The Maasim Flysite in Sarangani was considered by paragliders of the Philippines to be flyable 300 days a year thus promoting it as the “Paragliding Capital of the Philippines.” Sarangani hosted the International Paragliding Accuracy Competition (IPAC) in 2014 and a leg in the the Paragliding Accuracy World Cup (PGAWC) in 2015. This generated the participation of about 65 foreign pilots, spectators and enthusiasts coming from seven (7) different countries. The two (2) consecutive events resulted in a lot of developments related to paragliding. Sarangani Provincial Government together with the Agricultural Development Project Office (ADPO) concreted the road going to the flysite. The Department of Tourism 12 has included paragliding as a priority tourism activity in SOCCSKSARGEN. The community is given the opportunity to participate in the tourism activity and earn as paraboys and eventually learned the skills of becoming pilots themselves.
With the support from the Department of Tourism, Sarangani Province and Maasim Municipality, to promote air sports activities, we are sure that pilots shall enjoy flying in the country;s paragliding capital discovering the local culture through fellowship and camaraderie.
Guidelines and Mechanics
A contestant consists of a pilot and a sponsoring civic or non-government organization. The contestant will compete in an airborne showcase of a paragliding costumed pilot (example: a paragliding pilot dressed as a super hero) or a flying object on a parachute (example: a pilot dressed as a captain in a flying ghost ship). The costume or flying object is the entry of the contestant. Only one entry is allowed per contestant. The contestant must fill-out a provided entry form from the event organizers and likewise provide files and information necessary for verification of entry.
COSTUME & DESIGN
The costume or flying object of a contestant must be made out of 80% recycled materials. The contestant must consult its pilot to ensure proper aerodynamics and safety of the entry. The entry must include a logo of its civic or non-government organization counterpart. Logos of external sponsors of a contestant are allowed on the entry. The costume or design must not include explicit graphics and visuals. The entry must be tested in flight prior to the event.
An emcee will announce the entry number, sponsoring corporate or civic or non-government organization counterpart, other external sponsors of the contestant, the main recycled material used for the costume or flying object, and the name of the pilot before a performance. Contestants are allowed to submit a short English or Filipino narrative about the theme or concept of the entry for the emcee to read during the performance. The emcee will serve as commentator following the performances and spieling about the advocacy of the civic or non-government organization counterpart of the contestant while its entry performs. A contestant can choose a custom background music for the performance of its entry. Any custom background music must be delivered to the organizers in mp3 format through a USB stick a day prior to the event. If the contestant doesn’t provide a custom background music, a default score will be played. A performance can include tricks that suit the costume or design of the entry. Pyrotechnics are not allowed in the performance. The performance must rehearsed in flight prior to the event. The entry will be judged with the following criteria: SAFETY The technical creation of the costume (material, stability on the ground and in flight, full piloting accessibility) The start or set up on launch Ability to conduct all sequences of flight (launch, flight, approach and landing) without risk ARTISTIC SENSE Craftsmanship & Conception Originality & Aesthetics Humor Staging Presentation of the subject to the public ; SPORT and TECHNICAL Technical originality (innovation) Quality and complexity of the design Autonomy. The organizers have the supreme right to prohibit a contestant from taking part (including prohibiting access to the launch sites) if an entry is deemed a safety risk or is otherwise undesirable (example: poorly designed aircraft with sharp edges made of rigid materials).
Every participant pilot in the National Paragliding Fun Fly is responsible for his or her own actions. He/she attests to having tested his aircraft prior to taking part in the contest. Every participant in the National Paragliding Fun Fly guarantees that there will be no contention raised against the Sarangani Paraglide Association. The participant declares that he or she is entirely in order with regard to current legislation, and has full coverage with ground and air third-party insurance, as well as individual accident insurance valid for the practice of flying activities. Every participant commits to respecting the rules of the air and all safety instructions.
ADHERENCE TO REGULATIONS
Participants in the National Paragliding Fun Fly agree to participate in all briefings. Participants must take particular note of: The limits surrounding the landing area so as to properly carry out a safe approach and landing The fact that flying over the public while in flight or during the landing approach is to be avoided at all costs. Special corridors around the landing area exist especially for the landing approach Access to the landing area by means of the corridors set up according to the wind direction that will be kept clear for this purpose. Any disregard for these rules, which are the responsibility of every pilot to follow, may result in the irrevocable disqualification of the participant.