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The "OPEN FAI II ROLDANILLO COLOMBIA CHAMPIONSHIP" will be held in Roldanillo, Colombia from 13 to 20 February 2021.

The Competiton is Organized by FEDEAEREOS.

Event ID: 14764

Entry Fee:
Payment USD$300 to January 20
Payment during January 21th to February 13th USD$330
Registration deadline January 20, 2021.

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Flying site

Roldanillo is the principal home for paragliding and hang gliding events in Colombia. Located on the west side of the Valle del Cauca at the foot of the Cordillera Occidental the town sits at an elevation of 966 meters and has an average annual temperature of 23°C.

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  • 300 USD Entry fee
  • left before start of event
  • ✅ CCC and lower allowed
    ❌ Uncertified wings prohibited

Hospitality and Responsibility

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    The region supports helicopter rescues

    Helicopter rescue
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    There will be medical and/or rescue services at launch

    Medic on takeoff
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    There will be retrieve vehicles available to return pilots to HQ

    Retrieve included
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    There will be daily lunch packs for pilots

    Lunch packs
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    There will be ballast water available at launch

    Ballast on takeoff
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    There are toilets at, or near, the launch

    Toilets on takeoff
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    The organisers are using Airtribune for registration, tracking, blogging and to publish scores

    Airtribune managed
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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

Event info

The "OPEN FAI II ROLDANILLO COLOMBIA CHAMPIONSHIP" will be held in Roldanillo, Colombia from 13 to 20 February 2021.

The Competiton is Organized by FEDEAEREOS.

Event ID: 14764

Entry Fee:
Payment USD$300 to January 20
Payment during January 21th to February 13th USD$330
Registration deadline January 20, 2021.

As we are all very much aware, the situation with COVID-19 remains uncertain. We are working very hard to assure that this event can come to fruition safely, but please bear in mind the following possibilities:
If, for some reason, Colombia unexpectedly closes it’s borders, or if for any other unexpected reason the event has to be cancelled, the organization will refund 80% of registration fees. The organization will have to retain 20% to cover expenses that we are incurring that are non recoverable. We certainly do not expect there to be any reason to cancel this event, we are working very hard, and are optimistic that the Open Roldanillio Colombian Championship will be a success in 2021!
For now everything is proceeding swimmingly, and we continue working to provide you with the highest quality event possible

Flying site

Roldanillo is the principal home for paragliding and hang gliding events in Colombia. Located on the west side of the Valle del Cauca at the foot of the Cordillera Occidental the town sits at an elevation of 966 meters and has an average annual temperature of 23°C.

Flying conditions are generally ideal in January and only a handful of tasks over the past few years have been cancelled. Out and return and cats‐cradle type tasks of up to 120km have been successfully flown in recent events using goals to the north, centre and south of the Valle de Cauca.

Primarily an agricultural region, the Valle de Cauca has excellent infrastructure and plenty of open space to land. Main highways runs along the east and west sides of the valley connected by secondary roads. The central valley area is bisected north‐south by the Cauca river. Agricultural roads and tracks provide access to farmsteads and plantations.

The task area is characterised by the foothills of the Cordillera Occidental to the west, the wide open agricultural valley and smaller grassy hills to the east. Primarily a sugar cane growing area, the valley is easily out‐landable in safety. Very few areas are fenced and access is generally unrestricted. Occasional inundation from the Cauca river presents the only landing hazard in certain areas (dependant on preceding rainfall).

Grape plantations and military bases are off limits. These areas will be marked on maps. Goal fields are available in abundance although must be selected on the basis of the cropping and harvesting cycles. They will be defined and verified by the organisation at least 2 weeks prior to the competition.

Airspace and Other Restrictions: There are airports at Cartago in the north and Tuluá to the southeast that have infrequent military traffic. The Meet Director and event team have daily communication with the air traffic controllers and radio contact during the task.

There is traditionally an extremely high level of cooperation with the civil aviation authority, air traffic control and the event organisation. In previous events domestic flights have been rerouted to avoid the task areas.

The area south of Tuluá has a ceiling of 9000 ft (approximately 2700 m) while to the north is 10,000 ft (approximately 3000 m).

Roldanillo and Valle de Cauca is a ‘friendly’ site suitable for all qualified pilots. The conditions are generally light with 3‐4 m/s maximum climbs. Wind is usually negligible.

The only area of strong climbs and known possible turbulence at the quarry to the south is avoided through sensible tasking.

Close attention is paid at all times to the meteo forecast to ensure tasks take pilots away from the mountains in the later parts of the day to avoid any leeside rotor due to the Pacific breeze.

Thermic breeze enters launch at around 9:00 am and tasks traditionally start at around 11 a.m. Breeze is generally very light throughout the launchable window with conditions occasionally becoming tail‐wind if the meteo indicates a strong Pacific breeze.

Site Safety Record: The area has an excellent safety record with few incidents. Thermic conditions are generally regarded as light and conducive to safe tasking for all levels of pilots. The few accidents in recent events have been generally caused by aborted launches or by inexperienced pilots failing to consider the necessary glide to the valley after thermalling up behind the take off area.

Take off "Aguapanela" D01 N 076 W April 24 14.00 12 41.00 1860

Competition tasks setting issues at Roldanillo:
Tasking will generally keep tp the following established logic:

1. Up to start: Start cylinders will be selected to allow pilots to climb and stabilise in various points close to the western foothills and Roldanillo in areas of known thermic activity. Experience and local knowledge allows us to select points that give various options for gaggles to wait, thus relieving congestion.

