The 2021 Colorado Balloon Club Short Jump Challenge
info courtesy Dan and Nancy Griffin
Karl Stefan was the Senior Judge for the BFA Long Jump from 1990 to 2011. He had two assistants—Dan and Nancy Griffin. This new challenge comes from his idea in 2010.
September 2010 This contest is somewhat a “fly-in” task spread out over time with the pilot’s choice of when to fly. The “Long Jump” is a wonderful pilot training and testing tool, but the complications of weather, travel to a suitable takeoff site, and long distance crew arrangements discourage participation. This “Short Jump” simplifies everything, still is a good exercise in navigating the breezes and flying safely.
There are no prizes, just the pilot’s name in the newsletter and on the CBC website.
1. A task testing pilot’s skill (and luck) by landing as close as possible to the takeoff position. “Take off” is the point at which the aerostat first becomes airborne, and “Landing” is the point at which the aerostat first ceases to be airborne.
2. The Challenge date period will be March 1 through June 30, 2021.
3. The Flight duration of one (1) hour or more is required.
4. Passengers may be carried.
5. At all times during flight at least 30 minutes of reserve fuel must be on board.
6. At least one ascent to or above 1,000 ft above takeoff elevation is required.
7. All FAA Regulations will be complied with during flight.
8. Flight Report will contain rule compliance data and a “Narrative” with information the pilot considers important, useful.
9. Pilot will declare before takeoff intention that this flight is a Short Jump attempt. If the Challenge attempt is aborted, a Report is still required with reason for the abort. Focus should be on the jump and the lessons learned.
10. Honor system will prevail. The Pilot’s verification that the Report is true will be accepted.
11. The Report will be reviewed by the Short Jump Committee.
12. The CBC will publish on its web site and newsletter an ongoing summary of all participants results listed in ascending order of landing distance from the takeoff point.
13. If any rule is violated, the flight becomes invalid for Challenge participation, but the flight report must non-the-less be submitted (For fairness, and statistical and safety information).
14. The Committee will provide support as available and requested by the Pilot in such matters as interpretation or computations.