Selection and Registration
Your registration requires approval that you meet the minimum Pilot Entry Requirements for this event. Please refer to the 2022 USHPA rule book
. All pilots must be USHPA members (foreign pilots can get a one month temp membership for $6 USD), and CUASA club members (one month temp memberships are $10 USD). PLEASE NOTE: The Red Rocks Wide Open has a high pilot standard! No Exceptions! Full details about the registration process and eligibility criteria can be found here
This is an FAI category 2 event (as well as US Nationals). Per FAI cat 2 requirements, 25% of spots will be held for international pilots, which will be chosen by WPRS ranking.
Entry fee is $575 USD. The top 15 US NTSS pilots will receive a $50 USD discount. Foreign pilots who are ranked in the top 400 in the WPRS will receive a $125 USD discount. Rankings as of April 1, 2023 will be used. NEW for 23': If you wish to provide your own retrieve the fee is discounted $175 USD (about 30%). Please note- you MUST provide all transport if taking this option, the organization cannot be used as the backup. Retrieves can be exceedingly long and difficult in this part of the world, only do this option if you know you have it covered.
Minimum qualifications: P4 or International equivalent. You can expect strong conditions in Monroe, very high altitudes and at times when we fly downwind, potentially limited places to land. If you do not have a P4 or international equivalent please contact the race organization with your flying background if you feel the Red Rocks Wide Open suits your ability.
Approved pilots will be invited to pay for each competition according to pilot rank (see below). Your place at a competition is not confirmed until we have received your payment for the competition. The Pilot Lists show the current status of your registration.
Pilots are listed for each competition in ranked order and confirmed entry to the competition will be prioritised based on rank.
Pilots will be ranked for the competition as follows:
US pilots will be ranked by date/time of registration (NOT date/time of payment).
Pilots of other nations will be ranked by their current WPRS position.
US pilots will be listed first, followed by pilots of all other nations by rank. (Please press the green Org CIVL button on the top, right of the Participants page to see the correct order for selection/ US pilots will be invited to pay first in ranked order, followed by pilots of other nations one week later, also in ranked order). The Panel reserves the right to award places out of ranking order. They also reserve the right to award wildcards where they feel it is appropriate.
Top 25 + 5 women on NTSS
33 Top ranked international pilots based on WPRS
37 spots allocated to USA based on WPRS points
Remaining place allocation rules:
10% of places are reserved for female pilots until 100 days prior to the start of the event.
25 pilots in order of registration
Any unused international spots will be allocated to US pilots 75 days prior to the event based on sign up date.
IMPORTANT: When you register for a competition, if you do not enter your ‘correct’ FAI and CIVL numbers then you will not be ranked correctly. Note: if you are a US pilot your FAI number is USUALLY your USHPA pilot number (without letters). Your CIVL number you can look up with the link on the Registration page. Also when you register you will be required to enter your ‘FAI Sporting Licence Nationality’. This is not another nationality you happen to hold, nor is it where you were born, or where you currently live, but is the country that issued your Sporting Licence (‘United States’ for USHPA issued licences).
Once a competition is full, pilots will be added to the waiting list and then if a place becomes available it will be offered to the next highest ranked pilot on the list. The pilot will receive an email from us inviting them to pay their entry fee and will have 5 days to do so before the place is offered to the next highest ranked pilot on the list.
REFUNDS 2023 policy
Any pilot who cancels their registration will be given a refund as follows:
- Cancellation date more than 60 days before competition start date: 50% refund
- Cancellation date between 60 and 30 days before competition start date: 30% refund
- Cancellation date less than 30 days before competition start date: 0% refund
Inability to attend due to Covid related travel reasons is not a reason for a refund of an amount greater than the above percentages and stated times. Please ensure you have adequate travel insurance to cover any last minute cancellations.
Cancellation of a Competition by the Organization ie Covid19 interference etc:
In the event the organizers deem it necessary to cancel, relocate, or reschedule the competition you will be entitled to a partial refund. This will be on the scale as follows:
- Up to 45 days before the first official event day: 100% less a $50 admin charge
- 45 to 0 days before the first official event day: An amount equivalent to the amount paid less the amount spent by the organisation in preparations up to that time.
After the start of the competition any refunds will be at the sole discretion of the organizers.
The organizers will not be liable for any costs incurred by anyone attending, or intending to attend the event, or any consequential losses arising from the cancellation, relocation, or rescheduling of the event.