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Now in it's 4th year, pilots love the fun and friendly atmosphere, the in-depth daily briefings and the easy access to some of the best pilots in the world. You will find this to be the perfect springboard into competition flying, or maybe you will see it as the ideal environment in which to improve your XC skills.

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Flying site

Kobala is a famous flying site in Soca river valley in Slovenia. With the landing place in Tolmin it is intended for flying hang gliders and paragliders, for sport flying, competitions, events and training hang glider and paraglider pilots.

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Prize funds and scoring categories

  • Overall Class (EN-D and below)
  • NAVITER TEAM
  • Womens Class
  • Leisure Class (EN-B and below)
  • Sports Class (EN-C and below)
More information about prizes and categories

How to get here

Travel to Tolmin, Slovenia, by car, by train, by air.

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Event info


Now in it's 4th year, pilots love the fun and friendly atmosphere, the in-depth daily briefings and the easy access to some of the best pilots in the world. You will find this to be the perfect springboard into competition flying, or maybe you will see it as the ideal environment in which to improve your XC skills. Or simply enjoy flying in an international, friendly setting where the flying and social experience counts for much more than the results.

Of course, Naviter are specialists for instruments, so expect there to be plenty of teaching on how you can improve your flying in this area.

The Naviter Open is a CAT 2 competition open to all Serial Class pilots (Pilots flying EN-A to EN-D wings), 2-liners excluded. It is being held in Tolmin, Slovenia. The event is being supported by Naviter and and the Naviter Team.

At the end, we will be giving away lots of prizes through our famous 'names in a hat' system we have used each year. There will be Naviter Oudie5's, Hypers, Flytec instruments and more. But you have to be there to win.

Slovenia is a beautiful venue and the flying is awesome. Set in the heart of the Julian Alps, you have it all. Grassy launches, amazing scenery and huge landing fields. Typical tasking is 40-80km flying in a pure Alpine environment. The Soca valley is very friendly, with landouts throughout in generally large, open fields. Typically we do not have strong valley winds. The backdrop of the Julian Alps is stunning, often still with Snow capped mountains in June. The camp site, where the event is based, makes the perfect venue for us to be hosted, with a bar, food and landing field all on hand. Otherwise, it is just a short drive to the town where you can find an array of hotels and accommodations to suit all budgets.

We look forward to flying with you here!

Flying site

Kobala is a famous flying site in Soca river valley in Slovenia. With the landing place in Tolmin it is intended for flying hang gliders and paragliders, for sport flying, competitions, events and training hang glider and paraglider pilots. Kobala ia a popular paragliding and hang gliding take-off, as well as an excellent starting point for long cross-country flights on the southern crest of the Julian Alps and a well-known competition site. The best conditions for long cross-country flights are with a very weak general N or E wind. However, the western wind, more suitable for local flying, will normally predominate. Allowed airspace up to 2900 m AMSL.

Kobala take-off 1080 m ASL, N46° 10.86, E13° 46.76.
Suitable wind direction: E, SE, SW, W.
A very large ,nicely maintained meadow on the pointed top of the forest-covered Kobala hill. Two take-off directions are possible depending on the direction of the wind. It is located above the town of Tolmin offers good conditions to launch in a wide range of winds, from ENE to WNW. Although not too big, on a flying day gentle breeze allows many pilots to launch quick without any problems. Access 4 km by car, right to the take-off area.

Landing: official Kobala landing is 2 km after the city of Tolmin on the road going to Kobarid, rigth side of the road along a dirt road, 500m from main road. good reference point is the helipad, there're two windsocks on this field. the emergency landing field is in front of Tolmin, where the road splits like figure V. During the competition we will be using the main landing by the campsite Gabrje, located 2,5 km NW from the official Tolmin landing.

Selection and entry fee




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We are offering you a place in the Naviter Open. Please make your payment in the next 14 days for the event. If you have not paid in the 14 days then we will offer your place to the next person on the waiting list. However, if you require more time to organise your payment, just drop us an email and let us know so we can hold your place a little longer.

