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Event info

Bright Open 2021 is a one of three legs of the Australian Nationals (SAFA) AAA sanctioned competition of the 2020-21 season. The Open will consist of one round which will count towards a pilot's WPRS score.

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Flying site

Bright flying site is located in Victorian Alps to the North East of Melbourne surrounded by beautiful mountainous landscape of various national parks. It is situated in between Mount Buffalo, Mount Bogong and Mount Feathertop that dominate about 1000-1200 m above the valley with peaks about 1500-1800 ASL.

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  • 51 Pilots Confirmed
  • 51 Pilots total registered
  • 280 AUD Entry fee
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  • 100 Pilots max allowed
  • 3 Countries presented
  • ✅ CCC and lower allowed
    ❌ Uncertified wings prohibited
  • 🏆 🏅 FAI Status = CAT 2
  • left before start of event
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    There are toilets at, or near, the launch

    Toilets on takeoff

Where is it

It's a long walk... Worth trying a few different ways - see below:

Event info

Bright Open 2021 is a one of three legs of the Australian Nationals (SAFA) AAA sanctioned competition of the 2020-21 season. The Open will consist of one round which will count towards a pilot's WPRS score. All tasks over the 8 days will contribute to the AAA Sanction / Aussie ladder / Team Selection Ladder. Being AAA rated, this will see 450 points available for the Aussie ladder, however, if Covid - 19 restrictions mean that some pilots cannot travel interstate then the event might be downgraded. (see end of document)

Covid -19 and refund information :
Due to the uncertainty of the Covid-19 pandemic we will abide by this refund policy.
100% refund if cancellation occurs 6 weeks before the start of the event.
80% refund if cancellation occurs 4 weeks before the start of the event.
60% refund if cancellation occurs 2 weeks before the start of the event.
Any refunds within a week of the start of the event is at the competition organisation discretion.
Please note, this refund policy is only applicable if the event is cancelled by the the event organiser (in conjunction with the NEVHGC and local covid rules and regulations). Pilots may cancel there subscription and request a refund up until 02/01/21.
We will be keeping a careful eye on Government restrictions and we will endeavor to inform those registered pilots of any necessary news ASAP. We advise all pilots to plan there trip very carefully taking in to account refund policy's on travel and accommodation.

Bright Open 2021 - Will use the same HQ as last year which is: 'The Pavilion' - Pioneer Park, Bright, Victoria.

This event will also be running parallel with the Gundowring Open. :)

Alternative dates: The alternative dates for the Bright Open 2021:
23 Jan to 30th Jan 2021.

Selection and entry fee

Payment for the Bright Open is open.
Paying is the only way to secure a place in this event.
Early Bird Entry Fee: $280 AUD, Late fee of $50 after the 02nd of January 2021
To secure your place - Payment must be made to one of the following:
Direct Deposit. (preferred for domestics pilots)
Account Name: Bright Open 2021
Bsb: 083 555
Account #: 10 955 1113
PayPal: payments to paypal can be made to wally_arcidiacono@hotmail.com - Please note - If you're paying with paypal there is a 2.9% fee - therefore please transfer $288 to cover this fee please.


Entry fee will include:
Task setting
Scoring
Weather Information
Launch and Safety Infrastructure
FAI Sanctioning
Maps
Daily and Final Presentations.

(N.B. Refunds will be given up to 02nd January 2021 - After this date, the paid fee is not longer refundable)

Details of registration will be published for the Australian top 40 pilots from 1st September 2020 and for all other pilots including international pilots from 1st October 2020.

Competition SAFA Sanctioning:
The Bright Open 2021 will have FAI Cat 2 Sanctioning, however, the SAFA 'AAA' or 'AA', sanctioning will be decided a little differently due to the covid pandemic.

The Rules that the Aust Comps Committee has set out are such:
In order to provide the Australian domestic competitions the best chance of a national championship and to provide ladder results for the second year of team selection ladder, all three Australian competitions at Canungra, Bright and Corryong will be provisionally sanctioned as AAA.

Pursuant to section 3.2.3 of the competitions manual (Criteria for Assessment of Grade Sanction), there can be no restriction on Pilot entry. Therefore, if there are any inter-state/territory travel restrictions or any border closures between any state and territory from 14 days prior to the 1st competition day for any duration of time, the sanction of the event will automatically become a category B. To avoid doubt, the competition day will be the 15th day.

(Pilots having to return home to quarantine or self isolate for 2 weeks post event are considered 'not able to attend' or from a 'closed border' according the Bright Open 2021's interpretation of the above comps committee statement.

Flying site

Bright flying site is located in Victorian Alps to the North East of Melbourne surrounded by beautiful mountainous landscape of various national parks. It is situated in between Mount Buffalo, Mount Bogong and Mount Feathertop that dominate about 1000-1200 m above the valley with peaks about 1500-1800 ASL. There are two mostly common used takes off Mystic and Gundowring. Both sites are privately owned.

