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OPEN FAI2

The Open FAI 2, First stage of the Colombian National League, will be organised and directed by Airnomads Colombia S.A.S.

The team is already working to guarantee to all the pilots a great event starting from safety, good design of the tasks and a lot of fun!


Roldanillo is a world class paragliding competition venue, having hosted numerous National events, the World Cup and the World Paragliding Championships.

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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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  • 150 Pilots Confirmed
  • 396 Pilots total registered
  • 290 EUR Entry fee
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  • 150 Pilots max allowed
  • 53 Countries presented
  • Allowed classes unspecified
  • 🏆 FAI Status = CAT 2 🏅
  • left before start of event
  • Registration will open on
    15/10 14:31 (America/Bogota)

  • 🛰️

    The organiser will supply Live trackers to you, for safety and scoring

    Live trackers supplied
  • ⚕️

    There will be medical rescue services at launch

    Medic on takeoff
  • 📱

    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
  • 🛰️

    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
  • 🛰

    The organisers will download the tracklogs at HQ for scoring

    Tracklogs managed
  • 📢

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

    Airtribune blogging
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    There will be ballast water available at launch

    Ballast on takeoff
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    The organisers will give you printed maps at registration

    Maps are supplied
  • The organisers will have free WiFi available at HQ

    Free WiFi
  • 🍕

    There will be a social evening with food

    Food
  • 👕

    You will receive a tshirt or other welcome gift

    Free gift
  • 🅰

    This event awards PWCA letters

    PWCA Letters

Prize funds and scoring categories

  • SPORTS Class |
  • FEMALE Class |
  • OVERALL Class |

Event info

OPEN FAI2

The Open FAI 2, First stage of the Colombian National League, will be organised and directed by Airnomads Colombia S.A.S.

The team is already working to guarantee to all the pilots a great event starting from safety, good design of the tasks and a lot of fun!


Roldanillo is a world class paragliding competition venue, having hosted numerous National events, the World Cup and the World Paragliding Championships. The venue boasts exceptionally reliable flying conditions in January/February, with only a handful of tasks over the past few years have been cancelled.

Generally pilots as a minimum must have:-
• Made a 50km flight to goal in a FAI competition in the last 2 years OR
• Made a 100km XC flight in the past 2 years
If in doubt, please contact the organisation with full declaration of your experience for acceptance.

The International airport at Bogotá is 1 hour by air from the regional airports of Pereira, Cali and Armenia. Roldanillo is 1 hour by road from Pereira and Armenia. Cali International Airport is 90 minutes by road from Roldanillo.

What do you get?
The entry fee includes all the usual aspects,

- Seven high quality tasks
- A full tracking system for safety and scoring
- t-shirt or other souvenir
- Retrieves, Colombian style

You will note, the event Registration is a Thursday, with tasks Friday to Thursday.

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 is EUR 290

Payment details can be found on the Pay Now page, if you are offered a place in the event.

For pilots from Colombia there is a discount if payment is done in the next 5 days after receiving the invitation letter.

The payment of eur290 is until November 30, 2023,
then it increases to eur320 until December 31,
In January 2024 the payment is eur350

Fees and dates will be strictly adhered to. Payments are made on our website via PayPal with a Credit Card, Debit Card, or using your own PayPal account. PayPal uses data encryption for the protection of your card details. The pilot entry fee DO NOT include the fee charged by PayPal for administering your online payment. We do NOT accept cheques or American Express. If you wish to pay for more than one person’s entry fee on-line you must do so logged-in as each pilot.

Insurance.
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)
- Radio
- 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
- Live Trackers

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.

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 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
  • The organiser wishes for you to provide a summary of your experience on arrival.

    Experience summary required
  • You will need to provide photo ID on arrival. This could be Passport, Driving Licence or National ID, for example.

    Identification documents needed
  • 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

REFUNDS
Any pilot who cancels their registration will be given a refund as follows:

- Cancellation date more than 20 days before competition start date: 50% refund
- Cancellation date 20 days or less than before competition start date: 0% refund

Prize fund and scoring categories

There will be trophies for:

Colombian Overall 1-2-3
Colombian Female 1-2-3
Colombian Sport 1-2-3

Competition Overall 1-2-3
Female Overall 1-2-3
Sport Overall 1-2-3


There will NOT be any cash prizes. There may be some small gifts from some of our sponsors.

*Classes may be withdrawn if there are less than 5 pilots in a class

General schedule

Thursday January 18, 2024

Practice Day (Task & general site safety on launch at 10.00am. No trackers, no downloads, nor scoring)

14:00 - 18:00 Official Registration and Equipment Inspection.
Official Venue of the Event

19:00 - Mandatory Safety Briefing

Friday, Jan 19 - to Thursday 25, 2024
Competition flying days.

Thursday, January 25, 2024

19:00 -Prize giving, celebration meal and closing ceremony

Daily schedule

07:00 - Headquarter opens
08:00 - Transport to take-off
09:30 - Meet Director / Task and Safety Committee meetings
10:00 - Pilots briefing / Previous task official results / Task definition
10:30 - Take-off window opens
16:30 - Scoring office opens
20:00 - Provisional results

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

Accommodation and Activities

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How to get here

Club Los Gorrones

Club Gorrones HQ
Event Venue: The “Los Gorrones” Club is the official venue of the events and is located in the main square of Roldanillo. There is a large auditorium that is set up for information meetings, team check-ins, team manager meetings and functions. GPS download, pickup management and media infrastructure.

The headquarters also has a bar restaurant, swimming pool, Wi-Fi connection. An office will be available for CIVL officers with all the requirements that an office needs. A mail box system for communication with team leaders will be located at the event headquarters. The preferred communication will be via email if an agreement is reached with the team leaders. Wired internet network be available for the organization of the event to ensure the functionality of the tracking system, collection and press requirements


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. 8 #10-56, Roldanillo, Valle del Cauca, Colombia
Roldanillo Valle del Cauca Colombia

Plane

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.

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

Cali
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.

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

Bus

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.

Downloads

Waypoint files

Organizers

Airnomads Colombia S.A.S
Airnomads Colombia S.A.S. is the general organiser of numerous events in Colombia for the past 13 years.
Alexander Villa Zapata
GENERAL DIRECTOR +57 310 4364134 WP
elcieloesmicasa@gmail.com
Paola Andrea Cardenas
ADMINISTRATIVE DIRECTOR
+57 311 3082122 WP
vivoenlasnubes@hotmail.com

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