2. Start > midday : Flying in the western foothills to take advantage of thermic activity before the valley heats up and becomes active.

3. Midday > early afternoon: Flying out & return or cats cradle type tasks in the valley and utilising the eastern hills.

4. Goal: Located in the central / eastern part of the valley. The end of the speed section will be a cylinder, size & position to be decided by the task setting committee. The goal will be either a cylinder or a line for the end of task.

Maps of task area: Pilots will be issued with an A3 printed waypoint map showing waypoints, restricted areas and topography. Excellent base maps are available from the Colombian cartographic institute.(www.igac.gov.co). Large scale task maps will be available at launch / pilot briefing.

Roldanillo take off video

Selection and entry fee

Entry Fee:
Payment USD$300

Pilots must have an insurance with a coverage for paragliding in Colombia, the pilots must verify the validity of their insurance administered by the government or private company in the country where the competition takes place (Roldanillo-COLOMBIA).

It is strongly recommended to inform the local contact of your insurance company to avoid delays.
It is the responsibility of the pilot to ensure that their own insurance coverage is adequate.

Requirements for participants (pilots)
- Valid FAI pilot license
- Flying equipment: Wing, harness, rescue, helmet, radio, GPS (All the equipment must be in perfect conditions)
- Mobile phone (Smartphone) with active Colombian number and fully internet access (for live tracking) - Airtribune APP downloaded into your smartphone
- Radio
- External power (battery) units for recharging cell phones
- Paid registration fee.
- Complete registration form filled before comp starts
- Accept and Respect local valid regulations and laws.
- Medical insurance. With coverage for paragliding practice in Colombia. Must present contract copy . If pilot does not have this insurance, it must be purchased locally.

The entry fee includes:
- Shirt
- Waypoint list
- Transportation from Roldanillo to the take off
- Retrieve on main roads for daily tasks
- Daily snack and hydration
- Map

Note: The use of 2m radios for national and foreign pilots in this event will be managed by local authorities. The communication system will be as follows: a radio station with air band and 2m radios operated by qualified people with valid licenses.
This radio station will be in charge of communication between ATC (air traffic control), meet director and will be generating reports in case of emergencies, rescue and other needs between pilots and the organization.
There will be a live-tracking system during the event used by pilots owning smartphones which will be used by transportation and rescue entities. For this, pilots must have a valid and active Colombian mobil number with fully internet connectivity and download the App on their phones. Each pilot must have an external power backup which may be purchased in most electronic stores worldwide.

Important: This will be mandatory to use the -APP live tracker, in your smartphone mobile, it will be necessary for recovery and rescue.

Prize fund and scoring categories

There will be awards in the following categories:
Open Class (EN-CCC)
Serial Class (EN D)
Sport (EN-A, EN-B and EN-C)
Campeón Colombiano

General schedule

February 13, 2021
15:00 - 17:00 Official Registration and Equipment Inspection.
Official Venue of the Event
20:00 - Opening ceremony
20:30 - Mandatory Safety Briefing

Sunday, Feb 14 - Saturday, Feb 20, 2021
Competition flying days.

Saturday, Feb 20, 2021
20:00 -Prize giving and closing ceremony

Daily schedule

07:00 - Headquarter opens
08:00 - Transport to take-off
10:00 - Meet Director / Task and Safety Committee meetings
10:15 - Pilots briefing / Previous task official results / Task definition
10:30 - Take-off window opens
16:30 - Scoring office opens
22:00 - Provisional results

*** Daily schedule can change, depending of the weather conditions.

Accommodation and Activities

There are a lot of kind of Hotels, farms, rooms in houses that you can book for your accommodation.

You can use tripadvisor, trivago, airbnb, etc... web pages or apps.

How to get here

To get Roldanillo you can arrive by airplane to Pereira city, Armenia city or Cali city, then you need to get a taxi or a bus to Roldanillo will be around 2 hours aprox. (We suggest use google maps to know the best airport and transportation option for you)

Cra. 7 #7-51, Roldanillo, Valle del Cauca, Colombia
Roldanillo Colombia


Most international flights layover in Bogota's "El Dorado International Airport". The international and domestic terminals are connected by a shuttle. From Bogota take the quick domestic flight to Armenia, Pereira, or Cali where you can easily find ground transport to Roldanillo. For cost and convenience we highly recommend you fly into Pereira.
If you would like the organization to pick you up from Cali or Pereira please contact us with a detailed itinerary and plan. We would also appreciate a call or email during your layover in Bogota confirming your on time arrival.
Local airport taxis are safe and offer competitive pricing for 1 or 2 pilots with gear. Groups should contact the organization for pickup. Budget travelers can find buses to Roldanillo from Pereira, Cali, or Armenia. The bus terminals and airports are separate.

Recommended city to fly into. 1 and 15 minute drive to Roldanillo.

The second most important airport in Colombia. Cali's “Alfonso Bonilla Aragon” airport services domestic and international flights and adds new international routs regularly. 2 hour drive to Roldanillo.

Smaller airport and city with less service. 1 and 30 minute drive to Roldanillo.


From the bus terminals in Pereira, Cali, or Armenia look for the Roldanillo's local bus company De Occidente for safe and comfortable transport.
De Occidente: www.deoccidente.com/roldanillo/
The company is comfortable servicing international Paraglide pilots and very helpful.



Federacion Colombiana de Deportes Aereos
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