner and outer boundaries of the lanes.
The designated landing area.
The moment when competitors toss their pilot chutes into the airstream, beginning the parachute deployment process.
Are assessed when a competitor exits from the ramp before the beep, cuts inside the course marker on a racecourse with a turn marker, has a canopy time above the defined maximum canopy time in a distance competition.
The wooden, stone, concrete or metal platform on which competitors stand before exit.
A signal given by the official starter followed by a 5-second countdown ending with an audible “beep” when the timing system starts.
A suit consisting inflatable, wing-shaped surfaces spanning the spaces between the arms and legs of the competitors.
Section 3: General Rules
1. Wingsuits suits used by competitors must be manufactured to meet current industry standards. The Chief Judge shall determine if a competitor suit meets these standards.
2. All competitors must wear a hard-shell protective helmet.
3. All competitors must wear appropriate footwear.
4. Protective body equipment may be worn and is recommended, but it must not hinder competitor parachute equipment or compromise safety.
5. Wearing additional weight is not allowed.
Section 4: Safety Violations
The first safety violation by a competitor will result in a warning from the Chief Judge. Warnings will be issued for unsafe actions including but not limited to: dangerous exits, flights or landing approaches, or erratic canopy control.
A second safety violation will result in competitor disqualification by the Chief Judge. Disqualified competitors will not be allowed to jump again during the event, and the scores of any disqualified competitor shall be purged from the results.
The Chief Judge may also disqualify a competitor without a warning for any action that presents immediate danger to the competitors or others on the ground. Examples of this include: crossing into another competitor’s lane, low openings and or dangerous flight over the crowd, or flying or landing in an uncontrolled manner.
Notwithstanding and in addition to the above, a competitor may be disqualified from any event, at any time, by mutual agreement of the Race Director and the Chief Judge, if it is determined by them that the competitor is performing in an unsafe manner. Safety violations observed during official practice jumps may also result in warnings and/or disqualifications.
The minimum parachute flight time between opening and landing for competitors will be 30 seconds. Any competitor who lands less than 30 seconds after opening shall be disqualified. Competitors who land 30 or 31 seconds after opening shall receive a warning.
Section 5: Grand Prix Structure
The 2015 WWL China Grand Prix consists of four (4) rounds:
• One round of 16 pilots competing in 8 head-to-head races
• One quarterfinal round of 8 pilots competing in 4 head-to-head races
• One semifinal round of 4 pilots competing in 2 head-to-head races
• One Championship round of 2 pilots competing head-to-head for the overall Grand Prix championship, and 2 pilots competing head-to-head for 3rd place.
If the Grand Prix cannot be completed due to force majeure, then the times of the last complete round shall be used to determine the final score and overall Grand Prix champion.
Section 6: Race Method
Pilots will launch in pairs from the platform on the summit of Tianmen Mountain. Time starts when the 5-second countdown ends with the starting “beep” of the timing system. Pilots launch simultaneously side-by-side, then fly over the course as fast as they can until they cross the designated finish line to complete the course. After completing the course, pilots will open their parachutes and land at the designated LZ.
After opening, the lower of the two competitors has the right of way for landing.
Section 7: Fouls and Disqualifications
The following fouls during Championship Tournament flights will result in disqualification:
• Disregarding the launch signal.
• Crossing into the airspace of the other pilot, regardless of whether the airspace violation affects the other pilot or not.
• Landing at the designated LZ in less than 30 seconds.
• The higher pilot after opening does not yield right of way on landing to the lower pilot, regardless of whether the right-of-way violation affects the other pilot or not.
• Deploying the parachute before crossing the finish line may be grounds for disqualification, but pilots are encouraged to abort their flight and deploy their parachute if in their judgment early deployment is safer than trying to complete the course. In the event of a pre-finish line deployment, pilots will be able to explain their actions to the organizing committee, and if the committee agrees that the pilot acted safely, then there will be no disqualification.
All disqualifications in head-to-head competition also mean elimination from further competition regardless of whether the pilot won that round or not.
Section 8: Timing Rules
Pilots must fly the designated race course. Scoring is based on each pilot’s flight time from start point to finish line. The fastest time wins. An electronic timer with 1/1000th of a second accuracy will record the flight times.
When the Starter gives the “ready” signal, the pilots will enter the launch area and wait for the command for smoke. Pilots must launch as soon as the smoke goes off. The electronic timer will start when any part of the pilot’s body or equipment, or sometimes even the smoke, crosses the infrared start line.
A platform at the end of the race course will indicate the finish line. Timing is complete when the pilot’s head crosses the finish line.
If any pilot does not launch within ten (10) seconds after the audio beeper goes off, s/he will be treated as having withdrawn from the round. If the smoke fails to light for any reason, both jumpers will launch anyway.
Section 9: Appeal and Arbitration
If a pilot fouls and is disqualified for either one round or for the overall event, s/he may appeal to the organizing committee for review. The organizing committee will review the appeal via video replay and make its recommendation to the Chief Judge for a final decision. The final decision by the Chief Judge may not be appealed.