The 15th European Paragliding Championship, organized under the flag and rules of Fédération Aéronautique Internationale will take place in Montalegre - Portugal, from 16 to 28 of July 2018View more
The flying site is situated on the north of Portugal with high mountains and open valleys, surrounded by vast plains to several directions, the place is a perfect and secure for cross-country flights. Especially good, for local triangulations up to 100km as demonstrated in the last World Cup events.View more
The 15th European Paragliding Championship, organized under the flag and rules of Fédération Aéronautique Internationale will take place in Montalegre - Portugal, from 16 to 28 of July 2018. Montalegre and its surrounding region, has a long tradition of holding top level International Competitions, namely the FAI World Paragliding Championship in 2003 and several Paragliding World Cup competitions since then.
FPVL and the Montalegre municipality welcome all the pilots and all teams,
and wish to all a pleasant stay and good flying experience.
Pavilhão Multiusos de Montalegre
Av. Nuno Álvares Pereira 413
Avenida Cidade de Lourenço Marques
Módulo 2 Praceta B
Phone: +351 218 522 885
Rua Eduardo Mondelane,
2835-116, Baixa da Banheira
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 30 total and 28 of one gender.
The maximum number of pilots constituting a national team is 5 total and 4 of one gender.
Non-Continental guest pilots are accepted in the conditions of FAI Sporting Code Section 7 Common 2.5.3.
Deadlines for applications to compete, allocation and payments are the same as for Continental pilots.
Eligibility to compete: according to FAI Sporting Code Section 7A - 2.2.2.
Exceptions to pilot qualification requirements: according to FAI Sporting Code Section 7A - 2.2.6.
The ranking reference date for qualification criteria, nation priority table and allocation is the ranking published on April 1, 2018.
Registration will be open on March 1, 2018 and finishing on April 16, 2018.
All information required on the application form must be filled.
Application and information must be validated by the NAC or their official representative. Application not validated by the NAC or their official representative will be disregarded.
NAC’s are invited to submit applications for pilots in high enough numbers, so they can be included in case of extra allocation rounds.
If more applications are received than the maximum number of pilots allowed in the championship, allocation rounds will be made according to FAI Sporting Code Section 7A 2.3.
The first allocation round will be made and results published on the official website on April 17, 2018.
The entry fee payment process will start on April 18, 2018.
Confirmation of payment transfers must be sent to the organisers by email before May 17, 2018:
Applications with fees paid, but not received or confirmed by the deadline will be refused.
After the first payment deadline, the team allocation table will be updated. Any unpaid places will be reallocated.
The final allocation will be made on May 18, 2018 until a total of 150 pilots are reached or no more applications remain.
The deadline for the final payment will be June 25, 2018.
For any late payment, a supplementary fee of 50 € will be applied.
If places remain unallocated (cancellation or for any reason), additional pilots (European or non-European) may register until the registration day of the competition, as long as said pilots fulfil the entry and eligibility to compete criteria.
Any remaining spots will be offered:
First to a European pilot of the same NAC in the situation of the vacancy coming from a cancellation.
Second to European pilots in the order of the WPRS nation ranking, starting where the second allocation round finished.
Third, to a non-European pilots.
The Entry fee will be:
450 € per pilot;
250 € per team leader / assistant;
Team leaders who are also pilots in the competition will pay only the pilot entry fee.
The payment should be made to:
Bank: Caixa Geral de Depositos
Account Name: Federacao Portuguesa de Voo Livre
Accunt Number: 0557037690230
IBAN Code: PT50 0035 0557 00037690230 92
SWIFT Code: CGDIPTPL
The organisers require documentary proof in English of a valid:
• Insurance covering public liability risk to the value of minimum one hundred thousand (100,000) €, which must be presented to the organisers at registration.
• Insurance for personal accident covering paragliding specific activities in Portugal and Spain, including life and permanent disability with a minimum value of twenty seven thousand five hundred (27,500) € and treatment/medical expenses and repatriation coverage with a minimum value of five thousand (5,000) €.
The organiser will offer at the HQ prior to registration:
Insurance covering public liability risk and medical/accident insurance at a price of 80 €.
All other details and info can be found in the Local Regulations Document
Prize fund and scoring categories
There will be Cups and Medals for each category.
16th of July – 09:00 to 18:00 // Headquarters.
Mandatory Safety Briefing:
16th of July – 18:15 to 19:15 // Headquarters.
16th of July – 19:30 // Place to be announced.
16th of July – 21:00 // Place to be announced.
1st Team Leader Meeting:
17th of July – 08:30 to 9:30 // Headquarters.
Official Training Day:
17th of July.
Contest Flying Days:
18th to 28th of July.
Prize-Giving & Closing Ceremony:
28th of July – 21:00 // Place to be announced.
The hours are subject to change. 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. They will be posted on the official board at headquarters or sent to all team leaders by SMS or email.
On training and competition days:
Team Leader meeting
Transportation to take off
Task and Safety Committee meetings
Pilot briefing/Task briefing
Take-off window opens
(depending on the actual weather conditions)
Scoring office opens
(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 Leaders briefing and sent to all team leaders by SMS or email.
Accommodation and Activities
“You may not believe in witches, but they exist,” is an old Portuguese saying. In the only Friday 13th of the year, witches, demons, and elves are heading to Montalegre. Why? The town celebrates the "capital of mysticism" - an event that began in 2002, and has turned into one of the biggest street parties in the country.
Ready to face your demons? They are waiting for you in Montalegre. This town in the North/Central; part of Portugal, near the border, transforms itself into a Halloween party town that attracts more than 40 thousand visitors every Friday 13th from all over the country.
This year it will happen on the 13th of July, 3 days before the beginning of the competition and at the end of the National Paragliding Championship. Join us and get inspired.
You can check the extended list of accommodation possibilities here
How to get here
The Serra do Larouco is located in the region of Trás-os-Montes,
in the famous Lands Barroso, on the border between Portugal and Spain.
If you come by car (your own or rent at airport), you have two choices:
Porto › Vila Real › Montalegre
Porto › Braga › Montalegre
Driving distances from main city airports near:
Porto - 170km
Lisbon - 460km
Vigo (Spain) - 160km
Madrid (Spain) - 490km
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