The XComp Manifest
In a nutshell, the idea for XComp is to combine some of the best aspects of
both, comp flying and XC flying, into something new that can motivate pilots
to learn new things, make new friends and challenge each other.
We do this by grouping flights with the same takeoff on the same day
into one comp. Based on the amount of pilots, distance flown and a few other
criteria, we decide on the comp quality and calculate the maximum points
the best pilot of the comp can win. The first three get some additional bonus points and
at the end of the year, the best five comp results of each pilot together with the bonus points decide on the overall winner.
This has some nice advantages
- In normal XC flying you have to travel to the best location based on the
days weather forecast to have a chance to get a top ranking. In XComp you
have the chance to get a maximum of points without traveling far, all you
need is to win an XComp with good enough quality in your region.
- To get a good quality XComp, you need to have enough pilots taking off with you,
so you need to socialize more, either by calling your friends, flying together
with your club members or by using the internet to find out where an XComp is planned.
- After reaching a certain comp quality, the winner will get the maximum points a comp
can achieve. This has the nice effect, that it is possible to get maximum points even
on a not so perfect day.
- After you've got enough pilots together, flying an XComp means nothing else than
getting the most out of a day and takeoff. As you don't have to fly a specific
task, you still have all the freedom and tactics of regular XC flying.
- It's still XC flying. Every pilot has all the freedom to fly whatever he thinks
will work best. There's no comp organizer that can be made liable, no legal worries
and very little money to get people together.
- Additionally to flying good, you can use your social skills to get the most fun and
points out of XComp. Our early pre-calculations and some ideas for tactics have already shown
that it will take some different skills to achieve a good rank in this format than both comps
and the regular XContest.
- Normal comps are very weather dependent, that's why they are often in regions and seasons with good
predictable weather. XComps are not set long before they happen, often they don't even have a specific date,
they just happen.
The XComp Platform
The XComp platform will help you get a good comp together. This is being achieved
with the following features:
- You can sponsor an upcoming comp with a winner price. This can be as little as a beer and
as much as you want. To do that you only need to define a timeframe, a takeoff and the price
for the winner. Companies or clubs can additionally upload a small banner that will link to
- There are other methods to make a comp attractive that we will suppport. As an example, you
will be able to announce a flight region briefing that will happen at the takeoff where you want
an XComp to happen.
- Pilots can like an upcoming comp. If a comp has a lot of likes, chances are big that the
comp will reach a good quality and with that a lot of maximum points.
- After a comp result has been generated, but without reaching the max. quality, the XComp
website will try to tell you how to do better the next time. Here's an example: "With two
more pilots flying at least 40km, this comp would have achieved maximum points."
- XComp uses the XContest API, you don't have to upload your flights to an additional
platform. Your XContest flights will automatically count for the XComp, as well.
- There will be XComp widgets you can embed on your own website or club site. The widgets
will display the lastest results, the next comps initiated by you or one of the club members as
well as the current overall ranking of you or the club.
- You don't need an EN D or open class wing to win an XComp. We use a point correction formula
based on the wing category to craete similar chances. Higher class wings will still have a small
advantage, but an amazing pilot will have a chance to win, even on an EN B or lower.
A Social Idee
As much as XComp is a new comp format, it is a social idee, too. We want people to fly together, to learn together and to challenge eachother.
The XComp platform will be built in a way that makes it easy to take part. For example, you don't have to upload your IGC files to yet another
platform, we take the meta data and do our calculations on it automatically, there simply is no opt-in required. The data is already there, we
just look at it in a different way.
Next, you don't have to create an account to take part in an XComp, all you need to do is share an XComp
with your favorite social network and than all we do is tell people how much likes an XComp received, so they can decide which upcoming comp has a good
chance to be worthwile to take part in. This of course has another nice side effect: Because you share the particular XComp with your friends, the chance
that you can fly together with your friends is automatically bigger.
The XComp Formula
The best way to get an idea how the XComp formula works as by playing with it: XComp Formula
It's using CCC league 2013 data, held in Switzerland. It's currently in beta and as soon as we found the perfect parameters, we'll
publish a more detailed explanation here.
XComp is meant to be a work in progress for the first few years, especially concerning the algorithm to
calculate the quality of a comp. It's not the idea to replace either the XContest or comp flying. The
idea is to create another fun and challenging option somewhere between comps and XC flying.
In 2014 XComp will start with the CCC league flights held in Switzerland. After that it will start adding
the rest of the planet.
Here's a first preview of the design:
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If you think this is a great idea, click the follow button below or visit our Facebook page. This will not only motivate
us and update you with news about the platform, it will additionally help us get sponsors for the yearly overall prices.