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In this aerobattle the flying knights of the Balkans and beyond will cover great distances over the local mosaic of mountains, hills, valleys and flatlands - a true playground for the true air warrior.

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Flying site

Borovets is located in West Bulgaria, situated 70 km south of Sofia. It holds the North slopes of Rila - the highest mountain in Bulgaria. Its highest peak – Musala 2925 m ASL.

The valleys are deep and narrow with elevation of around 1100-1300 m.

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How to get here

Borovets is located 70 km to the South from Sofia.

Event info

In this aerobattle the flying knights of the Balkans and beyond will cover great distances over the local mosaic of mountains, hills, valleys and flatlands - a true playground for the true air warrior. Join us! Follow us! Aerobattle 2014 will take place from July 3 till July 8 at Borovets resort, Bulgaria. Sky Camp paragliding club and all Bulgarian pilots welcome you to this great event!

Flying site

Borovets is located in West Bulgaria, situated 70 km south of Sofia. It holds the North slopes of Rila - the highest mountain in Bulgaria. Its highest peak – Musala 2925 m ASL.

The valleys are deep and narrow with elevation of around 1100-1300 m. The mountain range is orientated west to east and it’s about 60 km long. On the East, it ends at the Rhodope mountains. The takeoffs are situated at the North part of the mountain. The altitude difference varies from 900 m to 1200 m for the different takeoffs. The peaks on the main mountain ridge are around 2400-2700 m. The climate is mainly dry and the best flying season is during spring and summer. The prevailing winds at Musala peak in the winter are SW 10m/s; spring – NW 7m/s; summer – NW and NE 4m/s; autumn – NW and S 9m/s. Flying days are limited in the winter due to strong winds. In summer the average number of flying days per week is 4. The landscape is gorgeous with high snowy peaks until late June and July. There is a big flatland north of the mountain which gives the place an excellent cross-country potential.
Borovets is a famous winter resort, located at the highest mountain in Bulgaria. (http://www.borovets-bg.com/en) It is easily accessible from the Sofia international airport, railways and bus station. Journey by car takes about 1h 20min. Still, only 2 small international competitions were held here. The last one was from 1-4 September 2005. The flying area includes high mountains, which makes flying a bit complicated.
The best flying season is from May till September with strong thermals of average climb more than 4-5 m/s and cloud base at 3000-3500 m ASL. Strong thermal activity causes strong valley winds. Updrafts are usually strong and well formed with Cumulus clouds on top of them. In spring the chances of overdevelopment are high and have to be respected.
The winter season is only flyable when the mountain range is not obscured with clouds and the wind is not too strong. The ski-center provides easy access to all takeoff areas in winter and it’s not rare to have nice thermal conditions even in December and January.
The thermal activity in summer is very good and sometimes with strong climbs of around 7-8m/s. During autumn and winter there is also thermal activity but it depends on the synoptic situation – the climbs are around 3-5m/s when existing.
The average thermal strength in winter is 2m/s; spring – 4m/s; summer – 5m/s; autumn – 3m/s.
Usually, the best hours for takeoff are 11:00-13:00 local time. In winter, thermals work from 13:00 till 16:00. In spring – from 11:00 till 18:00. In summer they work an hour longer. In autumn they are also good and usually work from 12:00 till 18:00.
The longest flight made from here was a 150 km FAI triangle and usual fights there are about 30-40 km.
Some videos from the flying area:
Vitosha mountain
http://vimeo.com/65282469
http://vimeo.com/77825016

Take offs:
Markudjik – 2450 m ASL 42°13'10.6"N 23°34'25.8"E (42.219619, 23.573844)
The place has got a west exposure and can be used with SW, W and NW winds. It can be reached with a cable car and a 30 min walk / 5 min ride on an unpaved road. The slope is steep (around 45°), covered with bushes and rocks. It is big enough for the simultaneous launch of 2 gliders. Top lading is possible but not recommended.

Yastrebets – 2150 m ASL 42°14'13.9"N 23°35'16.1"E (42.237202, 23.587809)
The place has got a north exposure and can be used with NW, N and NE winds. It can be reached with a cable car and a 30 min walk / 5 min ride on an unpaved road. The slope is steep (around 30°), covered with bushes, grass and rocks. It is big enough for the simultaneous launch of 5 gliders. Top lading is possible but not recommended.

Konyavo – 1450 m ASL (N 42.34529°, E 22.83744°)
The place has got a south exposure and can be used with SW winds. In can be reached by car. The slope is covered with grass and rocks. It is big enough for the simultaneous launch of 10 gliders. Possibility for top landing.

Landings:
Beli Iskar – 1100 m ASL (42.271065,23.542896)
Grass field. Nearest roads for transportation: asphalt road connecting Beli Iskar village and Borovets resort

Govedartsi – 1200 m ASL (42.254609,23.462783)
https://www.google.com/maps?q=42.254609,23.462783&num=1&t=h&z=17
Grass field. Nearest roads: asphalt road connecting Govedartsi village with Borovets resort and Samokov

Samokov – 1200 m ASL (42.328022,23.54223)
Grass field. Nearest roads: asphalt road connecting Samokov and Borovets resort

Borovets – 1300 m ASL (42.263447,23.60618)
Grass field. Nearest roads: a ski track at Borovets resort

Gorna Grashtitsa village – 600 m ASL (N 42.31216°, E 22.81728°)
Grass field.

