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Held in the beautiful Alpine region of Victoria. Bright Open 2022 is a one of two legs of the Australian Nationals (SAFA) AAA sanctioned competition of the 2021-22 season. The Open will consist of one round which will count towards a pilot's WPRS score.

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Flying site

Bright is located within the Alpine shire in North-Eastern Victoria. In an area known as the Victorian Alps, it is surrounded by the beautiful mountainous landscape of various national parks. It is situated in between Mount Buffalo, Mount Bogong and Mount Feathertop which dominate about 1000-1200 m above the valley with peaks about 1500-1800 ASL.

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  • 81 Pilots Confirmed
  • 81 Pilots total registered
  • 280 AUD Entry fee
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  • 100 Pilots max allowed
  • 8 Countries presented
  • ✅ All certified wings allowed
  • 🏆 FAI Status = CAT 2 🏅
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  • Registration will open on
    22/07 06:43 (Australia/Melbourne)

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    There are toilets at, or near, the launch

    Toilets on takeoff

Prize funds and scoring categories

  • Handicap Class
  • Under 35's Class
  • Fun Class
  • Sports Class
  • Serial Class
  • Women's Class
  • Open/Overall Ranking

Event info

Held in the beautiful Alpine region of Victoria. Bright Open 2022 is a one of two legs of the Australian Nationals (SAFA) AAA sanctioned competition of the 2021-22 season. The Open will consist of one round which will count towards a pilot's WPRS score. All tasks over the 7 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 may be downgraded.

Flying site

Bright is located within the Alpine shire in North-Eastern Victoria. In an area known as the Victorian Alps, it is surrounded by the beautiful mountainous landscape of various national parks. It is situated in between Mount Buffalo, Mount Bogong and Mount Feathertop which dominate about 1000-1200 m above the valley with peaks about 1500-1800 ASL. The two most commonly used take offs are Mystic and Gundowring. The sites are centred amongst prime alpine flying country, so excellent XC flights are possible.

Selection and entry fee

The competition is open to all pilots with a minimum of an Australian PG 4* rating or equivalent (IPPI 4)
* Pilots who are not PG 4 (or IPPI 4) may apply in writing to the competition organisers for an exception.

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
https://members.safa.asn.au/vpm-start.php
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.

NEVHGC MEMBERSHIP - All pilots must be members of the local club (who pay for the launch and landing fields as well as the road to launch) for the duration of the event.
There is a 2 week membership or full year membership available.
https://nevhgc.tidyhq.com/public/membership_levels

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

Registration deadline for Priority places will be 30th September 2021

In accordance with FAI Cat 2 rules and SAFA competition rules, prior to the deadline
50 places are allocated to Australian pilots in order of their National ladder ranking
25 places are allocated to Overseas pilots in order of their WPRS rankings
10 places are allocated to female pilots (inclusive of those who qualify under the above categories)

These allocations are ONLY applicable to pilots who have correctly registered AND paid in full prior to the deadline.

After the deadline, remaining places will be allocated in order of completed registration and payment.

Registering and Paying is the only way to secure a place in this event.

Entry Fee: $280 AUD, Late payment fee of $50 applies after the 02nd of January 2022
Payment should be made by bank transfer to;

Account name: Wally Arcidiacono
BSB: 083555
Account : 109551113

For International pilots, payment of the competition fees can be made via paypal;
Please make paypal payments to wally_arcidiacono@hotmail.com
Please note that payment via paypal is $289. This covers all paypal fees!

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

Documents required at registration

  • You will need to sign an applicaton form at the venue. Usually the organiser will provide it on arrival.

    Signed Application form

Cancellation Policy

Covid -19 and refund information :

If the Competition is cancelled due to Covid 19 restrictions, with unrecoverable financial commitments, a percentage of the entry fee will be retained to cover these costs.
The retention of funds will be capped at a maximum of 40% of entry fee.
Should this occur, a financial report covering these costs and recovered funds will be made available, upon request, no later than 30 days after the cancellation date.
We will be keeping a careful eye on Government restrictions and we will endeavour to inform registered pilots of any necessary news ASAP. We advise all pilots to plan their trip very carefully taking into account refund policies on travel and accommodation.
If a pilot wishes to cancel their confirmed place, prior to 2nd January 2022 they will receive a full refund. After this date refunds will only occur, at the discretion of the organiser, if another pilot on the waiting list is able to take the place.
Any pilots who remain on the waiting list after all places have been allocated will have their entry fees returned in full. We advise all pilots to plan their trip very carefully taking in to account refund policy's on travel and accommodation

Prize fund and scoring categories

Trophies for Fun, Sport, Serial, Open, Female, Under 35's (35.5 YO as of 05/02/22) and Handicap categories. Classes will be defined by Aspect ratio and EN certification (as well as age, pervious history handicap and gender).
Individual female pilots may choose to to opt out of the female class and any pilot may wish to opt out of their class to compete in a higher rated class. (i.e. If you're on an EN B - you can opt out of Fun class and compete in Sports Class instead - But not the other way around!)

General schedule

04th February - Registration
05th February - Mandatory Briefing for all pilots
05th February to 11th Feb - A whole lot of racing!!!
11th 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


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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Organizers

Bright Open
Pioneer Park, Bright Victoria
Wally Arcidiacono
Competition Co-Organiser
Martin Joyce
Competition Co-Organiser

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