Flight info:
Ridge soaring, once above the height of the trees behind launch is quite easy (but sometimes bumpy). In order to get to that height, passes across the launch bowl in the best lift are often required. Once below launch height, head towards the landing paddock and you may be lucky and catch a thermal above the spur on the way down. When thermalling there are a number of places to head for. Thermals seem to gather above the spurs to the left and right. In general, the whole hill is a trigger point so be prepared for some monster lift straight away. During summer, the lift is quite strong and rough between 12 and 3:30pm. It is safer and more enjoyable to launch before or after. Many excellent XC flight have been achieved after launching as late as 5:30pm. During other seasons Bright hill can be flown almost anytime.
The site is centred amongst prime alpine flying country, so excellent XC flights are possible. Over the back to Harrietville, right to Tawonga Gap and the Kiewa Valley, or left to Porepunkah Hill, the Ovens Valley, Mt Buffalo, Myrtleford and onwards. On epic days try for Wangaratta or the McDonalds on the Hume Highway SW of Wangaratta.

Mystic

Mystic Hill is an excellent site which is often on because it faces the valley wind and cooks up some strong thermals. It is located 2 Km south of Bright just off the road to Wandiligong. One of the most popular Victorian Inland Sites which has hosted numerous state, national competitions including a Paragliding World Cup event in 1998. There is a weather station on Mystic Hill; CH 21 UHF (Click transmit key 3 or 4 times to actuate).
A Mystic flying pass must be purchased before using this site, and can only be obtained over the NE Vic HG club web site at www.nevhgc.net.
Detailed info here: http://vhpa.org.au/Sites/Mystic.html

Mystic Take off
N (valley wind)
797m / 2614ft ASL, 477m / 1564ft AGL
Launch: S36.75855, E146.96575


Mystic Hill is located 2Km south of Bright just off the road to Wandiligong. Take off is unobstructed as all pine trees have been cut down over the entire face of the hill. It boasts the safest launch area (about 100m wide) of all the sites in this region. If possible, have one of the numerous local pilots show you the site for the first time as there are some shortcomings which have caught many pilots off guard. At T/O the landing paddock cannot be seen as it is shielded by the spur to the east. It is a good idea to survey the landing paddock first and then on the drive up, stop as you round the spur and sight it again from above before you fly.

Mystic Landing
For paragliders and hang gliders (if they can tolerate the relatively short approach), there is a new landing ground on the right hand side of the road on the way to Wandilagong. A car park is situated at the end of the landing ground.

The main bombout for hang gliders is across the Wandiligong rd, east of the smaller paddock. Look for the stile over the fence. The main dangers are the trees (normally) upwind producing turbulence, as the valley breeze blows most of the time from the NW. Expect turbulence on any normal summer’s day.

Hazards/Comments
Strong lift in summer during the middle of the day. Power lines along road beside landing ground. Large expanses of 'tiger' country to South, and between Pyramid Hill and the Kiewa valley.
Before going XC, please check the map for allowed and forbidden landing paddocks in the area.

Gundowring

The hill is privately owned by Bob Saville, who in 2009 opened it as a free flying site for all. Bob welcomes anyone to fly from the hill as long as the flier is a member of the HGFA, this insures both yourself and him.
HGFA site description is here http://www.vhpa.org.au/Sites/Gundowring%20%28Savhill%29.html
This site has huge potential with reliable valley winds and thermals. The hill has a very large W thu NW grassy launch
This site requires 4WD capable vehicles to access by car

Gundowring Takeoff
640m / 2100ft ASL, 400m / 1310ft AGL
W-NW launch: S36.39551, E147.09023

Hazards/Comments
Strictly no smoking while on the property. Please take all your rubbish home with you. There are no toilets on the hill. Please be discrete. Ideally dig a hole, do the toilet and fill in the hole.
Driving on the property is at your own risk. Be careful if at any time you have to go off the cut track, there are many wombat holes on the property.
All the local land owners are happy for pilots to land on their property. Please show them the greatest respect, be polite and follow the normal country code.

Selection and entry fee

The competition is open to all pilots with a minimum of an Australian PG 4 rating or equivalent (IPPI 4)

It’s the first day of October which means that Bright Open 2021 is open to payments for all pilots. Please note that payment is the only way to secure your spot in the Bright Open 2021. Pilot entry fee (before Jan 2nd) is $280. Payments can be made by either Bank transfer or PayPal. (Please note - that if you’re using Paypal you must include the paypal fee into the amount transferred!)

Bank Account Details:
Name : Wally Arcidiacono
BSB: 083-555
Account #: 10955 1113

Paypal: wally_arcidiacono@hotmail.com

SAFA - MEMBERSHIP - All pilots must be members of the Sports Aviation Federation of Australia for the duration of the event. Please check your membership status BEFORE leaving home. Overseas visiting pilots to Australia will need to obtain a Visiting Pilot Membership
Visiting pilots have the option of taking out either a full SAFA membership or Visiting Pilot Membership (VPM). The min VPM is 2 months $ 95. SAFA Visiting Pilot Membership Form HGFA Waiver Form
Please read the following Waiver Information & General Information if you are a visiting Pilot.