PAYMENT
Event cost: €270 Euros ( £235 GBP)

Remember, the event is a Serial Class only competition. That means no CCC gliders, nor 2-liners. But EN-D's and below are allowed (allowing for the 2-liner exclusion). We want to have a fun week where everyone feels like they have a chance of scoring well, regardless of what they fly.
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BANK TRANSFER
To pay by bank transfer please also email us to confirm the details of your transfer in order that we can identify your payment.

PAYPAL
You can arrange payment via our Paypal account, which is secure and accepts international payments.
Please include your name in the messages box if using someone else's Paypal.

Paying by Paypal means y our entry fee is paid immediately, unlike bank transfers which can take several days. This ensures you do not miss out on your place if you are close to the payment deadline.
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All Pilots must hold the following:
- An FAI IPPI 5 licence (contact us in advance if you need one)
- An FAI Sporting Licence (Don't confuse this with an IPPI card)
- GPS which records a 3D track log,
- Medical/Travel insurance)
- Third party liability insurance

In addition, you must supply a copy of a Certificate of Airworthiness valid in the 2 years prior to the event start & a photo of the certification label in the wing (for wings less than 2 years old and with the manufacture date published in the wing, that is sufficient). You can upload this in Airtribune

All the above will be checked at registration

Also:
- SMS text phone
- Recently repacked reserve parachute
- Helmet
- Harness with certified back protection
- 2M Radio capable of 143.900 Mhz FM

If you do not have ALL of the above you will NOT be permitted to participate.
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CANCELLATION POLICY
Pilots should note our cancellation policy, inkeeping with all major events;

CANCELLATION BY YOU
Any pilots who cancels their registration will be given refunds as follows:
> Cancellation within 7 days of paying = 95% refund
or
> Cancellation date more than 60 days before competition start date* = 50%
refund of entry price
> Cancellation date less than 60 days before comp start* = 0% refund of entry price

Cancellations must be informed by email and the date at which the email is received will be used to calculate your refund.
Please be aware, refunds are not immediate. If we are busy in the main flying season then we only do admin 1 day per month. Your deposit and/or payment is NOT transferable. There is a strict selection process and you cannot bypass this by passing your payment to another pilot.

Please ensure you have adequate holiday travel insurance to cover any losses if you later find you are unable to participate!

Prize fund and scoring categories

Overall - All gliders in the competition
Sports - All gliders EN-C and below
Leisure - All gliders EN-B and below
Women - All females

Please note. CCC and 2-liner gliders are not allowed.

General schedule

Naviter Open Programme 2020

Saturday 13 June:
14.00pm- 20.00pm: Registration

Sunday 14 June Task 1
8.45am: “Mandatory Safety Briefing” - Brett Janaway
10.00: Transport to launch
ASAP on landing - GPS Download @HQ
19.00 - Talk...

Monday 15 June Task 2
9:30am: Daily Briefing - Brett Janaway
10am: Transport to launch
ASAP on landing - GPS Download @HQ
6pm - 7pm: Debrief
7.15pm - 8.30pm: Talk: Guest speaker...

Tuesday 16 June Task 3
9:30am: Daily Briefing - Brett Janaway
10am: Transport to launch
ASAP on landing - GPS Download @HQ
6pm - 7pm: Task debrief with detailed track log analysis - Naviter Team
7.30pm onwards - "Party in town"

Wednesday 17 June Task 4
9:30am: Daily Briefing - Brett Janaway
10am: Transport to launch
ASAP on landing - GPS Download @HQ
6pm - 7pm: Task debrief with detailed track log analysis
7pm - 8pm: Talk: Guest speaker...

Thursday 18 June Task 5
9:30am: Daily Briefing - Brett Janaway
10am: Transport to launch
5pm - 6pm: GPS Download @HQ
6pm - 7pm: Task debrief with detailed track log analysis
7pm - 8pm: Talk: Guest speaker...

