This stuff is a dryer than burnt toast in the Sahara, but you'll need to know it if you want to win.
1.1. The Icarus Trophy is an adventure and paramotoring competition for international
paramotor pilots (the Race).
1.2. The principal challenge is to travel the course unsupported from the designated start
point to the designated finish line travelling in the directions of the course only by
paramotor or on foot.
1.3. All decisions regarding the organisation and running of the Icarus Trophy are made by
the Race Committee. The Race Committee consists of:
- Shane Denherder
- Duncan Milligan
- Alex Ledger
- Kester Haynes
- Tom Morgan
- Dan Wedgwood
1.4. The Race Committee reserves the right to change these rules before and during the
race and its decisions are final.
2. Conditions for Participation
2.1. Only pilots approved by the Race Committee will be allowed to take part in the Race.
2.2. Pilots must enter as an individual unless agreement is reached with the Race
Committee prior to entry.
2.3. All participants must be experienced paramotor pilots with an appropriate skill level as
laid out in the “How good do I need to be” pilot skills document.
2.4. The equipment and piloting skill will be checked prior to the race.
2.5. Every Pilot must prove they have in place appropriate third party liability insurance for
the paramotor used during this competition.
2.6. Every Pilot must sign and agree to the terms and conditions in the pilot entry agreement
and any further terms and conditions as required by the Race Committee and pay the
entry fee as set out on the official race website.
2.7. Pending proof of appropriate skill level and equipment entry is on a first come first
served basis subject to approval by the Race Committee.
2.8. Pilots will be classified into two categories known as the ‘Racing Division’ and ‘Adventure
Division'. Classification for each pilot is decided by the Race Committee and will be
confirmed to each pilot following the prerace qualification test.
2.9. All pilots must arrive at the start location on Friday 9th October and take part in the
prerace qualification before they can participate in the event.
3. General Conditions
3.1. Pilots must not in any circumstance endanger themselves or others, or bring the sport
into disrepute in any way as decided by the event organisers.
3.2. Pilots must respect Visual Flight Rules regulations.
3.3. Pilots must respect all areas on the race course that are marked as no-fly zones.
3.4. Follow all national, regional, city, county, state or any other local aviation regulations as
appropriate for the given race course, specifically for races held in the United States
FAR 103. Any Pilot violating any relevant regulation takes full responsibility for any and
all legal consequences.
3.5. Pilots must only fly in weather they are confident and capable of conducting a safe
3.6. No unsportsmanlike or ungentlemanly behaviour will be tolerated as decided and
defined by the race committee on a case by case basis.
3.7. Pilots must maintain their own equipment to a safe operational standard at all times.
3.8. Refer to the website and the pilot's handbook for full race schedules.
3.9. Pilots must plan and choose their own flight plans within the bounds of the course.
Course details can be found in the pilot handbook.
3.10. The race course is open to fly 30 minutes before sunrise until 30 minutes after sunset
assuming the pilot’s kit is in compliance with regional regulations.
3.11. During the race all pilots must carry the official race tracking device as given to them by
the race officials.
3.11.1. Pilots must keep the tracker activated, charged and maintained.
3.11.2. The race tracker must be set to report their position at 10 minute intervals
during course opening hours.
3.11.3. During an overnight or any other period when stopped and planning to turn off
the tracker as you are safe and not currently competing in the event, pilots
must send an ‘OK’ message through the tracker.
3.11.4. Before setting off each day pilots must send an OK message to confirm your
intention to begin competing.
3.11.5. Any pilot found flying without the tracker will be disqualified.
3.11.6. Pilots must be prepared for spot checks on equipment and compliance with the
rules by the race committee at any point during the race.
3.12. Pilots must notify the Race Committee as soon as is reasonably possible if they are
involved in an accident or witness an incident involving a fellow Pilot.
3.13. Pilots must notify the Race Committee as soon as is reasonably possible if they
withdraw from the race
3.14. Pilots invited to take part in the ‘Racing Division’ can voluntarily switch to the ‘Adventure
Division’ by notifying the Race Committee as soon as is reasonably possible after the
decision is made.
3.15. The Race Committee reserves the right to impose airspace closures on specific areas
or sections of the racecourse before and during the event. These areas, once
notification is given will be treated as ‘restricted areas’ on the racecourse until the notice
4. Racing Division Conditions
4.1. Pilots can only further their race position by means of flying their equipment or on foot
carrying all their flying equipment with them. (Pilots may backtrack by other means of
transport to find suitable launch location).
4.2. The pilot that completes the race first after penalties are applied will be the winner.
4.3. Pilots must remain unsupported for the entire event. This is defined as pilots must:
4.3.1. use only ‘open access’ support i.e. anything that any non-participating person
can access e.g. petrol stations, random lifts from strangers, busses etc… and;
4.3.2. not use any preplanned or designated assets, or advanced logistical help. e.g
race support team / chase vehicle, prepositioned spares / logistics caches etc.
4.4. During the race, pilots must travel forwards towards the finish line flying at all times. Any
other transportation assistance in the direction of the finish line is prohibited and will
result in you being made a noncompetitive participant and your time will no longer be
4.5. Pilots must launch from within 200 meters of their landing point. If no suitable launch
site can be found inside this area pilots can only travel back towards the start line in
search of a suitable launch site.
4.6. Pilots can use other forms of transport to travel to a place of rest, or to find petrol or
spare parts, but must return to within 200m of where they landed before continuing the
4.7. Pilots who do not comply with any of these race rules may be subject to a penalty
issued by the Race Committee.
4.7.1. Penalties can range from 3 hours upwards to being made noncompetitive.
Pilots deemed to be endangering their own or anyones safety will be instantly
4.7.2. The race committee will decide if pilots must sit out any penalties during the
race or have them applied to their time after completion.
5. Adventure Division Conditions
5.1. Pilots can accept outside support and travel forward using transport other than flying
with a paramotor or on foot but agree to inform the Race Committee of these instances & follow instructions on how to use the tracking device when not flying.
5.2. All rules except those in section 4. ‘Racing Division Conditions’ apply to pilots in the
5.3. Pilots must take part in the prerace qualification process to join the Adventure Division
and once classified in this class cannot transfer to the Racing Division unless authorised
by the Race Committee.
5.4. Prizes for the Adventure Division will be awarded for the ‘Legend of Adventure’ award.
5.5. Rule breaches by Pilots in the Adventure Division will also result in penalties, ranging from
removal from the Icarus Trophy Tracking Map (the public facing version) to removal of
eligibility for the Adventure Division prizes to disqualification from the event.
6.1. All flying equipment has to be certified and fulfill the latest edition of the following
6.1.1. Paraglider: EN 9262 and 9261 or LTF 91/09 or CCC
6.1.2. Harness: EN 1651 or LTF 91/09
6.1.3. Rescue system: EN 12491 or LTF 91/09
6.1.4. Helmet: EN 966
6.2. Pilots must always fly with the mandatory equipment as specified by the race
6.2.1. Mandatory equipment list
220.127.116.11. Race tracker
18.104.22.168. Airband radio
22.214.171.124. Mobile phone
126.96.36.199. GPS or compass
188.8.131.52. Digital or paper maps/air charts
184.108.40.206. High speed socks
6.3. Spare parts should be carried by the pilots.
6.4. One spare propeller and a 9 litre box of spare parts can be put into the official race
6.4.1. The spares truck will endeavour to position itself somewhere near the majority
of pilots route each day.
6.4.2. Pilots must get themselves to the spares truck the truck will not come to the
6.4.3. Further spare parts can be ordered from local suppliers by pilots