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Flying site

Sicevo is situated in the South East of Serbia. Its flying site extends 80 km to the North, 40 km to the South, 70 km to the East and 15 km to the West from take-offs.

North direction extends along Timok’s valley to the City of Zajecar.

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Hospitality and Responsibility

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    The organiser will supply LiveTrackers to you, for safety and scoring

    Live trackers supplied
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    The region supports helicopter rescues

    Helicopter rescue
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    There will be medical and/or rescue services at launch

    Medic on takeoff
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    There will be retrieve vehicles available to return pilots to HQ

    Retrieve included
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    There will be daily lunch packs for pilots

    Lunch packs
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    There will be ballast water available at launch

    Ballast on takeoff
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    There are toilets at, or near, the launch

    Toilets on takeoff
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    The organisers are using Airtribune for registration, tracking, blogging and to publish scores

    Airtribune managed
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    The organisers support reducing the use of unnecessary plastic at the event. This includes NOT giving disposable water bottles

    Plastic reduction

How to get here

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Niš is situated in south part of Serbia, 240 km away from Belgrade.

Event info

16th FAI Paragliding European Championship

Flying site

Sicevo is situated in the South East of Serbia. Its flying site extends 80 km to the North, 40 km to the South, 70 km to the East and 15 km to the West from take-offs.

North direction extends along Timok’s valley to the City of Zajecar. The highest hills here have the altitude of 1000 m ASL and the valley slopes down from 350 m to 150 m. Where landing place in Zajecar is located.
East direction begins with Sicevo Gorge and is 10 km long. The biggest river in this area, Nisava flows through the gorge, along the highway Nis – Sofia. Sicevo Gorge is a natural reserve and a spectacular part of the river Nišava valley lying at the end of the final slopes of Mt. Svrljiske Planine and Mt. Suva Planina.
Further towards the East, there is Bela Palanka’s valley, and further more there is Pirot’s valley, with altitudes of 250 – 400 m ASL.
North of Nisava, there is Svrljig’s mountain range. Its ridge is 20 km long with altitudes in between 1000 and 1360 m ASL. In 10 km to the South of Nisava, towards SE, we have a mountain range of Suva Planina which is 25 km long and has the highest peak of 1810 m ASL.
Altitude lower than 1500 m isn’t recommended to the pilots crossing the gorge. On the way one can find good thermals with normal lift of 3 – 6 m/s, often up to 10 m/s. There are 3 landing places in this area, all near the highway Nis – Sofia.
South direction begins with east part of Nis’ valley, 12 km long at 200 m ASL, and then the route leads across the mountain Selicevica with the highest peak of 1000 m ASL. This terrain is mostly covered with forest. Later the surface goes down to 220 – 250 m ASL. In the first half of this direction, one must pay attention to the net of power lines. Landing place here is a sports airport Leskovac with an altitude of 220 m ASL, located 40 km from the take-off.
West direction is limited to 15 km from take off because first of all there is an airport near the town and second reason is, that E wind is not good for flying in Sicevo region.

Flying season lasts the whole year but not every day is flyable. It depends on weather and winds for example as it was mentioned before in case of E wind it is not recommended to fly. The high season is summer and July is the best month for flying in Sicevo. In spring the thermals are normally stronger specially in April but it varies from year to year. Recently we have observed some changes in global weather affecting our flying site usual conditions. Autumn is good for flying too specially October with nice smooth thermals.

In the area that is usually used for tasks, low clouds can appear during the precipitation, and in the morning above afforested areas. Task can be set more than 100 km but average is about 70 km. Waves can occur only in case of strong S wind at 15 – 20 km to the South of the take-off. There are no background and valley winds. In July thermals usually appear at 11:00 a.m. and last until 18:00, sometimes up to 19:00. The best part of the day is from 14.00 to 18.00. Residual lift is possible in the late afternoon, mostly above rocks and inhabited places. Known turbulence areas are located at the northern side of Suva planina during S wind (approximately in 10 – 15 km to the South of take-off). Also there is a possibility of turbulence above the take-off during E and NE wind which are stronger than 4 m/s. Maximum recommended wind speed for task flying is 6 m/s on take-off with strokes up to 9 m/s, for all wind directions except NE for which maximum is 4 m/s.

Two of the take off launch grounds are located near the village of Sicevo. The road to the take offs is a bituminous one, and there is a small part of cobble and dirty road, as well.There is also a take off at Niska Banja but only for North wind direction.

Main take-offs

Relej - 1020 m ASL N 43˚ 21.406 E 22˚ 05.436 (43.35677, 22.0906)
The launch ground has got S, SSE, SW, WSW exposure. Its height above valley is 550-700 m. It is covered with grass and stones, with the slope of 20º - 30º. The ground is spacious - enough for simultaneous taking-off of 150 pilots. No power lines, no cables or any other hazards. There is a helicopter landing place 100 m from take-off and a lot of space for parking official and visitors’ cars. There is shadow under the sun shelters and wood. The organizers also provide water.

