Curt B & Pawel P take top honors at Meet 1

This past weekend’s FLCPA Meet #1 was a great time down in Zephyrhills, FL. 48 competitors arrived as far as three weeks ahead pawelof the meet. 27 Amateur and 21 Pro class competitors were out for the start of the 2015 season. The Friday practice day was similar conditions to what it would be on Saturday during the competition. curt Bartholomew was on hand Friday as the coach for the meet. This season we moved the free coaching to Friday, so the “tips & tricks” could be given out before the meet rather than during. This change seemed very well received by all the competitors.
gageSaturday morning we started with the briefing and then into the practice and speed rounds. After the practice round completed the winds creeped over the 5 m/s limit for the amateurs so we continued and ran the 2 rounds of speed for the Pro competitors. Curt, Scott Harper, and Gage were out in the lead at the end of the speed event. As the day continued, the winds calmed down enough to get the Amateurs through their two speed runs in a cool 3-4 m/s SE wind. Pawel Piotrowski, Ben Lowe, and Peter Lubrano were off to lead the Amateurs after speed completed.
We switched over to the distance course and managed to get through both Pro distance runs, and one of the Amateur rounds.
Sunday morning began with a 7:30 take off to start the Zone Accuracy event in 1-2m/s downwinds.
Here’s a look at the top seats:
curt bPRO:
1st: Curt Bartholomew
2nd: Scott Harper
3rd: Gage Galle
Amateur:
1st: Pawel Piotrowski
2nd: Rob Harris
3rd: Fraser Feltner
Big Thanks to Skydive City for hosting the meet, Performance Designs as the 2015 League sponsor, Alter Ego for the 2015 medal sponsor, and all the competitors for making the kick off meet a great success! Meet #2 will be March 14-14 at Skydive City. See you there!!

New IPC rule changes coming down the pipeline

In preparation for this year’s FLCPA, we’ve gotten a sneak peak at the proposed IPC CP rule for 2015. They have not been finalized and published yet, but we do intend to run the FLCPA with the new rules as best we can. Below are the highlights that directly affect competitors that we will be implementing for the first meet. These may change a little bit when the finalized rules are published but we’ll adapt when the rules are officially published if necessary. We’ll be covering these at the competitors briefing but to help speed things along please take a look at them before the competition.
1) -PRO class-The max wind speed for ZA is 5 m/s. It remains at 7 m/s for all other events. AMA-wind limits remain at 5 m/s for all events.
2) -For drag distance, a new gate has been added at 70m. Vertical extension applies at this gate and gate 1 only. The gate at 50m will still be there but vertical extension no longer applies.
3) -If you land anywhere between G1 and G5 you will receive a score of 35m.
4) -If you land at G5, you receive a score of 50m.
5) -G5 has been remove from ZA.
6) -There are no more negative zones in ZA. You will only score 1 zone and it will be the zone with the lowest value touched during landing.
7) -Z1=1pt, Z2=11pts, Z3=19pts, Z4=27pts, Z5=34pts, Z6=41pts, Z7=46, CZ=50pts, Z8=25pts, Z9=5pts
8) -In distance and ZA, if surface contact occurs outside of the course and no part of the competitor’s body remains in surface contact within the boundaries of the course, OC applies.
9) -Marker strike penalties have been removed altogether. (but if you plow through the markers and break them, your paying for them per Albert.)
10) -There is a new weight chart for competitors to add weight. Your weight is determined fully dressed and then rounded to the next kilogram. Then you can find your max weight with added weight in the new chart below.From reading it’s unclear if dressed weight includes your rig or not, but for meet 1 we will say dressed weight does NOT include your rig.

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Seperate PRO and Amateur classes for 2015

A lot of folks have asked about separating the pro and amateur categories for scoring.  I think we’ve got a big enough turn out to keep things separate so starting this season we’ll run separate score sheets, have separate medal ceremonies, and separate end of Season champions for PRO and Amateur classes.

2015 FLCPA medalsThe medals and end of season plaques have been ordered (for both classes) and with a little help from the 2015 medal sponsor Alter Ego, we’re upgrading the medals this season!  New FLCPA cast medals are in production as we speak!

2015 Medal Sponsor-Alter Ego

We’re happy to announce that our friends at Alter Ego have stepped up for the 2015 season and offered to cover the costs of the medals and plaques this year.  “So many of us alter ego logo1on Alter Ego either started in the FLCPA , or regularly attend the meets to train, we want to give something back.  We want to help the community grow.” said Curt Bartholomew.

Earlier this week I sat down with Curt and we went through books and picked out the medals for this year.  We think you’ll be pleasantly surprised when you see them….

Free coaching moved to Fridays

In the last few years it’s been difficult to secure coaches for all the meets.  Partially because they all want to compete!!!  This year we’re going to try something new and will be moving the coaching to the Friday before the meet.  So rather than getting coaching during the meet, you’ll get the tips and tricks the day before(hopefully allowing you to apply your newly learned skills to win the next day;-)

This also allows us have the top coaches give out their advice, and also compete the next day at the meet.

curtFor meets #1  & #2 we’ll have World Champion Curt Bartholomew of Team Alter Ego pondside on the practice day as the Coach.   Feel free to ask him anything after you land!

Free coaching is for registered competitors so get on it and get registered!  what are you waiting for!?!?!