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Finnish Aeronatical Club (FAA) and Southern Finland Paragliding Club (ESV) welcome you to the 2014 Paragliding Finnish Open at Kiikala airfield in Finland. Airfield is located in the middle of beautiful Finnish countryside surrounded by forests,lakes and fields.

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Flying site

Kiikala airfield (ICAO EFIK) is in south-western Finland, about 100 km west from capital city of Helsinki. Nearest large town is town of Salo that is about 40km west from the airfield. Kiikala airfield is the home base of the Southern Finland Paragliding Club.

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How to get here

Kiikala is in south-western Finland, about 100 km west from capital city of Helsinki.

Event info

Finnish Aeronatical Club (FAA) and Southern Finland Paragliding Club (ESV) welcome you to the 2014 Paragliding Finnish Open at Kiikala airfield in Finland. Airfield is located in the middle of beautiful Finnish countryside surrounded by forests,lakes and fields. Terrain provides good thermal conditions and pleasant flatland XC flying during the long summer days. This is the first time when Paragliding Finnish Open will be organized in Kiikala, but the nearby airfield of Räyskälä is famous for its successful gliding competitions including the 33rd World Gliding Championships that will be organized in June 2014 just before the 2014 Paragliding Finnish Open.

Flying site

Kiikala airfield (ICAO EFIK) is in south-western Finland, about 100 km west from capital city of Helsinki. Nearest large town is town of Salo that is about 40km west from the airfield. Kiikala airfield is the home base of the Southern Finland Paragliding Club. In addition to paragliders there are also sail planes and ultra lights operating from there. Elevation of the area is only about 100 meters MSL. There are no hills whatsoever, so the good flatland XC flying skills are essential. Take-off method is towing. All pilots are expected to master tow launches. There are paved runways 18/36 ja 10/28.
Main runway 18/36 is officially 930 meters long but there is 1350 meters in use for paraglider towing. Runway 10/28 is only 600 m long and it will be used only in case of side wind.
There is a club house at the airfield, but the facilities are fairly limited. Club house will be used as the event head quarters. There is WiFi available in the club house, though.
Mobile phone network coverage is also pretty good.

Flying season is from May to September. Long midsummer days provide plenty of opportunities for XC flights and tasks up to 100 km. Cloud base in summer is typically 1500-2200m. From July to August there is an increased risk of overdeveloping clouds. Terrain at the airfield is usually very dry, which may induce some dust devils from time to time. Midday conditions in the summer can be sometimes strong. Generally the thermal strength is in range on 4-6 m/s.
Thermals start developing around 10 a.m. being strongest around the midday. At summer time one can expect to find light lift even as late as 7 p.m.

You can view some XC flights from Kiikala at http://www.xcontest.org/world/en/flights-search/?filter[point]=23.6526%2060.46852&list[sort]=pts&list[dir]=down

Take off - 60.46222, 23.6525 (60°27'44.00"N 23°39'9.00"E) - 116 m (381 ft) ASL.
Take-off method is towing. Towing direction depends on the prevailing winds. Surface at take off is gravel.

More information about the airfield http://lentopaikat.fi/en/kiikala-efik/

Organizers

Southern Finland Paragliding Club (ESV)
Finnish Aeronautical Association
Helsinki-Malmi Airport
FI-00700 Helsinki
Tel: (09) 3509 340
Fax: (09) 3509 3440
e-mail: sil@ilmailuliitto.fi
http://www.ilmailuliitto.fi/
Kimmo Korhonen
Competition Organizer & Safety Director
Mauri Keinänen
Meet Director
Essi-Noora Jylänki
Launch Marshall
Juha Niinimäki
Scorer & Event Reporter

Selection and entry fee

Finnish Aeronatical Club (FAA) and Southern Finland Paragliding Club (ESV) welcome you to the 2014 Paragliding Finnish Open at Kiikala airfield in Finland. Airfield is located in the middle of beautiful Finnish countryside surrounded by forests,lakes and fields. Terrain provides good thermal conditions and pleasant flatland XC flying during the long summer days. This is the first time when Paragliding Finnish Open will be organized in Kiikala, but the nearby airfield of Räyskälä is famous for its successful gliding competitions including the 33rd World Gliding Championships that will be organized in June 2014 just before the 2014 Paragliding Finnish Open.

Prize fund and scoring categories

1st, 2nd and 3rd ranked - Overall in the competition
1st, 2nd and 3rd ranked - Women overall in the competition. This category will be made in case we have 5 or more women on competition.
1st, 2nd and 3rd ranked - Sport class (max EN-C glider) overall in the competition. This category will be made in case we have 5 or more qualifying participants in the competition.
1st, 2nd and 3rd ranked - Finland national championships
1st, 2nd and 3rd ranked - Women Finland national championships. This category will be made in case we have 5 or more Finnish women on competition.

General schedule

Sunday, 6 July, 2014
07:30 - 09:00 Registration
10:00 First competition briefing

Sunday, 6 July - Saturday 12 July, 2014
Competition flying days

Saturday, 12 July, 2014
from 19:00 Prize-giving and closing party

Daily schedule

08:30 - Headquarters open
09:00 - Deadline for protests of the previous day
09:30 - Meet Director / Task and Safety Committee meetings
10:00 - Pilots briefing / Task definition
11:00 - Take-off window opens
16:00 - Scoring office opens at the main Headquarter
18:00 - Safe landing report deadline
20:00 - Scoring office closes
21:00 - Provisional results
22:00 - Complaints resolution published

Accommodation and Activities

How to get here

The HQ is located in the club house at Kiikala airfield.

Salo, Kiikala,Oinasjärventie, 465
Kiikala FI

Plane

Most international flights land at Helsinki-Vantaa International Airport, which is located in Vantaa, 18 kilometers to the north of the central Helsinki.
Competition HQ is 100 west from Helsinki-Vantaa airport. Rental car is the most convenient option to reach Kiikala airfield.

Bus

There is a regular express bus connection from Helsinki to Turku. Nearest bus stop is about 15 km from the competition HQ. Contact organizers for a pickup from the bus stop.

Car

From Helsinki drive the E18 motorway 100 km towards Turku. Turn from junction 18 towards Kiikala / Suomusjärvi and drive 4.4 km.
Then turn right to Oinasjärventie. Drive 5.2 km and turn right to Kiikala airfield.

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Confirmed pilots
Total registered
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Women
Men
# Name Sponsor Glider Status

Overall

  1. AriPekka Sahlstrom (101)
  2. Jouni Makkonen (8)
  3. Kari Ramo (2)

Overall results

Tasks and results

Task 1

06 Jul, 2014

68.9 km — Race to goal

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Task 2

07 Jul, 2014

49.8 km — Race to goal

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Task 3

08 Jul, 2014

37.3 km — Race to goal

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Task 4

09 Jul, 2014

37.8 km — Race to goal

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Task 5

10 Jul, 2014

26.3 km — Race to goal

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Task 6

11 Jul, 2014

82.1 km — Race to goal

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