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The 14h FAI Paragliding European Championship held in Krushevo, Macedonia from 8th to 20th August 2016. This legendary European flying site welcomes 150 best European pilots and guests...

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Situated at an altitude of 1350m, Krushevo is the highest town in the Balkans, 159 km from the capital Skopje, 55 km from Bitola, 32 km from Prilep, and only 68 km from the Macedonian - Greek crossing border “Medzitlia - Niki”.

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The 14h FAI Paragliding European Championship held in Krushevo, Macedonia from 8th to 20th August 2016. This legendary European flying site welcomes 150 best European pilots and guests.

Flying site

Situated at an altitude of 1350m, Krushevo is the highest town in the Balkans, 159 km from the capital Skopje, 55 km from Bitola, 32 km from Prilep, and only 68 km from the Macedonian - Greek crossing border “Medzitlia - Niki”. Main takeoff places are East and West starts. Very comfortable even for beginners they also enjoy excellent (in mountain terms) roads connections.
East Start 1420m ASL (41.340802, 21.256547)
It is facing east - northeast towards Pelagonia Valley. It is several minutes drive from the town and an asphalt road goes almost through the launch. When you take the paraglider out from the car, it is already on the place where it should be open. Lazy pilots will love this launch. East Start is a grassy shallow slope bordered by big trees from the South, which offers thick shadows in sunny days.
Home thermals are everywhere: on the left, on the right side from the take off and sometimes straight ahead.
All kind of different cross-country flights can be made from East start. Usual flights are out-and-return to town Prilep to the East, all kind of triangles and zigzags in the valley or over the ridge or distance flights to the South up to the Greek border. Coming back from the South is quite difficult because in "normal" summer afternoon light north wind is blowing through the valley. A good road connection helps coming back.
West Start 1440m ASL
It's a secondary smaller take off place facing west - southwest, it is 500 meters away from East Start. Cars, again, can be driven right up to the launch.
The same cross-country flights can be done from here. Landing fields under this launch are smaller than on the other side of mountain where there are very large fields, mostly grassy. This launch can also be used for beginners so landings should suit competition pilots too!

Organizers

FAI
Fédération Aéronautique Internationale
VFM
Macedonian Aeronautical Federation
Paragliding Club Delta
local organiser team
Goran Dimiskovski
Meet Director / Organizer
Martin Jovanoski
Organizer
Goran Dimiskovski
Organizer
Goran Dimiskovski
Organizer

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 20, maximum 18 of the
same gender.
The maximum number of pilots constituting a national team is 6 total and 5 of one gender.

Pilots from other continents
If any spots remain available after the reallocation process is finished for European pilots,
organizers may allocate spots to suitable pilots from other continents. Such pilots will have to fit the general qualification criteria of the meet.

Pilots will be allocated in the WPRS order with one woman pilot accepted for every 4 men selected.

Eligibility to compete :
The ranking reference date for qualification criteria, nation priority table and allocation is April 2016 ranking published on May 1st, 2016. On May 1st 2016 or in the 24 months before, a pilot has to have either ranked in the top 500 in the European WPRS or scored a minimum of 20 WPRS points in any single FAI sanctioned event.

Exceptions to pilot qualification requirements As per Section 7.

Application to compete:
Applications for European and non-European pilots alike must be made through the following web: airtribune.com/europg2016 starting from February 15 and finishing on May 8. NAC’s are invited to submit applications for pilots in high enough numbers, so they can be included in case of extra allocation rounds.

Registration will be open on February 15, 2016.
The team leaders are to send National teams lists to dimiskovskigoran@gmail.com.

• The first allocation round will be made on May 9 until a total of 150 pilots is reached or no more application of European pilots remain. If any spots remain, they will be allocated to non-European pilots. Results will be published on the official website on May 9.
• The entry fee payment process will start on May 10. Confirmation of payment transfers must be sent to the organizers by email dimiskovskigoran@gmail.com before June 7. Applications with fees paid not received or confirmed by the deadline will be refused.
• On June 8, unpaid or open spots will be reallocated. The allocation will be made until a total of 150 pilots is reached or no more application of European pilots remain. If any spot remain, they will be allocated to non-European pilots.
• Results will be published on the official website on June 9. The deadline for the final payment will be 15th of July, 2016. For any late payment, a supplementary fee of 50 euro will be applied.
• Between the 9th of June and the beginning of the competition, if any spot becomes open because of cancellation or for any reason, the spot will be offered:
• – First to a European pilot of the same NAC.
• – Second to a European pilot of another NAC (in the order of the WPRS nation ranking starting where the second allocation round finished).
• – Third, to a non-European pilot.

All other details and info can be found in the Local Regulations Document

Prize fund and scoring categories

Overall
Women
Nations
There will be Cups and Medals for each category.
Also, additional prizes from the Partners will be given to the winners.

General schedule

Programme


Official Registration:
8th of August, 12h00 – 18h00
Competition Headquarters

1st Team leader meeting:
8th of August, 18h30 – 19h30
Hotel Montana Congress Hall

Training day:
9th of August

Mandatory Safety Briefing:
9th of August, 18h20 – 19h20
Hotel Montana Congress Hall

Opening ceremony/Parade:
9th of August, 19h30 pm

Welcome Food and drinks:
9th of August, 21h00

Contest flying days:
10th of August to 20th of August
(maximum of 10 competition tasks, 1 mandatory rest day)

Prize-giving & Closing Ceremony:
20th of August, 21h00
Krushevo Main Square or Montana Hotel
(depending on weather conditions)

The programme is subject to change with CIVL approval. Any changes before the start of the competition will be posted on the website.After the start of the competition, changes will be announced by the Meet Director at the Team Leaders briefing and posted on the official board at headquarters.