Fakir - 950 m ASL N 43˚ 21.660 E 22˚ 05.750 (43.361, 22.09583)
The launch ground has got W, NW, N, NE exposure. Its height above valley is 400 m. The slope is 20º - 30º and covered with grass. The ground is large enough for simultaneous taking-off of 20 pilots. Helicopter landing place is 440 m away from take-off. The shadow can be easily found. The water is provided


Niska Banja - 550 m ASL N 43˚ 17.113 E 22˚ 00.554 (43.28522, 22.00923)
The launch ground has got N, NE, W, NW exposure. Its height above valley is 350 m. The slope is 15º - 20º and covered with grass. Big enough for simultaneous taking-off for 10 pilots. No power lines, no cables or other hazards. The helicopter landing place is 700 m away from take-off. there is plenty of space for parking official and visitors’ cars. Water and sun shelters are provided.

Selection and entry fee

• The maximum number of pilots in the championship is 150.
• The maximum number of pilots that may be entered by a NAC is 15 total and 13 of one gender.
• The maximum number of pilots constituting a national team is 4 total and 1 of one gender.
Eligibility to compete

As per Section 7A.
The ranking reference date defining qualification criteria, nation priority table and allocation is: March 2020 ranking published on April 1, 2020.
Allocation and payments

Allocation will be done according to Section 7A.

The 1st round will be made on April 13th and its results published on April 14th.
Confirmation of payment must be sent to the organizers by email before April 22nd.
Applications with fees paid, but not received or confirmed by the deadline will be refused. After the payment deadline, the allocation table will be updated, any unpaid places being reallocated.

The 2nd round will be made on April 27th and its results published on April 28th. Confirmation of payment must be sent to the organizers by email before May 06th.
Applications with fees paid, but not received or confirmed by the deadline will be refused. After the payment deadline, the allocation table will be updated, any unpaid places being reallocated.

The 3rd round will be made on May 11th and its results published on May 12th. Confirmation of payment must be sent to the organizers by email before May 19th. For any late payment, a supplementary fee of 50.00 euros will be applied.

Between May 20th and the beginning of the competition, if any spot becomes open because of cancellation or for any reason, that spot will be reallocated.

Prize fund and scoring categories

According to Section 7

General schedule

23rd August
11,00-17,00 Official Registration
17,30-18,30 Mandatory Safety Briefing
20,00-22,00 Opening Ceremony

24th August
08,45-16,00 Official Training Day

25th August - 04th September
08,00-21,00 Contest Flying Days

05th September
10,30-11,30 Prize Giving Ceremony

Daily schedule


• 08:00 - Headquarters open
• 08:15 - Deadline for protests of the previous day
• 08:15 - Team leader briefing
• 08:45 - Transportation to Take off
• 10:00 - Meet Director / Task and Safety Committee meetings
• 10:45 - Pilots' briefing / Previous task official results / Task definition
• 11:30 - Take-off window opens
• 16:00 - Scoring office opens
• 21:00 - Provisional results (depends of last pilot retrieved time)
• 21:30 - Scoring office closes
• 23:00 - Complaints resolution published

Accommodation and Activities

1. Hotel New City - is 150m from HQ
Please download Price List of New City Hotel for more info
Special offer for pilots is 12% discount on prices below.

2. Hotel regent - is 250m from HQ
Please download Price List, and Room Pictures of Regent Hotel for more info
Special offer for pilots is 15% discount on regular prices.

3.Oficial event HQ will be in centre of Niš, building is shown on map (Oficirski dom).

Around HQ there are many accommodation.

How to get here

Niš is situated in south part of Serbia, 240 km away from Belgrade.

Jeronimova 4a, Niš, Serbia
Nis Serbia

Plane

You can arrive by plane to Belgrade or to Nis International airport Konstantin the Great.

Bus

If you come from Belgrade, take a bus to Nis from Belgrade Main bus station. Ticket price is about 13 Euro.

From Nis to Niska Banja there is a regular bus service too.

Bus timetable and other information can be found here .

Car

If you come from Belgrade the easiest way to come to Niska Banja is to drive down the highway to Nis and Sofia and after Nis take the road for Niska Banja at the end of the highway.

Taxi

Belgrade Airport - Belgrade bus station - 10 Euro
Nis Airport - Niska Banja - 10 Euro

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Organizers

Zeljko Ovuka
General Organiser
Goran Dimiskovski
Meet Director
Zoran Petrovic
Safety Director
Srdjan Stanojevic
Scorer
Elena Filonova
Livetracking
Slavisa Lazarevic
Take Off Marshall
Jelena Kracun
Transport Manager

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