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Round 1 in the Finnish Open Cup 2019 will be held at the Kiikala Airport, some 80 km NW from Helsinki.

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http://www.varjoliito.net/varapalsta/index.php?topic=16360.

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Kiikala airfield (ICAO EFIK) is in south-western Finland, about 100 km west from capital city of Helsinki. Nearest large town is town of Salo that is about 40km west from the airfield. Kiikala airfield is the home base of the Southern Finland Paragliding Club.

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Event info

Round 1 in the Finnish Open Cup 2019 will be held at the Kiikala Airport, some 80 km NW from Helsinki.

Seuraa linkkiä suomenkieliselle keskusteluketjulle.
http://www.varjoliito.net/varapalsta/index.php?topic=16360.0

Finnish Aeronautical Association (FAA) and Southern Finland Paragliding Club (ESV) welcomes you to the "2019 Finnish Open XC League - Round 1" competition at the Kiikala airfield in Finland. Airfield is located in the middle of beautiful Finnish countryside surrounded by forested hills, lakes and agricultural fields. Terrain provides good thermal conditions and flatland XC flying throughout the season.

Event is part of the Finnish Open XC League 2019, consisting of a series of 3 separate weekend competitions, that will be held between May and August. Take off method will be towing and type of tasks will be "Elapsed time".

ESV / Esa Alaraudanjoki / Finnish Open XC League, Round 1
Kiikala /Kärkölä May 24.-26.

Airiston varjoliitäjät ry / Jukka Laakso Finnish Open XC League, Round 2
Oripää July 27.-28.

JR/ Tamkik / Juha Herrala / Finnish Open XC League, Round 3
EFJM August 2.-4.

Flying site

Kiikala airfield (ICAO EFIK) is in south-western Finland, about 100 km west from capital city of Helsinki. Nearest large town is town of Salo that is about 40km west from the airfield. Kiikala airfield is the home base of the Southern Finland Paragliding Club. In addition to paragliders there are also sail planes and ultra lights operating from there. Elevation of the area is only about 100 meters MSL. There are no hills whatsoever, so the good flatland XC flying skills are essential. Take-off method is towing. All pilots are expected to master tow launches. There are paved runways 18/36 ja 10/28.
Main runway 18/36 is officially 930 meters long but there is 1350 meters in use for paraglider towing. Runway 10/28 is only 600 m long and it will be used only in case of side wind.
There is a club house at the airfield, but the facilities are fairly limited. Club house will be used as the event head quarters. There is WiFi available in the club house, though.
Mobile phone network coverage is also pretty good.

Flying season is from May to September. Long midsummer days provide plenty of opportunities for XC flights and tasks up to 100 km. Cloud base in summer is typically 1500-2200m. From July to August there is an increased risk of overdeveloping clouds. Terrain at the airfield is usually very dry, which may induce some dust devils from time to time. Midday conditions in the summer can be sometimes strong. Generally the thermal strength is in range on 4-6 m/s.
Thermals start developing around 10 a.m. being strongest around the midday. At summer time one can expect to find light lift even as late as 7 p.m.

You can view some XC flights from Kiikala at http://www.xcontest.org/world/en/flights-search/?filter[point]=23.6526%2060.46852&list[sort]=pts&list[dir]=down

Take off - 60.46222, 23.6525 (60°27'44.00"N 23°39'9.00"E) - 116 m (381 ft) ASL.
Take-off method is towing. Towing direction depends on the prevailing winds. Surface at take off is gravel.

More information about the airfield http://lentopaikat.fi/en/kiikala-efik/

Organizers

Finnish Aeronautical Association
Southern Finland Paragliding Club (ESV)
Sirissa Karjalahti-Föhr
Organiser of the Finnish Open XC League - Round 1, Southern Finland Paragliding Club
Esa Alaraudanjoki
Meet director
Juha Herrala
publisher
Mika Valta
Scoring officer

Selection and entry fee

Registration opens 23.th April 2019 to all of the "Finnish Open XC League 2019 - rounds 1-3" on these pages. Selection criteria for places 1-10 on world pilot ranking scheme. The rest of the places according the time of registration.

Each Round/event has got its own sub-page.

This page is for the Round 1, Kiikala: First selection to the competition will be made 28th April. The organiser will send e-mail to the selected pilots on 28th April containing message "Waiting for payment". The payment of 85 euro must be in the Clubs account by the 11th May.

Club: Etelä-Suomen varjoliitajat ry
IBAN: FI03 5723 3320 0606 67
payment reference: round 1 / "Pilot name"

6 places reserved for foreign pilots will be released 11th May and places will be filled up in the order of registration - payment deadline is 18th May.

After this deadline the post registration payment will be 120 euro.
In case the event is cancelled, then 50% refund will be made to the pilot.

Prize fund and scoring categories

Finnish open; Finnish open female; Sports class (EN-C or lower class).

The FAA and the Paragliding and Hang Gliding Committee will issue medals to the above categories.

General schedule

May 24 evening 2019 (Friday)

18.00 Official Registration and equipment inspection.
IMPORTANT! Please download the waypoints to your flight instrument BEFORE you come to Kiikala.

19.00 The post registration at the Kiikala Airport is possible, 120 euro. Check of license and FAI-Sporting license of pilots.

20.30 Welcome party with grilling of sausages and sauna.

May 25th-26th 2019
Contest flying days

May 26, Sunday
ca 19:30 - Prize-giving and closing ceremony - estimated time to be verified at competition blog-page at 18:00.

Daily schedule

Saturday and Sunday
08:00 - Headquarter opens for late registration - due to our limited capacity this is only for pilots with compelling reason.
09:00 - First Briefing, mandatory safety briefing for all pilots, at the Airport building.
On Sunday, the previous day's official results.
09:30 - Transport to take-off
10:00 - Meet Director / Task and Safety Committee meetings
10:30 - at the take-off site: Pilots' briefing / Task definition
11:30 - Take-off window opens
16:30 - Scoring office opens
22:00 - Provisional results Saturday

Accommodation and Activities

Available beds in the Airport HQ -with small fee, tent and camper places around HQ. HQ have got shower and kitchen.

How to get here

25390 Salo, Finland
Kiikala FI

Plane

Most international flights land at Helsinki-Vantaa International Airport, which is located in Vantaa, 18 kilometers to the north of the central Helsinki.
Competition HQ is 100 west from Helsinki-Vantaa airport. Rental car is the most convenient option to reach Kiikala airfield.

Bus

There is a regular express bus connection from Helsinki to Turku. Nearest bus stop is about 15 km from the competition HQ. Contact organizers for a pickup from the bus stop.

Car

From Helsinki drive the E18 motorway 100 km towards Turku. Turn from junction 18 towards Kiikala / Suomusjärvi and drive 4.4 km.
Then turn right to Oinasjärventie. Drive 5.2 km and turn right to Kiikala airfield.

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