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Now in it's 5ᵗʰ 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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  • 108 Pilots Confirmed
  • 288 Pilots total registered
  • 270 EUR Entry fee
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  • 108 Pilots max allowed
  • 43 Countries presented
  • ✅ EN-D & below allowed
    ❌ CCC wings prohibited
  • 🏆 🏅 FAI Status = CAT 2
  • left before start of event
  • before registration 13/06 14:00 (Europe/Ljubljana)
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    The organiser will supply Live trackers 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 rescue services at launch

    Medic on takeoff
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    The region generally has good phone coverage

    Good phone coverage
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    We will be monitoring radios for your safety whilst you fly

    Radio coverage
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    Live Tracking is MANDATORY in this event to score. The organiser will provide the trackers.

    Live trackers mandatory
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    There will be vehicles supplied to take you to launch

    Launch Transport
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    There will be retrieve vehicles available to return pilots to HQ

    Retrieve included
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    There are toilets at, or near, the launch

    Toilets on takeoff
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    The organisers will download the tracklogs at HQ for scoring

    Tracklogs managed
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    The organisers are using Airtribune for registration, tracking, blogging and to publish scores

    Airtribune blogging
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    There will be daily lunch packs for pilots

    Lunch packs
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    The organisers will give you printed maps at registration

    Maps are supplied
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    The organisers will give you an ID card with all the essential items listed

    ID Cards
  • The organisers will have free WiFi available at HQ

    Free WiFi
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    There will usually be goal beers for winners

    Goal beers
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    There will be a social evening with food

    Food
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    There will be an organised party during or after the event

    Party
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    You will receive a tshirt or other welcome gift

    Free gift
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    The organisers have commmitted to Carbon Offset the event, including competitior travel to & from the venue

    Carbon offset
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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

Where is it

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

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Event info

Now in it's 5ᵗʰ 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.

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The 2021 event may be impacted by the COVID-19 virus, although we hope things will be back towards normal by that time. But do ensure you have read and understood how we will be operating the payments system, refunds etc before you commit to participating this year.
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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). 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.

The week before the Naviter Open is the Freedom Open. If you would also like to participate in that then you can find the details here: Freedom Open

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

This years registration is unusual. Half of the listed pilots have transferred in from the 2020 event, as they were unable to attend due to travel bans from their location. For the remaining places, we will start offering places in December. If you are offered a place, do not delay in either accepting the place, or informing us that you no longer wish to be considered.

The event is a Serial Class only competition. That means no CCC gliders. But EN-D's and below are allowed. We want to have a fun week where everyone feels like they have a chance of scoring well, regardless of what they fly.

The entry fee will be €270 euro and details of how to pay will be sent to the selected pilots.
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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)
- Medical/Travel insurance
- Third party liability insurance (usually from your National Organisation)

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:
- A mobile phone
- Recently repacked reserve parachute
- Helmet, certified for paragliding use
- 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.

Documents required at registration

  • Issued by your local NAC on behalf of the FAI. You cannot normally compete in an FAI event without one. Contact your National Association (NAC)

    FAI Sporting Licence
  • The FAI IPPI card is an International card that states your skill level. It is issued by your National Association and matches the level or your flying Licence

    FAI IPPI Card
  • The organiser requires you to present your National flying licence.

    National Licence
  • You will need to sign an applicaton form at the venue. Usually the organiser will provide it on arrival.

    Signed Application form
  • You will need to sign a waiver or release document to show you understand the risks. Usually the organiser will provide it on arrival.

    Signed Waiver/Release form
  • You must provide the organiser with a copy of your liability (3rd party) insurance documents

    Liability Insurance
  • You must provide the organiser with a copy of your medical, rescue and repatriation insurance. You can purchase Global Rescue cover from Airtribune

    Rescue/Medical Insurance

Cancellation Policy

We do not anticipate cancellation of the event, but Pilots should note our cancellation policies, in keeping with all major events and adapted to allow for the current Covid situation;

CANCELLATION BY YOU
Any pilots who cancels their registration will be given refunds as follows:
> Cancellation within 7 days of paying = 95%ˣ refund of the amount paid at that time
or
> Cancellation date more than 30 days before competition start date = 65% refund of entry price. If you did not pay the full entry fee then only the amount over 35% will be refunded.
> Cancellation date 30 days or less before comp start date = 0% refund of entry price
> If you are unable to attend due to a virus travel entry ban, then we may allow you to transfer your entry to the 2022 event, regardless of how short the notice. To be considered for this you must contact us in advance of the event start, and provide clear evidence of the ban of entry to Slovenia. If we do not hear from you or you simple do not show then there will be no refund. No shows will cause us unacceptable losses through pre-organised infrastructure, staff etc.

ˣ Payments made less than 7 days before the event are excluded from this

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, if due, 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 gliders are not allowed.

General schedule

Naviter Open Programme 2021

(Be aware, there is a competition in the week prior. If attending early there may be limited accommodation or site access available)

Sunday 13 June:
14.00pm- 20.00pm: Registration

Monday 14 June Task 1
8.45am: “Mandatory Safety Briefing”
9:30am: Transport to launch
ASAP on landing - GPS Download @HQ
19.00 - Talk...

Tuesday 15 June Task 2
9:00am: Daily Briefing
9:30am: Transport to launch
ASAP on landing - GPS Download @HQ
6pm - 7pm: Debrief
7.15pm - 8.30pm: Talk: Guest speaker...

Wednesday16 June Task 3
9:00am: Daily Briefing
9:30am: 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"

Thursday 17 June Task 4
9:00am: Daily Briefing
9:30am: Transport to launch
ASAP on landing - GPS Download @HQ
6pm - 7pm: Task debrief with detailed track log analysis
7pm - 8pm: Talk: Guest speaker...

Friday 18 June Task 5
9:00am: Daily Briefing
9:30am: Transport to launch
5pm - 6pm: GPS Download @HQ
6pm - 7pm: Task debrief with detailed track log analysis
7pm - 8pm: Talk: Guest speaker...

Saturday 19 June Task 6
9:00am: Daily Briefing - Brett Janaway
9:30am: 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
09h00: Morning briefing @ HQ
09h30: 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.

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Tolmin Slovenia

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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