Now in it's 7ᵗʰ 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.Expand page for more details
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.Expand page for more details
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Registration will open on
01/12 12:00 (Europe/Ljubljana)
Live trackers supplied
The organiser will supply Live trackers to you, for safety and scoring
The region supports helicopter rescues
Medic on takeoff
There will be medical rescue services at launch
Good phone coverage
The region generally has good phone coverage
We will be monitoring radios for your safety whilst you fly
Live trackers mandatory
Live Tracking is MANDATORY in this event to score. The organiser will provide the trackers.
There will be vehicles supplied to take you to launch
There will be retrieve vehicles available to return pilots to HQ
Toilets on takeoff
There are toilets at, or near, the launch
The organisers will download the tracklogs at HQ for scoring
The organisers are using Airtribune for registration, tracking, blogging and to publish scores
There will be daily lunch packs for pilots
Maps are supplied
The organisers will give you printed maps at registration
The organisers will give you an ID card with all the essential items listed
The organisers will have free WiFi available at HQ
There will usually be goal beers for winners
There will be a social evening with food
There will be an organised party during or after the event
You will receive a tshirt or other welcome gift
The organisers have commmitted to Carbon Offset the event, including competitior travel to & from the venue
The organisers support reducing the use of unnecessary plastic at the event. This includes NOT giving disposable water bottles
Prize funds and scoring categories
- Overall Class
- Sports Class (EN-C and below)
- Leisure Class (EN-B and below)
- Womens Class
- Team Trophy
- Brett Janaway
- +38631404688 (Whatsapp)
Now in it's 7ᵗʰ 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 to just enjoy flying in an international, friendly setting where the flying and social experience counts for much more than the results.
Naviter are specialists for instruments, so expect there to be plenty of teaching on how you can improve your flying in this area. Indeed, Naviter are considered the leading instrument manufacturer for XC & Competition flying, and you will rarely see a top pilot without one.
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 several Naviter Oudie N's 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 land outs throughout in generally large, open grass 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!
Selection and entry fee
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.
First selection will be made on 15th December. Selection is based on an algorithm that considers many factors, including but not exclusive to, early registration, past attendance, the glider type you fly, WPRS and pilot experience. EN-D places will be awarded later than Sports places. Some places will be kept back for EN-D pilots at a later date. The organisers decision is final.
♦ Payment will be made by Paypal. Details will be sent by email if your application to participate is accepted.
♦ Only a deposit will be asked for at this time. The balance to be paid to the local organisers in June 23.
♦ If you receive a payment offer you should pay immediately, otherwise we will offer your place to another pilot on the waiting list.
♦ Do ensure you have read the cancellation policy before making any payment!
The payment will get you:
♦ Daily transport to launch for all tasks
♦ Retrieves daily
♦ Daily lunch packs
♦ Trackers, for safety and scoring
♦ Typical tasking/scoring services
♦ T-shirt & other souvenirs as we are able
♦ Discounts for alternative activities in the event of bad weather
♦ Other event benefits, as they are made available
♦ There will be a few social evening with drinks organised, and as has become custom, an open, free bar on some evenings
REQUIRED BY YOU
All Pilots must hold the following:
♦ An FAI IPPI 4 licence
♦ An FAI Sporting Licence (Don't confuse this with an IPPI card)
♦ Medical/Travel insurance
♦ Third party liability insurance (usually from your National Organisation)
♦ 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.
In addition, you must supply a copy of a Certificate of Airworthiness valid in the 2 years prior to the event start & or 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
Documents required at registration
FAI Sporting Licence
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 IPPI Card
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
The organiser requires you to present your National flying licence.
Signed Application form
You will need to sign an applicaton form at the venue. Usually the organiser will provide it on arrival.
Signed Waiver/Release 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.
You must provide the organiser with a copy of your liability (3rd party) insurance documents
You must provide the organiser with a copy of your medical, rescue and repatriation insurance. You can purchase Global Rescue cover from Airtribune
Pilots who want to cancel their registration should do it as soon as possible.
♦ A pilot who cancels at least 45 days before the event start can ask for:
a. His or her entry fee to be used for the next event where he or she will be selected.
b. A refund of the entry fee (an administrative fee of €60 will be deducted).
♦ Cancellations received less than 45 days before the event start will lose the deposit and not be refunded. Nothing further will be due.
Cancellations must be informed by email and the date at which the email is received will be used to calculate your refund, if one is due.
♦ Refunds are not immediate. We have one admin day per month.
♦ Your deposit and/or payment is NOT transferable to another pilot. 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.
CANCELLATION BY US
In the event the organisers deem it necessary to cancel, relocate, or reschedule the competition you will be entitled to a partial refund:
♦ Up to 45 days 45 days before the event start : 100% less a 30€ admin charge
♦ Less than 45 days before the event start: 75% refund
♦ Less than 7 days before the event start: A percentage of funds once any costs incurred by the local organiser have been deducted.
♦ After the start of the competition any refunds will be at the sole discretion of the organisers.
The organisers will not be liable for any costs incurred by anyone attending, or intending to attend the event, or any consequential losses arising from the cancellation, relocation, or rescheduling of the event.
Prize fund and scoring categories
Sports - All gliders EN-C and below
Leisure - All gliders EN-B and below
Women - All females
Teams - Top 3 score from a team of 5 persons
(At least x3 Sports wings per team)
Please note CCC gliders are not allowed.
Saturday 17 June
Saturday 17 June
Unofficial practice. Transport will be available at the camping and a task displayed. No retrieves or scoring. The transport cost this day is the standard parataxis charge and should be booked through the camping reception, as normal.
Sunday 18 June
8.45am: “Mandatory Safety Briefing”
1st task Sunday 18 June
Last task Friday 23 June
6-7 pm Trophies & Naviter Open Prize Draw
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 Naviter Open. 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:
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
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. We will try to provide morning transfers from the town centre to HQ though, on task days.
How to get here
Camping and caravans
Tolmin is about a 14 hour drive from Calais/Dunkirk, about 6 hours from southern France and around 2 hours from Venice, Italy.
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.
Trains from Venice to the Tolmin region (Most na Soci) cost about 40 Euro.
Taxis from Venice to Tolmin cost about 300Euros.
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.
Tolmin, Gabrje Slovenia
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.
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:
If you travel from Nova Gorica, you will find the timetable here:
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.
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.
- Brett Janaway
- +38631404688 (Whatsapp)