Friday 19 June Task 6
9:30am: Daily Briefing - Brett Janaway
10am: Transport to launch
ASAP on landing - GPS Download @HQ
6-7 pm The Naviter Open Prize Draw

Daily schedule

On competition days:

08h30: Headquarters open
09h30: Morning briefing @ HQ
10h00: Transportation to take off
10h30: Task and Safety Committee meetings
11h15: Pilot briefing/Task briefing
11h30: Take-off window opens (depending on the actual weather conditions)
16h00: Scoring office opens
19h00: Provisional results (depending on the last pilot being retrieved)

The daily schedule is subject to change. Any changes to the schedule will be posted on the whiteboard in HQ. Changes will be announced by the Meet Director at the Daily briefing

Accommodation and Activities

Slovenia has accommodation options to suit all budgets. The camping options are ideal because they are centrally located and within 2 minutes walk of the competition headquarters.
Camper vans and Tents:
The Camping Gabrje campsite are the hosts for the FlyFurther this year. All the facilities you need including electricity, toilets & showers, restaurant & bar, Wifi, and the competition HQ are within 2 minutes walk of the camping pitches. For camping there is no need to pre-book, simply register at the front desk on arrival.
Further details of the campsite can be found at:
CampGabrje http://www.camp-gabrje.com/

Hotels & Pensions:
There are several pensions and hotel options in and around Tolmin.

The Tolmin Tourist website: https://www.dolina-soce.com/en/
Local goings-on and services.
In: English, Italian, German, French & Slovene

Booking.com https://www.booking.com/
A large selections of hotels in the region available for booking.
NOTE: Almost all hotels will require some form of transport to get to the HQ as they are minimum 1km from the camp site.

How to get here

By car:
Tolmin is about a 14 hour drive from Calais/Dunkirk, about 6 hours from southern France and around 2 hours from Venice, Italy.

Airports
The nearest main international airport is Venice(VCN) (3 hours drive). Trevesio (3 hours), Trieste (45 mins) and Ljubljana (90 mins) airports represent attractive alternatives. Venice airport is serviced by many airlines.

Minibus transfer to and from Airports:
The Fly Further organisers might organise airport transfers on the Thursday if there is enough interest. Please register your airport transfer by emailing brett@xtc-paragliding.com.

Transfers from Tolmin back to the airport might also be available on similar terms on the following Thursday, as required. If you have any special transfer requests please email us.

Train:
Trains from Venice to the Tolmin region (Most na Soci) cost about 40 Euro.

Taxis:
Taxis from Venice to Tolmin cost about 300Euros.

Car hire:
There are a multitude of car hire companies operating out of all the airports. If hiring your car in Italy please make sure you have insurance and permission to cross the border into Slovenia. There is not normally any additional charge for this.

Gabrje 29, 5220 Tolmin, Słowenia
Tolmin SI

Plane

The nearest international airports are Ljubljana (85 km away) and Trieste (70 km away) in Italy. From there you can catch a bus to Tolmin.

Bus

You can get to Tolmin by bus from most of the major cities in Slovenia.
If you travel from Ljubljana, you will find the timetable here:
http://www.ap-ljubljana.si/en/
If you travel from Nova Gorica, you will find the timetable here:
http://www.avrigo.si/potniski_prevozi/linijski_promet/vozni_red/

Train

There is a train station at the nearby town of Most na Soci. It is about 10 minutes by taxi to Tolmin. Connecting trains are hard though as it is a small service. You can come from the north, through from Austria, with a change at Jesenice. You can also board at Nova Gorica in the south.

There is a Car Train service from the north than can turn a 1 hour car drive into a 35 minute ride through the beautiful valleys. But there are only 3 or 4 services a day, from Bohinska Bistrica.

Car

You can get to Tolmin either from Kobarid, Nova Gorica or Ljubljana/Idrija. The Headquarters are located at Gabrje Campsite, which is ca. 4 km NW from Tolmin by the Soca river.

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