Daily schedule

On training and competition days:

08h30: Headquarters open
08h45: Team Leader meeting
09h30: Transportation to take off
10h15: Task and Safety Committee meetings
11h15: Pilot briefing/Task briefing
12h00: Take-off window opens (depending on the actual weather conditions)
16h00: Scoring office opens
21h00: Provisional results (depending on the last pilot being retrieved)

The daily schedule is subject to change. Any changes to the schedule before the start of the competition will be posted on the website. After the start of the competition, changes will be announced by the Meet Director at the Team Leader’s briefing

Accommodation and Activities

Hotel Montana Palace is providing all services during the comp.
HQ, parties, Opening and closing ceremony.
Highly recommended accommodation venue.
http://www.montanapalace.com/

How to get here

Traditional HQ place for all the comps in Macedonia...

Krusevo is on around a 2 hour drive (160 km) from Skopje Airport.

Hotel Montana Palace Municipality of Krusevo, Macedonia
Krushevo MK

Plane

International airports in Skopje and Ohrid connects Macedonia with several major European cities. Close regional airports in Belgrade, Sofia and Thessaloniki can also be used, as they are all within a few hours' drive from Macedonia.


Low cost airlines flying to Macedonia
TurkishAirlines http://www.turkishairlines.com - Turkey, Russia, Brazil, India, Israel, Spain, Canada, China, Korea, Norway, France, CzechRepublic, SouthAfrica, Japan, UnitedStates,Ukraine.
SWISS http://www.swiss.com - Denmark, Brazil, India, Israel, Spain, Canada, Norway, Poland, France, CzechRepublic, Japan, SouthAfrica, UnitedStates
WizzAir, WizzAirUkraine http://wizzair.com/ - Great Britain, Italy
Air Berlin http://www.airberlin.com, TUIfly http://www.tuifly.com/de/index.html - Germany, Spain, Canada, Switzerland, UnitedStates
Pegasus http://www.flypgs.com - Denmark,Israel,Ukraine
CroatiaAirlines http://www.croatiaairlines.com -Netherlands, France, Croatia
Adria http://www.adria.si/ - Slovenia

Bus

A number of bus lines connect Macedonia with all neighbouring countries and other European cities. Buses are frequent, and offer relatively inexpensive fares and professional service. Usually they depart from Skopje bus station.
Travelling on public inter-city buses in Macedonia used to be quite an interesting experience, since it usually included loud folk music and the risk of having to travel next to very different people with sometimes not so pleasant habits, subject to many urban legends and jokes. At present, public buses have improved and most of them have air-conditioning as well. Still, if you decide to travel by a public inter-city bus, do check it first before buying a ticket.

Train

An international train, operating daily, twice a day, connects Ljubljana (Slovenia) and Thessaloniki (Greece) via Macedonia. It stops at Tabanovce (the Macedonia-Serbia border crossing point), Kumanovo, Skopje, Veles, Gradsko, Negotino, DemirKapija, and Gevgelija (Greek border crossing point), as well as a few small villages. From Skopje, Veles and Gradsko there are train connections to Prilep (35 km from Krusevo).

Car

The international highway E-75 runs north-south from Serbia to Greece, bisecting Macedonia. This is the most common route for overland tourists to take for entering Macedonia. There are also good roads connecting the country with Bulgaria to the East and Albania to the West.
Krusevo is on around a 2 hour drive (160 km) from Skopje Airport, via Motorway "Alexander of Macedon"/A1/А1 and A1, or on about 1 h 36 min drive (119.7 km) from Ohrid Airport via E65 and R1305 (note that this path is not a highway).

Rent-a-car
Numerous car-rental companies, run by both Macedonian companies and local representatives of recognized Western companies are available in Macedonia. Among the latter there are Sixth, Avis and Hertz, whereas among the most prominent Macedonian companies one should name Biveks, Ineks, Mn, Ni-Mar Komerc and Putnik-Eurodolar.
Rental car prices in Macedonia generally start from 40-50 euros per day, though for longer periods the rate can be somewhat lower. In order to rent a car, be prepared to present a valid passport and driver's license from your home country.


Driving tips
Driving in Macedonia by car: While roads in Macedonia are generally good, drivers should watch out for falling rock zones in mountainous areas, and dogs, cows and sheep in rural areas. Drivers should also note that in Macedonia it is illegal to talk on a mobile phone while driving, seatbelts are mandatory and headlights have to be on during the day.

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Tasks and results

Task 1

10 Aug, 2016

87.7 km — Race to goal

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Task 2

11 Aug, 2016

77.0 km — Race to goal

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Task 3

13 Aug, 2016

94.1 km — Race to goal

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Task 4

14 Aug, 2016

100.9 km — Race to goal

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Task 5

15 Aug, 2016

82.6 km — Race to goal

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Task 6

16 Aug, 2016

115.6 km — Race to goal

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Task 7

17 Aug, 2016

97.9 km — Race to goal

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Task 8

19 Aug, 2016

70.9 km — Race to goal

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Task 9

20 Aug, 2016

94.9 km — Race to goal

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