IMPORTANT: ALL PILOTS MUST CARRY AND USE PERSONAL TRACKING. YOUR DEVICE URL WILL BE RECORDED PRIOR TO THE FIRST TASK. PILOTS WITHOUT PERSONAL TRACKING WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO COMPETE. (It's the 21st century - if you're not flying with personal tracking - then you should be!)
- Spot, Delorme, Garmin or skylines are all suitable tracking devices.

IMPORTANT - No transport is provided, we may use a site which requires 4WD with good ground clearance to access

Prize fund and scoring categories

Trophies for Fun, Sport, Serial, Open, Female, Intermediate and Reynolds categories. Classes will be defined by Aspect ratio and EN certification (as well as PG rating, weight and gender). Individual female pilots may choose to to opt out of the female class.

General schedule

29th January - Registration
30th January - Mandatory Briefing for all pilots
30th January to 5th Feb - A whole lot of racing!!!
6th Feb - Presentation

Daily schedule

09:15 Radio briefing
19:00 Check in deadline

Accommodation and Activities

Google 'Accommodation in Bright, Victoria' - You'll find plenty! - Camp Crusty is a popular accommodation for pilots!

How to get here

The nearest is Melbourne international airport (Tullamarine).
There is a shuttle bus that runs every 10 min from the airport to Melbourne Southern Cross train station.
Check fares and more: http://www.skybus.com.au/

Bus
The VLine bus service connects Bright with Wangaratta. Busses 2-3 times a day.
Check time table here http://www.vline.com.au/


Train
The nearest train stations are Wangaratta and Albury.

Via Wangaratta
There is a train to Wangaratta from Melbourne Southern Cross 3 times a days. It takes about 3 hours to Wangaratta and then you can change for a bus to Bright. Check time table here http://www.vline.com.au/

Via Albury
There is a train going to Albury from Melbourne Southern Cross 2-3 times a days. Check time table here http://www.vline.com.au/ The journey takes about 4 hours. it can be a direct train or with change at Seymour. There is no public bus from Albury only taxi or transfer.

Car

Bright is situated on the Great Alpine Road (B 500) about 75 kms from the Hume Highway (M31) which is the main road connecting Melbourne to Sydney. Bright is just over three hours drive from Melbourne, seven hours drive from Sydney, five hours drive from Canberra and twelve hours drive from Adelaide.

A great circular tour from Melbourne is to travel from Melbourne to Bairnsdale on the Princes Hwy then over the High Country on the Great Alpine Road and then back to Melbourne via the Hume Hwy.

If you are coming from Sydney or Canberra experience the stunning drive via the Snowy Mountains through Thredbo, Corryong to the Great Alpine Road and on to Bright.

BUT which ever way you come leave plenty of time to spend many days based in Bright and exploring the Ovens Valley and Alpine High Country.

NB Chains need to be carried on the Great Alpine Road between Harrietville and Omeo in the snow seasons and also should be carried between Thredbo and Khancoban in winter

Taxi

It is 115 km from Albury and if you arrived there you can take a taxi.
Taxi – based in Bright. Contact 0408 589 370

See other useful "How to get" tips at http://www.brightvictoria.com.au/getting-here.aspx

60 Coronation Ave, Bright VIC 3741, Australia
Bright Australia

Plane

The nearest is Melbourne international airport (Tullamarine).
There is a shuttle bus that runs every 10 min from the airport to Melbourne Southern Cross train station.
Check fares and more: http://www.skybus.com.au/

Bus

The VLine bus service connects Bright with Wangaratta. Busses 2-3 times a day.
Check time table here http://www.vline.com.au/

Train

The nearest train stations are Wangaratta and Albury.

Via Wangaratta
There is a train to Wangaratta from Melbourne Southern Cross 3 times a days. It takes about 3 hours to Wangaratta and then you can change for a bus to Bright. Check time table here http://www.vline.com.au/

Via Albury
There is a train going to Albury from Melbourne Southern Cross 2-3 times a days. Check time table here http://www.vline.com.au/ The journey takes about 4 hours. it can be a direct train or with change at Seymour. There is no public bus from Albury only taxi or transfer.

Car

Bright is situated on the Great Alpine Road (B 500) about 75 kms from the Hume Highway (M31) which is the main road connecting Melbourne to Sydney. Bright is just over three hours drive from Melbourne, seven hours drive from Sydney, five hours drive from Canberra and twelve hours drive from Adelaide.

A great circular tour from Melbourne is to travel from Melbourne to Bairnsdale on the Princes Hwy then over the High Country on the Great Alpine Road and then back to Melbourne via the Hume Hwy.

If you are coming from Sydney or Canberra experience the stunning drive via the Snowy Mountains through Thredbo, Corryong to the Great Alpine Road and on to Bright.

BUT which ever way you come leave plenty of time to spend many days based in Bright and exploring the Ovens Valley and Alpine High Country.

NB Chains need to be carried on the Great Alpine Road between Harrietville and Omeo in the snow seasons and also should be carried between Thredbo and Khancoban in winter

Taxi

It is 115 km from Albury and if you arrived there you can take a taxi.
Taxi – based in Bright. Contact 0408 589 370

See other useful "How to get" tips at http://www.brightvictoria.com.au/getting-here.aspx

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Pioneer Park, Bright Victoria
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