Organizers

Sky Camp
Paragliding club
Bulgarian National Air Club
Address: 1612, Sofia, Bulgaria
Tel: +359 878 877 665
Contact: Sotir Lazarkov
E-mail: national_aeroclub@mail.bg
http://www.bnac.bg/
Georgi Topuzov
gtopuzov@gmail.com
Teodora Velichkova
Email: tt33ddyy@gmail.com
Ivo Gerov
Safety Director
Email: ivo@sky-camp.com
georgi jordanov
Meet Director
jordanov@gmail.com
tel: +359897899365
Yassen Savov
Email: yassensavov@gmail.com

Selection and entry fee

Maximum participant number is limited to 60 pilots.
Only pilots who hold FAI Para Pro 5 or equivalent can take part in the competition.
The selection procedure is simple - first paid first confirmed.
Registration deadline – 2nd July 2014, payment deadline – first competition day.

Entry fee
The entry fee is 120BGN (62 EU)
For advanced payment until 15.05.2014, it is reduced to 80BGN (41 EU)

Entry fee includes:
* Transportation for all competition days (also some limited transportation for training and free flying days)
* T-shirt
* Lunch pack for every competition day
* Scoring, maps with turnpoints, ID

Pilots will be confirmed after:
1. Sending their scanned ParaPro 5 (or equivalent) license to aerobattle2014@gmail.com
2. Paying the entry fee:120BGN / 62EU

The MAXIMUM number of pilots is reached so registration is CLOSED!!!

Prize fund and scoring categories

There will be winners in Overall.

General schedule

Training day: 02.07
Registration: 02.07 from 18:00 till 21:00 and 03.07 from 08:00 till 08:40
Opening ceremony: 03.07 from 09:00 till 09:30
Mandatory safety briefing: 03.07 from 09:30 till 10:00
Competition days: from 03 till 07.07.2014
Reserve competition day: 08.07.2014 – if we have 3 or less valid tasks
Weather & Safety briefing: daily at HQ from 09:00
Task briefing : every competition day from 11:00 on takeoff site
Prize-giving and closing ceremony: 08.07 at 19:30 (or at 10.00 if no task on 8th )

Daily schedule

08:50 - Headquarters opens
09:20 - 11:00 - Transport to take-off
11:00 - Meet Director and Task Committee meetings
11:20 - Pilots briefing / Task definition
11:40 - Take-off window opens
18:00 - Scoring office opens at the main Headquarters
20:00 – Landing deadline and Safe landing report deadline
20:30 - Scoring office closes
21:00 - Provisional results


Schedule is subject to change by Meet director.

Accommodation and Activities

How to get here

The HQ is located in hotel Rila in Borovets.

If you have any question please write to aerobattle2014@gmail.com.

We can provide transportation to pilots from SOFIA Airport/Bus station/ Railway station to Borovets HQ by our club mini bus.
The price is 20BGN / 10eu per person. Send details for booking transport on: aerobattle2014@gmail.com

Borovets, Hotel Rila
Borovets BG

Plane

The nearest is Sofia international airport.

Bus

If you arrive at Sofia Airport, to go to Borovets by bus, the best way is to take a taxi cab to Sofia South Bus Station (price: approx. 8 BGN). Contact us if you need to use public transport but this will take more time and may cost more.

GPS coordinates
– Sofia South Bus Station (Avtogara Yug): N42.668835 E023.35283
Sofia South Bus station (tel. 02/872 2345) is very small one and is located 5min walk from underground station Joliot Curie station - http://www.metropolitan.bg/en/map
From South Bus Station you have to take a mini bus to Samokov (price is arr. 5lv), then change for another short drive on minibus from Samokov to Borovets resort.
Trip from Sofia South Bus Station – Samokov (Duration: 1h 10 min/ price: arr. 7lv)
The minibuses operate daily, 7:00 – 20:00, every half an hour
http://www.bgrazpisanie.com/en/bus_line/sofia-samokov/mikrobus/710
After arriving at Samokov Bus Stattion (tel. 0722/ 66 540), change to Borovets minibus.
GPS coordinates – Samokov Bus Station: N42.338588 E023.559631
https://maps.google.bg/maps?q=42.338588,23.559631&hl=en&ll=42.338802,23.560055&spn=0.001689,0.00409&num=1&t=h&z=19
Trip from Samokov – Borovets (Duration: 12 min/ price: arr. 2lv)
Operational hours – daily, 08.00 – 18.30, every hour (summer time)
http://www.bgrazpisanie.com/en/bus_line/samokov-borovets/mikrobus/696

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Confirmed pilots
Total registered
Allowed pilots
Women
Men
# Name Sponsor Glider Status

Overall

  1. Yassen Savov (614)
  2. YOSHIAKI HIROKAWA (42)
  3. Keiko Hirakie (66)

Overall results

Women

  1. Keiko Hirakie (66)
  2. Nicole Fedele (56)
  3. Emi Igawa (385)

Women results

Bulgarian

  1. Yassen Savov (86)
  2. Yavor Plashilski (171)
  3. Ivan Nikolov (711)

Bulgarian results

Tasks and results

Task 2

04 Jul, 2014

41.4 km — Race to goal

Task results:
Comp. results:
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Task 3

05 Jul, 2014

53.0 km — Race to goal

Task results:
Comp. results:
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Task 4

06 Jul, 2014

62.9 km — Race to goal

Task results:
Comp. results:
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Task 5

07 Jul, 2014

39.4 km — Race to goal

Task results:
Comp. results:
Tracks: